Learn how to make pumpkin puree with this step-by-step guide for making homemade pumpkin puree, plus pumpkin puree recipes ideas.
Are you one of the millions of people that purchased a fall pumpkin (or five) this holiday season for some festive fall decor? If you answered yes and you’re thinking about throwing it away because it’s no longer useful, wait a second! Listen to this—pumpkins are actually edible! You can use pumpkins to create a delicious homemade pumpkin puree and incorporate it into a variety of yummy fall recipes—pumpkin latte, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin hummus, pies, smoothies, veggie patties and more—to share with your friends and family. Not only are you making good use of the pumpkins, but you can also concoct a variety of nutritious, plant-based pumpkin puree recipes.
It is essentially cooked, blended pumpkin. All you have to do is cook the pumpkin without the seeds and skins, and puree it with an immersion blender or traditional blender. So, what’s edible in the pumpkin? Interestingly enough, the entire pumpkin is edible. Although I’ll be sharing my secret to making a fresh pumpkin puree, I also wanted to let you know that you can roast and season the pumpkin seeds, making the seeds inside the pumpkin shell edible and delicious (so don’t throw out those seeds!). You might be thinking that making a pumpkin puree sounds tedious, however, it’s actually so simple and can be done in just a few steps; all you need is that pumpkin and some spirit, along with these step-by-step directions.
Watch me make this recipe on Instagram here.
1 medium pumpkin
2 tablespoons melted dairy-free margarine or vegetable oil (try avocado or walnut oil!), if desired (optional)
Baking sheet to roast the pumpkin
Masher (potato masher)
Immersion blender (or high power blender)
This fresh, home-made pumpkin puree contains no preservatives or sugar, and it is absolutely delicious! So use it up quickly and enjoy it in some of my favorite recipes, such as soups, smoothies, cookies, cakes, bread, muffins, pies, veggie patties, and energy bites. If you freeze it, you can turn to these recipes all year long! Use pumpkin puree to replace canned pumpkin in your favorite recipes.
My favorite recipes that use pumpkin puree:
Spicy Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers
Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites
Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Seeds
Real Pumpkin Spice Soy Latte
Smoky Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie