Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cookies, dessert, Recipes, Vegan


This is a plant-based version of traditional thumbprint cookies! The cookies are buttery and tender, and they have a sweet pocket of jam in the center. They’re also totally dairy-free. I made these vegan thumbprint cookies a couple weeks before Christmas. I had every intention of posting the recipe on Christmas eve, in tandem with making the cookies again myself and bringing them to my mom’s apartment. We know how that went. But one of the silver linings of Quarantine Christmas 2021 is…

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Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Pierre Van Zylcookies, dessert, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


An old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie can’t be beat! These vegan oatmeal raisin cookies have perfect, chewy texture. They’re made with wholesome rolled oats, and they’re perfect with a glass of non-dairy milk. The holiday season is often a time for elaborate cooking and baking. It’s my busiest time of year in the kitchen for sure, and I tend to save my most ambitious desserts for November and December. In spite of this, or maybe because of it, I like to take breaks from…

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Classic Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Pierre Van Zylbaking, dessert, Holidays, Pies & Tarts, Soy-free, Vegan


There’s nothing I love better than a slice of classic vegan pumpkin pie during the holiday season. This version uses cashews for an ultra-creamy consistency and features a traditional, flaky vegan pie crust. I have very positive feelings about pie. I like apple, cherry, pecan, blueberry, peach, chocolate mousse, key lime, and most of the classic pie flavors. But if I had to choose only one pie to eat, it would without a doubt be pumpkin pie. I love all things pumpkin, and…

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Tofu Whipped Cream

Pierre Van Zyldessert, Gluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Vegan


This vegan tofu whipped cream is made with silken tofu, cashews, and maple syrup. It’s a dairy-free, whole foods spin on whipped cream that’s rich in healthful fats and protein. Plus, it’s versatile and easy to make! We’re coming up on the season of festive desserts. From pie to cake to brownies and beyond, it’s the jolliest time of year to bake. With all of that baking comes the need for simple decorations. And while I’m a pretty decent baker, the truth is…

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Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, dessert, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian


Gluten free apple crumble is easier than pie but just as delicious! Made with almond flour and chopped nuts, this gluten free apple crisp is the perfect fall dessert! Naturally …
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20 Irresistable Vegan Cake Recipes

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Cakes, dessert, Gluten-free, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan


If I could eat only one type of dessert for the rest of my life, it would be cake. Here are 20 irresistable vegan cake recipes for celebrations big and small. Plus, my favorite vegan carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! There are all kinds of dessert people in the world. Me, I’m a cake person. It’s not that I don’t love pie, ice cream, cheesecake, cobbler, cookies, or crisp. I’ll happily eat any of those things. But cake has a special place…

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Almond Flour Banana Muffins

Pierre Van ZylAll Recipes, Dairy-free, dessert, Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegan


Almond flour banana muffins are the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. Tender, moist and so flavorful, these vegan almond flour banana muffins are naturally gluten free, egg free and easy …
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Vegan Vanilla Cake

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


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


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


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


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 Carrot Cake Cookies with Cashew Frosting

Pierre Van Zyldessert, Gluten-free, Recipes, Vegan


Gluten free carrot cake cookies are the perfect healthy snack or dessert! You could even make these for breakfast! These vegan carrot cake cookies with cashew frosting are everything you love about carrot cake but in cookie form! Made with shredded car…

Magical Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

Pierre Van Zylbaking, dessert, Recipes, Vegan


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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Silken Tofu Chocolate Pudding

Pierre Van Zyldessert, Gluten-free, No Oil, Recipes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


Silken tofu chocolate pudding is an easy-to-make vegan dessert that tastes rich, but uses nutritious, protein-packed silken tofu as a base. Let’s wrap up the year with something sweet, yes? There’s a lot of pressure to relinquish sweets at this time of year. Online recipe content switches suddenly from holiday treats to wholesome, sensible fare for a new year. I can understand the impulse to get back to basics in January. After lots of holiday cooking, simplicity feels good. But sweet and simple…

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Vegan Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Pierre Van Zylcake, Cakes, cranberries, dessert, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, Soy-free, Vegan


Vegan Nantucket cranberry pie is inspired by Laurie Colwin’s classic recipe. It’s a cake, not a pie, and it couldn’t be easier to make! The perfect last minute holiday dessert. I chose a weird year to go all out with Thanksgiving cooking, but it’s happening. At the time of this writing, I’ve got two desserts in the works. I’ve also got green bean casserole, classic bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, and two types of cranberry sauce. Then there’s the Gardein holiday roast that I…

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Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Pierre Van ZylDairy-free, dessert, Gluten-free, high protein, Recipes, Vegan


Peanut butter protein cookies are soft, chewy and the perfect dessert or afternoon snack! Just like the peanut butter cookies you grew up with, these peanut butter protein powder cookies are so easy to make, all you need is 1 bowl and a spoon! Packed w…

Vegan Cherry Hand Pies

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


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


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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Vegan Cherry Cobbler

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


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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Vegan Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

Pierre Van Zylcherries, chocolate, dessert, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, ice cream, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, summer, Vegan


It is most definitely and officially ice cream season here in New York. Within only a few weeks, we had the typical spring to summer transition of suddenly moving from intermittently warm and cool days to sticky, humid, sunny ones. I don’t mind it one bit—it makes it easier to put on my mask and get outside—but I’m craving cool treats. This vegan chocolate cherry ice cream is hitting the spot! I’d say that this ice cream is a nice balance of effort…

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Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache Glaze

Pierre Van Zylcake, Cakes, chocolate, dessert, Holidays, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, valentines day


I didn’t get to posting this delicious vegan chocolate bundt cake with chocolate ganache glaze last week, but I did get around to enjoying it. And I’ve got a few slices left in my freezer as a Valentine’s Day gift to myself 🙂 It’s no secret by now that I have a thing for cake. Even within the wonderful world of cake, I have favorites, and bundt cakes are high on the list. I love the domed and decorative shapes, the simplicity of…

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Vegan Halloween Whoopie Pies

Pierre Van Zylcake, Cakes, cookies, dessert, Gluten-free, halloween, Holidays, Recipes, Soy-free, Sweets, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, whoopie pies


As I was sitting down to write this post I thought I’d make a joke about how it was the first dessert I’d posted in ages that isn’t cake. But then I realized that of course whoopie pies are cake. Just small cakes, shaped into a sandwich with their icing. So the cake parade continues…

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Vegan Torta di Mele (Italian Apple Cake)

Pierre Van Zylcake, Cakes, dessert, Holidays, italian, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


This post is sponsored by La Cucina Italiana. Thank you for your support! In spite of the fact that I always associate autumn and the holidays with apple pie, cake is and always will be my one true dessert. I’ve made a lot of cake in the past couple years, from PB & J swirl…

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