Why I love vegan baking

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It’s pretty simple: You can lick the bowl guilt-free. 

Yes, so you can lick the bowl after you make a big batch of brownies, but your mother’s voice will always be in your head warning you about salmonella poisoning. Don’t tell me you don’t know exactly what I’m talking about.

So, there are a few other reasons I love vegan baking, but let’s be honest — licking the bowl without a lick of guilt is pretty much the best part.

But, if we have to get into the other reasons, using whole foods tops the list. You know exactly what’s going into your food and you can pronounce everything you’re putting in your mouth — doesn’t that feel good?

I’ve experimented with vegan baking more and more this fall, but put together a few yummy vegan pumpkin recipes this weekend to enjoy this week. Yes, I know, I know — it’s not pumpkin season. Well, by some miracle, I had a leftover can of pumpkin sitting on my shelf and it needed some lovin’, so it got turned into Vegan Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal (Chocolate Covered Katie is my go-to for yummy vegan baking!) & Grain-Free Pumpkin Bars.

Both are super easy, and perfect if you need to use up your last can of pumpkin!

Good-as-can-be grain-free pumpkin bars

Good-As-Can-Be, Grain-Free Pumpkin Bars
Adapted from Detoxinista
Serves 12

  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c. almond butter
  • 1/3 c. agave syrup (could also use honey)
  • 2 flax eggs*
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 c. sliced almonds (optional)
  1. First, combine two tablespoons ground flax seed (also known as flax meal) with six tablespoons water. Mix well and allow to sit for about 10-15 minutes or until gel forms.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and the flax eggs. Stir until well blended.
  4. Pour all ingredients into a greased 8 x 8 pan. Place in oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned.
  5. Enjoy! These are good on their own, but also great crumbled over a greek yogurt or oatmeal!

How to “level up” this recipe:

  • I considered adding some blueberries for an added sweetness and flavor, which I may try again! As always, I think one mashed banana (in place of one flax egg) would add a great flavor.

How to “level down” this recipe:

  • No flax on hand? Just make this recipe as stated, swapping two regular eggs in for the two flax eggs. 
  • Top with this maple pecan glaze from Detoxinista — this looks amazing!
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