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5 great vegan uses for your leftover Halloween pumpkin pulp

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Halloween just isn't complete without a pumpkin or four. But what do you do with all that leftover pulp?

The following are a few creative ideas for transforming your pumpkin pulp into something that won't end up at the top of the compost pile:

1. Homemade pumpkin purée

Pumpkin purée can be used in everything from baking to DIY beauty recipes. To make it with your pulp leftovers, remove the seeds from the pulp, steam the remains until tender, allow it to cool a bit and then blend it in a blender or food processor until you've achieved a smooth, creamy consistency. 

2. Pumpkin hummus

Tired of the same old hummus? OK, probably not, because who could ever get tired of that creamy delight. But in any given situation, pumpkin hummus is a great way to put your homemade pumpkin purée to good use. Try this delicious recipe for Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus.

3. Pumpkin face mask

Pumpkins are rich in vitamins, nutrients and enzymes. When applied topically, they can help smooth and moisturise skin as well as help reverse damage from free radicals and prevent acne. Enjoy the beauty benefits of this autumn veggie by using this face-mask recipe:

Pumpkin Face Mask (Adapted from Beautylish)

Guts of 1 small pumpkin, seeds removed, or 2 Tbsp. pumpkin purée

1/2 tsp. agave nectar

1/2 tsp. almond milk

  • Start with a clean slate. Ensure your face is thoroughly cleansed before you apply the mask.
  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved. Add a little extra almond milk if necessary.
  • Apply the mask to your face, avoiding your eye area.
  • Allow the mask to work its magic for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Gently wash off the mask with a warm, damp washcloth and follow with a cruelty-free moisturiser. 
Makes 1 mask

4. Roasted pumpkin seeds

These oldies but goodies are a Halloween must! Here are a few recipes that give old favourites a new twist:

 

5. "Cheesy" pumpkin ravioli

This autumn-inspired pasty dish is super-yummy and a great way to put your homemade pumpkin purée to good use. Check out the recipe here.

There you have it – five great uses for your pumpkin pulp leftovers. Do you have any suggestions for keeping pumpkin pulp off the compost pile this autumn? Let us know in the comments.




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