If it seems to you like pumpkin spice treats are cropping up everywhere, well … you would be right. Over the past year, pumpkin spice has surged in popularity. You can now find pumpkin spice in snacks of all kinds, from granola bars, to non-dairy milks, and even salsa. You can’t escape it (not that we’re complaining). It’s definitely branched out beyond the success of the ubiquitous drink of fall: the pumpkin spice latte.
So, what is pumpkin spice, and what’s the big deal? Pumpkin spice is traditionally what would be used to spice homemade pumpkin pies. You can make your own at home or buy a bottled spice blend from most grocery stores. Pumpkin spice combines all of the best spices of fall — cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves — to bring a cozy touch to your desserts. Between the warm spices and colors, pumpkin spice is the spice blend to include in your desserts this fall and there are so many ways to do that.
That’s why we’ve gone and picked out 15 of the best of the best of our vegan pumpkin spice desserts. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin creme brulée, we guarantee that you’ll find something you love.
1. Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes
These Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes by Lee Khatchadourian-Reese are the perfect treat for fall. Spices reminiscent of pumpkin pie but wrapped into a little dough ball? Doughnut holes that are baked, not fried? What’s not to love? After baking, dip these fluffy doughnut holes in vegan butter, then coat them in cinnamon sugar for added spice, a little crunch, and a sparkling finish.
2. #5under5: Pecan Pumpkin Spice Butter Cups
What do you do if you can’t decide between having pecan pie and pumpkin pie for dessert? The solution is easier than you think: mash them together and add chocolate! Here’s the deal: these Pecan Pumpkin Spice Butter Cups are made from a thick layer of creamy pumpkin purée and nutty pecan butter that’s sandwiched between two layers of bittersweet chocolate and topped with crunchy spiced pecans. Oh, yeah.
3. Pumpkin Pie Custards With Brulée Topping
Creme brulée is always a decadent dessert experience, but how do you make it better and seasonal? Pumpkin spice. These Pumpkin Pie Custards With Brulée Topping by Dreena Burton are magical. Creamy, luscious, pumpkin spiced cashew cream sits below a crunchy burnt cream topping. It’s like having a mini pumpkin pie (without the crust!) all to yourself.
4. Pumpkin Cupcakes
If you really want to get into the swing of fall, then these Pumpkin Cupcakes by Olivia Lin are the perfect thing to bake. Light, sweet, and fluffy, they’re spiced with all the flavors of fall that not only make you feel warm and cozy, but also make your entire house smell like you’re burning a pumpkin spice candle. Then, they’re topped with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of more spices. Yum!
5. Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
These Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes by Shannon Leparski are the perfect little treat for fall parties or when you just to have something sweet and seasonal on hand. These simple cheesecakes have a pecan crust and a rich, creamy, cashew and coconut milk-based filling that’s flavored with pumpkin purée and pumpkin spice. Not too sweet, they hit the spot and give you the comforting feeling of all things fall.
6. Cinnamon Graham Crackers With Healthy Pumpkin-Spiced Hummus
These Cinnamon Graham Crackers With Healthy Pumpkin-Spiced Hummus by Tori Cooper are the ultimate snack for fall. If you haven’t tried making homemade graham crackers before, you have to start with these. You’ll wonder why you’ve never made them before. Combined with the delicious pumpkin-spiced hummus made from chickpeas, pumpkin purée, and walnuts, this just can’t be beaten.
7. Mini Pumpkin Spice Orange Layer Cake
Warm, spicy, sweet, and zesty, this Mini Pumpkin Spice Orange Layer Cake by Kimberly Espinel is the cake to make for all small fall gatherings. The cake is a blend of all-purpose and spelt flour, which gives it a wonderful, heartier texture that pairs perfectly with the autumnal spices. Adding pumpkin or butternut squash to the batter keeps it from being too dry and the orange zest rounds out the cinnamon. Finally, it’s topped with a rich raw almond frosting that’s like the best buttercream you’ve ever had. The recipe is versatile, so you can make one mini cake or six cupcakes.
8. Pumpkin French Toast
Hello, brunch! This delicious Pumpkin French Toast by Lisa Le will be your new favorite fall breakfast item. A mixture of pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, non-dairy milk, and sweetener acts as the batter for this vegan French toast. Simply dip your dry bread in the batter, then toss it in a skillet until it’s slightly crisp on the outside, but fluffy on the inside. Be sure to serve it with plenty of maple syrup and coconut whipped cream on the side.
9. Creamy Pumpkin Coconut Pie
Most desserts call for oil, like coconut, to achieve the perfect, creamy texture — but not this Creamy Pumpkin Coconut Pie by Annie Oliverio! Its decadent, oil-free filling is made from a combination of cashews, coconut butter, and pumpkin purée. It has all the flavors you need for a perfectly pumpkin-spiced dessert: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, and it’s sweetened with just stevia. Once you take a bite of this pie, we guarantee that you won’t be able to stop dreaming about it.
10. Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
This Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich by Michele Elizabeth is the perfect sweet treat to make in honor of the transition from summer to fall. When it’s chilly enough in the morning to need a jacket but warm in the afternoon, it provides you with the cool, chilly satisfaction of ice cream sandwiches between two big chocolate chip pumpkin spice cookies. This cookie sandwich is big enough to serve two, so grab a friend and enjoy it while taking in the beautiful weather.
11. Pumpkin Spice Pastry Log
Serve Jennifer Harmon‘s Pumpkin Spice Pastry Log by for breakfast or dessert and it’s sure to become a seasonal favorite. Flaky pastry dough is filled with a date sweetened pumpkin purée, crunchy walnuts, and decadent cream cheese. It pairs perfectly with a cup of black coffee or would be a nice sweet treat served warm to end a fall meal.
12. Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
These Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Brownies by Amber St. Peter are rich, ooey-gooey, and decadent. Packed with dark chocolate, cacao chunks, and rich cacao butter, they’re a trifecta of chocolatey goodness. Pumpkin purée adds a soft, gooey texture to the already sweet, fudgy bottom layer. The combination creates an almost cheesecake-like brownie that’s an absolute must-make for fall.
13. Pumpkin Pie With Speculoos Crust
Looking for something that’s a step up from your standard pumpkin pie? Try Clémence Moulaert‘s Pumpkin Pie With Speculoos Crust! It’s got a crust made from crunchy speculoos cookies and a mousse-like pumpkin pie filling — yum. This pie comes together easily to form a deeply satisfying creamy texture, along with the right autumnal flavors.
14. Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts With Chocolate Cinnamon Icing
When you taste Alex and Linda Meyer‘s Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts With Chocolate Cinnamon Icing, you’ll understand how amazing they are. First, the doughnut: it’s exactly what a doughnut should be – firm, a little spongy, cake-like, and moist. With the pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves all combined, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee or tea. And if the pumpkin spice flavors aren’t enough to make you swoon, there’s the dark chocolate and cinnamon icing that covers the top and drips down the sides.
15. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread
This Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread by Gabrielle St. Claire was created for everybody with an affinity for all things pumpkin. The bread is packed with spices and pumpkin purée — which gives this bread a high moisture content, so if you prefer a dryer bread, simply omit the flax egg. The bread is wrapped around a cheesecake filling and topped with a simple icing and crunchy toasted walnuts.
Are you on the pumpkin spice bandwagon? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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