This year has been… an odd one to say the least. As we approach the end of the year, you may want to make the most of the last few months of 2020 and get into the seasonal and festive mood. For me personally, I like to do that by cooking, baking and trying out some yummy new recipes.

I found 5 recipes that use apples and 5 using pumpkins that are all super easy to make and are either vegan, gluten free or use minimal waste.

PSA: There are many ways you can minimize your carbon footprint by making some changes. If you make any of these recipes, try not to waste food. If you measure out too much of any ingredient, you can still add it in – it won’t do any damage. You can also keep anything you make for a few days or share some with friends or neighbours. Did you know, it’s estimated that each person on the planet wastes a staggering 428–858 pounds of food per year?

These recipes are mostly plant-based and that is a great way to cut your greenhouse emissions. If you enjoy the recipes, see if you can keep up a plant-based diet. We also always recommend shopping locally if you can. See if you have an orchard near you or perhaps a pumpkin patch to pick up the key ingredients.  

Apples are a great fruit to have in your diet, whether you’re in a rush and want to grab something quickly or want to incorporate it into a baking or cooking dish. They contain a ton of health benefits and you can easily avoid any waste by leaving the skin on. 

Some of the health benefits include: 

  1. Lung strength
  2. Heart strength
  3. Reduces asthma symptoms
  4. Bone health
  5. Weight loss
  6. Easing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related memory loss
  7. Immune system strength
  8. Gut health


  1. Apple and Berry Smoothie 

This is perfect for a breakfast on the go, it’s quick and easy to make and will keep you full way past lunchtime. The ingredients are all super easy to get a hold of and they are all vegan. I love to add Greek Yogurt as it makes the smoothie thicker and tastier. The recipe can be found here

  1. Apple Spiced Cocktail

This one’s for those of us who are over 21. It’s a great festive drink to enjoy with friends or on a cosy night in. It’s super easy to make – it’s basically just apple and spices! You can experiment with how spicy you like it to taste by playing around with the amount of spices you add. The recipe we use has vodka, but you can try using rum or gin also. You can just as easily make this as a mocktail by using apple or fruit juice (be sure to pick up a carton that is fully recyclable). Full recipe here

  1. Apple Crumble 

For me, nothing says a cold wintery day like a freshly baked warm apple crumble. It’s a delicious tradition in my house and can be enjoyed with cream, ice cream or custard. I love how versatile crumbles are and you can mix it up by adding rhubarb, berries, oats, or anything else you might fancy. My favourite is this vegan caramel and apple crumble.

  1.     Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices

Is there a better combination than chocolate, caramel, and apple? We think not! These sweet chocolatey treats are perfect to enjoy with friends (or on your own), vegan and take less than 5 minutes. You can sprinkle nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or honeycomb pieces to finish. Remember to leave the apple skin on for minimal waste. Check it out here.

  1.     Apple Vegan Pancakes

The perfect fall Sunday morning breakfast! I love making these fluffy pancakes with some maple syrup for a brunch with my friends. I’m a real sucker for cinnamon, so I love the combination of apple and spice with these pancakes. You can also swap out the apples for bananas, or make your own twist by adding in some vegan chocolate. Try them out here

Fall always means pumpkin season, whether you’re looking to carve some ready for the 31st, or you want to rustle up some tasty dishes. Pumpkins are really versatile and can be included in all kinds of recipes. They are packed full of fibre, vitamins and antioxidants and will take great care of your body. Skip the tinned or canned pumpkin puree, and opt for a fresh one that can be found in most grocery stores this time of year.  

These 5 recipes will get you in the seasonal mood, and they are all vegan and paleo.

  1. Pumpkin Soup 

Soup is perfect for the colder days, I love making soup as you can make it in batches, and it’s super freezer friendly which means you don’t need to throw out the leftovers (this dish is minimal waste). Try out this tasty dish here

2. Pumpkin Spiced Latte

I couldn’t put together a list of pumpkin recipes without including this novelty drink. It seems to take over the world at this time of year and has all coffee lovers waiting excitedly for it to be released at Starbucks. Now you can make your own vegan version with a fraction of the cost! Try it out here

3. Pumpkin Hummus

 I thought I’d add in this dip if October/November months are still pretty warm out where you are.  This recipe is the perfect one to still have you feeling all the cosy fall vibes. It’s super healthy and vegan, and can be kept in the fridge for a few days leaving minimal waste. Give it a go here

4. Pumpkin Fries

I mean, how good do these sound? They are a great alternative to sweet potato fries and are super fun to make. They also have a light spicy coating which makes them even more mouth-watering. Try them out here and let us know what you think! 

5. Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies are everything you could want from a cookie. They’re chewy and soft, smell amazing while baking, and even better you can substitute the palm sugar for coconut sugar (or coconut oil) which doesn’t harm the rainforest. This recipe is gluten free and vegan and we’re loving it!