7 Canned Pumpkin Recipes That Will Get You Excited for Fall

By Carrie Havranek
August 1, 2021
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We know it’s still summer and you should definitely enjoy it and all the summer produce. But if you, like us, are starting to think about fall and maybe starting to get a little bit anxious, we have the cure: Fall flavors, specifically pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is such a game changer for everything from energy balls to enchiladas. It can lend a bit of an earthiness to your morning smoothie, it makes your kitchen smell fantastic, and it brings with it a hefty dose of fiber, along with vitamins C and A.

Here are seven canned pumpkin recipes that will get you excited for fall. Honestly, just thinking about these recipes makes us feel a bit calmer about the back-to-school/back-to-work season.

1. Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce from Ambitious Kitchen

These protein-packed enchiladas lean on pre-cooked chicken, canned black beans, and an entire can of pumpkin puree for a meal that’s sweet and savory, and ready in less than an hour. Adapt the recipe by swapping in leftover pulled pork instead of chicken, or load it up with roasted veggies and skip the meat entirely.

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2. Pumpkin Pancakes from Cookie and Kate

These pancakes are the definition of hearty. Between the whole wheat flour and the pumpkin puree, you’ll get a good dose of whole grain and fiber to fill you up because let’s face it, sometimes regular pancakes don’t sustain some of us as well as the likes of these. Use your milk of choice, dairy or nondairy, an egg, and just a smidge of sugar.

canned pumpkin soup

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3. Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup from Ahead of Thyme

Look no further for a plant-based soup that comes together fast with coconut milk and pumpkin puree — along with an onion and lots of good spices from the cabinet. Plus it’ll make your kitchen smell fantastic and give you quality leftovers for lunch.

pumpkin energy balls

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4. Pumpkin Energy Balls from The Conscious Plant Kitchen

This is one of those sneaky-good uses of pumpkin puree: energy balls. You get double your pumpkin with seeds, too. Dates add sweetness, coconut and oats help bind the whole thing, and the usual spice suspects add lots of flavor.

pumpkin smoothie

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5. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Ambitious Kitchen

You gotta love a smoothie that delivers the flavors of pie without, you know, all the work of pie. Plain Greek yogurt keeps the sugar low and adds protein, and banana offers a creamy consistency.

Pumpkin gnocchi

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6. Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce from Pinch of Yum

Here’s an inside tip: Pumpkin gnocchi like this aren’t hard to make at all; a little prep is all you need. And take our advice: Don’t skip the butter and use olive oil for the sage sauce; every once in a while you need a meal like this, because it’s good for the soul.

pumpkin chili

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7. The Best Ever Pumpkin Chili from One Lovely Life

To your basic awesome fall chili, just add pumpkin. This recipe is great because it’s not only loaded with protein from the beans and ground beef, it’s also what makes it also highly adaptable. Ditch the ground turkey or beef and make it vegan; take out the beans and add more veggies and meat to turn this paleo. There are even directions for your slow cooker, too.


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