Here are two recipes to use up the last of that canned pumpkin puree – pumpkin smoothie and herbal pumpkin spice hot chocolate. We also help out with suggestions for substitutes for store bought pumpkin puree. Did you know you can easily make your own? There are instructions for that, too!
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What is the Substitute for Pumpkin Puree?
The best substitute for pumpkin puree (as in canned pumpkin from the store), especially in a pumpkin smoothie, is fresh pie pumpkin or butternut squash. If you have access to banana squash or Long Island Cheese pumpkin those will also be great substitutions for regular pie pumpkin.
All these options are smooth, sweet and creamy.
You can learn to bake any winter squash to use as a substitute for canned pumpkin puree from the store. To do that:
- Wash winter squash and slice in half, removing seeds.
- Place face down in a baking dish with 1/2 inch of water in the bottom.
- Bake at 350F/177C for 45-60 minutes.
- Remove carefully and rest until cool to the touch.
- Scrap squash flesh into a bowl and mix smooth with an immersion blender. You may also use your food processor.
The next best substitute for pumpkin puree is probably a mashed sweet potato. It is the same color, sweet, creamy and smooth. Be sure to mash it well to remove chunks.
Is Canned Pumpkin the Same as Pumpkin Puree?
Canned pumpkin purchased from the store will be the same as pumpkin puree in any recipe. Although, a lot canned “pumpkin” in the US is actually butternut squash and not pumpkin. To learn more about that, please visit this article from Learning and Yearning – Your Canned Pumpkin Probably Isn’t
It doesn’t matter though, both are delicious.
Home-canned pumpkin will NOT be the same as pumpkin puree. There are no approved guidelines for home-canning pumpkin puree, only chunks.
Therefore, if you use home-canned pumpkin chunks in this recipe, you will need to:
- Drain the canned pumpkin well to remove as much water as possible
- Mash the pumpkin chunks with a potato masher (they will be very soft).
- Or, puree them in your blender for a smoother finished puree.
Can you Can Homemade Pumpkin Puree?
There are no approved methods of canning pumpkin puree at this time. The puree can be so dense that there are concerns that it doesn’t heat evenly to the center of the jar during canning. For approved methods of canning pumpkin, please visit this link from the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
If you’ve seen older canning recipes for pumpkin butter (pumpkin puree with spice and sugar), you’re not crazy. The rules of canning safely change all the time! For a longer explanation of that, please visit this post at Food in Jars.
Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
Pumpkin smoothie for breakfast is like drinking a pumpkin pie that’s healthy for you and your kids! Start the day off right with this delicious drink for autumn.
- 2 cups coconut milk - may also use dairy or nut milk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup pineapple with juice
- 1 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/2 cup apple or pear sauce, optional
- Handful of ice cubes
- Put all ingredients in blender and mix at high speed until smooth.
Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers for up to a week.
Herbal Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Use the rest of the can of pureed pumpkin in this delicious herb pumpkin spice hot chocolate – healthy and warm and spicy! Or, you can use leftover pumpkin smoothie in place of the puree.
- 1 1/2 cup chamomile tea
- 2 cup canned, full fat coconut milk or fresh coconut milk; or whole, fresh milk
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp coconut butter, optional
- 4 Tsp fair trade cocoa
- 1 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- Raw honey to sweeten to taste
- Dash of sea salt
- Dash of vanilla
- To make tea, steep two chamomile tea bags in 1 1/2 cups boiling water for about an hour. Strain out tea bags.
- Combine all the ingredients into a medium sized sauce pan and whisk together well. Be sure to break up all the cocoa powder.
- Heat to desired temperature, at least until the coconut oil and cream melt.
- Serve right away topped with whipped cream.
If you have leftover pumpkin smoothie from this morning, you can substitute the puree with the smoothie.
Is Pumpkin Puree Healthy?
Absolutely! Brim with Vitamin A, E, K and even C in only one cup of pumpkin puree. There’s also calcium and potassium, plus more! For a nutritional breakdown, please visit this article from soupersage.
Of course, there are plenty of things you can do to make both your pumpkin smoothie and pumpkin hot chocolate a little less healthy. For example, you could add homemade marshmallows to top them off! Or, how about pumpkin whipped cream! Please see our resources list below for those recipes.
Pumpkin Resources and Recipes
These are some of our favorite pumpkin-y things! Just in case you have puree leftover from making pumpkin smoothies this morning.