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Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce Pasta (Vegan)

This vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce is what autumnal dreams are made of. It’s packed with rich flavor, and has the creamiest texture thanks to cashew cream!

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What’s your comfort food? Growing up with an Italian mom, we had pasta a lot with dinner. She even makes her own raviolis every December for Christmas, using our family recipe! For me, forget the chicken noodle soup. Comfort food comes in the form of those raviolis, or a warm bowl of pasta.

This pasta with homemade pumpkin alfredo sauce is the ultimate comfort food. It’s rich and creamy without feeling too heavy. A deliciously savory blend of garlic, shallots, and rosemary accentuates the pumpkin flavor.

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How to make vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce

To keep this dish completely dairy free, we utilize a few unique vegan ingredients that pack a savory, umami punch. Instead of cream and cheese, we use homemade cashew cream, white miso, and nutritional yeast.

  • Sauté garlic and shallots in olive oil.
  • Add miso paste and rosemary to the pan.
  • Make cashew cream in a blender with cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, and spices.
  • Cook pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Add pureed pumpkin, garlic and shallots mixture, and pasta water to the blender with cashew cream.
  • Blend until completely smooth and creamy.
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The vegan ingredients that make this recipe shine

  • Cashew cream: Cashew cream is an excellent plant-based substitution for heavy cream in recipes. It is incredibly easy to make! Blend soaked cashews with liquid of choice (water, almond milk, or broth), and whatever flavorings you want to add. Cashew cream is lower in calories and saturated fat than regular cream.
  • Miso: A traditional Japanese ingredient, miso is a thick paste made from fermented soy. It is packed with super salty, umami flavor. Miso is a good source of many nutrients, including manganese and vitamin K. It also contains probiotics, thanks to the fermentation process!
  • Nutritional yeast: This ingredient has a cheesy, slightly nutty flavor. Nutritional yeast is rich in B vitamins and is a complete source of plant-based protein!
Pumpkin Alfredo pasta - Daisybeet
Pumpkin Alfredo pasta - Daisybeet

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Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce Pasta (Vegan)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 46 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce is what autumnal dreams are made of. It’s packed with rich flavor, and has the creamiest texture thanks to cashew cream!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary needles
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp white miso
  • 3 tbsp warm water

Cashew Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in hot water at least 10 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or water)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 12 oz pasta of choice (I used mafaldine)
  • 1 cup water reserved from pasta cooking

 


Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on low-medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and shallots plus a dash of salt and pepper. Stir around for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add rosemary and stir to combine.
  4. Whisk together the miso with warm water until a thick watery paste forms. 
  5. Pour miso paste into the pan with the garlic and shallots. Stir to combine, reduce to simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, boil your pasta according to package instructions. Set aside 1 cup of pasta water.
  7. Make the cashew cream. Drain the soaking cashews and put them in a blender with all the cashew cream ingredients. Blend until completely smooth.
  8. Add the pumpkin puree, garlic/shallot/miso mixture, reserved pasta water, and a dash of salt and pepper directly to the blender with cashew cream. Blend until completely smooth.
  9. Pour about 1 1/2 cups of alfredo sauce over the pasta, using tongs to gently toss. Add more sauce as necessary. You will have leftover!
  10. Use tongs to serve pasta into individual bowls, and top with freshly ground black pepper, if desired.


Notes

  • You will have about 1 1/2 cups of sauce leftover.

Keywords: vegan, pumpkin alfredo, nutritional yeast, pumpkin rosemary sauce, pumpkin cream sauce

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Creamy Rosé Tomato Basil Sauce (Vegan)

This incredibly creamy tomato basil sauce is made with two summer staples: fresh tomatoes and rosé! Everyone will swoon over this hearty vegan meal.

Creamy rosé tomato basil sauce in a pan

As summer winds down, I’m soaking it in as much as I can. Beach days, after dinner walks, berries, tomatoes, and rosé! Call me basic, but rosé is my favorite wine to drink, especially since visiting Provence in July.

This creamy vegan tomato basil sauce features a touch of rosé. It’s like the most delicious hybrid of tomato sauce, wine sauce, and creamy vodka sauce. You need are nine whole food ingredients to make this sauce happen tonight!

Bowl of rigatoni with creamy rose tomato basil sauce

How to Make Cashew Cream

Cashews are the dairy-free ingredient that makes this pasta so rich and creamy! Because they have such a mild flavor, they are an excellent healthy substitute for cream in recipes when blended with water.

  • First, soak cashews in warm water. The longer you soak the cashews, the creamier they will get when you blend. Raw cashews are best, as they are softer than roasted!
  • Drain the cashews and add them to a blender with fresh water.
  • Add a dash of salt, and blend on high for 2-3 minutes until super creamy. Take breaks to scrape down the edges for even blending.
  • Feel free to add other flavorings: nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor, garlic for a savory sauce, fresh herbs, or maple syrup or dates for a sweet cream!
Cashew cream sauce

Why you’ll love this creamy rosé tomato basil sauce

  • Nine simple ingredients. All the ingredients in this recipe are plant-based whole foods.
  • Easy to make. Just cook your sauce ingredients, blend up your cashew cream, and stir the two together.
  • No food coma. While the sauce is creamy and rich, it won’t leave you feeling weighed down afterwards, because there is no heavy cream!
  • Tastes good hot or cold. Once you toss this sauce with pasta, it tastes amazing both hot and cold. It makes a great leftover meal and travels well to work for lunch.
  • Perfect paired with a glass of rosé. Well, you don’t want to waste the bottle of rosé you opened to add to the sauce! This recipe is the best with a crisp glass.

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Creamy Rosé Tomato Basil Sauce (Vegan)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 34 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This incredibly creamy tomato basil sauce is made with two summer staples: fresh tomatoes and rosé! Everyone will swoon over this hearty vegan meal.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water, divided
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 a white onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry rosé wine
  • 3 good large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsbp lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 oz whole wheat rigatoni

Instructions

  1. Soak cashews in 2 cups of warm water, ideally overnight, but for at least 30 minutes. To make cashew cream, drain soaked cashews and add them to a high powdered blender or food processor. Add remaining 1/2 cup water and a dash of salt. Blend for 2-3 minutes until super creamy, taking time to stop and scrape down the edges. Pour into a bowl and set aside, and rinse out blender.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large shallow pan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and a generous grind of salt and pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion is translucent, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add rosé to the pan and turn up the heat a bit. Cook until liquid has reduced by half, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add tomatoes and basil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 15-20 minutes until tomatoes are broken apart and super soft, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove sauce from heat and add to your blender (you can also use an immersion blender). Blend on high until sauce is creamy. 
  6. Pour sauce back into your pan, and stir in the cashew cream.
  7. Add lemon juice and more salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and pour directly into sauce pan, and stir gently to coat evenly.
  9. Portion into bowls and enjoy with a glass of rosé!


Notes

  • Tastes good hot or cold!
  • Will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Keywords: tomato basil sauce, tomato cream sauce, rose pasta sauce, vegan

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Coconut Almond Sunshine Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

The dreamy smell of this coconut almond granola baking will transport you to a tropical island! Learn how to make granola with the biggest CLUSTERS here – because we all know clusters are the best part!

Granola is one of those things I almost always buy instead of make from scratch. There are some wonderful brands on the market today that are lower in sugar and use minimal ingredients that I love. However, there is something truly special about a freshly baked batch of homemade granola! I remember working as a waitress over the summers through high school and college. The restaurant I worked at made homemade granola every couple of days for their yogurt parfaits. I loved sneaking a handful from the fresh batch when passing through the kitchen. The cooks were always able to make the BIGGEST clusters, sometimes so big they were practically the size of a granola bar!

After creating this recipe, I now know the secret to those giant clusters – and it’s really quite simple! It involves minimal effort and just a little patience. Instead of mixing the granola around while it’s baking, don’t touch it! Just rotate the baking sheet once or twice to allow for even cooking. Here’s where the patience comes in – wait until the granola has cooled before attempting to break it into clusters. This allows for everything to set and harden up before you handle it. I also find that “stacking” your granola clusters in a shallow container keeps the clusters intact better than using a narrow container or a bag.

This granola will make your stomach growl as it bakes, because it smells incredible! The rich coconut, fragrant vanilla and sweet oats is seriously a dreamy combination. It takes less than one hour from start to finish, and will last you all week for healthy breakfast and snacking!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I used a mix of small and large shreds)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup banana chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine oats, slivered almonds, cashews, coconut, cinnamon and ginger in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Mix together melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir to combine, thoroughly coating dry ingredients.
  5. Spread mixture in one even layer on prepared baking sheet, forming one large “sheet” of granola.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through to ensure even cooking. Granola should be a deep golden brown.
  7. Let granola cool before using your hands to gently break into large clusters. Toss in chocolate chips and banana chips.

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Raw Cashew Coconut Snickerdoodle Truffles

Raw desserts sound intimidating and expensive. Sometimes, there is a laundry list of obscure ingredients involving multiple layers and complicated steps. But, they can actually be surprisingly easy to make, and man, are they satisfying! I secretly dread dragging out my food processor and the ensuing clean-up to make them, but these cashew coconut snickerdoodle truffles took no time at all. I could easily devour the entire recipe in one sitting because they taste incredible.

If you told me these truffles were made from less than 10 simple ingredients, I wouldn’t believe you. I also wouldn’t believe that they are nut based and full of healthy ingredients! No expensive, hard-to-find add-ins here. In fact, I bet you actually have most of what you need to make these on hand already. Free from refined sugar, flour, dairy and eggs, these truffles would be a perfect addition to your holiday dessert line up. I guarantee they’ll be a hit, and will suit the dietary needs your guests may have (vegan, gluten free, and paleo).

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And the nutrition breakdown:

  • Cashews are one of my favorite nuts. Their neutral and mild flavor lends itself nicely to a variety of recipes. Compared to other nuts, they become particularly creamy when blended, making for a great cream replacement. Cashews are an excellent source of magnesium, a mineral that is essential for energy production in our bodies, but one that many of us may fall short of in meeting our daily requirements. One serving of cashews provides about 20% of our daily magnesium needs! Reach for a handful of cashews for a protein packed snack that is also rich in minerals and healthy fats.
  • FlavaNaturals chocolate bars are one of my recent favorite products. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic with a huge sweet tooth, so I was thrilled to create this recipe. These bars come in creative flavors like blueberry matcha, so they are delicious eaten on their own. What separates FlavaNaturals chocolate bars from others on the market is their flavanol content. Flavanols are the reason we consider dark chocolate to be a healthy treat. These powerful antioxidants are anti-inflammatory and may promote good heart heath. Unfortunately, many of the flavanols in chocolate are lost during processing. FlavaNaturals takes painstaking steps to ensure the flavanol content of their chocolate is preserved as much as possible, so you reap all the health benefits!

Now, on to the recipe! You’ll be able to whip these babies up in 20 minutes with minimal cleanup. No baking required, too! Raw desserts really are a beautiful thing 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 6 large pitted medjool dates
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 5 bars of FlavaNaturals classic dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine cashews, coconut, dates, spices, vanilla extract and salt in a food processor. Process until ingredients are well combined and stick together easily.
  2. Roll “dough” into 1 inch balls (will make about 15 balls).
  3. Place balls in freezer for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt chocolate bars with coconut oil in a double boiler.
  5. Remove balls from freezer, and dip in melted chocolate.
  6. Place chocolate coated truffles back in freezer or fridge for 10 minutes.
  7. Can be eaten right from the fridge or freezer, or brought to room temperature.

 

I hope you guys enjoy these easy, delicious treats! Tag @daisybeet on Instagram so I can see what you whip up 🙂