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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!

I’ve been having serious cravings for a nice pumpkin cake lately. Specifically Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting…. Mmmmmmmm!! Alas, my days with cream cheese are long gone :( But, I can still enjoy a nice fat slice of fluffy pumpkin cake!!! Eggs or no eggs!

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!

And to make this cake a REAL treat, truly worthy of the Holidays, I decided to add a decadent cinnamon swirl to the batter. And oh man, did it take pumpkin cake to a whole ‘nother level! Ohhh baby!

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!

I did use regular organic granulated and powdered sugars for this recipe, rather than the unrefined kinds I try to stick with. I wanted this cake to be a real deal dessert. Not a sugar-free wanna-be. Feel free to make your own healthy substitutions though!

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!

And if you like the vegan cream cheese that is on the market nowadays or you know how to make homemade vegan cream cheese, you can top this pumpkin cake with a vegan cream cheese frosting. I opted for a simple vanilla buttercream frosting since I don’t really like the taste of the vegan cream cheese- it just doesn’t taste like cream cheese to me, so why even pretend? [click to continue…]

Creamy Vegan Green Bean Casserole with Almond Crumble Topping

The BEST Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Every family has their own special Holiday menu. And the idea of taking any of those special dishes and turning them into something "healthier" can be slightly unappealing... Since becoming vegan, I've had to bite the bullet and change almost... Read More

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies- Naturally sweetened and VEGAN!

I've been really big into making my own Pumpkin Purée lately. It's not too terribly difficult and you get such great flavor. Plus!! It's always nice to not eat something that comes out of an aluminum can when you can... Read More

Savory Pumpkin-Walnut Pie

Savory Walnut-Pumpkin Pie. Perfect main dish @ Holidays for vegetarians and vegans! #vegan

November is upon us and sooner than we always expect so will be the Holidays! I, for one, am jumping for joy. This is the first year in five years that I have been home for the Holidays. Granted, I would... Read More

Chocolate Almond Butter Spread

Chocolate Almond Butter- all natural

For months I was roasting and skinning hazelnuts to keep a constant supply of Homemade Nutella in my house. Scarlett had become addicted to Peanut Butter-Nutella Sandwiches during our diet change. And who was I to stop such a beneficial love affair??... Read More

Maple Vanilla Muffins

Maple Vanilla Muffins - Naturally Sweet Vegan Muffins

Once upon a time, muffins were my favorite treat. I used to love going to the grocery store bakery and picking up one of those over-sized muffins to treat myself. Blueberry, specifically. I'm a big fan. I still really like... Read More

Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie

Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

I've only ever had Empanadas once. They were little flaky, pastry pockets filled with seasoned ground beef, raisins, and olives. It sounds crazy but they were actually delicious. And I am pretty sure- authentic. Needless to say, now that I... Read More

Maple-Cider Cream Pie with Pecan-Oat Crust {Raw & No Bake}

Maple-Cider Cream Pie with Pecan-Oat Crust. Naturally sweetened with apple cider and maple syrup only! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

I went apple picking for the first time with my kids this past weekend. We made some AMAZING memories. And ate some incredibly delicious, fresh-from-the-tree apples. Boy, sometimes I find it hard to believe that people argue with the wonderful taste... Read More

Pumpkin Nog

Pumpkin Nog! Creamy, HEALTHY, and totally perfect for this Holiday season. @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

I imagine that most of you are as SUPER excited about Autumn cooking and baking fun as I am! Pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, and spices... ohhhhhhhh boy :D And to bring in the new season I whipped up a really yummy... Read More

Potato-Kale Gumbo

Potato-Kale Vegan Gumbo. Creamy and chunky. Loaded with nutrients! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

It's been a loooong time since I've made a soup. I used to make soups at least twice a week. When Dave was home it was his 'go-to' meal option for lunch. It's actually been kind of nice having that... Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars! Naturally sweetened and vegan. @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

Can I tell you something? I just made the most delicious, worth-every-single-bite, vegan treat that I have ever eaten! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars. That's right- chocolate chip cookie dough topping a cheesecake filling, loaded on a perfect graham... Read More