Category Archives: Desserts & Jams

Vegan Baked Apples

It was a dark and stormy night…so she made baked apples. I actually use my local bakery’s no-fat cinnamon-sunflower seed granola for the stuffing, adding some nut butter (sometimes) and maple syrup, but here’s an approximate breakdown of their ingredients.

Vegan Baked Apples
Makes 4 large servings or 8 smaller servings (half-apples)

4 large firm baking apples, cored
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Banana Bread

Although I’ve listed the chocolate chips as an optional ingredient, I personally consider it a core ingredient in banana bread. Those little melty chocolate spots within the sweet banana bread add even more joy to tastebuds!

Banana Bread
Makes one loaf

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour*
3/4 cup oat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
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Couscous Cake with Berry Topping

Years ago, I used to make this simple no-bake dessert all summer, with whatever fruits were in season. Cherries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, and apricots all made their appearances. Then for some reason, I stopped making it, and only recently remembered how much I like its cool, lightly-sweet, simplicity. The quantities of the liquids can be played around with, meaning you … Read more

Chocolate-Almond Torte (vegan)

This recipe originated on and featured grind-your-own almond flour, sugar, and a larger cake. My vegan version features no sugar and almond flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill) and espresso-flavored whipped coconut cream. The texture is pure “nut torte”, lightly dense, but not fudge-y.

Chocolate-Almond Torte
Yield: 8 servings

1 cup almond flour
3/4 cup maple syrup
5-1/2 ounces 

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Chia Orange Marmalade

I’m picky about the sweeteners that are used in commercial sugar-free jams. So don’t complain, make something better, right? Here’s a delicious marmalade sweetened with liquid stevia and thickened with chia seeds. Nutritious (the chia seed’s calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3s are through the roof), and purely citrus-tasting. Now that’s more like it!


Chia Orange Marmalade
Yield: a little over Read more