When you are looking for a healthy way to put together meals or desserts in the fall, you might think about pumpkin. While you can definitely roast a pumpkin and make your own puree, this can take some time to do. And as the old saying goes, time is money. We all live pretty busy lives so if you’re in a pinch, don’t feel guilty about using canned pumpkin!
Make Your Own Yogurt Bowl
Smoothie bowls have been extremely popular lately, but you can go another direction by simply having a yogurt bowl. It is very similar to a smoothie bowl, though often contains less ingredients and is creamier. You are not using the acai powder often found in traditional smoothie bowls. With a yogurt bowl, it is healthy, delicious, and really easy to make. Start with your favorite type of yogurt or Greek yogurt, and add in some pumpkin puree. Choose any fruits and nuts you want in the bowl, add all the ingredients to the blender, and grind it up. Pour it into a bowl and top it how you like. Try out this delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl from The Frugal Fairy!
Blend Up a Smoothie
Another super easy way to use canned pumpkin for a healthier meal is to make a smoothie. There are a lot of recipes out there, but the main basis of a smoothie like this is using canned pumpkin, yogurt, and milk or nut milk. There are so many options here, from using non-fat Greek yogurt and unsweetened almond milk, to regular cow’s milk and vanilla yogurt. You can then decide on the other ingredients, like blending up fruit, nuts and seeds, or even adding pumpkin spices to your smoothie. Get creative and try some different combinations until you are happy with the results. Try this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Having Fun Saving!
Why not try a little pumpkin butter? If you enjoy peanut butter and almond butter, you might also want to make pumpkin butter. You can definitely make this from pumpkin seeds, but an easier option is to make it from the actual canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree. This makes it a little thicker and is wonderful to add to muffins, scones, and your morning toast. Typically, the ingredients for pumpkin butter include your canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, a little sugar (or sugar substitute), and some apple juice. Heat it over the stove to combine ingredients and set aside until it has thickened. Make sure you store it in the refrigerator to keep the pumpkin butter fresh.