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The Power of Pumpkin Purée

Pumpkin purée is a fall baking staple with a creamy, smooth substance and an herbaceous flavor. Whether you’re preparing this autumnal ingredient from scratch or getting it straight from the canned goods aisle, a little purée goes a long way. If you’re looking to incorporate pumpkin in other ways than a classic pie, reach for purée in the following fall-inspired recipes.

Sauces

Adding a few tablespoons of pumpkin purée to your favorite savory sauce is a flavorful way to include Vitamin A and C in your meals. It can transform a thin white sauce into a creamy and orange-hued dressing for a slightly sweet plate of pasta. A spoonful of pumpkin in your favorite curry sauce will complement the earthy spices, and the additional starch will thicken and decadently coat any chicken or rice dish.

Butters

Pumpkin butter is the spread of the season. Adorn your toast, scones, or even your next fall cheese board with a smear. Check out our CHEF iQ Pumpkin Butter recipe using the Smart Cooker for an easy and hassle-free way to make mouth-watering butter.

Mix-Ins

Stir a couple of tablespoons of purée into your oatmeal, yogurts, and pancakes for fall-inspired flavor and a beautiful pop of color. Top your dish off with a sprinkle of cinnamon to boost your next breakfast.

Beverages

Fuel your fitness sessions or morning commutes by blending nutritious pumpkin into your smoothie and specialty latte beverages. Not only does this purée offer additional fiber, but it also provides a taste of fall spice.

Frozen Desserts

Freeze pumpkin popsicles for a healthy and refreshing dessert that the whole family will love. Combine 1/2 cup pumpkin purée, 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and a dash of cinnamon together in a bowl. Pour the mix into molds or paper cups with popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight. Enjoy them as a simple snack or as a sweet after-dinner treat.