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Leftover Canned Pumpkin Recipes

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I have a question.  Why does every recipe I pin lately only call for a ½ cup of pumpkin? Or, I guess the bigger question- why can I not buy a smaller can of pumpkin?

I’m quick to write off a recipe that calls for an ingredient I don’t use often.  Call me stubborn, but I don’t know what to do with half of a container of buttermilk- so I will search for a recipe that doesn’t call for it in the first place. I’m a simpleton… very set in my ways (and recipes).

But back to pumpkin- you can’t escape it! This year especially I have tried to embrace each and every recipe I could get my hands on.

I’ve found that an open can of pumpkin lasts in the fridge for up to 1 week before it starts to get a bit funky.  I cover it with plastic and haven’t had an issue.  If you have time, you can transfer it to a vacuum-sealed container to keep it fresh.

Each of these recipes call for one cup of pumpkin puree or less (there are roughly 2 cups in a can). So if you’re like me and have some leftover pumpkin, or want to find something other than pie to make, check out these recipes!

Kathy’s maple pumpkin quesadilla is a quick lunch option- and a great way to sneak in some extra nutrition with the addition of white beans.

maple pumpkin quesadilla
Photo Source: lunchboxbunch.com

Taylor’s homemade pumpkin hummus is savory and versatile- it can be eaten as a dip or added to sandwiches as a creamy spread.

pumpkin mac and cheese
Photo Source: foodfaithfitness.com

Valentina’s pumpkin mac and cheese is killer.  It is creamy and gooey and most definitely kid approved.

pumpkin cornbread
Photo Source: momtastic.com

Donna’s pumpkin cornbread is a tasty way to spruce up a family favorite.  This one is kid approved in our house!

pumpkin spice latte
Photo Source: pbs.org

Faith shares everyone’s favorite fall staple- the pumpkin spice latte, which I found even more delicious than Starbucks! It took a few minutes to prepare, but oh was it worth it!

PSL
Photo Source: The kitchn

Michelle’s pumpkin pancakes were a delicious Saturday morning treat.  I had to make a second batch for lunch- and these are most definitely kid approved.

pumpkin pancakes
Photo Source: Brown Eyed Baker

And finally, check out this pumpkin chili which is absolutely delicious- the pumpkin isn’t overwhelming, but adds a creaminess that puts this recipe over-the-top.

Will you be trying any of these recipes? What do you like to do with leftover pumpkin? Leave us a comment and let us know! 

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