Awesome ways to use pumpkin while cooking this season

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It’s already October, which means that there are pumpkins everywhere. You can finally get the ever-popular pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, and you can carve out pumpkin faces without looking like a total wack. There is, however, so much more to pumpkins than you might think, so read on to find out all about these pumpkin hacks!
Pumpkin can be used as an egg substitute
Trying to go healthier or watching your cholesterol? Substitute 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin for each egg in your baked goods. Not only will you limit the cholesterol in your products, you’ll also end up with an extra-delicious fall pumpkin flavor!
Make a microwave pumpkin mug cake
Craving something sweet, but don’t want to go to the trouble of using the oven? No worries, because all you’ll need for this sweet treat is a microwave! Simply grab a mug, and mix up about 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin, 1/8 cup of flour, some sugar and some pumpkin spice in the mug. Then, all you’ve got to do is microwave the pumpkin mixture for about one to two minutes, and you’ll have yourself a delicious pumpkin treat!
Use a pumpkin as a baking container
For your next baking project, carve out all the insides of your pumpkin and then bake a pudding, custard or cake inside the hollow cavity. It’ll definitely be an impressive feat to show off to all your friends, and your sweet treat will also be elevated with the incorporation of the extra pumpkin flavor.
Make a pumpkin smoothie
Even though it’s fall and the weather’s definitely getting chillier, smoothies can still come in handy during those occasional, unbearably hot days. To make pumpkin smoothies, simply add some canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice, sugar, milk and ice to a blender. Next, blend it all up, and you’ll have yourself a deliciously refreshing, cold smoothie that’s perfect for the fall season.
Steam up cubes of pumpkin for a healthy snack
What’s healthier than just plain, simple steamed pumpkin? Pumpkin is loaded with various micronutrients that are necessary for good health, and the fiber it contains is sure to keep you satiated for hours. The natural sugars in the pumpkin also make steamed pumpkin a great way to revitalize yourself during those afternoon slumps without giving yourself a major sugar spike.
Now that you’ve got these awesome new pumpkin tricks in your arsenal, don’t hesitate to go out and give these a try.

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