Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no caramel in these so aptly named, Caramel Pumpkin Pie Muffins. Being a vegan means I don’t bake with animal products. Wait! Do I ever bake? Ha! But it also means I MAKE all my recipes with ingredients that are good substitutes:) As such, Maca powder and Dates are two perfect substitutes for Caramel.

Caramel Pumpkin Pie Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/caramel-pumpkin-pie-muffins-raw-vegan/

Caramel Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Caramel Pumpkin Pie Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/caramel-pumpkin-pie-muffins-raw-vegan/

 

Having no further need for the oat covered dates I used in THIS recipe, I decided to whip up something to use the rest of the dates. In my trusty food processor, I just added the dates, canned Pumpkin, Pepitas, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Maca and Voila Muffins!

Caramel Pumpkin Pie Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/caramel-pumpkin-pie-muffins-raw-vegan/

Now my dilemma is what to do with them. Ever since my 12 hour race in July, I have had ZERO tolerance for sweets. Truly, I think 12 hours of slurping on GU and Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans sent me over the edge. I suppose it’s a good thing that I don’t have hankering for sweets. But the downside is, I can’t pass up the salty nuts! Oh well, I guess our taste buds change sometimes!

Caramel Pumpkin Pie Muffins http://marlasmuffins.com/caramel-pumpkin-pie-muffins-raw-vegan/

 

I hope you like these!!

 

Caramel Pumplin Pie Muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes

6 mini muffins

Caramel Pumplin Pie Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 C Dates
  • 1 Tsp Pumpin Pie Spice
  • 1/3 C Canned Pumpkin
  • 1/4 C Pepitas (Pumpkin) Seeds
  • 2 TSP Maca Powder

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor
  2. Press into prepared mini muffin tin
  3. Pop in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up
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Enjoy!

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Keep Well,

 

Marla