Our copycat dark chocolate Chunky bars are super-easy to make, they are vegan, they are gluten-free, and honestly they are just plain better (and better for you) then actual Chunky bars (especially since Nestle took them over, and reduced the quality of the ingredients, and raised the price). Plus, you can get all of the ingredients at Costco (but of course you don’t have to), and organic (ditto)!
Our copycat recipe for Jujube Date and Walnut is not only better than the original, but gives you other options as well! The Jujube Date & Walnuts (basically walnut-stuffed dates) are very popular, particularly with the Vegan Costco crowd, but Costco is discontinuing them, so if you are missing your date & walnut fix, this Copycat Jujube date and walnut recipe is for you. It’s also for you if you would just like to make your own, and happily you can get both organic dates and organic walnuts at Costco (the Jujubes are not organic). Now, you might think that shoving a walnut into a date hardly qualifies as a recipe, and ordinarily you’d be right. However we do things with dates and walnuts that you may not have considered (yes, as we read that we realized that it could sound kind of naughty, but we’re ok with that. :~) ).
Our chocolate chip raw cookie dough protein balls are easy and fun to make, and have lots of flavor and plenty of protein. What they don’t have is gluten, animal products, refined sugar, or weird ingredients that you don’t want in your food. In fact, they have just 5 ingredients: dates, almonds, vanilla protein powder, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips. They also have a secret: While they are fantastic as is, they are amazing if you heat them up in an air fryer for a few minutes, or in the microwave for a few seconds! Then they come this magical best of all worlds, raw cookie dough with warm gushy chocolate chips!
No matter what you call it (‘halva’, ‘halvah’, “halava”, or “halavah”), vegan halvah is the holy grail of halvas for many people. If you, as we, grew up eating Joyva brand halvah, you may have been as stunned as were we to discover that Joyva halvah, and many other brands of halva, are not vegan! WTF? That’s right! Some brands contain egg white or albumin, others contain honey, and some even have both.
Ready to have your mind blown? These amazing chocolate cherry truffles are not only not bad for you, they are positively good for you! And yet they are freakin’ delicious! They even have protein in them, in fact we thought about calling them ‘chocolate cherry protein truffles’ but we were afraid the name would scare people off before they tried them; they are literally vegan truffles that taste amazing, but just happen to also have protein and be good for you. They are the ultimate in guilt-free sweets! And they are easy to make and economical as well (in fact all of the ingredients are available at Costco)!
Want a vegan recipe for copycat Fiddle Faddle, copycat Cracker Jacks, or copycat Screaming Yellow Zonkers (what a name) popcorn? This is it! Our recipe for oven-baked candy-coated popcorn is easy to make, and hard to resist. And our recipe is sooooo much cleaner than any of Screaming Yellow Zonkers, Cracker Jack, or Fiddle Faddle. That’s the lovely thing about making your own versions of beloved favorites, you not only know exactly what goes into it, but you can control what goes into it, and keep out the nasties.
Copycat Cocomels: Vegan Coconut Milk Caramels (And They’re Easy to Make with Just 3 Ingredients and No Thermometer Required!)
Our copycat Cocomel vegan caramels recipe (made from coconut milk) is incredibly easy to make and takes only 3 ingredients! This is our own recipe for vegan caramels, developed after we realized that all of the recipes for coconut milk caramels out there are basically copies of the Saveur recipe (right down to the word-for-word copied “combine the sugar and the water and stir until sugar is wet” instructions). And most of them use use corn syrup, and also some sort of fat (vegan butter or solid coconut oil), and … water?? WTF? Cocomels don’t have that stuff in them! The ingredients for Cocomels are organic coconut milk, organic brown rice syrup, organic dried cane syrup, sea salt, and xanthan gum. Period. The ingredients for our copycat Cocomels vegan caramels are organic coconut milk, organic brown rice syrup, and organic sugar. No xanthan gum. For this recipe we use the organic coconut milk and organic sugar from Costco (but of course you don’t have to).
Want an easy, delicious, gluten-free vegan doughnut recipe? One that doesn’t even resort to flax eggs or the like? Whether you call them donuts or doughnuts, our gluten-free vegan cinnamon doughnut recipe is going to become your new best friend! This is also a vegan Costco recipe because it features ingredients from Costco (although of course you don’t have to get yours from Costco!)
This healthy gluten-free date bars recipe is easy, delicious, and, of course, vegan! And you probably already have everything that you need to make these vegan date squares of lusciousness! We use the Deglet Noor pitted dates from Costco for this recipe, although of course you can use other dates. Deglet Noor dates are perfect little powerhouses of nutrients and energy (not to mention that they taste wonderful! Sweet, but not too sweet!) Deglet Noor dates contain fiber, protein, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, B6, flavanoids and carotenoids! Who knew that these sweet little fruits were so healthful??
If you are looking for a fast, easy gluten-free dairy-free no-roll pie crust dough (gosh look at all those hyphens), this is it! This vegan pie crust recipe uses no shortening, and because the “flour” is made from uncooked oatmeal oats (so technically it’s an oatmeal pie crust) you can make it sweet or savory, as an oat pie crust is as perfect for quiche as it is for a dessert pie or bars. You can also prebake this no-roll oat crust!
If you are looking for a healthful and different dessert or snack (or hey, breakfast bars), look no further. Our gluten-free vegan fig bars are it! With an easy press-in bottom crust, scrumptious filling made from dried figs (Costco has a great deal on them!), and lovely crumbly topping, these vegan fig bars are as easy to make as they are delicious!
It’s apple season here, and in our house that means it’s time to make a crisp (also known as a crumble). Whether you call it a crisp or a crumble, you’ll want a gluten-free vegan topping recipe for it, and here it is! Our crisp / crumble topping is low sugar, really easy to make, and so delicious! It’s made with almond flour, oats, a little sugar, and vegan butter; no other gluten-free flour needed! It’s really super easy, and you can top any fruit with it (we include easy directions for making and baking it). Costco carries the best deal on almond flour, and sometimes has Miyoko’s vegan butter!
Here’s a really easy Thanksgiving dessert, in fact it may be the queen of easy Thanksgiving recipes! And if you’re wondering what to do with those leftover sweet potatoes or with that can of sweet potato puree, this is it! Our sweet potato pudding is the perfect last minute addition to any table (Thanksgiving, breakfast, after dinner, you name it) and the perfect way to use up those sweet potatoes!
Think that gluten-free vegan scones are impossible? Or that making your own vegan and gluten-free scones is complicated or difficult? Think again, because our vegan scone recipe is gluten-free, easy, uses regular ingredients that you almost certainly already have, and, best of all, it’s delicious! In fact, these scones are (or can be made to be) reminiscent of the maple oat scones of Starbucks fame, if you like!
With the holidays coming up, we figured we’d share our super-easy, super-yummy, vegan, gluten-free ginger snaps recipe! Of course, while we’re writing this in November (hence the reference to the holidays), ginger snaps are good any time of year!
The following recipe is contributed by Chef Andrea Young, founder of Sweet Vegan in New York City. We have had Sweet Vegan’s chocolates, and we’re here to tell you that they are amazing! And if you aren’t in or near New York City, you can order them online and they will ship them to you!
If you are struck by a sudden craving for almond cookies, this is the recipe for you! Easy, gluten-free, vegan, and utterly delicious, these cookies will definitely hit the spot! They are reminiscent of those almond cookies that you get at a Chinese restaurant, although if you are used to the super-crunchy almond cookies from a Chinese restaurant, these are a bit softer and chewier (which frankly we prefer – fewer crumbs and no sharp edges stabbing you in the gums or the roof of your mouth!)
Everybody needs adequate good fat in their diet, yet many people don’t get enough good fat, or even pay attention to the amount of fat they eat on a daily basis. While the term “fat bomb” may not be familiar to you (unless you or someone you know is doing a keto diet), homemade vegan fat bombs are a great way to help make sure that your body gets enough of the good fat that it needs for brain and organ function, vitamin and nutrient absorption, and hormone and energy production.
Gluten-free vegan carrot cake is one of the holy grails of those who are gluten-free and vegan, isn’t it? Maybe even the holy grail. Fortunately, as you’re probably aware, gluten-free vegan desserts are much tastier than the poor rep they so often receive. They are often way more delicious and complex than the nut and seed bars you probably ate when you were first exploring a vegan lifestyle. This incredible carrot cake contains no gluten or animal products whatsoever; you’ll be in gluten-free vegan heaven at the first bite.
Isn’t it funny how some vegan recipes are even easier to make than their non-vegan counterparts? That’s the case with this vegan chocolate mousse, and this isn’t just any old chocolate mousse! This is an almond joy chocolate mousse! We use the almond butter and maple syrup from Costco in this recipe.