Vegan Cherry Pie

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Fruit Desserts, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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A classic American dessert goes vegan! This vegan sweet cherry pie screams summer. It’s made with a traditional, flaky, double pie crust. What fruit dessert says summer more than sweet cherry pie? I made this beauty on the 4th of July this year, while I was staying with friends near the beach. It was far from my first cherry dessert—cherry cobbler, cherry bars, and cherry chocolate ice cream are all favorites—but it was my first vegan cherry pie. Success! Yes, this dessert is…

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Vegan Vanilla Cake

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, dessert, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is the best vegan vanilla cake! A simple sponge cake is layered with luxurious vegan buttercream frosting. It’s elegant, classic, and unbeatable for birthday celebrations. With a birthday just behind me, I’ve had vegan cake on my mind more than usual! This vegan vanilla cake is perfect for birthdays. It’s also a classy, elegant layer cake that can be part of any celebration or special event. With the exception of whatever decorations you’re into, this cake is frill and fuss-free. Three layers…

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Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, dessert, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Snacks, Vegan

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These vegan banana walnut muffins are the perfect breakfast treat! They’re sweetened with ripe bananas and have a little crunch from chopped walnuts. They’re so easy to make, and you can freeze them for future morning meals or snacks. With Mother’s Day approaching, I’ve had big plans to make my mom some sort of vegan cake. Last year, at the height of lockdown, I carried my homemade carrot cake 15 blocks to my mother’s apartment, trying not to stumble or fall as I…

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Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Pierre Van Zylbaking, butter, Cakes, cream cheese, cupcakes, dessert, Gluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, Vegan

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These vegan carrot cake cupcakes have all of the goodness of traditional carrot cake, in an adorable, single-serve package! They’re the perfect treat for springtime, and they’re also great for birthdays and other celebrations. With Easter Sunday rolling around this weekend, I thought it might be a good time for vegan carrot cake. There’s no shortage of carrot cake on this blog. I have a pumpkin carrot cake, which I love to make in the fall. And then there’s my favorite vegan carrot…

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Baked Stuffed Apples

Pierre Van Zylapples, baking, Breakfast, dessert, fruit, fruit dessert, Fruit Desserts, Recipes, Vegan

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These vegan baked stuffed apples are a delicious, wholesome treat! Enjoy the benefits of whole fruit with a warm, delicious streusel filling. The apples are perfect for snacking, dessert, or breakfast. Apples are just about my favorite fruit, and I’m very lucky that they’re in season pretty much year-round where I live. I love eating apples every which way: raw, as a snack, in a crisp, cubed and baked, in cake, in slaw, and even in soup. These baked stuffed apples are going…

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Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Pierre Van Zylbaking, bread, Holidays, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, quick breads, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Vegan Irish soda bread is a simple, dairy-free version of the classic quick bread! It calls for straightforward pantry ingredients and is so easy to make—no kneading or yeast required. I may be having a hard time with cooking, but I’m not having a hard time with soda bread! Of course I’m not. Soda bread is famously simple and low-stress. There’s no extensive kneading required, no yeast or rising times, no starter to keep alive. Just flour, baking soda, salt, butter, and vegan…

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Magical Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

Pierre Van Zylbaking, dessert, Recipes, Vegan

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This vegan sticky toffee pudding is nothing short of magical! A plant-based spin on the classic dessert, made with gooey dates. The cake features whole grain flour and uses a creamy, cashew-based sauce in place of traditional toffee sauce. I think I’ve just found my new favorite dessert. It’s a combination of my favorite type of dessert (cake) and one of my favorite plant-based ingredients, Medjool dates. Plus a cashew maple sauce that tastes surprisingly like toffee, but is just a little more…

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Whole Wheat Raisin Bars

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Bars, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Whole wheat raisin bars are a perfect cross between a wholesome snack bar and a buttery cookie. Freezer-friendly and great for meal prep! You know those recipes that drastically exceed expectations? These whole wheat raisin bars are one of them. I had the idea for the recipe in my mind. I suspected I’d like them. After all, it’s not hard to sell me on soft, cookie-like layers of dough and a dried fruit center.  But the bars turned out to be so much…

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The Best Vegan Gingerbread Cake

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Cakes, Gluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This is an unfussy, uncomplicated, delightful vegan gingerbread cake. It’s light and airy, not dense, and every bite is infused with ginger and cinnamon. I know it takes a little moxie to call a recipe “the best” anything. I also know that there’s really no “best” version of a dish. Especially a classic, beloved dish. Taste is so subjective. But sometimes it’s hard to contain one’s excitement about a recipe. And I really, really love this vegan gingerbread cake. So I can’t help…

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Vegan Cherry Hand Pies

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cherries, dessert, Fruit Desserts, Holidays, Recipes, Vegan

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These vegan cherry hand pies are delicious and adorable! The flaky crust and sweet filling of cherry pie in a single, hand-held serving. Great for the holiday season. These vegan cherry hand pies are my first foray into festive recipe testing for this year’s Thanksgiving. It’ll be a low-key holiday, given the circumstances—just me and mom. But I’m never sorry for a chance to prepare a plant-based feast. My love of sweet cherries is no big secret. I especially love baking with them….

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Vegan Apple Cider Cupcakes

Pierre Van Zylapple cider, baking, Cakes, cupcakes, dessert, fall, Gluten-free, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These vegan apple cider cupcakes are the perfect autumn treat! They’re sweetened with apple cider, spiced with cinnamon, and topped with rich swirls of vegan cream cheese frosting. For all my love of cake, I don’t make cupcakes nearly enough. I associate them with birthdays and special occasions, rather than everyday dessert cravings or snacking. But why? Cupcakes are just a different presentation of cake, and cake is something I make all of the time. From banana cake to peanut butter and jelly…

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Classic Vegan Zucchini Bread

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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How is it that in all of this time blogging and baking things, I’ve never posted a classic vegan zucchini bread recipe? I’m correcting that today, having happily enjoyed this moist, tender loaf in the past week. This is a really great thing to do with all the zucchini that might be stacking up at your local farmer’s market. Or, if you have a garden and it’s teeming with zucchini right now, this is one place that your vegetables can go. Why this…

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Vegan Cherry Cobbler

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cherries, cobbler, dessert, fruit dessert, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, Recipes, Soy-free, summer, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’ve been on a major cherry kick this summer. Aside from snacking on dark sweet cherries from the Northwest, I’ve been roasting them by the pound. I serve them over ice cream and overnight oats, sometimes on toast and a few weeks ago, I even put a bunch of them into chocolate cherry ice cream. Today, I’m sharing a vegan cherry cobbler that’s given me many days of delightful dessert leftovers. Sweet cherries are so easy to love. There’s the natural sweetness, of…

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The Best Vegan Strawberry Scones

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, coconut, Fruit Desserts, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, scones, Snacks, Soy-free, strawberries, summer, Vegan

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I can eat strawberries by the pint during these summer months. I have no objections to enjoying them just as they are, with vegan yogurt, or with some cashew whipped cream. However, I’m also delighted to bake with my them, which is what I was up to last week. These are the best vegan strawberry scones I’ve had. They might also be the best vegan scones I’ve made myself! I’ve always loved scones, but I didn’t actually discover them until high school. There…

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Vegan Corn & Jam Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, cornbread, Gluten-free, Holidays, jam, muffins, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s strange to feel wiped out at a time when I’m almost always home, my evenings are always free, and work isn’t particularly crazy. But I’ve felt amazingly tired this week, all the same. Part of it is an accumulation of failed recipes, which always knocks the wind out of my sails. But I think that I’m being impacted by my environment, too. My days are very routine, and they’re peaceful in many ways, but there’s still the weight of changed lifestyle and…

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Vegan Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

Pierre Van Zylbaking, bread, Holidays, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Last weekend, I made my favorite carrot cake for Easter Sunday. Today is Orthodox Easter, which is the Easter I grew up with, and it felt right to once again share something that I associate strongly with the holiday. I couldn’t share anything but tsoureki (τσουρέκι). Tsoureki doesn’t have to be Easter bread. It’s a sweet, Greek holiday bread that’s also shared at other times of the year. When I was growing up, we got it twice yearly: once on the first day…

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My Favorite Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, carrot cake, Easter, Holidays, mother's day, Recipes, Soy-free, spring, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I woke up yesterday with a little more lightness in my heart than had been there earlier this week. And when I’m feeling lighthearted, my first instinct is to bake. There are so many things I might have posted on this Easter Sunday. Hot cross buns, which I’ve been wanting to make (and make well—my last batch was a total fail) for a while. Pie. A brunch dish, like French toast. Chocolate eggs. Any number of different cakes. But all I’ve been able…

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Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, chocolate, muffins, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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When things feel particularly uncertain or unknowable, it’s usually my first instinct to bake. Baking sweet things is one of the ways that I remind myself of the sweetness of life, especially when I’m getting lots of reminders to the contrary. And there’s comfort in the ritual, too: baking, measuring, following a recipe. Baking is more science than art, and the precision is part of what I find soothing. This was one of those happy baking projects in which I was pretty sure…

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Perfect Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, banana, Breakfast, chocolate chips, muffins, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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You may be wondering how I’ve never made a vegan banana chocolate chip muffin before? I’m wondering too. I’ve made banana muffins, banana bread, and I have no objections to putting chocolate into just about any baked good (oatmeal, blondies, scones). It was only a matter of time until I tried this combo in a…

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Vegan Sweet Cherry Bars and 20 Reasons to Eat Sweet Cherries in 2020

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Bars, Breakfast, cherries, Gluten-free, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, Sweets, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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We all know that this season—the transition of one calendar year to another—can be loaded with messages about food and diet that are anything but wholesome. I don’t like to enter into a new year with any intentions of restriction, elimination, or deprivation. But I do greet January as a time to consider how my…

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Wholesome Vegan Pumpkin Oat Scones

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, Holidays, oats, one degree organics, Recipes, scones, Soy-free, Sweets, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, whole grains

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As mentioned in a few posts already this fall, I’ve officially given into pumpkin season. These wholesome vegan pumpkin oat scones are a perfect way to celebrate fall baking while also indulging the desire for treats that are a little less sweet, and a little more nutritious, than others. I’ve found that there tend to…

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Vegan Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Muffins

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, fall, Holidays, muffins, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, pumpkin, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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I taught a vegan baking class at Ovenly last week, which was a lot of fun. We made brownies and muffins (these ones). The former were of course richer and more decadent and in many ways the star of the class. But at the end of the night, when I was on my way home,…

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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Cakes, chocolate, frosting, peanut butter, Recipes, Soy-free, Sweets, Vegan, vegan baking, vegan frosting

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Remember how, a couple weekends ago, I mentioned a recent battle with vegan cupcake recipe testing? These are the cupcakes I was fighting for. They were, and are, so worth the effort and refining it took to get them just right. It wasn’t so much the cupcake batter that gave me a hard time.I used…

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Vegan Golden Milk Cake with Coconut Frosting

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, golden milk, Recipes, Soy-free, Superfoods, Tree Nut Free, turmeric, Vegan

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Sooner or later I should post a dessert recipe that isn’t cake, right? I guess I just can’t help myself. Placed in a room full of every vegan dessert imaginable, cake would be my first choice every time. But give me time: once the internship eases up I’ll be baking more treats, and they can’t…

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Vegan Golden Milk Cake with Coconut Frosting

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, golden milk, Recipes, Soy-free, Superfoods, Tree Nut Free, turmeric, Vegan

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Sooner or later I should post a dessert recipe that isn’t cake, right? I guess I just can’t help myself. Placed in a room full of every vegan dessert imaginable, cake would be my first choice every time. But give me time: once the internship eases up I’ll be baking more treats, and they can’t…

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Grain Free Vegan Pistachio Coconut Lemon Cake

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, Gluten-free, Holidays, passover, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan

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Happy Monday, friends, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed my thoughts on the mini-trip home. On Friday, I’ll be celebrating Passover with some chosen family: my closest friend from college, Jordan, his parents and his siblings. I felt close to Jordy’s family even back as an undergraduate, in spite of the fact that I…

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Whole Grain Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cookies, Recipes, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, whole grains

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Baking tends to get a lot of attention in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays, yet it’s often overlooked in January. Perhaps this is because the holidays are regarded as a time to celebrate and indulge, while the arrival of a new year prompts a lot of focus on healthful eating. In my…

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5 Ways with Greek Yoghurt

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, eat, Health + Nutrition, health tips, healthy, meal prep, protein, Recipes, refined sugar free, Snacks, top tips, yoghurt

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Greek yoghurt is high in protein, all-natural, and makes for a fabulous substitution for a lot of other less-healthy ingredients in baking and cooking. I was never really a big fan of yoghurt until I tried the Greek versions – it’s strained to produce a thicker, creamier texture. Not dissimilar to loosely whipped cream, the stiffness…

Apple Berry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Pierre Van Zylbaked goods, baking, Breakfast, Gluten-free, No Oil, oatmeal, on-the-go, Recipes, Snacks, Soy-free, student life, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s no secret that baked oatmeal is one of my favorite, make-ahead breakfast options. I love warm oats, and for most of the last few years it’s been no trouble to cook them on the stovetop, traditionally. When I’m rushing out the door, though—and lately, that’s how mornings seem to go—simmering even rolled oats can…

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