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Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

I like easy, but I also like delicious. Here are the easiest Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes (they work for Christmas, too!) that I enjoy making and eating.

I like easy, but I also like delicious. Here are the easiest Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes (they work for Christmas, too!) that I enjoy making and eating.

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Maple and Cinnamon Baked Pears

Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears

Easy Pear Crisp

Easy Pear Crisp

Italian Almond Pear Cake

Gluten-free Almond Pear Cake

Pumpkin Cheesecake With Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Cheesecake With Gingersnap Crust

Gingerbread Loaf With Maple Glaze

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf

Apple Pie Shortbread Bars

GF Apple Pie Bars

Spiced Pear Custard Pie

Spiced Pear Custard Pie

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I like easy, but I also like delicious. Here are the easiest Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes (they work for Christmas, too!) that I enjoy making and eating.

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Easy Pear Crisp (Gluten-Free , Paleo and Vegan)

This Easy Pear Crisp is the perfect dessert for fall. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, it’s also a  gluten-free, paleo and vegan option for those looking for a healthy harvest dessert.

Easy Pear Crisp

This easy pear crisp couldn’t be more simple to make. It’s a healthy fall dessert that is laced with the flavors of autumn: cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. It’s also a delicious option for those looking for a gluten-free, paleo and/or vegan treat for the fall and winter holidays.

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I use gluten-free oats for the base of the crisp, but if this isn’t a concern for you, just use your favorite traditional oats. Along with coconut oil, maple syrup, walnuts and spices, this crisp topping comes together super quickly. It’s hard not to munch on it while throwing it together ~ so good!

Pear Crisp Collage

I used 8 pears. I believe they were Bartlett pears. Over the years, I’ve used various varieties, and even mixed varieties, so use your favorite or try something new! I just peeled, cored, sliced, and then spiced them. I put them in a lightly-greased baking dish (I used coconut oil), added the topping, and baked.

Easy Pear Crisp

Of course, I served it with some coconut milk ice cream. Totally up to you!

It’s delicious served warm, but will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Equally good cold!

Easy Pear CrispYou might also like:

Italian Almond Pear Cake (Gluten-Free)
Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars
Maple And Cinnamon Baked Pears

Easy Pear Crisp (Gluten-Free , Paleo and Vegan)
 
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Easy Pear Crisp (Gluten-Free , Paleo and Vegan)
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 8 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon vanilla bean powder or vanilla bean paste
  • (optional) 1 tablespoons coconut sugar OR swerve
  • For the topping
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

  2. Lightly grease an 8x8” (or similarly sized) baking dish with coconut oil and set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the pears, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract and coconut sugar (optional). Stir to combine and coat all of the fruit evenly. Pour all of the fruit filling into prepared baking dish.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine oats and coconut oil. Add cinnamon, ginger and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Add maple syrup and walnuts; stir to combine.

  5. Cover the fruit evenly with the topping. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes to let the top brown.

  6. Let cool slightly before serving warm. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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This Easy Pear Crisp is the perfect dessert for fall. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, it's also a  gluten-free, paleo and vegan option for those looking for a healthy harvest dessert.This Easy Pear Crisp is the perfect dessert for fall. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, it's also a  gluten-free, paleo and vegan option for those looking for a healthy harvest dessert.This Easy Pear Crisp is the perfect dessert for fall. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, it's also a  gluten-free, paleo and vegan option for those looking for a healthy harvest dessert.

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12 Must-Have Baking Tools And Essentials

Whether you’re new to baking or are an experienced baker, this list will make sure your kitchen is stocked with must-have baking tools and essentials to help you create delicious baked treats!

12 Must-Have Baking Tools And Essentials

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These 12 Must-Have Baking Tools And Essentials are among the most-coveted for any baker. Whether you’re stocking your kitchen for the first time, registering for new baking items, or are upgrading your baking tools, this list is for you.

KitchenAid 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Accessories – Invest in a good hand mixer and it will last you for years. This one come with accessories, which is handy when you don’t want to use a large stand mixer to achieve the same effect.

Circulon Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Round Cake Pan – a true non-stick pan that just works. It’s also a breeze to clean. Essential when you want gorgeous cakes to just fall out of the pan for that “naked” frosted look and perfect for smooth application of frosting.

Le Creuset Heritage Caribbean Stoneware Loaf Pan – I love my stoneware loaf pan! It’s perfect for bread, cakes, meatloaf, even casseroles. It bakes evenly and it cleans like a dream!

Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set – 6 Piece Stackable Set with Spout – I love that these have a spout! These are durable and will last a lifetime.


Silicone Baking Mat – Non Stick Cookie Sheets – These are lovely to bake with. Easy clean up and your cookies will thank you! PS: They’re not just for cookies! Think roasted potatoes, veggies, fries, etc.

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield – a true investment tool that I can’t live without! I hemmed and hawed over the expense of this, but man, it’s a time saver in the kitchen. Blends, beats, and whips, hands-free, letting me do other prep work while it does its thing. Plus, it creams mashed potatoes like nobody’s business. Bonus: it comes in range of colors that’ll make you consider investing in more than one…colors so gorgeous that you’ll contemplate holding a bake sale to raise funds for your next acquisition. Oh, wait…


Bellemain Cooling Rack
– perfect for cookies, muffins, truffles, and doughnuts. Makes easy work of icing and drizzling your yummy creations. Dishwasher safe.


Cotton Women’s Apron Dress
– Let’s face it: it can get messy in the kitchen when we’re baking. I mean, that flour seems to have a mind of its own and it just gets everywhere, right?! And most of the time, it gets on me. I don’t feel so bad about it if I’m wearing a cute apron that I can throw in the wash to remove the evidence of my messiness. Plus, I feel all June Cleaver in it (minus the high heels. ::ahem:: ).


Bellemain Stainless Steel 3 Cup Flour Sifter
– and speaking of flour, feel free to sift away with this handy sifter. Makes your flour perform like it’s supposed to. Tip: use it for confectioner’s sugar, too, to get those pesky lumps out. A definite must-have!

Green Hours Premium Silicone Spatula Set – This eco-friendly spatula set is made of 100% BPA free food grade silicone and is heat resistant. Comes in 3 yummy colors. Non-stick. Perfect for scraping and mixing.

12 Cup, Non Stick, Premium Silicone Muffin Mold & Cupcake Pan – BPA-free, dishwasher and microwave-safe. Oh, and freezer-safe, too. How did we live without it?

Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cupcakes, Cookies, and Desserts for Your Sweet Tooth Fix – I love this cookbook! Now that you have your kitchen all decked out with the baking essentials, you’re ready to make a yummy treat from Sally’s cookbook. Her easy to follow instructions will have you creating the perfect treat in no time!

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Gluten Free Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Gluten Free Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies can be made in one bowl, no mixer required! They bake in under 30 minutes and can be ready to eat as soon as they have cooled.

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Those gooey chocolate chips in a healthy base of almond butter and few other yummy and healthy ingredients are irresistible.

Gluten Free Almond Butter Blondies

These were so good I couldn’t stop sneaking a bite as I was trying to take photos! And these were so simple to put together. You’ll need a large mixing bowl and a large whisk and/or spoon to combine the ingredients. Line your pan with parchment paper for easy lifting out of the finished blondies and also for easy cleanup.

Gluten Free Almond Butter Blondies

I added a drizzle of melted chocolate on the top just for fun, but these are totally yummy without that extra step. There’s enough chocolate goodness in these blondies that you’ll never miss the drizzle if you choose not to add it. But it is pretty, right? 😉

Gluten Free Almond Butter Blondies

I hope you make these easy Gluten Free Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies and let me know how you like them. They’re a keeper around here!

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Gluten Free Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies
 
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Gluten Free Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies
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Serves: 9 blondies
Ingredients
  • Blondies:
  • ⅓ cup of coconut oil, softened
  • ¾ cup of plain almond butter, smooth and unsalted
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • ¾ cup of maple syrup
  • 2 cups of fine ground almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ cup of bittersweet and/or semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like to mix them)

  • Chocolate Drizzle:
  • ⅛ cup of chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon of coconut oil
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened coconut oil and almond butter until smooth. Add in the maple syrup and eggs and stir to combine.

  2. Add the almond flour and baking powder to the wet mixture and mix carefully until combined.

  3. Fold in the chocolate chips. Reserve a few for the top.

  4. Spread the mixture into an 8 x 8 baking dish lined with parchment paper.

  5. Bake at 350° for approx. 25 minutes. The top should be golden brown. Do not over bake. Let cool for 30 minutes before attempting to remove and slice. The blondies will set a little more as they cool off.

  6. Chocolate Drizzle:
  7. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt/soften about ⅛ cup of chocolate chips with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted.

  8. With a spoon, lightly drizzle chocolate over each blondie and let set.

  9. Blondies will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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