Dairy Free Fall! Pumpkin Goodies and Apple Treats

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It is officially fall here and the weather has decided to cooperate. The heat is gone and we can open the windows to cool fall breezes.  Our family packed in all the fall fun we could this weekend: a fall festival, camping, apple picking, BBQing, and football.  We seem to have more rainy days in fall so I try to make the most of gorgeous days when we have them.

With fall comes fall goodies.  Over the last few years “pumpkin spice” flavored foods have become increasingly popular. Most people have heard of the Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte, but now the flavor is creeping into all sorts of things. I saw pumpkin seed chips recently and even pumpkin spice M&M’s.  It got me thinking about my favorite pumpkin treats. Also, with all the apples from our apple picking adventure to use up, I began hunting for some of my favorite apple recipes.

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So here is my roundup of dairy and soy friendly pumpkin and apple treats.  Most I have made but I threw in a few I really want to try.

1.  Pumpkin Muffins

2.  Super Moist Pumpkin Bars – I haven’t blogged about these but I’ve made them several times.  The pumpkin layer is delicious.  For the frosting I use my dairy free frosting recipe, taking out the almond extract and adding in a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar at the very end to give it a bite, similar to cream cheese frosting.

3.  Pumpkin Apple Muffins –  I skip the streusel part of this recipe and they are butter free.  Definitely sweet enough on their own without it.  I make a half batch and it is still enough to fill my mini muffin pan.

4.  Apple Cake – best when served fresh and warm

5.  One Bowl Apple Crumble Pie – made this for the fourth time this week.  Awesome and easy cleanup!

6.  Apple Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette  – great, just use half the red onion called for in the recipe

7.  Zucchini Apple Bread – another one I haven’t blogged but have made.  Excellent and no substitutions or changes needed.

8.  Fresh Cut apple slices with This or This caramel sauce.  I haven’t made either, I’ve just started looking at recipes for something like this.

9.   A pumpkin pie smoothie – looking for something to make with a little leftover pumpkin puree and came upon this.  Haven’t tried it yet but it sounds delicious.  I will use coconut milk in mine.

10.   Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte-  I make my own version at home with some coffee, rice milk and Williams Sonoma Pumpkin Spice Syrup.  Not quite as satisfying as the real thing (since I’m not super crazy about rice milk) but it will do.  The syrup contains “Cane Sugar, Water, Pumpkin Puree, Spices, Cinnamon Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Vanilla Extract, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.”  Get the syrup now, usually its gone by Thanksgiving time.

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