Vegan Baking and Sweets
The classic zucchini muffin in a vegan rendition—try it as an alternative to a sandwich for brown-bag or school lunch, or as a healthy snack. For this recipe, the chocolate chips and walnuts are optional, but I like to use them both!
It all started with a leftover baked sweet potato that I put in the food processor with some other ingredients including nut butter, pumpkin pie spice, applesauce, coconut flour, almond milk, and dried currants. The consistency definitely ended up being more like a pudding. I served the final product with chopped pecans and a splash of almond milk for a wonderful dessert. Recipe and photos contributed by Carrie Forrest, from Carrie on Vegan. more→
Apples scented with cinnamon — YUM! When I created this pie crust recipe, I imagined an oatmeal cookie crust. Most oatmeal cookies have eggs, butter and sugar. Not this one! Here, I subbed chia seeds and water for eggs; coconut sugar and coconut oil for a super delicious, healthy twist. And, it’s vegan! Photos by Tracey Eller. more→
It’s beans that allow the crust to be oil-free, but it’s the cherries and basil that make them extra special. This unusual dessert has a crust made healthy and high-protein with a secret ingredient — white beans. It also has easy gluten-free options. Recipe and photo reprinted by permission, from The Great Vegan Bean Book* by Kathy Hester ©2013, Four Winds Press. Photo by Renée Comet.
Cradled in a chocolate crust and blanketed by a ganache topping, the silky peanut butter mousse at the center is creamy and luscious. The hardest part of this pie is making the crust (if indeed you’re making yours from scratch), so once it’s baked and ready to go, you’re more than halfway done! Recipe adapted from Easy as Vegan Pie by Hannah Kaminsky. © 2013, Skyhorse Publishing, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
Go ahead and play in the mud! Inspired by the call for a “cup of mud,” which is of course simply coffee, and the outrageously chocolaty affair known as Mississippi mud cake, it’s as dark and intense as a fresh brewed cuppa, but with all the trappings of an elegant dessert. Don’t be misled by the funky name—this kind of mud pie is far tastier than any childhood sandbox creation. Perfect for a pie novice, this is an effortless dessert with a big flavor payoff. Recipe and photos from Easy as Vegan Pie by Hannah Kaminsky. © 2013, Skyhorse Publishing, reprinted by permission. more→
Fresh orange juice and finely minced orange zest are cooked with thick tahini (sesame paste) and a small amount of agave syrup to make the liquid for this unusual chocolate truffle with a slightly chewy texture. While this truffle ganache is not perfectly smooth, the truffles taste very creamy, and the coating of lightly toasted black and naturally colored sesame seeds provides color and crunch. Note that raw tahini is sweeter than the roasted kind, but either can be used. From Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy Free Desserts by Fran Costigan © 2013, Running Press. Reprinted by permission. Photos by Kate Lewis.
I find that the smooth, sweet butternut puree tastes just as good as sugar pumpkin in the classic pumpkin pie (vegan style)—perhaps even better! Once you’ve got the squash or pumpkin baked, which I do ahead of time, making this nourishing pie is a snap. It contains no eggs or dairy, of course, but no one will notice the difference. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.