Set the fall mood with these quick and easy canned pumpkin recipes.
Is it even fall without pumpkin-flavored treats?
In our home, my husband does the majority of the cooking. However, I like to bake and enjoy delicious food, especially when it has a seasonal twist. So when I find an easy recipe that is also delicious, it’s a win-win.
I’ve rounded up 15 easy canned pumpkin recipes to help you set the fall mood without spending all day in the kitchen. I’ve got you covered with various delectable options, from breakfast to dinner to dessert. The hard part will be deciding which one to try first!
Why Use Canned Pumpkin?
You might be wondering, why use canned pumpkin instead of fresh pumpkin?
Because it’s so much easier! Making homemade pumpkin puree is lengthy and can produce varying results in flavor and texture. With canned pumpkin, open the can, and you know exactly what you’ll get. So save yourself time and effort, and use canned pumpkin. I promise you won’t be able to tell the difference!
Both fresh and canned pumpkin are packed with nutrients like potassium, Vitamin A, and iron. There are many options available in grocery stores, from name brand to generic, and even organic canned pumpkin.
TIP: Make sure the can says pumpkin puree or 100% pumpkin. DO NOT substitute for pumpkin pie mix or pumpkin pie filling, which includes added sugar and seasonings. When in doubt, check the ingredients. Look for one with a single element: pure pumpkin.
These recipes use canned pumpkin as a primary ingredient and are quick, easy, and delicious. Enjoy!
1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
I couldn’t think of a better way to start this round-up than with a classic pumpkin spice latte. If you love PSLs but not the fancy coffee-shop price tag, you can make your own at home with this fantastic recipe from Adam and Joanne at Inspired Taste. Isn’t it gorgeous?
2. Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes
Looking for a delicious fall breakfast idea? This recipe for homemade pumpkin pancakes from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen is just what you need. These fluffy pancakes come together super quick and are packed with lots of pumpkin flavor and yummy spices. Top with walnuts, honey butter, or maple syrup for the perfect finish.
3. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Once you try this pumpkin pie oatmeal, it will be your go-to fall breakfast, even for busy mornings! This recipe from Damn Delicious is quick and easy, coming together in 10 minutes. It’s also super healthy, inexpensive, and tastes like pumpkin pie. What’s not to love?
4. Best Pumpkin Bread
A personal favorite from this round-up of canned pumpkin recipes is pumpkin bread. Laura from Joy Food Sunshine shares her recipe for a simple pumpkin bread that checks off all the boxes. This yummy treat is dense and moist, not too sweet, and loaded with fall spices and pumpkin. So enjoy breakfast, dessert, or an anytime snack for all the fall feels.
5. No Bake Pumpkin Pie Snack Bites
If you want easy canned pumpkin recipes, it doesn’t get any easier than this! These no-bake pumpkin pie snack bites from Laura Fuentes use only six ingredients and come together in a few simple steps. First, combine all the flavors of pumpkin pie into a healthy little snack without turning on the oven. They’re even gluten-free!
6. Pumpkin Ice Cream
Enjoy the fall flavors, even on a warm day, with this easy homemade pumpkin ice cream recipe from Taste of Home. You’ll need an ice cream maker and a little patience for this one, but the prep is easy. Combine all the ingredients and let the machine (and your freezer) do the work. You’ll love the creamy spiced pumpkin flavor of this seasonal treat.
7. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Put a fall spin on a classic favorite by adding canned pumpkin to snickerdoodles! Pumpkin pairs perfectly with cinnamon and sugar in these soft and chewy cookies. Thanks to Two Peas & Their Pod for sharing this easy and yummy recipe!
8. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
I love this pumpkin oatmeal cookie recipe by My Baking Addiction. A classic oatmeal cookie gets spiced up for fall by adding canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. In addition, you can add dried cherries and white chocolate chips for a truly delicious flavor combination.
9. Ginger Pumpkin Mousse
This easy canned pumpkin recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Silver Palate. No-bake ginger pumpkin mousse comes together quickly and makes a beautiful presentation. A light and delicious way to finish off a meal!
10. Easy Pumpkin Soup
Canned pumpkin isn’t just for making sweet treats; it also works great in savory dishes! Check out this easy pumpkin soup recipe from Nichole at The Salty Marshmallow. Thick and creamy, this soup combines delicious flavors like onion, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to warm you up on a cool fall day.
11. Pumpkin Chili
Try this yummy pumpkin chili from Emily at One Lovely Life for a hearty dish to warm your belly. The canned pumpkin gives this traditional chili a thicker, more velvety texture. This healthy recipe is adaptable to your tastes and gets better over time, so it’s a great make-ahead fall meal!
12. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
Sure to be a family-favorite fall meal, Feel Good Foodie’s creamy pumpkin pasta is delicious. The canned pumpkin puree combines beautifully into a creamy, perfectly seasoned sauce. You won’t believe how quickly and easily it comes together for a tasty weeknight meal!
13. Pumpkin Pie
This list of easy canned pumpkin recipes wouldn’t be complete without a classic pumpkin pie. This simple pumpkin pie recipe from All Recipes uses premade pie crust to save time, and the filling uses just four ingredients. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
14. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Do you love the flavors of pumpkin pie, but want to try something a little different? This pumpkin pie cheesecake recipe from The Novice Chef puts a fun twist on a favorite fall dessert! While it may not look easy, the ingredients and prep time are minimal. Just be sure to plan for baking and cooling time before you can enjoy this pretty and yummy treat!
15. Pumpkin Cake
A beautiful cake makes a perfect centerpiece for your fall tablescape. But, if you want to spend your time creating beautiful decorations for your cake, you may not want to spend hours doing the baking. This pumpkin cake recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen is super easy and delicious and is the perfect base for adding any fall decoration of your choice.
Last fall, I made this fun cake with the cutest marzipan pumpkins. I love how pretty and elegant it is with its neutral tones and whimsical decorations.
Which of these easy-canned pumpkin recipes are you most excited to try? I can’t wait to hear about your favorites!