Butternut Squash Burgers

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Veggie burgers sometimes get a bad rap for being too crumbly, too starchy, too soy heavy, too soggy leftover… the list goes on. These butternut squash burgers are none of these things. They hold together perfectly, are crispy on the outside and taste even better for lunch the next day. I used butternut squash because of my CSA, but I think any squash-like substance would be a fine substitute; sweet potato purée, canned pumpkin, acorn squash…

 

To follow through with the fall theme, I topped these squash burgers with sautéed leeks and apple butter, but traditional burger toppings would taste good too.

 

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Apple Pie Bars À La Mode

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Ever since I made carrot cake bars this spring, I’ve kept a batch of no-bake bars in the freezer, always replenishing before they run out. I make a different flavor depending on the season and since it’s fall it’s all about pumpkin, pecans and apples.

 

A couple weeks ago, I bought a Costco membership (a little excessive for two people), and immediately purchased enormous bags of nuts and dried fruit. I justified these purchases with a no-bake bar frenzy. In one afternoon I made five types of bars: pumpkin pie bars, apple pie bars, pecan pie bars, peppermint brownie bars and gingerbread bars.

 

I’ve put all five of these fall and winter holiday recipes in a small eCookbook, which is completely free. All five recipes are gluten free, vegan and paleo, made without refined sugar. To get the free eCookbook, just subscribe to our e-mail list and it will be delivered to your inbox.

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Mini Chocolate Banana Cream Pies

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Banana “ice cream” has been a dessert staple for me since I put it between vegan snickerdoodles a couple weeks back. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of frozen treat season, so when Vega sent me some of their maca chocolate to experiment with, I knew I wanted to pair it with banana “ice cream” somehow. The result: vegan frozen mini chocolate banana cream pies.

 

Each vegan mini chocolate banana cream pie has four layers: a date and walnut crust, banana “ice cream,” dark chocolate and coconut whipped cream (finished off with some more chocolate). They are small and healthy enough to eat without feeling guilty, but nourishing and decadent enough to leave you satisfied.

 

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Carrot Cake Bars

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There is a table in my office that is a dessert depository;  leftover birthday cake, unfinished batches of cookies, candy someone bought and decided not to finish. Usually, I’m pretty good about ignoring this spot until recently someone left carrot cake and I couldn’t keep myself from trying a piece. My obsession with carrot cake was born in my hometown of Southampton, New York. I grew up on Tate’s Bakeshop carrot cake, which I’ve requested for every birthday since I grew out of my Carvel ice cream cake phase many years ago. After all this time, I’m still convinced there is no better carrot cake in existence.

 

There is, however, healthier versions of carrot cake. And in celebration of Easter, I decided to pay homage to the carrot cake by making these carrot cake bars, topped with a vegan cashew cream cheese frosting. Gluten-free, vegan, and paleo, they are a decadent and filling dessert, snack or quick breakfast on the go.

 

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Mocha Brownie Bars

Mocha Brownie BarsI’ve already discussed our quest for desserts that double as guilt-free breakfasts; these mocha brownie bars can be added to the list. Home on Long Island for the holiday weekend, Isabel and I decided to make these bars for a football party dessert. Nobody had a clue they were gluten-free, vegan and made only with unrefined, whole foods. And everyone raved about them. They’re fudgy, full of robust chocolate and coffee flavor and there’s no baking involved. 

 

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