Vegan Apple Pie Stuffed Apples

Vegan Apple Pie Stuffed Apples PinThis Vegan Apple Pie Stuffed Apples recipe is a real treat and the perfect fall dessert. I spotted this dessert on Delish and decided to surprise Amelia and her family with a veganized version of it. I didn’t tell them what I was cooking, but the delicious aroma of the apples baking in the oven kind of gave it away.

By far the hardest part of this recipe is scooping out the apples. I started out using a spoon, but that was taking too long so I switched to a melon baller, which was much easier.

You start by slicing off the top of the apple. I threw the tops away, but next time I make this recipe, I’m going to save the tops and use them instead of the pie dough lattice.

I didn’t feel like the dough added much flavor…it was just for the visual appeal. It was also hard to find a vegan pie crust as most contain lard. Yuck! We had to go to 3 different stores to find the crust and it was the most expensive part of this recipe. I think using the apple tops will taste just as good while reducing the cost and waste.

After slicing off the top, I recommend coring the apples with an apple corer first before scooping them out. You can go all the way through the bottom to make it easier. I tried to core the apples without piercing the bottom, but it was a real pain and I accidently went through two of them, but it didn’t affect the baking. When you set them in the baking dish, the apple and juices form a seal as they bake preventing the yummy deliciousness from draining out the bottom.

While this dessert is perfect for your fresh, fall apples, you can serve it year-round. There’s absolutely no reason you can’t enjoy this delicious and healthy (sans pie crust) dessert whenever you want to!

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Chia Seed Jam

Chia Seed Jam PinThis Chia Seed Jam is a nutritious alternative to the sugar and additive laden jam you buy at the store. The chia seeds give it a gelatinous texture plus a lot of additional fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium.

You can make this recipe with either fresh or frozen berries. We usually keep a large bag of frozen berries in the freezer so we never run out of this delicious condiment.

You can mash the berries with a fork or potato masher if you prefer a thicker, chunkier jam. I prefer a smoother texture so we use the blender and pulse it a few times to break down the larger berries.

We like to use this jam on our multigrain toast and as a sweetener in our Rolled Oats Breakfast.

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Healthy Cooked Apples

Healthy Cooked Apples PinThese Healthy Cooked Apples make a great dessert, side dish, snack, or topping for your Vegan Pancakes, Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes or Rolled Oats Breakfast. They’re sweet, decadent and delicious!

Amelia has been pestering me to eat more apples, but I’ve never been a fan of raw apples. The texture doesn’t appeal to me for some reason. But apples cooked up in a pie is a different story altogether. I love apple pie!

So I came up with an idea that makes eating apples my way healthy. That makes Amelia happy with me for eating more apples, and it makes me happy by preparing them in a way that tastes delicious! It’s a win-win!

These apples only have a couple of ingredients, no added sugar and no fat. It’s important to use Granny Smith apples to bring some tartness or they can be too sweet. Leave the peel for the extra fiber. It softens when cooked.

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Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes

Vegan Chia Seed PancakesThese Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes are both filling and delicious. The chia seeds give them extra volume, fiber and protein to keep you going all morning.

Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium. Numerous studies show that chia seeds help with skin conditions, aging, digestive health, heart health, treatment of diabetes, stronger bones, muscle building, weight loss, cancer prevention and treatment, and dental health. These benefits surely put chia seeds in the super food category.

Because they expand in liquid, chia seeds make you feel fuller and therefore eat less. That’s why they help with weight loss. When prepared in meals like these pancakes, they’re hardly noticeable, but you still get their powerful nutrient punch.

We like to cook our pancakes on an electric griddle. You can cook more of them at once and they cook more evenly than cooking them on the stove.

These Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes are oil free and soy free, but you can probably make them gluten free by swapping out the all-purpose flour with a gluten free variety. If you try that, let us know how it goes in the comments.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesThese delicious Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are moist and delicious. It’s impossible to eat just one. They disappear in handfuls.

If you’re like me and you love pumpkin, these really hit the spot. While pumpkin is traditionally a fall/holiday ingredient, there’s nothing stopping you from eating pumpkin all year long.

Amelia is the baker in the house, so I beg and plead with her to make delicious pumpkin recipes all the time. I’m sure she’s sick of pumpkin by now, but I’ve loved it all my life and don’t need an excuse to eat it.

A perfect day for me is capped off with a couple of these amazing Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Vegan Snickerdoodles

Vegan SnickerdoodlesWhen I was a kid, mom often made snickerdoodles for our family during the holiday season and I particularly enjoyed the cinnamon-y taste and soft texture when they were fresh from the oven. These vegan snickerdoodles are just as good as mom’s, but without the butter and eggs.

If you have a holiday party, work party, church gathering, family or friends visiting…you can easily pass these vegan snickerdoodles off as non-vegan and no one will be the wiser. They have crispy edges with soft centers ensuring these cinnamon sugar cookies will be a big hit with everyone.

These snickerdoodles are so good, I just power right through my cinnamon allergy and eat them anyway. Luckily for me, they only cause the inside of my cheeks to swell up, but it goes away after a few hours. Totally worth it!

We use Earth Balance Organic Vegan Butter, but you’ll need to use the Earth Balance Soy Free variety to make these vegan snickerdoodles soy free.

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Pumpkin PieThis vegan pumpkin pie is one of my favorite desserts. As a kid, my mom made me a pumpkin pie every year for my birthday, which falls on Halloween. I preferred a pie to a cake and still do.

I went to my parents house just before my birthday, after switching to a vegan diet. Mom took it upon herself to make me a vegan pumpkin pie. This is the pie she made and it was delicious! No one will know this pie is vegan so serve it at your next event to show everyone how great vegan food can taste.

You can buy a store bought crust to save time, or try my Mom’s Famous Vegan Pie Crust.

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies PinIf you serve these Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies to people and don’t tell them they were made without butter, eggs or milk, they won’t know. These may be the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten!

I like mine soft and chewy…Amelia likes her’s crispier. We both get what we want with this recipe by cooking mine for less time and hers a little longer. The only bad thing about these cookies is that I can’t stop eating them. They barely last a day!

The really nice thing about these vegan chocolate chip cookies is they don’t have that greasy coating or aftertaste that you get from using butter and milk. They’re simply delicious!

Note: Oil is not a healthy food and coconut oil is probably the worst. If you are trying to lose weight, lower your cholesterol or reverse diabetes, please do not eat these cookies. They’re meant for a rare treat or to show non-vegans how delicious vegan food can be.

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