All Of The Things You Can Make With A Can Of Pumpkin

09/24/2014 07:00 am ET

As soon as the first, color-turned leaf hits the ground this fall, you will notice cans of pumpkin puree populating the grocery store shelves. The physical cans are hardly impressive; they don't compare when matched up against the gorgeous gourds their contents are made from.

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But these cans deserve a lot of love. Yes, you can make your own pumpkin puree from scratch, but dumping out soft pumpkin from a can is much more convenient than gutting an entire gourd. Plus, the canned version tastes just as good. The ingredient itself is incredibly versatile: It adds density and creaminess (think custard or pudding) to recipes, but its flavor does not overpower.

When on the canned pumpkin hunt, be sure to select the "100% Pure" pumpkin -- not the "Pumpkin Pie Mix." There's a difference (namely, sugar). This pumpkin puree boasts some impressive nutritional stats: Just a serving of Libby's bright orange mush contains 40 calories, half a gram of fat, 4 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fiber. It's also packed with nutrients like beta-carotene, potassium and vitamin A.

Thanks to canned pumpkin, the delicious, sweet recipes below don't require complicated fixings. You probably have many of the supplementary ingredients -- like sugar, cinnamon and flour -- stocked in your pantry already. The next time you visit the grocery store, fill you cart to the brim with these glorious cans (check the baking aisle) and get cooking.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Waffles (Vegan)
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Other main ingredients: Flax seeds, coconut oil, coffee, almond milk.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker here.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
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Other main ingredients: Egg, ginger, flour.
Get the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker here.

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait
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Other main ingredients: Greek yogurt.
Get the recipe from The Art Of Moseying here.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
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Other main ingredients: Oats, peanut butter.
Get the recipe from Averie Cooks here.

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Oats
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Other main ingredients: Greek yogurt, oats.
Get the recipe from You Made That? here.

Crockpot Pumpkin Oatmeal
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Other main ingredients: Oats.
Get the recipe from Peanut Butter And Peppers here.

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake (Paleo)
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Other main ingredients: Apple sauce, egg, egg white, coconut flour and coconut oil.
Get the recipe from With An Open Mind here.

Pumpkin Butter
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Other main ingredients: Brown sugar, apple juice or cider.
Get the recipe from Skinny Taste here.

Pumpkin Almond Butter
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Other main ingredients: Almonds, chia seeds.
Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food here.

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding (Vegan)
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Other main ingredients: Almond milk, dates, chia seeds.
Get the recipe from Vegan Yack Attack here.

Protein Pumpkin Shake
pumpkin shake
Other main ingredients: Almond milk, Greek yogurt, banana.
Get the recipe from A Pumpkin And A Princess here.

No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie (Vegan)
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Other main ingredients: Pie crust, chocolate chips.
Get the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie here.

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Custard
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Other main ingredients: Eggs, liquid stevia.
Get the recipe from Sugar Free Mom here.

Secretly Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
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Other main ingredients: Cottage cheese.
Get the recipe from Desserts With Benefits here.

Easy Pumpkin Muffins
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Other main ingredients: Box of cake mix.
Get the recipe from Marty's Musings here.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Coconut Bread (Vegan)
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Other main ingredients: Coconut milk, coconut oil, shredded coconut.
Get the recipe from Cake Merchant here.

Pumpkin Cookies (Gluten-Free)
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Other main ingredients: Egg, flour, cream cheese, Greek yogurt.
Get the recipe from Amy In The Kitchen here.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
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Other main ingredients: Peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips.
Get the recipe from New To The Table here.

Honey Pumpkin Pudding
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Other main ingredients: Milk, eggs.
Get the recipe from Food Doodles here.

Pumpkin Pie Tarts (Vegan)
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Other main ingredients: Pecans, cashews, dates, coconut oil, avocado
Get the recipe from The Fitchen here.

Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats (Gluten-Free)
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Other main ingredients: Almond butter, puffed rice cereal.
Get the recipe from Meme Inge here.

Pumpkin Sherbet
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Other main ingredients: Milk
Get the recipe from Skinny Taste here.

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies (Paleo)
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Other main ingredients: Almond butter, coconut oil, shredded coconut.
Get the recipe from Plaid And Paleo here.

No-Bake White Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge
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Other main ingredients: White chocolate chips, coconut oil.
Get the recipe from Texanerin here.

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