When it comes to fall desserts, it can seem like everything is pie—and if not pie, then some heavy, rustic something-or-other.

Pumpkin Pie vegan ice cream For a lighter dessert that happens to be vegan-friendly, try this frozen banana soft-serve—with an autumnal twist. It’s also great for soothing those seasonal “is this a cold or allergies” sore throats.

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions: 

  1. Pulse ingredients in a food processor or blender until mixture resembles soft serve ice cream.
  2. To serve, enjoy plain or topped with any sauces or toppings you like.

Variations: This is great with a teaspoon of maple syrup mixed in. For a fun flavor twist, add a half-tablespoon of peanut butter. This is also delicious with chocolate—try topping with chocolate chips or your favorite chocolate sauce. For crunch, add granola or pumpkin seeds.

(If you’re making this is in a blender, it will look something like this)

Another added bonus is that this recipe boasts a hefty dose of beta-carotene, which can give your skin a nice glow—something hard to come by as we transition to the darker months and spend more time inside.

Turning 30 next month has me more interested than usual in skincare and the like. It’s a question I actually get asked sometimes. Are there foods that may help maintain a youthful appearance? Sure. I always joke that I look young for my age because “I don’t smoke and I eat my vegetables,” but honestly, I do feel that’s a big part of it. There are lots of powerful pigments and biochemical compounds in veggies (and fruits), and well, “don’t smoke” is kind of a given when it comes to what you can do to keep the agin clock from speeding up.

Here’s another one of my favorite vegan-friendly desserts. It may not be light,  but its’ certainly delicious.

If you’re not feeling the vegan or healthy thing and just want to be like, “Let’s enjoy a classic Halloween treat and move on with life” you might want to check out these adorable candy corn cupcakes.

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