Nothing says Autumn like the smell of pumpkin spice muffins wafting from the kitchen. To cut a few calories without affecting flavor, I use silicone baking cups. There's no need to grease these cuties, and I don't even need to use a muffin tin. They stand up on their own on a cookie tray, even when they're full of batter. Fill them with your favorite recipes, and once they're cool, pop them out, and you have perfect muffins every time.
You can go for the traditional four-inch-round muffin ($9 for six, one of each color), or go for my faves, minis ($9 for 12, two of each color). They also make square cups ($9 for 12, six of each color), which I use every day in lunch containers to separate foods and measure out portions. Rectangles ($19 for 12) are another fun option. Aside from saving calories, since they're reusable, they save on paper wrappers, which makes Mother Earth happy.
— Jenny Sugar, contributing editor