Category Archives: Dessert

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Frozen Chocolate Banana Swirl

Southern California is in the midst of a hot flash. Drag out the kiddie pool, glom on your scum screen and blend up something COLD. With weekend temperatures in the 80s, apparently we’ve skipped spring and gone straight to summer. Mid-March has delivered us ice cream weather, and by all means we will abide with nothing but enthusiasm and a brilliant two ingredient recipe. We call it the Chocolate Banana Swirl. Perfect if you have a pile of ripe bananas … Read more

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Chocolate Peppermint Mousse

Tired of cookies? Me too! Let’s try something that looks a little fancier, but is so simple. Start to finish, like 15 minutes. No joking. The hard part is waiting for it chill in the refrigerator. Tick-tock. Rich and chocolatey just waiting for you. Luckily there’s usually a spatula or a bowl to lick until then. You can try to make this recipe with plain old vegan chocolate chips, but I think they’re a little too sweet. What works best … Read more

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Snickerdoodles

Perfect for dipping in a warm cup of hot chocolate or sharing with the folks in the office, the snickerdoodle is a holiday staple. It’s basically a simple sugar cookie, made irresistible by rolling it in cinnamon sugar. And anything that ends in ‘doodle’ is just plain fun to say—with a name so whimsical and fanciful it lends itself to the holiday spirit. If you want the cookies to have the crackled edges, be sure to chill the dough. If … Read more

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Spontaneous Baking Party: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Bars

I try not to buy sweets. I like that Michael Pollan rule about how if you’re going to indulge, save it for things you make yourself. I think he underestimated my readiness to bake, but I like the idea—don’t buy chemically enhanced crap out of the vending machine that you’ll scarf down walking back to your desk. Make yourself something nice that you can savor. I am a creature of habit, and my habit is to have something tasty on … Read more

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Cupcakes So Good There’s No Way They’re Vegan — But They Totally Are!

This week the newest member of our family turned one. That thing that every person you know (and don’t know in line at Target) says about it going by way too fast is true. Completely true. We had a great day celebrating and we couldn’t have made it happen without the help of Isa Chandra and Terry Hope Romero’s Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. It’s a must own for all your celebrations. This birthday, we went with the basic … Read more

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Egg Substitutes

Long before I was a vegan, I was not a fan of the egg. Well, that didn’t come out quite right. I think eggs are great for making baby chickens, but at its core it’s kinda a gross thing to think about eating—it feels like something only a raccoon would do. In the same way that my brother had to bait my hook with that red wiggler when we were kids, my mom had to crack the eggs into my … Read more

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Wacky Grandma, Wacky Cake

My great grandmother was a product of the Depression. She never left a restaurant without a purse full of sugar packets and Smucker’s jam. Even loose buttons were carefully tucked away for future use. As a child her frugality was horrifying (I was knee-deep in the excess of the 80s), but looking back I have nothing but respect for her resourcefulness. Waste not, want not—simple as that. She was a tough lady that took ketchup packets from the Arby’s and … Read more

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Thin Mints Redux

Sometimes being vegan isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Especially in a world filled with nostalgic foods, like your grandma’s chicken and noodles, or maybe even worse, Girl Scout Cookies. I spent darn near a decade happily enlisted as a scout which makes it all the much harder to pass by without lending some support. And truth be told, those Thin Mints are the tastiest. I could easily mow through a sleeve in under ten minutes. That’s why this … Read more

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Fast Track to Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Is there anything more delectable than a chocolate covered strawberry? Seriously, this has to be the most romantical dessert and even better, it’s absurdly easy to make. For years now (creeping up on a decade) my husband and I have opted to forego the hectic, expensive night out for a quiet and relaxing — and might I add, much more romantic — night in. I recommend taking this Valentine’s Day to spend more time with your valentine and a little … Read more