Vegan Baking and Sweets

Fresh Chunky Applesauce Cake

Fresh Chunky Applesauce Cake

Your own homemade chunky applesauce is the key to this flavorful cake. That way, the cake is just as much (if not more) about the fruit than the batter. It’s a healthy cake to snack on and to add to portable lunches, as well as to serve to fall and winter company. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Quick Three-Grain Brown Bread

Three-grain brown bread

Pop this easy vegan quick bread into the oven while your favorite soup is simmering on the stove. It’s made with wheat and rye flours, plus cornmeal. Or, serve it with jam to accompany your favorite warm beverage — coffee, tea, or cocoa. You’ll love this moist loaf! This makes one loaf, about 10 to 12 slices. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Lime and Coconut Corn Muffins

Coconut lime muffins by Laura Theodore

Cornmeal gives these vegan lime and coconut corn muffins a hearty texture, while the lime and coconut contribute a tropical twist. Recipe and photo by Laura Theodore, from Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Published by Jazzy Vegetarian LLC, © 2015, reprinted by permission.

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Chocolate & Cherry Hemp Bars

Chocolate Cherry Hemp Bars

Pack up these nutritious chocolate and cherry hemp bars for a hike, or enjoy them as a simple treat. They’re an amped-up, antioxidant- and protein-rich version of a rice crispy treat. Recipe and photo from YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle* by Heather Crosby, reprinted by permission of BenBella Books, ©2014.

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Vanilla Pudding Pie Filling

Nutty no-bake pie crust with vanilla pudding filling

This simple vanilla filling for a no-bake pie filling sets up beautifully and becomes a luscious canvas for fresh fruit. Try it with berries in the summer; apples, pears, or tiny oranges in the fall or spring. Look for agar powder, a seaweed-based gelling agent, at any natural foods store. Recipe and photo by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Gluten-Free Coconut Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Coconut Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes sm

These strawberry shortcake cupcakes are not only luscious, but also gluten-free. From The Happy Cow Cookbook, edited by Eric Brent and Glen Merzer. Recipe and photo by Chaco Canyon Organic Café, Seattle, WA. Reprinted by permission of Ben Bella Books ©2014.

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Chocolate Banana Frozen Soft Serve

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

When you taste this, you won’t believe that this frozen treat is made almost purely of banana. The velvety texture and mild chocolate flavor will have you hooked. Best of all, you don’t need an ice cream machine to make it, though a food processor is a must! A powerful blender works, too. Freezing bananas that are getting almost too ripe is perfect for making treats like this, or for using in smoothies. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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8 Vegan Treats Featuring Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Peanut Butter Bars from Isa Moskowitz from Post Punk Kitchen

It’s hard to think of a more compatible duo of flavors for desserts than peanut butter and chocolate. This array of recipes from a number of vegan foodies and chefs is proof positive of universal agreement on this topic! Above, Isa Moskowitz’s Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Bars a perfect for a lunch box treat, a picnic, or hey, since there’s cereal and oatmeal in there, why not breakfast? They’re so easy and so much yummier than packaged granola bars that there’s no reason not to give ‘em a go. more→

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