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Beyond Pie

8 new uses for canned pumpkin

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Pies, bars and seasonal lattes. That’s how you usually eat your pumpkin this time of year, right?

But pumpkins are packed with tons of good-for-you nutrients that benefit you from head to toe, which is why you should think beyond the pie plate and add nutritious canned pumpkin to a variety of dishes. Here are 8 others ways to get your pumpkin fix.

Oatmeal: Stir 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin into a bowl of cooked oatmeal. You can also try our Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal recipe.

Shakes: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin to a protein smoothie. Try our Pumpkin Pie Shake

Condiment: Mix ¼ cup canned pumpkin with 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon; spread over toast or graham crackers or use as a dip for apple slices.

Yogurt: Layer yogurt, canned pumpkin and granola to make parfaits.

Burgers: Mix ¼ cup canned pumpkin into 1 pound of ground beef when making burgers.

Mac & cheese: Mix pumpkin into macaroni and cheese in place of butter. For inspiration, check out our Mac and Cheese recipe that’s packed with pumpkin. 

Pancakes: Add 1 cup canned pumpkin to a batch of pancake batter.

Baked goods: Replace ½ the butter in baked goods, such as cookies or brownies, with an equal amount of canned pumpkin.