It's almost fall! One of my favorite things about fall is that it means it's time for ALL THINGS PUMPKIN! Growing up I never really was a huge pumpkin fan, but lately, I'm obsessed (I think I should thank Starbucks and the PSL for that).
While Pumpkin flavored everything is delicious, did you know that pumpkin is actually healthy for you too? Pumpkin is high in many vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, fiber, potassium, and Vitamins K and C.
I have been trying canned pumpkin out in different ways this year- it tastes great mixed into oatmeal or yogurt, as a base for soup, or make into a delicious fall treat. One of my favorite (and easiest) ways to get in my pumpkin fix is by using canned pumpkin puree!
In this blog post, I'll go over what the difference is between fresh and canned pumpkin, how to make your own pumpkin puree, and my favorite pumpkin recipes that use both a full can of pumpkin puree and half cans so you can use up any leftover canned pumpkin!
From savory pumpkin soup to cinnamon sweet fall treats, this is the ultimate list of canned pumpkin recipes!
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What is Pumpkin Puree?
Pumpkin puree is canned pumpkin. You can also make your own canned and/or frozen pumpkin puree, but canned pumpkin is canned fresh (not canned the year before).
The canned pumpkin sold in stores come in two varieties: a sweet variety or "pumpkin pie filling" which contains sugar and spices. There is also a regular version called "pumpkin puree" that is just plain pumpkin without any added spices or sugar.
What's the Difference Between Canned Pumpkin Puree and Fresh Pumpkin?
The canned pumpkin has already been cooked, canned, and ready to be used in a recipe. Fresh pumpkins have not yet been cooked.
How to Make Pumpkin Puree with Fresh Pumpkin
You can make canned pumpkin puree with any fresh pumpkin!
First, you need to cut the pumpkin into chunks, then remove all of the seeds and pulp from each chunk.
Once that is done, place the pumpkin pieces onto a roasting pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until they are soft. The pumpkin should be soft and easy to pierce with a fork. Let it cool for a few minutes and then it's ready to be used in your favorite fall recipe!
Where to Buy Canned Pumpkin Puree
Canned pumpkin puree usually comes canned in a 15 oz can and costs about $2-3 per can at the store and can often be found around fall time. I think the earliest I've seen it in stores in early August, and it usually is in stores through the holiday season.
Full Can Pumpkin Puree Recipes
Here's a collection of the best recipes that use a full can of pumpkin puree. From dips to cookies to soups, there's definitely a pumpkin recipe in here for everyone.
Pumpkin Pudding is so rich and creamy. Made with no eggs or dairy, this is a healthy and delicious dessert that everyone will enjoy. This recipe is also gluten-free and paleo.
Sweet and savory pumpkin cornbread is wonderful with soups and chili.
Crustless Pumpkin Pie
his Crustless Pumpkin Pie is refined sugar free and gluten free, and deliciously creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. And you wouldn’t believe how EASY it is to make!
Easy dessert dip recipe tastes just like pumpkin pie. This cream cheese pumpkin dip will be the star of your fall party. Great with ginger snaps or apples.
Pumpkin Pasta Sauce with Sage Breadcrumbs
reamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce with Sage Breadcrumbs is an absolutely delicious way to enjoy pumpkin. A sauce loaded with pumpkin purée, garlic, shallots and plenty of cream, topped with tasted sage breadcrumbs.
Oatmeal Raisin Pumpkin Cookies
he best lower sugar pumpkin cookies with oats and raisins. Easy to make, absolutely delicious and uses an entire can of pumpkin puree (no waste)!
Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert with Ginger Snap Crust
A dreamy cream cheese layer and a vanilla and spice infused pumpkin layer top a sweet ginger snap crust. This Creamy Layered Pumpkin Dessert is a wonderful make-ahead holiday dessert choice.
3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Dip
If you love pumpkin pie, then this dip is for you! This easy Pumpkin Puree Spice Dip is packed with pumpkin flavor! I used 3 simple ingredients: canned pumpkin puree, vanilla pudding mix and pumpkin pie spice!
No-Bake Pumpkin Fluff
Pumpkin Fluff is an easy, no-bake pumpkin dessert dip, made with only five ingredients, and is perfect to serve for a Fall party or holiday dinner.
Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This Pumpkin Bundt Cake is super moist and the perfect fall dessert! It's very easy to make, and frosted with vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Pumpkin Pie Crumble
hink crumble/crisp meets pumpkin pie in this simple, warm Pumpkin Pie Crumble. Thick pumpkin layer topped with a buttery oat topping. Change up your favorite fall recipe for this version!
Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake
Cheesecake fans, this one is for you. Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake is drizzled with caramel, chocolate and pecans which makes for a pretty presentation.
Pumpkin Hummus with Roasted Garlic
Pumpkin Hummus is the perfect appetizer for Fall holiday parties, even if the party is you and your spouse on the sofa. Made of chickpeas, pumpkin puree, tahini, Greek extra virgin olive oil, roasted garlic, cumin, and parsley, you will LOVE this quick, easy, and delicious pumpkin recipe.
Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter, Hazelnuts and Dates
This Pumpkin Bread is nutty and heartwarming, moist and fluffy. Exemplifying the season’s spirit, this Fall bread recipe will surely satisfy your baking fever that takes over as soon as the temperature drops. The seasonal flavors packed in this recipe are pumpkin puree, ginger, cardamom, brown butter, sweet dates, and crunchy hazelnuts. I’m sure you can smell this one already! Really, bake this pumpkin bread, and your house will smell like Fall!
Pumpkin Spiced Cocktail
We all know pumpkin spice is everywhere when fall comes around, but a toasty-warm pumpkin spice cocktail? Now that's a recipe we'd never get tired of.
Easy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
These moist pumpkin pancakes are one of our favorite weekend breakfasts.
They are so moist, fluffy, and full of fall flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and ginger. If you like pumpkin spice you are going to love these pancakes.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies are full of melty chocolate chips, rich cinnamon, and lots of pumpkin flavor! This pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe is so soft and decadent, it will become your new fall favorite.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Glaze
These easy gluten-free baked pumpkin donuts have an amazing homemade chocolate glaze! For this recipe, you don't need a fryer and just use your oven.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
My secret trick for how to make a healthy pumpkin spice latte at home, in just 5 minutes! This healthy KETO pumpkin spice latte recipe tastes like one from a coffee shop, without the sugar. You'll never guess this is a low carb sugar-free pumpkin spice latte.
Pumpkin Pie Muffins
Tese Keto Pumpkin Pie Muffins are reminiscent of traditional pumpkin pie and topped with a sweet buttery crumble. Kick off Fall with everything pumpkin but without all the Fall carbs that come with it!
This rich and creamy pumpkin cheesecake has a layer of tangy sour cream topping, which makes it the ultimate pumpkin cheesecake recipe!
Praline Pumpkin Pie
Praline pumpkin pie is what you get when you marry pecan pie and pumpkin pie together! It's incredibly delicious! You get the sweet and crunchy pecans and the thick, smooth pumpkin pie all in one bite!
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
Fall is the perfect time for pumpkin treats, and this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread is the BEST. Packed with pumpkin flavors and the sweetest cream cheese surprise in the middle, you’ll say YES to pumpkin every time!
Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
This marbled chocolate pumpkin bread is so delicious and flavorful!
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Bourbon Whipped Cream
Gluten free pumpkin spice cheesecake with bourbon whipped cream and candied pecans.
Recipes that Use a Half Can of Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Coffee Cake
The pumpkin vibes are strong with this decadent streusel topped and cinnamon sugar kissed Pumpkin Coffee Cake!
Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding
These easy pumpkin chia puddings taste like pumpkin pie in a jar! So simple and easy and no baking required.
Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
This Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream (or Nice Cream) is perfect for the beginning of fall (or anytime really) when we want that special Autumn feeling but the temperature is still over 80. Made with bananas, canned pumpkin, coconut milk, spices, and a hint of maple syrup this guilt-free treat is sure to please all the pumpkin spice lovers in your life!
Easy No Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie
The perfect way to use pumpkin puree, this Easy No Bake Pumpkin Mousse Pie is both simple and delicious.
Pumpkin Smoothie with Kale
Pumpkin kale smoothie is a delicious light breakfast or snack. It's filled with the flavors of fall.
Cinnamon Sugar Pie Chips and Pumpkin Dip
These cinnamon sugar pie chips and pumpkin cheesecake dip are sure to please every crowd.
Healthy Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
This super creamy and delicious Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe with Pumpkin is like pumpkin pie in a cup! If you’re in need of some cozy comfort with a big dash of flavor, look no further! This autumn beverage made with cacao powder, plant-based milk, pumpkin puree and a dash of warming spices is a nutritious way to get your pumpkin fix sans guilt. Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free + refined sugar-free!
Creamy One Pot Pumpkin Curry
The pumpkin adds a creamy sweetness to this Vegan Pumpkin Curry and once you add all of those aromatic Thai spices, let’s just say you’ll fall in love with it.
This healthy pumpkin smoothie is a nutritious way to satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings this fall. It's like a liquid pumpkin pie in a glass but made with good-for-you ingredients like pumpkin, bananas, Greek yogurt, fall spices and maple syrup.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Super soft pumpkin cinnamon rolls, topped with honey cream cheese frosting and walnuts.
Related Recipe: How to Make Cinnamon Rolls in the Instant Pot
Canned pumpkin is a healthy canned vegetable packed full of nutrients such as fiber, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C and it's a perfect fall treat! Use a full (or half) can of pumpkin to make one of these delicious recipes today!