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As the temperature gets colder and the days grow shorter, baking becomes the perfect activity to keep your stomach full and your home warm and smelling good. The best part of winter baking is, of course, delicious winter spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, anise, and cloves. These rich, fragrant spices are perfect for a variety of cozy treats and will be sure to put you in a wintery mood. Check out these 15 spectacularly spiced recipes!

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 20,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy! 

1. Cocoa Chai Hot Cross Buns

Cocoa Chai Hot Cross Buns

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Serve Clémence Moulaert‘s delightful Cocoa Chai Hot Cross Buns with hot cocoa, tea, or coffee. These are also delicious sliced in half with a few banana slices sandwiched in the middle.

2. Carrot Pumpkin Bread

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You’ll love Crissy Cavanaugh‘s Carrot Pumpkin Bread, a two bowl healthy quick bread! It’s the perfect autumn snack or dessert.

3. Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte

Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte

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This Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte by Shanika Graham-White is made with only a handful of ingredients and is the perfect warmth + coziness during the cooler season. Believe it or not, apple + chai flavors go together so well and will surely become your newest obsession! Literally whipped together in a few short minutes, this homemade latte comes fully dairy-free, vegan, + gluten-free. Enjoy this coffee-free cup of goodness every morning.

4. Soft, Chewy Gingerbread Cookies


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These Gingerbread Cookies by Wendy Irene are soft, chewy, delectable, and even gluten-free! The proportion of the spices that give the cookie warmth and luscious flavor, along with the soft texture of the cookie makes these cookies perfect for the season!

5. Nutty Maple Chai Oat Blondies

Nutty Maple Chai Oat Blondies [Vegan]

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These Nutty Maple Chai Oat Blondies by Medha Swaminathan are full of oats and three (yes, three!) different types of nuts – almonds, pecans, and buttery macadamias. Add a little cinnamon and allspice, and you’ve got yourself a fall dessert that’s packed with chai deliciousness!

6. Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

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These Apple Cinnamon Pancakes by Hayley Canning are the perfect pancakes for autumn. They always come out perfectly light and fluffy, you’re going to love these healthy vegan pancakes!

7. Cardamom Cookies With Cranberries

Vegan cardamom cookies with cranberries

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These Cardamom Cookies With Cranberries by Nele Liivlaid are the perfect pairing for your afternoon cup of tea or coffee. You’ll only need 20 minutes of your time, a bowl, and a blender. The combination of oats, oat flour, coconut flour, and nut butter make the cookies so hearty and filling. Furthermore, dates and mesquite flour add divine caramel sweetness that no one can resist. These vegan cardamom cookies are also pretty healthy as cardamom is really beneficial to your immune system. The best part about these cookies though is the warm, autumnal flavor and soft texture. They’re the perfect treat.

8. Spiced Mini Carrot Cake

Spiced Mini Carrot Cake

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Easy to make and incredibly moist and delicious, this Spiced Mini Carrot Cake by Fabio Gallo is a must-make for any lover of carrot cakes. The batter is spiced with cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and allspice with added raisins and walnuts. It is paired with a sweet and tangy soy yogurt frosting. This cake is also the perfect small sweet treat after a romantic dinner.

9. Vegan Gingerbread Muffins

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These Vegan Gingerbread Muffins by Gabrielle St. Claire are packed with staple spices, packs a rich molasses flavor, not eggs, a buttery soft texture, perf for the holiday season, can easily be made in bulk, have a gorgeous color and you can even add cream cheese icing for a more indulgent variation!

10. Cinnamon and Clove Mixed Nut and Seed Milk

Cinnamon and Clove Mixed Nut-and-Seed Milk

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This Cinnamon and Clove Mixed Nut and Seed Milk by Steph McKercher is so cozy! This is a recipe for a simple nut and seed milk recipe with a twist. Cinnamon and cloves add a touch of warmth to this almond, walnut, pumpkin seed, and hemp blend. Once you’ve made this, you can use it in smoothies, pour it over a bowl of crunchy granola, or enjoy it warm with a stack of cookies.

11. Jasmine Poached Pears

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You’ll love these Jasmine Poached Pears by Rouxbe. Poaching fruits is a great way to infuse flavor and these pears showcase this technique. This same poaching method can be used with other fruits, such as apples, pears, apricots, peaches and plums.

12. Spiced Sugar Cookies With Maple Icing

Vegan Spiced Sugar Cookies With Maple Icing

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These Spiced Sugar Cookies With Maple Icing by Casey Muir Taylor are delicious! Sugar cookies are a classic dessert, but here they get a seasonal twist with warm autumn spices and a decadent maple icing.

13. Vanilla French Toast With Cardamom Spices Cream Cheese

Vanilla French Toast With Cardamom Spices Cream Cheese

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You’ll love this Vanilla French Toast With Cardamom Spices Cream Cheese by Plant Tribe. A dessert-like treat for breakfast? Yes please! Spice up your day cardamom-spiced cream cheese over a stack of warm vanilla french toast.

14. Homemade Pumpkin Seed Milk

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You must try this Homemade Pumpkin Seed Milk by Magnesium Everyday Secrets, Gretchen Lidicker. A great way to get a daily dose of magnesium is by making your own homemade nut or seed milk. Pumpkin seeds are delicious and just so happen to be very high in magnesium— providing about 150 mg of magnesium per cup. You can use any nut or seed in this recipe. Other nuts high in magnesium include almonds, cashews, and hemp seeds.

15. Apple Crisp

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You’ll love this Apple Crisp by Laine Rudolfa. Mind-blowingly delicious and easy to make. Serve this tasty Apple Crisp dessert warm with ice cream and all the hearts will be yours!

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Vegan Gluten-Free Spiced Chai Latte with cinnamon stick

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects

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