7 Healthy Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin Puree

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Pumpkin Chia Pudding with Nuts and FruitsPhoto credit: The Awesome Green


Contrary to somewhat popular belief, canned pumpkin puree isn’t just for pumpkin pie (that’d be pumpkin pie filling, which is totally different!). In fact, it’s an easy, wholesome way to add creaminess and fall flavor to just about anything, sweet or savory—and it can even lend moisture, serving as a replacement for oil in baked goods. From pumpkin hummus to grain-free brownies, here are seven healthy recipes that take advantage of canned pumpkin puree.


Pumpkin Pie Parfaits


Because of the brilliant technique that is coconut whipped cream, these gluten-free pumpkin pie parfaits from The Minimalist Baker also happen to be vegan and dairy free.



No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Bites


Detoxinista‘s Megan Gilmore feeds these coconut, date, sunflower seed and pumpkin energy bites to her family on long flights, but we think they’d make delicious pre-workout snacks or afternoon work bites, too.



Pumpkin Chia Pudding with Nuts and Fruits


“You can actually mix almost everything with soaked chia seeds and it will turn out interesting, textured, and nourishing,” Ana of The Awesome Green argued. We can’t disagree with that statement—especially when it comes with a recipe for pumpkin chia pudding!




Savory Pumpkin Hummus


If the Internet can get into beet hummus, white bean hummus and avocado hummus, then why not get behind a pumpkin hummus, like this one from As Easy as Apple Pie?


Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal


Thanks to Eating Bird Food‘s pumpkin-flavored steel-cut overnight oats recipe, autumn lovers can wake up to the warm aroma of pumpkin pie for breakfast.


Quick Pumpkin Curry


Canned pumpkin is a nice complement to the nutty flavor of coconut milk—plus, it adds an extra boost of fiber. For Detoxinista‘s super-speedy curry recipe, you can use any veggies (even frozen vegetables!) that you have on hand.



Fudgy Pumpkin Paleo Brownies


These thick, rich brownies from Ambitious Kitchen are sweetened with maple syrup and get their moisture not from traditional canola oil, but from canned pumpkin puree.




2 comments about “7 Healthy Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin Puree

  1. Frustrated.

    Hummus means chickpea!!!!! Don’t you people get this???? You can’t have pumpkin hummus without chickpeas. Gracious. No wonder people think westerners are idiots.


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