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Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

Tired of putting pumpkin and chocolate together, Joelen sought out a different flavor combination and landed on pumpkin and caramel. Two classic fall flavors that, in my opinion, don't get to spend nearly enough time together!

And yes, those are pumpkin caramel cupcakes with pumpkin caramel icing. Divine!

Recipe: Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

Pumpkin Focaccia with Walnuts & Camembert

Pumpkin Focaccia with Walnuts & Camembert

Focaccia gets a fall makeover with pumpkin and Camembert. You won't be able to resist the gooey cheese on top of the crisp crust and doughy center of this bread!

Recipe: Pumpkin Focaccia with Walnuts & Camembert

Maple Apple Pie

Maple Apple Pie

Lindsay gets crafty with this luscious maple-infused Granny Smith apple pie. Combining her passion for cooking and crafting, she eschews the traditional lattice crust and creates custom leaf cut-outs, resulting in a pie that just screams autumn. Yum!

Recipe: Maple Apple Pie

Rustic Fresh Apple Cake

Rustic Fresh Apple Cake

from Sweet Life

Starring Texan apples, cinnamon and pecans, this rustic fall cake hits all the right notes. Sweet Life lets her daughters choose the recipe and bakes this moist, delicious, "fuss-free" apple cake for her grandma - and everyone loved it, Abuelita too. :) 

Recipe: Fresh Apple Cake

Healthy Belgian Speculaas Spiced Apple Muffins

Healthy Belgian Speculaas Spiced Apple Muffins

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Sophie online, and after checking out her sweet blog, was delighted to find these lovely little treats: flavorful multi-grain gluten-free egg-free spiced apple muffins made with a famous Belgian spice mix called speculaas.

And as Sophie says, they're "healthy breakfast muffins that aren't too sweet". Lucky for us, she shares this fabulous recipe - as well as the recipe for the versatile sweet spice mix, speculaas. Awesome!

Recipes: Sophie's gluten free & egg free speculaas spiced apple muffins

Crispy Apple Roast

Crispy Apple Roast

It might be the end of summer for us in the northern hemisphere, but it doesn't mean we don't want them thick sweaters to fit us just right. That's where this guilt-free dessert comes in handy: the fact that it's basically a crust-free apple pie, therefore delicious, won't hurt a bit either.

Recipe: Crispy Apple Roast

Fruit Crisp for 2

Fruit Crisp for 2

I love this simple "crisp for two" - so easy, versatile, healthy, and delicious. Here, made with the last of the season's peaches and blueberries, but of course it can be made with whatever fruit you fancy. I can totally picture this made with apples and cinnamon for the perfect fall breakfast. Or with fresh figs... mmm figs... :)

You can also make it gluten-free by using gluten-free oats, and vegan by subbing the butter for your favorite vegan spread or flavorful coconut oil.

Recipe: Blueberry Peach Crisp

Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

So we're feeling a little nostalgic since it's Thanksgiving up in Canada and we're down here in tropical Mexico - so when I came across these pumpkin enchiladas I felt my two worlds coming together in a very delicious way! I love this easy flavorful recipe with it's delicately spiced pumpkin cream sauce - que riquisimo! :)

Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Patty's Pumpkin Pudding Pie

Patty's Pumpkin Pudding Pie

from Pattycake

Today is Thanksgiving up in Canada, and it being the country I hail from, I get a bit nostalgic for the flavors and aromas that would always permeate the house on this particular day of the year. The highlight of Thanksgiving is of course the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. There would be turkey and stuffing with cranberry sauce, and plenty of side dishes, but it was always the dessert that had me hold back from getting completely stuffed during the main course. For you see, I absolutely LOVE pumpkin pie. 

Now, pumpkin pie is a wonderful thing, but there's another option which my wonderful partner and wife came up with a few years ago that takes the pumpkin out of the pie, so to speak, and it totally rocks my world. She calls it Patty's Pumpkin Pudding, but it's essentially a crustless pumpkin pie that will make your nose swoon and your taste buds soar with delight. Seriously, this stuff is like pumpkin nirvana.

Happy Thanksgiving Canada! 

Recipe: Patty's Pumpkin Pudding

Cinnamon Oatmeal Zucchini Bread

Cinnamon Oatmeal Zucchini Bread

I'm a big fan of healthy quick breads - and I have a sweet spot for zucchini bread - so when I came across this lovely loaf I was delighted. Baking Junkie (awesome name) makes hers with flavorful cinnamon and nutmeg, lightens it up by using egg whites and applesauce - and throws some oats into the mix for a bit of extra heartiness. And the star of the loaf, zucchini, keeps things moist. Yum!

Recipe: Cinnamon Oatmeal Zucchini Bread