Some of Our Favorite VEGAN Recipes

vegan recipes

Most of these recipes are tried and true "veganized" recipes from old cookbooks, family, and friends. If you have any questions/comments, please contact

Sweets Appetizers, Entrees, Dips, Breads, etc.

Cakes, Muffins & Donuts

Banana Bread (Chocolate Chip)
Carrot Cake
Cherry Almond Coffee Squares
Chocolate Cake (with variety of frostings)
Cupcakes, Vanilla
Donuts, Raised
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake/Loaf
Pumpkin Bars
Pumpkin Cake Roll
Rhubarb Cake
Rhubarb Cheesecake Squares
Rhubarb Muffins
Streusel Coffeecake
Fruit Filling for Coffeecake
Zucchini Bread
Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Cookies & Bars

Butterscotch Bars
Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pecan Cookies/Bars
Chocolate Frosted Cookies
Chocolate-dipped Peanut Butter Cookies
Fudge Revel Bars
Ginger Snaps
Lemon (or Lime) Bars w/ Toasted Coconut
Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies
Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
Toffee Nut Bars
Creme Filled Carrot Cake Cookies
Double Chocolate Brownie Drops


Cheesecake! Compassionate
Chocolate Pudding
Indistinguishable Vegan Cheesecake

Nice Cream Cake
Peach Cobbler
Pumpkin Pie


Crumb “Donut Holes” Raw
Black Forest Chocolate "Cheesecake"
White Chocolate Strawberry "Cheesecake"

Other Sweets

Bonbons -- Coconut
Bonbons -- Peanut Butter
Caramel Corn
Sweetened Condensed Vegan Milk


Egg-Free Rolls, Avocado "Egg" Rolls
Egg-Free Rolls, Cabbage "Egg" Rolls

Dips, Salsas & Sauces

Caesar Dressing/Sauce
Fresh Sweet Corn Avocado Salsa

Ranch Dressing
Sesame Eggplant Salsa
Sour Cream
Taco Dip Party Platter
Vegan Worcestershire Sauce


Bacon Seitan
French Toast
Rhubarb Muffins
Scrambled Tofu
Streusel Coffeecake
Fruit Filling for Coffeecake

Main Courses, Entrées, Salads, etc.

Calzones (little pizza pockets)
Chicken-Free Salad (Beyond Meat)
Chicken-Free Noodle Soup
Coconut Curry Tofu
Garlic Pepper Tofu with Broccoli
Foccacia (thick pizza bread)
Green Bean Casserole
Herbed Potato Salad
Pasta Salad with Roasted Eggplant
Philly Sandwich
Pizza Dough
Ricotta-Style Filling
Sausage / Brats
Seitan (homemade!)
Seitan Sandwich Deli Slices
Sloppy Joes
Smothered Burritos
Southern-Fried Tofu
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Stuffing or Stuffing "Balls"
Tater Tot Hotdish
Tofeta (feta cheese style tofu)
Twice Baked Potatoes
Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Almonds


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vegan banana bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1/3 cup vegan butter/margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour (add chocolate chips and/or nuts with flour)
1/2 cup (or a little less) pecans
1/2 cup (or a little less) chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup vegan milk (soy, rice, almond, hemp, etc.)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream margarine and sugar, then stir in the flour, chocolate chips, nuts, baking powder, and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into an oiled (or non-stick) 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" bread pan. Bake for 40 minutes, cover with foil after 40 minutes, put back in oven and bake an additional 10 minutes (50 minutes total). Remove from oven and then remove loaf from pan in about 10 minutes and cool on a rack (so bottom doesn't get steamy/soggy).

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vegan carrot cake

Vegan Carrot Cake

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
3 egg equivalents like Ener-G Egg Replacer
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained well
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream oil, sugar and egg-replacer well. Add pineapple and grated carrots and mix well. Sift/mix flour, soda, salt and cinnamon together then add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla last. Beat well and bake in two round cake pan to layer. 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Vegan Cream Cheeze Frosting for Carrot Cake
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup full-fat (not whipped) vegan margarine
3 ounces vegan cream cheese (we like Tofutti brand)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir/whip frosting, but don't whip too long or it will go flat.

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vegan cherry almond bars

Cherry Almond Coffee Squares

1 cup Tofutti Sour Supreme
¼ cup water
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 3 eggs
1 package of vegan white or yellow cake mix
21 oz cherry pie filling
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted

2 tablespoons soy or rice milk
1 ½ cups powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease and flour a jelly roll pan (15 ½ x 10 ½ x 1”). Mix sour cream, water and egg replacer; stir in cake mix until moistened. (Batter will be slightly lumpy.) Spread into pan. Drop pie filling by generous spoonfuls onto batter. Bake until cake springs back, 25-30 minutes. Cool. Sprinkle with almonds; drizzle with glaze. (Glaze may need a couple of extra drops of milk.)

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vegan chocolate cake

Dark Chocolate Cake (with variety of frostings -- see below)

1 ¼ c all purpose flour
1/3 c cocoa
1 t baking soda
6 T vegan butter
1 c sugar
1 c dairy-free milk
1 T white vinegar
½ t vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two 8-inch round pans with cooking spray.  In bowl, stir flour, cocoa and baking soda.  In saucepan, melt margarine; stir in sugar.  Remove from heat.  Add milk, vinegar and vanilla to mixture in saucepan; stir.  Add dry ingredients; whisk until well blended.  Pour evenly into pans.  Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool.  Fill with frosting and frost top.  Makes 12 servings. 

One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting:
6 T vegan butter, softened
cocoa—1/3 c for light flavor
              ½ c for medium flavor
              ¾ c for dark flavor
2 2/3 c unsifted confectioners’ sugar
1/3 c dairy-free milk
1 t vanilla extract

Cream margarine in small mixer bowl.  Add cocoa and sugar alternately with milk; beat to spreading consistency (additional tablespoon of milk may be needed).  Blend in vanilla.  Makes about 2 cups frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting/Filling:
1 ½ c confectioners’ sugar
½ c creamy peanut butter
¼ c margarine, softened
2-3 T dairy-free milk

Mix all ingredients to desired consistency.

I like to use the peanut butter frosting as filling and top with chocolate frosting.  If you want to do something fancy, you can double the cake recipe and bake it in 2 jelly roll pans, then cut the cakes into 3 strips per pan (the long way), frost the strips with the peanut butter filling, roll the first one up like a jelly roll, stand it upright, then add each subsequent strip by smooshing it onto the jelly roll pillar so you will end up with a chocolate cake with concentric peanut butter filling circles.  Secure (tighten up) the layers by using waxed paper or aluminum foil wrapped around the circumference of the cake and taped together.  It should be pretty snug.  Then freeze it overnight before frosting it with the chocolate frosting.  When the cake is cut, it will have vertical peanut butter stripes and is very decadent.

Fluffy Vanilla Frosting

Another frosting that goes great with this cake is this almost marshmallowy white frosting.  You can add coconut for extra flavor and texture.

3/4 c shortening
1/4 t salt
1/3 c Better Than Milk powdered rice milk
1/2 c water
1 t vanilla
5 c unsifted powdered sugar

Beat the shortening until softened.  Combine the ingredients.   Mix at medium speed 3 minutes and high speed 5 minutes until light and fluffy. 

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vanilla cupcake

Vanilla Cupcakes

This is one of the few recipes that isn't one of our old family favorites. But it's a NEW family favorite. It comes driectly from Chef Chloe, winner of Food Network's "Cupcake Wars"! Find the recipe, cookbooks, and other great stuff on Chloe's site here. For frosting, use your favorite or see other cake/frosting recipes on this page.

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup soy, almond, or rice milk
½ cup canola oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1 (12-cup) cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together nondairy milk, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not over mix.
Fill the cupcake liners about two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean with a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.

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vegan donut holes

Raised Donuts

Converted into a cruelty-free recipe from an old magazine

Makes about 4 dozen good sized donut holes.
Best when still warm and fresh!

½ cup soy milk
½ cup water
1 package (2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast)
½ cup sugar
6 Tablespoons vegan butter
1 teaspoon salt
3 ¼ to 3 ½ cup flour
vegetable oil for deep frying
sugar glaze or cinnamon sugar (see recipes below)

In a large bowl stir together soy milk (heated to lukewarm) and water (heated to lukewarm) and yeast. Let stand 5 minutes till foamy.

Add sugar and margarine and whisk till well combined (some lumps of margarine will remain).

Add salt and 2 cups of the flour and beat in a mixer until smooth. Stir in 1 ¼ of the remaining flour to form a soft but manageable dough. On a lightly floured surface (or with a kneading hook in a mixer) knead the dough for 2 minutes and let stand 10 minutes.

Then continue kneading dough kneading in enough of the remaining ¼ cup flour to keep dough from sticking. Put dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning it to coat it and let it rise, covered, in a warm place for 1 ½ hours or until double in size (or can let rise in refrigerator overnight).

On a lightly floured surface roll dough out to ½” thick and cut out donuts (can use a donut cutter with donut holes or just cut them into about 1 ½” squares). Transfer pieces to wax paper and let rise, covered lightly, for about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Heat 2-3” of oil in a kettle to about 375 degrees (medium high on a stove top). Drop in 4-6 donuts or 6-8 donut holes at a time and turn them as the surface and brown. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes or until golden. Transfer to paper towel.

While still warm, dip in glaze or sugar.

Sugar Glaze (for raised donuts)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 Tablespoons water
pinch of salt
Whisk together

Cinnamon Sugar (for raised donuts)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Mix together

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vegan lemon poppy seed cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

2 ½ c flour
½ c vegetable oil
3/4 c sugar
1 egg replacer (we use Ener-G Egg Replacer)
¼ c poppy seeds
2 t vanilla extract
1 T baking powder
1 T grated lemon rind

Lemon Syrup:
3/4 t salt
¼ c lemon juice
1 ¼ c dairy-free milk
¼ c sugar
1 t grated lemon rind

1-Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan with margarine. (For whatever reason, in my notes I have written “don’t use cooking spray”.)

2-In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, sesame seeds, baking powder, lemon rind, and salt. In a small bowl, combine the milk, oil, egg replacer and vanilla. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture just until the flour mixture is moistened. Do not over mix. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

3-Bake the bread 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Prepare the Lemon Syrup: In a 1-quart saucepan, heat the lemon juice and sugar to boiling. Stir in the lemon rind; remove from heat. Make a series of toothpick holes in the top of the bread. Pour the lemon syrup over the bread. Cool the bread in the pan until all the syrup is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

[The original recipe was called “Lemon Sesame Loaf” and calls for ½ c toasted sesame seeds, but I prefer poppy seeds. Also, the original recipe says to bake the bread in a loaf pan, but I could never get the middle to bake through, so switched to baking it in a cake pan.]

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vegan pumpkin bars

Pumpkin Bars

Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 4 eggs
15 oz can of pumpkin (with spices added*)
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons cinnamon

*If you don't have canned pumpkin with spices, you can add your own spices to plain canned pumpkin: 3/4 tsp. ginger, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg.

3 oz Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
6 tablespoons vegan margarine
1½ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon dairy-free milk

Beat egg replacer, pumpkin, and oil; add remaining ingredients and mix. Bake 350 to 375 degrees F in11"x17" jelly roll pan for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Frost when cool.

For frosting, mix all ingredients together until smooth. Add more powdered sugar or milk to reach desired consistency.

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pumpkin roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll

3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup chopped walnuts
sifted powdered sugar

6 oz Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
¼ cup vegan margarine
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sifted powdered sugar

Grease and lightly flour a 15 x 10 x 1” jelly roll pan. (You can use parchment paper on the bottom of the pan instead of greasing it to make sure the cake doesn’t stick.) Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, salt and nutmeg. In a small mixer bowl beat egg replacer at high speed of an electric mixer about 5 minutes or until thick and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until sugar dissolves. Stir in pumpkin and lemon juice. Fold dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake in a 375 degree oven 12-15 minutes.

Immediately loosen edges of cake from pan and turn out onto a towel sprinkled with sifted powdered sugar. Starting with the narrow end, roll warm cake and the towel together, nuts on outside of the roll. Cool on a wire rack.

For filling, beat Better Than Cream Cheese, margarine and vanilla until smooth. Beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Unroll cake, spread with filling. Roll up cake (without the towel). Chill until serving time. (Tastes good partially frozen as well.) Makes 10 servings.

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Rhubarb Cake
Lasca Flitter's old family recipe from Minnesota

1 ½ cups brown sugar
½ cup vegetable shortening
1 Ener-G egg replacer
1 cup sour vegan milk (to create "sour milk" -- add one tablespoon white vinegar to one cup minus one tablespoon milk and let sit for a few minutes)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 ½ cups raw chopped rhubarb

¼ cup white sugar or cane sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix sugar, shortening, “egg”, vegan milk, vanilla, and salt.
Add flour and baking soda and mix.
Add rhubarb last and mix.

Pour into greased/sprayed/oiled 9x13” pan.
Sprinkle topping over batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes -- toothpick should come out clean when inserted to test if the cake is done.

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Rhubarb Cheesecake Squares

½ cup margarine
½ cup brown sugar
1¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt

Mix ingredients until crumbly. Press half of mixture into an ungreased 9 x 9 inch pan.

8 oz Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of one egg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
¾ c sugar
1½ cup diced rhubarb

Combine all ingredients and beat well. Pour over crust and sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Allow to cool, then cut into squares. Keep in refrigerator.

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vegan rhubarb muffin

Rhubarb Muffins
(makes 12)

1 ¾ cups flour
¼ cup sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 Ener-G egg replacer
¾ cup vegan milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped rhubarb

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon margarine (melted)
1/3 cup sugar

Mix dry ingredients. Combine Ener-G egg replacer, milk and oil and add all at once to the dry ingredients. Add chopped rhubarb Stir quickly just until all the ingredients are moistened.

Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full.

Mix together Topping and scatter over muffin batter.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

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vegan scones


(from the Nederland, CO co-op)

4 C flour
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 C sugar
1/2 tub (1 C.) Earth Balance or other vegan margarine (full-fat original, not whipped)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 T lemon juice (one for dough and one for icing)
1 bag frozen blueberries or your favorite fruit (thawed and drained)
flax mixture ( = 1 C water + 2 T C. ground flax seed)
*Instead of the flax mixture, I stirred up 1 cup water and 1 heaping T Ener-G egg-replacer and it worked well.

Mix dry ingredients.  Cut in margarine throroughly. Add flax (or egg-replacer) mixture, vanilla, and lemon juice.

Divide dough in half.  Pat down one half dough into a circle.  Pat down another half into another circle of equal size.  Now, pat one bag of blueberries/fruit into one of these circles of dough.  Place the second circle of dough on top.  Cut this stacked (w/blueberries in between) dough into 1/8 ths and put on cookie sheet. 

ITop with streusal crumble topping (see Streusel Coffee Cake recipe).

Bake at 350 F till done (about 25 minutes).

For icing (optional), put the juice and rind of one lemon into a small bowl.  Add powdered sugar and mix till a good consistency.

Yummy variation:  Use raspberries and oranges, instead of blueberries and lemon.

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vegan coffee cake

Streusel Coffeecake

Cake ingredients:
¾ c. sugar
¼ c. vegetable shortening
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 1 egg
½ c. dairy-free milk
1 ½ c sifted flour
2 t. baking powder
½ t. salt

Streusel mix:
½ c. brown sugar
2 T. flour
2 t. cinnamon
2 T. margarine, melted
½ c. chopped nuts (I use toasted pecans)

Mix together thoroughly sugar, shortening and egg replacer, stir in milk. Sift together and stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Spread half the batter in a greased and floured 9” pan. Sprinkle with half the streusel mix, add the remaining batter and sprinkle remaining streusel over the top. Bake 25-35 minutes at 375 degrees until cake tests done. Cut in 3” pieces, serve warm.

We like to add a cup or so of fruit (rhubarb, blackberries, or blueberries, etc.) to the middle layer for extra flavor. Or use the recipe below for Fruit Filling.

Fruit Filling for Coffeecake

Choose from 6 cups peeled, cored, and thinly sliced fresh apples or pears;
5 cups peeled, pitted, and sliced fresh peaches or apricots, or sliced rhubarb;
4 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart red cherries, frozen unsweetened blueberries,
boysenberries, or blackberries, or frozen lightly sweetened raspberries.

In a 2-quart casserole combine 2/3 cup sugar (1 cup for rhubarb or cherries) and 3
tablespoons cornstarch. Stir in desired fruit and 1 tablespoon lemon juice (omit juice
for rhubarb or cherries). Cook in microwave, covered, on high till fruit is tender and
mixture is bubbly, stirring every 2 minutes till slightly thickened, then every minute.
Allow 5-7 minutes for apples, peaches, and apricots; 8-10 minutes for pears and berries;
10-13 minutes for rhubarb and cherries.

(Note: This is actually a recipe for making pie filling.)

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vegan zucchini bread

Zucchini Bread

2 c. sugar
1 c. canola oil
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 3 eggs
2 c. grated zucchini
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3 c. flour
1 c. nuts, chopped (optional)

Beat sugar, oil, egg replacer and vanilla, then mix in zucchini. Mix flour, salt, soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Combine the two mixtures, beating well. Add ground nuts. Pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes, cover with foil after 50 minutes, put back in oven and bake an additional 10 minutes (60 minutes total). Remove from oven and then remove loaf from pan in about 10 minutes and cool on a rack (so bottom doesn't get steamy/soggy).

Alternatively you may pour into two greased 8 x 8” pans. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 1 hour with no need to cover with aluminum foil.

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vegan zucchini bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups white sugar
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.

2.In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt, mix well. In separate bowl, combine sugar and egg replacer, beat until well blended. Add oil and vanilla; beat until combined. Stir in zucchini. Add flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Spoon evenly into loaf pans.
3.Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

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Butterscotch Bars

Cream: ½ cup vegan margarine
½ cup brown sugar
1½ cups flour

Pat above mixture into an ungreased 9 x 13” pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool a bit.

Heat just to boiling: 2/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup

Add: 1 cup vegan butterscotch chips
½ cup crunchy peanut butter

Stir in until dissolved. Add 2 cups of vegan cornflakes, stir to coat, and spread over the crust.

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vegan chocolate chip cookie
Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/8 teaspoon imitation butter flavor
1 1/4 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegan milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
Ener-G Egg Replacer equivalent of 1 egg
1 3/4 cup white flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup macadamia nuts

Blend until creamy the shortening, sugar, rice milk and vanilla.
Blend in egg equivalent.
Combine flour, salt and baking soda and add to sugar mixture gradually until all mixed.
Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes

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vegan oatmeal chocoloate chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pecan Cookies (or Bars*)

1½ c. flour
1 t. soda
1 t. salt
1 c. shortening (I use Earth Balance shortening sticks)
1/8 t. McCormick imitation butter flavor
¾ c. white sugar
¾ c. brown sugar
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 2 eggs
1 t. hot water
½ c. chopped pecans
1 c. chocolate chips
2 c. oatmeal
1 t. vanilla

Cream shortening briefly with imitation butter flavor. Add sugars and cream well. Beat in egg replacer, hot water and vanilla. Add salt, soda and flour and mix well. Add chocolate chips, nuts and oatmeal and mix well. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

* For cookie bars, decrease oatmeal by ¼ cup and bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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Chocolate Frosted Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
½ cup vegan margarine
2 squares of melted bittersweet chocolate OR ½ cup cocoa
½ cup soymilk mixed with ½ T vinegar
1 egg replacer
½ t salt
½ t vanilla
½ t baking soda
1½ cups flour
nuts (optional)

2 squares of melted bittersweet chocolate OR ½ cup cocoa
6 T. vegan margarine
3 T. dairy-free milk or dairy-free cream
1½ cups powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla

Melt margarine and chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Add to brown sugar. Mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth. (Batter will be wet.) Add nuts. Grease cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Icing: Melt chocolate, margarine and milk or cream. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. Frost cookies after they have cooled.

Makes about 3 dozen 2-3” cookies.

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vegan chocolate pudding

Chocolate Pudding

1 1/2 pounds of silken tofu
1/4 cup oil
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
pinch salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Whip it all together in a food processor or blender. Chill and serve. Also very good in a baked pie shell as a chocolate pie.


1 12 oz. package of Mori Nu silken tofu (or 3/4 cup of another silken tofu)
1 tsp. water
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Blend silken tofu in blender or food processor. Melt chocolate chips with water in microwave or double boiler. Pour melted chocolate into blender with the tofu, add vanilla, and blend very well until completely smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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vegan peanut butter cookies in chocolate

Chocolate-dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

½ c. vegetable shortening
1/8 t. imitation butter flavoring
1 c. creamy peanut butter
¾ c. granulated sugar
½ c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 1 egg
1 T dairy-free milk
1 ¼ c. flour
¾ t. baking soda
½ t. baking powder
¼ t. salt

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Incorporate shortening and imitation butter flavoring. Cream shortening mixture, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer for one minute. Add egg replacer and milk. Beat until well blended.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Mix well.

Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto ungreased baking sheet. Flatten in a crisscross pattern with a fork, or flatten with the bottom of a glass for a smooth cookie surface. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool.

To dip cookies: Melt one cup of vegan semisweet chocolate chips. Dip cookies half-way into the chocolate and allow to dry on waxed paper. You can put dipped cookies in the fridge or freezer to speed up the chocolate hardening. These store very well in the freezer.

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fudge revel bar

Fudge Revel Bars

1 c. margarine
2 ½ c. flour
2 c. brown sugar
1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 2 eggs
2 ½ c. oatmeal (not quick cooking variety)

Mix all of the above together and spread ½ of the mixture in a 12 x 8 jelly roll pan. (I use a 9 x 13, plus 1 bread loaf pan.)

Melt together over a double boiler:
2 c. vegan semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 c. vegan sweetened condensed milk
4 T. margarine
1 t. vanilla

Cool the mixture slightly and spread over first mixture. Top with the other half of the oatmeal mixture. Bake at 325-350 degrees for 25 minutes.

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Ginger Snaps

¾ cup vegetable shortening
1 cup white sugar
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 1 egg (Ener-G is potato starch and tapioca starch)
4 T. molasses
2 t. soda
½ t. salt
1 t. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups flour

Mix all ingredients together.  Shape into a ball the size of a walnut, dip in white sugar and bake.  (Push down and semi-flatten for a more “crinkly” look.  375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

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Lemon (or Lime) Bars With Toasted Coconut

½ cup vegan margarine, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup quick oatmeal

Mix the margarine and sugar together.  Add flour and oatmeal and mix well.  Press this mixture into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish; create a short edge to hold in the custard-like filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon zest*
¼ cup lemon juice*

*Lime juice and zest may be substituted for the lemon juice and zest. 

1 cup toasted coconut

In a sauce pan, mix together the sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Mix in the coconut milk and water. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring often, boiling about 10 minutes to thicken.  Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and zest.  Pour the mixture into the pre-baked crust and sprinkle the toasted coconut over the top.

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Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies

1 c. vegetable shortening
2 c. flour
¼ c. agave nectar
½ t. almond extract
½ t. salt
2 c. pecans, chopped
powdered sugar

Cream shortening. Add other ingredients. Roll mixture into small balls. Bake for 30 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Roll in powdered sugar while hot and again when cold. Makes about 30 cookies.

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special peanut crunch bars

Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
Nada Flitter's recipe

½ cup sugar
½ cup light corn syrup or agave
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups cornflakes
½ cup vegan chocolate chips (many semisweet chococlate chips are vegan)
a little margarine (just enough to lightly grease bottom and sides of 9” x 9” pan.

Heat sugar and corn syrup (stir continuously) on medium high heat to a light boil. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir in quickly to get peanut butter completely melted. Dump in the cornflakes and mix together well trying not to crush the cornflakes too much. Press down in greased 8” x 8” pan. Spread out chocolate chips on top while still warm and let sit for a few minutes – the chocolate chips will melt so you can spread them out like frosting. Let cool and cut. These freeze really well if you don’t eat them all in one day... like I do :)

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Toffee Nut Bars

Bottom Layer:
½ cup vegan butter
1¼ cup flour
½ cup brown sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix margarine and sugar. Add flour. Press and flatten into the bottom of a 9” square pan. Bake 10-15 minutes until crust just starts to brown. Then top with:

Top Layer:
½ cup medium-firm tofu, whipped smooth (I used mori-nu, firm)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped almonds

Placed whipped tofu in a large bowl and stir in the sugar and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the coconut and almonds. Return to the oven and bake 25 minutes or until the topping is golden. Cool slightly and cut into bars.

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Creme Filled Carrot Cake Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen sandwiches (72 cookies!)

1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
½ pound vegan butter
2 Ener-G Egg Replacer OR ½ cup dairy-free yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 ½ cups finely grated carrots (about 3 large carrots)
1 cup raisins
cream cheeze frosting (recipe follows)

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a mixer (or beat by hand), combine the sugars and vegan butter. Continue beating until light and fluffy, about three to four minutes. Add the fake eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir to combine. Gradually add this flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix on low speed until just combined. Mix in the oats, carrots and raisins. Chill until firm, at least an hour. Drop by tablespoon onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, two inches apart.

Bake until brown and crisp, 12-15 minutes, rotating the sheet 180 degrees halfway through. Cool them on a wire rack. Once completely cooked, spread about 2 teaspoons of cream cheeze frosting onto a cookie, and sandwich together with another cookie. Store in the fridge.

Cream Cheeze Frosting

8 oz Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1/4 pound vegan butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place the Tofutti in a medium bowl and whip until smooth. Gradually add the vegan butter and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Sift in the powdered sugar and beat again until smooth. Add vanilla and beat. Place in the fridge; it will firm up as it chills.

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vegan chocolate cookie

Double Chocolate Brownie Drops

1 1/3 cups vegetable shortening
1/8 teaspoon imitation butter flavoring
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of 2 eggs
2 ¼ cups white flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons rice milk
1 ½ cups large walnut or pecan pieces
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
½ cup white chocolate baking pieces

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine shortening and imitation butter flavor. Mix sugars and vanilla into shortening. Beat 1 minute or until creamy. Add half of egg replacer, beat 30 seconds. Add other half of egg replacer and beat once more for 30 seconds.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate pieces.

Drop dough by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Makes 3 ½ dozen 2-inch cookies.

(As vegan white chips aren’t easy to find, I usually use one cup of chocolate chips instead.)

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vegan cheesecake

Compassionate Indistinguishable Vegan Cheesecake

9" spring form pan is recommended.
Half the recipe and reduce baking time to 45 minutes for a pie shell.

32 oz plain Tofutti Cream Cheese (four 8-oz containers)
1 1/3 cup sugar
7 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup water
2 Tablespoons Egg Replacer (Ener-G powder)

Mix vegan cream cheese, sugar, fresh lemon juice, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Whisking in a mixer seems to work best.

In mixing bowl, whisk water and Egg Replacer until stiff peaks form when you stop and raise the whisk. This may take 3 or 4 minutes with an electric mixer on high.

Fold in the vegan cream cheese mixture. The Egg Replacer will foam quite a bit. Fold in thoroughly, but try not to lose all the fluffiness (air bubbles).

Pour into prepared crust and bake in 350 degree oven for 60 minutes. It may take up to 15 minutes longer - bake until a nice golden-brown skin forms on top.

Cool to room temperature and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Top with berries, lime spritz, or favorite topping.

Graham Cracker Crust

1 ½ packages (15 crackers) of vegan graham crackers
½ cup margarine
1/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste - some margarines are more salty)

Crush crackers into crumbs. Mix melted margarine with crackers salt and sugar. Press into pan. Do NOT prebake the crust for the Vegan Cheesecake recipe.

For CHOCOLATE Cheesecake:
Add ¼ cup cocoa to the crust mixture
Add ¼ cup cocoa to the cream cheese mixture (before the Egg Replacer)
Omit the lemon juice!

Carmel Nut Crust
Good with the Vegan Cheesecake recipe.

1 1/2 cups pecans, finely ground
1/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 Tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 Tablespoons brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup, or dark corn syrup [i used light corn syrup]
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place the ground pecans in a bowl and stir in the oats, arrowroot or cornstarch, and cinnamon, mixing well. Add the remaining crust ingredients, stirring until thoroughly mixed. Lightly oil the sides and bottom of a 10-inch springform pan (or use one that has a non-stick coating--this works best), and carefully pat the crust mixture evenly over the bottom using lightly dampened fingers.

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Nice Cream Cake

You can make this with any combo of Vegan ice cream, cookie crust, and frosting. Like: Soy Delicious Purely Decadent Peanut Butter Zig Zag nice cream, peaunt butter chocolate Newman O's for the crust, with peanut butter frosting on the top! Mint Chip, Cookie Dough, Chocolate Brownie... you get the idea :)

The following recipe is for our most requested dessert using Soy Delicious Turtle Tracks vegan nice cream.

You will need a 9” spring form pan and…

Nice Cream:
4 pints Soy Delicious Purely Decadent Turtle Tracks nice cream
1 pint Soy Delicious Purely Decadent Praline Pecan nice cream (or vanilla)

Cookie crumb crust, middle, topping:
1 package of Newman O’s (or similar type) chocolate-filled chocolate wafer sandwich cookies. You can remove up to 6 of the cookies and eat them while you are making the cake :)
¼ cup melted vegan margarine

Pulse cookies in a food processor (or crush in a bag) until they reach a chunky crumb texture (don’t over-crush to dust/crumbs). Stir margarine into the remainder of the crumbs stir with fork. Press margarine and crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch spring-form pan, but reserve 1/2 cup for middle and top layers of cake.

Sugared pecans (chop for middle and topping and leave some whole for top)
¾ cup pecans toasted
2 tablespoons vegan margarine
2 tablespoons sugar

Toast pecans over medium heat, add margarine to hot pan/pecans, then sprinkle with sugar and coat well. Remove from heat. Crumble most of the pecans when cool. Save about 10-12 pecans for a nice presentation on top of the cake.

Frosting for decorating the top edge of the cake
2 tablespoons vegan margarine
¾ cup or more powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon soy/rice milk

Mix all ingredients until smooth and thick (might have to add more powdered sugar).

Fudge center:
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons vegan margarine
2 tablespoons water
1 ½ tablespoons light corn syrup
½ cup vegan chocolate chips
½ teaspoon vanilla

Bring first 4 ingredients to boil in a medium-size saucepan. Boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Stir in vanilla.

Other middle/toppings:
½ of a 12 oz jar of Smucker’s marshmallow topping (optional, but yummy)
¼ of a 7 oz container of your favorite organic chocolate syrup

Cake assembly:

Have everything prepared and ready. Work quickly so the nice cream doesn’t melt and become icy. You’ll probably have to run your hands under warm water between pints because it’s really cold!

Starting with the bottom (cookie crust) layer, add 2 ½ pints of the Turtle Tracks nice cream. Wearing rubber gloves (or not if you’re only making it for you), flatten the nice cream between your hands and press evenly onto the cookie crust.

For the middle layer, spread the fudge filling evenly over the first layer of nice cream mostly in the middle of the cake. Add some of the reserved cookie crumbs, crushed pecans, and marshmallow topping.

Next, add the remainder of the Turtle Tracks nice cream, followed by the Praline Pecan nice cream.

For a decorative topping, drizzle marshmallow topping, chocolate syrup, cookie crumbs, and pecan pieces evenly over the surface. Mound some whole pecans in the middle of the cake.

Spoon frosting into a piping bag (or a plastic bag with a tiny corner snipped off will do). Pipe frosting around the top outer edge of the cake.

Put cake in freezer and freeze overnight or until solid.

Draw knife between cake and pan and loosen the spring form. Slice and serve with a little chocolate drizzled over the top.

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vegan peach cobbler

Peach Cobbler

6 large peaches, quartered, halved, or sliced (whatever you prefer)
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Breaded topping
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon Earth Balance (or other vegan margarine)
1/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup sugar scant + 1 teaspoon cinnamon to sprinkle over top before baking

Pre-cook the peaches:
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Lightly mix peaches with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in an 8”x8” baking dish and bake for about 10 minutes.

Add the topping:
While the peaches are baking, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Mix/cut in margarinie with your fingers, a fork, or a pastry cutter. Stir in water until just combined.
Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over them (mixture will spread like a bread/bisquit topping when it’s baked.  Then sprinkle sugar and cinnamon mixture over everything.

Bake about 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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vegan pumpkin pie

Pumpkin Pie

1 unbaked pastry crust

Blend in a blender of food processor until very smooth and creamy:
3/4 pound firm tofu
1 (15-16 oz.) can pumpkin (about 2 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoon molasses
2 Tablespoons flour

Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake at 350F for 70-75 minutes total: at 50 minutes or so, cover crust with a pie crust shield or aluminum foil to keep the crust from burning over the remaining 20-25 minutes. Chill and serve. We love to top it with So Delicious CocoWhip whipped cream!

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vegan raw "donut" balls

“Crumb Donut Holes” Raw, Vegan and Healthy
Taste kind of like Hostess Crumb Donuts
Original recipe from
(we added cinnamon and gave more specific measurements)

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup very soft, pitted dates
1/2 cup finely shredded banana squash (or zucchini)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup more shredded coconut for rolling
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 to 1 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Process almonds in a food processor into very fine pieces. Add dates, a little at a time. Add salt and vanilla. The mixture will look like very coarse meal at first, and then all of a sudden it will come together in one big ball.

Take the big ball out of the food processor and, using your hands, mix in the shredded squash/zucchini, nutmeg, cinnamon and shredded coconut until it is all mixed in. Taste and add more coconut or nutmeg if desired.

Roll the mixture into small 1” balls and roll in remaining shredded coconut. Place in a single layer and chill in the freezer until firm (several hours). When firm, you can put them in a container and freeze. They’ll keep in the freezer for several months. Serve thawed (or frozen if you like ‘em that way).

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Raw Black Forest Chocolate "Cheesecake"

Bursting with sweet cherries layered between a chocolate crust and a creamy chocolate cheesecake filling.

2 cups cashews, soaked 1 hour or more, drain water off well
¼ cup agave
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup water
¼ cup cacao butter, melted (you can also use a cacao bar)
¼ cup coconut butter/oil, melted
Seeds from ½ vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 10oz (maybe less) package frozen cherries, thawed

Using a blender or food processor, blend everything together except for the cocoa powder and cherries until completely smooth. Then blend in the cocoa powder or scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl and whisk the cocoa powder in by hand. Hand mix in the thawed cherries. If you want to make a sauce out of the cherries, either set some aside or use an additional package.

½ cup brazil nuts
½ cup shredded coconut
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons agave
1-2 tablespoons cacao nibs (or use 1-2 tablespoons of the cacao bar)
Seeds from ¼ vanilla bean or ½ teaspoon vanilla

Process the brazil nuts, shredded coconut, salt, cocoa powder and vanilla bean seeds in a food processor until fine crumbs. Add the agave and cacao nibs until the mixture just starts to stick together. Press into the bottom of a very small (4” or less) springform pan. If you are making a large cheesecake, double or even triple the recipe (crust and filling).

Pour the filling over the crust and chill until ready to serve.

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raw strawberry cheesecake

Raw White Chocolate Strawberry "Cheesecake"

2 cups fresh strawberries
1 cup cashews (better if soaked for 1 hour or so)
¼ cup melted coconut butter
2 tablespoons melted cacao butter (or use more coconut butter - up to 1/3 cup total)
¼ cup agave
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt

Blend all of the ingredients high speed blender or processor until completely smooth.

½ cup brazil nuts
½ cup shredded coconut
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons agave
1-2 tablespoons cacao nibs (or use 1-2 tablespoons of the cacao bar)
Seeds from ¼ vanilla bean or ½ teaspoon vanilla

Process the brazil nuts, shredded coconut, salt, cocoa powder and vanilla bean seeds in a food processor until fine crumbs. Add the agave and cacao nibs until the mixture just starts to stick together. Press into the bottom of a very small (4” or less) springform pan. If you are making a large cheesecake, double or even triple the recipe (crust and filling).

Pour the filling over the crust and chill until ready to serve.

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Bonbons - Coconut

1 lb. powdered sugar (4 cups scant)
¾ cups mashed potatoes
1 lb. sweetened coconut (4 cups scant)
½-1 teaspoon almond extract
Mix above ingredients. Roll into balls. Put in freezer to set.

OR for a less sweet filling with more coconut taste and texture:
4 cups small shred unsweetened coconut
1 cup corn syrup (or white rice syrup)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Mix these ingredients, let sit in fridge overnight to moisten the coconut (syrup will have to soak in a bit), roll into balls, put in freezer for a few hours to set before dipping.

Melt in a double boiler:
2 cups vegan semisweet chocolate chips

Insert toothpick into coconut balls and dip into melted chocolate. Place on waxed paper. When chocolate cools/hardens, place in container and refrigerate or freeze. Keep refrigerated or frozen in an airtight container.

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vegan bonbons

Bonbons - Peanut Butter

Follow the directions above using the following ingredients for the center of the bonbons:

1 lb. powdered sugar (3-4 cups; some peanut butters are sweeter than others)
2 cups peanut butter
½ cup vegan margarine
½ teaspoon vanilla

(Either recipe makes approximately 50 bonbons.)

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vegan caramels!


2 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup agave
1 can (14 oz.) coconut cream (or full-fat coconut milk)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla

In a large heavy pot, mix and cook all ingredients (except vanilla!) over medium heat.

Bring to a boil and cook at a low boil for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally.

Amount of time can vary depending on altitude, weather, etc. (I know this sounds complicated)... the important part is towards the end of cooking when you test the caramel for consistency...

If you have a candy thermometer, cook to "firm ball" stage (around 250 degrees F).
If you don't have a candy thermeter you can use the "cold water test" to see if it's reached the firm ball stage. Here's how:
Drop a small bit of the caramel into a cup of ice cold water, while it's in the water form it into a small ball (this will only take a few seconds), take ball out -- as it's in your hand if it stays in a ball it's ready; if it flattens it's not ready.

Once it's reached the "firm ball" stage, remove from heat, stir in vanilla, pour into a greased pan (we use Earth Balance margarine).

Let cool for a few hours. Cut and wrap in wax paper. Store in refrigerator. Or store in a freezer and they will keep indefinitely... until you eat them!. Enjoy!

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vegan caramel corn

Caramel Corn

6 quarts (24 cups)  popped corn
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup vegan margarine
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda

Boil sugar, margarine and syrup together for 4 minutes.  Add salt and soda.  Pour over popped corn and stir to coat.  Pour onto a cookie sheet and place in 250 degree oven.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.




1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut cream
3 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. agave
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped fine
1/2 cup (or so) of chocolate chips
vegan butter/margarine for greasing pan

Lightly grease 9"x13" baking dish (Earth Balance buttery spread works well).

Sprinkle chopped almonds evenly in the greased baking dish. If you like, reserve some of the chopped almonds to sprinkle over the top of the finished toffee.

Cook sugar, coconut cream, water, agave and salt over medium-high heat for 20 minutes or so until it reaches the "hard crack" stage in cold water. If you have a candy thermometer, this is 285 degrees F. To test for "hard crack" stage, with a spoon drop a bit of the hot toffee in ice water. If the toffee snaps or cracks in the ice water, it is ready; if it still bends, it is not ready. At this point, it should be the color of a brown paper bag.

Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Quickly pour over the chopped nuts and spread thinly with a spoon (careful, it is really hot!). Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Once chocolate chips have melted, smooth the chocolate over the top of the toffe with a spoon. Top with remaining chopped almonds if desired.

Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 c. Better Than Milk (rice vegan beverage mix)
2/3 c. white sugar
3 T vegan margarine, melted
a few drops of vanilla extract

Pour ½ cup of boiling water into a blender. Add the dry milk, sugar, margarine and vanilla. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until completely smooth. Use in a recipe immediately or store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

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Appetizers, Entrees, Dips, Sauces, etc.


vegan avocado eggroll

Avocado Vegan “Egg” Rolls
These taste just like the eggrolls at Cheesecake Factory... but without the egg/cruelty! Makes 12 large rolls and the tamarind dipping sauce really adds something fantastic!

Tamarind Dipping Sauce (This recipe makes a fairly large batch, so you might want to halve it if you're only making 12 rolls. It freezes well for later use.)
2 Tbls. white vinegar
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons tamarind pulp
1 cup agave
1 cup cashews
2 cups fresh cilantro (one small bunch)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 bunch green onions (with the greens)
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup olive oil (The true copycat recipe calls for oil and does give it a nice mouth feell, but we've found this is optional or you can use less to your taste and preferred sauce thickness).

Stir together vinegars, tamarind, agave and microwave on high (or carefully heat on stove) for 1 minute until tamarind is dissolved. In a food processor or blender, puree tamarind mixture, cashews, cilantro, garlic, onions, sugar, pepper, and cumin. Pour into bowl, mix in oil, cover and refrigerate for later use.

Roll Filling
4 large avocados - peeled, pitted, and diced into ½” chunks
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil – finely chopped
¼ cup minced red onion
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
½ teaspoon salt
12 or more vegan “egg” roll wrappers (available at natural food stores, co-ops, asian markets or in some supermarkets -- like Twin Dragon egg roll wrappers)

Carefully stir together avocado, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and salt trying not to mash the avocado chunks. Roll into rolls. Deep fry in medium hot oil until golden brown. Drain. Serve with the tamarind dipping sauce.

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vegan eggroll

Vegan Cruelty-Free Egg Rolls (egg-free, cruelty-free and yummy!)
20-24 Vegan egg-roll wrappers
You can get these in most Asian markets, some natural food stores or ask your Co-op to special order them from (they make our favorite).
1 cabbage
1-2 large carrots
Oil for deep frying

Use one of the flavoring options below:

Option 1 Flavoring:
1/2 cup red wine (or red cooking wine, or sake)
1 teaspoon black pepper
2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1-2 Tablespoons sugar

Option 2 Flavoring:
2 tsp. ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, finely sliced
dash of salt (to your liking)
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil

Shredded cabbage with shredded carrots. You can do this to taste, but we use about one head of cabbage to one really big carrot and we shread everything pretty fine.

Boil a gallon of water and either dump the cabbage/carrot mixture into the water for about 10 seconds and strain or just pour the boiling water over the cabbage/carrot mixture directly in the strainer. The cabbage/carrot mixture should wilt pretty quickly, but you don't want it to lose all of its crunch.

In a large bowl, mix well the blanched cabbage/carrot mixture with red wine, sugar, soy sauce and black pepper to your taste. Squeeze out excess moisture from about a 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of the mixture and place on a wrapper. Roll it, seal with water or water/flour mixture. Deep fry in 2-3 inches of oil until crispy brown. Drain or place on paper towels and let cool slightly a bit before eating.

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corn salsa

Caesar Dressing/Sauce

2 cups Vegenaise (vegan mayo)
2 T dijon mustard
1/4 cup soy sauce
j2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix well. Keep refrigerated. Serve over salad or as dipping sauce. Excellent over salad with tomatoes, and hot sliced Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders (breaded vegan chik'n strips).

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corn salsa

Fresh Sweet Corn Avocado Salsa

3 ears fresh sweet corn, cleaned (or 3 cups frozen, thawed)
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 small avocado, diced
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste

Husk, clean, and cut corn from the cob. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. May serve immediately or allow to marinate. Serve as a side, with tortilla chips, or as a taco topping. Even better the next day!

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vegan gravy

Vegan Gravy

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups water
1/4-1/3 cup (to your taste) Frontier brand veggie "chicken" or "beef" broth powder (
1/8 teaspoon (or less) pepper

Stir oil and flour together over high heat and allow to bubble for a minute or so (careful not to burn it... browning is OK). Mix water and veggie broth powder together. Pour the broth into the roux and stir. Add pepper to taste. Serve over potatoes or sandwiches, etc.

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vegan ranch dressing

Tammy’s Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing
From The Leading Veg LLC
email: lynn[at]

Makes: 1 pint

1 cup Tofutti Sour Cream (or if you want to make your own sour cream, try the recipe below)
1 cup vegenaise
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt

Thoroughly mix the above ingredients.

Tofu "Sour Cream"
This recipe makes 1 quart.

2 lb fresh silken tofu
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 heaping Tbsp rice syrup

Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

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taco dip

Taco Dip Party Platter
This platter is a hit at every party! And it’s sooo easy to make -- a truly no-fail recipe.

16 oz Tofutti cream cheese
16 oz Tofutti sour cream
1 packet of taco seasoning mix

Mix above ingredients until smooth—a mixer works best. Spread the dip evenly over a platter and arrange veggies in concentric circles around the platter for a festive look starting with shredded lettuce at the outer edge followed by increasingly smaller circles of chopped tomato, green and/or red pepper, onions, and black olives and daiya cheddar cheese if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

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eggplant salsa

Sesame Eggplant Salsa

This was inspired by a similar dish served at the now defunct China Moon restaurant in San Francisco. Serve the salsa with a bowl of Pita Crisps.

Two 1 to 1 1/4-pound eggplants
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or peanut oil
3/4 cup (packed) plus 1 tablespoon minced green onions
2 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce*
3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 large plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped
3/4 cup (packed) plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons oriental sesame oil

Preheat oven to 425°F. Pierce eggplants all over with fork. Place on baking sheet. Roast in oven until eggplants are very soft and deflated, turning once, about 1 hour. Cool slightly. Cut eggplants in half; scrape flesh into strainer set over large bowl (do not allow bottom of strainer to touch bowl). Let eggplant drain 30 minutes. Transfer eggplant to processor. Using on/off turns, process until almost smooth. Heat vegetable oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3/4 cup green onions, ginger, garlic and chili-garlic sauce; sauté just until onions soften, about 45 seconds. Stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and lemon juice. Bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Mix in eggplant puree and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes, 3/4 cup cilantro and sesame oil. Cool to room temperature. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to medium bowl. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving.) Garnish eggplant salsa with 1 tablespoon each green onions and cilantro. Serve with Parmesan Pita Crisps. *Available at Asian markets and in the Asian foods section of many supermarkets. Makes about 4 cups.

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Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

You can buy vegan Worcestershire sauce, but this yummy alternative is inexpensive and easy to make:

2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce or tamari
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. ground, dry mustard
1 tsp. onion powder

Mix all ingredients in sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce to simmer until liquid reduced by half (about 15-20 minutes). Refrigerate in air-tight container for up to 3 months.

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vegan bacon

Bacon Seitan

This fantastic recipe is super easy. Basically, you're just making 2 different seitain doughs (one red, one white), layering them, then baking until firm. The result is a smoky, salty, yummy vegan bacon perfect for breakfasts, snacks, and sandwhiches. This recipe is online several places, but we've modified ours to make it even better. For the original recipe along with dozens of other delicious seitan recipes, we highly recommend the Seitan and Beyond Cookbook.

Dry ingredients for RED Dough
1 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
2 T nutritional yeast flakes
1 T onion powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp ground white pepper

Liquid ingredients for RED Dough
½ cup water
2 T dark brown sugar
2 T tamari or soy sauce
3 T liquid smoke
1 T red miso paste or tomato paste
1 T vegan Worcestershire Sauce (recipe)
1 T olive oil (canola works)
½ tsp salt

Dry ingredients for WHITE Dough
½ cup vital wheat gluten
1 T garlic powder

Liquid ingredients for WHITE Dough
6 T water
½ tsp salt
1 T olive oil (canola works)

Pepper Rub Ingredients
2 T dark brown sugar
1 tsp. black pepper

  1. Red Dough: Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry, mix with hands until all incorporated (no need to knead).
  2. White Dough: Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry, mix with hands until all incorporated (no need to knead).
  3. Divide Red Dough into 3 pieces.
  4. Divide White Dough into 2 pieces.
  5. On countertop or cutting board, press one piece of Red Dough to about 9” x 4” by 1/3” thick.
  6. Then press one piece of White Dough to the same size as Red Dough (it will be thinner and doesn't have to be perfect). Lay on top of Red Dough.
  7. Repeat this process until you have the layered stack: Red-White-Red-White-Red.
  8. Press together slightly and shape a bit to make a tidy rectangular layered stack about 9” long x 4” wide by 1-1/2” thick.
  9. Place layered stack on 16” x 24” (or larger) piece of aluminum foil.
  10. Pat ½ of the black pepper rub onto top and sides.
  11. Carefully flip layered stack over and pat remaining pepper rub onto remaining side(s).
  12. Wrap the layered stack tightly in aluminum foil. Keep the rectangular shape (don’t roll into a roll shape). Tighten edges to seal.
  13. Wrap one more time with another piece of aluminum foil to make sure the package does not leak in the oven.
  14. Bake at 325 degrees F for 90 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven. Let cool. Then place in refrigerator for several hours or overnight before slicing.
  16. Slice thin with knife or deli slicer. Fry in oil until slices start to brown, being careful not to burn.
  17. Great as is or on sandwiches.

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vegan french toast

French Toast

1 cup almond milk (or your favorite vegan milk)
1 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. flax seed meal
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast (NOT baker's yeast, nutritional yeast)
1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
pinch salt

bread of choice (We like thick sliced French bread, Italian bread, or Texas Toast)
oil or vegan butter for pan

Whisk all ingredients until very smooth and creamy. Allow to sit for 10 minutes -- this will give the flax meal time to thicken the mixture. Dip thin layer on bread. Place on hot oiled/buttered skillet over medium-high heat. Brush more dip mixture on top just before flipping (Don't spread the other/top side of the bread until the first side is browning and almost ready to flip or it may get soggy). Flip to brown the other side. Brown well on both sides and repeat process till mixture and/or bread is gone adding a little oil/butter to pan between batches. Makes about 12 slices. Serve with maple syrup and vegan butter.

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vegan french toast


You can vary the nuts and seeds kinds and quantities to your own tastes. And you can add dried fruits like dehydrated berries, raisins, etc. Just try to keep the proportion of wet to dry ingredients about the same.

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (hulled -- out of shell), or cashews, or other nuts
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/8 cup coconut (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/8 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 275 F. Combine dry dry ingredients (except for salt). In separate bowl, mix oil, syrup and salt. Pour wet mixture over dry and mix well. Spread on large baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring often -- until it is nice and brown, but not burned (watch carefully toward the end).

Cool. Then store in air-tight container.

Variation: Granola Bars! For homemade granola bars, increase oil to 1/3 cup and syrup to 1/2 cup. Pack into parchment lined 9x13" pan. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes. Watch carefully -- want to brown/crisp, but not burn. Cool briefly, score bars with knife, then cool completely and turn out of pan. Store in air-tight container.

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vegan pancakes


This is a really fast and easy recipe. You'll definitely need a non-stick pan or lightly oil/spray the pan so the pancakes don't stick. For a more decadent recipe, try the one below this recipe.

1 cup flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1  Tablespoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup dairy-free milk (soy or almond seem to work best)
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

In a mixing bowl, combine the 4 dry ingredients. Add the vegan milk and vegetable oil, mix until smooth.  Use a non-stick pan or skillet preheated to medium heat. Spoon batter into pan to form your pancakes to size. Flip when edge is stiffened and bottom begins to brown. Serve when other side is golden.

Add blueberries, or chocolate chips, or slided fruit like bananas or strawberries to batter for a special treat. Serve with vegan buttery spread and maple syrup.

Slow-rise Pancakes

If you've got time, this is an old-fashioned recipe for yeast-rise pancakes. This recipe comes together quickly, but you'll want to leave time for the pancakes to rise for most of the day (preferably overnight).

2 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (one packet)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 cup dairy-free milk
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Ener-G Egg replacer, prepared (1 1/2 tsp. mixed with 2 Tbsp. water)
1/3 cup extra dairy-free milk -- for thinning the next morning, if needed/desired

Whisk all the dry ingredients together until well combined. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the 1/3 cup of extra soymilk) and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Use batter anytime the next day.

Once you’re ready to make pancakes, remove the batter from the fridge and stir in up to 1/3 cup of soymilk to thin it if needed/desired. Let the batter sit out on the counter for 20-30 minutes. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Spray with spray oil and wipe out the pan.

Using a 1/3 cup measure, begin making pancakes. You can add thin apple slices to the batter before it set. Or try your favorites like: blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas, strawberries, etc.

Once the top is bubbly and the edges are set, check to make sure the bottom is brown. Flip.

Serve with your favorite toppings.

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scrambled tofu

Scrambled Tofu

1 pound firm tofu
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 onion chopped
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
garlic powder to taste
pinch tumeric
salt and pepper to taste
You may also add peppers, Vegan cheese and/or Vegan sausage crumbles (we like to add all of these).

Crumble tofu in skillet and stir on medium-high heat to remove most of the moisture and to brown. Add onions anytime during that process. As it starts to brown add a teaspoon of oil. Add soy sauce and a couple sprinkles of tumeric to make the tofu nice and yellow. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Add peppers, Vegan cheese and Vegan sausage crumbles.

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vegan calzone

Calzones (little pizza pockets)

For dough:
3 3/4 flour
2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegan butter (such as the full-fat Earth Balance)

For Filling:
10 oz. tomato sauce (add seasonings to taste or use pizza sauce or marinara sauce)
1/2 chopped onion sauteed
Garlic (to taste)
1/2 green pepper chopped
vegan pepperoni (we like Tofurky or Yves brand)
vegan shredded mozzarella (we like Daiya brand)

Prepare the filling by sauteing the Italian seasoning, onion and green peeper in a bit of oil or water unitl vegetables are somewhat tender. Add the garlic and saute briefly before adding the tomato sauce and pepperoni. Heat through and set aside. Grate the cheese and set aside until dough is ready.

Combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Heat water and margarine (120-130 degrees or about one minute on high in a microwave oven). Add liquid to flour mixture and blend at low speed till moistened; beat 3 minutes at high speed. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on floured surface (or with dough hook in the mixer) until smoothe and elastic (about 3-5 minutes). Let rest for 15 minutes. Divide dough into 10-12 pieces and roll into 6" circles. Put a couple heaping Tablespoons of filling in the center of the cricle, fold over and pinch/roll the edges to keep the filling inside. Bake at 400 F for 12-15 minutes.

For a special dessert treat!
You can put blueberry pie filling or your favorite pie filling in place of the pizza sauce filling. Then top with a powdered sugar glaze and confectionery sprinkles. Oh, man, these are good!

For a quick and easy version!
Buy vegan frozen bread dough (such as Rhodes bread), canned pizza sauce, your favorite pizza toppings and vegan mozzarella. Thaw the dough, assemble and bake as described above.

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beyond meat

Chicken-Free Salad (Beyond Meat)

Thank you to Kathleen Keene of the Fargo-Moorhead VegFest for this yummy recipe!

9 oz package of Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips ("Lightly Seasoned" or "Grilled" flavors work best), thawed
1/2 yellow onion
1 cup vegan mayo such as Just Mayo (vegan mayo available in most supermarkets)
1 tea garlic powder
1 tea onion powder
1 tea black pepper
1 tea dijon mustard

Shred thawed Beyond meat, pulling into ribbons and then smaller pieces (food processor works well too) Combine with the rest of the ingredients, and refrigerate at least one hour. serve on crackers for sampling.

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vegan soup

Vegan Chicken-Free Noodle Soup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons flour
5-6 cups water
1/2-3/4 cup Frontier brand veggie "chicken" broth powder search at
1/2-1 pound whole wheat fettucine noodles broken into 1-2" pieces (amount to your taste)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound (more or less) of your favorite vegan "chickun" pieces (suggestion: Gardein strips)
optional: sliced carrots, celery, onions or other veggie delights (cook till veggies are tender)
salt to taste

Stir oil and flour together over high heat and allow to bubble for a minute or so (careful not to burn it... browning is OK). Mix water and veggie broth powder together. Pour the broth into the roux and stir. Add pepper to taste. When it starts to boil, reduce heat a bit and add noodles. Cook till noodles are tender. Add vegan "chickun" pieces (torn or cut into small pieces) toward the end just to heat through.


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Veggie Chili

2 c eggplant, diced into ½” cubes
1 c onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c green pepper, chopped
2 28 oz cans whole tomatoes, chopped
6 T olive oil
1 T chili powder
1 ½ t cumin
1 ½ t oregano
¼ c fresh parsley, minced
1 15 oz can kidney beans
1 15 oz chili beans in sauce

Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot.  Add eggplant and onion and sauté until onion is translucent and eggplant is somewhat softened and browned (20 minutes or so).  Add garlic and cook a minute or so until fragrant, but not browned.  Add tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, green pepper and parsley.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Stir in beans and cook for 10 minutes more.  Adjust seasonings if necessary. 

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coconut curry

Coconut Curry Tofu

A creamy coconut milk, spicy curry and ginger tofu dish! Serve over rice or with tortillas or with naan bread. Makes 6 servings.

2 bunches green onions
1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
1/4 cup soy sauce, divided
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons chile paste
1 pound firm tofu, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
4 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
4 cups chopped bok choy
salt to taste

Remove white parts of green onions and finely chop. Chop greens into 2 inch pieces.

In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, mix coconut milk, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, brown sugar, curry powder, ginger, and chile paste. Bring to a boil. Stir tofu, tomatoes, yellow pepper, mushrooms and finely chopped green onions into the skillet. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in basil and bok choy. Season with salt and remaining soy sauce. Continue cooking 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender but crisp. Garnish with remaining green onion.

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garlic pepper tofu

Garlic Pepper Tofu with Broccoli

1 lb firm tofu, cubed
2 cups broccoli


½ cup canola oil
2 T soy sauce or tamari
1 T fresh garlic, minced
2 T peanut butter
¼ cup water
F resh cracked black peppercorn, to taste

Fresh cilantro, as garnish

Fry tofu in a dry skillet until evenly browned. In the meantime, mix the sauce ingredients and heat in microwave for about 1 minute to melt peanut butter, stir well. When tofu is almost done browning, add broccoli to the skillet and cook on high heat to lightly scorch the broccoli. Allow the pan to cool briefly, then add the sauce and stir to coat the tofu and broccoli. Garnish with a few sprigs of cilantro. Serve over steamed rice.

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Foccacia (pizza bread)
Great for dipping or for roasted veggie sandwiches!
1 1/2 cups very warm (but not hot) water
about 4 cups flour
3/4 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil

Top with:
1/4 cup oil (for pan and drizzle)
1/2 teaspoon salt (big grains are really good)
Ground black pepper (fresh ground is really good)
Garlic (optional)
Onions (optional)
Italian seasoning (optional)
Roma tomatoes very thinly sliced and spread out (optional)

Stir sugar and salt into warm water to dissolve. Add yeast and stir into water briefly. Let rest for 5 minutes or so until foamy. Dump in 3 cups of flour and about half of the 1/3 cup of oil. Mix well with a fork till there's no dry flour. Then work in the rest of the flour and oil with hands. Knead and add more flour if necessary, but no need to work this dough very long (maybe a minute or so of kneading) -- leave the dough slightly sticky (not like the pizza dough recipe).

Oil a 9-13 cake pan (or pizza pan) very well. Lightly work dough into the pan, cover with a towel, and let rise for at least 20-30 minutes in a warm place until about double in size (starts to fill the pan). Drizzle several Tablespoons of oil over top, add garlic, grilled onions, very thinly-sliced roma tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper -- whatever you like -- we like all of it! Bake at 375-400 F for 25-30 minutes or until browned on the top and the bottom (keep an eye on it). Good warm or cooled as sandwich bread.

Serving Suggestion: Roasted peppers -- slice your favorite bell peppers into 3-4 big slices each. Broil skin up till starting to blacken. Flip pieces over and broil again till start to blacken. Cool. Put in a container or zip-lock back with 2 T vegetable oil and 2 T balsamic vinegar. Marinate for at least one hour. Slice focaccia (above) and pile on the peppers for a roasted pepper sandwhich. May also like to add roasted onions, zuchinni, etc.

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green bean casserole

Green Bean Casserole
¼ c margarine
¼ c flour
1 ½ c vegan "chick'n" broth, warmed (We use Frontier brand—available at natural food stores, or you can order it online at
1 T soy sauce
1/2 t garlic powder
2T vegetable oil
1/4 c nutritional yeast
2 14.5 oz cans French-style green beans, drained
1 2.8 oz can French-fried onions
In a medium saucepan, melt the margarine over low heat.  Add the flour and whisk it continuously for a minute or so until it forms a roux and gets bubbly (careful not to burn).  Add the broth, soy sauce, and garlic powder, whisking continuously for 1-2 minutes until the sauce is thick and bubbly.  Add the oil and nutritional yeast.  Whip again until smooth.

Pour the sauce into a small casserole dish, add the green beans and stir to coat. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes, then top with the French fried onions and bake for 5 more minutes, until browned and bubbly.

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Roasted Eggplant Pasta Salad

16 oz package of farfalle/bowtie pasta
1 large eggplant
1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper
4 oz sundried tomatoes packed in oil, chop to bite size if they’re not already
a handful of toasted pine nuts
a few sprigs of basil,  chopped fine
a bit of olive oil for oven roasting the eggplant
Garlicky Salad Dressing (recipe follows)

Garlicky Salad Dressing:
½ cup olive oil
1 T lemon juice
3 T red wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced or put through garlic press
¼ t salt
¼ t pepper
¼ t dry mustard
1 ½ t sugar

Prepare the salad dressing and set aside.

Cook the pasta, rinse in cold water, drain, and set aside.

Cube the eggplant into bite-sized pieces.  Toss the cubes with a tablespoon or two of olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and spread it in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Roast it at 400F for about 30 minutes, flip it midway during the cooking time. Make sure it gets nice and golden brown (it should sort of melt in your mouth). Once the eggplant has finished cooking, put the red pepper on the same pan with the skin side up (no need to add oil) and roast it until it’s a bit charred.

Toss the veggies and all other ingredients with the pasta.  Eat it up, yum!

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vegan potato salad
Herbed Potato Salad

3 lbs. boiling potatoes, about 8
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 scallions
2 tablespoons chopped celery leaves
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 ½ cups nayonnaise or veganaise

Put potatoes in a pot of salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain. Meanwhile, combine salt, pepper and lemon juice in a small jar and shake until salt dissolves. Chop scallions including the green tops. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel and cut into pieces. Pour lemon mixture over warm potatoes and toss. Stir celery leaves, parsley and scallions into the potatoes with the vegan mayo. Chill. Makes 12 servings.

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vegan philly sandwich

Vegan Philly Sandwich
Served on a Hoagie Roll or Focaccia.

Step 1: Philly Sauce
Make a roux:
1/2 cup margarine melted
Slowly add 1/3 cup flour.
Then add:
Up to 3 cups water (2 cups for thicker sauce, 4 cups for more less thick)
1/3 - 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast (to your taste)
1 Tablespoon stone-ground mustard
1 teaspoon Asafitida (optional)
Tamari to taste.
Cook on low heat until desired consistency

Step 2:
Heat up a skilliet with olive oil
Hot fry/grill jullianned Green Bell Pepper and Yellow Onion until soft
Add a splash of Tamari

Step 3:
In a skillet, cook thinly sliced Portablla Mushrooms in Balsamic Vinegar and Tamari until black. You may also/instead want to try slicing up some homemade seitan (see recipe here)

Step 4: Load up a Hoagie Roll or sliced Focaccia with all of the above and smother in Philly Sauce

Step 5: Enjoy!

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vegan pizza

Pizza Dough

3/4 cup very warm (but not hot) water
3/4 Tablespoon sugar
3/4 Tablespoon yeast
pinch of salt
1 1/2 - 2 cups flour
1/4 cup oil

Stir sugar and salt into warm water to dissolve. Add yeast and stir into water briefly. Let rest for 5 minutes or so until foamy. Dump in about half of the flour and about half of the oil. Mix well with a fork. Then work in the rest of the flour and oil with hands. Knead and add more flour if necessary to make a dough ball that is no longer sticky.

Let rise for 30 minutes, work into oiled pan. Pile on the pizza toppings and bake at 350 F till done. If you have a lot of toppings you may have to broil for the last couple of minutes to get the Vegan cheese bubbly/browned.

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vegan lasagna

Ricotta-Style Filling (from Tofu Cookery by Louise Hagler)
Even our family and friends who don't think they like tofu or ricotta cheese love this filling. Use it in lasagna, manicotti shells and/or as a topping for other pasta dishes. We really like it as a topping on our spaghetti with marinara sauce.

3 lbs firm tofu
½ c fresh lemon juice
4 t sugar
2 t salt
6 T oil (I use olive oil)
4 t dried basil
1 t garlic powder
1/4 - 1/2 cup frozen or fresh chopped spinach (optional, but yummy)

Mash or process tofu to desired consistency (we mash the tofu with our hands to get a nice crumbly texture). Mix in remaining ingredients. Adjust to taste.

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vegan sausage

Sausage / Brats
I found this method watching a video of Julie Hasson from So, even though it's super easy, it might help to review the method by watching her video. I then found other recipes online including Vegan Dad's blog where I found that by adding mashed beans to the mix, the texture turns out perfectly.

I've experimented a lot and finally came up with this mix of ingredients (below) to give it a really nice sausage/brat flavor with golden garlic and onions, a hint of apple, and a subtle sweet aftertaste I think other recipes miss. Of course, feel free to experiment with your own seasonings, the method remains pretty much the same and has proven foolproof in our kitchen.

This recipe makes 12 big, brat-sized sausages. You can easily half this if you don't have a big enough steamer.

Dry ingredients:
2 2/3 cups vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup heaping nutritional yeast

Wet ingredients in food processor:
1 cup apple juice + 1 apple (you can leave on the peal and add to food processor)
1/4 cup hot water water
2 veggie bouillon cubes (helps to dissolve in the water before blending/mixing)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon hickory smoke (optional)
1 cup heaping (or 1 can drained) white/navy beans (mash these if you're not using a food processor)

Fried spices to add to wet processor ingredients:
1 cup onion, chopped
8-10 cloves garlic (finely minced)
4 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt

1. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.

2. Dissolve the bouillon cubes in the 1/4 cup hot water. Once dissolved add to the rest of the wet ingredients.

3. In food processor, pulse blend apple juice, bouillon water, soy sauce, brown sugar, and hickory smoke. Add the beans, but don't pulse/blend just yet. Note, you probably wouldn't *have* to use a food processor. You could instead mash the beans by hand. But a couple short pulses in the processor works great.

4. Pan fry the onion in the oil on medium high heat until the onions start to brown. Lower the heat a bit and add the garlic and the resto of the spices. Stir well for a minute or two until the garlic starts to brown (not burn!). This process helps the spices really open up the flavor.

5. Add the onion, garlic and spices mixture to the food processor wet ingredients. Pulse a few times so that beans are macerated and the onions are a little less chunky, but not smooth.

6. Pour wet mixture into dry gluten and nutirional yeast and mix with a fork or hands till fully incorporated. It's easiest to just squish everything with your hands for a minute or so. No need to knead! It's actually better the less you knead the dough -- you don't want the gluten to start activating and toughen up too much.

7. Scoop about 1/3 heaping cup mixture onto 12 “paper-sized” (8"x11" approximately) pieces of heavy aluminum foil (this recipe will make 12 brat-sized sausages). If you don't want to use aluminum foil for whatever reason, you can use re-usable cloth with rubber bands on the ends, but you must roll them tightly.

8. Shape mixture into a brat-sized sausage, roll up tightly and twist/tighten ends of foil like a tootsie roll.

9. Place in steamer on a low rolling boil. Try not to stack in layers and not too tightly together. Criss-cross the layers to all the sausages are hit by steam. Steam for 50 minutes.

10. Remove from heat and let cool. Texture will be best the next day after cooling overnight in the refrigerator. 

Microwave, fry in oil, grill or whatever you like best. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings.

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seitan kabobs

Seitan (homemade!)
You may want to half this recipe if you don't have a really big pot to boil the seitan or if you don't have a freezer to store it when it's done. We make a full batch, grill kabobs with it (see marinade recipe below), make Vegan "steak" sandwiches, and freeze what's left over. You could even slice it thin for a Vegan Philly cheese steak. Gotta say, the kabobs are a HUGE hit with everyone. See the recipe below this one for the grilled jerk marinade recipe.

Water (you'll need about a gallon) for boiling, in a 2 to 3-gallon pot
5 cups vital wheat gluten (don't use wheat flour, you want the vital wheat gluten)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 heaping tsp. garlic powder
2 heaping tsp. dried basil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. oregano
3 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce

1. Bring a gallon or so of water (if making full batch) to a gentle rolling boil (medium high heat seems to work well)..
2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients (gluten, nutritional yeast, and spices) -- it's very important that you mix the dry ingredients first becase the liquid will make the gluten firm up very quickly.
3. In a separate bowl mix together remaining liquids.
4. Add dry to the liquid and mix thoroughly until dough is a consistent solid mass, but not dry. If mixture is too dry (depends on brand of gluten), just add a little water. Put on cupboard or tray and knead until air is removed. The dough will beecome difficult to knead -- you may use a mixer with a dough hook on it to do all the work). This is where the magic comes in -- the more you knead out the air, the more chewy your seitan will be when it's done. Knead for about 3-4 minutes till the dough is pretty "rubbery" (but not too rubbery -- this is hard to explain until you see it in action). It will still have a lot of little air bubbles when you cut through it -- you'll be able to adjust how much you knead the dough as you get used to the recipe and the texture you like. If you're kneading in a mixer, the process might take you more like 2 minutes.
5. Cut the dough into pieces (about 3" x 3") -- they will expand greatly in the water when boiling.
6. Gently boil for about 50 minutes.
7. Remove from water and cool on a tray or in a draining collandar. If not for immediate use, leave in large pieces and freeze. Otherwise, once it's cooled a bit, cut into large bite-sized kabob pieces.

You can now eat the seitan as is or put into your favorite "beeeef" recipes. We really like to make grilled kabobs with the seitan and then use the leftover grilled chunks to slice up for cold sandwhiches.

Grill/Jerk Seitan Marinade:
3 T red wine vinegar
2 T soy sauce
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 T ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon course-ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Put in a plastic bag or covered bowl/container with small chunks of seitan (shish kabob sized), marinate overnight turning occaisionally. Arrange your kabobs however you like (with peppers, pineapple, cherry tomatoes, etc.). You'll want to brush the kabobs with oil before putting them on the grill so they don't stick. Just turn until heated and charred to your liking. Eat right away or, for another DELICIOUS treat -- after grilling, leave some in the fridge overnight; then slice thin for cold steak sandwiches. Oh, SO good!

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seitan roll vegan deli meat

Seitan Roll (for Vegan Lunch Meat)

This is adapted from Vegan Dad's blog for Vegan Lunch Meat (find the original recipe here ). I LOVE Tofurkey's vegan deli slices, especially the one with peppercorns. So I decided to try this recipe with a few modifications to 1) add peppercorns, 2) make it a little less dry with a better mouthfeel, and 3) bring it up a notch on saltiness (I'm not big on salt, but the original recipe was a little bland for me).

This makes a GIANT loaf, so feel free to cut it down to size, especially if you don't have a big enough steamer. I'm guessing this made at least and probably more than 15 packages of Tofurkey slices... maybe closer to 20. 15 packages @ $3.99 = $59.85! This batch cost me about $5 and lasted me weeks (freezes well).

12oz firm tofu
2 cups water
1/3 cup + 1 T oil
4 tsp soy sauce
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp tumeric
2 tsp poultry seasoning (to make your own = 1 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp sage, 1/2 tsp marjoram, pinch rosemary)
1 tsp hickory liquid smoke
3 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten
2 tsp salt
t Tablespoon cracked peppercorns (grind just slightly black peppercorns, or put in a bag and crack with a hammer a few times).

Get water steaming in your steamer. You will need a large steamer.
1. Place all ingredients except the gluten flour in a blender or food processor and process until very smooth.
2. Put gluten in a bowl.
3. Pour wet mixture into dry and mix well. You don't have to knead the gluten (you can if you like a tougher texture)... just mix thouroughly. It helps to use your hands to squish everything together.
4. Shape dough into a thick log/loaf and wrap in heavy duty foil like a tootsie roll. Try to make the roll as thick as possible. *Use heavy duty foil or a cloth wrap with ties -- the seitan will push hard agains the foil/wrap and you don't want it to split.
5. Put in steamer and steam for 1 hour.
6. Remove seitan from steamer and bake for 45 minutes @ 350 degrees F.
7. Cool and slice thin for sandwiches. If you have a deli slicer, you're in for a real treat. Don't slice off more then you'll use right away because slices can dry out. Extra freezes well.

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vegan sloppy joes

Sloppy Joes
Old Minnesota church cookbook recipe made cruelty-free

1 white onion (slightly brown in pan first)
1 pound ground vegan hamburger crumbles (Gardein Ultimate Beefless Crumbles are very good)
1 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp mustard
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 10-12 oz. can tomato soup
salt and pepper to taste

Mix it, heat it and season to taste. Can easily double or triple recipe and freeze for later.

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vegan smothered burrito
Smothered Burritos

12-16 oz. of your favorite vegan hamburger crumbles
1 meidum white or yellow onion, chopped
1/2 of a 15-16 oz. can refried beans (we prefer refried with green chiles)
6-7 burrito size tortillas (thick kind)
10 oz. vegan cheddar cheese (we prefer "Follow Your Heart" brand)
1 packet burrito seasoning

Burrito gravy:
2 packets vegan brown gravy
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups water

Follow the directions on the burrito seasoning packet to heat/mix with burger crumbles and chopped/browned onion. Mix in refried beans. Spray 9"x13" baking pan with cooking spray. Steam tortillas one at a time until soft -- we use a colandar over a pan of boiling water and steam for 30 seconds or so (do not skip this step). Fill each burrito skin immediately with burger mixture and place in baking pan.

Stir together gravy mix and taco seasoning then add 2 cups cold water. Mix, heat to boinling, keep stirring and allow to thicken. Pour over burritos in baking pan, sprinkle with grated vegan cheese, bake at 400 degrees until hot 20-30 minutes). You may want to broil for last couple of minutes to get cheese very melty.

Serve with chooped lettuce, tomatoes, grated vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, etc.

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fried tofu

Southern-Fried Tofu

1 lb firm tofu (White Wave Tidal Wave is best)

~1/3 c. tamari or shoyu
~1/4 c. mirin or sherry
splash of balsamic vinegar
3 cloves crushed garlic
healthy splash of sesame oil
1 Tbls Frontier no-chicken powdered chicken broth

1/2 c. flour
~1/4 c. sesame seeds
~2 tsp seasoning salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 c. nutritional yeast
Cut tofu into slabs or strips. Marinate them for at least 1/2 hour. Drudge in the flour. Fry in oil until golden brown on all sides. For a healthier version, lightly grease a pan and bake 'em, turning once after around 25 minutes and bake for another 15 or 20 more.

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strawberry salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (lightly toast in pan over medium heat, stirring)
1/2 cup oil
1 Tablespoon minced red onion
1/4 teaspoon Vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Mix dressing before serving.

The other stuff:
One bunch of spinach
One pint of fresh sliced strawberries
1/2 cup toasted pecans or toasted sliced almonds (toast in oven or in pan stirring often until nicely browned)

Toss together adding dressing to taste. Dressing will keep a few days for future batches/servings. Spinach will get wilty if you pour the dressing on too far in advance.

Makes 4-8 servings.

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vegan stuffing

Stuffing or Stuffing "Balls"

1/3 cup vegan margarine
½ cup chopped celery
¼ cup chopped onion
5 cups soft bread cubes
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning (you may substitute sage)
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup vegan “chicken” broth
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent to one egg, well beaten

Optional ingredients: raisins and/or peeled and diced granny smith apples

In a skillet, melt margarine. Add celery and onion and sauté until tender. Toss in remaining ingredients and shape mixture into eight balls. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

(Omit egg replacer and bake in a greased casserole dish without shaping into balls for stuffing.)

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vegan tater tot hotdish

Vegan Tater Tot Hotdish (an old Minnesota favorite)

There are at least a couple of ways of making the gravy needed for this recipe. Here are two that we like. Try 'em both and pick your favorite.

Make one of these gravy recipes and then skip to "step 2" of the recipe below:

Gravy #1
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cups water (you can also use vegan milk for a "richer" taste)
1 teaspoon (or less to your taste) pepper
½ cup Frontier brand vegan "chicken" or "beef" broth powder (we prefer the "beef" flavor). If your local store doesn't have it, you can stock up by buying it online at -- do a search for "vegan broth." It will be their "Vegetarian Chicken Broth" or "Vegetarian Beef Broth." It's vegan. Also you can start with a little less of the powder and keep adding till you're at a flavor that suits you.

In a seperate bowl or big glass, mix water and veggie broth powder together (mix well) and have it ready. In a medium sized pot, stir oil and flour together over medium high heat and allow to boil/bubble for a minute or so (careful not to burn it, stir constantly... browning is OK). Pour the broth mixture into the hot bubbling roux and stir. As it starts to boil reduce the heat. It will thicken as it cooks a bit. Add pepper to taste.

Gravy #2
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons flour
1 or 2 cubes of vegan "beef" bouillon (crushed into powder)
1 teaspoon (or less to your taste) pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups vegan milk (rice or soy -- we recommend *not* using vanilla flavored).
1 teaspoon garlic (optional)

Heat oil in medium pot at medium high heat. Stir in flour, crushed bouillon, salt and pepper. Stir and let boil/bubble for a minute or so (careful not to burn it, stir constantly... browning is OK). Pour the milk mixture gradually into the hot bubbling roux and stir. As it starts to boil reduce the heat. It will thicken as it cooks a bit. NOTE: It is IMPORTANT that you stir in the bouillon with the oil and *not* try to mix it with water like in the gravy #1 recipe or the crushed cubes don't seem to incorporate well into the mix.

Step 2 (after you've made the gravy above):
To the gravy add one bag (or one pound) of Vegan ground "beef" crumbles. Boca brand works really well. Or you can use TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein). Allow to heat a little bit although it doesn't need to cook as this "meat"/gravy mixture will cook in the oven again.

Pour "meat"/gravy mixture into 9"x13" baking dish. You can pour on a layer of sweet corn or green beans or canned mushrooms (your choice -- Matt likes sweet corn and Barbara likes sweet corn with mushrooms). Then arrange one layer of tater tots.

Bake at 375-400 F until tater tots are browned and crispy on top. This time/temp may vary depending on your tater tots -- you can also just look at the directions for baking on your bag of tater tots and then watch until they're browed to your liking.

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tofu feta

From Lynn Halpern of

1 lb firm tofu (or the 19 oz extra firm from Denver Tofu Co. is OK, quantities are not precise. We like the firm consistency of White Wave Tidal Wave as well)
Marinade Ingredients:
1 Tbsp White Miso
1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp onion granules
½ tsp garlic granules
¼ - ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
herbs such as thyme, oregano, basil, etc.
Place together marinade ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together. Cube the tofu and place
in a tupperware-type container with a tight-fitting lid. Pour Marinade over tofu. Place lid
on and shake to cover all the tofu. It can be marinated for several hours or up to a few
days (in the refrigerator, of course). Shake occasionally to cover all the tofu with the

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vegan stuffed potato
Twice Baked Potatoes

4 medium russet potatoes, baked (or microwaved)
½ cup shredded Follow Your Heart vegan gourmet cheddar cheese
1/3 cup rice milk
Ener-G egg replacer equivalent of one egg
2 tablespoons vegan margarine
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
chives (optional)
paprika (optional)

Cut a thin lengthwise strip from the top of each potato. Leave a ¼ inch thick shell as you scoop out the potato innards. Beat the potato innards with all of the remaining ingredients except the paprika until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the potato shell and sprinkle with paprika. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes (or microwave until bubbly).

(Chives weren’t part of the original recipe, but I think they add a lot. For extra decadence, spoon Tofutti sour cream over the top.)

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wild rice

Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Almonds

½ cup uncooked brown rice
½ cup uncooked wild rice
¼ cup vegan margarine
½ cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons snipped chives or chopped green onions
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
3 cups of Frontier brand veggie “chicken” broth

Wash and drain rice. Melt margarine in a large skillet. Add rice, almonds, chives and mushrooms. Cook and stir until almonds are golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Pour rice mixture into an ungreased 1½ quart casserole dish. Heat broth to boiling. Stir broth into rice mixture. Cover tightly and bake about 1½ hours until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and fluffy. Makes 6-8 servings.

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