Pumpkin Scones

  • ⅓ cup vegan margarine, or ⅓ cup tofu sour cream
  • 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin, or 1 cup of cooked and mashed fresh pumpkin
  • ½ cup safflower oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 cups pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place all wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well, or use a blender. In a separate bowl stir together all dry ingredients. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients, and mix with a large spoon. The batter will be sticky. Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet, and bake for 15 –20 minutes.


Savory Pumpkin Soup

  • 2 Tbsp vegan margarine
  • 1 large red or yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 1 cup scallions, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp powdered vegetable stock or equivalent in bouillon cubes
  • 1 15-ounce can of puréed pumpkin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp each of nutmeg, black pepper, coriander, salt
  • ¼ cup almond or soy milk
  • 2 Tbsp walnut oil

In a large soup pot, heat margarine and sauté onions and scallions until onions are translucent. Dissolve the vegetable stock/bouillon in a cup of boiling water, then add to soup pot along with 5 more cups of water, pumpkin, bay leaf, maple syrup, herbs, spices and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes. Remove bay leaf and stir in almond milk and walnut oil.


Reprinted from SIMPLE RECIPES FOR JOY by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © SHARON GANNON, 2014.
Book release date: Fall 2014

Sharon Gannon is a 21st-century Renaissance woman, an animal rights and vegan activist and a world-renowned yogini, perhaps best known as the founder, along with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development. She lives in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.

A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, K. Pattabhi Jois, and Shyam das, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip—relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. Sharon's book Yoga and Vegetarianism has been called the "seminal" work on the subject, exploring the relationship of veganism to the teachings of yoga.

Sharon is a musician and is a featured vocalist on many CDs including Sharanam, which is her 2010 solo album, produced by Frenz Kallos. She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and is the author of several books, including Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body & SoulThe Art of Yoga, Cats and Dogs are People Too!, and Yoga Assists. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Toward 2012, Arcana V: Music, Magic and Mysticism, What comes after Money, Semiotexte, Yoga Journal, Mantra, and Origin. She writes a monthly essay called the Focus of the Month.