Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and so a lot of people seem to be looking for recipe ideas for the meal. For dessert I thought it would be fun to share another idea besides pie that isn’t too hard to prepare and requires no baking. Pumpkin mousse! I often times make a raw coconut cashew cream for desserts, and I thought it would be delicious folded into pumpkin puree for a light mousse. It reflects a light pumpkin pie and would be beautiful to serve after a Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, it is vegan and gluten-free, so if your guests fall into those categories, this would be the perfect option!
I have always loved Lara bars. In fact, I used to eat them for dessert, I thought they were so good. The apple pie was always my favorite; it reminded me of this time of the year, when apples are abundant. Since the ingredients are fairly simple, I thought I would make some of my own. Not that there is anything wrong with buying the packaged ones, but it is fun to create something yourself. They are quite simple to make, all you need to do is throw all the ingredients in the food processor and voila! Delicious bars!
Cakes, pies and cookie pumpkin desserts are everywhere this time of the year. My Mom used to make soft, maple glazed pumpkin cookies when I was younger. I loved them, but as an adult, I decided to create my own version of a pumpkin cookie. I wanted them to be different than the usual soft cakey ones. So I came up with a recipe similar to that of a chocolate chip cookie which is soft in the middle and a little crispy at the edges. I left the glaze off, added plenty of spice and mixed in lots of add ins that remind me of Autumn. Pecans, walnuts, dried cranberries, crystallized ginger, and of course chocolate chips, because who doesn’t enjoy that? If you make these and share them, you will have some very happy friends and family!
When apple season started this year, I was especially excited for the honeycrisps! I cannot get enough of them, and although they are wonderful for simply snacking on as is, I love to use them in desserts. I decided to share my recipe for baked apples because it is perfect on a chilly night to warm you from the inside. This easy to cook recipe, I kicked up the apple cooking syrup a notch with some chipotle pepper and chili flakes, because I feel the warming go beautifully with the sweet apple and maple syrup. If you are not a fan of heat, you can omit the spice, and your apples will still be delicious. If you wish to guild the lily, serve this with some ice cream!
Have you ever walked through the bulk section of Fresh & Natural and taken time to look at everything? I do most of my shopping in the produce department. Dried fruit, nuts, seeds and grains are staples in my kitchen. I make a lot of raw desserts at home, so lately I have been buying a lot of dates and dried coconut (which make amazing desserts). I recently decided to pick up some dried apples to make some apple cinnamon macaroons. They turned out to be a tasty snack that satisfies any sweet craving, perfect for this time of year. The best part is they are easy to make, and would make a great on the go snack perfect for school lunches (or lunch at work, I would include them in mine)!
It seems that I often end up with more bananas than I could just eat, and they get over ripe sitting on the counter. But instead of looking at them as over the hill and ready for tossing, I see them as an opportunity to make something delicious like banana bread or muffins. I have been making vegan banana muffins for a while and have a good recipe, but I wanted to try making them gluten free. There are many options for gluten free flour, but I feel that some of the options, like white rice flour are not all that healthy as they are high on the glycemic scale. So I opted to use quinoa flour which I have had a lot of success baking with. I also wanted the muffins to be sweetened with somthing lower on the glycemic index, so I chose coconut sugar. It has a wonderful, slightly nutty flavor that paired well with the banana. The muffins were deliciously sweet and lightly spiced. You could never tell they were gluten free or vegan. If you have not tried quinoa flour or coconut sugar, you should check them out!
Autumn is here. The cool air, the beautifully painted trees, and the leaves that crunch beneath your feet as you walk on them. It is when we start to crave warm comfort foods from the oven to warm our bodies from the inside. There are of course savory dishes, but one sweet dish that I feel is very comforting is a warm crisp. They are made often at my house during the cooler months, served warm from the oven with cool ice cream melting over the jammy fruit. Although I love all crisps, apple has to be my favorite. Especially when made with sweet tart apples like the honeycrisp. I have a gluten-free recipe for apple crisp that I would love to share with you all!