Vegan Baking and Sweets

Nutty Chocolate Protein Bars with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds in a spoon and in a jar

These snacks are a lot like candy, but their sweetness comes from dates, which are high in iron and fiber, unlike refined sugar. The bars will need to be refrigerated to firm up the chocolate, but after that, they’re good to go. Take them with you hiking, camping, or on a road trip. Be sure to also keep some at home for a wholesome, handy snack. Recipe adapted from Extraordinary Vegan* © 2013 by Alan Roettinger, reprinted with permission of Book Publishing Company.  more→

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Teff Cookies

Peanut Butter Choco Chip Cookies from Leslie Cerier

These vegan and gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are made with nutrient-dense, iron-rich teff flour. With just a few ingredients, you get a whole lot of flavor! Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photos by Tracey Eller.
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Marvelous Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

This super creamy and delightfully delicious dessert will please the chocolate and peanut butter fans at your table. Tofu replaces the eggs in this rich tasting pudding. Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brown Rice Crispy Treats

Vegan brown rice crispy treats recipe

My healthier recreation of rice crispy treats brought back childhood memories, without the sugar rush. Chia seeds and sesame seeds were added for an extra boost of nutrients. The cacao drizzle is totally optional, but highly recommended! This might be a bold statement, but these are my favorite sweet creation thus far! Recipe and photos contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition.  more→

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Creamy Pineapple Crush

Frozen vegan pineapple crush

Need a little treat? Pineapple ice cream with a dusting of shredded coconut and cacao nibs satisfies any sweet tooth…without the fat and processed sugar! Three basic ingredients, all pure foods, whipped up into a creamy frozen dessert that couldn’t be easier to make. Recipe and photo  contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition.
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Crunchy Almond Cacao Nib Cookies

Cacao Nib Cookies

These cookies are truly guilt free. They’re refined sugar-free, dairy free, and filled with nutritional ingredients. They are very light and the cacao nibs offer the perfect crunchy texture. If you are unfamiliar with cacao nibs, they are nature’s chocolate chips. Cacao nibs are literally cacao beans that have been roasted and separated from their husks, then peeled and crumbled.   more→

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Coconut, Almond, and Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Coconut, almond, and raspberry jam thumbprint cookie

These cookies will make you believe in magic because they’ll disappear right before your eyes! There are few things I absolutely can’t resist, and these cookies are one of them. The combination of coconut, toasted almonds, and raspberry jam is hard to beat. I make them with homemade raspberry jam from our raspberry bushes, which makes them extra special, but any high-quality jam will be almost as delicious. They are wonderful still warm from the oven, but be sure to let them cool for fifteen minutes so you don’t burn your mouth on the hot jam. The flavor is best when they’ve cooled completely. Recipe contributed by Myra Goodman and Marea Goodman, from Straight from the Earth* © 2014. Photos by Sara Remington. Reprinted by permission of Chronicle Books.

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Date-Pecan Bars

Date Bars recipe from More Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson

Moist, chewy, and delicious, these tasty treats take just a few minutes to put together, and they bake up in 20 minutes. They make a great no-added-sugar after-school snack for kids or an anytime snack for you. From More Quick-Fix Veganby Robin Robertson  reprinted by permission of Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2014. Photos by Shana Paluba.

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