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Eating on a budget - Halloween Special

Eating on a budget - Halloween Special

If you’re having a Halloween house party and decorating the place with carved out Pumpkins, you may be wondering what to do with the scooped out flesh! 

Whatever you do, don’t throw it away!  If you’ve bought a Pumpkin (or several!) then you may as well get your money’s worth out of it and use it to whip up some tasty recipes!

One of the simplest things to make is Pumpkin puree – this is a great base for so many things, whether it’s pumpkin pie, soup or pancakes.  You’ll find loads of different ideas online but we’ve included one example at the end of this blog to get you started!   

But firstly you'll need to know how to make the puree...

Pumpkin Puree

Scoop out as much as flesh as possible from the inside of your Pumpkin.  Remove all stringy bits (I totally forgot to do this when I made a Pumpkin Pie for my friends at University – it was not a pleasant result!) and also remove the seeds.  If you like you can keep the seeds to one side; you could roast them to make a great healthy snack either on their own or sprinkled over cereal or a salad.

Cut the remaining pumpkin flesh into chunks.  Place in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil.  Cook the pumpkin for approx. 20 mins or until it is tender.

Drain well and allow to cool.  Place the cooked pumpkin into a food processor or blender or alternatively use a potato masher and mash until smooth.

Transfer into a suitable container – the puree will keep for about 3 to 4 days in the fridge or can be frozen for later use.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

We’ve used the puree as a base for a fantastic Spiced Pumpkin Latte – which is also a great way of avoiding all those expensive trips to the coffee shop! 

It’s that time of year when all the famous coffee shops introduce a range of festive flavours in their brightly coloured cups – but regular trips to buy your favourite beverage can soon see your student budget dwindle so why not have a go at making your own at home.

Here’s what you’ll need for your very own Autumn-inspired latte…


1 cup of milk (14p)

2 tblsp pumpkin puree (10p)

1 tsp sugar (5p)

¼ tsp ground cinnamon (5p)

¼ tsp ground nutmeg (5p)

½ tsp vanilla extract (optional) (5p)

Single or double shot of espresso (or strong-brewed coffee) (5p)

Total cost: 49p per serving


Place the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar and spices into a pan.  If you like your coffee with an extra kick add a pinch of black pepper to the mix to give it some extra heat. 
(If you are using the Vanilla Extract add it here too, but this can be expensive so it’s up to you if you include it or not.) 

Bring the mixture to the boil on a medium heat, ensuring that you keep stirring to mix the ingredients thoroughly and avoid burning.

NB:  If you have access to a microwave, you can use this to heat up the milk mixture.  Just place in a microwave-safe container and heat on full power for approx. 2 mins.

Once the milk is hot, use a hand blender or whisk to froth up the milk.   Don’t worry if you don’t have these tools to hand – it just helps to add a little more authenticity to the recipe but still tastes great without the froth!

Pour the espresso into a large mug and to up with the foamed milk mixture.  Dust a little cinnamon and nutmeg over the top and voila, your homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is ready!

If you really want to indulge you could even add some whipped cream to the top!

This latte will only set you back less than 50p compared to the more expensive high street versions – and with the rest of your frozen puree you can even have it all year round! 

1 Cost based on the lowest priced items at  Prices at other supermarkets may vary.

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Heather Collin

Heather Collin

Heather graduated from University in History and English and has spent the last ten years working in Marketing, PR and Events.  She currently works in Digital Communications at Wrexham Glyndwr.

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