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Not sure what to do with leftover pumpkin puree? Here are a variety of delicious and healthy pumpkin puree recipes that are great for enjoying year-round, whether you’re craving something sweet or savory. They’re perfect for the fall and holiday season or any time of the day.

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Leftover Pumpkin Puree (Canned or Homemade)

While pumpkin recipes are all the rage during the fall season, I enjoy them year round thanks to one of my favorite pantry staples, canned pumpkin puree. It’s such an easy way to add flavor and nutrition without much effort!

It’s also a great substitute for oil and butter in baked goods and helps make them moist.

Canned pumpkin puree is widely available here in the United States, but if it’s not easily accessible where you live, then here’s how to make homemade pumpkin puree. It requires more effort, but the process is very simple, so have no fear!

You may have noticed that many recipes that call for canned pumpkin don’t require a full can. So what are you supposed to do with the leftovers?

I am here to share storage tips as well as plenty of recipes to help you use it all up!

How to Store Pumpkin Puree

You will first need to scoop it out of the can and transfer into a jar or container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

You can also freeze for up to 6 months. I personally like to freeze in 1/4-1/2 cup portions using this freezer tray. Simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Note: When baking with leftover pumpkin puree, it is best to take it out of the refrigerator and bring to room temperature along with other cold ingredients, like eggs, milk, etc.

Favorite Pumpkin Puree Recipes

Here’s a collection of EASY, healthy pumpkin recipes ideal for sharing with babies and kids. This assortment features a range of sauces, dips, baked goods, and one-pot meals that are perfect for the entire family.

Breakfast Recipes

Leftover pumpkin is such a fantastic, healthy ingredient for quick and easy make-ahead breakfasts. These are perfect for busy mornings when you want something tasty and satisfying without the hassle.

Stacked pancakes with yogurt and pecans.
4.94 from 15 votes

Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes

Light and fluffy, these pumpkin oatmeal pancakes are made with just a handful of nutritious ingredients. Simply toss everything in the blender and enjoy this cozy breakfast in no time!
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A large plate with cooked waffles, toppings, and little hands grabbing them.
5 from 23 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Waffles Recipe

These light and fluffy pumpkin waffles are easy to make with simple ingredients. Enjoy them as a warm and cozy fall breakfast treat (or any time of the year).
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A close up shot of cooked pumpkin oatmeal with milk and pecans.
5 from 7 votes

Pumpkin Oatmeal

This cozy fall breakfast pumpkin oatmeal is a breeze to whip up and makes for a seriously delicious and hearty way to kickstart your day.
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Pumpkin chia pudding with yogurt and chopped pecans in a large bowl.
5 from 2 votes

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

You just need 5 simple ingredients to make this pumpkin chia pudding. It's as easy as mixing all the ingredients together and then refrigerating.
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Pumpkin yogurt topped with graham crackers and pecans.
5 from 4 votes

Pumpkin Yogurt

Transform your plain yogurt into a delightful pumpkin spice treat with this pumpkin yogurt recipe. It's a smart way to use up leftover pumpkin puree and make your yogurt experience even more enjoyable!
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A close up shot of pumpkin ball with a bite taken out.
5 from 25 votes

No Bake Pumpkin Balls

This no-bake pumpkin balls recipe is so easy to make with simple, healthy ingredients, and is oh so delicious!
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Six variations of overnight quinoa in mason jars.
5 from 12 votes

Overnight Quinoa Oats

Here’s everything you need to know to make healthy and delicious overnight quinoa oats. It’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast.
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Baked Goods with Canned Pumpkin

Made with wholesome ingredients and packed with warm and cozy flavors, all of these treats are convenient on-the-go breakfast or snack. Plus, they freeze really well, making them a convenient and kid-friendly option for busy school days.

I like to thaw in the fridge overnight and add to kids lunchboxes and school snacks.

A close up shot of sliced bread.
4.98 from 40 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

Made with healthy ingredients, this moist pumpkin banana bread has all the warm pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of sweetness.
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Five baked cookies stacked.
5 from 25 votes

4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

Soft and chewy, these healthy pumpkin cookies couldn't be easier to make! You just need 4 ingredients and 15 minutes from start to finish
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Three muffins stacked on top of each other with the top one sliced in half.
4.98 from 42 votes

Fluffy Pumpkin Muffins

These healthy pumpkin banana muffins are super moist and have the perfect balance of natural sweetness and warm fall flavors
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Three stacked bars.
4.96 from 43 votes

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars (with Lentils)

These pumpkin oatmeal bars are high in protein and low in sugar. Moist and packed with the flavors of fall, enjoy them as a delicious no fuss breakfast or snack!
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Pumpkin Dinner Recipes

Pumpkin puree isn’t just for sweet recipes! Adding it to savory dishes can add depth, creaminess, and a touch of earthy goodness to your recipes. It’s also a great way to boost the veggie content of your family’s meals!

An overhead shot of plated pumpkin pasta with parmesan and parsley.
5 from 5 votes

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Get a taste of fall comfort with this pumpkin pasta sauce that you can get on the table in under 30 minutes. It is super easy to make with canned pumpkin and bursting with cozy, warm flavors.
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A close up shot of plated risotto with parsley, pecans, and parmesan.
5 from 6 votes

Pumpkin Risotto

Cozy up with a bowl of this warm and creamy pumpkin risotto. While it may seem "fancy," It requires minimal stirring so you can get this fall comfort meal onto the dinner table even on the busiest of weeknights.
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An overhead shot of pumpkin soup with coconut cream.
5 from 3 votes

Pumpkin Carrot Soup

This pumpkin carrot soup is all about simplicity, with just a handful of ingredients that come together to create a thick, creamy, and incredibly flavorful fall comfort food. You are sure to make it over and over again!
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one pot parmesan pumpkin quinoa - mjandhungryman
5 from 8 votes

One Pot Parmesan Pumpkin Quinoa

This fall inspired ultimate comfort meal, one pot parmesan pumpkin quinoa, is super easy to make, healthy, and delicious! It’s vegetarian, naturally gluten free and makes for a perfect weekday meal.
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A close up shot of the baked pumpkin pasta.
4.85 from 26 votes

Pumpkin Pasta Bake

This pumpkin pasta bake is a lighter vegetarian comfort dish perfect for the fall season! Pumpkin and kale are mixed with pasta and cheese then baked to golden perfection.
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Pasta sauce stored in mason jar with vegetables on the side.
5 from 12 votes

Veggie Pasta Sauce

This simple hidden veggie pasta sauce is great if you are struggling to get your child (or yourself) to eat the recommended amount of vegetables
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Whole wheat bun stuffed with sloppy joes.
5 from 26 votes

Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes

Made with lean beef, vegetables, and a super easy homemade sauce with pumpkin, this quick and easy meal can be on your table in 30 minutes! 
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling?

Real pumpkin puree is cooked and pureed pumpkin without any added sugar or spices. The only ingredient you should see is pumpkin.


Pumpkin pie filling contains added sugar and spices.

What is a good substitute for pumpkin puree?

If you’d like to incorporate more variety, you can easily swap pumpkin with butternut squash puree or sweet potato puree.

About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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