Vegan Baking and Sweets

Black Bean Zucchini Corn Muffins

black bean, corn, and zucchini muffins

These healthy vegan corn muffins makes good use of summer’s fresh corn and the season’s abundance of zucchini. Other times of year, you can use frozen kernels, and of course, zucchini is a year-round veggie. These make a perfect accompaniment to hot or cold soups. Black beans give these a bit of heft, making them a nice change of pace for the lunch box. Photos by Evan Atlas. 
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Laura’s Date-Nut Truffles

Laura's Date Nut Truffles

If you’re in need of a fuss-free, healthy dessert that will impress guests, look no further. Laura Theodore, the “Jazzy Vegetarian,” created this simple yet decadent-tasting treat for just such an occasion. This treat is gluten-free, oil-free, quick, and easy. Contributed by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetitereprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books.

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Pumpkin Seed and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Pumpkin Seed and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

These homemade bars featuring pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips are a terrific on-the-go healthy breakfast, and a perfect snack for any time of the day. Our whole family loves them! Recipe from from Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes* by Dreena Burton, BenBella Books © 2015, reprinted by permission. Photos by Nicole Axeworthy. more→

Rustic Strawberry Tart

Vegan Rustic Strawberry Tart

As with all desserts that spotlight fresh fruit, the season’s best berries make this tart shine. This dessert was inspired by a large basket of spring strawberries from Fall Creek Farm in Granbury, Texas, where Cullen and Ashley Crisp’s mantras are “the smaller, the sweeter” and “the redder, the better.” If you’re purchasing the grocery-store variety, pony up for organic—it’s worth it. Reprinted with permission from Meatless in Cowtown: A Vegetarian Guide to Food and Wine, Texas Style © 2015 by Laura Samuel Meyn and Anthony Head, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Photos by Jason Varney. more→

No-Bake Breakfast Cookies

Vegan No Bake Breakfast Cookies by Ann Oliverio

These oat-based unbaked cookies are great for breakfast on the go, a mid-afternoon treat, or a post-workout snack. They’ve got a lot going for them — nut butter, seeds, and dried fruits. They’re gluten-free (if using GF oats) and oil-free as well. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetitereprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. more→

Apricot Nut Balls

Apricot Nut Balls

Here’s a naturally sweet treat, made from dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds. They are a stunning addition to any festive dessert table. Recipe contributed by Caryn Hartglass, founder of Responsible Eating and Living. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemony Blueberry Muffins

These subtly lemon-flavored vegan blueberry muffins are perfect for making on cool summer evenings during blueberry season, or any time of year with frozen organic blueberries. The double twist of lemon juice and zest (finely grated peel) is what makes them shine. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Vanilla and Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake with Chocolate Fudge Glaze

Vegan Chocolate Vanilla Bunt Cake

Bundt cakes are everyday cakes—easy to make (using just one pan) and delicious eaten as they are or dressed up with a simple glaze or icing. This swirled Bundt cake will satisfy both chocolate-lovers and those who favor vanilla: The two batters meet in the middle and bake, making for a pretty design when you cut and serve it. The addition of a quick chocolate glaze makes it that much more irresistible; to further embellish this cake, serve it with fresh berries or a dollop of nondairy ice cream.From Real Food For Everyone by Ann Gentry, founder of Real Food Daily restaurants in Southern California. Recipe reprinted by permission, © 2015 Andrews McMeel Publishing. Photos by Sara Remington.

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Chocolate Crispy Fruit Squares

Vegan no-bake Crispy Fruit Squares

A happy compromise between an energy bar and a decadent dessert, these crispy, chewy, sweet squares are delightful and can be enjoyed however you prefer. Kid friendly, dietitian-approved, these treats are perfect for on-the-go. Recipe from The Vegiterranean Diet: The New and Improved Mediterranean Eating Plan — with Deliciously Satisfying Vegan Recipes for Optimal Health* by Julianna Hever © 2014 Da Capo Lifelong Book, reprinted by permission. Photos by Nicole Axeworthy.

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Vegan Chocolate Fudge with an Omega Boost

Vegan chocolate fudge

This super-easy, rich tasting vegan chocolate fudge gives you a nice dose of Omega 3s, as it features hemp or chia seeds and walnuts. Made in minutes, it needs about an hour of refrigeration to set up. If you can’t wait that long, pop it in the freezer! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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VegKitchen’s Top Vegan Chocolate Desserts

Easy vegan chocolate cake

When Valentine’s day is around the corner, or really, any festive occasion, here are VegKitchen’s top reader favorites for luscious vegan chocolate desserts. First up is Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake. It’s a dessert so easy, you can make it even if you don’t consider yourself much of a baker. more→

Buckwheat Crepes with Chocolate Sauce

Buckwheat Crepes + Chocolate Sauce by Jenne Claiborne from Sweet Potato Soul

These whole grain crepes are delicious, filling, very pretty, and totally healthy! They’re also great for kids. Then there is the chocolate! This creamy vegan chocolate sauce takes the crepes to the next level. Yes, even the chocolate sauce is healthy. There is really no excuse not to give these a try at your next brunch. Recipe contributed by JennéClaiborne from Sweet Potato Soul. Photos by Sydney Bensimon. 

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