26 Amazing Canned Pumpkin Recipes

Wondering what to do with leftover canned pumpkin? Here’s a variety of delicious canned pumpkin recipes to put that pumpkin to good use.

It’s that time of year when canned pumpkin flies off the shelves and everyone starts panicking about stocking up to make their favorite fall recipes! I love using canned pumpkin in recipes because of its earthy, sweet flavor.

Pumpkin is a great way to lighten up baked goods because you can use it as a replacement for oil, butter and even eggs in some cases. It helps make baked goods moist and gives them a lovely, cakey texture. In terms of nutrition, it’s super healthy – low in calories, carbs and packed with nutrients including Vitamin A and fiber.

How to Use Leftover Canned Pumpkin?

The one thing about recipes that call for canned pumpkin is that oftentimes you only need a small amount (not a full can), which means you have leftover pumpkin sitting in the fridge that you need to use. Fear not, because I have a ton to tasty recipes that will help you use up that canned pumpkin.

If for some reason you can’t find canned pumpkin. No worries! I have a pumpkin puree recipe for you.

Make sure you buy pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling for these recipes because pumpkin pie filling is sweetened. The ingredient list should just be "pumpkin"!

Oatmeal & Breakfast Ideas

Who knew there were so many ways to enjoy pumpkin for breakfast?! Pumpkin is an amazing addition to oatmeal, but it also adds delicious fall flavor to fancier recipes like cinnamon rolls and pancakes.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

3.81 from 41 votes
This healthy and cozy pumpkin oatmeal makes the perfect breakfast for a chilly fall morning. It has a ton of pumpkin flavor with a little spice and a touch of sweetness.
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Overhead shot of two bowls of pumpkin oatmeal topped with pecans.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

4.18 from 269 votes
The best cozy fall breakfast, this pumpkin baked oatmeal is made with oats, pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. It’s vegan and gluten-free.
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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

3.73 from 203 votes
Have pumpkin pie for breakfast with this healthy pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe. It's fast, easy, vegan, gluten-free and delicious! 
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Jar of pumpkin pie overnight oats topped with pecans, whipped cream and cinnamon.

Protein Pumpkin Oatmeal

4.14 from 30 votes
This protein pumpkin oatmeal with egg whites is loaded with pumpkin flavor and protein. The secret is whipping egg whites into the oats while they cook!
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Protein egg white pumpkin oatmeal topped with peanut butter, granola, and pecans.

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

4.05 from 88 votes
This pumpkin chia pudding combines pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, chia seeds and almond butter for a creamy and delicious fall breakfast or snack. 
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Pumpkin chia pudding in a tulip weck jar, topped with coconut whipped cream, granola and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

4.17 from 91 votes
Have pumpkin pie for breakfast with this healthy slow cooker pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe featuring steel-cut oats cooked overnight with pumpkin puree and spices. Hello fall!
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Overhead shot of Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal in a white bowl with milk and pecans in the bowl.

Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

4.55 from 37 votes
Healthy pumpkin pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. Full of pumpkin spice flavor and packed with protein and fiber, these pancakes are the perfect way to fuel a fall morning!
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Stack of pumpkin pancakes, drizzled with peanut butter and maple syrup, with a bite taken out of the stack.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

4.29 from 21 votes
These ooey gooey vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls are a delicious treat to make for breakfast or brunch. They’re made with bread flour, which gives them the perfect fluffy texture.
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Pumpkin Granola

4.59 from 31 votes
This pumpkin granola is super crunchy, easy to make and perfect for fall. It's made with real pumpkin and studded with nutty pecans and chocolate chips for the perfect hint of chocolatey goodness. Vegan + gluten-free.
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Ditch the coffee shop pumpkin spice latte and make your own pumpkin drinks at home! These recipes are made with minimal, healthy ingredients and absolutely delicious!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie

4.80 from 20 votes
This pumpkin gingerbread smoothie tastes like your favorite holiday dessert, but is loaded with health-boosting ingredients like fresh ginger, blackstrap molasses, and chia seeds. Vegan and gluten-free.
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Two pumpkin gingerbread smoothies on a wood board topped with whipped cream.

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

4.36 from 106 votes
Skip Starbucks and make this healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte made with almond milk at home. It's easy to make, vegan and delicious!
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Photo of pumpkin spice latte in a glass mug topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

4.41 from 25 votes
This creamy healthy pumpkin pie smoothie requires only six ingredients and tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. It’s vegan, gluten-free and surprisingly healthy!
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Cookies & Bars

Don’t forget about the treats! I love adding pumpkin to cookies and bars because it adds a light sweet flavor while also giving the treats a fluffy texture.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

4.45 from 76 votes
These delicious oatmeal pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips are healthy, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free. Perfect for satisfying your pumpkin cravings!
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Mummy Cookies

3.90 from 10 votes
Healthy soft pumpkin cookies decorated with frosting and candy eyes to make spooky mummy cookies. So cute and perfect for Halloween.
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Plate with cute pumpkin mummy decorated cookies.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

4.36 from 48 votes
These soft pumpkin cookies are like pillowy clouds that melt in your mouth. They’re loaded with pumpkin flavor, grain-free and made without any oil! Top with frosting for a delicious treat.
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Pumpkin Protein Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

4.16 from 153 votes
These pumpkin protein bars are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. They make for a perfect pre or post-workout snack or grab-and-go breakfast. Each bar has less than 80 calories, 7 grams of protein and only 4 grams of sugar!
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A stack of pumpkin protein bars on a white plate with chocolate chips sprinkled around.

Healthy Pumpkin Bars

4.81 from 21 votes
These healthy pumpkin bars are made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, applesauce and studded with chocolate chips. They have less oil than traditional pumpkin bars and can easily be made vegan.
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Squares of pumpkin bars on a cooling rack with a measuring cup full of chocolate chips.

Muffins & Bread

Canned pumpkin gives baked goods the best texture – perfectly fluffy and moist without a lot of added oil. You can’t go wrong making any of these muffin (or bread) recipes!

Pumpkin Bran Muffins

4.50 from 8 votes
Filled with fall flavor, these hearty pumpkin bran muffins are easy to whip up and provide a good source of fiber and protein. Only 160 calories per muffin!
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Pumpkin bran muffins stuffed with pumpkin seeds and raisins on a cooling rack.

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

3.85 from 44 votes
These healthy pumpkin muffins are naturally sweetened and made with whole wheat pastry flour, rolled oats, yogurt and fall spices. They're perfectly moist and fluffy and come together quickly.
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Two pumpkin muffins stacked on top of each other. They are balancing on top of a baking tin.

Flourless Pumpkin Muffins

4 from 185 votes
Healthy, paleo pumpkin muffins made with almond butter and pumpkin. No flour, no oil and no dairy. 9 grams of protein in each muffin!
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Two healthy pumpkin muffins stacked with a bite taken out of the top muffin.

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Cups

3.95 from 36 votes
These baked pumpkin oatmeal cups are the perfect solution for busy mornings. Make a batch during your weekly meal prep and eat them throughout the week!
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Four baked pumpkin oatmeal cups on a plate and one on the table next to the plate. Oatmeal cups are topped with chocolate chips and walnuts.

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

4.35 from 23 votes
Full of pumpkin flavor and fall spice, these healthy vegan pumpkin muffins are naturally sweetened and made with simple pantry staple ingredients. They're perfectly moist and fluffy!
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Two muffins stacked on top of each other.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

4.55 from 111 votes
Sweetened only with maple syrup, this delicious healthy pumpkin bread is low in sugar, vegan and made with fiber-rich whole wheat flour!
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Savory + Misc Ideas

Looking for a savory pumpkin option? Try my curried pumpkin soup or pumpkin rice. Canned pumpkin is also a dog-friendly snack!

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

4.43 from 123 votes
Use leftover canned pumpkin to make these 5-ingredient homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats! They’re super easy to make and the perfect fall treat for your furry friend. 
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Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup

4.54 from 15 votes
Comforting and filling vegan curried pumpkin soup made with coconut milk and cannellini beans. The beans give this pumpkin soup a nice, thick texture and add a little protein!
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Bowl of healthy vegan curried pumpkin soup topped with pumpkin seeds and spices.

Maple Balsamic Tempeh Bowls

4.52 from 37 votes
A comforting fall meal with maple balsamic tempeh, pumpkin coconut rice and steamed broccoli.
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Bowl of yellow rice with tempeh and broccoli.

26 Amazing Canned Pumpkin Recipes + Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

4 from 6 votes
This creamy healthy pumpkin pie smoothie requires only six ingredients and tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. It’s vegan, gluten-free and surprisingly healthy!
Two pumpkin pie smoothies on a wood cutting board surrounded by spices and a kitchen towlel.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1



  • Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender. Process until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and cinnamon, if using. Enjoy!



Serving: 1 Calories: 301kcal Carbohydrates: 50g Protein: 5g Fat: 7g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 36g
Course: Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin pie smoothie


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    1. helene
      February 28, 2022 AT 4:55 am

      excellent post thank you

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