Fall is here and it's time to make some delicious recipes to get you in the fall spirit! I've rounded up my favorite fall recipes to share with you that are healthy and fun to make! They are all desserts but one....I guess I like fall desserts more than fall food, oh well! But they are all still healthy enough that you won't feel guilty eating them or making them for your family, so let's dig in....
Mini Apple Crisps
If apples and cinnamon are your thing, this one's for you! This recipe is perfect for fall and will please any family member, vegan or not! This one will definitely give you those fall flavors and warm you up on a chilly day, although I do like to top mine with some dairy-free ice cream!!
Vegan Caramel Apples
Caramel apples (and candy apples) are so nostalgic aren't they? They are for me anyways, they remind me of my childhood, going to fall festivals and always picking one out. It was probably the only way my mom got us to eat an apple!
I wanted to create a healthier version of a caramel apple without all the processed sugar and corn syrup involved. And in fact, these are actually very healthy caramel apples using all real food ingredients! So no need to worry about hidden chemicals or processed sugars when giving these to your kids, or while you enjoy one yourself ;)
Four Bean Veggie Chili
Who doesn't look forward to chili in the fall? No matter how you make it, it's a fan fave during this time of year! Obviously I use beans instead of meat for my recipe and I throw in a bunch of veggies. It's pretty simple to make and it still gives you that delicious chili flavor and warmth that you're craving. I even added a cashew sour cream recipe to add on top! So happy football season or, just, happy chili season, if you're not that into football.
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
Carrot cake has become an all year-round dessert, but because we are using cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in this recipe I am categorizing it as a fall dessert. This recipe, just like the others, uses all real food ingredients including the cream cheese frosting! So no need to feel guilty indulging in this one.
The beauty of cooking this way (healthy) is that I get to be creative in making something that would normally be so unhealthy for you and transform it into a delicious dessert that will actually give you nutrients. So let's eat, guilt-free!
Pumpkin Chia Pudding with Berry Topping
And for the star ingredient you all have been waiting for.....pumpkin!!! This recipe reminds me of a pumpkin pie in a jar, especially if you top it with a little but of dairy free whipped cream. Not to mention this is a super quick recipe to make and very filling as well!
Pumpkin Pie Bites
I have one more pumpkin recipe for you. This is the perfect recipe for when you're craving pumpkin pie but just don't feel like making one. This could also be great as an appetizer for a halloween party or a fun recipe to make with your kids. No baking required and super easy to make!
Cashew Sour Cream
1. In a large pot, add onion and garlic with a pinch of salt and sauté until it starts to soften. Using oil or small amounts of water if needed to prevent sticking.
2. Add peppers and zucchini, cook another 3-4 minutes.
3. Add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, stir and bring to a boil.
4. Add beans, chili powder, salt, cumin, and pepper. Cover and let simmer for about 15- 20 minutes.
5. Make cashew sour cream by adding the cashew sour cream ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth. Place in the fridge until ready to use. (this will help thicken it)
6. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and more salt if desired.
This has been my favorite salad lately. It's the perfect combo of protein, fat, and carbs. Getting those macronutrients in one meal can help you to feel fuller longer and satisfied after eating. Plus it's super easy to make!
If you don't know what "tempeh" is let me explain, tempeh is a vegan protein source made from fermented soybeans, as opposed to tofu where the soybeans are not fermented. Tempeh can be seasoned with different flavors to mimic bacon or buffalo style meats and is used in place of meat for vegans and vegetarians. Being that it is fermented it tends to be a bit healthier than tofu. Fermented foods are better for digestion and contain probiotics as well as different vitamins and minerals. Not to mention it has more protein than tofu.
I am using the lettuce I grew in my garden to make this salad, although I think I may have gone a little overboard with how much I grew this year...oops, lots of salads in my future!! Lettuce is super easy to grow if you are looking to start somewhere easy with a garden.
Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato (TBLT) Salad & Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe
Vegan ranch dressing
**You can also chop up the tempeh bacon before adding it into your salad to make it easier to eat. (I wanted it to look like bacon strips for the picture.)
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