Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

I’m back to having too many bananas and making new foods. Haha! But it’s all good because this one is delicious. I made them two different ways and I loved them both. So you’ll have to decide for yourself or try your own way! There are lots of options here. Anything can happen with the base recipe for these banana muffins. So here’s what I tried today (and super loved)!

Delicious and moist pumpkin pecan muffins made from fruit and oats! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #muffins #pumpkinspice

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Pumpkin Pie Almond Butter Cookies

I baked these cookies up yesterday and really enjoyed them. So I had to share as soon as possible. Feel free to add mix-ins such as chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries, chopped nuts, etc. If you have an aversion or an allergy to almonds, try a different nut butter or a seed butter such as sunflower. These bake up nicely, and they stay soft. If you try them, let me know! And go tell Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry THANKS for this amazing recipe! Enjoy!

Delicious and soft pumpkin pie almond butter cookies! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #pumpkinpie #cookies

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Vegan Christmas

Ever wonder what a vegan holiday meal looks like? At this point, I’m wishing I would have taken more photos, but I didn’t plan on writing this post. Whoops! 🙂 In any case, I need to get better at this food blog thing because I’ve signed up to be a Beachbody coach, so nutrition and exercise are back in full swing. It’s just the thing I need to stay accountable, supplement my income, inspire others, and have fun! <3 
 
When you’re health conscious like I am, nutrition is always in mind when you eat. So our holiday meals actually consist of food we make any time of year–which we often do. Especially since they’re the only meals I seem to be able to cook successfully. 🙂 
 
And what do you know? The non-vegans at the holiday table loved all of it. 🙂 YAY!
 
Each of the following recipes comes from TeamBeachbody.com / FigFood.com. I’ve made some modifications for my taste/gluten-free eating, but you can click the link for the original recipes.
 
 
 
Serves: 12 servings, 2/3 cup each
Ingredients:
2 1/2 lbs medium yams, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
1 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp 100% orange juice
3 tbsp vegan butter, melted
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
2. Arrange yams in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Season evenly with salt. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, combine orange juice, vegan butter, and maple syrup. Whisk to blend.
4. Pour orange juice mixture over yams and stir/toss to coat.
5. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cinnamon and nutmeg.
6. Bake yams, stirring occasionally, for 50 to 60 minutes or until fork tender.
 
Serves: 5 servings, about 3/4 cup each
Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb green beans, trimmed (about 4 cups)
1 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Preparation:
1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add green beans and garlic. Season with salt; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 6 minutes.
3. Add water; cook, covered, for 2 minutes.
4. Remove lid; cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until water evaporates.
5. Add lemon juice. Serve immediately.
 
Serves: 10 servings, about 3/4 cup each
Ingredients:
1 cauliflower head, cut into florets

1 broccoli head, cut into florets
(optional) Pinch pink Himalayan salt
1 1/2
 cups unsweetened nondairy milk
1/2 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs
Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C) and ready a .
2. Place cauliflower on baking sheet that has been lightly coated with spray and season with salt if desired.
4. Bake for 24 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
5. While cauliflower is cooking, bring almond milk to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low.
6. Add cheese, pumpkin, and mustard and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes or until well blended.
7. Add cauliflower and mix well.
8. Pour cauliflower mixture into 13x9x2-inch casserole dish that has been lightly coated with spray.
9. Top with bread crumbs.
10. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

 

Serves: 8

Ingredients:
9″ pie crust 

1 cup unsweetened nondairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C).
2. Combine milk, vanilla extract, and ground flaxseed in blender, mix and let stand for 15 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Then pour into crust.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. Then reduce oven to 325 degrees F (162 C) for 60 minutes or until filling is set.
5. Let cool and then refrigerate overnight.
 

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

 

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

Anyone want some no-bake whole-foods pumpkin pie? OMG you guys. This is so good! So full of flavor but without any of the junk. And the best part is that you can be lazy and not bake it. It’s fine on its own and needs no baking. The crust is super simple and delicious, and the filling is creamy and sweet without being overbearing. Plus, it’s perfectly spiced!

A simple, whole-foods, fruit-sweetened, no-bake pumpkin pie to enjoy any time! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #pumpkinpie #nobake

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

My sweet friend Tammy posted a recipe for a pumpkin pie smoothie, and I thought it sounded incredible. As you may or may not know, I make a smoothie almost every day, sometimes twice a day. It’s almost always a green smoothie with lots of bananas, so the idea of adding pumpkin and spice to it intrigued me. So here’s what I did. Enjoy!

A delicious fruit-sweetened pumpkin pie smoothie! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #pumpkinpie #smoothie

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