Fruity Baked Goods

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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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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Raw Fig & Cherry Bars

raw fig and cherry bars

I originally developed these bars for a cooking class on bone health. Almost every ingredient here is high in calcium, resulting in a bar that delivers about 12% of this mineral’s daily requirement for women. They’re also high in protein and work as a great energy bar. I often carry these in the car with me for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Recipe and photo courtesy of Ricki Heller, from Sweet Freedom. more→

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Warm Apple-Walnut Cobbler

Warm Apple-Walnut CobblerThis date-based, no-sugar-added caramel sauce does double duty by sweetening both the apple filling and the crumbly topping. Use a crisper variety of apple, such as Pink Lady, Jazz, or Honeycrisp, for best results. Serve with vegan vanilla ice cream for a nice warm/cold contrast. This recipe is from Practically Raw,* copyright © 2012 Amber Shea Crawley. Used by permission, Vegan Heritage Press. more→

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Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry upside-down cake

This delicious and very pretty cake was contributed by Dynise Balcavage from The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine.It’s a lovely dessert to serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you need not wait for a special occasion to make and enjoy it. more→

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Vegan Apple Strudel

Vegan Apple Strudel recipe

This dessert is super easy to throw together, even at the last minute. Surprisingly, the most common brand of puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm) is actually vegan. Though it’s not the healthiest product in the world (to say the least — make this a once-in-a-while treat!), it’s a great way to make an impressive dessert quickly. Check the freezer section for it; it’s sold in sheets that come in a narrow, rectangular box. If you’re serving company, double the recipe (two puff pastry sheets come in the box)—it goes fast! Recipe from Vegan Yum Yumby Lauren Ulm. Photo by Debby Sunshine, from Vegan American Princess. more→

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Granny Smith Apple Crumb Pie (Gluten-Free)

Granny Smith apples

This delicious gluten-free apple pie is perfect for winter holiday fare. And because it’s so easy to make, it’s a nice way to lighten your load when you’ll be doing a lot of other cooking. Dates balance the tartness of Granny Smith apples beautifully, but you can make endless variations on this pie by choosing almost any fruit that’s in season and pairing it with whatever dried fruit seems appealing. Contributed by Leslie Cerier, from Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook.* more→

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Pineapple Raisin Bread Pudding

Pineapple cut

Bread pudding made with pineapple and raisins makes a warm, satisfying finale to a winter meal, or a comforting dessert to have with tea. more→

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