Vegan Baking and Sweets

Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash Pie

Easy vegan pumpkin pie

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.

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Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Pudding

chocolate chunk banana bread pudding from Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan

In this contemporary rendition of bread pudding, cashew cream and coconut milk make the creamy custard and a healthy dose of chocolate provides the wow factor. I use protein-rich, easy-to-digest sprouted bread, but any bread you like will do. Serve the pudding warm right out of the baking dish, or make ahead and warm before serving. If you want to spice up brunch with Ms. or Mr. Sweetie, try the heart-shaped variation at the end. Recipe reprinted with permission from Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts by Fran Costigan. © 2013 Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Photos by Kate Lewis. more→

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate chip muffins

It might seem a little odd at first, but the flavors of pumpkin (or other orange winter squash, especially butternut) and chocolate are surprisingly compatible. These delectable muffins the point. They just could become a fall favorite to serve with tea or nondairy hot cocoa.  more→

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Grain-Free Autumn Fruit Crumble

Autumn Fruit Crumble2 ricki heller

With the abundance of fall fruit and absence of grains, this dish offers a great lower- glycemic way to start your day. Add a bit more protein, and you’re all set! For best results, select crisp, sweet apples, such as Gala, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady, and firm pears, such as D’Anjou or Bosc. From Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free: Allergen-Friendly Vegan Desserts by Ricki Heller. Photo by Celine Saki. Reprinted by permission of Sellers Publishing, ©2013.

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Chocolate-Flecked Pumpkin Seed Cookies

Chocolate Flecked Pumpkin Seed Cookies Ricki HellerThese rich-tasting, slightly chewy cookies come together quickly, for those times when you just need a snack pronto. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, involved in more body processes than any other mineral and important for healthy immune functioning. From Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free: Allergen-Friendly Vegan Desserts by Ricki Heller. Photo by Celine Saki. Reprinted by permission of Sellers Publishing, ©2013.

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Low-Fat Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies use only a third of the sugar called for in most conventional cookie recipes, and  butter is replaced with applesauce and just a smidgen of oil—that’s the magic. From their smooth texture, you’d never think that these cookies are whole grain, made with whole wheat pastry flour. I now make a batch weekly, as mandated by my sons, who think that store-bought cookies, even natural brands, pale beside these. more→

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Soft and Chewy Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars

Here’s an easy-to-make vegan bar filled with chewy granola in a soft dough. It’s a kind of a cross between a granola bar and a blondie bar. Perfect as a mid-afternoon snack with coffee or tea, an on-the-go breakfast, or to pack in the lunchbox. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

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Nut-and-Seed Energy Balls

Nut butter and seed energy balls

These intensely rich, super-seed and nut butter treats are meant to be consumed in small portions — one or two at a time — not scarfed down! Unlike other energy snacks, you need no blender or food processor to make them. This makes a great late-afternoon pick-me-up, post-workout snack, or even a good way to start the day. Use different nut butters, seeds, and dried fruits to vary it each time you make it. more→

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