We’re not talking about the pumpkin pie filling; that stuff has loads of sugar and not as much pumpkin. The pumpkin is the part you really want — the begetter of pumpkin spice, the creamy squash of the season, and the superfood you look forward to eating every single year. It’s waiting for you to use, for less than $2, in a can on your local shelves.
You’re probably tempted to overlook this item at the grocery store. I mean, if you’re not treating yourself to a slice pumpkin pie, what can you really do with one of those cans filled with mush?
So. Many. Things. A single can of pumpkin can be used in delightfully seasonal recipes for breakfasts, cinnamon-spiced lunches, and even savory dinners. With the creative recipes on this list, you’ll wow every guest and family member with the many ways none of you knew you could use a can of pumpkin purée.
Whoa. OK, we recommend you save this one for a special treat — boozy milkshakes are just about the worst things for your health, but the best things for your taste buds. Between the cream, cinnamon, and bourbon, you’ll surely be feeling warm and fuzzy by the fire if you have one of these by your side.
Have you ever tried sweet cream cheese? That stuff is incredible. Get creative with your bagel breakfasts by spreading it with a homemade pumpkin cream cheese. If you’re trying to go easy on the gluten, you could always dip some fruit in the spread instead. Both sound like a sweet treat you can’t pass up this fall.
Krispy Kreme had those pumpkin doughnuts for only a day — tragic, really. But don’t worry. You can make a healthier yet still tasty version of the fun treat all on your own. The recipe uses fiber-filled pumpkin, healthy oats, and protein-packed Greek yogurt; you could have doughnuts for breakfast and be set.
Looking for a vegan dinner that’s still packed with nutrients? This comforting, warm chili recipe has all of that, plus a ton of fiber and vitamins from the canned pumpkin. This nourishing recipe is budget-friendly and unexpected — even using a bit of pumpkin ale to kick the flavor up a notch.
Pumpkin and chocolate rarely are paired together, unless you’re talking about pumpkin-shaped Reese’s cups. But they should be paired more often — this sweet dessert is a delicious and fluffy cake with a unique taste. Spread it with some orange frosting if you want to get festive, or don’t — it’s good enough to eat on its own.
The pumpkin purée makes these look extra orange — and taste extra good. This recipe uses applesauce to replace some of the sugar usually used in baking, so the resulting product isn’t actually all that bad for you. Take your love for Southern foods to the next level with this cornbread recipe.
Impress all your friends with a dessert recipe straight from the mind of a gourmet chef. Arguably one of the most comforting desserts for a chilly evening indoors, crème brûlée gets even cozier with pumpkin. It makes the perfect complement to the cinnamon and cloves in this recipe.
Every culture has a dumpling. The empanada is essentially the Latin American version — and they’re delicious. Stuffing them with pumpkin is a new idea that’s the perfect way to serve seasonal dessert. The filling is made with sweetened pumpkin purée, a fun surprise waiting inside each bite of cinnamon-covered dough.
Why, yes, you did read that correctly. You can get your drink on with a seasonal glass of pumpkin purée — mixed with booze, of course.
So the diet-friendly Halo Top Pumpkin Pie flavor is out of stock for good — unfortunately. But luckily, we’ve got another healthy ice cream alternative for your pumpkin cravings. This recipe is called “ice cream,” but it should really be called “nice” cream. It’s low-sugar, nutritious, and simple to make.
Crostini make the classiest appetizers. Ricotta and prosciutto mingle to create a savory flavor combo that only gets better with pumpkin. These perfect pumpkin hors d'oeuvres are so tempting you’re bound to fill up on them before dinner. That wouldn’t be so bad, though — they’ve got lots of delicious nutrients in every bite.
This is one of many insanely creative ways to use a tube of biscuit dough. These flaky, creamy cubes of pillow-y dough are the perfect party dessert to either pair with ice cream or eat on its own.
You could buy the premade version… or you could skip the additives and sugars and whip up a bowl yourself. Miraculously, this recipe requires zero added sugar — and instead uses flavorful spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The pumpkin flavor comes entirely from purée, and the result is as good for you as it is delicious.
This recipe will confuse and delight your guests. It looks like pumpkin pie, and it’s made with pumpkin —but it’s savory. Smoked paprika combines with cinnamon for a warming spice combination no one will expect.