Spring Vegan Baking Recipes
Studies have shown that vegan apple pie transfers flavors to the taste buds faster than the speed of sound. Ok, maybe not but you would think so right? This vegan Apple Pie recipe calls for tart green apples such as Granny Smith for prominent apple flavor. Apple notes are further enhanced with ingredients such as Vegan Butter, molasses, calvados or brandy, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of allspice. Flaky Vegan Pie Crust is recommended.
This Vegan Blueberry Beetnik Muffin recipe takes advantage of baked beets which harbor wonderful butter caramel flavors when their sugars caramelize. The vegan muffins are then complimented by the tartness of blueberries and just the right ratio of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour. Lemon juice enhances flavor while allowing the beet purée to retain its vibrant reddish color during baking. This is because acids reduce the oxidation of plant-based compounds called anthocyanins, which are responsible for the red color in foods like beets and raspberries.
This Vegan Blueberry Buckwheat Pancake recipe features blueberries and buckwheat flour which lends them a tart sweetness along with an earthy, nutty richness. You also have the choice of adding either oat bran, wheat bran or wheat germ. These vegan pancakes are delightful topped with a touch of almond butter, additional fruit and/or real maple syrup.
This Vegan Blueberry Frozen Soy Yogurt recipe is super simple to make. It's just unsweetened vegan soy yogurt mixed in an ice cream maker with the fruit jam of your choice. I happened to have blueberry jam when I made this batch. Be sure to use quality soy yogurt. There are some brands out there that don't taste anything remotely like yogurt and they are to be avoided. It's also recommended using quality jam made with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Be sure to use unsweetened soy yogurt or else your frozen soy yogurt will come out too sweet. This recipe is already on the sweet side so the fruit comes through with intensity.
These Vegan Blueberry Muffins feature a buttery flavor and smooth texture thanks to the combined efforts of non-dairy milk, lemon juice and lemon extract. This compliments the tartness of the blueberries, making a delectable snack for breakfast or any other occasion. The combination of lemon juice and lemon extract in this recipe is so the lemon flavor can be brought up to tasty levels without excessive acidity, which in large amounts can negatively affect gluten's ability to bind.
Trying to find a from scratch strawberry cake recipe was difficult, finding a vegan recipe was impossible! So after much research I finally dreamed (literally) up a recipe that is truly from scratch, truly vegan, truly easy and most importantly, truly delish! This Strawberry Fields Forever Cake comes out so moist that frosting is definitely optional.
Rather than filled only in the center, like your typical filled muffin, these Vegan Strawberry Layered, Streusel Topped Muffins are layered so that you get a bit of berry in every bite. The "streusel" topping is sweet, and almost buttery or creamy. These could easily be made with any berry besides strawberries. Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, or raspberries to name a few. Just keep an eye on the filling when cooking to make sure it doesn't cook down too much, or start to burn. Different berries have different moisture levels, and cook down at different times. The filling should be the consistency of a slightly thick syrup. I prefer spraying or lightly oiling a muffin pan, as opposed to lining it because muffin batter tends to stick quite easily if even only a little over mixed.
Pop tarts are one of the easiest ways to pair fruit with flaky pastry goodness. This Vegan Strawberry Pop Tart recipe can be customized with whatever fruit preserves you have on hand. You can also fill them with things like chocolate; maple sugar and cinnamon; bananas and coconut, the possibilities are endless! Heck, you can even fill them with savory stuff like caramelized onions, mushrooms and potatoes. I won't judge. Just be sure to keep the filling under 2 teaspoons so they don't push out the sides during baking. The pastry is based on Flaky Pie Crust and features just the right ratio of Vegan Butter or margarine to shortening for the flakiest, most flavorful crust around.
Strawberry and rhubarb are joined together in holy matrimony with orange zest and a touch of sugar in these Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pancakes. I opted to not make these pancakes too sweet because I like real maple syrup or a liberal topping of strawberries to drive the sweetness. If you like your pancakes sweet you may want to consider adding a couple Tablespoons more sugar. Or top them with sweetened vanilla yogurt for a new take on strawberry shortcake. I repeat: you can con your friends into enjoying something really close to strawberry shortcake for breakfast! Either way it’ll be a breakfast to remember.
Strawberry and rhubarb's sweet and tart flavors are married with a hint of orange zest in this Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe. Strawberry and rhubarb together in a flaky pie crust is probably the most effective way to ring in the spring and summer months via flavor alone. Both of these fruits let go of lots of water during baking which can make things on the soupy side. A generous amount of arrowroot flour and a longer baking time at a slightly lower temperature than usual solves this issue and gives the pie a chance to bake to its juicy perfection. It's like a summer vacation in your mouth.