Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding for After Thanksgiving Dessert

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If you have leftover canned pumpkin after making your Thanksgiving pies, you are going to love this Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding! As much as I love pumpkin pudding, after Thanksgiving is over I want something a little bit different.

Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding for After Thanksgiving Dessert

Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding

This Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding recipe is a great way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers. Speaking of leftovers, this is the best Thanksgiving leftover sandwich EVER made. I promise. Or, you may want to try my leftover turkey casserole recipe.

Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding for After Thanksgiving Dessert

Now, I have made this pumpkin pudding recipe with store bought canned pumpkin and homemade pumpkin puree. Either one works great. Let the kids have fun and remove all of the guts and seeds from your pumpkin.

They have so much more fun than I do. And, fresh pumpkin pudding really does taste so much better than canned.

Now, I generally use vanilla pudding when I make this. But, if you want even more of a pumpkin taste, there is no reason you cannot use pumpkin pudding mix or even chocolate if you prefer.

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Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding for After Thanksgiving Dessert

When it comes to the orange juice, you can squeeze your own if you have oranges, or you can start with already prepared orange juice. If you squeeze your own, you will want a citrus reamer.

I like this citrus reamer because it has the measurements built into the handle. But, you can use whatever you have on hand.

Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding for After Thanksgiving Dessert

Adding whipped cream is optional. My daughter is lactose intolerant so we limit the amount of dairy we use. You can use a dairy-free whipped cream or skip it entirely. It’s totally up to you.

When we serve this, we typically put it in dessert glasses because it looks prettier. You can make layers of pudding and whipped cream. Or if you’re looking for a healthy pumpkin pudding, simply add the pudding and top with orange slices.

Yields 4

Serves 4 cups

Citrusy Pumpkin Pudding

A delicious and easy way to use up leftover canned pumpkin

15 minPrep Time

2 hrCook Time

2 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • whipped cream for topping (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients except whipped cream in a blender.
  2. Or, use a hand beater like I did and it comes out fine.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. Serve with whipped cream for topping.



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