Six Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Treats

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With pumpkinpalooza in full swing (have you seen the shelves at Trader Joe's? HOLY GREAT PUMPKIN!), now's the time for putting maximum amounts of pumpkin in our pieholes.

Vegans, of course, have a more limited menu of options in this (and every) department. Pumpkin spice lattes are out -- so is pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin Pop Tarts. Bummer.

Luckily, there are some delicious pumpkin treats that are free of animal products -- you've just gotta know where to look. Check out five after the jump.

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Broward and Palm Beach Eateries Represent at Seed Food & Wine Festival

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
Charlie Grippo of Green Bar & Kitchen.

This past weekend, plant-based businesses, chefs, celebrities, authors, and eaters swarmed Miami for the inaugural Seed Food & Wine Festival. This vegan wonderland featured two celeb-studded private dinners, a VIP cocktail party, a film screening, a kids' cupcake affair, and the main event: festival day.

With several thousand people packing into the Midtown Miami tents, it was sensory overload for herbivores and omnivores alike. Best of all, lots of Broward and Palm Beach eateries were there, eagerly dishing up their plant-powered eats. Check out who showed after the jump.

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PETA Honors Hocus Pocus Actress Kathy Najimy with Compassionate Action Award at Sublime

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac

Whether you know her best as Mary, one of the infamous Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus, or as the voice of Peggy Hill on King of the Hill, it's likely you've run across Kathy Najimy's comedic talents more than a few times. A character actress with many faces, she's been making her mark on Hollywood since the early '90s.

In addition to her acting, she's also an outspoken advocate for our animal friends. She's joined with PETA on multiple campaigns, including starring in a TV spot to promote kindness to dogs and posing for an ad encouraging tourists to stay away from SeaWorld. And in honor of her efforts, PETA presented her with a Compassionate Action Award yesterday at Fort Lauderdale's veg heaven, Sublime.

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Tofu Sofritas Available at All Florida Chipotles Starting Monday

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
Chipotle is known for many things: sustainable foodstuffs, friendly employees, heart-wrenching animation skills. What it's not known for, however, is flighty or frequent changes to its supersimple menu. It hasn't introduced a new protein in, oh, 21 years. Until now.

Answering the call of a growing interest in plant-based eating, Chipotle is rolling out sofritas -- organic, shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblano peppers, and various spices -- as a new menu option. I got a taste ahead of Monday's official rollout, and the stuff is pretty damned delicious.

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Betsy's Best: Not Satisfied With Big-Brand Peanut Butters, One Florida Mom Started Her Own

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Founder Betsy Opyt and her butters.

When it comes to healthy eating, the Jifs and Skippys of the world don't exactly make the cut. Sure, peanut butter is touted as a good-for-you snack, but read the labels and you'll quickly realize that most of the major brands are loaded with sugar, hydrogenated oils, and other additives.

Enter Betsy's Best, a new, Florida-founded brand of nut and seed butters that cuts the crap. Created by dietitian and personal trainer Betsy Opyt (after her kid wouldn't eat any other peanut butter brand), the peanut, almond, and sunflower butters launch online today and are hitting Whole Foods statewide by the end of the month.

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How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes (Recipe & Photos)

All photos by Hannah Sentenac

It's October 6th, which means we're about five minutes into pumpkin's 15 minutes of annual fame. And while pumpkin edibles, drinkables and wearables (really Bath & Body Works?) are literally everywhere, it's harder to find vegan options, particularly in the dessert department.

Luckily, you're the master of your kitchen appliances, and you can make your own goodies at home. Check out this instructional for how-to whip up moist, delicious pumpkin cupcakes (no animals harmed in the making of these baked goods).

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NYC Named Top Vegan-Friendly City By PETA; South Florida Has a Long Way to Go

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Veggie replica of the NYC skyline with PETA's Senior Vice President Dan Mathews, actor Alan Cumming and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

South Florida ranks at the top of the list for many things: warm weather, luxury car sales, where to be a dog -- and so on. But for availability of vegetarian and vegan-friendly cuisine? Lower. Much lower.

According to PETA, the city that tops that list is New York. Last week, with some well-earned pomp and circumstance, PETA reps joined by actor Alan Cumming presented the Big Apple city council with a sculpture of the Manhattan skyline ... carved entirely out of vegetables. Seriously.

So when will we be gifted a Las Olas Boulevard built out of beets? With South Florida's size and significance, why do we still fall to the bottom of the beanstalk when it comes to veg-friendly cuisine? We asked PETA what we could do to be a little more like NYC in this department.

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Five Must-Try Vegan Desserts at Trader Joe's


Dessert might be the most daunting of gauntlets for vegans. So many mouthwatering baked goods -- almost all chock-full of eggs, milk, and other animal byproducts. Temptation is everywhere, so what's an herbivore to do?

Trader Joe's to the rescue. The foodie paradise stocks plenty of vegan-friendly sweets to satisfy. Now that they're open in Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach (and coming soon to Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Fort Lauderdale), you can fill your pantry with all kinds of affordable sugar-stuffs, including these five.

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Pumpkin Spice, Candy Corn Frozen Vegan Treats Coming to Whole Foods

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Courtesy of So Delicious

'Tis the season for pumpkin overload. Just like Christmas merchandise, the autumnal trend seems to arrive earlier and earlier each year. Sadly, vegans are left out of much of pumpkinpalooza -- no #PSLs, pumpkin ice cream, or pumpkin donuts for us.

Luckily, So Delicious Dairy Free has our back. The company, in conjunction with Whole Foods, is about to release two new treats: Candy Corn and Pumpkin Spice coconut milk ice cream bars.

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Beyond Meat's New Beast Burger 'Sizzles, Sweats, Satiates' Says CEO Ethan Brown

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The Beast Burger, being beasty.

Meat is delicious. Nobody said it wasn't (well, almost nobody). But it's also wreaking havoc on earth's environment, screwing with human health, and leading to the violent deaths of billions of animals a year. Raising meat for food is problematic, at best.

Lucky for everyone, there are innovative companies working to make even better versions of the real thing, so carnivores can have their cows and eat them too.

Leading the charge is Beyond Meat (you may have seem them on The Today Show? Ellen? Good Morning America?). We spoke to CEO Ethan Brown on the company's new Beast Burger, how plants make better meat than, well, meat, and MLB players eating plants.

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