65 Reader-Favorite Holiday Recipes

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Looking for holiday recipes that will impress? You’re in the right place! We’ve gathered the most frequently made, shared, and highly rated recipes on Minimalist Baker for the holidays.

You’ll find crowd-pleasing breakfasts, soups and salads, appetizers, and sides, plus flavorful entrées, festive drinks, and decadent desserts to share with family and friends. Scroll through to kick off your holiday menu planning!

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Breakfast

Spreader knife coated in frosting on a pan of Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls
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1-Bowl Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls
Simple, fluffy vegan cinnamon rolls infused with banana bread flavor and made in just 1 bowl!
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Two Vegan Sticky Buns on a piece of parchment paper
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The World’s Easiest Sticky Buns
Easy, fool-proof sticky buns for the novice baker. 9 basic ingredients, no complicated methods, just straightforward, ooey-gooey sticky buns. And they’re vegan!
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Pan of the World's Easiest homemade Cinnamon Rolls drizzled with icing
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The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Rolls
Easy cinnamon rolls with just 7 ingredients and no complicated steps. Just proof, roll out, and bake! Plus, they’re vegan and SO delicious, fluffy, and gooey!
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Plate with a stack of Blueberry Gluten Free Scones
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Blueberry Gluten-Free Scones
Gluten-free scones that are tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, flaky, and infused with wild blueberries! Just 10 ingredients and simple methods required!
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Parchment-lined baking sheet with homemade Rosemary Blueberry Scones and fresh rosemary sprigs
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Coconut Oil Blueberry Scones with Rosemary
30-minute vegan blueberry scones made with coconut oil and infused with fresh rosemary. Savory, sweet, and perfectly tender.
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Pizza cutter resting on a skillet of our Vegan Frittata recipe
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Easy Egg-Free Frittata
Easy vegan frittata made egg-free with split mung beans! Simple ingredients, vibrant color, fluffy texture, and perfect for brunch, breakfast, and beyond!
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Drizzling maple syrup on slices of vegan French toast with strawberries
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Easy Vegan French Toast (10 Minutes!)
Vegan French toast that’s quick and easy, custardy, eggy, vanilla- and cinnamon-infused, and SO delicious! Ready in 10 minutes with simple methods.
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Stack of Banana Oat Pancakes with a slice removed
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1-Bowl Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes
Vegan Banana Pancakes made in 1 bowl with wholesome ingredients! Easy, fluffy, tender, naturally sweetened, and the perfect healthier breakfast or dessert!
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Top down shot of a stack of Vegan Blueberry Muffin Pancakes with fresh blueberries
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Vegan Blueberry Muffin Pancakes
The fluffiest, most flavorful vegan pancakes I have ever made. The best part? They taste just like a blueberry streusel muffin.
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Baking dish of Chocolate Chip Banana Baked Oatmeal made with pecans
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1-Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Baked Oatmeal
Hearty, banana-infused baked oatmeal that’s naturally sweetened, satisfying, and requires just 1 bowl and 10 ingredients to prepare. The perfect cozy, comforting breakfast.
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Slices of gluten free vegan coffee cake with glaze
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1-Bowl Vegan Coffee Cake (GF, Oil-Free)
Fluffy, tender coffee cake with a perfect crumb that’s easy to make (1 bowl!), naturally sweetened, vegan, and gluten-free. Laced with cinnamon sugar and topped with cinnamon pecan crumble!
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Close up shot of a plate of homemade Vegan Sausages made with quinoa and mushrooms
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Easy Vegan Sausage (Soy- & Gluten-Free!)
Easy vegan sausage made with pinto beans, quinoa, nuts, and spices! Flavorful, comforting, and perfect for breakfast, brunch, and beyond!
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Bowl of Crispy Vegan Breakfast Potatoes
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Best Ever Vegan Breakfast Potatoes
Simple, 3-step vegan breakfast potatoes with the crispiest brown edges ever! Just 5 ingredients and less than 30 minutes required.
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Appetizers

Skillet of Vegan GF Spinach and Artichoke Dip
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Kale & White Bean Artichoke Dip
A creamy, savory artichoke dip with sautéed kale, white beans, and nutritional yeast for a cheesy kick. A protein-rich plant-based appetizer that requires just 10 ingredients!
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Snapping a seed cracker into two pieces
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Easy Seed Crackers with Everything Bagel Seasoning
Crispy, light, toasty, gluten-free crackers made with flax, chia, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds. Perfect with dips, spreads, cheeses, and beyond. Just 8 ingredients and 1 bowl required!
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Cultured Vegan Cheese Wheels on a wood cutting board
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Easy Probiotic-Cultured Vegan Cheese
Easy-to-make vegan cheese with probiotics for an extra tangy, cheesy flavor! Just 6 ingredients and simple methods required. The perfect party appetizer, snack, or spread!
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Slice of bread topped with Creamy Kale and Spinach Dip with the rest of the pan of dip beside it
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Creamy Kale and Spinach Dip
Simple vegan spinach and kale dip made with just 9 ingredients that will please a crowd. Cheesy, hearty, chock-full of greens, and so delicious. Perfect for holiday parties and beyond.
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Baking sheet with a scoop of coconut sugar and batch of Candied Spiced Nuts
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15-Minute Candied Spiced Nuts (1 Pan!)
Amazing 15-minute roasted candied nuts made all on 1 pan! No bowl required, so spicy-sweet. The perfect holiday snack or homemade gift!
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Sides

Cast-iron skillet of Vegan Scalloped Potatoes topped with chopped parsley
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Easy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Delicious, cheesy, tender scalloped potatoes made vegan thanks to almond milk and nutritional yeast! Just 10 ingredients required for this classic holiday side dish!
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Pan of Garlicky Green Beans with Almonds
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1-Pan Garlicky Green Beans with Slivered Almonds
Easy, delicious green beans made in 1 pan with 6 simple ingredients! Big flavor, infused with garlic, and garnished with toasted almonds. Perfect for Thanksgiving and beyond!
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Wooden spoon in a glass baking dish filled with our Easy Vegan Stuffing recipe
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Simple Vegan Stuffing
My family’s prized stuffing recipe veganized! A hearty, healthy side dish that requires just 9 ingredients and is loaded with protein and fiber from lentils and whole-grain bread!
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Plate of Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad made with coconut bacon and a cashew butter dressing
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Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad (Mayo-Free!)
An EASY, plant-based take on classic broccoli salad with coconut bacon, sunflower seeds, and a simple cashew dressing! Just 10 simple ingredients and 20 minutes required!
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Wood bowl filled with a bowl of The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes
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The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes
5-ingredient vegan mashed potatoes that are fluffy, creamy, buttery, and loaded with roasted garlic and chives. Perfect as is, with gravy, or with a giant scoop of vegan butter.
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Vintage spoon in a bowl of Instant Pot mashed potatoes
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (No Drain, 20 Minutes!)
Incredibly fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes made entirely in the Instant Pot in just 20 minutes! Just 3 ingredients required for these fuss-free mashed potatoes, perfect for the holidays and beyond!
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Spoon resting on a plate of Roasted Potatoes with a bowl of ketchup
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Perfect Roasted Potatoes
Perfect roasted potatoes every time! No boiling required, 1 pan, 30 minutes, perfectly crisp edges, and tender inside. The ultimate brunch side!
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Plate of Creamy Vegan Green Bean Casserole topped with crispy onions
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Vegan Green Bean Casserole
10-ingredient, 30-minute green bean casserole from scratch! Creamy, flavorful, delicious, and entirely vegan. Perfect for the holidays and beyond.
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Platter filled with our Whole Roasted Cauliflower recipe served over quinoa with a side of green sauce
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The Best Whole Roasted Cauliflower (5 Ingredients!)
The secrets to a perfect whole roasted cauliflower with two spice options, easy-to-follow methods, and serving ideas! A flavorful, wholesome alternative entrée or festive appetizer. Just 5 ingredients required!
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Slice of the best vegan cornbread with a bite taken out
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Perfect Vegan Cornbread
Easy-to-make, fluffy, perfectly sweet vegan cornbread made with 10 ingredients. The perfect comforting side to soups and chilis, or to bake into croutons for salads or stuffing.
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Bowl and tray of Fluffy Vegan Spelt Rolls topped with oats
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Fluffy Vegan Spelt Rolls
Easy-to-make, 7-ingredient vegan dinner rolls made with 100% spelt flour and rolled oats! Wholesome, fluffy, tender, and perfect for the holidays!
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Baking sheet with six freshly baked Vegan Biscuits
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The Best Damn Vegan Biscuits
Fluffy, buttery vegan biscuits that require just 30 minutes, 7 ingredients, and 1 bowl! Perfect for breakfast as is or smothered with jam!
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Soups & Salads

Tossing a shaved brussel sprout kale salad with dressing
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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples and Dates
Crunchy, sweet, and savory shaved Brussels sprout salad with apples, dates, and hazelnuts! Oh-so versatile and super fresh. Just 10 ingredients and 20 minutes required!
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Platter filled with our French-Style Potato Salad recipe
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Simple French-Style Potato Salad
A simple take on potato salad with fresh herbs, onion, and a light mustard vinaigrette. The perfect plant-based side for cookouts, sandwiches, and more!
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Holding a bowl of vegan potato leek soup
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Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup
Creamy, comforting, flavorful potato leek soup that’s plant-based, gluten-free, and easy to make. Made in 1 pot with just 9 simple ingredients!
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Skillet of Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Miso Glaze
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Miso-Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Quick and delicious roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic and a savory-sweet miso glaze. Crispy edges, tender center, and BIG flavor! Just 30 minutes and 8 ingredients required.
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Coconut milk swirled in a pot of roasted butternut squash soup
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
The PERFECT butternut squash soup with plenty of natural sweetness, a bit of spice, and unbelievably creamy texture. Simple methods and just 10 ingredients required for this dreamy soup perfect for the holidays and beyond!
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Bowl of creamy cauliflower soup
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Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Incredibly rich, creamy roasted cauliflower soup with plenty of garlic, white beans, and a hint of ground nutmeg. Just 10 simple ingredients required!
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Using salad tongs to grab a scoop of Roasted Squash Salad with Nut Cheese and Balsamic Reduction
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Roasted Squash Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot and Balsamic Reduction
An incredibly flavorful fall roasted squash salad with macadamia nut cheese, crispy shallot, and balsamic reduction! A hearty side or main. Just 30 minutes and 10 ingredients required!
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Plate of our delicious Roasted Fennel Salad with edges of the salad platter and bowl of dressing in the corners
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Curry Roasted Fennel Salad with Rosemary Tahini Dressing
Insanely delicious 30-minute salad with crispy, tender curry-roasted fennel. Topped with red bell pepper and a creamy tahini rosemary dressing. Add crispy chickpeas for an optional boost of protein, fiber, and crunch!
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Bowl of Creamy Red Pepper Tomato Soup with fresh dill, roasted cherry tomatoes, and coconut milk
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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
Creamy roasted red pepper tomato soup made in 30 minutes! Savory, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect side to sandwiches, salads, and more!
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Entrées

Plate of Crispy Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan alongside fettucine noodles and marinara
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Crispy Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan
Crispy, vegan, gluten-free eggplant parmesan made with 10 simple ingredients! The perfect flavorful, plant-based entrée for Italian night!
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Bowl of Vegan Leek Mushroom Risotto topped with chopped parsley
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Mushroom and Leek Risotto (Vegan + GF)
A 30-minute, 8-ingredient Vegan Risotto with leeks and mushrooms. Creamy, savory, and the ultimate plant-based comfort food.
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Four ramekins of White Bean & Thyme Mini Vegan Pot Pies on a baking sheet
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Thyme & White Bean Pot Pies
10-ingredient vegan pot pies infused with white wine and fresh thyme. Flaky pie crust covers a savory, vegetable-white bean filling. A hearty plant-based meal that's especially comforting in the winter months.
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Baking dish of Easy Vegan Lasagna topped with chopped parsley
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Easy Vegan Lasagna
Incredibly flavorful, hearty vegan lasagna made with 10 ingredients! Tender lasagna noodles are layered with Macadamia Nut Ricotta and tempeh-infused marinara sauce! Swoon.
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Top view of a slice of Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Lasagna topped with fresh basil
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Easy Gluten-Free Lasagna (Dairy-Free!)
AMAZING Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Lasagna! Made with a hearty sauce, easy nut cheese, and no-boil noodles. Just 10 ingredients required!
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INCREDIBLE 30-minute White Wine + Garlic Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts! Quickly becoming a fan favorite for good reason! #vegan #glutenfree #pasta #recipe #plantbased
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Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts
Flavorful, insanely delicious pasta with white wine and garlic white sauce and roasted Brussels sprouts. Just 30 minutes and 10 ingredients required!
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Using a wooden spoon to stir a pan of our delicious Vegan Caramelized Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
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Caramelized Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
Easy-to-make vegan risotto infused with sautéed shallot and caramelized shiitake mushrooms! Hearty, flavorful, and incredibly satisfying.
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Slice of butternut squash lasagna topped with vegan parmesan and fresh basil
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Butternut Squash Lasagna (Vegan, GF Optional)
Creamy butternut squash sauce meets pasta, kale, and mushrooms in a delicious twist on classic lasagna. Bursting with fall flavor and just 10 ingredients required!
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Bowls of homemade 1-Hour Vegan Pot Pies
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1-Hour Vegan Pot Pies
Easy, 1-hour vegan pot pies loaded with veggies and topped with flaky, from-scratch vegan biscuits!
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Two plates of Creamy Vegetable Risotto beside a small bowl of vegan parmesan cheese
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Creamy Vegetable Risotto (30 minutes!)
A healthier take on risotto without oil or butter, replacing cheese with vegan parmesan cheese. Includes plenty of fresh vegetables for fiber and nutrients. An easy 30-minute, 8-ingredient recipe perfect as an entrée or a side.
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Gold spoon in a bowl of creamy tuscan soup with white beans and kale
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Creamy Tuscan White Bean & Kale Soup (1 Pot!)
Comforting, creamy Tuscan-inspired soup with white beans, kale, tomatoes, and herbs! Warming, savory, hearty, and full of nourishing veggies and fiber-rich beans. Just 1 pot required!
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Platter of Oven Roasted Chicken and Roasted Root Vegetables with rosemary
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Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken
A simple, fool-proof recipe for roasted chicken made in 1 pan with 6 ingredients. Infused with melted butter, rosemary, and fresh lemon. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Perfect for the holidays and beyond.
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Desserts

Overhead photo showing crispy pecans on pecan pie bars
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Pecan Pie Bars (Vegan + GF)
Rich, buttery, decadent pecan pie made vegan, gluten-free, and in bar form! All the classic flavors without the corn syrup. Simple methods and just 9 ingredients required!
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Bowl with a serving of the best Vegan Apple Crisp with a Pecan-Oat Topping
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The Best Vegan Apple Crisp
The best vegan apple crisp, naturally sweetened and made in 1 bowl! Tender, caramelized apples under a crispy pecan-oat topping. Fall dessert perfection.
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Dessert cup and spoonful of our vegan tiramisu pudding recipe
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Vegan Tiramisu Pudding Cups
Creamy, rich vegan pudding infused with the flavors of tiramisu! An easy, decadent, no-bake dessert made with just 7 simple ingredients.
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Two bowls and a baking pan of Grain-Free Berry Crisp served with vegan ice cream
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Grain-Free Berry Crisp
Vegan berry crisp with 3 types of berries. It's naturally sweetened with crispy, grain-free topping! The perfect plant-based, gluten-free summer dessert!
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Plate with a slice of Pumpkin Spiced Apple Pie topped with vegan whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice
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Pumpkin-Spiced Apple Pie
8-ingredient vegan apple pie with subtle pumpkin flavor from both pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin butter (or purée). The perfect simple fall dessert.
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie in a pie pan with a couple slices removed
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie
Vegan peanut butter cup no-bake pie with a graham cracker crust and chocolate ganache top! 8 ingredients, simple to prepare, and SO delicious you won’t be able to have just 1 slice.
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Slices of Vegan Matcha Cheesecake beside dates and matcha powder
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Vegan Matcha Swirl Cheesecake
Amazing, 10-ingredient vegan matcha swirl cheesecake that’s raw, naturally sweetened, and insanely delicious! The perfect vegan, gluten-free dessert with health perks!
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Drinks

Fresh orange wedge on the rim of a jar of Traditional Red Sangria
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Easy Traditional Red Sangria
Simple, traditional Red Spanish Sangria made with simple methods and just 6 ingredients. The perfect fruity summer beverage that’s adaptable and delicious!
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Side view of glasses of our whiskey ginger recipe
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Orange-Infused Whiskey Ginger
Orange-infused whiskey ginger with fresh lemon and ginger juice. Naturally sweetened, zesty, citrusy, and perfect for the holidays and beyond!
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Glass of our perfect Old Fashioned recipe
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Best Bourbon Old Fashioned
The perfected recipe for how to make a bar-quality Old Fashioned cocktail at home, every time. Just 6 ingredients and simple methods required.
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Glasses of our winter bourbon smash recipe on a wood cutting board
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Winter Bourbon Smash
A winter bourbon smash made with raspberry preserves instead of fresh fruit to keep it seasonal and simple. Fresh and citrusy, not too sweet, and perfect for New Year’s Eve and other cold weather special occasions.
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Two glasses of our Apple Cider Hot Rooibos Toddy recipe topped with sliced lemon
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Apple Cider Rooibos Hot Toddy
Simple, soul-warming apple cider hot toddy infused with ginger, cinnamon, and rooibos tea. Spicy, naturally sweet, and perfect for cold winter nights.
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Small glass of Vegan Hot Chocolate topped with coconut whipped cream
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5-Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa
My go-to, 5-minute vegan hot chocolate made with simple ingredients you always have on hand. Creamy, luxurious, and surprisingly healthy.
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Two glass mugs filled with our Vegan White Hot Chocolate recipe alongside cinnamon sticks and cacao butter
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Vegan White Hot Chocolate
Creamy, dreamy, naturally sweetened vegan white hot chocolate! Made with simple, wholesome ingredients in just 10 minutes. The perfect pick-me-up or gloomy-day treat.
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