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
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!
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!
I hope you like these!!
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