The Ultimate Gluten-Free Bagels (Vegan)

Chewy, tender, gluten-free bagels?! OH yes — they’re here. After (quite) a few tests, we found a beautiful balance between wholesomeness and classic bagel goodness that we’re just in love with. These bagels are undetectably gluten-free and we can’t wai…

The Ultimate Gluten-Free Bagels (Vegan)

Chewy, tender, gluten-free bagels?! OH yes — they’re here. After (quite) a few tests, we found a beautiful balance between wholesomeness and classic bagel goodness that we’re just in love with. These bagels are undetectably gluten-free and we can’t wait for you to try them!

Enjoy as breakfast sandwiches or slathered with (vegan) cream cheese. Just 9 ingredients required for bagel bliss, friends.

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1-Bowl Cowgirl Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

We call them cowgirl cookies. But Google says they’re cowboy cookies. Who says a cowgirl can’t have cookies, too!? We shared these cowperson cookies with many non-gluten-free friends, and they all kept going back for more…that’s when you kn…

1-Bowl Cowgirl Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

We call them cowgirl cookies. But Google says they’re cowboy cookies. Who says a cowgirl can’t have cookies, too!? We shared these cowperson cookies with many non-gluten-free friends, and they all kept going back for more…that’s when you know they’re good!

Chewy, nutty, and perfectly sweet, these cookies are LOADED with goodies (oats, coconut, chocolate, and walnuts or pecans).

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The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

We already have a recipe for chocolate zucchini bread (it’s a fan favorite!), but we were missing a more classic version of this delicious loaf! Not anymore. Meet moist, nutty, subtly spiced zucchini bread that’s undetectably vegan and gluten-free!&nbs…

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

We already have a recipe for chocolate zucchini bread (it’s a fan favorite!), but we were missing a more classic version of this delicious loaf! Not anymore. Meet moist, nutty, subtly spiced zucchini bread that’s undetectably vegan and gluten-free

This quick bread is perfectly sweet with a touch of wholesomeness and requires just 1 bowl and simple ingredients. You in? We thought so!

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1-Bowl Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins (Vegan)

Vegan, gluten-free blueberry muffins eluded us for some time (don’t ask how long…). But not anymore, friends! After several rounds of testing and troubleshooting, we present you with fluffy, sweet, perfectly tender blueberry muffins that are undetectab…

1-Bowl Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins (Vegan)

Vegan, gluten-free blueberry muffins eluded us for some time (don’t ask how long…). But not anymore, friends! After several rounds of testing and troubleshooting, we present you with fluffy, sweet, perfectly tender blueberry muffins that are undetectably gluten-free and vegan.

They’re bursting with blueberries and come together quickly with simple ingredients in just 1 bowl. They’re the perfect companion for coffee or tea and will wow anyone you share them with!

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The Ultimate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

If you’re into smoothies that keep you full until lunchtime and don’t require a long list of ingredients or added protein powder, you’ll LOVE this peanut butter banana smoothie! 
It’s super delicious, filling, balanced, and comes together in 5 min…

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

If you’re into smoothies that keep you full until lunchtime and don’t require a long list of ingredients or added protein powder, you’ll LOVE this peanut butter banana smoothie! 

It’s super delicious, filling, balanced, and comes together in 5 minutes with 4 simple ingredients! Keep it simple, or add optional spinach, flax, or hemp seeds for a nutrient boost. Let’s do this!

How to Make a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Get ready, because we’re about to show you how 4 simple ingredients (!) combine to make a delicious, filling, nutrient-packed smoothie!

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Easy Seed Crackers with Everything Bagel Seasoning

We love homemade crackers and Everything Bagel Seasoning, but have you ever tried them together? Woah — get ready to be wowed. Inspired by a recipe from the wonderful Carolina Gelen, these crackers are perfectly crispy, light, toasty, savory, and fille…

Easy Seed Crackers with Everything Bagel Seasoning

We love homemade crackers and Everything Bagel Seasoning, but have you ever tried them together? Woah — get ready to be wowed. Inspired by a recipe from the wonderful Carolina Gelen, these crackers are perfectly crispy, light, toasty, savory, and filled with nutritious seeds!

They’re also super easy to prepare (just 8 ingredients and 1 bowl required) and suitable for gluten-free, plant-based, and nut-free eaters.

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1-Bowl Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Vegan + GF)

Friends, if you love our Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies (they’re a fan favorite!), we have a holiday twist that must go on the cookie-making list! These chocolate peppermint cookies are crispy on the edges, fudgy in the middle, plus super chocolaty and pe…

1-Bowl Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Vegan + GF)

Friends, if you love our Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies (they’re a fan favorite!), we have a holiday twist that must go on the cookie-making list! These chocolate peppermint cookies are crispy on the edges, fudgy in the middle, plus super chocolaty and perfectly sweet and minty! We are truly obsessed — these are too good to leave out for Santa (sorry, Santa).

Bonus points? They’re so easy to prepare (just 1 bowl and 30 minutes required)!

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Easy Beet Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Beets! Who’s a fan? We love our beets, but we also know this bright red root isn’t everyone’s favorite. But stick with us because these fritters might just be able to coax some beet haters to the beet lovers club! The fritters are salty-sweet and pair …

Easy Beet Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Beets! Who’s a fan? We love our beets, but we also know this bright red root isn’t everyone’s favorite. But stick with us because these fritters might just be able to coax some beet haters to the beet lovers club! The fritters are salty-sweet and pair beautifully with a tangy yogurt dill sauce.

They can be enjoyed virtually any time (hello brunch, lunch, and dinner fritters) and are quick and easy to prepare — just 7 ingredients and 30 minutes required!

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Pumpkin Smoothie

This pumpkin smoothie was one of my first experiments with pumpkin purée TEN years ago. I had a little bit of pumpkin leftover from another recipe and thought, “Hey, can I put this in my smoothie?” Yes, Beth, yes you can. And it will taste like a pumpkin pie milkshake. Forget the PSL, this is […]

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This pumpkin smoothie was one of my first experiments with pumpkin purée TEN years ago. I had a little bit of pumpkin leftover from another recipe and thought, “Hey, can I put this in my smoothie?” Yes, Beth, yes you can. And it will taste like a pumpkin pie milkshake. Forget the PSL, this is the pumpkin drink I want to be drinking. Especially if you live in the south and it’s still 80 degrees outside in October. :P

Originally posted 10-19-2011, updated 10-27-2021. 

side view of a pumpkin smoothie in a tall glass with whipped cream and a straw

What’s in A Pumpkin Smoothie?

The ingredients for this smoothie are incredibly simple: pumpkin purée, frozen banana, ground flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, milk, sweetener of choice, and vanilla extract. The frozen banana gives the smoothie an ice-cream-like texture and the ground flaxseed almost makes the smoothie taste like a graham cracker crust has been blended right into the drink. It’s magical!

Use the Milk of Your Choice

I used whole milk because it is the richest and creamiest, but you can use any non-dairy milk substitute in its place. If your non-dairy milk is already sweetened or vanilla flavored, you can reduce the added sweetener and or skip the vanilla extract listed in the recipe below.

Sweeten to Taste

The best part about making your own smoothie is that you can add as much or as little sugar as you want, and use whatever kind of sugar or sugar substitute that you like. I used brown sugar because it has a rich flavor that makes the smoothie even more pie-like, but you can use honey, white sugar, agave, stevia, or whatever you like. The frozen banana does offer some sweetness on its own, but I found the little extra sweetness really made a difference.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

If you don’t have store-bought pumpkin pie spice, you can use my recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice here, or just sub in ¼ tsp cinnamon if needed. It’s such a small amount in the smoothie that it won’t make or break the smoothie.

overhead view of pumpkin pie smoothie in the glass with a straw and whipped cream

 

side view of pumpkin smoothie, pumpkins behind it

Pumpkin Smoothie

Forget the PSL, this pumpkin smoothie should be the official drink of October. It's fast, easy, and tastes like a pumpkin pie milkshake!
Total Cost $0.94 each
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 16oz.
Calories 339kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin purée $0.18
  • 1 frozen banana $0.20
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice $0.02
  • 1 cup milk* $0.42
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract $0.07
  • 1 tsp brown sugar* $0.02

Instructions

  • Add the pumpkin, frozen banana, flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, milk, and vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the brown sugar (or sweetener of choice) and blend again. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking. Enjoy cold.

Notes

*You can use the milk and sweetener of your choice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 114mg | Fiber: 7g

Side view of a pumpkin smoothie in a glass with a straw

How to Make a Pumpkin Smoothie – Step By Step Photos

smoothie ingredients in the blender

Add ⅓ cup pumpkin purée, 1 frozen banana, 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup milk, and ¼ tsp vanilla extract to a blender.

Blended smoothie in the blender

Blend until smooth, then give the smoothie a taste and add the sweetener of your choice to your liking. I added one teaspoon brown sugar.

Blended smoothie from above

Briefly blend again to dissolve the sweetener into the drink, then enjoy!

Close up side view of a pumpkin smoothie

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Vegan Chorizo Sausage Links (10 Ingredients!)

After perfecting Vegan Sausage Links and Easy Vegan Chorizo, we knew what we had to do: Vegan Chorizo Links! By tweaking and combining the two recipes, we’ve created the best of both worlds — smoky, spicy flavor, but in link form!
Even better? They’re…

Vegan Chorizo Sausage Links (10 Ingredients!)

After perfecting Vegan Sausage Links and Easy Vegan Chorizo, we knew what we had to do: Vegan Chorizo Links! By tweaking and combining the two recipes, we’ve created the best of both worlds — smoky, spicy flavor, but in link form!

Even better? They’re plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free, and made with just 10 wholesome ingredients! Not only are these chorizo links packed with flavor and super satisfying, but they’re incredibly versatile and so great as a freezer staple.

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