10 Fall-Inspired Desserts We’re Indulging in on National Dessert Day

You don’t have to tell us twice that October 14 is National Dessert Day. We are celebrating this spectacular occasion by diving into decadent autumn-inspired vegan treats. So cozy-up in that fireside chair, grab a spoon, and delight in these sweet fall favorites that are completely cruelty-free. 


1. Salted caramel apple pie with vegan ice cream
Sweet. Salty. Heaven. This warm apple pie is drizzled with a salted caramel sauce, and we are deeming it drool-worthy. Have a bag of leftover pick-your-own apples? This is the recipe for you.


2. Vegan pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies
You’ll want to get super-cozy with these indulgent fudgy brownies featuring a creamy pumpkin cheesecake swirl. Bonus: they’re gluten-free!


3. Chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Love classic home-baked chocolate chip cookies? Have an autumnal hankering for pumpkin pie (and who doesn’t)? This chewy-gooey, chocolatey spiced cookie recipe is sure to become a new fall favorite.


4. Pumpkin pie with caramel sauce
For the ultimate combination of fall flavors, you need to try this caramel sauce-drizzled custardy pumpkin pie, pronto.


5. Starbucks-inspired vegan pumpkin scones
Since Starbucks isn’t offering a vegan version of their frosted pumpkin scones (yet), go ahead and bake them yourself! These replicas of the sweet coffee shop classic one-up the chain with all of the homemade goodness you pour into them.


6. Vegan caramel apples
Is there any dessert that conjures the sweet memories of yesteryear better than caramel apples? This decadent vegan version is dipped in a thick coconut oil- and soy milk-based caramel sauce.


7. Gluten-free vegan apple cider donuts
Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, these fluffy vegan (and gluten-free) donuts are made with fresh apple cider and will give you all the fall vibes.


8. Vegan pumpkin pie ice cream
Frozen dessert-lovers, rejoice! We bring you a subtly-spiced pumpkin ice cream to fulfill your dreams all autumn-long. For an added dose of decadence, top it off with coconut whipped cream and candied walnuts.


9. Vegan salted caramel apple bars
This new easy-to-make take on traditional apple pie, topped with a rich date-based caramel sauce, is perfect to tote with you for a fall picnic.


10. Apple pie cinnamon cupcakes
A new twist on apple pie, these cinnamon-flavored cupcakes featuring an apple filling, and topped with vegan vanilla buttercream frosting, will have you celebrating National Dessert Day throughout the fall season.


Briggitte Dix is the girl behind the website Vegan Guide to the Galaxy, where she creates, documents, and devours quick and easy vegan recipes.

Photo courtesy of Jessica in the Kitchen

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