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Recipe: Easy Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie Pies used to intimidate me. Baking them that is. You have to worry about the crust and the filling. It has to be the right consistency and some have special baking instructions…

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This pumpkin pie is a breeze to throw together and is practically foolproof. It’s not overly sweet (you can add a bit more sugar if the filling isn’t sweet enough for you), is full of flavor, and sets beautifully.

Pumpkin Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert, vegan
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1¼ cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp melted non-dairy margarine or melted coconut oil
  • 2-4 Tbsp cold water
  • Filling:
  • 3 cups pumpkin puree (not filling)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup agave
  • 1 Tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. For the crust, mix the flour and salt together.
  3. Add in melted margarine/oil.
  4. Slowly add cold water until dough forms.
  5. Gently press dough into 9 inch pie pan.
  6. For the filling, mix all the filling ingredients together well.
  7. Pour into pie crust.
  8. Bake for 60 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely and set for about 4 hours before serving.

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Recipe: Cranberry Orange Mini Loaf

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This is one of my favorite bread recipes. It’s sweet and tart, and the citrus gives it a great fresh flavor. I’ve made it with orange juice and extract for the longest time but just tried it with bits of pineapple and pineapple juice and I think it’s my new favorite. I’ve included substitutions for both below. This recipe will make 1 standard size loaf, or 3 mini loaves. You can get cute little ceramic loaf pans at craft stores for $1 and they make nice gifts.

Cranberry Orange Mini Loaf
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This is one of my favorite bread recipes. It's sweet and tart, and the citrus gives it a great fresh flavor. I've made it with orange juice and extract for the longest time but just tried it with bits of pineapple and pineapple juice and I think it's my new favorite. I've included substitutions for both below. This recipe will make 1 standard size loaf, or 3 mini loaves.
Ingredients
  • 1.5 tablespoons ground flax seed mixed with ¼ cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ vegetable or coconut oil
  • ¾ cup orange juice (OR ½ cup pineapple juice)
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract (include even if you are subbing pineapple)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • For pineapple bread: ½ cup pineapple bits. I usually chop up rings into bite size pieces.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Lightly spray the loaf pan(s) with cooking oil. Mix the flax seed and ¼ cup of water and let sit while you are getting everything else together.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Gently mix the wet and dry ingredients together, then fold in cranberries (and pineapple if desired).
  5. Note: If you are using pineapple, reduce the juice to ½ cup because the pineapple with release liquid. The batter might seem a little dry when you mix it, but it's okay as long as there are no clumps or dry ingredients.
  6. Bake times: For mini loaves bake time is usually around 35 minutes, but start checking at 25 minutes. You can check with a toothpick or bake until the top is firm to the touch. For a full loaf, bake time is about 55 minutes, start checking at the 45 minute mark.

 

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Recipe: Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is so simple to make and it tastes a million times better than that weird gelatinous cranberry-HFCS mixture that comes out of a can. Do yourself a favor and give this one a try!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (or orange juice)
  • ½ cup water
  • About ½ cup of agave or other liquid sweetener to taste. Start with ½ cup and add more if needed.
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan.
  2. Simmer on low for 10-20 minutes until gooey.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to thicken and cool before serving.

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