Vegan Casseroles Cookbook Review and Giveaway, Plus Creamy Spinach Florentine, Almost Alfredo Sauce and Bumbleberry Cobbler Recipes!

Hi Vegan Runner Eats readers! Today I am excited to bring to your attention a wonderful new cookbook by Julie Hasson called Vegan Casseroles. I’ve been cooking up a storm using recipes from this book for about a month now, and today I’m going to share my experience with you. Don’t miss the giveaway part at the bottom of this post – Julie and her publisher kindly agreed to mail out a copy of Vegan Casseroles to one lucky reader of my blog (US or Canada only). Julie Hasson has published a number of vegan cookbooks over the years, including Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes, Vegan Diner: Classic Comfort Food for the Body and Soul, The Complete Book of Pies: 200 Recipes from Sweet to Savory. With her interest in developing delicious vegan comfort food recipes, it was only logical that she eventually decided to put together a … Read the rest of the post

Chocolate Decadence Candy Recipe (Only Three Ingredients!) to Please Your Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here we go again, celebrating a holiday that beats all records of candy sales nationwide. Regardless of whether you love Valentine’s Day or roll your eyes at how commercial it has become, I hope you have a lovely day today! I’ve been thinking of posting a dessert recipe on Valentine’s Day, but most of the things I baked recently were inspired by cookbooks or Pinterest, so the recipes weren’t mine. Then it hit me: I could just post the recipe for my supereasy dark chocolate candies with dried plums that I’ve been making for years! All that’s left was to come up with a sexy name for them (it’s Valentine’s Day, after all!), and the star was born. Meet the three-ingredient Chocolate Decadence Candy – a dark chocolate lover’s ultimate delight! A batch of these beats any store-bought candy like nobody’s business! Making these is so easy that calling … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Baking in November: Homemade Pumpkin-Walnut Bread

As much as I love baking, I’ll admit that I’m not very good at coming up with my own recipes for baked goods. Following other people’s baking recipes? – No problem, I do that at least once a week. Coming up with my own stuff? That’s trickier, since baking is kind of an exact science. Imagine my joy when this pumpkin-walnut bread actually came out good! This pumpkin bread is moist, dense, and not overly sweet. As with most of my recipes, I didn’t add any oil. It’s not a low-fat recipe because there’s plenty of fat in the walnuts, but at least nuts ate a natural, unrefined source of fat. Want to make it extra-indulgent? Smear it with some of my homemade peanut butter! This loaf makes a lovely dessert, a healthy anytime snack, or a good breakfast. I think sprinkling the top with walnut pieces makes it look very pretty, but … Read the rest of the post

Guilt-Free Baking: Banana Nut Bread

Ahhh, who doesn’t love baked goods? Especially those that are rich in flavor, comforting, and don’t require a degree in culinary arts to make? Lo and behold today’s leading character – my Banana Nut Bread! Baking, baking, baking… When I was growing up, my mom was the Queen on Baked Goods not just in our family, but for all of our friends and relatives. I myself didn’t discover the joys of baking until a couple years ago, and – that’s right – I never looked back… There were a  few times in the past months when I had to bake a new item/batch/recipe as soon as the previous one was gone, and I could operate in that mode for weeks… And then I switched to a vegan diet. Ta da! Before I did any research, I was worried that I’d never get to bake anything again… But I decided to be stoic, especially since … Read the rest of the post