Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils & Sweet Potato (vegan too!)

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie Lentils Sweet Potato

It’s the holidays and I want me some good ol’ fashioned shepherd’s pie (*insert southwestern accent). 🙂

Well, almost “good ol’ fashioned.” 😛 This vegetarian shepherd’s pie is vegan and made with lentils and sweet potato. Oh, and it’s absolutely satisfying!

Unfortunately, even though I LOVE sweet potato, my tummy does not and so I have to limit my consumption. This means that I have sweet potato, I have to make it count and completely worth it. Friends, the vegan shepherd’s pie made it worth it. 🙂

Ingredients for Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils & Sweet Potato

  • 6 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups cooked mung beans
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped (I love garlic but you can reduce if you please)
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1/2 chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp almond milk (or any other dairy free milk)

Directions for Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils & Sweet Potato

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and chop into chunks
  3. Place sweet potatoes into boiling salted water and cool for 15 minutes, or until soft
  4. In the meantime, add a tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  5. When the oil is hot, add onions and cook until translucent
  6. Add garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes
  7. Add carrots, celery, jalapeno (I add the seeds as well if you want it more spicy), all the spices, and the lentils
  8. Cook for about 20 minutes until all the veggies are tender
  9. Once the sweet potatoes are soft, mash them with a fork or masher while adding 1 tbsp of olive oil and the almond milk
  10. Place the lentil mixture into an casserole dish
  11. Smooth sweet potato mash on top
  12. Bake for 45 minutes or until the mash starts to brown (note: if it’s still not brown after an hour, you can broil it for a few minutes, keep your eye on it though as it will burn very quickly!)

 

 

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Grain Free Sugar Free Vegan Brownie Recipe

Grain Free Sugar Free Vegan Brownie Recipe

Friends, I like to eat super clean as you can tell from my grain free sugar free vegan brownie recipe. When deciding to make something to eat, this is what my thought process looks like:

  1. “Is it clean?” I try to minimize sugar in all of it’s forms. This includes carbs!
  2. “Are these foods happygut for my gut?” Our guts like different things. Things that can be happy for your gut may not be happy for mine and vice versa. For instance, although I love the idea of cabbage but my gut doesn’t. It makes me super farty! This makes for uncomfortable and embarrassing situations, not to mention an unpleasant scent for Irfan :S (Irfan is my partner is crime!).
  3. “Is it easy to make?” & “Is it tasty?” These two are tied. I like cooking but I don’t LOVE cooking (which is weirdo because I have a food blog haha), and more importantly I don’t like to spend a lot of time cooking. There are more important things in life like meditation and spending time with people I like. Also, though I like to eat super clean and the prime reason for my food intake is healthy fuel, I like tasty dishes like the next gyal! I grew up with the best South Asian food (shoutout to my Mama!) and have been spoiled with amazing recipes bursting with flavour! I know that food can taste amazing. So, if we have to eat and we must eat clean, might as well make it tasty!

There, now you know what goes on between me and food. 🙂

Anyhow, back to my grain free sugar free brownie recipe. I had a couple of friends come over for dinner and needed to come up with a dessert (based on my criteria above) quick fast. I whipped up this grain free sugar free vegan brownie recipe is no time. It was an absolute hit! I plan on making these again and again 🙂

Ingredients for Grain Free Sugar Free Vegan Brownie Recipe

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons chia + 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup 

Directions for Grain Free Sugar Free Vegan Brownie Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease a small pan (I used a 13 inch x 13 inch pan)
  3. Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth
  4. Pour and smooth batter into pan
  5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes (or until edges start to brown)
  6. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before you cut into it
  7. Enjoy!

Note: I stored it in my fridge for about 5 days and they just got better and better as the days went on! 🙂

 

 

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Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine Recipe

Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine Recipe

A non alcoholic mulled wine recipe, absolutely perfect for winter. Yes it’s winter. This is a sad sad fact. Although I must say that I live in Toronto and it’s the mildest winter that I can remember! I used to live in Alberta for 3 wonderful (the mountains are absolutely majestic!) but incredibly cold years!

Side rant: People often ask me how cold it was in Alberta. Well, let me tell you. I moved to Alberta in the summer and noticed that all the cars had these plugs sticking out of the front hood. “Hmm, that’s pretty weird,” I thought. Then winter rolled around and I figured it out. Folks, it is so cold in Alberta that people have to plug in their cars so the engine doesn’t freeze to death! It’s true, this is a thing. Humans should not live in such cold places. Luckily the mountains and the summer months and perhaps if you are into winter activities (which I am definitely not), make up for the frigid frigid weather!

Anywho, after living in Alberta I have learned not to complain about Toronto weather (suck it up Torontians!). This winter (so far) has been especially amazing! As I type this, it’s (hold up, lemme check my trusty iphone), +4 degrees celsius! PLUS 4 people! It dun’t get no better than this folks. Perhaps I should have made virgin pina colada instead of a non alcoholic mulled wine recipe. 😛

Okay back to my non alcoholic mulled wine recipe. It’s a Sunday afternoon and what better way to spend it, then working on my blog and sipping on some mulled wine.

I am counting my blessings.

Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine Recipe
Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine Recipe | Happygut.ca

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients for Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine Recipe

  • 2 cups grape juice
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 slices of orange
  • 8 cloves
  • 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey, if not vegan) to taste

Directions for Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine Recipe

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes
  2. Serve warm

 

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Pancakes From Scratch – 7 Vegan Options

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pancakes From Scratch

I was so very excited to research for this post on the best gluten free dairy free pancakes from scratch. I, along with you, have 7 amazing vegan recipes to choose from.

I generally try to eat the same simple breakfast during the week (usually my anti inflammatory cereal – the super power breakfast), but I give myself permission to spice it up on the weekends. “Spicing” it up usually means some type of gluten free pancakes. Now I have so many options on the weekend! Woohooo! This is especially helpful depending on who I’m cooking for, as well. You see, I have so many different diets and preferences in my family.

Let me give you an example: I am mostly vegan, grain free and sugar free, my nephew is nut free, my other nephew is dairy free, gluten free and mostly grain free. It can get complicated o so quickly!

See my round up below for the best recipes I could find for gluten free dairy free pancakes from scratch. I have highlighted whether they are the following:

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

None of the pancake recipes are raw (although while I type this, I should definitely add a few options! If you come across any yummy raw recipes, let me know in the comments below!).

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pancakes From Scratch
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Banana &
Rice Flour
Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes | simpleveganblog.com
Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes | simpleveganblog.com

By Simple Vegan Blog

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
rice flour, oat flour, bananas, soy milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*contains vanilla)

Why this makes the cut: Another ultra simple recipe naturally sweetened with bananas. 

Get recipe here.

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Banana &
Quinoa
Gluten Free Banana Pancakes | lightorangebean.com
Gluten Free Banana Pancakes | lightorangebean.com

By Light Orange Bean

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
quinoa, banana, gf flour, gf oats

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free (*use nut free dairy free milk)
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: This recipe is sugar free and naturally sweetened banana and stevia. 

Get recipe here.

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Blueberries &
Oats
Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes | 40aprons.com
Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes | 40aprons.com

By 40 Aprons

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
oats, brown rice flour, blueberries, almond milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*contains agave)

Why this makes the cut: Who isn’t a sucker for blueberry pancakes? No one! Plus, it has flax in it and calls for blueberry chia jam – this makes it guilt free. 🙂 

Get recipe here.

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Applesauce &
GF Flour
Gluten-Free Vegan Pancakes | momables.com
Gluten-Free Vegan Pancakes | momables.com

By Momables

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
gf flour, flax, applesauce

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan (*use dairy free milk)
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*contains vanilla)

Why this makes the cut: I love the simplicity of this recipe and that it calls for applesauce (though you will need a pre-made gluten free flour mix). 

Get recipe here.

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Pancakes From Scratch
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Oats &
Millet
Gluten Free Vegan Pancake | forkandbeans.com
Gluten Free Vegan Pancake | forkandbeans.com

By Forks and Beans

Ingredients: 7
Main items:
oats, millet, dairy free milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free (*use nut free dairy free milk)

Why this makes the cut: Pancakes made out of oat flour sounds so hearty and so delicious! 

Get recipe here.

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Buckwheat &
Brown Rice Flour
Easy Vegan & Gluten Free Pancakes | ohsheglows.com
Easy Vegan & Gluten Free Pancakes | ohsheglows.com

By Oh She Glows

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
buckwheat, brown rice flour, almond milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup/agave)

Why this makes the cut: Oh She Glows tops these pancakes with coconut whipped cream & strawberries. Hubba hubba!

Get recipe here.

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Buckwheat &
Almond Butter
Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes | lazycatkitchen.com
Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes | lazycatkitchen.com

By Lazy Cat Kitchen

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
buckwheat, coconut (or dairy free) milk, almond butter

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup/agave)

Why this makes the cut: This one has almond butter, what a great and delicious addition!

Get recipe here.

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Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes – 7 Recipes

Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes | happygut.ca

Who would have thought that there would be so many variations for basic vegan mashed potatoes? Oh, but there is! I searched far and wide and came up with the following delicious recipes for basic vegan mashed potatoes. All the recipes have fewer than 10 ingredients (woohoo!) and are made with whole foods. I’ve separated the recipes from those of the traditional style of mashed potatoes (i.e. mostly potatoes) from those with a fun twist (see below for recipes with cauliflower and navy beans).

I’ve indicated whether the recipes are the following:
✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

If you don’t see a certain condition noted, you can assume that it doesn’t fulfill it’s criteria. None of the recipes are raw and, as the name suggests, none of them are nightshade free as they all require potatoes. (I usually indicate on my posts whether recipes are raw and nightshade free).

Let me know what you think of the list. 🙂

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Almond Milk
Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes | happygut.ca

By HappyGut

Ingredients: 8
Main ingredients:
potatoes, almond milk, garlic

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Disclaimer: this my creation. 🙂 I wanted mashed potatoes and I had almond milk. I couldn’t find a vegan mashed potato recipe that called for almond milk so I created one myself. It was really yummy! See how to veganize this recipe with the instructions above. 

Get recipe here.

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Coconut Milk
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | thevegan8.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | thevegan8

By The Vegan 8

Ingredients: 7
Main ingredients:
potatoes, coconut milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Get recipe here.

Why this makes the cut: Coconut milk, which I love, sounds like it would make the mashed potatoes creamy and delicious. 

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Olive Oil
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | wellvegan.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | wellvegan.com

By Well Vegan

Ingredients: 6
Main ingredients:
potatoes, olive oil, garlic

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: No (dairy free) milk? No problem. Got garlic? Great! These mashed potatoes with garlic and olive oil sound so appetizing! 

Get recipe here.

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Vegan Butter
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | minimalistbaker.com
Mashed Potatoes | minimalistbaker

By Minimalist Baker

Ingredients: 6
Main ingredients:
potatoes, garlic, vegan butter

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Made without (dairy) milk and oil, these mashed potatoes have plenty of garlic and are topped with chives. YUM. 

Get recipe here.

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Cauliflower
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | loveandlemons.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | loveandlemons.com

By Love and Lemons

Ingredients: 8-9
Main ingredients:
potatoes, cauliflower, garlic, olive oil

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: A great way to reduce the amount of potatoes in your mashed potatoes. 

Get recipe here.

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Eggplant
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | blissfulbasil.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | blissfulbasil.com

By Blissful Basil

Ingredients: 8-9
Main ingredients:
potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, cashews

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: I love that the main ingredients in these mashed potatoes are eggplant, cauliflower and cashews! It sounds absolutely delectable! 

Get recipe here.

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Navy Beans 
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | ohsheglows.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | ohsheglows.com

By Oh She Glows

Ingredients: 8-9
Main ingredients:
potatoes, navy beans, vegan butter

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Protein rich mashed potatoes that you can eat as the main meal instead of the side. 

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Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe – 6 Options

Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe

I call this one the best vegan gravy ever recipe. Why “the best gravy recipe ever”, you ask? I searched for the cleanest vegan gravy recipes online that I came across many on different blogs. I picked out the ones that were (mostly) made from whole foods, with ingredients you would likely find in your pantry. I also curated the recipes based on some dietary restrictions.

I’ve indicated whether the recipes are the following:
✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Raw
✓ Nightshade free

If you don’t see a certain condition noted, you can assume that it doesn’t fulfill it’s criteria.

I’ve separated the vegan gravy recipes between those recipes that use mushrooms and those that don’t (some people love mushrooms while others don’t 🙂 ) . Do let me know what you think of my list and what improvements can be made. 🙂

Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe With Mushrooms 

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Gravy with Flour & Veggie Broth
Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe
Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe | happygut.ca

By HappyGut

Filling ingredients: 10
Main ingredients: mushrooms, rice flour, veggie broth, nutritional yeast

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:Full disclaimer, this is my recipe and, its delicious, if I don’t say so myself. 🙂

Get recipe here.

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Gravy with Flour & Almond Milk
Vegan Gravy | minimalistbaker.com
Vegan Gravy | minimalistbaker.com

By Minimalist Baker

Filling ingredients: 10
Main ingredients: mushrooms, almond milk, veggie broth, flour

✓ Gluten free (*replace with gluten free flour)
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:This one sounds similar to my gravy, but sounds deliciously creamy with the addition of almond milk. 

Get recipe here.

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Gravy with Veggie Broth
Vegan Gravy | vegkitchen.com
Vegan Gravy | vegkitchen.com

By Veg Kitchen

Filling ingredients: 6
Main ingredients:
mushrooms, veggie broth, nutritional yeast, arrowroot/cornstarch

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:With only 6 ingredients, this recipe sounds super quick and very appetizing. 

Get recipe here.

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Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe Without Mushrooms 

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Gravy with Tahini & Blackstrap Molasses
Vegan Gravy | ohsheglows.com
Vegan Gravy | ohsheglows.com

By Oh She Glows

Filling ingredients: 12
Main ingredients: veggie broth, nutritional yeast, tahini, balsamic vinegar, blackstrap molasses

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:With tahini and molasses (and garlic and mustard), this recipe is so unique and so enticing. 

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Gravy with (Vegan) Butter & Flour
Vegan Gravy | kitchentreaty.com
Vegan Gravy | kitchentreaty.com

By Kitchen Treaty

Filling ingredients: 5
Main ingredients: (vegan) butter, flour, veggie broth

✓ Gluten free (*replace with gluten free flour)
✓ Vegan (*use vegan butter)
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:With only 5 ingredients with ingredients you are likely to find in your kitchen, this recipe is very attractive! 

Get recipe here.

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Gravy with Olive Oil & Marmite 
Vegan Gravy | themuffinmyth.com
Vegan Gravy | themuffinmyth.com

By The Muffin Myth

Filling ingredients: 8
Main ingredients: olive oil, flour, nutritional yeast, veggie broth

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut: Another super simple recipe with marmite. You had me at marmite. 🙂 

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Best Vegan Lentil Loaf Recipe – 8 Options

Best Vegan Lentil Loaf Recipe

I’m surprised I did a post on the best vegan lentil loaf recipe. To be honest, I never cared much for normal meatloaf growing up. I probably have had meatloaf only once in my life, and didn’t like it very much. The only thing I did like about meatloaf was the sauce or the gravy that accompanied it.

Fast forward about 20 years and I was craving that gravy. What can I eat with gravy, I thought. Well, being on a (mostly) anti-inflammatory diet I can’t have meatloaf or potatoes but what I can have is a lentil loaf. Aha! Brilliant! Well done Kiran. 🙂

And so, I was on the search for the best lentil loaf recipe. My friend Fatima was coming over for dinner and I need a recipe that would not disappoint.

I searched for a really long time for the best vegan lentil loaf recipe. In searching for the best vegan lentil loaf recipe I also came across of many vegan loafs that were made without lentils. I did a separate post on these non-lentil loafs recipes that you can find on my blog post for the best vegan meatloaf recipe.

I hunted for lentil loaf recipes that were clean, made with whole food ingredients, along with being easy to make and delicious. I tried to search for unique recipes that would cater to everyone’s unique dietary needs and preferences (God knows, I have my share of them!).

Let me know what you think of my curation for the best vegan lentil loaf recipe. Have I missed any lentil loafs that you think I should include? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

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Oats & Spinach
Vegan Lentil Loaf | www.healthpursuit.com
Vegan Lentil Loaf | www.healthpursuit.com

By Healthful Pursuit

Ingredients: 24
Main ingredients: green lentils, spinach, oats, almond flour

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: A green lentil loaf with oats & almond flour, topped with a bbq sauce made with Sriracha. YUM. 

Get recipe here. 

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Oats & Ketchup
Vegan Lentil Loaf | produceonparade.com
Vegan Lentil Loaf | produceonparade.com

By Produce On Parade

Ingredients: 22
Main ingredients: oats, red lentils, ketchup

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: A healthy lentil loaf complete with oats, lentils, flax, nutritional yeast and tahini.

Get recipe here.

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Oats & Walnuts
Vegan Lentil Loaf | ohsheglows.com
Vegan Lentil Loaf | ohsheglows.com

By Oh She Glows

Ingredients: 22
Main ingredients: lentils, oats, breadcrumbs, walnuts, apple, raisins

✓ Gluten free (*use gluten free breadcrumbs and oats)
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: A recipe for all you sweet lovers. A loaf with apples and raisins topped with a sweet glaze sauce.

Get recipe here.

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Walnuts & Seeds
Vegan Lentil Loaf | themuffinmyth.com
Vegan Lentil Loaf | themuffinmyth.com

By The Muffin Myth

Ingredients: 21
Main ingredients: green lentils, walnuts, sunflower seeds

✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: The combination of nuts, seeds, carrots and raisins in this loaf makes for a hearty and full-flavoured meal. 

Get recipe here.

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Cornmeal
Vegan Lentil Loaf | thevegan8.com
Vegan Lentil Loaf | thevegan8.com

By The Vegan 8

Ingredients: 10 (without sauce)
Main ingredients: green lentils, bbq sauce, cornmeal, corn

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: The only grain free and gluten free loaf I came across. Plus, it sounds spicy and delectable. 

Get recipe here.

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Sweet Potato
Vegan Lentil Loaf | glutenfreehope.blogspot.ca
Vegan Lentil Loaf | glutenfreehope.blogspot.ca

By Gluten Free Hope

Ingredients: 20
Main ingredients: red lentils, sweet potato, quinoa, parsley

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: A unique and healthy loaf filled with quinoa, sweet potatoes and kale. 

Get recipe here.

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Chickpeas
Vegan Lentil Loaf | rachelcarr.com
Vegan Lentil Loaf | rachelcarr.com

By Rachel Carr

Ingredients: 18
Main ingredients: lentils, chickpeas, breadcrumbs/oats

✓ Gluten free (*use gluten free breadcrumbs and oats)
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: A hearty and protein packed loaf with celery, carrots, chickpeas and lentils. 

Get recipe here.

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Rice & Walnuts
Best Vegan Lentil Loaf Recipe
Best Vegan Lentil Loaf Recipe | happygut.ca

By HappyGut

Ingredients: 24
Main ingredients: lentils, walnuts, breadcrumbs

✓ Gluten free (*use gluten free breadcrumbs)
✓ Vegan
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut: Full disclosure, this is my recipe creation. 🙂  This is the only nightshade free lentil loaf (this is the reason I created it) topped with a vegan mushroom gravy. 

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Best Vegan Meatloaf Recipe – 6 Options

Best Vegan Meatloaf Recipe

This post for the best vegan meatloaf recipe is similar to my post on the best vegan lentil loaf recipe. The difference is that the recipes found in this post are without lentils while the lentil loaf is made with lentils, as the name suggests. 🙂

For me, sometimes my gut is okay with lentils and sometimes it’s not. Sometimes my gut’s okay with beans and sometimes it’s not. Sometimes my gut’s okay with tempeh and sometimes it’s not. You get the drift. 😉

I originally was going to combine the lentil loaf recipes with this post on the best vegan meatloaf recipe but ended up with 14 recipes in total! I tried to cut some recipes out but they were but it was really hard. They all seemed unique, delicious and worthy of making the cut. In the end, I decided to do two separate posts, one for the best vegan meatloaf recipe and one for the best lentil loaf recipes.

Sorry for the long explanation, I was probably trying to justify separating the lists more to me than you to you. 😛

Anyway, see my curated list below best vegan meatloaf recipe. 🙂

Between this post and the post on the best lentil loaf recipe you should find a vegan loaf to fit all of your needs. Do let me know if there you are further limited in your diet and I will see if I can come up with one that fits your needs as well.

To healthy happy guts everywhere! 🙂

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Beans & Avocado
Vegan Meatloaf | ambitiouskitchen.com
Vegan Meatloaf | ambitiouskitchen

By Ambitious Kitchen

Ingredients: 21
Main ingredients: black beans, corn, oat flour, oats, avocado

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: This one sounds like a burrito flavoured vegan loaf complete with an avocado sauce. That sounds absolutely delightful. 

Get recipe here.

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Pinto & Chickpeas
Vegan Meatloaf | backtoherroots.com
Vegan Meatloaf | backtoherroots.com

By Back To Her Roots

Ingredients: 15
Main ingredients: chickpeas, pinto beans, oats, sunflower seeds, ketchup

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: This one is for all of you bean lovers! I sure am one. 🙂

Get recipe here.

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Chickpeas
Vegan Meatloaf | chowvegan.com
Vegan Meatloaf | chowvegan.com

By Chow Vegan

Filling ingredients: 15
Main ingredients: chickpeas, breadcrumbs, vital wheat gluten

✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free (*walnut optional)
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: A perfect hearty weekday meal with ingredients you are likely to have on hand. 

Get recipe here.

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Tempeh & Ketchup
Vegan Meatloaf | thriftyveggiemama.com
Vegan Meatloaf | thriftyveggiemama.com

By Thrifty Veggie Mama

Ingredients: 13
Main ingredients: tempeh, oats, ketchup

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan (*use vegan seasoning)
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: A super simple loaf made with ingredients you are likely to find in your fridge. 

Get recipe here.

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Tempeh & Oats
Vegan Meatloaf | forkandbeans.com
Vegan Meatloaf | forkandbeans.com

By Fork and Beans

Ingredients: 15
Main ingredients: tempeh, sunflower seeds, oats, parsley

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: Three words: vegan meatloaf cupcakes. Intrigued? Go check out the recipe. 

Get recipe here.

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Sweet Potato & Tofu
Vegan Meatloaf | blog.fatfreevegan.com
Vegan Meatloaf | blog.fatfreevegan.com

By Fat Free Vegan

Ingredients: 20
Main ingredients: sweet potato, tofu, cannellini beans, quinoa flakes/oatmeal

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free (*walnut optional)
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: This one is definitely unique and so enticing with sweet potato, cannellini beans and walnuts. 

Get recipe here.

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Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash Vegetarian – 10 Recipes

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash Vegetarian

Baked stuffed acorn squash vegetarian, one of my personal favourites!

I love Fall, it is my third favourite season, after summer and spring. 🙂 Seriously though, Fall is amazing. I’ve lived in a few different parts of the world, and a couple of different provinces in Canada. What I’ve learned is that there are only a few places that that have a complete and beautiful fall. Fall is great because the weather is cold enough that you can wear a scarf (and who doesn’t love wearing scarfs?) but just warm enough that you can have a coffee (or in my case, a green tea) on a patio. The colours are absolutely breath-taking with bright reds, golden yellows, radiating oranges and sometimes even crimson purples. 🙂

Ever wondered why leaves change colour in Fall? Me too! This is why while writing this blog post I decided to call my genius 11 year old nephew, Faisal.

Here was our conversation:

Me: Hi Faisal, how’s it going?

Faisal: Good.

Me: I have a question for you, why do leaves change colour in Fall?

Faisal: Its because not enough chlorophyll gets through to the leaves and the other colour pigments take over.

Me: Why doesn’t enough chlorophyll get through?

Faisal: Because the days are shorter and there’s less sun.

Me: Oh, okay, that makes sense. Thanks Faisal!

Faisal: Okay bye!

Me: Bye!

My nephew Faisal is actually the smartest person I know!

So now you know why leaves change colour in the Fall. 🙂

Well, thank you chlorophyll for taking a backseat for a few months so that we can enjoy all the beauty that Fall has to offer. The beautiful changing leaf colours are my favourite thing about Fall. You want to know what my second favourite thing is? Acorn squash (see how I brought it back to the original theme of the blog post without you even noticing? Bam!). 🙂

Acorn squash is so cool! It actually looks like an acorn! Do you know of any other fruits that look like something that falls from a tree? I don’t!

Aside: I also learnt while writing this blog post that squash is a fruit and not a vegetable. Other sneaky vegetable lookalikes that are also fruit include avocado, pea pods, corn kernels, cucumbers, olives, peppers, pumpkin, and tomatoes.

Along with being a vegetable look-alike, acorn squash is also a good source of fiber and potassium, and has small amounts of vitamin B, C and magnesium.

Who would’ve thought this blog post would be so educational? I certainly didn’t when I started writing this post. 🙂

Though my love for acorn squash is all year round, it definitely intensifies in the winter.

My friend Zehra was coming over dinner and I knew I wanted to make something with acorn squash. After doing some quick googling, I decided to make a stuffed acorn squash as I’m a sucker for foods that can be used as bowls. 😛 Zehra is also a vegetarian (and has actually turned vegan, you go girl!) and so I was on a hunt  for a baked stuffed acorn squash vegetarian recipe. Though in the end I decided to come up with my own recipe (a warm quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash), I discovered many other delicious recipes that are on my to-make-soon-list.

Here is my curated list for the best recipes for baked acorn squash vegetarian. All of them are made with healthy whole foods with items you are (likely) to find in your kitchen already. They are all vegetarian, as the name implies, with many vegan options that will cater to all diets (I hope!).

You will find many gluten free, grain free, nut free, soy free and sugar free options. Let me know what you think of my baked stuffed acorn squash vegetarian list, and if you find any other recipes that I have missed!

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash Vegetarian
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Tofurky&
Leek
Stuffed Acorn Squash | veganyackattack.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | veganyackattack.com

By Veganyattack

Filling ingredients: 12
Main ingredients: quinoa, leek, broccolini, red pepper, tofurky

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this recipe rocks: An easy and fabulous protein rich meal with a novel way to use that Tofurky that’s been lying in your fridge. 

Get recipe here.

 

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Almond &
Feta
Stuffed Acorn Squash | marinmamacooks.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | marinmamacooks.com

By Marin Mama Cooks

Filling ingredients: 9
Main ingredients: quinoa, parsley, feta, almonds

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this recipe rocks: The combination of parsley, almonds and red-wine vinegar sounds so very appetizing! 

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Almond &
Raisin
Stuffed Acorn Quiona | init4thelongrun.com
Stuffed Acorn | init4thelongrun

By In It 4 The Long Run

Filling ingredients: 8
Main ingredients: quinoa, basil, raisins, almonds

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this recipe rocks: Raisins and almonds as part of the main meal? Yes please!

 

Get recipe here.

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Mushroom &
Cranberry
Squah Stuffed Quinoa | rhubarbarians.com
Squash Stuffed Quinoa | rhubarbarians.com

By Rhubarbians

Filling ingredients: 11
Main ingredients: brussels sprouts, mushrooms, cranberries, pecans

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this recipe rocks: I’m all over any recipe that uses brussels sprouts and makes it sound amazing.  Though this is not an acorn squash, I couldn’t resist sharing the recipe! 

 

Get recipe here.

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Chickpea & Cilantro
Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash
Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash | happygut.ca

By HappyGut

Filling ingredients: 14
Main ingredients: quinoa, chickpeas, cilantro

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this recipe rocks: Full disclaimer, this is my recipe. 🙂 If you like spicy and lemony, this one won’t disappoint.

Get recipe here.

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Chickpea & Kale
Stuffed Acorn Squash | lesliedurso.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | lesliedurso.com

By Leslie Durso

Filling ingredients: 11
Main ingredients: kale, chickpeas, quinoa, apple, walnuts

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this recipe rocks: Kale. This recipe has kale. Kale is awesome. Plus, it has apple and walnuts. A perfect fancy meal for entertaining. 

 

Get recipe here.

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Black Bean & Avo
Acorn Stuffed Squash | loveandlemons.com
Acorn Stuffed Squash | loveandlemons.com

By Love and Lemons

Filling ingredients: 15
Main ingredients: quinoa, avocado, pepitas, black beans

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this recipe rocks: With green chillies, cumin and coriander, I suspect this recipe will have a lovely indian-style flavour. I can’t wait to test it out!

 

Get recipe here.

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Brown Rice & Black Bean
Stuffed Acorn Squash | thevietvegan.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | thevietvegan.com

By The Viet Vegan

Filling ingredients: 9
Main ingredients: brown rice, blacked beans

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this recipe rocks: A super simple and yummy meal packed with protein. The perfect week-day meal. 

 

Get recipe here.

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Zucchini & Bell Pepper
Stuffed Acorn Squash | detoxinista.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash |           detoxinista.com

By Detoxinista

Filling ingredients: 7
Main ingredients: zucchini, red onion, bell pepper

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this recipe rocks: A simple grain free meal that makes for a great side meal. Or, throw in some protein (beans, lentils, tofu, etc.) to make a complete meal. 

 

Get recipe here.

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Roasted Veggies & Kale
Stuffed Acorn Squash | panningtheglobe.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | panningtheglobe.com

By Panning the Globe

Filling ingredients: 12
Main ingredients: brussels sprouts, bell peppers, onions, kale

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this recipe rocks: A simple grain free meal with roasted veggies and molasses! A delightful side or add  in some protein (beans, lentils, tofu, etc.) to make a complete meal. 

 

Get recipe here.

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The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe – 13 Yummy Options

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe

In the search for the best vegan pumpkin pie recipe, I looked at many options on different blogs. Though, in the end, I decided to make my own version, I wanted to share those recipes that I had marked “to make soon.” I always like to have different meal options available depending on who I am cooking for. We have many different dietary needs in my family so I have to be very careful. I can have a vegan pumpkin pie made out of tofu, for example, but my nephew cannot. I’ve laid out the best vegan pumpkin pie recipes I came across and their corresponding diet details. Let me know if you find this helpful.

You’ll find recipes that are gluten free, grain free, vegan, soy free, nut free, sugar free and raw. All of the recipes are nightshade free, as well.

The number of ingredients and main items listed are for the pie fillings only and not the crust.

For more allergy friendly options, check out my options for a gluten free dairy free pie crust and a vegan whipped cream recipe.

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Coconut Milk
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe Coconut Milk
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe Coconut Milk | HappyGut.ca

By HappyGut

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
pumpkin puree, sugar, coconut milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: Full disclaimer, this is my recipe. 🙂 I created it because I couldn’t find another pie that was vegan with coconut milk. It came out absolutely delicious. 

Get recipe here.

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Almond Milk
Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie | minimalistbaker.com
Vegan Pumpkin Pie | minimalistbaker

By Minimalist Baker

Ingredients: 8
Main items:
pumpkin puree, maple syrup, brown sugar, almond milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free

Why this makes the cut: Made with almond milk, this recipe is so simple (as the name suggests) and sounds so delectable. 

Get recipe here.

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Cashews
Vegan Pumpkin Pie From Scratch | HealthyHappyLife.com
Vegan Pumpkin | HealthyHappyLife.com

By Healthy Happy Life

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
squash/pumpkin, vegan cream cheese, cashews, maple syrup

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: The sounds of cashews in pumpkin pie just makes my mouth water.  

Get recipe here.

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Oats
chocolatecoveredkatie.com
chocolatecoveredkatie.com

By Chocolate Covered Katie

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
pumpkin/
sweet potato puree, coconut milk, rolled oats

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: I like that this recipe has oats in it, I suspects that it will add a denser (more like “regular” vegan pumpkin pie) texture.  

Get recipe here.

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 Almond/Dairy  Milk
No Bake Pumpkin Pie | Minimalist Baker
No Bake Pumpkin Pie | Minimalist Baker

By Minimalist Baker

Ingredients: 7
Main items:
pumpkin puree, cornstarch, sugar, dairy free milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan (*recommends almond or dairy milk)
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free (*recommends almond or dairy milk)
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: If you dig your no bake pies, this one will not disappoint. The recipe recommends almond or dairy milk, so choose whichever you have handy! 

Get recipe here.

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Coconut Milk
No Bake Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Milk | thespunkycoconut.com
No Bake Pumpkin Pie | thespunkycoconut.com

By The Spunky Coconut

Ingredients: 9-10
Main items:
coconut milk, pumpkin puree, coconut sugar, vanilla stevia

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: Another no bake pie with coconut milk. If you can’t have nuts or dairy, this is a great option! 

Get recipe here.

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Chocolate
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie | Chocolate Covered Katie
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie | Chocolate Covered Katie

By Chocolate Covered Katie

Ingredients: 6
Main items:
pumpkin puree, cocoa powder, chocolate chips

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: This one has chocolate. Need I say more? 

Get recipe here.

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Banana
Pumpkin Pie No Bake with Banana | rawrevive.com
Pumpkin Pie No Bake with Banana | rawrevive.com

By Raw Revive

Ingredients: 8
Main items:
pumpkin, dates, banana, almond milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: No guilt, sugar free pumpkin pie naturally sweetened with banana. Yay! 

Get recipe here.

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Shredded Pumpkin
Pumpkin Pie No Bake with Shredded Pumpkin | blog.fablunch.com
Pumpkin Pie No Bake | blog.fablunch.com

By Fablunch

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
shredded pumpkin/squash, coconut milk, dates

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*calls for maple syrup or another sweetener)
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: Another no bake sugar free option sweetened with dates and maple syrup.

Get recipe here.

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Spiced & Salted
Spiced & Salted Pumpkin Mini Pies | mynewroots.org
Spiced & Salted Pumpkin Mini Pies | mynewroots.org

By My New Roots

Ingredients: 11
Main items:
pumpkin puree, sugar, arrowroot powder

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: I’ll take sugar and spiced anything any day! 

Get recipe here.

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Chocolate
Chocolate Vegan Pumpkin Pie | heendlessmeal.com
Chocolate Vegan Pumpkin Pie | theendlessmeal.com

By The Endless Meal

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
pumpkin puree, brown sugar, tofu, chocolate chips

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: Another chocolate recipe. You can NEVER have too much chocolate. 🙂 

Get recipe here.

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Baked Pumpkin/Squash
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie | vegkitchen.com

By VegKitchen

Ingredients: 6
Main item:
baked squash/pumpkin, tofu, sugar

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: Another simple tofu recipe with only 6 ingredients! 

Get recipe here.

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Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin PIe with Tofu & Pureed Pumpkin | aroundmyfamilytable.com
Vegan Pumpkin Pie | aroundmyfamilytable.com

By Around My Family Table

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
pumpkin puree, tofu, sugar

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: In case you can’t have nuts and coconut, here is a simple recipe made with tofu. 

Get recipe here.

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