Vegan Cookies and Bars

Low-Fat Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

low-fat vegan chocolate chip cookies

These low-fat vegan chocolate chip 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. Your family and guests will love you for it! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. 
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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→

Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

These easy vegan chocolate chip cookies contain my favorite baking secret—using applesauce as a substitute for a lot of the fat and sugar used in conventional baked goods. Send them in the lunchbox, or serve with coffee or tea. This makes about 2 dozen smaller cookies or 1 dozen really big cookies. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Vegan Black Bean Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Black bean chocolate chip cookies

Vegan chocolate chip cookies, yum! But vegan black bean chocolate chip cookies, huh? Yep, vegan made, omnivore tested, approved! Will kids love them? They sure won’t know what the secret ingredient is, so don’t tell them! Recipe contributed by Sharon Nazarian of Big City Vegan. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
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Gluten-Free Chocolate No-Nut Crisp

Gluten-Free Chocolate No-Nut Crisp

It can be difficult to find a chocolate bar that is made without milk (or traces of milk and nuts). This chocolate crisp is a make-your-own candy bar that can be prepared in minutes, without turning the oven on. Use your favorite non-dairy chocolate, or try this with different chocolates to see which you prefer. more→

Crispy Rice and Almond Treats

Crispy rice and almond treats by Chef Beverly Bennett

Contributed by vegan chef Beverly Lynn Bennett, these rich, no-bake treats are incredibly good. I know, because I’ve made them for my kids a zillion times while they were growing up, and they still love them when they visit. Easy to make, these are good for those who need a burst of sweetness and energy, without indulging in empty calories. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.
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Pecan Shortbread Cookies

pecanshortbreadcookies

These crisp on the outside, tender on the inside cookies were a consistent favorite among my recipe testers. With only four ingredients, you could practically make these with your eyes closed! From Practically Raw Desserts *©2013 by Amber Shea Crawley. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press. more→

6 Gluten-Free and Vegan Cookies to Try Soon

vegan chocolate chip cookies

Everybody loves cookies, from kids to grandparents—and you don’t have to eat gluten or animal products in order to enjoy these classic sweet treats, either. Even when you’ve gone gluten-free and vegan, there are many cookie recipes you can enjoy. Here are seven to check out from around the Web! Contributed by Chris Bekermeier. more→

Peanut Butter and Jam Bars

Richly sweetened with all-fruit preserves, these bars are a fun treat for kids and adults alike. Serve them with tea for a grown-up treat, or as an after school snack with almond or other non-dairy milk, or vegan hot cocoa. If you bake them in the evening, they can serve as a quick breakfast with a fruit smoothie. Of course, you can replace the peanut butter with another, favorite nut butter. more→

Cream-Filled Maple Leaf Cookies

Maple Cream filled gluten-free Cookies

Cream-filled maple leaf cookies showcase the bounty of the country’s many maple farms. If you’ve never had one, now’s the time to enjoy this sandwich cookie filled with maple buttercream frosting. Free of nuts, peanuts and yeast. Contributed from The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies*by Laurie Sadowski (Book Publishing Co, ©2013)

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Cashew or Pecan Blondies

Cashew or Pecan Blondies

These blondies are from Sweet and Easy Vegan* by Robin Asbell. I was originally attracted to this recipe due to the sprinkling of coarse salt over the top. As someone without much of a sweet tooth, but with a penchant for salt, I knew that this would send this treat over the top for me, and indeed, it did! My family enjoyed this quite a bit, too, proof being that it was practically inhaled shortly after coming out of the oven.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dates (Gluten Free)

Gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookiesAs a vegan with celiac disease… one thing that I thought I may never enjoy again was a classic Tollhouse style chocolate chip cookie. So I took it upon myself to de-glutenize and veganize a recipe I happen to consider perfect in every way (except for all
the animal ingredients it calls for, of course). Let me tell you … I kicked its ass.

I am betting that no-one could tell these cookies are missing like 90% of the original ingredients- and why waste your time telling anyone when you can be stuffing your face with such deliciousness? And since I’m a glutton for tastiness–-I added little bits of Medjool dates. Recipe and photo contributed by Allyson Kramer, from Manifest Vegan. more→

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