Vegan Zucchini Bread

Vegan Zucchini Bread PinAmelia loves making dessert breads and I love eating them! And this Vegan Zucchini Bread is not exception!

We don’t make breads like this or our delicious Vegan Pumpkin Bread very often because we tend to eat them too quickly. But it’s a nice treat once in awhile, especially when we score some fresh organic zucchini.

Be sure to drain off as much moisture as you can from the zucchini. You can always add extra moisture with almond milk, but you don’t want the batter to be too runny.

This bread makes a nice dessert, but you can also eat it for breakfast with a little fruit or vegan yogurt.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesThese delicious Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are moist and delicious. It’s impossible to eat just one. They disappear in handfuls.

If you’re like me and you love pumpkin, these really hit the spot. While pumpkin is traditionally a fall/holiday ingredient, there’s nothing stopping you from eating pumpkin all year long.

Amelia is the baker in the house, so I beg and plead with her to make delicious pumpkin recipes all the time. I’m sure she’s sick of pumpkin by now, but I’ve loved it all my life and don’t need an excuse to eat it.

A perfect day for me is capped off with a couple of these amazing Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Cranberry Oatmeal with Green Apples

Cranberry OatmealThis Cranberry Oatmeal with Green Apples recipe is both sweet and tart. With 7 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein but only 215 calories, it’s also a filling and nutritious breakfast.

We like to use green Granny Smith apples in sweet recipes to add some tartness. If you have a sensitive palette or don’t like your breakfast dishes to be tart, try using regular red Gala apples and let us know how it turns out.

Don’t use instant oats for this, or really any recipe. All of the nutrients have been processed out, which is why they cook so quickly. Steel cut oats are the best. They’re chewier and more filling. Regular rolled oats are the next best, but they don’t stick to your ribs for nearly as long.

Amelia doesn’t have a sweet tooth like I do so she left out the brown sugar. It was way too tart for me (and probably the rest of humanity) so I added a tablespoon of brown sugar to mine. That sweetened it up just enough to balance the tartness.

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Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast PinI never considered eating a Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast before, but this recipe is absolutely delicious. The squash is naturally sweet and full of fiber while the nuts and non-dairy yogurt supply the protein and savory flavor. Topped with cinnamon and drizzled with a little agave and you’ve got yourself one healthy, decadent breakfast treat.

We used So Delicious Dairy Free Plain Yogurt which is fortified with Vitamin B12. A quarter a cup of this yogurt has 10% of your RDV of Vitamin B12. If you’re a full vegan, B12 is a vitamin you can’t get from plants anymore.

Before we sanitized our veggies and chlorinated our water, we got B12 from the microbes that lived in the soil and water, and made their way onto our food. Now, we must get our B12 from other sources, like a B12 supplement or fortified foods such as Nutritional Yeast, non-dairy milk or yogurt.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting B12 from these sources. In fact, because humans sanitize, pasteurize and cook animal products, it kills the B12 microbes there, too. That means animal products aren’t a great source of B12 either and some studies show that meat eaters, especially those over 50, suffer from B12 deficiencies. Here’s some more info on B12…

How to Cut Acorn SquashPrepping the acorn squash is the hardest part of this recipe. That’s why I created this How to Cut Acorn Squash guide to show you the easiest way to cut an acorn squash so it doesn’t fall over, spilling your delicious filling all over the place.

Be sure to save your squash seeds! They’re a delicious snack you can make with our Roasted Squash Seeds recipe.

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast Cooking Video

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Vegan Snickerdoodles

Vegan SnickerdoodlesWhen I was a kid, mom often made snickerdoodles for our family during the holiday season and I particularly enjoyed the cinnamon-y taste and soft texture when they were fresh from the oven. These vegan snickerdoodles are just as good as mom’s, but without the butter and eggs.

If you have a holiday party, work party, church gathering, family or friends visiting…you can easily pass these vegan snickerdoodles off as non-vegan and no one will be the wiser. They have crispy edges with soft centers ensuring these cinnamon sugar cookies will be a big hit with everyone.

These snickerdoodles are so good, I just power right through my cinnamon allergy and eat them anyway. Luckily for me, they only cause the inside of my cheeks to swell up, but it goes away after a few hours. Totally worth it!

We use Earth Balance Organic Vegan Butter, but you’ll need to use the Earth Balance Soy Free variety to make these vegan snickerdoodles soy free.

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Vegan Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Glaze

Vegan Sweet PotatoesThese are a fast and delicious alternative to the more labor intensive mashed sweet potatoes that often appear on holiday menus. This vegan sweet potatoes with maple pecan glaze recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and they taste amazing!

Sweet potatoes may be a super food, but each serving of this decadent recipe packs more than 260 calories. It’s certainly not an everyday side dish, especially if you’re trying to lose weight, but it’s great for a special holiday treat or if you just need a little comfort food.

Enjoy these vegan sweet potatoes with our Vegan Wellington, a Gardein Holiday Roast or your other favorite holiday vegan recipes.

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Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake PinThis vegan gluten free chocolate cake is moist, chocolatey and delicious. There is no way you can tell this cake is both gluten free and vegan. It ranks right up there with the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever had.

If gluten isn’t an issue for you, you can probably use regular flour, but that’s not how we made it so we can’t attest to how it’ll turn out.

Using top-notch ingredients is important for any recipe, but none more-so than when baking. You can literally taste and see the difference so spend the extra money and buy high-quality, organic ingredients for your baking recipes. Especially if you’re going to feed them to non-vegans.

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Pumpkin PieThis vegan pumpkin pie is one of my favorite desserts. As a kid, my mom made me a pumpkin pie every year for my birthday, which falls on Halloween. I preferred a pie to a cake and still do.

I went to my parents house just before my birthday, after switching to a vegan diet. Mom took it upon herself to make me a vegan pumpkin pie. This is the pie she made and it was delicious! No one will know this pie is vegan so serve it at your next event to show everyone how great vegan food can taste.

You can buy a store bought crust to save time, or try my Mom’s Famous Vegan Pie Crust.

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Fruit Squares

Fruit SquaresThese Fruit Squares remind me of a Nutrigrain bar, only better. They have a coffee cake or fruit cobbler feel to them. Regardless, they’re rich and delicious and would be a great dessert to serve your non-vegan friends with a side of nice-cream. They’ll never know it’s vegan.

You can add a tbsp of hemp or chia seeds for extra nutrients. You can also use 2 cups of one kind of berry or try different combinations using different berries.

This is a high calorie recipe with lots of sugar so it’s not a diet food by any means. This is a special occasion treat or a party snack.

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies PinIf you serve these Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies to people and don’t tell them they were made without butter, eggs or milk, they won’t know. These may be the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten!

I like mine soft and chewy…Amelia likes her’s crispier. We both get what we want with this recipe by cooking mine for less time and hers a little longer. The only bad thing about these cookies is that I can’t stop eating them. They barely last a day!

The really nice thing about these vegan chocolate chip cookies is they don’t have that greasy coating or aftertaste that you get from using butter and milk. They’re simply delicious!

Note: Oil is not a healthy food and coconut oil is probably the worst. If you are trying to lose weight, lower your cholesterol or reverse diabetes, please do not eat these cookies. They’re meant for a rare treat or to show non-vegans how delicious vegan food can be.

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