9 Recipes to Use Up Leftover Pumpkin Purée

Don’t banish leftover pumpkin purée to the back of your freezer only to be forgotten and tossed. Get the most out of pumpkin season by using leftover pumpkin purée for Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin Biscotti, and to enhance your morning coffee.

My youngest son loves pumpkin muffins so I have a can or two of pumpkin purée in the pantry at all times. Yet, even when I double the recipe, I often have some purée leftover. It ends up stashed, and, sadly, forgotten in the back of the fridge.

I know I can’t be the only one with this problem, but I have a solution and few recipes to help you use up what remains of a partially used can of pumpkin.

Besides using leftover pumpkin for Pumpkin Cookies, it’s also delicious stirred into oatmeal, whisked along with milk and spices for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, or added to smoothies.

If you must freeze it, pumpkin purée lasts 5-7 days in the refrigerator and three months in the freezer. Freeze leftovers in containers labeled with the date. For smaller amounts, freeze the puree in ice cube trays and then transfer to a ziplock once frozen.

I’m keeping a list of recipes that I can turn to when I have extra pumpkin to use. I picked recipes that the whole family enjoys, and store well, so that I can have pumpkin-flavored treats whenever the mood strikes.

moist Pumpkin Bread makes the best pumpkin bread

Similar to muffins, quick breads are well-loved in my family. It doubles easily, freezes well and will get eaten in record time. I love the addition of orange zest and the glaze that tops the loaf, though neither are necessary for excellent results.

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Pumpkin Biscotti

Biscotti is perfect for your mid-afternoon coffee break. Add cranberries or nuts to the dough or dip in melted chocolate for a decadent option. Store at room temperature for two weeks in an airtight container and enjoy.

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Pumpkin pancakes are a classic fall breakfast that everyone loves and that also freezes well. These are extra-special because they use chocolate milk in the batter to intensify the chocolate and pumpkin flavors.

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Pumpkin Waffles

Waffles are family-favorites that are easy to double and freeze for future hectic mornings. Cool waffles on a baking rack and freeze them on a baking sheet before moving to a ziplock bag. Rewarm in the toaster on low and serve with applesauce.

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Cheesecake bars have become a family-favorite. Not sure why it took me so long to try the handheld version of cheesecake but I’m making up for lost time. I love the spiced graham cracker crust, creamy pumpkin filling and crunchy streusel topping.

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Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake

Cheesecake doesn’t have to be a day-long affair. Using the Instant Pot or other pressure cookers, this pumpkin version cooks in one hour. If you’re not sure you have the right accessories to make cheesecake, then check out this article.

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Almond Breeze Recipe

My family can’t resist muffins and these dairy-free, vegan ones are exactly what we need to switch up our cornbread game. Yum!

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes

Bake up a batch of these tender cupcakes the next time dessert is needed. They bake in twenty minutes and the maple syrup sweetened cream cheese frosting is divine.

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Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi

While most dinner recipes call for using fresh pumpkin or squash, this gnocchi taps into the fall flavors and brings pumpkin purée to the dinner table. Mix it with eggs, flour and cheese and enjoy the pillowy, gnocchi perfection.

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Rachel Knecht

Rachel tests recipes for Simply Recipes, teaches a kid's cooking class, and develops the content for Baking with Rachel.

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  1. marianne

    I have 4 gallon freezer bags from this month of pumpkin puree. I would like to use it up. What can you suggest? I will make alot of dog treats with it but also will use for pumpkin chili but still not enough to use it all up. Any ideas?

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  2. Kimberly Summers

    Love the recipes.. I use to have one for candy an one for a cake from pumpkin.. Thank you for sharing the recipes

  3. Jennifer Schulz

    Anything sugar free

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