26 Amazing Canned Pumpkin Recipes



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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.

Overhead shot of two bowls of pumpkin oatmeal topped with pecans.
3.94 from 46 votes

Pumpkin Oatmeal

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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Pumpkin baked oatmeal in a square baking dish cut into 6 pieces.
4.33 from 343 votes

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

This pumpkin baked oatmeal is made with oats, pumpkin, maple syrup and warm spices. It's vegan, gluten-free, easy to make and the perfect cozy fall breakfast.
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Jar of pumpkin pie overnight oats topped with pecans, whipped cream and cinnamon.
3.92 from 239 votes

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

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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Protein egg white pumpkin oatmeal topped with peanut butter, granola, and pecans.
4.24 from 34 votes

Protein Pumpkin Oatmeal

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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Pumpkin chia pudding in a tulip weck jar, topped with coconut whipped cream, granola and a cinnamon stick.
4.36 from 142 votes

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

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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Overhead shot of Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal in a white bowl with milk and pecans in the bowl.
4.35 from 116 votes

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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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Stack of pumpkin pancakes, drizzled with peanut butter and maple syrup, with a bite taken out of the stack.
4.64 from 41 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

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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Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls in a baking dish.
4.35 from 23 votes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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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A bowl of pumpkin granola served in a bowl with milk. A silver spoon rests aside the bowl.
4.62 from 34 votes

Pumpkin Granola

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!

Two pumpkin gingerbread smoothies on a wood board topped with whipped cream.
4.84 from 24 votes

Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie

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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Photo of pumpkin spice latte in a glass mug topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.
4.44 from 120 votes

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

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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Two pumpkin pie smoothies on a wood cutting board surrounded by spices and a kitchen towlel.
4.43 from 26 votes

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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.

A white bowl filled with pumpkin oatmeal cookies.
4.50 from 84 votes

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

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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Plate with cute pumpkin mummy decorated cookies.
3.90 from 10 votes

Mummy Cookies

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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Close up photo of a pumpkin cookie frosted with white icing.
4.37 from 49 votes

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

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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A stack of pumpkin protein bars on a white plate with chocolate chips sprinkled around.
4.27 from 184 votes

Pumpkin Protein Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

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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Squares of pumpkin bars on a cooling rack with a measuring cup full of chocolate chips.
4.86 from 28 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Bars

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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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 stuffed with pumpkin seeds and raisins on a cooling rack.
4.60 from 10 votes

Pumpkin Bran Muffins

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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Two pumpkin muffins stacked on top of each other. They are balancing on top of a baking tin.
4.04 from 53 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

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 healthy pumpkin muffins stacked with a bite taken out of the top muffin.
4.12 from 210 votes

Flourless Pumpkin Muffins

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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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.
4.10 from 42 votes

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Cups

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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Two muffins stacked on top of each other.
4.41 from 25 votes

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

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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A loaf of healthy pumpkin bread on parchment paper on a cutting board. There's three slices of bread near the loaf with a cutting knife, three cinnamon sticks, and small pumpkins also nearby.
4.61 from 130 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

This healthy pumpkin bread is made with fiber-rich whole wheat flour, naturally sweetened with maple syrup and packed with warm spices. It's moist, fluffy and makes for the perfect fall treat. Plus, it can easily be made vegan.
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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!

A pile of peanut butter pumpkin bone shaped dog treats on a wood surface, sitting in front of an open jar of the treats.
4.44 from 125 votes

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

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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Bowl of healthy vegan curried pumpkin soup topped with pumpkin seeds and spices.
4.39 from 18 votes

Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup

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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A white bowl with maple balsamic tempeh, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin rice.
4.60 from 44 votes

Maple Balsamic Tempeh Bowls

These maple balsamic tempeh bowls pair creamy pumpkin rice with maple balsamic tempeh and steamed broccoli for the perfect comforting fall meal. Vegan + gluten-free.
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3.72 from 7 votes

26 Amazing Canned Pumpkin Recipes + Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This creamy healthy pumpkin pie smoothie requires only six ingredients and tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. It’s vegan, gluten-free and surprisingly healthy!
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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin pie smoothie
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