#PimpMyPumpkin: How to give your Halloween pumpkin the waste-free treatment

Recently, we found out that more than two-thirds of Brits don't know what to do with their pumpkin leftovers once they've made their lantern.

We're here to help.

This Halloween, we're calling on pumpkin carvers to #PimpMyPumpkin - in other words, transform the flesh and seeds into delicious autumnal snacks (to be enjoyed while you admire your carving handiwork!)

Recipe: Pumpkin Bread

200g pumpkin
80g butter
100g sugar
1 egg
125g plain flour
¼ tsp salt
1/2tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1/2tsp ground ginger
1/2tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 170C, and grease and flour a loaf tin (L20xW10xD6.6cm)
  2. Cut scooped pumpkin into similar-sized pieces, then steam for 10-15 minutes or until soft. Mash pumpkin until smooth, then leave in a sieve to strain for about 20-30 minutes, or until no water is draining through sieve.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until pale. Add egg, and continue to whisk until light and fluffy. Stir in drained, cooled pumpkin.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  5. Gently combine wet and dry ingredients until just mixed - don’t worry if there are a few lumps.
  6. Smooth the batter into greased and floured loaf tin, then bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Enjoy warm, or store in an airtight container. 

How to Use: Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are far too delicious - and nutritious! - to throw in the bin. Follow these easy steps to roast them into a tasty snack.

1. Scoop the seeds from the pumpkin, then do your best to separate as much of the stringy pulp as possible from the seeds. 

2. Place the seeds in a bowl with water, and whisk quickly. The seeds will separate from the remaining pulp, and float to the top. 

3. Press the seeds with a tea towel to dry them, then place them on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. 

4. Bake at 170C for 10-15 minutes, or until crunchy. 

Want more ideas? 

There are all sorts of ways to re-purpose pumpkin - why not experiment with your tried and loved recipes to see if pumpkin could add a golden, autumnal touch? 

Rachel Ramsay
Content Manager