Moderate Recipes

Vegan Apple Pear Pie

Nothing beats a good home made apple or pear pie during the fall and winter season, and for the holidays.  I like to make them with a struesel oat topping with is much less fussy than a double crust pie and so good!  Also, I pre-cook my filling to cut way down on the baking time, and it comes out perfect every time!  If you would like this recipe to be gluten free, swap Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour in an equal amount with the whole wheat pastry. Give this a try the next time you are craving apple pie instead of just buying one, trust me, it is so worth it!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Apple Kombucha

Since it is prime apple season, I decided that some apple kombucha would be wonderful!  What is kombucha you may ask? Kombucha is a fermented probiotic beverage that aids in digestion and gut health among other benefits such as detoxification of the body.  It is delicious, and you can buy the popular GT brand or others like it at Fresh and Natural Foods.  You may even already enjoy it and know how tasty and helpful it is, but did you know it is fairly easy to make at home?  I was buying it every day; I realized I could make it myself and now have some kombucha in my fridge at all times.  The process is like this:

  • You take a scoby (or the mother which ferments the tea and sugar you add to it to produce the drink), add it to a tea and sugar mixture along with some starter kombucha liquid and water.  Then let it sit and ferment for a week until a new scoby is produced and the sugar has been used up (so no need to worry about the sugar content in this, it is food for the scoby) and the mixture is slightly tart.  It is then bottled (or jarred, I use large mason jars) and allowed to become fizzy (which takes about 3 days).

You then can enjoy tasty kombucha, and your tummy will thank you!  Once you get the hang of making it, you can even make fun flavors which are added after the fermentation and when it is bottled.  If you have any questions about the kombucha making process feel free to comment!

Drink Moderate Allergen Friendly Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Raw Vegan Vegetarian

Vegan Mini Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes

Just because you don’t eat eggs or dairy or are vegan does not mean you can not enjoy delicious cheesecake!  These chocolate cherry cheesecakes taste just as delicious as regular cheesecake, only they contain no refined sugar or flour, and no animal products.  So you can feel good about enjoying them! Although they have a few ingredients, they are fairly simple to make!  Now is the perfect time to make them too, since cherries are at their best this time of the year!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Vegan Strawberry Scones

Scones are the perfect thing to make on a weekend morning, they are so delicious while still warm out of the oven!  Since strawberries are in season, I love to use them in baked goods like scones this time of the year.  You may think that scones are difficult to make, but they are actually quite easy as long as you don’t over-handle the dough.  These ones happen to be vegan, so if you are allergic to dairy or eggs, or just choose not to eat them, these are the perfect thing to make!  They taste just as delicious as traditional scones too!

Breakfast Dessert Snack Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

It can be fun to make your own Valentine’s treats at home!  One of my favorites is linzer cookies, because I can cut them into heart shapes which is perfect for Valentine’s Day!  They are buttery little cookies sandwiched together with jam and they are so delicious!  The recipe I am sharing with you today happens to be vegan, because I use coconut oil and avocado oil in place of the butter and they are a little lower glycemic than classic cookies because I use coconut sugar instead of white sugar and fruit sweetened raspberry jam.  If you are looking to do edible gifts this year, give these a try!

Dessert Entree Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin pie is classic for Thanksgiving.  But since everyone is usually pretty full after the meal, I like to make mini ones to serve so everyone gets their own little pie.  The recipe I am sharing with you today also happens to be gluten free and dairy free (with a nut free option as well), as well as refined sugar free.  So it is good for those with allergies or those who are trying to eat a little healthier than traditional desserts.  It tastes just as good as classic pumpkin pie though, sweet, rich and delicious with a flaky buttery tasting crust.  These are great for making ahead of time as well and kept in the refrigerator until ready to serve!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Vegan Apple Hand Pies

I love apple season!  There are so many delicious things that you can make with them, like apple pie!  There is nothing like a home made apple pie made with local apple, served warm with ice cream!  The recipe I am sharing with you today is for apple hand pies, which are perfect for entertaining, or bringing along in lunches because you get your own little pie!  These happen to be vegan, I use coconut oil instead of the usual butter, and it makes for a really delicious buttery tasting crust!  I use maple sugar in them as well, which gives them a lovely sweet maple flavor.  These are the perfect thing to bake on the weekend when the weather is cool and you have a lot of apples on hand!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Mixed Summer Berry Jam

Summer is the time when fresh berries are plentiful, at their most delicious and most affordable. But when the cooler months hit, and the berries go away, I like to enjoy some delicious berry jam that I made with Summer berries!  It really is pretty easy to make, and it is the perfect way to be able to enjoy those Summer berries all year round!  The recipe I am sharing with you today is a lower sugar recipe, as I try to limit my sugar intake. It is just as delicious as regular jam though!  You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at Fresh and Natural Foods, including the low sugar pectin!

Breakfast Snack Intermediate Moderate Allergen Friendly Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Heart Healthy Paleo Vegan Vegetarian

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Truffles

Why not make some home made candy for Mom for Mother’s Day instead of buying her a box of chocolates. The truffle recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Mother’s Day with Spring strawberries and dark chocolate. They are actually gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free too, so you can feel good about giving them as a gift.  Not only that, they are delicious as well, and pretty easy to make, so you might even want to make a batch for yourself too!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Vegan Italian Meatballs

Sometimes for Christmas, you just want classic comfort food. If you are a vegan or vegetarian or maybe just a family trying to cut down on meat consumption, then this recipe is perfect for you!  Classic Italian meatballs, completely plant based!  I have made these quite a few times, and served them to my other family members who are not vegan and they loved them.  Some of them even said that they preferred it to real meatballs.  The secret to the delicious texture that mimics the real thing?  Lentils and walnuts. They happen to add protein and fiber too, so this is also a balanced meal if served with some pasta. I make a rich flavorful red sauce to combine them with and they taste delicious!  The meat balls and sauce can be made ahead, just don’t combine them with the sauce until you are ready to serve.  If you are doing that, I suggest heating the meatballs on a sheet pan in the oven (at 350F degrees for about 20 minutes if they are cold) and the sauce on the stove in a saucepan.

Entree Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Heart Healthy Vegan Vegetarian