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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Dried Cranberries and Hazelnuts For Your Holiday Feast

Many of us have unpleasant childhood memories of being forced to eat Brussels sprouts. Such a mindset is unfortunate because, cooked properly, this cruciferous vegetable is both tasty and nutritious. Many chefs are beginning to appreciate the flavor of the oft-maligned Brussels sprout, so the tide is slowly turning in its favor. Our delicious vegan, gluten-free recipe utilizes dried cranberries, orange zest and toasted hazelnuts to create a taste sensation. You’ll be proud to showcase this offering on your Thanksgiving table. It’s crunchy yet tender, with a hint of sweetness, and packed full of vitamins. The hazelnuts add a bit of protein to our elegant side dish. Yum!

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, with excess peels and stems removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup roasted, chopped hazelnuts
zest of one orange

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Wash the Brussels sprouts thoroughly, then cut them in half and chop off the stems. Arrange the Brussels sprouts on a cookie sheet or large rectangular pan and toss them with olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Place the cookie sheet or pan in oven and roast for about 20 minutes. Flip the Brussels sprouts periodically with a spatula, then return the pan to the oven. They should achieve a lovely brown color.

Meanwhile, either roast the hazelnuts in your oven in a separate pan, or fry them on your stovetop in a small amount of olive oil. Do not burn them! Remove the hazelnuts from pan and crush them into coarse chunks. Grate the skin of one orange into a bowl to make zest. Toss the hazelnuts, orange zest, and dried cranberries in with the Brussels sprouts and combine everything thoroughly.

Return the pan to your oven and roast for another 5-10 minutes. The Brussels sprouts will achieve a dark brown hue and be slightly crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Remove your concoction from the oven and place the contents into a festive bowl. Give them another toss or two and serve!

This dish pairs well with just about anything you’d like to serve for a holiday meal — squash, pumpkin pie, lentil loaf, sweet potatoes, etc. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. It serves 4-6 guests, depending on everyone’s hunger level, and keeps well in the refrigerator for up to four days. Happy feasting, and enjoy your holiday, no matter what you celebrate.

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Vegan Gluten-Free No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake #2

This is a variation on our other vegan pumpkin cheesecake (yes, also gluten-free). The differences are in the crust, and in the method and time it takes for it to set. Either will be a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving or other holiday table, or just because!

Our other gluten-free vegan cheesecake recipe is here. And, of course, this is why this second vegan pumpkin cheesecake is called “Vegan Gluten-free Pumpkin Cheesecake #2”.

Vegan Gluten-Free No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake #2

INGREDIENTS:

CRUST:

2 3/4 cups macadamia nuts
pinch of sea salt

OR

1 vegan, gluten-free graham cracker style pie crust of your choosing

FILLING INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water overnight OR soaked for 1 hour in boiling water
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
pinch of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup maple syrup or brown rice syrup
4 Tablespoons tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch)

INSTRUCTIONS

To make the crust, blend macadamia nuts with dash of salt until finely ground, but do not go to the point of making a paste or nut butter! The crumbs should be fine, and should hold together when pressed together. Press into 9″ pie pan and chill in refrigerator while preparing the filling.

Drain the cashews, then place them into a food processor with the S blade, or a strong blender.

Mix the lemon juice, coconut milk, and maple syrup together and pour half of the mixture into a separate bowl and set aside. Add the other half, along with the pumpkin, vanilla and spices to the cashews and process until smooth.

Pour the liquid that you set aside into a small saucepan, reserving two tablespoons in the bowl. Do not heat the saucepan yet.

Mix the tapioca flour into the reserved liquid in the bowl and mix until no longer lumpy (it will be quite thick).

Heat the saucepan, and when the liquid in the saucepan is warmed (don’t let it boil) remove it from the heat, pour a bit of it into the tapioca mixture, mix it until it is smooth, and then scrape it all back into the saucepan and heat over low heat until smooth and the consistency of peanut butter.

Scrape the mixture from the saucepan into the food processor/blender, and blend everything together until smooth and creamy. Pour into prepared pie shell.

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Refrigerate at least a few hours, although it will get firmer if you refrigerate it overnight.

Sorry that the below picture isn’t prettier, we forgot to take a picture until it was almost all gobbled up! But at least you can see the consistency!

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The Best Pumpkin Cheesecake You’ve Had in Your Life Just Happens to be Vegan and Gluten-Free!

There’s no dessert quite like cheesecake. Smooth, creamy, sweet, decadent — what’s not to love? However, most of the cheesecakes you encounter in restaurants and coffee shops are made with tons of dairy and gluten. Since we love this delectable confection so much, we decided to make our own, using plant-based ingredients. The filling utilizes cashews and coconut milk, blended to perfection. Stunned by our stellar results, we decided to share the secret with you. You can thank us later.

CRUST INGREDIENTS

1 cup packed medjool dates, chopped
1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
pinch of sea salt

FILLING INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups raw cashews
1 small lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons lemon juice)
1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup pumpkin puree (about 1/3 small can)
pinch of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

vegan whipping cream
additional chopped walnuts and/or pecans

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour cashews into a container filled with boiling water and let them soak, uncovered for one hour. Meanwhile, chop the dates and place them into a blender or food processor. Blend them until they turn into a thick paste. You may need to add a bit of water for smoothness.

Remove dates from blender or food processor and set aside. Wash and dry the interior, then pour in walnuts. Blend until they achieve a fine consistency. Add dates to the walnut mixture and blend together for a couple of minutes. They will be sticky, so add a little more water if necessary. Be careful — you don’t want your crust to be runny!

Press your mixture into a round cake pan or deep pie pan and spread thoroughly. Use a large spoon to tamp down the surface. Set the pan aside and prepare filling ingredients.

Wash and dry blender or food processor one more time. Drain the cashews, then place them into blender/food processor. Add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract and spices and blend for 2-3 minutes. The mixture should be creamy and frothy. Pour it over the pie crust, making sure it is evenly distributed.

Place the pan in your freezer for 3-4 hours. Remove, thaw slightly, and dig in! You can top your creation with additional chopped walnuts and/or vegan whipping cream if you desire. But this cheesecake tastes heavenly all on its own!

Serves 4-6 people. Guests will be your friends for life. This is the best cheesecake you’ve ever tasted, guaranteed. You’ll want to make it again and again. It’s an excellent Thanksgiving dessert, and we’ve been known to have it for breakfast (but don’t tell anyone). Leftovers can be frozen for several weeks, and keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Don’t expect them to last that long.

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Celebrate Cooler Temperatures With Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

It’s already fall where we live, and our thoughts naturally turn to pumpkin treats. And what is more autumnal than pumpkin pie? Normally, this cool weather delicacy is made with eggs and condensed milk, but our vegan, gluten-free version calls for unsweetened almond milk and cornstarch (or arrowroot powder). The texture is more jiggly than a traditional pumpkin pie, but our version still tastes great and goes down smooth!

CRUST INGREDIENTS

6 tablespoons cold vegan butter or margarine (such as Earth Balance)
1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour (we used Bob’s Red Mill Pastry Flour for a light, flakey crust)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
6-8 teaspoons cold water

FILLING INGREDIENTS

3 cups pumpkin puree (2 15-ounce cans)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup turbinado or coconut sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1 3/4 teaspoon combination of powdered cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg (or allspice)
dash of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour flour into large mixing bowl, add a pinch of salt, and cut in the butter or margarine. Gradually splash in the water and form your mixture into a pliable ball. Make sure it’s neither too moist or too dry. Cover and place in refrigerator for 1/2 hour.

Meanwhile, combine the filling ingredients in another bowl and stir vigorously until they’re thoroughly combined. For additional smoothness, place the contents into a blender and whip for a couple of extra minutes. The texture should be light and frothy.

Remove dough from refrigerator and allow it to warm on your counter for a few minutes. Roll into a thin disk and press inside lightly greased pie pan. (Use coconut oil, olive oil, or vegan butter/margarine). Pull any excess dough up over the sides of the pan and tamp with the tines of a fork to create a crust. Carefully pour in batter, making sure it is spread evenly. Sprinkle the top with a bit of additional cinnamon and/or nutmeg and place in preheated 350 degree oven.

Bake for 45-60 minutes, until crust is lightly browned and separating slightly from the pan. You’ll know your pie is done by the delicious aroma! Remove pie from oven, set it on your counter, and allow it to cool. Seriously, try not to eat all of it while it’s still hot! Pumpkin pie tastes best at room temperature. Serve as is or with a dollop of vegan whipping cream (or two, or three, or…) Serves 4-6 guests, unless they’re very hungry. Everyone will rave about this delicious autumnal treat. Welcome to fall!

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins That You Can’t Stop Eating

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Now that pumpkin spice season is officially here, you might be feeling great despair, thinking you won’t be able to partake of any delicious goodies. Fear not, because when you try these amazing vegan, gluten-free muffins, you’ll wonder why you put up with the conventional kind for as long as you did.

Beware, however – once you bake a pan of them, your family won’t stop begging you for more. If you don’t mind opening that Pandora’s box, here’s the recipe:

10 oz pumpkin puree (that’s about ¾ of a small can)
½ cup olive oil
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
¾ cup real maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup!)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups gluten-free flour (there are many varieties, but Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 flour is our favorite)
2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure it’s aluminum-free)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger (for a treat, try fresh ginger, and use a fine grater)
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon sea salt

Optional ingredients:
1 cup walnuts and/or pecans
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
½ cup poppy seeds

Mix together the wet ingredients in one large bowl and the dry ingredients in another. Beat wet ingredients to a thick froth and combine with dry ingredients. Grease muffin tin with olive oil or natural, organic vegan margarine. Pour batter directly into compartments, filling almost to the top. Place the entire concoction into a 395 degree, pre-heated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. If you can stand additional bliss, brush the tops of the muffins with maple syrup about five minutes prior to removing them from the oven. Your house will smell so divine that you won’t want to leave for hours!

Makes one dozen muffins. You can eat them as is or slice them open and put a bit of natural margarine (like Earth Balance) in the center. Or try it with some vegan cream cheese (Kite Hill is the absolute bomb). The possibilities are endless, really. We don’t recommend that you devour all twelve of these muffins at once, but we won’t try to stop you, either. They’re great for breakfast, snacks, or even for dessert. You’d better invite all your friends over, if the aroma emanating from the windows isn’t enough to lure them to your door. Be aware: this is not a diet food. Bon Appetit, and happy autumn!

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Easy Raw Pumpkin Flax Crackers

This is a variation on our favourite fast and easy dehydrator crackers. It is just as fast and easy, but different enough to deserve its own recipe page.

This recipe calls for maple sugar, but you could just as easily use date sugar or coconut sugar, or even regular vegan sugar. It only calls for a tablespoon of the sugar, so these are not sweet.

Easy Raw Pumpkin Flax Crackers

1 cup flaxseed
1 cup flax meal
1 T. hemp seed
1 T. sesame seed
1 T. black sesame seed
2 T. pumpkin flour (you can get this on Amazon here)
1 tablespoon maple sugar
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
2 cups water

Put all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix with a whisk until well blended.

raw pumpkin flax crackers ingredients

 

Next, stir in the water, and mix it well. The mixture will seem very soupy, but wait until you see what it does in the next five minutes.

Let set for five minutes.

Ladle mixture onto dehydrator trays covered with Teflex sheets or parchment paper (do not use wax paper or aluminum foil).

Quickly spread the mixture as thin as you want it. This recipe makes exactly two full dehydrator trays for an Excalibur dehydrator.

raw pumpkin flax crackers ready to go in the dehydrator

After spreading the mixture on your dehydrator trays, let it stand 5 more minutes. This is important, so that it firms up just a bit more, making it easier to score the crackers, so that they will break apart nicely when they are done.

Score the crackers.

Put in dehydrator at 115 degrees, and dehydrate until the crackers are completely dry. You really can’t over-dehydrate them, and we dehydrate them for at least 24 hours.

When they are done, break the crackers apart, and store in an air-tight container.

These are truly among the best raw crackers we’ve had. They have a fantastic texture, are incredible for you, and are so easy to make!

Pumpkin Flax Crackers and Original 3-Seed Flax Crackers
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Vegan Brown Rice Pumpkin Mushroom Risotto

While risotto purists may decry our calling this a risotto recipe, it’s certainly close enough, and it’s vegan, gluten-free, easy, and delicious! What more could you ask from a vegan brown rice pumpkin mushroom risotto?

Vegan Brown Rice Pumpkin Mushroom Risotto

1 small onion or 1/2 medium or large onion, chopped
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 cup pumpkin purée (we like Farmers Market organic brand)
3 cups vegan ‘chicken’ stock or vegetable stock
1 4-ounce can organic mushrooms (we like Giorgio brand organic mushrooms, which are available at Costco)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste (optional)
1 large bay leaf

Stir the stock and the pumpkin together until well mixed, and set aside.

Drain the mushrooms.

In a medium to large heavy-bottomed pot (we use our 3 quart enameled dutch oven for this, in fact we use our enameled dutch ovens for almost everything!) heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent.

Add the brown rice to the pot, and stir, coating the rice with oil. Toast the rice, stirring frequently, for another three or four minutes.

Stir the pumpkin and stock mixture into the pot, and stir well. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper to taste, and the bay leaf, and bring to a boil.

Reduce to low heat – just high enough to maintain a gentle simmer – and cover. Cook for 45 to 55 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom, and replacing the cover immediately after stirring.

When nearly all of the liquid is absorbed, remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes.

Serve.

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Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spread

We clearly can’t get enough of pumpkin recipes! This recipe is so easy and delicious, that it makes it a prime candidate for a holiday party or potluck.

Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spread

1 cup organic canned pumpkin
16 oz of your favorite cream cheese
1/3 cup cup vegan sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
2 tsp vanilla

In a mixer, or with a hand mixer, mix the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar and mix thoroughly, until it is fluffy again, and the grains of sugar have disintegrated. Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well until the spread is creamy and smooth. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until time to serve.

It’s that easy! This dip tastes delicious on apple slices, your favorite gluten-free and vegan muffins, or our favorite, Pamela’s vegan, gluten-free ginger almond cookies.

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Black Bean Chipotle Enchiladas

It’s fall, which means pumpkin EVERYTHING is upon us. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread will be filling bellies everywhere. We love all things pumpkin, but wanted to bring you a bit of a twist: a savory pumpkin dish.

We love pumpkin enchiladas because they are very filling, and so warming on cool autumn days. The spice of the chilies imparts a delicious contrast to the rich pumpkin. The black beans pack a mean protein punch, making this a perfect, well-rounded meal.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Black Bean Chipotle Enchiladas

Enchilada Filling:

1 can of organic pumpkin, we like Farmer’s Market Organic Canned Pumpkin, with BPA-free lining.
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp sunflower oil

1 package of corn or preferred gluten-free tortillas

Enchilada Sauce:

2 cans fire-roasted tomatoes
3 chipotles from can, plus 1 teaspoon of the adobo sauce from the chipotle chili can
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
4 cloves of garlic
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Preheat ove to 350 degrees.

For the enchilada filling: Saute onions over medium heat in 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil until transluscent, approximately 3 minutes. Add another tablespoon of sunflower oil, then add the the rest of the enchilada filling ingredients, stirring frequently until warmed through.

For the enchilada sauce: Pour all of the ingredients into a food processor, and process until smooth and thoroughly blended.

Pour a little of the enchilada sauce into a 9×13 baking dish, so that a thin layer covers the entire dish.

Roll 1/4 cup of the filling into a tortilla and place each one into the baking dish. Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the enchiladas. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.

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