What Can You Do with Leftover Pumpkin Puree?

Updated: Mar. 19, 2024

Don't let leftover pumpkin puree go to waste! We'll show you how to use up that extra pumpkin at the bottom of the can.

You know the feeling: You stir up an amazing pumpkin dessert (it’s delicious, of course) only to be left with a few tablespoons of pumpkin at the bottom of the can. Since pumpkin is one of the fall’s best ingredients, you really don’t want to throw it away, but what can you do with leftover pumpkin puree?

It turns out that this bit of leftover pumpkin isn’t to be wasted. In fact, you can find lots of creative ways to use it.

How to Store Leftover Pumpkin

Keep leftover pumpkin puree and canned pumpkin in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’ll keep there for a week.

If you don’t think you can use up your pumpkin within that time, you can freeze it for up to a year. Seal it up in a zip-top freezer bag (be sure to label it) and toss it into the freezer. If you want to pre-portion your pumpkin, freeze it in an ice cube tray or muffin tin. Once set, remove the frozen pumpkin cubes or pucks and freeze in a bag. Defrost portions as you need them.

How to Use Leftover Pumpkin Puree

For Breakfast

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A few spoonfuls of pureed pumpkin can produce a cozy breakfast—just what you want on a chilly morning. Here’s how to use extra canned pumpkin at the breakfast table:

  • Oatmeal: Stir extra pumpkin into your morning oatmeal with a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. If you’re looking to make a bigger batch, try this pumpkin oatmeal recipe.
  • Pancakes: You can add canned pumpkin to your favorite pancake recipe (or try this top-rated pumpkin pancake recipe). With a dash of pumpkin spice and maple syrup, it’ll really feel like fall.
  • Parfaits: Layer up yogurt, crunchy granola and your leftover pumpkin puree for a simple breakfast.
  • Spread: Stir together whatever pumpkin leftovers you have with cream cheese to top your morning bagel.

To Sip

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Pumpkin spice latte lovers, we’re looking at you! Use the real deal in some easy drinks.

  • Lattes: Yep, you can make a pumpkin latte right at home. Use your leftover pumpkin along with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg for a warmup.
  • Milkshakes: Blend together vanilla ice cream, milk, pumpkin and your favorite spices for a decadent fall milkshake.
  • Smoothies: Pumpkin has a lot of amazing health benefits (it’s a great source of vitamins A and C). Add a few tablespoons to your next smoothie.
  • Hot cocoa: A dollop of canned pumpkin plus a dash of pumpkin pie spice is one of our favorite hot chocolate add-ins.

For Dessert

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Not every dessert calls for a whole 15-ounce can of pumpkin. So many treats require just a smidge of this ingredient to get the flavor you love.

For Fido

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Yep, you can give your pooch a sample of pumpkin (so long as it’s 100% pumpkin). A few tablespoons can help combat digestive issues in dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. Pumpkin is also a major ingredient in these homemade dog biscuits.

See, the season’s coziest ingredient doesn’t have to go to waste. Now, head to the kitchen and pop open a can or two of pumpkin!

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