Easy Vegan Cakes and Pies

Raw Strawberry Tart

Raw Strawberry Tart from Carrie Forrest

To make the most of the incredible strawberries available in late spring and early summer, try this raw strawberry tart created by Carrie Forrest of Carrie on Vegan. This easy recipe highlights ripe, sweet strawberries, which are nestled in a healthy, no-bake crust made of pecans, oats, raisins,
flax meal, currants, and date paste. The recipe makes for a very thick crust, but, as Carrie says, “that’s kinda how I like it.” Chances are, you will, too.
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Ultra Fudgy Brownies

ultra-fudgy brownies by Rikki Heller

One of the gripes of many vegan bakers is that it’s too difficult to create brownies that are really fudgy instead of cake-like. Well, here they are: the ultimate fudgy brownies! The addition of pureed avocado creates a miracle of synergy with just 1/4 cup oil, resulting in one of the richest-tasting, fudgiest brownies I’ve ever had. From Sweet Freedom by Ricki Heller.

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Gluten-Free Peach Pie

Gluten-free Peach pie with teff crust

Remarkably delicious, this pie is fun and easy to make. For a light-colored piecrust use ivory teff flour; for a chocolate-brown piecrust use brown teff flour. Both are equally scrumptious and both are available at natural foods stores to make great gluten-free pie crust and other baked goods. Contributed by Leslie Cerier, from Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook.Photo by Stephanie Ferrate of Gluten-Free West. more→

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Chocolate Chip Pear Blondies or Mini-Loaves

Chocolate chip pear blondies or mini-loaves

Rich with chocolate chips and pears, this melt-in-your-mouth vegan treat is delicious as a dessert or tea bread. They’re especially good with tea as a cool-weather dessert. Easy enough as an everyday dessert, yummy enough for holiday fare (especially around the winter holidays), this might just become your go-to sweet bread. more→

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Cinnamon-Crunch-Stuffed Bundt Cake

Vegan Baking Cinnamon Bundt from robin asbell big veganWho doesn’t love a Bundt cake? In this banana-laced version, the unique flavor of palm sugar makes the cinnamon-spiced pecan filling absolutely crave-worthy. The cinnamon drizzle is optional but highly recommended for gilding this wonderful cake with more sweet cinnamon.  Recipe and photo from Big Vegan: More than 350 Recipes, No Meat/No Dairy All Delicious* by Robin Asbell. more→

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Cashew or Pecan Blondies

Cashew or Pecan Blondies

These blondies are from Sweet and Easy Vegan* by Robin Asbell. I was originally attracted to this recipe due to the sprinkling of coarse salt over the top. As someone without much of a sweet tooth, but with a penchant for salt, I knew that this would send this treat over the top for me, and indeed, it did! My family enjoyed this quite a bit, too, proof being that it was practically inhaled shortly after coming out of the oven.

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Gluten Free and Vegan Pear Coffee Cake

Gluten-free and vegan pear coffee cake Beth Hilson from Gluten-free MakeoversAs a baker, I am reluctant to let go of certain sacrosanct ingredients. Eggs are one of those precious commodities. Then a colleague who is gluten and egg-free asked me if I could convert a coffee cake recipe so she could enjoy, too. I recalled that, back in the days when I owned the Gluten-Free Pantry, I had made many recipes where I replaced eggs with silken tofu, flax gel (1 tablespoon flax meal with 3 tablespoons of hot water) or even with applesauce. I dug out my favorite coffee cake recipe, already gluten-free, and went to work. The results are delicious. Recipe and photo contributed by Beth Hillson, author of Gluten-Free Makeovers.* more→

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake

easy vegan chocolate cakeThis totally delectable, moist cake is our extended family’s favorite  for birthdays and other special occasions. It demands just minutes of hands-on time. Adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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