Nutrition

Eight Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin This Fall

We've rounded up eight ways to use canned pumpkin for dishes including curry, breakfast pops, and energy bites.


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Pumpkin pie breakfast pops / photo by Natasha Bull

You didn’t think we’d let October pass without some new pumpkin-themed recipes, did you? Canned pumpkin is one of the most convenient items to have in your pantry; it can be used as a substitute for butter or oil or to jazz up a variety of recipes. From sweet to savory, we found eight easy recipes that use canned pumpkin.

1. Chickpea Pumpkin Coconut Curry
Via Emilie Eats 

This recipe, perfect for vegans, has a base of coconut milk, canned pumpkin, and chickpeas. Serve the curry over rice, quinoa, or buckwheat and top with a squeeze of lime.

2. Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Pops
Via Salt and Lavender

Mix up the way you eat your yogurt by layering it with pumpkin puree in popsicle molds. To get the popsicles out easily, submerge the frozen part of the mold in hot water for 8-10 seconds.

3. Coconut-Curry Pumpkin Bisque
Via Weight Watchers 

Warm up with this cozy soup, made with pumpkin, fat free reduced sodium broth, and light coconut milk. Use an immersion blender to puree the ingredients once they’ve spent some time simmering.

4. Pumpkin Pie Spiced Oatmeal
Via Buzzfeed 

Packed with fiber and healthy fats, this pumpkin pie oatmeal is a healthy breakfast option. Top the oatmeal with almond butter or a fruit, such as bananas or chopped apples.

5. Healthy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
Via Desserts with Benefits 

For a bite-size snack, these energy balls are a great option for before the gym or for an afternoon pick-me-up. If you don’t have a mixing bowl with beaters, you can use a food processor instead.

6. Healthy Pumpkin Chili
Via The Glowing Fridge 

This vegetarian recipe uses pinto and black beans and pumpkin puree to create a chunky chili in only 35 minutes. For extra flavor and texture, try adding sweet potatoes.

7. Pumpkin Gingerbread Protein Pancakes
Via The Big Man’s World 

This protein-packed pancake contains coconut flour, protein powder, and egg whites. If you choose not to use protein powder, add an extra tablespoon of flour.

8. Vegan Pumpkin Pasta with Sage
Via Avocado Pesto 

A simple pasta sauce is made with pumpkin puree, coconut milk, sage, garlic, and olive oil. For a healthier pasta dish, try using whole wheat, chickpea, or lentil pasta.