Being a vegan should be healthier in general. But when you add in whole foods, you can lose weight and attain several other health benefits. Once you begin Whole Food Vegan Baking, you won’t want to return to that McDonald’s apple pie ever again (even though it is surprisingly “vegan-friendly”).
Breads, Cookies, and Pies, oh my! This cookbook includes many items that are not traditionally thought of as vegan like baked desserts and breads. After a chapter containing the basics of veganism and baking, there are four chapters full of tasty-sounding recipes.
- Breads, Biscuits, Muffins, and Scones
- Cookies, Brownies, and Bars
- Cakes and Cupcakes
- Pies and Tarts
The recipes inside the chapters include Apple Pie Bread, Banana Nut Muffins, Pumpkin Spice Scones, Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, four kinds of brownies, Peanut Butter Cake Bars, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Dreamy Chocolate Silk Pie, and Easy Lemon Tart. Plus a whole slew of more breads and desserts. Since all the recipes are vegan, they are all dairy-free. In addition, the recipes are labeled when gluten-free, nut-free or soy-free. Many of the recipes have only a few ingredients and are simple to prepare. For instance, the Peanut Butter Granola Bars with Chocolate Drizzle only contains oats, maple syrup, applesauce, peanut butter, coconut sugar, peanuts and vanilla extract. The prep time is ten minutes and bake time is twenty. With a ten minute cooling off period, you could be eating a delicious and vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free treat in forty minutes from start to finish. As a matter of fact, why am I writing this review instead of creating a tasty (and cheaper than packaged) granola bar?
If you are vegan or just want to eat healthier at least occasionally, pick up Whole Food Vegan Baking. I wish I could give it 5 stars based solely on its flavor. However, I have to take off 1 star for the lack of pictures and no nutritional information for each baked treat. So 4 stars!
Thanks to Rockridge Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.