Electric Lunchbox #58: Pumpkin Flan


Another recipe for flan? You bet!

This time it’s pumpkin flavored …because, well…PUmPkIN! 🎃 It’s kind of the fall season here in Southern California, according to the calendar, despite what the upper 100+ temperature is trying to tell you – and fall equals pumpkin to a lot of us!

This recipe makes a thick flan enough to serve 4-6 people.

Let me tell you what though, canned pumpkin has been hard to find recently, at least where I live. I had to go to 4 stores to find a can and they now cost me $4 each (they are usually about $1-$2 each). If there is a shortage of pumpkin, I just want to make sure I get this recipe right before I ran out!

Flan de calabaza is a staple in latin countries. You should try this recipe at least once and see how you like it! I know I love flan and that goes for every variation of it! The bonus dose of vitamins from the pumpkin might just convince you to keep making this! 😊

My husband isn’t a fan of the caramel layer so I minimized the amount to just enough to coat the flan. Feel free to double the amounts of the sugar and water to get more caramel yumminess with your flan.

*NOTE that this recipe uses regular sized measuring cups, NOT the tiny ELB cup, unless specified.*

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1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon water


1 tablespoon sugar

3/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice (or 1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and a dash of cloves)

1/2 cup condensed milk

1/2 cup evaporated milk

2 eggs

2 oz cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

Pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1. Mix together caramel ingredients in the big bowl of the ELB. Heat over low heat until caramelized, swirling constantly to avoid burning. It’ll take about 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2. Place all the flan ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Make sure the cream cheese is dissolved in the mixture.

3. Pour flan mixture over caramel and cover with foil.

4. Set on the ELB base and pour 3 ELB cups of water to the base.

5. Cover and let steam until it shuts off, about 1 hour.

6. Carefully open the ELB and check the flan. It should look set, not jiggly.

7. Cool completely on a wire rack and refrigerate until cold, overnight if possible as it gives the flan a chance to really set and the flavors to meld.

8. Run a knife along the sides of the bowl to release the flan. Invert onto a serving dish.

9. Serve cold. Enjoy!

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9 thoughts on “Electric Lunchbox #58: Pumpkin Flan

    • Theresa Pizarro October 8, 2020 / 12:38 pm

      Thank you! I believe it’s because of the cream cheese and pumpkin. It’s like a pumpkin cheesecake flan! ❤️

  1. momsjourney October 8, 2020 / 3:46 pm

    This recipe looks delicious!
    and for sure it is also nutritious because it used pumpkin as ingredient😊…

      • momsjourney October 8, 2020 / 5:07 pm

        Yes I’ll try it soon😊thanks!

  2. Nourish October 8, 2020 / 4:38 pm

    Looks delicious! Never made flan before but you’ve inspired us to give it a try!

    • Theresa Pizarro October 8, 2020 / 4:51 pm

      Oh please let me know how you like it!!! Thank you!

      • Nourish October 8, 2020 / 5:09 pm

        You’re welcome!

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