Vegan Baking and Sweets

Chocolate Chip Gelato

Chocolate Chip Gelato by Vicki Brett-Gach from Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen

Instead if buying store-bought non-dairy ice creams, you can make a batch of homemade vegan ice cream, with the best ingredients from your own kitchen, in just about 30 minutes. That’s close to what it might take to gather your group, drive somewhere, and wait in line for vegan ice cream – that is, if you were able to find one you really liked. Last weekend I got so inspired that I made three separate batches of ice cream. Here I share one of my all-time favorites – Chocolate Chip Gelato. It knocked everyone’s socks off, and could not be easier, with just four ingredients. Recipe and photo contributed by Vicki Brett-Gach from her blog Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen.



Unbaked Fig Bars

Unbaked fig bars by Gena Hamshaw

It’s amazing to me that a dessert this good can be free of refined flour or refined sugar. These fig bars have all of the chewiness and sweetness of traditional Fig Newton cookies, but they’re made with wholesome almonds, oats, and real dried figs. From Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→


Coconutty for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconutty raw chocolate chip cookies by Gena Hamshaw

These cookies taste every bit as sweet and indulgent as a cookie should, but they’re surprisingly nutritious. Walnuts contribute healthy omega-3 fatty acids, while coconut lends its anti-inflammatory properties and cacao nibs give the cookies a little antioxidant boost. Whether for benefits or for the taste, I enjoy these cookies both as midday snacks and as dessert. From Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→


Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie by Sharon Palmer from Plant-Powered

You won’t believe that this light and luscious pie—kissed with the dynamic duo of peanut butter and dark chocolate—is made with tofu and only a touch of agave nectar for sweetness. In fact, this is a nutrient-rich dessert you can really feel good about indulging in! Recipe from Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps and 125 Delicious Recipes, © 2014, Sharon Palmer. Reprinted with permission from The Experiment.  more→


Peanut Butter–Chocolate Chip Bars

peanut butter chocolate chip granola bar

These are kind of a chewy granola bar. Perfect for a lunch box treat, a picnic, or hey, since there’s cereal and oatmeal in there, why not breakfast? These are so easy and so much yummier than packaged granola bars that there is no reason not to give ‘em a go. If you love a salty–sweet combo, you can use roasted salted peanuts here, or increase the amount of salt by a big pinch. Recipe and photos from Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week* by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. © 2013 All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or printed without permission in writing from the publisher. Reprinted by arrangement with Little, Brown and Company.


Unbaked Fudgy Brownies

Unbaked brownies

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these unbaked vegan chocolate brownies, rich with nuts and sweetened with dates. They’re flourless, gluten-free, and altogether rich and yummy. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.   more→


Blackberry Watermelon Popsicles

blackberry watermelon ice pops

Who doesn’t love an ice cold, refreshing treat? Popsicles are all the rage right now, & when I saw them, I knew I had to try them. I’ve never made popsicles before, so I was really excited to dig in & give them a shot. I was really surprised how quick they were to make, and how delicious the outcome is. I also love that you can make these with any fruit you can blend! Recipe and photo contributed by Meg Staples, of Veggie Staples. more→


Dillicious Herb-Stuffed Muffins

Dill muffins by Debbie Adler from Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats

Here’s a savory muffin with all the most vibrant herbs your spice rack or garden can hold. My favorite is dill. Its fragrance and flavor enhance any dish. And with the additions of rosemary, thyme, and oregano, this muffin smacks of a garden Alice Waters might have planted. Recipe contributed by Debbie Adler, from Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery.* ©2013 Harlequin books, reprinted by permission. Photo by Carl Kravats. more→