Easy Vegan Cakes and Pies
Silken tofu is a great base for a vegan mousse-style pie filling—it has just the right consistency, minus the bother of a flour-thickened sauce. Chocolate and banana are a dream team in this easy, dairy-free dessert, requiring just 5 ingredients (plus just a couple more if you decide to make your own crust). Photos by Evan Atlas. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→
This nutty, chocolatey vegan cake has long been a family favorite. It’s practically foolproof, and, with just minutes of hands-on time, a dream come true for lazy bakers like me. I often make this when asked to bring dessert to a gathering, and when I do, I double the recipe so I can leave one of the cakes at home! Feel free to substitute cashew or other nut butter for the peanut butter, and if need be, try the gluten-free version. And make sure to see the optional frosting below the recipe if you’d like an even richer cake. more→
This vegan chocolate mousse pie, made of raw cashews and silken tofu, is rich and delicious. It goes down very easy, so depending on how many you are serving, you may want to double the recipe and make two. This is a great finish for holiday meals, but it’s simple enough to prepare for dessert, any day of the week. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen* by Nava Atlas.
This concept is not original – you can’t throw a stone in vegan blogland and not find a tofu and cocoa-type pie. But the ingredients are what give it a uniquely rich flavor profile and texture. With the blend of chocolate and a hint of coffee, one slice will sate you for the day. And it’s easy and pretty enough to throw together for last-minute company. This takes only about 10 minutes to make, plus about 30 minutes to firm up in the freezer — if you can wait that long. Recipe contributed by Ashlee Piper, of The Little Foxes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky, of Bittersweet. more→
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 Living. 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. more→
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.
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→
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→