Kelly Peloza’s newest book, Cheers to Vegan Sweets, is a concept I can get behind. It’s full of drink-inspired vegan desserts – you all know I love a good cocktail!
The Hazelnut, Black Tea, and Pear Muffins are fantastic! The hazelnuts add texture and a slightly dark flavor along with the black tea leaves that are also mixed into the batter. One of my favorite things about these moist muffins were they were only slightly sweet so they were perfect for breakfast.
The leftovers made a wonderful light dessert treat too. You can get the recipe for these muffins at her publisher’s blog, Quarry Spoon.
The Lavender Mint Cookies in the photo below were my absolute favorite of all the goodies I tried. I love lavender with the lime juice and mint – it makes this shortbread-like cookie refreshing. They are very easy to make and are my go-to cookie this spring.
Kelly and Fair Wind Publishing let me print the recipe in my last post at Key Ingredient. You can get the recipe here to make a few addictive batches of your own. I baked one cookie sheet of them and then froze the rest in cookie-sized scoops in the freezer so I could have a fresh one whenever a craving hits.
I also made some of her Bloody Mary biscuits. The dough is flavored with tomato, dill pickles, olives, a tad of vodka and hot sauce. At first read it may seem like to much, but once you take a bite you’ll appreciate how all the flavors combine. This is a great biscuit for a vegetable soup.
Finally I made some of Kelly’s Bourbon Banana Bread. I made them in muffins so Cheryl and I could have a few for breakfast, then freeze the rest for another day.
I loved each and every recipe I made and I have even more bookmarked to try. It’s all about delicious treats and its not a fat-free or sugar-free healthy book. However, you can always make your own modifications using whole-wheat pastry flour and your favorite sweetener to make these fit into your specific diet.
The recipes are great to bring to people who insist that vegan treats can’t be as tasty as non-vegan ones. This book is a keeper!