Vegan Baking and Sweets

Vegan Butterscotch Blondies

Vegan Butterscotch Blondies

Butterscotch blondies, a childhood favorite, turned out to be one of the most difficult recipes for me to master. Really, it should have been a breeze to figure out this seemingly foolproof idea, and yet my first trial pan of raw batter literally exploded all over the oven. I wish I were exaggerating, but in all honesty, drippy streaks of sugar and margarine plastered the glass window from which I watched in horror.

Thankfully, though it took a while to perfect my approach, the following 5 or 6 attempts only resulted in a trash can full of unsatisfactory baked goods rather than more kitchen disasters. Now, I am happy to share my easy method for creating this sweet treat that I remember fondly from my pre-vegan days. It doesn’t require you to blow anything up, either. Recipe and photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Vegan sweet potato pie, made with silken tofu, sets up beautifully when baked. The cheering color makes it perfect for fall or winter occasions. Pie crust sizes vary, so if excess filling remains after pouring into the crust, fill a ramekin or two, and bake at the same time as the pie to make mini-puddings. Photos: Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Vegan Concha Bread (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Vegan Concha bread

Concha means shell in Spanish. These sweet, fluffy, and warm sweet breads are topped with a shell pattern, hence the name concha bread. These are delicious with coffee or hot chocolate. Mexican Independence Day is September 16, and just in time, Vegan Mexican Food, a resource of the nonprofit Food Empowerment Project, has been updated and expanded. Thanks to these organization for this tasty contribution, as well as the photo. more→

Vegan Molasses Muffins

Vegan molasses muffins

Inspired by traditional Pennsylvania Dutch shoo-fly pie, molasses and a crumb topping team up in delectably wholesome vegan molasses muffins. Barley malt syrup works just as well as molasses and produces a slightly milder flavor. Since these aren’t overly sweet, they make a great breakfast muffin, and are welcome in the lunchbox as well; delicious with slices of crisp apple. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Dried Fruit and Walnut Energy Balls

Vegan dried fruit and walnut energy balls

We love healthy treats that are as tasty as candy truffles, and these dried fruit and walnut energy balls fit that description. With just a few ingredients, they’re super easy to make, too. Did you you know that walnuts are just about the best source of omega 3 fatty acids? This beneficial fat is hard to come by in plant-based foods, and walnuts are the only nut that contains ALA, or alpha-linolenic acid. Eating 3 or 4 of these will give you just about your total daily requirement.

Though the maca powder in these is optional, it’s highly recommended — it’s another way to get an energy boost and enjoy its other health benefits. more→

5 Frozen Banana Ice Cream Recipes You’ll Love

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve Ice cream

If you have yet to discover banana ice cream, you’re in for a treat. Here are VegKitchen’s favorite frozen banana ice cream recipes — creamy and luscious with that can be like soft serve or served in scoops, just like any other ice cream. They’re vegan and have no added sugar. All in all, a guilt-free treat for kids of all ages!

To make frozen banana ice cream, you don’t need an ice cream machine. It’s best made in a food processor rather than a blender. If you’ve been looking for a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without sugar, these simple frozen banana ice cream recipes could be life-changing. Once you try a few, you won’t even need to follow recipes; you can have fun inventing your own variations, too. more→

Frozen Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Swirl

Frozen Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

When summer delivers ice cream weather, we turn to this brilliant three-ingredient recipe: chocolate banana ice cream — naturally vegan and low-fat. Just cut up the bananas, freeze and swirl with your favorite flavors. We have some real chocoholics under our roof, but you could use anything—frozen strawberries, blueberries or a little vanilla extract. Bonus — this is nut-free, soy-free, and gluten-free! Recipe from Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy & Delicious Vegan Cooking by Katie Koteen & Kate Kosbee, Page Street Publishing Co. © 2017, reprinted by permission. Photos by Allie Lehman. more→

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Seed Crust

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Seed Crust

I don’t know if you remember this, but many years ago, I’m talking the ’70s, I think every mom in America was required to make her children chocolate pudding pie in a graham cracker crust and slather it with whipped cream. This was actually something I really loved to eat. Of course, I had to figure out a healthy, vegan, allergy-free version of it for my son (and for myself, who am I kidding?).

The best part is there is no need to bake it. Just assemble the parts and put it in the freezer. The avocado hiding out in the chocolate pudding adds a boost of potassium, a rich creaminess, and a smooth texture that makes it taste like custard.Recipe from Sweet, Savory and Free: Insanely Delicious Plant-Based Recipe Without Any of the Top 8 Food Allergens by Debbie Adler © 2017, BenBella Books. Reprinted by permission. more→

Vegan Peanut Butter Granola Cookies

Vegan Peanut butter granola cookies

These easy vegan peanut butter granola cookies pass an important test — if a sweet treat is actually healthy, will it still get eaten? Happily, these tasty cookies disappear quickly. Use whatever kind of granola you prefer — there are so many great varieties! These sturdy cookies are perfect or packing in the school or work lunch box, too.  more→

Raw Vegan Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake

Vegan and raw orange creamsicle cake

This summery dessert has everything you love about Creamsicles, but in cake form! While the presentation makes it look like you’ve been working on this dessert for days, it actually requires very little effort. Best of all, this orange creamsicle ice cream cake is vegan and raw.

This frozen cake is designed to be made in a springform pan so that the sides can be removed. Much like any ice cream cake, this recipe will melt when removed from the freezer. more→

Vegan Spelt Pumpkin Donuts

Vegan Spelt Pumpkin Donuts

Pumpkin, like other winter squashes, is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Vegan spelt pumpkin donuts are a fun way to celebrate the flavor of the season when the weather starts to get cooler. If you need gluten-free donuts, simply substitute oat flour and sorghum flour for the spelt flour, as noted below. Recipe from Ancient Grains: A Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Millet, Oats, Spelt, Farro, Sorghum & Teff by Kim Lutz © 2016. Reprinted by permission of Sterling Publishing. Photo by Bill Milne. more→

Dark Chocolate Coconut Mousse

coconut chocolate mousse

Dark chocolate coconut mousse is delicious any time of day! The secret to this simple and luscious 3-ingredient mousse is to thicken it up with a small amount of chia seeds, rather than arrowroot or cornstarch, which might make it lumpy. And it takes 10 minutes or less of hands-on time. Recipe by Leslie Cerier, developed for Equal Exchange with their organic dark chocolate chips. Chocolate is even more delectable when you know it’s fair trade. Photo by Tracey Eller. more→

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