Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!
Have a few extra servings of pumpkin puree left in the can but don’t want to waste it? We made up a list of a few tips and tricks on how to get the most out of a can of pumpkin puree!
1. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread
Don’t go to the bagel store on the corner for a tub of flavored cream cheese, make your own! It’s super simple and all you need are a few ingredients – cream cheese, brown or granulated sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and pumpkin puree. Beat one 8-ounce pack of room temperature cream cheese, ¼ to 1/3 cup of brown or granulated sugar, and 1 tablespoon maple syrup until creamy. Add 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree, ½ teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Serve with apples or crackers. Or just shmear it on a bagel!
2. Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait
This recipe is super simple and is a great twist on your daily routine of bringing yogurt to work or school. Swirl 2 to 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree into a serving of plain Greek yogurt. Stir in a little cinnamon and nutmeg to taste, sprinkle with pecans, and drizzle with honey.
3. Pumpkin Smoothie
All you need are three ingredients for this delicious smoothie – banana, almond butter, water, ice and cinnamon. Blend 1 banana, 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 3 tablespoons almond butter, 1 cup water, and 1 cup ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Blend until smooth.
4. Pumpkin Latte
Make a pumpkin spice latte with real pumpkin – it’s easy and inexpensive! Combine one part hot coffee with two parts hot milk (dairy, almond, or soy). Add 2 to 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree and stir vigorously, then drizzle in honey. Stir again and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
5. Pumpkin Soup
Chilly fall weather means a nice, warm soup is always on the menu. In a medium pot, sauté one minced shallot and a few sprigs of thyme in olive oil until golden, then add 6 tablespoons pumpkin puree. Add 1.5 cups vegetable broth, thinning with more broth if desired. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove thyme stems. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Pumpkin Hummus Dip
A classic snack includes pretzels, veggies or pita chips dipped in hummus. GIve your plain hummus an autumn twist with pumpkin puree. Stir 1 to 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree into plain hummus to taste, sprinkle with sea salt, and garnish with gorgeous and crunchy pumpkin seeds (pepitas).