Vegan Baking and Sweets
Pack up these nutritious chocolate and cherry hemp bars for a hike, or enjoy them as a simple treat. They’re an amped-up, antioxidant- and protein-rich version of a rice crispy treat. Recipe and photo from YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle* by Heather Crosby, reprinted by permission of BenBella Books, ©2014.
This simple vanilla filling for a no-bake pie filling sets up beautifully and becomes a luscious canvas for fresh fruit. Try it with berries in the summer; apples, pears, or tiny oranges in the fall or spring. Look for agar powder, a seaweed-based gelling agent, at any natural foods store. Recipe and photo by Hannah Kaminsky.
These strawberry shortcake cupcakes are not only luscious, but also gluten-free. From The Happy Cow Cookbook, edited by Eric Brent and Glen Merzer. Recipe and photo by Chaco Canyon Organic Café, Seattle, WA. Reprinted by permission of Ben Bella Books ©2014.
When you taste this, you won’t believe that this frozen treat is made almost purely of banana. The velvety texture and mild chocolate flavor will have you hooked. Best of all, you don’t need an ice cream machine to make it, though a food processor is a must! A powerful blender works, too. Freezing bananas that are getting almost too ripe is perfect for making treats like this, or for using in smoothies. Photos by Evan Atlas.
It’s hard to think of a more compatible duo of flavors for desserts than peanut butter and chocolate. This array of recipes from a number of vegan foodies and chefs is proof positive of universal agreement on this topic! Above, Isa Moskowitz’s Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Bars a perfect for a lunch box treat, a picnic, or hey, since there’s cereal and oatmeal in there, why not breakfast? They’re so easy and so much yummier than packaged granola bars that there’s no reason not to give ‘em a go. more→
When I was growing up, my mom made these great no-bake cookies all the time as an afterschool snack. They were super delicious and full of oats, chocolate, and peanut butter. Such a good combination! However, the recipe also had a stick of margarine and loads of sugar, making this a treat I haven’t made as often for my own kids. One day I was trying to make a raw-ish brownie out of dates, nuts, and chocolate. Instead, my creation tasted just like those no-bake cookies I loved so much as a child. Recipe from The Abundance Diet: The 28-Day Plan to Reinvent Your Health, Lose Weight, and Discover the Power of Plant-Based Foods. * ©2015 by Somer McCowan. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press LLC. Photo by Ann Oliverio. more→
This savory vegan muffin makes good use of summer’s fresh corn and the season’s abundance of zucchini. Other times of year, you can use frozen kernels, and of course, zucchini is a year-round veggie. These make a perfect accompaniment to hot or cold soups. Black beans give these a bit of heft, making them a nice change of pace for the lunch box. Photos by Evan Atlas.
If you’re in need of a fuss-free, healthy dessert that will impress guests, look no further. Laura Theodore, the “Jazzy Vegetarian,” created this simple yet decadent-tasting treat for just such an occasion. This treat is gluten-free, oil-free, quick, and easy. Contributed by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetite* reprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books.