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Pumpkin Sheet Pan Bars

I have been trying to come up with different recipes using pumpkin, because I really like pumpkin season.I made these Pumpkin Bars for a church function. It is a take off of my Banana Date Cake with a few changes.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 20 Dates, pitted, soaked until softened
  • 2 c pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 c almond butter
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 c Almond Milk, unsweetened, vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c sparkling water

In a large bowl cover dates with hot water, until softened and plump (about 15 minutes).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the wet ingredients into food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a stand mixer bowl.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 5 c GF All-Purpose Flour blend (I used Cup 4 Cup Wholesome Flour)
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Spice Blend

In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.

Transfer dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the stand mixing bowl. Blend together, starting on low and then increase the speed slowly until batter is well combined.

Spread batter onto a large sheet pan. bake for 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolate Ganache Spread:

  • 2 c Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 c Almond Milk, unsweetened, vanilla

Melt the chocolate chips with the Almond Milk in a double boiler, until the chocolate is melted and pourable. You may need to add more milk.

Note: If you are using your microwave, heat at 30 second increments, stirring each time.

Pour ganache over pumpkin bars and spread with an offset spatula. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of the ganache.

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Optional:

Sprinkle some vanilla powder on top of the ganache and pumpkin seeds.

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Creamy Caesar Dressing

Are you missing Creamy Caesar Dressing? I was missing it, so I decided to make my own. This Caesar Dressing is creamy and delicious. I had been thinking of how I could make caesar dressing vegan. I thought of soy, but I really like the lusciousness of cashews blended into a creamy goodness. Kelp flakes give it that slightly taste of the sea that you would normally get from anchovies. Now I can have homemade… I know what is in it…Caesar Dressing.

I am already thinking of ways to use this Creamy Caesar Dressing. I bring them to you soon.

  • 1/2 c raw cashews, soaked
  • water for cashews
  • 3/4 c Almond Milk, unsweetened
  • 2 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp kelp flakes
  • 1 tbsp Date Paste
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for about 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Glaze – GFV

I had a partial can of pumpkin leftover from a recipe and I was in the mood to make donuts. Now we have Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Glaze. There are so many reasons why I like these donuts – Pumpkin, Chocolate, Baked, Easy, Delicious and they are GFV (Gluten-Free Vegan).

Another reason why I like these donuts is that they are stirred and baked in under 30 minutes. The hard part is waiting for them to cool down to dip in the Chocolate Glaze, but totally worth the wait.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree (from can)
  • 3/4 c Almond Milk unsweetened, vanilla
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir all wet ingredients together, until well combined. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Dry Ingredients:

Whisk together dry ingredients, until well combined.

Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and stir.

Spoon batter into a Zip-top bag. Snip the corner and pipe batter into a donut pan.

Bake 15 minutes. Set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes before trying to unmold the donuts.

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/2 c chocolate chips, vegan
  • 3 tbsp Almond Milk, unsweetened, vanilla

Combine chocolate chips and almond milk. Melt chips over a double boiler or in microwave. If using microwave, melt chips at 30 second intervals and stir.

Dip donuts into chocolate glaze. Twist donuts as you remove them from the glaze to prevent drips.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Chocolate Cream Pie

Calling all chocolate lovers. This Chocolate Cream Pie is for you. I had some tofu blocks I needed to use, so here we are making Chocolate Cream Pie. It is simple and delicious and with a little chilling time you could be eating this within the hour. I know I will be.

Crust:

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/4 c date sugar or maple sugar
  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Spice Blend

Combine pecans and sugar into a food processor. Process until the mixture resembles a fine meal. Add remaining ingredients: almond butter, salt and Baking Spice Blend. Pulse until well combined.

Press pecan mixture into an 8 or 9-inch pie pan. Set aside in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Filling:

  • 2 1/2 c vegan dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 packages organic firm tofu (I like Nasoya)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c Almond Milk, vanilla, unsweetened

Add tofu blocks and vanilla to a food processor. Process until tofu is creamy. Add melted chocolate chips and start with 1/2 c of both maple syrup and almond milk. Process until well combined. Taste for texture and sweetness. Add remaining maple syrup and almond milk as needed. Make sure it is not too stiff.

Spoon the mixture into the pie crust. Smooth the top with an offset spatula. Refrigerate until firm, about 20-30 minutes.

Note: I topped individual servings with whipped coconut cream.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

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Baked Pumpkin-Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal

When I think of Fall I always think of Pumpkin and the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. This baked oatmeal has all those wonderful ingredients and a couple of other delectables.

Bakes oatmeal has become one of my favorite ways to make oatmeal. This can be served as a breakfast or like a wonderful snack cake. It is versatile and delicious.

Note: A little warm maple syrup drizzled on the top makes this amazing.

  • 2 c gf rolled oats
  • 16 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 c maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 flax egg ( tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 c Almond Milk, vanilla, unsweetened
  • 1 c cranberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl. Stir until well incorporated. Pour into a 8×8 baking dish.

Bake for 40 minutes. The oats will be tender and the liquid will have thickened.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin Scones with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

I have been thinking about scones for weeks. Since I love the flavor of pumpkin and maple I thought I would combine the two and have one great scone.  You can definitely taste both the maple and pumpkin. These are perfect for any time: breakfast, snack, afternoon tea, or a “just because” treat. They would make wonderful home-baked gifts.

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Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c maple sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 c paleo all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp cold vegan butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients: maple sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and flour. Whisk to thoroughly to combine.

Using a pastry blender cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles a coarse meal.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 1  flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal/3 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 c almond milk

Mix together flax egg and set aside for about 15 minutes.

In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients.

Fold wet ingredients into dry. Form a disk about an inch thick. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Cut disk into 6 pieces. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown. 12-15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet.

Maple – Cinnamon Glaze:

Mix together glaze ingredients

Drizzle glaze onto each scone. Place on a cooling rack and let glaze set.

Note: Store in refrigerator if you have any leftover.

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

I found another use for apple cider syrup – Donuts. When these are baking in the oven the house smells like fall: apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, mmm. These donuts are loaded with apple flavor. There are grated apples, apple cider syrup and applesauce. Well, if you are going to have apple in a donut you might as well go for all the apple you can get.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1/2 c apple, grated, fresh
  • 1/2 c apple cider syrup
  • 1/4 c melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c almond flour
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 c unsweetened cinnamon applesauce

Apple Cider Syrup

  • 2 c apple cider

In a medium saucepan boil apple cider on high heat. Stir occasionally. Reduce cider to 1/2 cup. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease donut pan.

Place eggs, almond milk, apple cider syrup, melted butter and vanilla in food processor. Blend until well combined.

In a medium bowl sift together almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sea salt. Add sifted ingredients to food processor and blend until well combined. Fold in grated apples

I found piping the donut batter into the donut pan works the best and is much faster than spooning the batter into the pan. You can use a piping bag or just a gallon size ziplock bag with a corner of the bag snipped to make a hole for piping. Pipe batter into donut pan.

For best results put donut pan (if using silicone) onto sheet pan. It makes it easier to place and remove from oven.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from donut pan. Brush donuts with applesauce. Share. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: You could add a little crunch by dipping the donuts into some crushed dehydrated apples.

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Apple Spice Pancakes with Quick Butter Pecan Maple Syrup

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. It is the end of the summer vegetables and fruits, and the beginning of fall produce. It is a bountiful time of year. Fall, apples and warm spices inspired these pancakes. It is a comfort breakfast food to the max. Top the Apple Spice Pancakes with the Quick Butter Pecan Maple Syrup and a side of Oven Bacon and you are fueled for the morning.

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  • 1 c paleo all-purpose flour (see website)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 c almond milk, plus extra to thin out batter (see website)
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 apple, small, grated

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.

In a large measuring cup mix: almond milk (1/3c), eggs, butter, honey and vanilla.

Pour wet ingredients into dry and whisk until well combined. Add grated apple and stir. Set aside – you will be adding more almond milk just before pouring your batter onto the griddle/skillet. Heat griddle/skillet.

The batter will be thick. Add more almond milk until bater is to your desired consistency. Pour batter onto griddle.

The pancakes are ready to flip when little bubbles begin to appear.

Quick Butter Pecan Maple Syrup

  • 1/2 c pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 c pecans
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • pinch of sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a measuring cup. Stir. Set aside while you are making the pancakes. This lets the pecans soak up the spices and some of the syrup. Microwave for about 30-60 seconds. Spoon over buttered Apple Spice Pancakes. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

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Blueberry Pancakes with Quick Blueberry Maple Syrup

It seems like forever since I have made pancakes. My husband was so ecstatic that he said ,” We have pancakes in the house again.” Frankly, I was pretty happy about the idea too. I made some oven bacon to go along with the blueberry pancakes. Mmm, breakfast ( in this case lunch) heaven. I have to admit I sort of miss going to a pancake house and getting pancakes. It is a trade-off, either I feel good, or have my head in a toilet. Well, feeling good wins. Now I have the pancake house home and enjoy every minute.

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  • 1 c paleo all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c almond milk plus extra to thin out batter (see website)
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c blueberries, divided into thirds (reserve 1/3c for syrup)

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large measuring cup mix until well combined: almond milk (1/3 c), eggs, butter, honey and vanilla.

Pour wet ingredients into dry and whisk until well combined. Set aside – you will be adding more almond milk just before pouring your batter onto the griddle. Heat griddle or skillet.

The batter will be thick, Add more almond milk until batter is to your desired consistency. Pour batter onto griddle; sprinkle blueberries onto batter.

Note: Sprinkling the berries work better for consistency. The berries can sink to the bottom of the batter.

The pancakes are ready to flip when little bubbles begin to appear. Just to be sure, double check color of pancake.

Quick Blueberry Maple Syrup

  • 1/2 c pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 c blueberries

Combine both maple syrup and blueberries into a glass measuring cup. With a fork mash some of the blueberries so that they release some of their juices. Stir. Microwave for about 30-60 seconds. Pour of buttered blueberry pancakes. Serve. Eat Enjoy.

 

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Blueberry-Lemon Donuts

The first donut recipe I brought to you was pumpkin with chocolate frosting. Now I have another one for you. I came up with this recipe so that I could use up some blueberries I had on hand. I added the lemon to add another dimension in flavor. They were a hit. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Blueberry-Lemon Donuts

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 c almond milk 
  • 1/2 c blueberries, fresh
  • 1/4 c raw honey
  • 1/4 c maple syrup (the real stuff)
  • 1/4 c melted butter, ghee
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c almond meal, run through a spice mill to get a finer flour (see website)
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease donut pan.

Place eggs, almond milk, blueberries, honey, maple syrup, melted butter and vanilla in food processor. Blend until well combined.

In a medium bowl sift together almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, lemon zest and sea salt. Add sifted ingredients to food processor and blend until well mixed.

I found that piping the donut batter into the donut pan works the best and is much faster than spooning batter into the pan. You can use a piping bag or just a gallon size ziplock bag with a corner of the bag snipped to make a hole for piping. Pipe batter into donut pan.

For best results put donut pan onto sheet pan. It makes it easier to place and remove from oven.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for  at least 10 minutes before removing from donut pan. Cool completely on cooling rack. If you try to eat them to soon they might break apart. Share. Eat. Enjoy.