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Crunchy Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (Vegan)

It's cold. In these parts, it's also snowing. What to do in addition to getting the boots on and shovel out? Eat cookies, of course. Cookies are one of those sweet treats that can provide the perfect combo of decadence, crunch and flavor.  Being small, it's also easy to engage in portion control. Just one, one more and again. If you want to feel even better about eating them, call them "biscuits" as they do in many parts of the world - it practically sounds like a healthy main course...

Thanks So Much! Sweet Potato Pie – No Eggs, No Dairy, No Problem

This is Pie Season, one of our favorite times of the year. As we approach Thanksgiving and holidays beyond, thoughts turn to feasts and then, not far behind, the sweet endings they bring.Sweet potatoes are one of those nutrient-dense foods, with one medium sweet potato providing more than the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A and 35-50% of daily Vitamin C. They are high in potassium (great for stressful times), calcium, folate, manganese, fiber, many B vitamins and copper. They also ...

Nut Balls Not in Politics? Yes, Easy Fruity Nutty “Candies” Please

These "candies" are really just a mixture of dried fruits, seeds and nuts. Similar to the ones you can buy (but fresher), you can use any dried fruits and nuts of your choice and even add extras such as coconut shreds to suit your palate.  We always start with dates, which we pre-soak unless they are super-fresh and juicy.This version also uses dried cherries, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, raisins, coconut and dried blueberries but it's just a guide. Other great options include hemp ...

Fall Plums Love (Vegan) Tarts

As we say hello to Autumn, we must make our peace with the last of the summer flavors. Gone are the peaches and berries, the sweet corn and melons. Fortunately, Fall is prime time for fruits like apples, pears and those fleeting late Italian prune plums.So begins the annual Fall Plum Tart, modeled on the famous New York Times recipe. They  call it torte; I call it tart. Take your pick. It's super easy and will impress every time.For years, a variation of this sweet and tangy plum ...

Warm Up with Animal-free Mango Coconut Cake!

It’s cold! Eat warm cake.  Animal-free mango coconut cake, that is, all without leaving home.This recipe was born out of a desire not to go out of the house (wind-chill is currently in the FU range). Since the recipe uses only pantry items, shopping was not necessary plus those dried mango slices purchased on impulse at a foray into Trader Joe’s could be put to good use.Inspired by several vegan mango cakes on the Internet, this recipe adds coconut for a more tropical flavor. ...

Humble Pie Crust: Easy, Flaky and Animal-Free

Elsewhere we've talked about pie, like our popular sweet potato pie recipe. With the dark days of Winter now here, a warm pie or turnover can really be satisfying. Delicious and dairy free, still some fretted about the pie crust, butter-filled and all.  Well, pie experts agree: the flakiest tender crusts do not need butter.We've used this easy recipe for everything from potato curry "pasties" to apple cranberry, sweet potato and more. Yes, rolling out dough takes a little practice but ...

Right Side Up Peaches for Upside-Down Cake

Sure, peaches are delicious eaten fresh, juicy and sweet all on their own. Given the abundant crop this year, we've been downing them daily this way for weeks.  Plus we've been freezing, making spicy chutney and enjoying peaches in fruit salad.  Still, sometimes only a cake will do.This easy vegan upside-down cake baked in a cast iron skillet comes together in less than an hour from start to finish, making it ideal for last-minute desserts.  We've peeled the peaches here but there is no ...

Raw Coconut Banana Creme Pie: Dangerously Delicious

Realistically, why ever make a dessert so decadent and delicious that its almost guilt-inducing?  Well, usually it's birthdays and holidays... and this creamy sweet treat is just the thing to celebrate with.  An indulgence made even more yummy knowing that it is rarely prepared, likely not even once a year.Raw vegan, yes, but rich too with luscious bananas, thick coconut cream and a nutty sweet crust. Fortunately, for all its tastiness, it's also very easy to put together.  Best ...

Vegan Holiday Spice Cake: Easy and Joyous Winter Treat

This cake comes together very quickly and is perfect for holiday gifting, even to non-vegans (they’ll never know it is without dairy or eggs).  Don't be deterred by the long ingredient list since the recipe really is a minimum of fuss.With ground flax, molasses, walnuts, and ginger, cloves, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg filled with powerful phytochemicals, you can practically call this health cake (is there such a thing?).  It's easy to make variations - substitute some candied dried ginger ...

Too Much Zucchini Loaf Cake

The standard too-much-zucchini recipe is called "zucchini bread."  Really?  Who are we kidding?  Maybe it sounds healthier if we call it bread?  Better to eat for breakfast? Well, we're not fooled. This is cake, yummy, and certainly not something you'd use for sandwiches.Ours, vegan (natch), is a not-too-sweet version but if you like yours sugary, you can add up to 1/2 cup more sugar and/or top with a sweet confectioners sugar-type glaze.  Either way, you'll use some of that summer ...