Pumpkin flavor is synonymous with autumnal baking, but pumpkin puree serves as a healthy substitute year-round. For oil, the ratio is one to one — one cup oil is simply replaced with one cup pumpkin puree.

To substitute pumpkin puree for butter, multiply the amount of butter by 3/4. If a recipe calls for one cup, use 3/4 cup puree in its place. If you're not ready to give up all the butter, consider splitting the bill. For one cup of butter, use 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree. And be sure not to grab pumpkin pie filling at the store when you're looking for puree! It's easy to mix them up, but you won't be happy with the results.

If want to taste a recipe that makes the most of pumpkin puree, try one of these perfectly seasonal sweet treats.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Photo: Leta Shy
This vegan bread pudding is a low-calorie treat that requires nearly zero prep time. It has all the flavors of traditional pumpkin pie you love but with far fewer calories.

Skinny Pumpkin-Banana Bars

Source: Whipped Baking
The combination of fruit flavors in skinny pumpkin-banana bars helps keep the consistency light and moist without the extra calories. If you're on a dairy-free plan, a few simple swaps will make this recipe vegan-friendly.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Source: Eating Bird Food
These tasty pumpkin oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies are only 90 calories per serving. Cinnamon and nutmeg help bring comforting spice flavors to the table, but there's also the inventive addition of a little coconut oil.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Source: Dashing Dish
Forget all the butter and cream in traditional mousse recipes. You won't even miss them in this airy pumpkin cheesecake mousse that not only calls for puree but uses pumpkin pie spice as well!

Pumpkin Muffins

Photo: Jenny Sugar
All right, you caught us. This last one isn't technically a dessert, but these pumpkin quinoa muffins help you steer clear of the pastry shelf at the coffee shop and offer a sweet start to your day.

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