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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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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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 Nantucket Cranberry Pie

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

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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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Mini Sweet Potato Casseroles

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, sweet potato, thanksgiving, Vegan

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Mini sweet potato casseroles are perfect for an intimate, one or two-person Thanksgiving celebration. This Thanksgiving is different in a lot of ways. But the excuse to make sweetly portioned, one and two-person recipes, has been sort of fun. Especially since my mom and I are two-person holiday veterans. It doesn’t get much cuter than these little vegan sweet potato casseroles. I tested them on a whim last week. I’ve now made them twice, not only because the holiday is approaching. They’re delicious,…

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Mashed Potato Holiday Bowls

Pierre Van Zylchickpeas, cranberry, Gluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, potatoes, Recipes, Soy-free, tempeh, thanksgiving, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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These vegan mashed potato holiday bowls are the perfect way to celebrate an intimate, low-key Thanksgiving or winter holiday. All the traditional favorites in one simple recipe! A lot of traditional Thanksgiving side dishes can easily be made vegan. So my focus at this time of year is usually on holiday main dishes. What will feel substantial and celebratory, equally pleasing to plant-based eaters and their omnivore friends and family? I’ve come up with many recipes I love over the years. Millet and…

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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 Corn Pudding

Pierre Van Zylcorn, Gluten-free, Holidays, pudding, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I know I just posted corn chowder, but it’s still corn season here, which means sweet corn is still on the menu. This vegan corn pudding is an easy, multipurpose side dish that straddles the space between savory and sweet. Pudding vs. casserole vs. soufflé I recently got Toni Tipton-Martin’s wonderful cookbook, Jubilee. Martin has a recipe for corn pudding that she describes as “a way for families to enjoy corn in a lush custard.” She also notes that corn pudding is also…

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Creamy Avocado Macaroni Salad

Pierre Van Zylavocado, Gluten-free, grilling, Holidays, No Oil, pasta salad, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, Recipes, serves a crowd, Sides, Soy-free, summer, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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When I first became vegan, I spent a lot of time cooking dishes that were unfamiliar to me. I sampled new ingredients, including tempeh, quinoa, and a slew of other grains and legumes. Now that I’ve been vegan for more than a little while, I find myself gravitating toward comfort foods and nostalgic dishes. This has been especially true lately, with all of the uncertainty and unrest in the world. Macaroni salad was a childhood favorite of mine, and this creamy avocado macaroni…

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Smoky Glazed Carrot Dogs

Pierre Van Zylcarrots, fourth of july, Gluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, summer, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’ve been thinking about Fourth of July recipes that I would share if I weren’t socially distancing, which I still will be late next week, as NYC moves further into phase 2 of reopening. It’ll be a different holiday this year, but just as I observed my birthday with birthday cake and my mother’s birthday with carrot cake, I’ll still make it a long weekend of festive, summery recipes. These sweet and smoky glazed carrot dogs included. This was my first time making…

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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 Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache Glaze

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

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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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Moroccan Sweet Potatoes

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Holiday lesson #1: Things (often) don’t go to plan. I watch a lot of reruns of The Great British Baking Show, and in many episodes there’s a moment when a baker presents something that’s falling apart, or sinking in the middle, or only halfway decorated. One of the judges will smile sympathetically, and say “looks…

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Granola Bark

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soy-free, Sweets, Vegan

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I’ve been enjoying my holiday baking this year, but it’s nice to whip up a sweet treat that not only doesn’t involve baking, but also doesn’t involve cleaning my food processor or blender. This recipe for vegan dark chocolate granola bark is so easy, not to mention festive, fun, and adaptable.  The star of the…

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Cinnamon Spice Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pierre Van Zylcake, Cakes, cinnamon, Desserts, Gluten-free, holiday, Holidays, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This vegan cinnamon spice sheet cake with cream cheese frosting is my answer to the many recipe flops I’ve had lately: a delicious, fragrant, festive cake that isn’t overly complex or difficult to make/decorate. When I first thought about making this cake, I thought it would be a gingerbread cake, modeled after this beloved recipe….

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Easy No Bake Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie

Pierre Van Zylchocolate, Gluten-free, Holidays, pie, Pies & Tarts, Recipes, thanksgiving, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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For the most part, turning on my oven at this time of year feels like a treat, rather than a burden. I love to bake, and I love it especially during the holidays. But when you’re jet-lagged and catching up on work and very possibly catching a cold, it’s not necessarily the time to be…

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Red Lentil Chickpea Loaf & Simple Vegan Mushroom Gravy

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, loaf, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sauces, Soy-free, thanksgiving, Vegan, vegan holidays

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I’m far from home as I write this post—an adventure I’ll share more about soon! Being in a very new place makes writing about a cozy holiday recipe all the sweeter and more meaningful. This red lentil chickpea loaf with simple vegan mushroom gravy is my Thanksgiving dish for 2019. But it’s simple and memorable…

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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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Roasted Butternut & Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Recipes, salad, Salads, Sides, Small Plates, Soy-free, thanksgiving, Vegan

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It’s about time for a few Thanksgiving recipes 🙂 My last few holidays have been simple, and my recipes have followed suit. This roasted butternut & shaved Brussels sprout salad looks festive and has a lot of nice contrast in textures, but it comes together with only a few main ingredients. Leftovers of the creamy…

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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

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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

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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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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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Wholesome Vegan Lentil, Mushroom & Kale Lasagna

Pierre Van Zylcasseroles, comfort food, Gluten-free, Holidays, lasagna, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Since September, I’ve been telling myself that this is a year for soups, stews, easy grain dishes, sheet pan meals, and other low maintenance cooking endeavors. It’s true in many ways: soup, for example, has been a mainstay during my internship because it’s easy to make and yields a ton of food for freezing/reheating. With…

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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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Simple Vegan Creamed Spinach

Pierre Van Zylcreamed spinach, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, Holidays, No Oil, Recipes, Side Dish, Sides, spinach, spinach dip, Tree Nut Free

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Creamed spinach is one of those dishes that sounded a little old-fashioned to me even when I was a kid. We didn’t eat it at home, but my mom had a soft spot for it—as she did, and still does, for most classic comfort fare—and so I tasted it a few times when she ordered…

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Delicious Christmas Recipes That Won’t Leave You in a Food Coma

Pierre Van Zylchocolate, christmas, cookies, dinner, eat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, Holidays, lunch, Recipes, refined sugar free, savoury, Sweets, xmas

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Whether you are a grinch or a Christmas die hard, its hard to argue against some good Christmas recipes. Because ’tis the season for food. Whilst I am all for indulging in your not-so healthy Christmas faves (because Christmas only comes around once a year), the post too much turkey and Christmas cake bloat isn’t…

Vegan Cashew Espresso Truffles

Pierre Van Zylchocolate, cookies, Gluten-free, Holidays, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, Sweets, truffles, Vegan

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Tis the season for all things sweet. Last year at this time, I was savoring dark chocolate pear cake and whipping up loaf after loaf of braided challah. That’s what I’d like to be doing right now, too, but I’ve found that baking isn’t a treat when it’s squeezed into my busy weekends these days….

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Wild Rice Vegan Stuffing with Roasted Sweet Potato & Apple

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, stuffing, thanksgiving, Tree Nut Free, wild rice

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Normally in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving I’d be excitedly planning a menu, bookmarking recipes and testing desserts (quality control, right?). This year, because of the DI, the holiday will be abbreviated, and if I’m being honest, days of cooking beforehand will be the last thing I want to do. Mom and I are…

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Wild Rice Vegan Stuffing with Roasted Sweet Potato & Apple

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, stuffing, thanksgiving, Tree Nut Free, wild rice

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Normally in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving I’d be excitedly planning a menu, bookmarking recipes and testing desserts (quality control, right?). This year, because of the DI, the holiday will be abbreviated, and if I’m being honest, days of cooking beforehand will be the last thing I want to do. Mom and I are…

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