How to Make Your Own PUMPKIN PUREE

Everyone must be making Dawn’s famous Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake these days — it seems that stores everywhere are out of canned pumpkin!

While it may not be as quick as opening a can, when you learn how to make your own pumpkin puree from scratch, you may never go back! And your bundt cake (or whatever pumpkin-y goodness you’re whipping up) will be even more delicious!

All you need is:

  • 1 pie pumpkin (the cute small ones, not the kind you use for jack-o-lanterns)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Wash your pumpkin and cut in half lengthwise from top to bottom on both sides. Don’t try to cut through the stem.

slicing pie pumpkin
3. Pull pumpkin apart from the bottom.

pumpkin cut in half with seeds

4. Scoop out the seeds and cut off the stem.
pumpkin cut in half
5. Lay both halves face down on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

pumpkin cut in half, face down
6. Bake for 45-60 minutes until you can pierce in several places with a fork.
pumpkin in oven
pumpkin fresh out of oven
7. Once the pumpkin has cooled a bit, scoop it out and put it in a food processor. If it’s on the larger side you may need to do several batches.

pumpkin puree in food processor
8. Process until smooth (about 1-3 minutes, depending on how smooth you like it).

pumpkin puree in food processor
9. Ready to use!

pumpkin puree in measuring cup


Stores in the fridge for about a week or freeze in jars for later (just leave some room at the top so the jars don’t crack! :)

pumpkin puree in freezer

Use in your favorite pumpkin recipes like…

The Best Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake Recipe! Mixes up in 5 min!

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Dump Cake

Pinterest Recipe Win: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

or my delicious Pumpkin Pancakes (recipe coming soon!!).

You can also substitute pumpkin for the butternut squash in my Butternut Squash Spice Smoothie recipe, just add a little extra honey since pumpkin isn’t quite as sweet.

If you’ve found this helpful, please share with your family & friends who may also be lamenting the lack of canned pumpkin! :)

Happy baking!

Jacquie, mug, B&WJacquie is a Virtual Assistant (convenient during a pandemic situation) and a professional pianist (not so convenient) who has a keen interest in nutrition, fitness and simple living.
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