Microwave Pumpkin Custard

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Microwave Pumpkin Custard that's ready in five minutes, tastes just like your favorite pumpkin pie filling, and has under 150 calories.

123 CAL 11g CARBS 5g FAT 7g PROTEIN 0

Microwave Pumpkin Custard is the perfect way to indulge in a pumpkin dessert without having to even turn on the oven. It's tastes just like pumpkin pie filling but is made with just a few ingredients in your microwave for a guilt-free, delicious treat.

Before we all put pumpkin season behind us, I wanted to share one more quick and easy dessert that we eat actually eat all year long for dessert and sometimes even for breakfast. It is quick, easy, and full of healthy protein, fiber, and beta-carotene, not to mention easily made with things I always have on hand. So what is this magical dessert? Microwave pumpkin custard - basically a creamy, delicious baked pumpkin pie filling all made in 3 minutes in your microwave. Yum. 

Microwave Pumpkin Custard on a wooden background

Now while I really love this custard on its own, it's even better when you get creative with the toppings. My go-to is vanilla frozen yogurt since to me pumpkin pie is best with some ice cream on top. Whipped cream is a close second. When I have this for breakfast, usually I top it with vanilla yogurt, Siggi's is the brand I use most often since it has less sugar than most yogurts out there. I will also drizzle on some melted nut butter or sprinkle some walnuts on top. When I am craving chocolate, I add a few chocolate dips right into the custard so they get melty and delicious. I have also heard from readers that they enjoy it with graham cracker or cookie pieces to mimic a traditional crust.

Microwave Pumpkin Custard with pecans and whipped cream.

Tips for Making this Microwave Pumpkin Custard:

  • Every microwave is different so you may need to experiment with this recipe a few times to find out exactly how long it takes in your microwave. Generally it will take anywhere from 2.5-3.5 minutes to firm up.
  • If you prefer using egg whites, you can substitute the whole egg for two egg whites. 
  • Choosing a sweetener for this recipe depends on your needs and preferences. Stevia will give you the lowest calorie option but some people may prefer the flavor of maple syrup or brown sugar. You also may need to adjust the level of sweetness depending on what you like. Since I normally top mine with something sweet like frozen yogurt or whipped cream, I find I don't need as much sweetnesss in the actual recipe.
  • This can be cooked in a mug, bowl, or ramekin - really anything that is microwave safe. Just make sure to spray it first, or use parchment paper, since it will stick to the sides.

Looking for more healthy pumpkin recipes?

Microwave Pumpkin Custard with chopped nuts and whipped cream.

Here are some of the products I used in this recipe:

  • If you are looking at this recipe and it's a time of year it's hard to find pumpkin puree, look online, where you can purchase it year round and usually at a very competitive price.

This post first appeared back in 2012 but has been updated with new photos, a video, and ideas. 

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Microwave Pumpkin Custard

123 CAL 11g CARBS 5g FAT 7g PROTEIN 0
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  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (more or less to taste)
  • 1 packet Stevia (or 1 tsp brown sugar, maple syrup + 1 SP, 20 calories)

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Combine all ingredients well in a small bowl.


Pour into a small mug or ramekin, sprayed with cooking spray.


Microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes until firm.


Top with yogurt, low calorie, whipped cream, nuts, or a touch of honey.


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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 custard
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123
Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 186mg
Sodium 77mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Keith Dorset
November 23, 2023 - 17:46
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I know this is a year old, but you updated it recently. I've made pumpkin custard before baked in a baking dish. It was always very good. My living conditions has changed since then and I rarely bake anything. I found your variation and made it tonight. Mug size is perfect. I didn't have all the spices, so subbed Chinese five spice and some extra cinnamon, used a drizzle of honey and a dash of milk. It was fantastic.
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November 16, 2023 - 08:51
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I have been looking for days for a pumpkin custard recipe with no sugar, oil or dairy. I ran across yours and can't wait to try it.

Thank You.
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October 13, 2023 - 15:52
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Love this recipe! Think it would make an excellent breakfast, as well.
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September 25, 2023 - 15:51
Made this second time in 3 days!!! I love it! Shared with everyone I could!!!
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September 24, 2023 - 14:22
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Tasty. :)

I did use extra pumpkin spice though due to personal preferences. Topped with a dollop of plain greek yogurt.
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Corey S
March 31, 2023 - 21:51
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I made this with brown sugar. It is not overly sweet which is nice. Someone could easily adjust the sweetener to their tastes. The variety of delicious toppings is exciting too. I think this will be a regular treat in my house.
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September 23, 2023 - 15:09
Did you serve warm or can it be refrigerated?
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Elizaneth Kelch
April 15, 2022 - 14:43
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I live by myself now since my husband passed. I would like to see recipes for 1 or 2 servings so I don't have to much left over
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Mary Beth
April 29, 2018 - 18:27
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Can't wait to try this!
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