15+ Favorite Fall Vegan Baking Recipes 🍁 Enjoy the colors and flavors of the autumn season! This fall-inspired collection features more than 15 of our most popular and best vegan recipes for scrumptious baked treats!
The beginning of fall is the start of the baking season at my house. After a summer filled with smoothies, chilled soups and cold salads, by the time fall rolls around, I'm ready to rev up the oven and whip up a batch of toasty homemade vegan pot pies. But what I really enjoy making are fall-inspired baked goodies that fill the kitchen with the comforting aromas of apples, oranges, pumpkin, cranberries and spice . . . so cozy & nice!
Baking should be fun, not stressful. Lord knows I've burned more than my fair share of cookies over the years and have experienced utter frustration when the 'fluffy' layer cake I'd labored over ended up looking like a stack of pancakes. Baking fails happen to all home cooks on occasion. The trick is, if we can figure out what caused a batch of vegan meringue cookies to be a miss instead of a hit, then we'll know how to correct it next time. Please don't let a less-than-perfect pecan pie keep you from picking up a rolling pin again and giving it another try.
Table of Contents
- 🥕Top Tips for Better Baking
- Have the right tools
- Egg Substitutes
- 🍁 Mom’s Apple Pie
- 🍁 Cranberry Oat Crumble Bars
- 🍁 Simple Zucchini Bread
- 🍁 Homemade Soft Pretzels
- 🍁 Mom’s Carrot Cake
- 🍁 Lemon Blueberry Bread
- 🍁 Easy Oatmeal Cookies
- 🍁 Old-Fashioned Applesauce Cake
- 🍁 Easy Cornbread
- 🍁 Easy Berry Crumble
- 🍁 Applesauce Pumpkin Bread
- 🍁 Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp
- 🍁 Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 🍁 Orange Cranberry Bread
- 🍁 Oatmeal Muffins
- 🍁 Best Homemade Pumpkin Pie
Here are a few helpful hints for making your baking experiences easier, more successful & fun!
🥕Top Tips for Better Baking
Tip #1 - Read the recipe thoroughly before starting. Familiarize yourself with each step before you begin baking. Make sure you have all the ingredients you'll need. You shouldn't have to run to the store in the middle of mixing cookie dough because you just discovered you're out of vanilla - yep, been there, done that.
Tip #2 - Use fresh ingredients, including flour and leavening agents (which help baked goods rise) like baking powder, baking soda and yeast. All-purpose white flour has a shelf life of about 3-8 months. Gluten-free and whole wheat flours may become stale sooner. Unless you bake a lot, it's better to purchase flour in small quantities. Baking powder can lose its rising oomph after a few months. I like to keep an extra unopened container on hand just in case.
Tip #3 - Measure accurately. Baking is equal parts science and art. Unlike some cooking methods where you can guess-timate quantities by adding a handful of this or a pinch of that, too much or too little of an ingredient can mean the difference between ooh and aah or uh-oh. A digital kitchen scale is a home cook's best friend. I had no idea how helpful they are, particularly for baking, until I got one. Pre-measuring your ingredients with everything prepped in advance can be a game-changer.
Tip #4 - Set a timer and keep an eye on the oven. Temperature accuracy can differ with some ovens. You may find the baking times will need to be adjusted depending on your oven. I like to check whatever I'm baking at least 5-10 minutes before the timer rings. If you have an older oven, using an oven thermometer can be a helpful tool.
Tip #5 - Baking in high altitudes over 3,500 feet above sea level requires a few adjustments for baked goods to rise properly. You may need to increase your oven temperature and decrease the baking time as well as adjust the quantities of certain ingredients. This article from King Arthur Baking offers a lot of great tips on successful high-altitude baking.
Have the right tools
A few basic kitchen tools will make baking (and cooking in general) so much easier and a lot more fun. You can see my full list of favorite kitchen essentials in my Amazon Influencer Store (ad). Here are the items I use most of the time for baking:
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups for dry and liquid ingredients
- Digital food scale (they're inexpensive and super helpful in baking!)
- A set of mixing bowls
- Silicone spatula
- Rolling pin
- Silicone pastry sheet
- Electric mixer (hand or stand mixer)
- Wire whisk
- Baking sheets
- Baking pans (loaf pan, pie plate, cupcake pan, cake pan)
- Wire cooling rack
Most traditional recipes for baked goods such as cakes, cookies, muffins, and quick breads specify eggs as an essential ingredient.
Why are eggs used in baking?
Eggs have been used in baking due to their unique properties that contribute to the structure, texture, and flavor of various baked goods. They act as binders, providing stability and holding ingredients together. Eggs also add moisture, tenderness, and richness to baked goods. Additionally, eggs help in creating a fluffy and light texture in cakes and other pastries.
The problem is, eggs are not vegan. Whether obtained from factory farm chickens housed in battery cages, free range, or backyard pet chickens, the physical and emotional toll these animals endure to continually produce eggs is inhumane. Fortunately, there are several excellent options for cruelty-free egg substitutes that work great for replacing eggs in baking recipes.
Best vegan egg substitutes for baking
A note about egg substitutes
The best substitute for eggs in baking can vary depending on the specific recipe and desired outcome. Experimenting with different substitutes and adjusting quantities may be necessary to achieve the desired texture and flavor.
I do hope you love this collection of some of our most popular baked treats. I've included recipes for vegan quick breads, pies, cakes, cookies, and muffins, plus a fan-favorite fall snack - vegan homemade soft pretzels.
Enjoy the recipes and happy baking!
🍁 Mom’s Apple Pie
Mom’s Vegan Apple Pie 🍏 A simply delicious homemade apple pie made with fresh apples, cinnamon, pure maple syrup, vegan butter and a splash of lemon juice. Recipe for homemade vegan pie crust included!
🍁 Cranberry Oat Crumble Bars
Vegan cranberry oat crumble bars 🌱 made with tart, juicy cranberries sweetened with maple syrup and sandwiched between a chewy buttery, oatmeal crust. You're going to love this easy vegan recipe!
🍁 Simple Zucchini Bread
Simple Zucchini Bread 🌱 a delicious & easy recipe for baking a lightly spicy and sweet homemade quick bread with fresh zucchini, cinnamon, vanilla, walnuts, and a few basic ingredients.
🍁 Homemade Soft Pretzels
Homemade Soft Pretzels 🥨 Soft & chewy with a crisp, salty golden glazed crust. Enjoy them hot out of the oven with your favorite mustards and toppings. This easy vegan pretzel recipe is perfect for Oktoberfest, game day or any day!
🍁 Mom’s Carrot Cake
Mom’s Carrot Cake Recipe 🥕 A scrumptiously rich classic carrot cake recipe with all-vegan ingredients including carrots, pineapple, coconut, cinnamon and pure vanilla, topped with a luscious vegan lemon cream cheese frosting.
🍁 Lemon Blueberry Bread
Simple Vegan Lemon Blueberry Bread 🍋 You're going to love this recipe for making the best lemon blueberry bread with all vegan ingredients. Deliciously moist and topped with a citrusy lemony glaze, this quick bread will brighten anyone’s day.
🍁 Easy Oatmeal Cookies
Easy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies ❤️ Enjoy perfectly soft & chewy old-fashioned oatmeal cookies made with simple all-vegan ingredients.
🍁 Old-Fashioned Applesauce Cake
Vegan Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake 🍏 We’ve updated a beloved family recipe by creating the perfect marriage of apples, spice and everything nice using all vegan ingredients in this scrumptiously moist & delicious cake.
🍁 Easy Cornbread
Easy Vegan Cornbread 🌽 A lightly sweet and fluffy classic quick bread made with all plant-based ingredients. Moist and delicious with whole corn kernels & maple syrup. Yum!
🍁 Easy Berry Crumble
Easy Vegan Berry Crumble 🌱 A berry delicious old-fashioned baked dessert made with juicy berries and a buttery toasted sweet crumble topping.
🍁 Applesauce Pumpkin Bread
Homemade Vegan Pumpkin Bread 🎃 This simply delish recipe captures all the cozy colors and flavors of fall baked into perfectly sweet & tasty loaves. Do you smell the pumpkin spice?
🍁 Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp
Vegan Old Fashioned Apple Crisp 🍎 A favorite vegan version of a classic apple dessert made even tastier with a splash of orange juice, a sprinkle of tart cranberries and a crispy caramelized oat topping. Oh my, it’s easier than pie!
🍁 Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪 Here’s your perfect, easy vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. Soft & chewy with a crispy, buttery, caramelized edge and melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey goodness.
🍁 Orange Cranberry Bread
Vegan Orange Cranberry Bread 🍊 Awaken your senses with the inviting aroma and flavors of fresh orange & cranberries in this delicious, easy to make vegan quick bread.
🍁 Oatmeal Muffins
Vegan Oatmeal Muffins ☀️ Mornings just got brighter with these delicious plant based and oil-free oatmeal muffins. Lightly sweet and so satisfying, you’ll feel great starting your day off right!
🍁 Best Homemade Pumpkin Pie
Best Homemade Vegan Pumpkin Pie 🎃 Enjoy the fall flavors of pumpkin & spice with this creamy dreamy pie in a buttery, flaky homemade crust. Our favorite pumpkin pie ever!
For more expert tips on vegan baking, you might like to read this article.
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