Vegan Cookies and Bars

Mom’s Turtle Cookie Squares

Turtle Cookie Squares from Laura Theodore

For years, my mom has been making a dairy-based version of classic turtle cookies for the holidays. Several years ago we decided to create a vegan version, which is as good as—or maybe even better than—the original recipe. Recipe and photo from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites by Laura Theodore, reprinted by permission.

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Nutty Chocolate Protein Bars with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds in a spoon and in a jar

These snacks are a lot like candy, but their sweetness comes from dates, which are high in iron and fiber, unlike refined sugar. The bars will need to be refrigerated to firm up the chocolate, but after that, they’re good to go. Take them with you hiking, camping, or on a road trip. Be sure to also keep some at home for a wholesome, handy snack. Recipe adapted from Extraordinary Vegan* © 2013 by Alan Roettinger, reprinted with permission of Book Publishing Company.  more→

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Teff Cookies

Peanut Butter Choco Chip teff Cookies from Leslie Cerier

These vegan and gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are made with nutrient-dense, iron-rich teff flour. With just a few ingredients, you get a whole lot of flavor! Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photos by Tracey Eller.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brown Rice Crispy Treats

Vegan brown rice crispy treats recipe

My healthier recreation of rice crispy treats brought back childhood memories, without the sugar rush. Chia seeds and sesame seeds were added for an extra boost of nutrients. The cacao drizzle is totally optional, but highly recommended! This might be a bold statement, but these are my favorite sweet creation thus far! Recipe and photos contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition.  more→

Crunchy Almond Cacao Nib Cookies

Cacao Nib Cookies

These cookies are truly guilt free. They’re refined sugar-free, dairy free, and filled with nutritional ingredients. They are very light and the cacao nibs offer the perfect crunchy texture. If you are unfamiliar with cacao nibs, they are nature’s chocolate chips. Cacao nibs are literally cacao beans that have been roasted and separated from their husks, then peeled and crumbled.

They may look sweet, but aren’t. They’re pure, bitter cacao, and offer a great crunch to baked goods. Cacao nibs are also very nutritional. Did you know they have a higher antioxidant level than blueberries? And, they’re one of the best sources of magnesium. Cacao nibs offer a great, natural way to include this important mineral in your diet, while satisfying those chocolate cravings.  Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis, from Love and Lentils

Makes about 16

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl, mix coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, almonds, coconut, and cacao nibs. Add dry ingredients to wet.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop tablespoons of the dough onto the baking sheet about 1 to 2 inches apart.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden around the edges. Let stand for a minute or two, then cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee or tea and store the rest of the cookies in an air tight container for up to a week.

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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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Pumpkin Pie Squares

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→

Brownie Bites

Vegan brownie bites cookies

These delicious no-fat-added vegan cookies taste like luscious brownies. Contributed by vegan chef Beverly Lynn Bennett, this recipe was a favorite of my kids during their teen years, along with her Crispy Rice and Almond Treats. Moist and fudgy, it isn’t hard to see why it was one of their most frequently requested treats. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Vegaroons (Vegan Macaroons)

Coconut Vegaroons3

Flaxseeds stand in for the egg whites in this delicious recipe, while garbanzo flour helps to bind them. Now that is jazzy. Recipe from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* (BenBella Books 2013), reprinted by permission.

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Heart-Shaped Almond Coconut Granola Bars

Heart Almond Granola Bars

I really loved Almond Joys growing up (and of course I will not be eating those now) so I wanted to come up with a granola bar that would be reminiscent of that. Oh my gosh, I think I did it! The whole family really loved these and I swear you will think you are eating something unhealthy they are so good. These are even yummier the next day and they are a very moist, cake-like granola bar. Recipes and photos contributed by Jennifer Strohmeyer of Virtually Vegan Mama. more→

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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