Here Are Five Pumpkin Recipes Pinterest Told Me to Make (Not All of Them Are Good)

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Photo by Molly Dunn
There are so many dishes you can make with canned pumpkin, but just because you can doesn't mean you should.
During the holidays, Pinterest is my go-to recipe index. You can always find a plethora of dishes to cook for any meal or party, or to give as gifts to friends, family and neighbors.

One simple search on the Food & Drink section of Pinterest will turn up an overwhelming number of pumpkin recipes, and I'm not talking about different ways to make pumpkin pie. You can make practically any dish you can imagine with a can of pumpkin purée, but the real question is, should you?

I decided to try my hand at five pumpkin recipes from Pinterest and have ranked them from worst to best. Here's how things played out.

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I thought this pumpkin oatmeal would taste MUCH better than it did.
5. Pumpkin Oatmeal

I absolutely love oatmeal, so the idea of adding canned pumpkin to milk, pie spice and sugar sounded incredible. However, this was probably the worst-tasting bowl of oatmeal I have ever had. The recipe calls for mixing 1/3 cup of quick-cooking oats with ¾ cup of milk and 2-4 tablespoons of canned pumpkin purée. After you cook the oatmeal mixture in the microwave for two minutes, or until it is as thick as you prefer, stir in sugar and ½ teaspoon or so of pumpkin pie spice. The first bite tasted like unsweetened canned pumpkin; maybe I added too much pumpkin to the mixture, but something else needs to be done to this recipe to make it taste better. If you want pumpkin oatmeal, I suggest sweetening the pumpkin mixture with sugar and spices before adding it to the oatmeal, and don't add more than two tablespoons -- the flavor is strong.

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Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate ... more like melted canned pumpkin with milk -- bleh!

4. Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate

My biggest problem with this recipe is that it tastes like liquified pumpkin. Yuck! The only saving grace is the whole milk and melted white chocolate. The recipe says to cook canned pumpkin with whole milk and a variety of spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger), along with vanilla extract. Then, once it begins to simmer, add white chocolate and a pinch of salt. Even though the pumpkin purée is supposed to blend with the milk and the texture is supposed to be smooth, it feels like you're drinking canned pumpkin. Stick with regular hot chocolate or pumpkin spice lattes; this is NOT a holiday treat.


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