Fall Food Without The Fuss

Pump Up The Spice With These 10 Easy Canned Pumpkin Recipes

Some sweet, some savory, all simple.

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Get all the yummy pumpkin taste with none of the actual harvest effort by adding these 10 easy canned pumpkin recipes to your menu. Whether you’re looking for a dessert or dinner dish, you’re sure to find something tasty for all your fall cravings.

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Pumpkin Chilli

Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 lb ground spicy Italian sausage, 1 onion, 1 red bell pepper, 3 garlic cloves, 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 cans roasted tomatoes, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can black beans, 1 can pumpkin puree, 2 1/2 c chicken broth

Instructions: In a large pot, heat oil and sausage until cooked. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Stir in tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, pumpkin puree, chicken broth, and sausage. Bring to a boil and let sit for 20 minutes. Cool, then serve.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients: 1 (8 oz) cream cheese package, 1 1/2 c brown sugar, 1 can pumpkin puree, 4 large eggs, 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 tbsp flour, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, 1 gram cracker crust

Instructions: Mix cream cheese, canned pumpkin puree, brown sugar, salt, eggs, sour cream, flour, pumpkin spice, vanilla extract, and butter together. Pour into gram cracker crust and bake 40- 45 minutes at 300 degrees. Serve.

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Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients: 1/3 cup pumpkin puree, 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 c milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp brown sugar

Instructions: Mix pumpkin puree, frozen banana, flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, milk, and vanilla into a blender. Blend until even. Add brown sugar and blend again. Serve.

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Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Ingredients: 1 can of pumpkin puree, 2 c brown sugar, 1 c vegetable oil, 4 eggs, 2 c flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, ½ tsp salt, 1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, 5 tbsp butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 tsp milk, vanilla frosting

Instructions: Mix canned pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, and oil together. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Beat until blended, and pour batter into a greased baking pan. Bake 25- 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool, top with frosting, then serve.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Pancakes

Ingredients: 1 ¼ c flour, ¼ c brown sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, 1 c milk, ½ can of canned pumpkin puree, 1 egg, 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions: Mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Add milk, canned pumpkin, egg, and oil. Beat until even. Drop spoonfuls of batter into oiled pan. Flip and cook until brown on each side. Serve.

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Roasted Garlic and Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients: 1 garlic clove, 1 can chickpeas, ¾ c pumpkin puree, ½ tsp salt, 1 ¼ tsp ground cumin, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions: Finely chop one garlic clove and add to chickpeas, pumpkin puree, salt, cumin, lemon juice, maple syrup, and olive oil. Blend and serve with pita chips or vegetables.

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Pumpkin Leche Flan

Ingredients: (Caramel Sauce) 1 c sugar, 1/4 tsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp corn syrup, 1/3 c water; (Flan) 1 can evaporated milk, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/3 c canned pumpkin puree, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 3 eggs

Instructions: In small saucepan, heat sugar, lemon juice, corn syrup, and water until caramel brown. Mix evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, and eggs together. Pour hot water into a baking pan until it’s filled halfway. Bake for 35- 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Pour caramel sauce over flan, serve.

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

Ingredients: 2 c flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 3/4 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/2 c mashed overripe banana, 1/2 c pumpkin puree, 1/2 c maple syrup, 2 tbsp sweetener, 1/3 c oil, 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions: Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, mashed overripe banana, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, sweetener, oil, and vanilla extract together. Pour into a baking pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool, then serve.

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Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Ingredients: 1 c warm milk, 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 package instant yeast, 1/2 c canned pumpkin puree, 1/2 c butter, 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 4 1/2 c flour

Instructions: Mix warm milk, sugar, and salt. Add 1 package of instant yeast, butter, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir until blended. Add flour as you knead the dough. Do this for about 7 minutes until smooth. Let dough rise in a greased bowl for about 30 minutes. Split into 15 rolls and bake at 375 degrees for 18- 20 minutes. Serve.

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Pumpkin Carbonara

Ingredients: 1 c pumpkin puree, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, 1 egg, 4 slices of bacon, 1 tbsp garlic, 1 box spaghetti, ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 pepper

Instructions: Boil water for pasta. Stir together pumpkin puree, cheese, and egg. Cook bacon with garlic separately until crisp. Once the water is boiling, cook the spaghetti. Stir 1/4 of hot pasta water with the pumpkin puree mixture. Mix with the cooked spaghetti. Add bacon, garlic, and nutmeg, and stir together. Serve.

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