Plant-Powered Families is HERE! (+ bonus ebook and giveaway)


Plant-Powered Families is here! I’ve mentioned this new cookbook a few times, and today I can officially announce that it releases on May 12th! In this cookbook, I share over 100 recipes, plus insights and tips from my 14 years of raising 3 “weegans”.

NEW! Plant-Powered Families cookbook by Dreena Burton

This is my fifth cookbook, but my first cookbook with full-color design and photographs for every recipe (taken by my friend and colleague, Nicole Axworthy). Cover photo credit: Lindsay Faber.

All the recipes are vegan, whole foods plant-based, and many with allergy-friendly options to make them nut-free or gluten-free. This is collection of both new recipes along with selected “tried and true” dishes. I have revised some old favourites, making them easier, more nutritious, and also with some allergy-friendly alternatives. Of course, there are many new food creations, including:

  • Sunday Morning Pancakes
  • Cinnamon French Toast
  • Blueberry Lassy Muffins
  • No-Bake Granola Bars
  • Green Superhero Dressing
  • Cheesy Caesar Dressing
  • Potato-Meets-Egg-Salad
  • ‘Baconut’
  • Red Lentil Hummus
  • Vegan Feta
  • Motsa’ Dip
  • Ultimate Cashew Cheese
  • Cream of Cauliflower Soup
  • Smoky Bean Chili
  • Smashing Squash Soup
  • Thick ‘n Hearty Tomato Sauce
  • Polenta Pizza Crust
  • Artichoke Sunflower Burgers
  • Ta-Quinos!
  • Autumn Dinner Loaf with Homestyle Gravy
  • Saucy BBQ Chickpeas and Green Beans
  • Creamy Fettucine
  • “ShipShape” Joe’s
  • Balsamic-Glazed Sweet Potato Fries
  • Peanut Butter Pudding with Berrylicious Swirl
  • Fudgesicles
  • Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Crazy Brownies
  • Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Protein Power Balls
  • Apple Nachos Supreme… and more!
Cinnamon French Toast from "Plant-Powered Families" cookbook by Dreena Burton

Cinnamon French Toast

Artichoke Sunflower Burgers from "Plant-Powered Families" cookbook by Dreena Burton

Artichoke Sunflower Burgers

Red Lentil Hummus from "Plant-Powered Families" cookbook by Dreena Burton

Red Lentil Hummus

Vegan Feta from "Plant-Powered Families" by Dreena Burton

Vegan Feta

Cream of Cauliflower Soup from "Plant-Powered Families" by Dreena Burton

Cream of Cauliflower Soup (with Seasoned Polenta Croutons)

Autumn Dinner Loaf from "Plant-Powered Families" cookbook by Dreena Burton

Autumn Dinner Loaf with Homestyle Gravy

Saucy BBQ Chickpeas and Green Beans from "Plant-Powered Families"

Saucy BBQ Chickpeas and Green Beans

Crazy Brownies from "Plant-Powered Families" cookbook by Dreena Burton

CRAZY Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

Apple Spice Cake with "Cream Cheese" Frosting

Apple Spice Cake with “Cream Cheese” Frosting

Apple Nachos Supreme from "Plant-Powered Families" by Dreena Burton

Apple Nachos Supreme

Beyond the recipes, this is where you will find my vegan mama insights and food tips… answering the questions I hear from readers so often, including:

  • What do you pack in your kids’ school lunches? How do you make them nut-free?
  • What do you serve at birthday parties? Do you send your children to non-vegan parties and social events?
  • How do you handle weekly food preparation? What do you batch-cook/freeze?
  • … and the ever-popular: HELP! I have a picky eater!

I answer all these questions — and more — sharing what I’ve learned and as a mom of three for the past 14 years. I’ve also included a nutritional FAQ section, with help from my friend and colleague Heather Nicholds.

Plant-Powered Families releases on May 12th (perfect for Mother’s Day)! I encourage you to pre-order now and receive a special early order gift, a bonus ebook with 15 NEW plant-powered, family-friendly recipes. (If you have already pre-ordered, yes, you are still eligible to receive the pre-order bonus.) Your 15 bonus ebook recipes include… Lemon Coconut Muffins, Amaranth Porridge, Soy-Free Vegan Feta, Roasted Red Pepper Dip, Greek Lentil and White Bean Soup, Pumpkin Seed Poppers, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting, and more!

Lemon Cranberry Coconut Muffins from bonus "Plant-Powered Families" ebook by Dreena Burton

Lemon Cranberry Coconut Muffins

Mango Hemp Dressing from "Plant-Powered Families" bonus ebook

Mango Hemp Dressing

Pumpkin Seed Poppers from "Plant-Powered Families" bonus ebook!

Pumpkin Seed Poppers

Soy-Free Vegan Feta from "Plant-Powered Families" bonus ebook!

Soy-Free Vegan Feta

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting from bonus Plant-Powered Families ebooks by Dreena Burton

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting

To receive this bonus ebook:

  1. Order Plant-Powered Families (Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | IndieBound | Indigo) before May 12th.
  2. Email your proof of purchase to

That’s it! PLUS…

I know many of you will be sharing news of this book via social media, so I’m offering a special giveaway. To enter the giveaway:

  1. share this post on social media (Facebook, twitter, IG, etc) using the hashtags  #plantpoweredfamilies
  2. then leave a comment with rafflecopter (below), and you will be entered to win ALL of these prizes…

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Nummy Brownie Bites


Hi friends, it’s good to be back! Thanks for your patience while I took an extended break through the holidays and beginning of this new year. That break was really crucial. I’m feeling more restored. and now easing back into work. I’m also preparing for the release of Plant-Powered Families, coming this May! I’ll have an announcement post about the new book for you next week, with a bonus preorder offer and giveaway, so stay tuned. *Updatepreorder now available!

But first, let’s bake. I created these Nummy Brownie Bites to include in my PPF cookbook. I had two brownie recipes, and had to make some content cuts, so I decided to share them here with you – right here, right now. Because we always need cookies in our lives, and brownies are particularly special!

Nummy Brownie Bites by Dreena Burton #vegan #glutenfree

These nummy bites use almond meal and pulverized dates in the base. I know, not at all traditional! But, I promise, you won’t care once you taste them. They are a little crispy on the outside, then moist and chewy on the inside. Warning: The batter is incredibly irresistible! :)

Since this recipe was intended for my new cookbook, credit for the food photos goes to Nicole Axworthy. She was my food photographer for this book, more details in my next post. For now, enjoy the recipe…

Nummy Brownie Bites by Dreena Burton #vegan

Nummy Brownie Bites

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I’m a little in love with these cookies. They are a little crisp on the outside, and soft and moist and dense on the inside, like a fudgy brownie.

1/2 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp almond butter or other butter of choice (cashew butter, peanut butter, etc)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup oat flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp (rounded) sea salt
2 tbsp raisins (optional)
2 tbsp non-dairy chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees (not 350). In mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add maple syrup and dates (if your dates aren’t very soft, first soak them in the maple syrup, for about 1/2 hour)*. Process on low speed to first incorporate, and then increase speed slightly to fully pulverize and smooth dates. Since dates can vary by brand, this may take a few minutes or longer. It’s okay to see a little texture in the date puree, but no big obvious pieces – it will continue to smooth with the next step as well. Add the nut butter and vanilla and mix through again briefly to incorporate. Once smooth, turn off mixer and add almond meal, oat flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Process on low speed until mixer comes together, adding raisins if using, and chips. The mixture will be sticky, and that’s the idea. These are dense, brownie-like cookie bites. Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 tbsp in size) and transfer mounds of the batter on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-13 minutes, remove and let cool on the pan for about a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack. Makes about 13-15 cookies.

*If you don’t have a mixer with a paddle attachment (a hand-mixer will not be strong enough), first puree the dates with the maple syrup in a small food processor, and then add the almond butter and vanilla and puree through. Once the mixture is fairly smooth (doesn’t have to be silky smooth), transfer to a larger bowl, scraping out all the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and mix by hand until well incorporated.

Enjoy! x


Recipe Posts for Christmas and New Year’s


Hi friends…

I had planned to share some new recipes with you before the holidays. After one very rough, but enlightening day this week, I realized a work break was essential.

Behind the scenes of social media and blogging I’ve been attending to work on the new book (design edits and preparing for the launch), getting ready for the holidays, and well, keeping up with daily life as a mom of three. In short, I’ve been exhausted and stressed.

I find it very hard to step back from my work, because I love it so much. But, taking a break from blogging and social media is one area that I can simplify right now.

As mothers, we give so much, and rarely give back to ourselves. This Christmas I am gifting myself with a break! Please do the same for yourselves before the holidays, my women and mama friends. We all need it.

I leave you with these two posts for recipes through the holidays: my Christmas Day menu, and ideas for New Year’s Eve.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and love-filled holiday season with your family! Thank you always for your support.

x Dreena



Warmly Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Stew

Often times, you guys remind me of my own recipes. When I get an email or tweet from you about a recipe you are loving, I’m reminded to share more about those dishes, right here.

And I appreciate those notes, especially right now! Between preparing for my book launch in May, reviewing final book edits, preparing for Christmas, and managing endless momma to-do’s… my mind is scattered. Terribly scattered. (Moms, please reassure me that you are feeling the same out there with holiday prep!)

When I feel scattered like that, there is something grounding about posting a “tried and true” recipe.

Warmly Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Stew #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree by Dreena Burton

Last week I heard from a few of you about this Warmly Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Stew recipe from Let Them Eat Vegan. It’s a great one-pot plant-based dish that is very nourishing. Though the ingredient list is long, it doesn’t mean the recipe is difficult. Once you assemble the spices, the rest of the prep is rather easy.

Warmly Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Stew by Dreena Burton #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree

This stew is also the kind of dish that hits the spot when we are eating more processed foods and sweets during the holidays. The warm, earthy spices and nutrient-dense ingredients help us feel more balanced when our diet doesn’t feel so balanced. Healthy comfort food, I guess! Adult comfort food, for sure. (I should mention that this is not one of my kids’ favourite recipes, they aren’t very fond of the notes of fennel and curry. Just a heads up if you have little ones – you might need to top with guac.) :)

This is good straight up, hot out of the pot with a sprinkle of chopped pistachios (shown), or chopped almonds or some pine nuts. It’s also delicious with a little drizzle of Maple-Balsamic Sauce…. just a touch, a little goes a long way.

Enjoy the recipe, guys… and hang in there with the holiday prep. I’ll try to. 😉

x Dreena

Warmly Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Stew by Dreena Burton #vegan #glutenfree #soyfree

Warmly Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Stew

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This dish is a cross between a casserole and a stew. It is cooked stove-top, much like a stew, but is much more like a casserole in texture. The quinoa and chickpeas are simmered with warm, earthy spices, and balanced with the sweetness of dried figs and sautéed fennel. Serves 4-5 or more depending on accompaniments.

1-2 tbsp water
1 cup onion, chopped
¾ – 1 cup red pepper, chopped (see note)
1- 1 ½ cups fennel bulb, chopped (first remove core and stalks from bulb) (see note)
3 large cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp fennel seed
1 ½ tsp paprika
1 ½ tsp dried basil
3/4 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 cup white wine
3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed (see note)
2 cups chickpeas (rinsed and drained if using canned)
2 – 2 ¼ cups water (+ another 2-4 tbsp if needed, see directions)
1 dried or fresh bay leaf
1/3 cup dried black mission figs, chopped (or dried apricots, chopped or can use raisins, whole)
½ cup pine nuts or pistachios (optional)

In a large pot over medium heat, add the water, onion, red pepper, fennel, garlic, salt, pepper, curry powder, fennel seed, paprika, dried basil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Stir through, cover, and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine, bring to a boil and let boil for a couple of minutes. Then add quinoa, chickpeas, water (start with 2 cups) and bay leaf and stir through. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium/medium-low, cover and let cook for 18-22 minutes. Once quinoa is cooked, and most of the liquid is absorbed, stir in dried figs, remove from heat and let sit for 3-4 minutes. If the liquid is absorbed but quinoa isn’t tender, add the extra ¼ cup of water and cook another few minutes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve, with a sprinkling of nuts if desired.

Red Pepper Note: If you don’t have red pepper, you can substitute chopped carrot or winter squash like butternut, though the red pepper adds a nice color contrast with the other ingredients.

Quinoa/Water Note: If the liquid is absorbed but quinoa isn’t tender, add the extra ¼ cup of water and cook another few minutes.

Cooking Tip: After this dish is cooked, keep it covered before and after serving portions. It will get a little dry if left uncovered. Also, as it stands, the heat from the pot will continue to cook the quinoa and so it will absorb more water and get drier. If needed, have some water boiled in your kettle, so you can stir a couple of tablespoons before getting a second helping!

Photo credit: Gratitude to my buddy Emma for these beautiful food photos.

Gingerbread Granola (vegan, gluten-free, oil-free)

This weekend I began the very first of my holiday baking! I’m packing up boxes of Christmas gifts for our parents in Newfoundland and my best friend in Ottawa, and decided to sneak in some homemade granola!

I’ve had this Gingerbread Granola recipe in my pocket for a couple of years. My recipe testers have already tried it, as I was going to include the recipe in my newest cookbook. i opted to include a different recipe, and instead post this granola in time for you to enjoy for the holidays.

This vegan granola was a hit with my testers. It’s crunchy, flavorful, and yields some good clusters. It’s also made without added oil, and sweetened only with maple syrup and brown rice syrup. It’s perfect for Christmas and the holidays, and especially wonderful for gifting! Normally I use mason jars to gift granola, but for shipping back to family I packed in small ziploc bags and then into festive gift boxes. How do you package granola for gifts? Have any ideas to share?

I’m keeping this short and sweet today as I have a “Jingle Bell walk” to join at school and have to get these boxes in the mail! So, let’s wrap it up! (I’m fully of the puns today.)

I hope you enjoy the granola, and for more gingerbread love, check out my Chocolate Gem Gingerbread, Gingerbread Folks, and Gingery Cookies!

x Dreena

Gingerbread Granola - #vegan #glutenfree #oilfree by Dreena Burton

Gingerbread Granola

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Bring the beauty and aroma of freshly baked gingerbread into a granola that is perfect for breakfast, snacking – or for gifting during the holidays! Makes about 4 1/2 cups, depending on how ‘clustery’ you keep it!

3 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free for that option)
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans OR 1/4 cup hemp seeds (see note)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1⁄4 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp cashew butter or almond butter
3 – 4 tbsp pure maple syrup (adjust to desired sweetness)
1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit (optional, can omit, see note)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pecans or hemp seeds, spices and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, first combine the nut butter with the maple syrup and molasses, stirring to fully blend. Then, add the brown rice syrup, and vanilla to the maple/molasses mixture and stir through. Add wet mixture to dry mixture, and stir through until well combined. Transfer mixture to your lined baking sheet and spread out to evenly distribute. Bake for 27 – 30 minutes, stirring a couple of times throughout baking to ensure the mixture browns evenly. Remove from oven, stir in dried fruit if using, and bake for just another 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven again. At this point the granola may not look completely dry. Do not overbake it, as it will dry more as it cools. Let cool completely, and then break up into clusters. Once cool, store in an airtight container. Eat straight, or with non-dairy milk or to top fresh fruit or non-dairy yogurt.

Nuts Note: Feel free to substitute 3-4 tbsp of pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds in place of the nuts or hemp seeds.

Spice Note: For a more ‘everyday’ version of this granola, simply reduce/cut some of the spices. Omit the ginger, allspice, and cloves. Reduce the cinnamon to about 1 tsp, and you can also add a few pinches of freshly grated nutmeg if you like. Also reduce the blackstrap molasses to about 1-2 teaspoons.

Dried fruit Note: I don’t always add dried fruit to granola, as I sometimes like the sweetness as is. So, you can choose to add some or not – and you can also try adding a few tablespoons of finely chopped crystallized ginger instead of cranberries or raisins! It will add a definite flavor kick!

photo credit: thanks to Nicole Axworthy

Chocolate Gem Gingerbread

Chocolate and gingerbread. Delicious on their own, but when paired together – a quintessential holiday treat. For many years I made chocolate-ginger-almond-cranberry bark for Christmas gifts, and later I began a new tradition making Chocolate Gingery Cookies (from LTEV). With those goodies in mind, I created this new whole-foods Chocolate Gem Gingerbread!

Chocolate Gem Gingerbread #vegan by Dreena Burton


This gingerbread is delicious without the addition of the chocolate. So, if you are a gingerbread purist, the chocolate can certainly be omitted. I sometimes make it without the chocolate myself. Shocking, yes… but true! Or, try substituting currants or raisins for the chocolate chips. If you do use the dried fruit in the loaf, I’d recommend not adding the crystallized ginger topping. The crystallized ginger is balanced with dark chocolate chips, with the raisins it’s too much.

This whole-foods vegan gingerbread is moist and flavorful thanks to the addition of almond meal. It’s also not too ‘spicy’ for young palates. My girls don’t enjoy crystallized ginger, so I often omit it or add to just a portion of the loaf. If you enjoy more ginger kick, use the full 1 1/2 teaspoon of dried ginger in the loaf, along with the crystallized ginger for the topping.

With the holidays almost here, you can add this to your menu as a brunch/tea treat. Or, if you pair with a vanilla non-dairy ice cream, it can be transformed into dessert!

Enjoy, guys. Do share any feedback in the comments, as well as sharing any of your favorite chocolate-ginger combinations.

(p.s. I announced my new book on facebook this week, if you missed it, link through. You can count on a more detailed post about the book right here, in the new year.)

x Dreena

Chocolate Gem Gingerbread by Dreena Burton #vegan #holidays

Chocolate Gem Gingerbread

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1 cups whole-grain spelt flour
1 cup + 1 tbsp oat flour (or 1 cup more spelt flour; but I prefer spelt/oat combo)
1/3 cup almond meal
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1⁄4 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 – 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup plain non-dairy milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
options: 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or currants/raisins
optional toppings: 2 tbsp finely chopped crystallized ginger (omit if using raisins) OR 1-2 tbsp coconut sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp cinnamon OR 2 tbsp chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients, sifting in the baking powder and baking soda. Stir through until well combined. In another bowl, first combine the molasses with the apple applesauce and then whisk/stir in the maple syrup, non-dairy milk, and vanilla, and mix together. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture (as well as raisins or chocolate chips, if using). Gently fold and mix through, until just combined (do not overmix). Transfer mixture to a lightly oiled loaf pan (lined with a strip of parchment also useful). If using any optional toppings, sprinkle those on. Bake for 37-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove, and transfer (keeping in pan) to cooling rack. Let cool completely, then remove from pan and slice. Makes one quickbread.

Ginger Note: I typically use 1 tsp ginger, that keeps it mild enough for the kiddos. If you love ginger, feel free to bump it up!

Chocolate Gem Gingerbread by Dreena Burton #vegan #wholefoods #plantbased

Photo credit: Shout-out to Emma Potts for assisting with all these food photos! Thanks Emma. x

Blueberry Coffee Cake from “Super Seeds” cookbook (+giveaway)

Today I have a feature recipe from Super Seeds by Kim Lutz. I met Kim at VVC almost two years ago. In a conference filled with excitable energy, I was struck by Kim’s calm, modest and beautifully gentle spirit. Kim is also a mother of two, and blogs at Welcoming Kitchen, which is the title of her first cookbook. Kim has also co-authored The Everything Organic Cooking for Baby and Toddler Book and The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism.

Super Seeds Cookbook by Kim Lutz

Kim’s recipes are entirely vegan, and are also allergen-friendly. Welcoming Kitchen was a collection of plant-based, allergy-free recipes, and Kim’s second book, Super Seeds, follows this theme but with a focus on nutrient-dense seeds! Kim utilizes 5 main seeds in this cookbook, including hemp, chia, flax, amaranth, and quinoa.

Kim opens the book by introducing us to the nutrient profiles and benefits of super seeds, and then follows with some basic super seed recipes and simple tools needed to use these seeds in different forms (ex: whole seeds, seed flour, seed butter, and milks). Then, Kim brings us to the best part – the recipes! Super Seeds contains 75 recipes, from muffins and breads to salads, soups, and desserts.

I love the theme of this book. Regardless of your specific whole-foods or plant-based diet, most everyone is hip to using hemp, quinoa, amaranth, chia, and flax. Why? Because they are so incredibly nutrient-dense, allergen-friendly, and versatile. Kim makes it easy for us to incorporate these powerfully nutritious foods in our daily meals. I also love how welcoming the recipes are in this cookbook. Beyond being a successful author, Kim is also a busy mom of two active kiddos – so you know that she has designed these recipes with flavor, nutrition, and ease of preparation in mind!

Blueberry Coffee Cake #vegan from Super Seeds cookbook by Kim Lutz

Reviewing Kim’s book, I was immediately drawn to her Blueberry Coffee Cake! It’s the kind of recipe I imagined I might bake regularly for my family. After baking it up this weekend, this is definitely the kind of recipe I will regularly make for my family! I love it. It’s simple to make, utilizes whole foods, isn’t overly sweet, and has a beautiful, moist texture.

Kim has generously offered this recipe for reprint for us all to enjoy, plus a giveaway of her Super Seeds cookbook. You can enter below, but first, you must try this recipe! (If you’re planning your Thanksgiving menu, this would be lovely for brunch or tea.)

Blueberry Coffee Cake from "Super Seeds" by Kim Lutz

Photo credit: Bill Milne

Blueberry Coffee Cake

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Inspired by a traditional Italian almond cornmeal coffee cake, this version, with fresh (or frozen) blueberries, is elevated to “super coffee cake” with the addition of hemp seeds and hemp milk. This cake is truly delicious. Makes 8 servings

1 cup white whole-wheat flour, spelt flour, or (gluten-free) oat flour
1 cup cornmeal, plus extra for dusting the pan
½ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ cup plus two teaspoons granulated sweetener (coconut palm sugar or evaporated cane juice), divided
1 cup Hemp Milk (page 21) (or other nondairy milk)
¼ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract (or omit for a nut-free cake)
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon slivered almonds (or shelled pumpkin seeds, pepitas, for a nut-free cake)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon hulled hemp seeds

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Grease a 9-inch-round cake pan with coconut oil and dust with cornmeal. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, and ¾ cup sweetener.
4. In a large bowl, combine hemp milk, apple- sauce, vanilla, and almond extract, if using.
5. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
6. Add blueberries.
7. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
8. In a small bowl, combine almonds or pepitas, hemp seeds, 2 teaspoons sweetener, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
9. Sprinkle nut-and-seed mixture over the top of the cake batter.
10. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a tooth-pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
11. Let cake cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate and flip right side up. Serve warm.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Super Seeds, copyright 2014 by Kim Lutz, Sterling Publishing Co. 

Blueberry Coffee Cake from Super Seeds by Kim Lutz #vegan

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Amaranth-stuffed acorn squash (review on Spabettie)
Creamy golden corn soup (review on Go Dairy Free)
Hemp seed hummus (Review on Recipe Renovator)
Lemon-basil quinoa salad (review on The Blender Girl)
Massaged kale salad (review on Mama Balance)
Quinoa lentil soup (review on Ricki Heller)

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Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Latte – and Silk Creamy Cashew Milk

A few months ago I started drinking green tea lattes. I regularly make my own lattes at home, for years my fix was a chai tea latte using soy or almond milk.

Vanilla Bean Matcha Green Tea Latte #vegan #dairyfree #glutenfree by Dreena Burton

Then, my friend Julieanna introduced me to Starbucks’ green tea latte. What took me so long? I’ve created recipes with matcha powder (there’s a matcha biscotti recipe in LTEV), but drinking matcha tea never appealed to me, until now!I decided to recreate my matcha fix at home. I’ve always relied on soy or almond milk for lattes,  until now!

Last month, Silk reached out to ask if I’d review their new Creamy Cashew milk. I was excited to use it in recipes and also whisk it up in my morning latte. Did you guys even know cashew milk was out there? As a vegan community, we’ve enjoyed commercial almond milks for years. I would have thought cashew milk would have been earlier to the market – before coconut or flax. No matter, because it’s here now! It’s now widely available across Canada (and is soon launching in the US). So, hopefully you can find it and try it yourself.

Silk Creamy Cashew Milk

As easy as it is to make cashew milks and other nut milks at home, I’m one mom that appreciates the convenience of purchasing vegan milks. Cooking and baking for a family of 5, it’s so helpful to have milk at the ready. And for lattes. :) I decided to recreate my matcha fix at home, with both my standard soy and almond milks, and this new Silk Creamy Cashew milk.

Before getting to the recipe, let’s talk about the milk. As I mentioned, normally I use almond milk or organic soy milk in my homemade lattes as well as in baking, as I find them the most versatile. Silk Creamy Cashew is similarly versatile. It’s thick and creamy much like soy, and slightly nutty like almond milk. I don’t drink non-dairy milks straight up, but our youngest daughter does, and she loves this new milk. So, overall, it’s a good choice for baking and enjoying straight or in hot drinks. It does have some added sweetener, so I wouldn’t use it in cooking. Hopefully Silk will introduce an unsweetened cashew milk to their product line, I’d definitely use it in cooking (and also for baking and in hot drinks). Nutritionally, this cashew milk is probably most similar to almond milk. Like most non-dairy milks, Silk Creamy Cashew milk is fortified, and is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D. And, good news for those concerned about carrageenan – it’s not an ingredient.

On to the Green Tea Latte recipe! A few notes:

  • You do NOT need any fancy tools for this latte. I don’t have any. Not even a frother. I do plan to pick up an inexpensive frother. But for now, I use a saucepan and a whisk. You can too!
  • If you cannot find the cashew milk, you can substitute another plant-based milk (as per recipe note).
  • You can find matcha green tea powder in most natural food stores (and natural food sections of larger grocery stores). I also buy it online, so have included that link in the recipe.
  • I use powdered stevia to sweeten my lattes, especially using unsweetened milks. Matcha is naturally quite bitter and I don’t enjoy other sweeteners in teas. If using a sweeteened vegan milk, you may choose to omit it or adjust to taste.
  • A shout-out to Nicole Axworthy for these unbelievably beautiful food photos. Thanks Nicole!

Enjoy the latte, guys!

x Dreena

Let me know how you like the latte. Also, have you tried the cashew milk? If you have, and love it, Silk welcomes your feedback on their facebook page!

Matcha Green Tea Latte #vegan #dairyfree #glutenfree - by Dreena Burton

Vanilla Green Tea Latte

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1 1/4 cups non-dairy milk of choice (ex: organic unsweetened soy milk, Silk Creamy Cashew milk, almond milk, etc; see note)

2 tsp matcha green tea powder

2-4 tbsp hot water (I boil in kettle, then use shortly after)

1/8 – 1/4 tsp stevia powder (or less/more to taste and based on brand; can use other sweeteners like maple syrup or coconut nectar to taste)

1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder (optional, see note)

Optional toppings: 1 tsp coconut sugar; dusting of extra matcha powder

In a small saucepan, add milk over medium/medium high heat. Whisk, allowing the milk to heat through and start to simmer. Meanwhile, prepare the matcha. In a small bowl (or wide-mouthed mug) use a small whisk to mix the matcha powder with water. It’s helpful to first sift the matcha, but not essential if you whisk well. If mixing in a bowl, transfer the blended mix to a mug. Continue to watch milk as it heats. Once at a low simmer, gently bubbling, add stevia (I use about a scant 1/4 tsp, you can adjust to taste) and vanilla, and quickly whisk through and remove from heat. Pour into your mug with the matcha mix. (If you have a frother, you can first froth the milk before pouring into mug.) Taste, and if you’d like a little extra sweetener, add to taste. Makes 1 large latte.

Milk Note: You can substitute another non-dairy milk if you aren’t able to find the cashew milk. I prefer organic soy or almond mik.

Vanilla Note: The vanilla bean powder isn’t essential. If you don’t have it, you can use the seeds scraped from a vanilla bean. I wouldn’t substitute vanilla extract in this recipe, if you don’t have the powder/bean, simply omit.

Vanilla Bean Matcha Green Tea Latte - #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree - by Dreena Burton

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“Raisinet” Cookies (vegan)

Halloween was quite a success here. Success meaning my kids had a blast collecting candy… success really meaning they didn’t eat 99% of the candy!

One of my strategies for candy-holidays (Halloween, birthday parties, etc) is to offer the girls some better vegan treats, either storebought (ex: ice cream sandwiches) or a homemade goodie. I often make my pumpkin chia pudding or candy apples for Halloween, but this year, I baked cookies.

"Raisinet" Cookies by Dreena Burton #vegan

I’ve been baking these Raisinet Cookies from LTEV lately, and posting pics on instagram. I promised to share the recipe, and just realized this is the sweetest time to do so! Bake up a batch, and see how easy it is to swap out that junk your kiddos might be hoarding in their rooms.

Note: The original recipe in LTEV does not have an oil-free option, but I’ve included one here. Do not simply substitute applesauce. It is not the answer to replacing oil in all recipes, and particularly not in cookies. With most cookies, you want to retain a slightly chewy, crisp texture – and applesauce will make them moist. So, include some whole-foods fat, here I’ve used some nut butter, with a few other simple modifications (all noted below). :)

"Raisinet" Cookies by Dreena Burton #vegan

“Raisinet” Cookies

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If you were once a fan of Raisinets (or Glosette Raisins), you’ll love these cookies! Of course—chocolate-covered raisins! They capture the flavor and texture of that chocolate and raisins combination, in a satisfying vegan cookie.

1 cup sifted spelt flour

1⁄3 to 1⁄2 rolled oats (see note)

1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon baking powder

1⁄4 teaspoon (rounded) baking soda

1⁄4 cup raisins

1⁄4 cup vegan chocolate chips (smaller-size chips are good, such as the Enjoy Life brand)

3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or other unrefined sugar; use just 2 tbsp oil-free version, see note)

1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt

1⁄3 cup pure maple syrup (+ another 1 tbsp for oil-free, see note)

1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses

1 1⁄2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1⁄4 cup neutral-flavored oil OR 3 – 3 1/2 tbsp nut butter (ex: almond butter, see note for oil-free)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, and cocoa, sifting in the baking powder and baking soda. Add the raisins, chips, sugar, and salt, and stir well. In a separate bowl, first combine the maple syrup with the molasses and vanilla, then stir in the nut butter/oil until well mixed. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and stir until just incorporated. Place spoonfuls of the batter (about 1 tablespoon each) on the prepared baking sheet and flatten a little. Bake for 11 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool on the pan for just a minute (not much longer, to prevent drying), then transfer to a cooling rack.

Oats Note: Using 1⁄3 cup of oats will give a slightly softer cookie that spreads a little more when baking. Using 1⁄2 cup will give a firmer cookie treat.

Oil-Free Note: For the oil-free adaptation, you will need to reduce the dry sweetener slightly and increase the liquid sweetener. So, use just 2 tbsp coconut sugar, and add another 1 tbsp of maple syrup. Start with 3 tbsp nut butter, and add the extra 1/2 tbsp if needed to bring the batter together.

(p.s. Before Halloween I did an interview with the fabulous Brian Patton, aka The Sexy Vegan about Halloween. Have a listen if you want to hear our chat. And if you don’t want to listen to candy talk, you will want to hear the first half of his podcast. He gives the BEST overview of vegan cheeses – reviewing vegan cheeses of the past, present, and exciting vegan cheese days ahead! It’s a bit like a ‘Cheesy’  Christmas Carol!)

Ok, that’s all for today. Hope you love the cookies! There are always more waiting. :)

x Dreena

Top 5 Halloween Recipes (and share YOUR picks!)

What are your favorite recipes for Halloween? Today I’m sharing my top picks for Halloween. These vegan treats have been popular with my kiddos, and also festive for Halloween parties. After reading my roundup, add your favorite plant-based recipe links in the comments (I’ll add some back to my post, see below.)

Dreena's Top 5 Halloween Recipes #vegan

My top 5 Halloween recipes are…

1. Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Our girls love this pudding, and it’s easy to make. Take it one step further by layering with Chocolate Mousse.

Pumpkin Chia Pudding by Dreena Burton #vegan #glutenfree

Photo credit: Nicole Axworthy


2. Green Chickpea Hummus:

When I created this recipe, I wasn’t thinking about Halloween. But, doesn’t it look ghoulish? Fun party dip for sure!

Green Chickpea Hummus by Dreena Burton #vegan #glutenfree #nutfree #oilfree


3. Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Maple-Spiced Pepitas

I shared this recipe for Thanksgiving, but look how you can spook it up for Halloween! That web design is actually really easy, here’s a youtube demonstration.

Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Maple-Spiced Pepitas #vegan #glutenfree

Photo credit: Emma Potts


4. Sugar-Free Caramel Apples

Kids will love these. (You will too.) You can also use the caramel as a dip for fruit slices, more details in the post.

Sugar-free caramel apples by Dreena Burton, Plant-Powered Kitchen #vegan #glutenfree


5. 2-Ingredient Chocolate Lollibats

I mean, they are cute, right? You can use other Halloween-themed molds, pumpkins or ghosts, maybe?

Chocolate Lollibats by Dreena Burton #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree

I’d love to know YOUR favorite Halloween recipes. Share your own link, or a link fom another blog. I’ll select 5 to add back to this post!

Happy Halloween!

x Dreena

Updating with YOUR links! …

Check out Kristina’s collection of wickedly fun Halloween treats, including these PIZZA PEPPER JACKS (I’d say they’re a heck of a lot easier to carve than pumpkins):


Next, check out Alexa’s COOL decorations and her Dried Pear and Apples Slices.

And, how about these stunning Creepy Crawly Sugar Cookies from My Darling Vegan…? Amazing!