Thanks to New England’s crazy winters, fall can be a short-lived event. Extend the fall with autumnal flavors, like pumpkin! Fresh pumpkins can be daunting and time-consuming to prepare, but canned pumpkin is an excellent alternative with all of the health benefits.
Canned pumpkin is an easy-to-store source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Just make sure you purchase pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling – this is overly sweetened and loaded with tons of sugar. You can use it to make soups and sauces, as well as desserts. We’ve put together a list of our favorite and easy ways to use canned pumpkin to make sure you have a taste of fall all year long.
- Oatmeal. Mix a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin into plain instant oatmeal, along with a drizzle of maple syrup and dash of cinnamon.
- Yogurt. Mix a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin with a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt for a decadent yet guilt-free treat. Top with crumbled graham crackers or a similar cereal.
- Pumpkin pie milkshakes. When making vanilla milkshakes for the kids (or yourself), blend a few scoops of pumpkin puree into the shake, along with a dash of cinnamon and a few graham crackers.
- Sweet dip/spread. Mix with softened cream cheese and powdered sugar for a delicious dip that you can eat with fruit or crackers. For an elegant dessert, serve with sliced apples in store bought dessert shells. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, try rolling a spoonful up in crescent roll dough.
Do you have any other favorite ways to use canned pumpkin? Let us know in the comments below!