I used fresh pumpkin purée that I made from my son's jack o lantern from Halloween and it was perfect.
They baked up so tender! One of the recipe modifications was to add a bit of sugar to the batter if you like it sweeter. I did this.
A vat of vegan chili. I cheated and used a packet of McCormick chili mix and added: onion, peppers, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, soy chunks, pinto beans and kidney beans. It was easy and I didn't have to scan my spice rack for anything. I did season with salt.