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Vegan Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Saturday April 19, 2014

Vegan Meyer Lemon CheesecakeIf carrot cake is not your thing, then this Vegan Meyer Lemon Cheesecake might be just the perfect dairy-free and vegan cake for your Easter Sunday celebration tomorrow. Yep, that's right: it's a cheeseless (and eggless!) cheesecake, and it's so good, no one will know. Bright, lemony, creamy, and just so good, you will not have any leftovers.

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Golden Split Pea Soup

Friday April 18, 2014

Yellow Split Pea Soup RecipeGreen Split Pea Soup has been a traditional Easter dish in my family for as long as I can remember, and although this tradition seems to have originated because ham is usually the main dish, I make it every year, sans the ham. This Yellow Split Pea Soup is a new favorite in our household, but after we enjoyed it last year, it's clear that it's here to stay. Healthy, hearty, and so cheap, you can prepare this lovely, comforting soup as long as you have:

  • 2 1/2 cups dried yellow split peas
  • 2 cans of vegetable broth
  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • half a bulb of garlic
  • or, in other words, about 10 bucks. It's beautiful enough for a family Easter celebration but simple enough for everyday meals. (If you're just figuring out what to make for Sunday's celebration today, you might just need something simple!)

    Vegan Carrot Cake

    Friday April 18, 2014

    Vegan Carrot Cake RecipeI'm not sure if it's because of the bunnies or simply because carrots are in season in spring, but carrot cake and other carrot dishes are the foods that most readily come to mind when I think of Easter. Bright, sweet and healthy, carrots are a nice way to make any Easter table look festive.

    Now that Easter is just two days away, it's time to finish planning the feast (and start making it)! This Vegan Carrot Cake is a dessert that's present at every one of my Easter celebrations. Prepared with walnuts, dates, raisins and, of course, carrots, this is one cake that's hard to say no to. (It's made with vegetables, after all!) While most carrot cake recipes use butter and eggs, this recipe substitutes the fat with finely ground walnuts, oil and pureed dates and uses maple syrup to sweeten the deal.

    Here are a few more deliciously dairy-free, bright and brilliant carrot recipes for your Easter celebration:

  • Carrots with Raisins
  • Carrot Cumin Soup
  • Creamy Carrot Dip
  • Raw Carrot Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes
  • Vegan Carrot Soup
  • Photo 2009 Ashley Adams, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Dairy-Free Hot Cross Buns

    Friday April 18, 2014

    Dairy-Free Hot Cross Buns RecipeHot Cross Buns are sweet yeast rolls that are traditionally served on Good Friday (today!) and Easter that are typically served warm, currant-bedecked and filled with a rich creamy icing that also usually requires a frightening amount of dairy. These Dairy-Free Hot Cross Buns are prepared with soymilk, raisins and a lighter sweet glaze that runs down the buns cinnamon-roll style. They're perfect for a Good (or great!) Friday, but they also make a lovely addition to Easter dinner or brunch. And whether you're religious or not, they're really good.

    Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

    Wednesday April 16, 2014

    Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

    Although pumpkin seems out of season right now, I made these Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins last week without any regrets. And, as luck would have it, they can be suitable for passover, too! Just use coconut oil instead of soy margarine when serving (and make sure it is organic and bears the OU symbol) and read the label of your gluten-free flour choice to make sure it's free of chametz.

    2014 Ashley Adams, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Raw Candy Bars Recipe for Passover

    Tuesday April 15, 2014

    Raw Candy Bars Recipe

    Raw desserts are perfect, though often forgotten, desserts for Passover celebrations; they contain no grains, usually no peanuts, and no soy, and they require no baking or cooking of any kind. These Raw Candy Bars are some of my favorite raw "confections," prepared with raw cashews, tahini, maple syrup, cocoa and coconut oil, and, although they require a few steps, they're healthier than traditional sweets and keep your stovetops and oven clear while you're preparing the rest of your Passover feast.

    To see how I made them, check out my How to Make Raw Candy Bars tutorial.

    Photo 2009 Ashley Adams, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Sweet Kugel Recipe

    Monday April 14, 2014

    Sweet Coconut Kugel RecipeA kugel is one of those dishes that even sounds comforting; the two syllable word is heavy, hearty and lands on the family-style table with a spoon already in it. For those in the dairy-free community currently preparing for the Passover celebration, this Sweet Coconut Kugel is certainly comforting and always a good idea, and it is prepared without both dairy and soy to abide by Passover food restrictions which prohibit the combining of milk and meat (if your meal includes meat) and those that prohibit the ingestion of soy. Pass it down (or over), and enjoy!

    Photo 2009 Ashley Adams, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Monday April 7, 2014

    Vegan Grilled Cheese RecipeMany of you may not know this, but April is both National Grilled Cheese Month in the U.S., so I thought I'd share my favorite way to celebrate: with a good old-fashioned Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich. As with any recipe with only a few ingredients, the success of a Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich is dependent upon the quality of its parts, and two things in particular: bread and dairy-free cheese. For my vegan grilled cheese sandwich or other dairy-free melts, I almost always use Daiya or Follow Your Heart, but if you are new to the dairy-free diet or veganism, browse through my list of the best Vegan Cheese Substitutes and try a few until you find the one that best suits your palate.

    To shake things up a little bit, here are two more fun dairy-free grilled cheese sandwich recipes to celebrate the month of April:

  • Dairy-Free Toasted Cheese, Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • Vegan Peanut Butter Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Photo 2010 Ashley Adams, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Dairy-Free Lemon Curd

    Wednesday March 26, 2014

    Dairy-Free Lemon Curd RecipeIf you've followed my blog for a while, you know that lemon curd is one of my favorite things. And although it's a favorite year round, it's especially special in the spring. Bright, yellow, uber-tart, and creamy, it's the perfect filling for cakes and cupcakes, the most lucious spread on toast. And, it's pretty simple to make, too.

    Vegan Pecan Sandies Recipe

    Tuesday March 25, 2014

    Dairy-Free Pecan Sandies RecipeToday is National Pecan Day in the U.S., so I thought I'd celebrate with y'all with a veganized version of the classic pecan cookie, the pecan sandy. I often forget about these humble cookies because, as I've mentioned before, pecans are not pantry staples for me. They are intentionally purchased, and intentionally used for specific dishes.

    Not to belabor the point: pecans are not my favorite nut. In fact, they're not even in my top 3, at least on their own. But some of my favorite childhood sweets wouldn't be what they are without them; pecan pie, pecan crusts, pecan cookies--those buttery weird nuts make those dishes what they are (delicious). A couple of years ago, I was reminded of this when inspired me to veganize the classic pecan cookie. This Vegan Pecan Sandies Recipe is what I came up with, and the cookies were phenomenal. Rich, lightly sweet and infinitely healthier than traditional butter-and-egg cookies, these are an easy, simple dessert you can go a little nuts over.

    Photo 2010 Ashley Adams, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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