Vegan Baking and Sweets

Coconut, Almond, and Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Coconut, almond, and raspberry jam thumbprint cookie

These cookies will make you believe in magic because they’ll disappear right before your eyes! There are few things I absolutely can’t resist, and these cookies are one of them. The combination of coconut, toasted almonds, and raspberry jam is hard to beat. I make them with homemade raspberry jam from our raspberry bushes, which makes them extra special, but any high-quality jam will be almost as delicious. They are wonderful still warm from the oven, but be sure to let them cool for fifteen minutes so you don’t burn your mouth on the hot jam. The flavor is best when they’ve cooled completely. Recipe contributed by Myra Goodman and Marea Goodman, from Straight from the Earth* © 2014. Photos by Sara Remington. Reprinted by permission of Chronicle Books.

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Date-Pecan Bars

Date Bars recipe from More Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson

Moist, chewy, and delicious, these tasty treats take just a few minutes to put together, and they bake up in 20 minutes. They make a great no-added-sugar after-school snack for kids or an anytime snack for you. From More Quick-Fix Veganby Robin Robertson  reprinted by permission of Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2014. Photos by Shana Paluba.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream

This frozen dessert is so delicious you will never know it’s made from bananas and avocados. Avocados power up the nutrition in this dessert and gives it that beautiful green hue. Add a few drops of mint extract, chocolate chips and voila…Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! Recipe and photos contributed from Cristina Cavanaugh of BeginWithin Nutrition.

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Chocolate Chip–Banana Muffins

vegan chocolate chip banana muffins recipe

These moist vegan chocolate chip-banana muffins are sweet but not overly so, making them a scrumptious treat for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or dessert. This recipe uses ripe bananas rather than eggs for binding. Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore, from Jazzy Vegetarian, Lively Vegan Cuisine That’s Easy and Delicious (Book Publishing Company), reprinted by permission. more→

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No-Bake Crispy Rice and Seed Bars

Crispy rice bars in pan

These brown rice cereal bars, filled with seeds and dried fruit, are super-quick to make and provide a nutrient-dense treat that tastes decadent. My gosh, these are yummy, if I do say so myself! No baking or machines required, just a bit of patience as they set up in the refrigerator.

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Banana Bon Bons

banana bon bons

We can all feel like royalty when we indulge in these Banana Bon Bons. Although they are only made with sweet ripe bananas and homemade chocolate, the decadent taste and creamy texture will have you looking for your crown! Chef’s Tip: To quickly ripen bananas, place them in a large brown paper bag with an apple and fold down. Set the bag on the counter and check every 12 hours for freckles and browning. Once ripened, remove from the bag and use in your recipe. PS — the apple will be fine to eat, too! Recipes and photos contributed by Joelle Amiot from her blog JarOHoney. more→

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Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cake

Vegan brownies recipe

The classic comfort dessert — chocolate brownies — is made with a minimum or fat and sugar in this vegan rendition. As brownies go, these are more cake-like than chewy. This is super easy, so don’t wait for a special occasion to make this!
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Pumpkin Pie Squares

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These easy-to-make squares are perfect as a dessert or snack. When served soon after baking, the texture resembles freshly baked pumpkin pie, but after cooling (especially overnight), they firm up considerably and can be eaten with your fingers. Recipe and photos contributed by Cathy Fisher at Straight Up Food. more→

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