Fragrant Vanilla Cake Best Recipes of 2015

This is going to be a random mishmash of a post, and I apologize for that, bear with me, but it is so hard to summarize one year in a post! I cannot believe how fast the year has flown by.  It seems like just yesterday we were starting 2015. It has been a relatively good year for me, I can't complain!  I have been able to experiment with lots of different recipes and have been very happy with most of them as far as the blog goes.  As you may have noticed, this year has included lots of cooked food along with the raw, because I decided that I feel better and more balanced eating raw and cooked food.  If you want to read about it, you can HERE.  What hasn't changed at all is that I am still vegan.  And I have come to appreciate being vegan even more this year. I now realize that being vegan isn't just about being kind to animals, but people too.  Having compassion for everyone, and realizing that everyone deserves to be respected and treated kindly.  There is so much negativity going around everywhere, why not be the positive light in others lives? Those have been my feelings lately.
On another note, I have been making a lot of cakes this year because I am working on a book that will be out sometime in 2016 called Just Vegan Cakes.  I just wanted to have fun with this one, and making cakes really feels like making art to me.  It allows me to be a bit of a child and do some creating. I am over half way done with the book, and I am really excited about it!
As far as my running goes, I have to say it was a pretty smooth year!  No big injuries to sideline me, and I ran my first race in 4 years!  That is big for me, because in past years injuries have plagued me, and I just didn't feel like racing. Running has always been my stress reliever, something I do because I simply enjoy it and it doesn't judge me for not being fast anymore. Hopefully in 2016 I will be injury free as well!
Sometimes I like to look back at past recipes, and remember the events that went along with them, or how good they were.  I did that for this year, and decided that I would share my favorites with you all.  You know, the ones that really stood out to me like...that was awesome!  So here you are, my top 2015 recipes! I hope you all have a wonderful 2016, chase your dreams and accomplish your goals!


Raw Fire and Ice Cheesecake (Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake with Citrus, Habanero and Ginger)

Squash Tacos

Roasted Squash Tacos with Pomegranate Orange Salsa

Matcha White Chocolates 3

Vegan Matcha White Chocolates

Almond Coconut Chocolate Covered Doughnuts 1 (500x375)

Raw Dark Chocolate Glazed Coconut Almond Doughnuts


Vegan Matcha Pear White Chocolate Layer Cake (gluten free)

German Chocolate Cookies

Vegan German Chocolate Cookies


Vegan Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Layer Cake (gluten free)

Lemon Bars 3

Raw Lemon Bars


Vegan Tiramisu Layer Cake (gluten free)


Vegan Strawberry Almond Layer Cake

Matcha Coconut Cream Pie 3

Raw Matcha Coconut Cream Pie


Vegan Flourless Chocolate Cake


Vegan Hummingbird Cake

Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa Veggie Bowl with Lemon Almond Sauce

Mushroom Meatballs

Vegan Mushroom Walnut "Meatballs" with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Yam and Chickpea Salad 3

Roasted Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad AKA my favorite salad ever!

Raw Key Lime Pie Shooters 3 (500x425)

Raw Key Lime Pie Shooters

Blueberry Muffin Batter Butter 1

Raw Blueberry Muffin Batter Almond Butter

Beet Salad

Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

Berry Doughnuts 3

Vegan Double Berry Lemon Doughnuts

Pancakes 3

Vegan Lemon Corncakes with Raspberry Rhubarb Sauce

Raspberry Pie 1

Raw Raspberry Dream Pie

Smores Brownies 5

Vegan S'mores Brownies

PB and J Pie 4

Vegan Peanut Butter and Jelly Cream Pie

Summer Spice Cake 3

Vegan Summer Spice Cake

Vegan Chorizo Pizza

Vegan Spicy Chorizo Pizza

Vegan Banana Caramel Crepe Cake 4

Vegan Banana Caramel Crepe Cake

Triple Berry Cobbler 2

Vegan Triple Berry Cobbler with Hazelnut Biscuits

Vegan S'mores Peanut Butter Pie 3 (899x1000)

Vegan Peanut Butter S'mores Mousse Pie

Vegan Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Brownies 3 (1000x659)

Vegan Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Brownies

Raw Mint Chip Bars 1

Raw Mint Chip Cheesecake Bars

Vegan Apple Cream Cheese Galette 1

Vegan Cream Cheese Apple Galette

Vegan Tater Tot Hotdish 1

Vegan Tater Tot Hotdish

Pumpkin Spice Crepes 1

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Crepes

Raw Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Cheesecake 1

Raw White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake 3

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies 3

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies


Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes


Vegan Butternut Squash Apple Pie


Vegan Mini Pecan Pies


Vegan Italian "Sausage" Casserole


Vegan Apple Raspberry Pie with Almond Struesel Topping


Vegan Gingerbread Cheesecake


Raw Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough Butter


Vegan Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies


Raw Spicy Holiday Cheesecake


Vegan Yule Log Cake with Chestnut Cream Filling


Vegan Snickerdoodle Waffles with Caramel Sauce

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