Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

This vegan dessert is like taking a pumpkin cheesecake and rolling it up into a cookie. Less than 10 ingredients stand between you and this amazing fusion of desserts that will be a crowd-pleaser this holiday season.

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake cookies on parchment paper with a tsp of pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin butter in the background.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

I’m so glad that you’ve decided to make these vegan pumpkin cheesecake cookies. And incase you were wondering…yes, they really do taste just like a pumpkin cheesecake! By using not only vegan cream cheese in this recipe but graham crackers as well, you really get the full flavor of a thick, creamy slice of vegan cheesecake. These are such an easy cookie to make. All you need are 9 ingredients and 30 minutes, much simpler and quicker than a full-blown cheesecake.

Make ’em

To begin, make sure that your vegan butter and vegan cream cheese are at room temperature. Then, using a hand mixer, cream the two together. Make sure that you’ve removed all the lumps. Just like a true cheesecake, no lumps please.

Once the butter and cream cheese are smooth, add in the sugar, pumpkin butter, and vanilla. Beat together until just incorporated. I highly recommend using my pumpkin butter in this recipe to intensify the pumpkin flavor of the cookies. If you don’t have pumpkin butter then pumpkin puree is a fine substitute.

Finally, add the all-purpose flour, vegan graham cracker crumbs, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. I would recommend using AP flour, as I have not tried this recipe with a whole-wheat or gluten-free alternative. If you do substitute the all-purpose flour, please share your experience in the comments section below.

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake cookies on parchment paper with a tsp of pumpkin pie spice.
Roll ’em

Once all the ingredients have been mixed together, place the dough in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to firm up a bit. You want the dough to be soft but not overly sticky. While the dough is chilling, combine 1/4 cup of vegan graham cracker crumbs and 1/4-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (depending on how flavored you want the coating to be). Roll about 2 tbsp worth of dough into a ball and coat with the spiced crumb mixture.

bake ’em

Place the cookies onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350*F for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently tap down the tops. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet. Serve cooled, or store them in the refrigerator until ready to eat. They’re best when served chilled but are just as tasty at room temperature. These vegan pumpkin cheesecake cookies should last about one week in the refrigerator.

So what do you think? Much easier than a cheesecake right? Be sure to let me know how you like these down in the comments below.

Enjoy friends.

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake cookies on parchment paper with a tsp of pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin butter in the background.

Ingredient Health Benefits

Cinnamon- manganese, iron, calcium, fiber, antioxidants, decreases stickiness of platelets

Pumpkin- fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A

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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: cheesecake cookies, cookies, cream cheese, dessert, holiday dessert, pumpkin, sweets, vegan cheesecake, vegan cheesecake cookies, vegan cookies, vegan cream cheese, vegan dessert
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Erin

Equipment

  • Hand mixer

Ingredients

  • 4 oz vegan cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegan butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree or pumpkin butter*
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup vegan graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Rolling Ingredients

  • ¼ cup vegan graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a hand mixer, cream together room temperature vegan cream cheese and vegan butter until smooth.
  • Add in pumpkin puree/butter, sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until incorporated.
  • Add flour, graham cracker crumbs, ¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice, and ¼ tsp cinnamon until combined. Place dough in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until firm and less sticky.
  • Combine ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs and ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl. Roll a 2 tbsp sized ball of dough into the mixed crumb spice mixture. Continue until the dough is used up.
  • Bake cookies for 18 minutes. Remove from oven, gently tap down on the tops of cookies, bake for additional 3 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

*Check out my easy pumpkin butter recipe here.
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Steel-Cut Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

With pumpkin butter

Have dessert for breakfast with this simple and vegan steel-cut pumpkin pie oatmeal. All you need is 1 pot, 4 ingredients, and 15 minutes to make a wholesome, satisfying breakfast. Get ready to change the way you look at oatmeal.

We’ve all seen recipes for oatmeal. There’s not much to it. Oats, liquid, over heat, stir, eat. Simple. Quick. But I’ll admit (and I LOVE oatmeal), it can be boring and bland if you don’t know how to prepare it. Or, maybe you love oatmeal too but you’re stuck in an oatmeal rut. If either of these applies to you, allow me to alter your current state-of-mind about this incredibly filling, satisfying, and healthy breakfast.

Pumpkin Butter

The secret to intensifying the pumpkin flavor in this cozy and satisfying steel-cut pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe is pumpkin butter. Think of it as the next level of pumpkin puree. Which, funny enough, is what we will need to make the pumpkin butter.

Let’s give these oats a bit of an intense pumpkin flavor shall we? Well, thanks to this pumpkin butter we can give these oats a much more realistic pumpkin pie flavor as apposed to a watered-down mild pumpkin taste. This pumpkin butter is incredibly easy to make and is going to be your new best friend this fall and holiday season.

Pumpkin Butter

A 7-ingredient ramp up of pumpkin that is easily substituted into any recipe that calls for pumpkin puree. Intensify the flavor of your favorite pumpkin recipe by using this pumpkin butter. Or spread it onto your favorite toasted bread.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dips and Sauces
Cuisine: Sauce, Vegan
Keyword: easy, gluten-free, oil-free, pumpkin, pumpkin butter, pumpkin pie spice, vegan
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 2, 15oz can pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add all ingrients to a pot over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and lower to medium-low heat. Stir regularaly, cooking for 30-40 minutes until thick but spreadable.
  • Use in any recipe that you would typically use pumpkin puree. Or smear it onto bread, muffins, or bagels. Drizzle into oatmeal or on top of french toast. Add it to smoothies.

Perfect Stove-Top Oatmeal Tips

Allow me to provide you with a few of my favorite tips for creating the absolute perfect stove-top oatmeal.

  • Determine your preferences. I encourage you to take a moment to think about your perfect bowl of oatmeal. Is it piping hot or lukewarm? Thick and creamy or thin and textured? Intensely or moderately sweet? Once you determine your preference you can alter this as well as other oatmeal recipes to fit your personal preferences.
  • Most people think about oatmeal being scalding hot. But you might also want to give overnight oats a try. They’re actually delicious especially on a hot summer morning. If you would like to give ONOs a try check out this recipe of mine for Raspberry Lemonade Overnight Oats.
  • To create a thick and creamy oatmeal you need to make sure that you don’t add too much liquid to your oats. Stirring them frequently while they cook and adding a small amount of oil will result in a creamy texture.
  • To make a thinner, more textured oatmeal you need to add more liquid than oats. You also will want to cook the oats for a slightly shorter period of time. This will ensure that the oats retain more of a bite and are less mushy.
  • Finally, sweetness preference is easily achieved by simply increasing or decreasing the amount of sugar added to the oats. Start with a small amount and add sweetener after the final taste test. It is also important to remember that sweetness can be achieved by adding fresh fruits to your oatmeal. Also, keep in mind that other toppings will add flavor. Don’t let sugar be your only flavor profile. Experiment with the flavors of other topping before assuming it’s more sugar that’s needed.

Be sure to give these oats a try. They’re a hit in my family with both kids and adults alike. Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Oats- vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, fiber

Pecans- thaimine, vitamin E, magnesium, protein, fiber, antioxidants, oleic acid, phytochemicals

Pumpkin- fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A

Pumpkin seeds- omega-3 fats, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, fiber

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Steel Cut Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Have dessert for breakfast with this simple and vegan steel-cut pumpkin pie oatmeal. All you need is 1 pot, 4 ingredients, and 15 minutes to make a wholesome, satisfying breakfast. Get ready to change the way you look at oatmeal.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: easy, oatmeal, oats, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, quick, vegan
Servings: 1 person
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • ½ cup stell cut oats
  • cup pumpkin butter*
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Toppings

  • pumpkin seeds
  • dried cranberries
  • plant-based yogurt
  • pecan butter**
  • pecans

Instructions

  • Place plant-based milk in a small pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling add steel-cut oats and stir to incorporate.
  • Cover, turn heat to low, cooking for 10-15 minutes depending on desired thickness and creaminess level.
  • Once cooked, remove from heat and add pumpkin butter and coconut oil. Stir to combine.
  • Top with pecans, pecan butter, pumpkin seeds, plant-based yogurt, dried cranberries, more plant-based milk, and/or more pumpkin butter. Enjoy hot.

Notes

*Can sub pumpkin puree but add: 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice to the cooking oats.
**Check out this post for my tips on making the perfect pecan butter.

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Blender Pumpkin Muffins

Made entirely in the blender, these pumpkin muffins are quick, easy, and delicious. Loved my children and adults alike, they’re naturally sweetened with dates, are oil-free, and completely vegan. Line your muffin tin, grab your blender, and whip these up for a cozy fall breakfast.

A child's hand reaching or a blender pumpkin muffin in a muffin tin on paper surrounded by pumpkin seeds.

Everyone loves muffins! They’re like having cake for breakfast, right? No one can resist that moist crumb, sweet flavor, and satisfying feeling that only a warm carb can provide. I was inspired by my girls to make these amazing little breakfast cakes. I needed something easy, because even on the weekends breakfast can be a bit chaotic. But I also wanted to sneak some vegetables into the mix. Because, who doesn’t love tricking their kids this close to Halloween!

What I came up with was an amazingly moist, yet completely oil-free, muffin. They’re fluffy, slightly sweet, and 100% delicious. Oh, and of course, vegan. Ok, but you might be wondering just how I got a moist crumb without the oil. I’ll let you in on my secret (because we’re friends).

Blender pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin on paper surrounded by pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin & Applesauce

At first glance you’re probably thinking these two have absolutely nothing in common. One is a bland vegetable and the other is a mushy fruit. That’s where you’re wrong my friend (yes, we’re still friends even though you initially thought these things). What these two have in common is much more important than their differences. They’re both mild, slightly sweet, and amazingly MOIST! That’s right! THIS is where we get the moisture. Thanks to the pumpkin puree and applesauce we don’t have to add oil to get a moist muffin.

Now, I’m not against oil. But sometimes adding oil to a baked good can give it an overly greasy flavor. Not super appealing. And I know that there are many readers out there who prefer not to consume oil simply because they’re on more of a whole food diet. So these oil-free blender pumpkin muffins are perfect for everyone in between.

Dates

Not only are these blender pumpkin muffins oil-free, but they are also sweetened with dates. Just a few things about using fresh dates

  • First, make sure that your fresh dates are VERY fresh. You want them super soft and moist. If they have dried out a bit, simply let them sit in boiling hot water for about 10 minutes. Once they’ve softened up, be sure to squeeze out all the excess water.
  • Secondly, when using dates in this recipe be sure to pulse them in the blender alone. You want to blend them until they form a paste. This will make working them into the other ingredients much easier.
Blender pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin on paper surrounded by pumpkin seeds.

Blender

This recipe is meant to be made entirely in your blender. There is no need to dirty other bowls or kitchen appliances. Isn’t that awesome?! Because, who wants to sink full of dirty dishes first thing in the morning? Not me! If, however, you do not have a blender you can definitely use a food processor. Just make sure that it’s large enough to handle the volume of the ingredients.

Add-Ins

If you would like to jazz up this recipe even more here are a few ideas to make these blender pumpkin muffins uniquely yours. Add in or top your muffins with: dried raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, or, like I did, pumpkin seeds.

Blender pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin on paper surrounded by pumpkin seeds.

Ingredient Health Benefits

Apple- vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fiber

Flax- Omega-3 fats, soluble and insoluble fiber

Pumpkin- fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A

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Blender Pumpkin Muffins

Made entirely in the blender, these pumpkin muffins are quick, easy, and delicious. Loved my children and adults alike, they're naturally sweetened with dates, are oil-free, and completely vegan. Line your muffin tin, grab your blender, and whip these up for a cozy fall breakfast.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Oil-free, Vegan
Keyword: 30-minutes, applesauce, blender, dates, easy, gluten-free, muffin, nut-free, oil-free, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, vegan
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Erin

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax seeeds + 6 tbsp water)
  • 8 fresh dates

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • ¾ cup flaxmilk
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • cups whole-wheat flour sub gluten-free flour if necessary

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a muffin tin by lining with cupcake liners or spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Prepare flax eggs by combining flaxseed meal and water. Whisk to combine and allow to sit for 5 minutes until thickened.
  • Remove pits from dates and pulse in blender until they form a paste. Add wet ingredients (including prepared flax egg) then dry ingredients except flour. Blend until combined.
  • Add in whole-wheat flour ½ cup at a time pulsing until combined and scraping down the sides between addition of flour. If using exrtas such as raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds, fold them into the batter now. Batter will be thick.
  • Evenly pour batter into prepared muffin pan. Bang tin on the counter a few times to work out any air bubbles in the batter. Top with pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, or walnuts.
  • Bake muffins for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool completely before removing cupcake liner.

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Pumpkin Pie Granola

Pecan meets pumpkin in this slightly sweet, totally crunchy, and super chunky pumpkin pie granola. It’s the ultimate autumn snack, breakfast, or dessert. All you need is 1 bowl and about 30 minutes to whip up it up.

Oat yogurt in an orange bowl topped with pumpkin pie granola and a jar of spilled pumpkin pie granola in the background.

So let’s talk about what you’re going to need to make this amazing pumpkin pie granola. What makes this granola special is the use of pecan butter. Have you ever tried pecan butter? If not you’re going to be hooked after this recipe. You have been warned…

Close up of a sheet pan full of pumpkin pie granola.

Pecan Butter

Now, I usually can only find pecan butter online since it isn’t carried at many of my local grocery stores. And although I’m sure the online brands are good, there’s just nothing like HOME MADE pecan butter (or any nut/seed butter for that matter). And let me tell you…it’s easy. It’s cheap. And it tastes absolutely AMAZING when you make it yourself. But you have to be crazy to make it at home right? I mean, it takes FOREVER and you have to have a super powerful food processor. Right? Wrong, wrong, WRONG!

All you need is 1 1/2 cups of pecans to make enough pecan butter for this recipe. And you’ll even end up having extra to spread on toast, drizzle into oatmeal, dip apples into, or lick right off the spoon (I won’t judge).

So here we go…Dump those lovely little raw pecans into your food processor and process. The stages of pecan butter (or any nut/seed butter) are as follows:

  • Flour: After about 30 seconds the nuts will turn into a flour-like consistency.
  • Paste: Give it another 1-2 minutes and it will turn into paste. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and continue.
  • Thick butter: Another 2-3 minutes and you’ll have a thick butter-like texture. Scrape the sides again. You’re almost there!
  • Creamy, delicious, warm pecan butter: Another 2-3 minutes and the thick butter has turned super smooth and pourable. Congratulations! You’ve done it! You can now make your own nut and seed butters at home! Go crazy, get creative, and tell me what you come up with!

After you’ve successfully created the most amazing pecan butter in the world all you have to do is combine it will the other wet ingredients and pour it over the mixed dry ingredients. And if you don’t have pecan butter or don’t want to make it, you can sub almond or sunbutter instead. Bam! Done. Well, kinda…continue reading for my 3 perfect granola tips. Because having an amazing granola recipe is only half the battle.

A jar of pumpkin pie granola with oat yogurt in an orange bowl topped with pumpkin pie granola in the background.

Granola Tips

You have to promise that you’ll follow these tips for making the perfect granola. Because even though you have this awesome recipe, if you fail to do these few simple things your granola might not turn out quite as perfectly as it should.

  • First, make sure your rimmed baking sheet is lined with parchment paper or a mat. Otherwise your granola will stick and burn.
  • Next, firmly press your raw granola into the baking sheet. Make sure that it is evenly pressed into the pan and that there are no holes in the granola where you can see the parchment paper. Evenly pressed and spread = chunky granola.
  • Lastly, LET IT COOL! Please, please resist the urge to break the granola apart when it’s still hot, or even just warm. Letting it cool completely will make it brittle and perfect for breaking into large chunks.

So there you have it! I hope that you have found this post informational. And when you make this granola it’s going to be perfect. I hope that you all enjoy my Pumpkin Pie Granola and as always, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Oats- vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, fiber

Pumpkin seeds- omega-3 fats, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, fiber

Pecans- thiamine, vitamin E, magnesium, protein, fiber, antioxidants, oleic acid, phytochemicals

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Pumpkin Pie Granola

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: easy, granola, pecan butter, pecans, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, quick, simple
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Erin

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup pecan pieces
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • cup pecan butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients. Stir well to combine.
  • Evenly press granola onto parchment paper. About ¼ inch thick.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until fregrant and slightly browned but not burned. Do not stir granola or shake the pan.
  • Once completely cooled, break granola into large chunks.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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Lasagna Stew with Pumpkin Ricotta

Throw it all in the slow cooker and forget about it! That’s all you have to do with this slow cooker lasagna stew topped with pumpkin ricotta. Vegan, oil-free, nut-free, and easily gluten-free with only 10 minutes of prep required. Take your next weekday dinner up a notch with this fall twist on a classic comfort dish.

Slow cooker lasagna stew with pumpkin ricotta in a blue bowl with vegan parmesan and pumpkins in the background.

I love lasagna! On busy weeknights though…I don’t love the layering work required. Enter this slow cooker lasagna strew with pumpkin ricotta. It’s seriously just like de-constructed lasagna. And this version has an autumn twist! So grab your slow cooker and food processor. Get ready for a delicious meal that requires only 10 minutes of preparation.

Slow Cooker Lasagna Stew

This recipe is really great for those short on time or beginners who don’t have much kitchen practice yet. Simply dice you onion and toss it into the slow cooker with the drained and rinsed lentils, canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, and herbs. Set your slow cooker to high and let it do the work for you. Test your lentils after 5 hours to make sure that they’re pretty well cooked. Next, break up your lasagna noodles, stir them into the stew, and make sure they’re covered with liquid. Cook for an additional hour until the noodles are al dente and the lentils are soft.

Lasagna Stew Tips

Be sure to use regular lasagna noodles. By that I mean, noodles that require boiling. If all you have are no-boil lasagna noodles I suggest adding them about 30 minutes before the stew is finished. If you cook them for 60 minutes they will be mush.

Also, when you add the noodles you may need to add more vegetable broth. I would start by adding 1/2 a cup. Then determine if the consistency is to your liking. Adding extra liquid will also ensure that there is enough to cook the noodles.

Vegan Pumpkin Ricotta

If you’ve never made vegan ricotta don’t be intimidated. It’s amazingly simple, satisfying, and delicious. I have amped up the flavor of this slow cooker lasagna stew by adding a fall flavored pumpkin ricotta topping. And it’s creamy and savory without the use of nuts or oil. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Ricotta tips

First, make sure that your tofu is extra firm and is thoroughly pressed to remove excess liquid. Real ricotta cheese has very low moisture. So, in order to achieve that texture with our vegan version, we need to get as much of the liquid out of the tofu as possible. I have found that pressing my tofu for about 30 minutes achieves the best vegan ricotta texture and low moisture level. The tofu can be pressed ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Secondly, this is a savory pumpkin ricotta. You can definitely make this a sweet version by adding more pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup, while reducing 0r eliminating the use of sage and fresh basil. This sweet type of ricotta would work better in a dessert recipe though seeing as how this recipe is meant to be a savory dish.

Finally, once you have pressed your tofu and determined your spice preferences, throw all the ricotta ingredients into your food processor. Pulse the mixture and be sure to stop occasionally to scrape down the sides. Make sure that the ricotta is evenly seasoned and that all the tofu clumps have been worked out.

Slow cooker lasagna stew with pumpkin ricotta in a blue bowl surrounded by vegan parmesan and pumpkins.

I hope that you will enjoy this fall twist on a classic comfort food. And if you give this recipe a try please rate it and leave me comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Basil- phytochemicals; volatile oils (antibacterial properties)

Onion- antioxidants; fiber; vitamin C; folate

Pumpkin- fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A

Spinach- fiber; vitamin K; calcium; iron; magnesium; manganese; folate; vitamin B; vitamin A; glycolipids (cancer cell growth suppressors)

Tomatoes- vitamin C; potassium; polyphenols

Tofu- calcium, copper, magnesium, B vitamins, isoflavones

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Lasagna Stew with Pumpkin Ricotta

Vegan, oil-free, nut-free, and easily gluten-free with only 10 minutes of prep required. Take your next quick dinner up a notch with this fall twist on a classic comfort dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: lasagna, lasagna soup, lasanga stew, lentils, pasta, pumpkin, pumpkin ricotta, slow cooker, tofu, vegan, vegan ricotta
Servings: 4 people
Author: Erin

Ingredients

Lasagna Soup

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 2, 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1, 15oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth see notes*
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 5 lasagna noodles**, broken into large chunks gluten-free if necessary
  • 2 cups fresh spinach optional

Pumpkin Ricotta

  • 8 oz extra firm tofu, pressed
  • ¼ cup vegan parmesan see notes***
  • cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp sage
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves
  • water to thin see notes****

Instructions

  • Slow Cooker Lasagna Stew
  • In a large, 8 quart slow cooker place all lasagna stew ingredients except lasagna noodles. Stir to combine and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 until lentils are soft but not soggy.
  • In the last 60 minutes of cooking, add broken lasagna noodles to stew, cover and continue to cook until lasagna noodles are al dente. If adding spinach, shut off the slow cooker and add to lasanga stew. Stir to combine and cover allowing spinach to wilt for 10-15 minutes. Top with vegan pumpkin ricotta, vegan parmesan cheese, and fresh basil.
  • Vegan Pumpkin Ricotta
  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy but not runny. If the mixture is too dry add water 1 tsp at a time until desired texture is reached. Serve over slow cooker lasagna stew. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

*Adding 3 cups of vegetable broth with result in a stew-like consistency.  For a thinner stew or soup add an extra 1-2 cups of broth.
**Do not use no boil lasagna noodles.  
***I use this recipe from Choosing Chia.
****Only add in water after all other ricotta ingredients have been added and processed.  If the ricotta looks too thick, add water 1 tsp at a time until ricotta is thick and creamy but not runny.

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Pumpkin Pie Hummus

Ready to go in 10 minutes and with only 6 ingredients this pumpkin pie hummus is sure to hit the spot the next time you’re craving a sweet snack. Vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, nut-free, and seed-free but definitely not flavor-free. Grab your blender or food processor and let’s do this!

Pumpkin pie hummus in a bowl with pretzel crackers and cinnamon sticks.

I’ve been on a hummus kick lately. I’ve been making different varieties all week and although they’ve been amazing they’ve all been savory. And today, I needed something sweet. It’s the weekend after all! So here it is, my ode to the fall season: pumpkin pie hummus.

Pumpkin pie hummus in a bowl with pretzel crackers and cinnamon sticks.

There’s not much to say about this hummus except that it’s absolutely delicious. It’s super simple, ready quickly, and requires ingredients you probably already have (especially at this time of the year). I only have one note about the dates…

Dates

When it comes to dates you REALLY want to make sure they’re fresh. And by fresh I mean soft, moist, and gooey. It’s easier to remove the pits from them and your blender/food processor won’t have such a hard time combining them if the dates are soft. That being said, if your dates aren’t up to snuff, no worries. Simply place your dates in very hot water for 5-10 minutes. Once they’re soft, squeeze out the excess water from them and remove the pits. Now they should be soft enough to pulse in the blender or food processor.

Pretzel cracker being dipped into pumpkin pie hummus surrounded by pretzel crackers and cinnamon sticks.

Serve It

This pumpkin pie hummus is absolutely amazing with pretzels (can you say salty/sweet?), crackers, or your favorite bread. For a finishing touch, top the hummus with vegan graham cracker crumbs or some cinnamon. This hummus would also make a nice addition to a vegan cheese board. It’ll also make a perfectly quick and easy dessert for Thanksgiving. The possibilities for this hummus are endless.

Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Pie Hummus

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: 10-minutes, 6-ingredients, dates, gluten-free, hummus, naturally-sweetened, nut-free, oil-free, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, refined-sugar free, seed-free
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 8 soft dates, pitted make sure the dates are very soft*
  • cup plant-based milk I used flax milk
  • cup canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1, 15oz can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  • Add pitted, soft dates* to the blender or food processor and pulse until they resemble a paste.
  • To the blender/food processor add plant-based milk, canned pumpkin, vanilla, garbanzo beans, and pumpkin pie spice in this order.
  • Blend until well combined stopping occasionally to scrap the sides of the container.
  • Garnish with vegan, gluten-free graham cracker crumbs or a sprinkling of cinnamon. Serve with pretzels, crackers, or bread.

Notes

*If your dates are rather dry place them in hot water for 5-10 minutes allowing them to soften.  Squeeze excess water from each date before adding to the blender.
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Warm Autumn Vegetable Salad

With Pumpkin Tahini Dressing

Warm autumn vegetable salad drizzled with pumpkin tahini dressing. All you need are two sheet pans and a bowl for this amazingly satisfying lunch. Vegan, gluten-free with nut- and oil-free options this salad makes a fantastic side or meal and works great for meal prepping.

Warm winter vegetable salad on a bed of butter lettuce with purple and yellow flowers and a bowl of fresh cranberries.

Warm Autumn Vegetables

Ok, this has got to be why I love fall so much. There’s nothing like prepping a bunch of vegetables, seasoning them in some well-thought-out spices, tossing them in the oven, and enjoying the aroma that fills my house while they roast. This, to me, is what the autumn months are all about. So let’s discuss these vegetables a little bit shall we?

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are just amazing! They’re so versatile (baked, boiled, steamed, mashed…you know the different ways to prepare a potato!) and they really are very sweet. In this dish I remove the skins but if you would prefer the extra fiber (there’s already a lot of it in this salad) feel free to keep it on. It’ll give the sweet potato a nice crunchy, caramelized texture.

Multi-colored carrots

I love the additional colors from the multicolored carrot variety. You can totally use regular ol’ orange carrots if you cannot find the multis, it’s no big deal. Just remember that you want to eat the rainbow. The greater the color variety in your food, the more nutrients you’re consuming.

Delicata Squash

The delicata squash is by far my FAVORITE squash. Ever. I think I love it so much because you can eat the skin! Less prep time means more time enjoy the cool autumn days outside with my family and less time making meals. Plus, who doesn’t love the cute little half moon shapes of a delicata squash? Pro tip: save the seeds of your delicata squash and use them in this recipe for chili roasted squash seeds. Also, did you know that you can save the pulp (or scooped out portion) of the squash and put it to go use here.

Parsnips

And let’s not forget the parsnips! Now these are the secret star of the show. They are actually really sweet and are amazing when roasted. They’re also fantastic in soups and stews. Be on the lookout for more parsnips recipes from me as the season rolls into autumn, but for now, let’s just appreciate them in this delicious little salad.

Warm winter vegetable salad on a bed of butter lettuce with purple and yellow flowers, pumpkin tahini dressing, and a bowl of fresh cranberries.

Pumpkin Tahini Dressing

I love making my own dressings. Nothing beats the convenience of store bought but I also like to be in control of the amount and type of fats and sugars that are in my dressings. And most store-bought dressings contain gums. Ew. So let’s whip up this fun fall dressing together ok? It’s thick, lightly pumpkin-y, nut-free, and oil-free.

Toppings

This is where you get get to be creative. The salad toppings I have listened down in the recipe are just recommendations and ideas. Use what you have and whatever is in season. I recommend a nut or seed, something creamy such as avocado or vegan cheese, and a lightly sweet fruit such as figs or pomegranates. These additional flavors and textures aren’t required of course. The salad is fantastic as is. But adding these topping will create a more intricate flavor profile and visual appeal. Go crazy!

Meal Prep

Finally, did I mention that this salad is perfect for meal prepping? Move over boring salads and bland sandwiches…prepare this on Sunday instead to get you through the upcoming work week. Store the vegetables, salad, and salad dressing separately in your fridge and assemble everything the evening before. Super simple, flavorful, satisfying, (insert more wonderfully descriptive adjectives here). You get the idea. This warm autumn vegetable salad with pumpkin tahini dressing is a packed lunch that will definitely keep you going long into the afternoon.

Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Carrots-vitamin A, fiber, manganese, niacin, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C

Cranberries-vitamin C, fiber, phytonutrients

Garlic-phytochemicals

Pumpkin- fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A

Sweet potatoes-vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, potassium, fiber

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Warm Winter Vegetable Salad with Pumpkin Tahini Dressing

Warm winter vegetable salad drizzled with pumpkin tahini dressing. All you need are two sheet pans and a bowl for this amazingly satisfying lunch. Vegan, gluten-free with nut- and oil-free options this salad makes a fantastic side or meal and works great for meal prepping.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Assembly5 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: easy, gluten-free, meal prep, nut-free, oil-free, pumpkin, salad, tahini, vegan, vegetables
Servings: 4 people
Author: Erin

Ingredients

Warm Winter Vegetables

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, diced
  • 1 delicata sqush, de-seeded, diced
  • 2-3 parsnips, peeled, cored, diced
  • 4 mutlicolored carrots, peeled, diced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1, 15oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • avocado oil spray omit if oil-free
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • red chili pepper flakes, to taste

Salad Dressing

  • 3 tbsp runny tahini
  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • tsp onion powder
  • 5 tbsp water
  • salt & pepper to taste

Salad

  • 4 cups lettuce of choice (arugula, spinach, butter lettuce…)
  • chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • toasted pumpkin seeds
  • vegan feta cheese
  • avocado diced
  • pomegrante arils
  • fresh figs

Instructions

Warm Winter Vegetables

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl combine pumpkin pie spice, black pepper, and chili flakes (if using). Set aside.
  • Divide prepared sweet potatoes, delicata squash, parsnips, and carrots and place on prepared baking sheets. Spray with avocado oil cooking spray. Top with spice mixture and toss to coat.
  • Roast for 20 minutes then remove from oven and add cranberries and black beans to both baking sheets. Toss to coat and roast for additional 20 mintues.

Salad Dressing

  • In a small bowl whisk all salad dressing ingredients until well combined. If too thick, add water a tbsp at a time until desired consistancy is reached.

Salad

  • To assemble the salad: toss lettuce greens of choice with salad dressing. Divide between 3-4 plates. Top with warm winter vegetables and additional salad toppers. I suggest: chopped walnuts, pecans, or pumpkin seeds; vegan feta or diced avocado; pomegrante seeds or fresh figs.
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Pumpkin Pancakes

One bowl and 10 ingredients are all you need to make these vegan pumpkin pancakes. They use simple ingredients and are gluten-free and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. These beauties are light, fluffy, golden brown and just perfect for crisp autumn mornings. Plus they come together in less than 30 minutes and are sure to be a hit with the whole family.

Pumpkin pancakes topped with vegan butter.

Ok guys. I can’t take it anymore. We are half of the way through September and I haven’t posted anything pumpkin yet. (Until now!) I’ve lasted this long and I just can’t keep these pancakes to myself anymore. So, here goes!

First let me just say: I love pumpkin. I. LOVE. PUMPKIN. I don’t think I’m alone in this but if for some reason you don’t love, like, or tolerate pumpkin anything just give these guys a chance. I swear, they don’t have an overwhelmingly pumpkin flavor! In fact, the pumpkin almost acts as a natural sweetener. The pumpkin in these pancakes is also a fantastic way to add some vegetables to your breakfast without munching on a head of lettuce. Read: give these to your kids and sit back while they delight in the thrill of pancakes for breakfast, blissfully unaware that they are indeed consuming something secretly full of plant-based nutrients. Score!

Two plates of stacked pumpkin pancakes topped with vegan butter.

But it’s not just the pumpkin in these nutrient-packed little beauties that keeps this dietitian happy! Let’s talk about some of the other reasons why I love these pumpkin pancakes. They are vegan, gluten free, naturally sweetened and can be made nut-free as well. This means everyone at the table can enjoy them!

Oat Flour

Before you throw in the towel…Stop right here and read! You do not have to run out and buy all sorts of high-end ingredients to make these pancakes! As long as you have rolled oats and a food processor you have oat flour. Ok? Ok. Simply pulse your oats in the food processor until they resemble, you guessed it, flour. All done. That simple.

Protein Powder

No need to stress about this ingredient either! If for some reason you don’t have or wish to use protein powder, simply sub in an extra 1/4 cup of oat flour instead. See friends? These pumpkin pancakes are totally customizable without compromising on deliciousness.

Two plates of stacked pumpkin pancakes topped with vegan butter.

Ingredient Health Benefits

Oats-vitamins A & B; calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese; soluble and insoluble fiber; phytochemicals

Pumpkin-fiber; potassium; selenium; vitamin A

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Pumpkin Pancakes

One bowl and 10 simple ingredients are all you need to make these vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, natually sweetened pumpkin pancakes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: banana-free, egg-free, gluten-free, naturally-sweetened, vegan
Servings: 10 pancakes
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 1⅓ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup vanilla protein powder or sub extra ¼ cup oat flour
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1⅓ cup plant-based milk, room-temperature (if using a plant-based milk with added protein, use ⅓ cup of milk and 1 cup water)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil or sub canola oil
  • ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the oat flour, protein powder, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add the pumpkin puree, plant-based milk, maple syrup, vanilla, melted coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar. Mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  • Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  • Heat a griddle or skillet with vegan butter.
  • Cook ⅓ cup of batter on griddle or skillet for 3-4 minutes (or until bubbles pop) and flip, cooking additional 3-4 minutes on the other side. Repeat using all the pancake batter.
  • Serve warm with maple syrup and vegan butter or cream cheese.
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