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If you have a can of leftover pumpkin puree and don’t want it to go to waste, then make one of these pumpkin recipes that all use less than one can of canned pumpkin. From breakfast recipes, to cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, breads – even a few healthy pumpkin treats!
If you’re like me during pumpkin spice season you always seem to find yourself with a a leftover can of pumpkin puree. There isn’t a full can to maybe make my pumpkin cheesecake or pumpkin bars.
But there is still plenty to bake so many delicious treats! So don’t let that can go to waste. I rounded up 40 pumpkin dessert recipes that all use less than one can. From 1 cup pumpkin puree to even a recipe that uses only 1 Tablespoon!
Let’s make something delicious with that leftover pumpkin!
How much pumpkin is one can of pumpkin puree?
One cup of pumpkin weighs 8 ounces. So one can of pumpkin puree, or 100% canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) contains 15 ounces, or a little less than 2 cups.
So if a recipe calls for 1 cup of pumpkin puree, you could easily double the recipe and use the whole can. Or split the can of pumpkin puree between two recipes (and just use about 1 Tablespoon less in each) – it’s ok you won’t miss it!)
Why don’t some recipes use the whole can of pumpkin puree?
Some pumpkin recipes cannot use a whole can because adding that much puree would contain too much liquid and the baked goods would not be able to handle that much moisture.
So you will see some recipes, especially small batch recipes, use anywhere from just a few tablespoons up to a 1 cup.
How long can I keep pumpkin puree in the fridge?
You can keep the pumpkin puree in the fridge in an airtight container safely for up to 7 days. It may keep longer but for food spoilage reasons, it’s best to not freeze after a week.
Can you freeze pumpkin puree?
Yes you can freeze pumpkin puree for up to 3 months in an airtight container or a freezer bag without any change in flavor or texture. Just try to remove as much air as possible. Then when ready to use, place in the fridge overnight to thaw before using.
You can also freeze any leftover pumpkin in an ice cube tray so you have small amounts of pumpkin to use. You can freeze then pop out and place the pumpkin ice cubes into a sealable bag.
Or freeze 1/2 cup portions into a muffin tin. Freeze solid then transfer to a freezer bag to store for 3 months!