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With fall blazing its way into cities, towns, and mountain vistas across the U.S., it’s time to start thinking about warm, hearty, autumn-inspired foods to keep out the chill.

And even if it’s perpetually warm where you live, there’s nothing keeping you from celebrating the season in your kitchen — just add a little pumpkin pie spice and you’ll feel like you’re in New England.

So, here are eight fall-inspired recipes to get you excited for autumn.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Macaroni
Butternut squash is about to be everywhere, so use it to make the best dish ever: mac and cheese. Bonus points for this recipe because it’s super easy and requires only a slow cooker and a small assortment of ingredients. So now’s the time to hit up the farmer’s market and stock up on the main ingredient.

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Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes
It’s never too early for pumpkin pie — or cheesecake, and this recipe is the perfect combination of both. You can make these adorable-and-delicious cashew and pecan-based treats for your S.O., your neighbors, or your work colleagues. Happy fall.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Did someone say salted caramel? Sign us up. The author calls them “healthy-ish,” and that’s plenty good enough. Gather up some apples, oats, and a few other ingredients, and you’ve got the perfect autumnal meal-ender.

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
Nothing says fall food like hot, steaming soup. This combo dish is the perfect way to use your end-of-season tomatoes and extra red peppers. Just roast, blend, and enjoy.

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Sweet Potato Cauliflower Curry
Sweet potatoes are another fall staple, and they’re SO GOOD FOR YOU. This recipe combines them with curry paste, powder, and an array of other spices, all to create a super-satisfying, hearty dish that everyone will love.

Pumpkin Chia Pudding
Breakfast or dessert? It’s totally up to you! This smooth, creamy concoction is everything you love about fall: spicy and satisfying. And with ingredients like pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, stevia, and chia seeds, it’s also super healthy.

Maple Banana Walnut Scones
Maple and banana might be the most delicious combination. These scones are sweet, soft, and packed with walnuts, which are incredibly good for you. It also includes walnut butter (a must-try if you’re into DIY) — although you can substitute almond butter or tahini.

Flaky, delicious pastry, filled with sweet melt in your mouth butternut squash, deep green earthy kale & crunchy almonds. This Butternut Squash Kale & Almond Pie has only 6 ingredients and the pastry can be made in minutes in a food processor! (or you could buy a ready made frozen crust…most are accidentally vegan). It's simple but oh so delicious! . Click on the link in my profile to get to the recipe! . https://avirtualvegan.com/butternut-squash-kale-pie/ . . . .#avirtualvegan #vegansofig #letscookvegan #veganfoodshare #bestofvegan #horngryvegan #veganfoodspot #veganfood #veganeats #veganfoodporn #whatveganseat #vegstagram #vegansofinstagram #veganfoodlovers #veganlife #crueltyfree #vegancommunity #vegans #veganshare #veganpower #veganlove #veganlifestyle #vegangirl #veganforlife #veganliving #veganfoodie #vegano #veganfortheanimals #veganpie

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Butternut Squash Kale & Almond Pie
Say hello to that butternut squash once again! This awesome almond-infused pie is easier than you’d imagine: only six ingredients, and you can mix it all up in minutes in a food processor. The author compares it (kinda) to a Cornish Pasty.

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