10 Easy Ways To Use Up Leftover Pumpkin

November 22, 2019

Hello foodies and bakers,


With Thanksgiving around the corner, cans of excess pumpkin will be laying around in your kitchen before and after Turkey Day. Sure, you will be whipping up a homemade pie, possibly making your first batch of pumpkin scones, or even making a savory pumpkin soup. There is no real need to waste pumpkin in your kitchen, use it and avoid tossing it.



What if you have some extra and want to avoid throwing it out? Freeze it! Toss it in an airtight plastic bag and remove all the excess air. Frozen puree can last 4 months in the freezer. Don't have zip lock bags? Place the puree in ice cube trays and freeze. You will have individual portions of pumpkin at your hand. 


Defrost it by putting the puree, in the plastic bag, in the fridge, overnight.






Here are some easy ways to use up that leftover pumpkin puree:


1) Make a smoothie

Who doesn't juice these days in the rainy Pacific Northwest? Making your favorite juice? Add a couple tablespoons of pumpkin puree for a warm, fall flavor. It pairs well with non-dairy milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.


2) Make your own homemade pumpkin spice latte

Need an extra kick in your morning cup of joe? Add a tablespoon of puree in your coffee with your choice of milk and dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.


3) Make my 1- Bowl Pumpkin Granola

This recipe is easy to make and easy to adjust with the ingredients in your pantry. A perfect recipe to clean out your holiday pantry and have a delicious snack on hand.


4) Add it to your oatmeal

Making overnight oats? Or quick oats in the morning? Add some pumpkin to your oatmeal, along with some bananas, cinnamon, and walnuts. 


5) Add it to your pancake or waffle mix

Are you making a homemade breakfast? Go ahead and toss in some pumpkin your mix. Mix a few tablespoons in. Be aware you may have to add more dry ingredients since you adding more liquid ingredients. 


6) Make my Pumpkin Scones

Who can't deny a homemade baked good and cones pair perfectly with your morning cup of coffee. This recipe is an overnight recipe, so plan ahead and you can have freshly baked scones in the morning.




7) Make soups with it

Pumpkin soup is one of the most easiest and delicious fall soups you will ever taste. Simply, you mix pumpkin puree, veg stock (or water), salt and pepper. Adjust as needed to right consistency. 

Or, if you have a soup on hand (like a homemade tomato, veggie, chili, etc), add pumpkin puree to it for a warm touch and taste. 


8) Add it to any cream sauce

Making alfredo sauce for pasta? Cheese sauce for game day? Mac and cheese? Add a touch of pumpkin for a different and unique taste.  Chopped green onions for a nice contrast to it, too!


9) Add it to your oatmeal cookie recipe

If you make oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip, or a simple oatmeal cookie, pumpkin pairs very well with it. Be mindful, you will need to add more dry ingredients to it, like oats or all purpose flour. 


10) Toss it in hummus

Mix up your simple hummus recipe with some pumpkin. Not only pumpkin, roasted veggies, flavored oils, and toasted nuts are a delicious way to spice up your hummus routine.










Happy Baking and Happy Thanksgiving,



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