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13 fun ways to use that leftover canned pumpkin. Think waffles, lattes and stovetop potpourri.


Have you started any pumpkin baking yet?

We sure have, and there is always some leftover canned pumpkin sitting around.

Many recipes don’t use the entire can, so you are left with extra that sits in the fridge.

You can use that leftover pumpkin some though by trying one of these great ideas.

1. Make a milkshake

One of my absolute favorite ways to use leftover pumpkin is in a pumpkin milkshake. It is so heavenly!

2. Use it on your face

We recently shared this neat post on using pumpkin ON your face. It has so many benefits and perfect for leftover canned pumpkin.

3. Make pumpkin waffles

You only need 1/2 of a can to make these easy, delicious waffles!

4. Simmer a batch of pumpkin lattes

Another use for 1/2 of a can of pumpkin is this really fantastic crockpot pumpkin latte! Great for parties or when having friends over.

5. Create a healthy pumpkin frappuccino at home

If you prefer cold coffee, then this healthy pumpkin frap is the way to go. This is still one of my favorite ways to use leftover canned pumpkin!

6. Add it to a smoothie

Any leftover canned pumpkin can be added right into a smoothie! You don’t even need to measure it, just plop it into your favorite recipe. It goes well with apple bases, banana bases or anything with vanilla. Pumpkin is so good for you too!

7. Add it to tea

If you aren’t a fan of coffee, then you can definitely add it to tea. This pumpkin chai tea only needs 1 tbsp. of canned pumpkin and takes 5 minutes.

8. Stir into oatmeal

I love adding a tbsp or two of pumpkin to hot oatmeal in the fall! It turns super creamy.

9. Make pumpkin fluff dip

I make this almost every year. It is a huge hit with friends!

10. Give some to your dog!

Dogs LOVE pumpkin and it is so good for them! I will add a tbsp to Ruger’s food and he loves it.

11. Use it for a turnover

We recently shared this on Instagram, and I had some questions about the recipe. All we did was mix pumpkin with some coconut sugar and cinnamon to taste, added to some frozen puff pastry. Bake until golden brown.

12. Create a creamy steamer

I love steamers! Perfect for a night time treat. This pumpkin steamer is an easy way to use leftover canned pumpkin.

13. Make an autumn stovetop potpourri

I talked about this stovetop potpourri in this post. Just add a few tablespoons while it’s simmering to get an added pumpkin scent. Your house will smell like pumpkin pie!

Head to the blog post to see how we use it in chili and a great pumpkin mug cake recipe!

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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