8 Ways to Use Up a Can of Pumpkin

Written by: Anna Pashkova, MS, RDN, LD, ACSM-EP / Reviewed by: Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, CD, FAND

The fall season is upon us, which means you likely have at least a can or two of pumpkin in your pantry. And perhaps you’ve already been cooking yummy recipes with it. You may also have half a can of pumpkin hanging out in the fridge waiting to be used up, which – let’s be honest – can be super annoying. But whether you have a full can of puree leftover or part of one, here are 8 easy and delicious ways to get your pumpkin on!

Featured Recipes

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bites

These snack bites have plenty of appeal. Not only do they take just 10 minutes to make, they also require no baking at all. Better yet, they’re filled with fiber, protein, and heart-healthy fats for a satisfying midday pick-me-up. Pair them with your favorite cup of coffee at home or take them with you when you’re on the go. Concerned about having too many made at once? Easily store away the rest in the refrigerator or freezer for later!

Pumpkin Energy Bites on a white plate

Maple Pumpkin Butter

Another simple, 10-minute winner here that only requires 5 ingredients to make. It also happens to be another no-cook recipe. If you’re not ready to commit to one single recipe, this option is absolutely for you. It’s super versatile since you can spread it on just about anything from toast, bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, waffles and pancakes and more! Let your creative juices run wild.

Maple Pumpkin Butter in a clear glass jar.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Scones

These easy scones are a great option if you’re looking to have a little more fun with baking. Unlike some scones, they aren’t dry thanks to the help of the canned puree. They’re also made with whole wheat pastry flour for a healthier take on the classic. For the flavor factor, dark chocolate chips are spread throughout and topped with a drizzle of maple powdered sugar glaze. And lastly, the mini size just makes them that much better for alllll the reasons!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Scones on marble board.

5 More Leftover Pumpkin Puree Recipes

Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Pumpkin cookies on a rack

Pumpkin Muffins with Pistachio Crumble

Pumpkin Muffins with Pistachio Crumble on tray.

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

Donuts stacked on top of each other.

Leftover Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Pasta with Bacon

Pasta in a white bowl

Pumpkin Eggnog French Toast

Close-up view of the french toast on a white plate.

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