I love things that are pumpkin flavored, but I am saddened by the fact that pumpkin things are only supposed to be for the fall. While pumpkin pie and pumpkin are great in the fall, I also think that they are great year round. If you feel like eating pumpkin in the spring or summer, why not? To me pumpkin is a feel good food that is great year round.
Pumpkin is a really versatile vegetable that can be used year round in sweet and in savory dishes. I love using pumpkin in sweet dishes and is my favorite when pumpkin is in dessert. It is also good for breakfast too, such as in pancakes or muffins. Pumpkin is a superfood. Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and a great source of Vitamin A. The great thing about pumpkin is that it can also help to reduce the fat in recipes, like being used instead of eggs, butter, or oil, for example. Pumpkin can be stirred into jarred or prepared sauces to reduce the sodium per serving. Pumpkin can be used as a substitute in your favorite recipes to reduce calories.
Pumpkin is a great add-in to foods. You can stir a couple of tablespoons into a variety of foods for an added boost of fiber, Vitamin A and flavor. It can be added to oatmeal, smoothies, and even macaroni and cheese. I always keep Libby’s Pumpkin on hand year round. Leftover pumpkin can be portioned and stored in the freezer so it ready whenever you want it. I love using pumpkin in desserts whenever I can. My favorite part is that the pumpkin can help reduce the calories and help to reduce the fat in recipes as well.
Because I love using pumpkin to make desserts year round, I used canned pumpkin as a substitute in one of my favorite types of cakes, poke cakes. This Skinny Pumpkin Butterscotch Poke Cake is a great pumpkin cake poked with butterscotch pudding with whipped topping on top.
I used the canned pumpkin as a substitute to the eggs, oil, and water in the cake. I then poured sugar free and fat free butterscotch pudding in the cake and topped it with fat free whipped topping mixed with canned pumpkin. This cake was so delicious. I love how the canned pumpkin makes the cake so moist. Plus this cake could be good for anytime of year. Pumpkin is not just for fall, so go ahead and enjoy this cake today!
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