What can you do with a cup or less of leftover pumpkin puree? Plenty! Here’s our list of creative, fall-inspired pumpkin recipes, each requiring 1 cup of puree or less to make.
What Can You Do with Leftover Pumpkin Puree?
Whether you make your own pumpkin puree at home or use canned pumpkin, when you're done baking or cooking with it, it seems like there's always at least a little leftover.
So what can you do with a cup or less of leftover pumpkin puree? Plenty!
During fall baking season, I use lot of pumpkin: in pies, breads, pastas, smoothies – you name it. Because let’s face it, pumpkin is tasty, and very versatile. But at the end of the day, I inevitably have anywhere from a spoonful to a cup of puree leftover, which more often than not gets shoved to the back of the fridge and forgotten until it starts to grow legs.
Finding a good use for leftover pumpkin isn’t difficult, but in the rush of the season, it’s easy to put off. (Soccer season does not help; just saying. I see you, Mama.)
How to Store Leftover Pumpkin
If you don’t have time or motivation to use your leftover pumpkin right now, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. After that, you will need to freeze it. Luckily, pumpkin freezes well, and will hold its flavor in the freezer for up to 3 months; and up to a year, depending on how it’s stored.
You can freeze leftover pumpkin puree in resealable freezer bags, freezer-safe plastic containers, or even ice cube trays. Our preferred method for storing pumpkin is to vacuum-seal it; it will last up to a year when stored this way. Allow frozen pumpkin to thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator before using.
Want to use that pumpkin today? Scroll down and check out our delicious list of fall-inspired pumpkin recipes, each requiring 1 cup of puree or less to make.
Recipes for Leftover Pumpkin Puree
All of these recipes require 1 cup of pumpkin puree or less. The amount of pumpkin needed is listed in the title, and the recipes are ordered from least to most pumpkin used.
Peachy Pumpkin Smoothie (¼ Cup)
This creamy pumpkin smoothie is a refreshingly scrumptious blend of pumpkin, peaches, and cozy fall spices.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies (¼ Cup)
Can’t decide between chocolate and pumpkin for dessert? Pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies are the answer! Super fudgy brownies with creamy pumpkin cheesecake make for a decadent and comforting spiced delight.
Pumpkin Spice Sourdough Scones (½ Cup)
These tender, orange-infused Pumpkin Spice Scones smell like heaven, and they taste even better!
Pumpkin Cream of Wheat (½ Cup)
Not your grandma’s cream of wheat! Enjoy a delicious bowl of Pumpkin Spice Cream of Wheat loaded with your favorite toppings; ready in under 10 minutes!
Pumpkin Dog Treats For Man’s Best Friend (½ Cup)
Everyone needs a treat now and then – even our furry best friends! These homemade pumpkin dog treats are easy to make and healthy for your dog; plus, they smell amazing while baking!
Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes (½ Cup)
These delicious Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes take just 8 ingredients and are a breeze to make! Naturally gluten-free.
Pumpkin French Toast (½ Cup)
This pumpkin spiced French toast is a delicious way to bring cozy autumn vibes to a your morning.
Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies (⅔ Cup)
These pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies are chewy, gooey, and packed with flavor! Fall baking just got easier as this recipe requires no chill time, no mixer, and turns out perfect every time!
No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cookies (⅔ Cup)
These easy, fall-inspired no-bake cookies are perfectly spiced in every bite. Takes just 15 minutes to make.
Fluffy Pumpkin Waffles (¾ Cup)
Pumpkin waffles are light, fluffy and full of pumpkin spice. Ready to eat in 15 minutes, can also freeze them and reheat for easy breakfast prep.
Award Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake (¾ Cup)
With a velvety texture, warming spices, and a nutty crust, this gluten-free Pumpkin Cheesecake is an indulgent autumn treat everyone will love.
Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Macarons (⅞ Cup)
These homemade macarons with spiced pumpkin cheesecake filling are deliciously sweet and fragrant, and make perfectly elegant Autumn treat.
Old-fashioned Pumpkin Gingerbread (1 Cup)
Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Gingerbread is a deliciously moist, easy quick bread made with ginger, molasses, brown sugar, and warm spices. Perfect for the autumn holidays.
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce (1 Cup)
Perfect for a fall night in, this pumpkin pasta is creamy, comforting, and is made with real pumpkin, butter, sage, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and the pasta of your choice. Ready in 20 minutes.
Pumpkin Spice Sauce (1 Cup)
This creamy, mildly sweet pumpkin spice sauce is perfect for your fall breakfast, dessert or drink! Made with whole food, simple ingredients and minimal natural sugars.
Roasted Pumpkin Hummus (1 Cup)
This easy roasted pumpkin hummus is made with simple ingredients and mildly sweetened with maple syrup. Great on pita, vegetables, or your favorite crackers!
Pumpkin Cupcakes (1 Cup)
Made with a shortcut cake mix, these Pumpkin Cupcakes are infused with warm spices and pumpkin puree and topped with a creamy cheesecake frosting for the best ever easy fall dessert!
Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread (1 Cup)
This pumpkin babka bread is soft and tender, with rich swirls of chocolate and pumpkin throughout.
Pumpkin Risotto (1 Cup)
This creamy pumpkin risotto is made with caramelized onions and topped with toasted hazelnuts and crispy sage! It's the perfect cozy fall meal!
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