If you're making pumpkin pie, don't worry if you have some filling leftover from your can after the pie's in the oven. With these delicious recipes, you'll ensure the leftovers have actually left by Christmas!
Tasty Pumpkin Popsicles
If you live in a warmer climate or if you simply enjoy a cool popsicle snack no matter what the weather, this is a great recipe to use up your leftover pumpkin.
Servings: About 2 to 4, depending on popsicle mold size
- 1 cup leftover canned pumpkin pie filling
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vanilla flavored yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Brown sugar as garnish
- Mix all ingredients in a blender.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds about 3/4 of the way full.
- Add a little brown sugar around the top (bottom of the popsicle) of each mold and then carefully pour in the rest of the mixture.
- Close molds and add sticks.
- Freeze for four hours before unmolding.
- Add more brown sugar if desired.
Honey Drizzled Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes
Adding leftover canned pumpkin pie filling to pancake recipes is a great idea. It's similar to your traditional pancake recipe with a few minor adjustments to accommodate the additional wet filling.
Yield: Approximately 12 pancakes
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup leftover canned pumpkin pie filling
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Dash of salt
- Honey, as garnish
- Crushed pecans, as garnish
- Turn your stovetop to medium-high and heat a non-stick flat griddle pan.
- In a medium-bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and oil.
- Stir in the leftover pumpkin pie filling.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Mix together until all the large clumps are out of the flour, but don't overmix.
- Do a test pancake by pouring a 1/4-cupful onto your griddle pan. These pancakes are heavier due to the pie filling, so watch them closely. When they start to form air bubbles across the top or the edges are lightly browned, flip over. Continue cooking for several minutes. This will help you time the rest of the batch.
- Continue pouring pancakes by the 1/4-cupful until your batter is spent.
- Drizzle with honey and top with pecans. Alternatively, for a sweet treat, spread a thin layer of cream cheese frosting between pancakes.
Other Uses for Leftover Pie Filling
Leftover pumpkin pie filling can be used in a variety of other recipes as well. Because canned pie filling has sugar and spices, you'll need to adjust the recipe accordingly.
- Swap 1-3/4 cups leftover pie filling for the can of pumpkin puree in the Thanksgiving dessert Pumpkin-Ginger Harvest Trifle. Leave the pumpkin pie spice out of the recipe.
- If your leftover filling is vegan, try swapping it for the puree in the Vegan Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie recipe. Skip the cinnamon and ginger. This will add a slightly sweet flavor to the spiced drink since pie filling has sugar.
- For a hint of additional moisture and flavor, you can add a tablespoon or two to the Moist Banana Bread Recipe. It will also lend a little additional sweetness.
- Swap the 2 bananas in the Moist Banana Cake Recipe for approximately 3/4 cup leftover pumpkin pie filling. You shouldn't need to make any other adjustments, as there is no additional sugar or spices in the recipe.
- If you want a sweeter version of the Thanksgiving drink Pumpkin Puree Cocktail, substitute pumpkin pie filling for the pumpkin puree.
Substitutions: Pie Filling vs. Puree
Canned pumpkin pie filling includes spices and sugar. Pumpkin puree, on the other hand, is simply pumpkin. If you're swapping pie filling for another ingredient, make sure it's a sweet ingredient. Unsweetened puree can be used for oil and butter.
Delicious Pumpkin Dishes
Whip up some yummy pumpkin recipes in the fall or anytime of the year when you have leftover pie filling. It adds a hint of sweetness to any of your favorite desserts and treats!