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Sweet & Easy Vegan: Coconut, Almond and Chocolate Chip Cookies {Giveaway}

Sweet & Easy Vegan is my kind of cookbook. I’ve been eating a dairy-free, egg-free diet for years, and at the time when I first started out on my vegan adventure, I was sure that cheese would be the thing I missed the most. Not so! As it turned out, I found myself craving traditional desserts more than anything else. Luckily I quickly discovered that vegan treats can be just as delicious— especially homemade vegan treats. I’ve since spent many a day in my kitchen experimenting with making vegan versions of my favorite desserts and baked goods, which can be rewarding when it works (sweet success!), but frustrating when it doesn’t (what a waste of time and ingredients!). That’s why I love Sweet & Easy Veganauthor Robin Asbell has already done that work for you, so you can jump right in and bake delectable vegan treats with confidence. When our friends at Chronicle Books offered us a copy to review, we knew that we just had to do a giveaway so we could share this gem with you.

In the book, Asbell offers over 80 sweet vegan recipes including cookies, cakes, tarts, fruit desserts, muffins and more. The author has also written a thorough introduction that covers the basics of vegan baking, discusses the benefits of whole grain flours and natural sweeteners, and includes a glossary of vegan baking ingredients. Sidebars sprinkled throughout the book give helpful tips on topics such as whole wheat pie crusts, alternative flours, and fair trade chocolate.

All this knowledge makes Sweet & Easy Vegan a great book for someone who is new to vegan cooking, but the appeal isn’t limited to beginners, or even to vegans for that matter. Anyone with a sweet tooth will appreciate the recipes here, which range from classics like yellow cake to more unusual treats like Lemon Pine Nut Cookies, and from decadent desserts like Chocolate Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting to lighter fare like Summer Fruits in Vanilla Syrup. And who wouldn’t love a book with an entire chapter devoted to “Sweet Breakfast Treats”?

We hope you’ll enjoy this cookbook as much as we do. To get your mouth watering, here is a sample recipe from Sweet & Easy Vegan.

Coconut, Almond and Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is something about the texture of coconut in a cookie; the way it stays moist and chewy is irresistible. The addition of chocolate and almonds makes for a triple temptation that will call to you from the cookie jar.

Makes about 8 big cookies


  • 2 tbsp nondairy milk, plus more as needed
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • ½ cup/60 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup/65 g whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼  tsp salt
  • ½ cup/120 ml canola oil
  • ½ cup/100 g granular palm sugar, palm sugar paste, or Sucanat
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup/90 g unsweetened shredded dried coconut
  • ½ cup/55 g sliced almonds
  • ½ cup/85 g vegan chocolate chip


Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C/gas 5.

In a cup or small bowl, whisk the 2 tbsp nondairy milk and the flaxseeds together and let stand for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine both flours, the nutritional yeast (if using), baking soda, and salt and whisk until well mixed.

In a food processor, combine the canola oil and sugar and process until smooth. Add the almond extract and pulse to combine. Add the flaxseed mixture and process until thoroughly combined. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the coconut, almonds and chocolate chips. If the dough is too crumbly to hold together, knead in up to 2 tbsp more nondairy milk.

Scoop a ¼ cup/60-ml portion of dough (oiling the measuring cup makes it easier to remove the dough) and form it into a ball. Place the balls on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving about 2 in/5 cm of space between them. Using wet palms, flatten slightly to a thickness of just over ½ in/12mm.

Bake for about 16 minutes, until the cookies are quite golden around the edges, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time.

Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the cookies will keep for about 1 week.

Would you like to win a copy of Sweet & Easy Vegan? To enter the contest, comment on this post and tell us who you would bake treats for if you win this cookbook. Would you make vegan sweets for your kids, your friends, your sweetheart—or maybe just for yourself? To help you get started with these yummy recipes, we’ll also send the winner a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, a package of Sliced Almonds, and a package of Shredded Coconut.  We’ll pick a winner from those of you who enter by 11:59 pm on 8/23. Good luck!

Robin Asbell, chef and author of Big Vegan and Sweet & Easy Vegan, will be teaching a class next month at the Bob’s Red Mill Cooking School in Milwaukie, Oregon! Get details on the class, “Healthy Baking with Robin Asbell,” and registration information here.


Natalie Cook says:

I would bake these treats for my husband, myself, our daughter and her husband as we are all vegan. Most of all, I would bake them for my precious, 2 year old vegan grandson, Jayden!

Jacqueline Maisto says:

I would make these treats for everyone I know. I have made the decision to eat healthy and trying to get everyone around me to do the same. As you know this is not always easy, but if i can show them that eating healthy doesnt mean boring and tasteless I may just accomplish my goal. My family and friends may even enjoy the healthier versions as I have found I do.

Vashti says:

I’d make the treat for my kids!! Looks amazing!

manda says:

I would bake goodies for my husband!

gail says:

i would make them for the office!

Natalia Trelles says:

I love to bake!! It’s good to know all the ingredients that are going into your baked goods. Most of my vegan baking is for my friends and family. I love their expression at how tasty vegan treats can be. My non vegan sweetheart also loves my baking. I love spreading the word that vegan baked items can taste just as good as non vegan baked treats. 🙂

Joanne DeWald says:

i’d bake them for my college friends at our last reunion. i am a pescatarian because i wasn’t able to give up dairy and still have my desserts. i love to bake. this book might change all that for me. joanne

Cameron Lawracy says:

Who wouldn’t I bake these treats for??! After tasting them all myself (you gotta go for quality control after all…cough cough), I’d share them with anybody who’d poo-poo “healthy” desserts. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sara P. says:

I would make treats for my husband!

Megan M. says:

These cookies look delicious! I would bake the treats from this book for my family and all the naysayers out there who think that vegan treats aren’t delicious. I’d bake them with my son too, he’s 2.5. I try to get him in the kitchen with me whenever possible.

Neil Latchmansingh says:

My girlfriend bakes all the time. It’s nice when we bake together, it’s like a project. It means we spend time together and get very tasty vegan goodies in the end. She’d be so excited for us to have brand new vegan baking recipes for us to work on together.

Debra Lee says:

I would make the treats for me and share a little bit too!

Renata says:

I would make some yummy treats for my parents!

Bonnie K says:

All of my favorite ingredients in this recipe; makes me happy. I would bake them for myself. Of course, if anyone else wants to eat them, they can. 😉

ella says:

I would make treats for myself and my roommate.

Meghan Finley says:

They would be mainly for the little ones but they’ll love helping me cook!

Katie says:

I would make these with my kids for the whole family to enjoy! They like to help with baking almost as much as they like to eat the finished product.

Deborah Maxey says:

i would love to bake these treats for my church potluck. Our church has a lot of older folks who tell me vegans “don’t eat any of the good stuff”. I may not convince them to give up their “meat” but I might be able to satisfy their huge sweet tooth!! As an avid Bob’s Red Mill purchaser, I’d be delighted to win!

My son is allergic to eggs, so I have found vegan recipes to be a great alternative for the whole family. Healthier too!

Jeffrey says:

I would love this book. I am trying to switch to a vegan diet but am having difficulty in the dessert department. I would use these recipes to make snacks for me and my wife.

Miranda says:

I’d bring vegan treats to work. I think people are afraid of trying new things – especially “weird,” “healthy,” “hippie” vegan things! What better way to expand peoples’ horizons than via cookies?

Deb says:

I would bake treats for my family. I always make enough to share with my mom who can no longer bake, she is 86!

Margaux DelGuidice says:

I would bake these for myself and share them with my friends and family. I have been a vegetarian since I was 18 and I am looking to take my healthy lifestyle to a higher level by becoming vegan. This cookbook looks like a great place for me to begin my foray into the world of veganism, while easing my loved ones into my new lifestyle as well.

Billie Jean says:

Those cookies sound and look so yummy and healthy, too! I would sub the sugar with stevia though… Anyway, currently I am at tech school, but when I get my hands on an oven I will be baking up a storm! And when I bake I love to share my creations with any body! Friends, family, neighbors…

Billie Jean says:

I love baking! I am always one to share my creations!

Georgiana says:

I would cook up some delicious treats for my hubby, daughter & granddaughter! 🙂 Sounds delicious – thank you so much!

Karen says:

My SO’s Vegetarian, leaning towards Vegan, Daughter. Although I’m sure everyone would enjoy as the cupcakes and cookies look delicious!

Audrey says:

For myself…and my family. 🙂

Kevin P says:

I’d share them at work

Monica says:

I would love to make these for my family! Or to bring on a picnic with friends. It sounds like a perfect snack.

Rachel Kimbrow says:

I am a teacher and there are always treats in the teacher’s lounge – that are usually store bought and gross! I love to bake. I would try out all the recipes and bring them into the lounge to help make the teachers and staff I work with a little bit healthier! My 3 and 1 year old daughters love to make mud pies and would greatly enjoy helping me experiment with vegan baking – something I am dying to learn more about!

Ray says:

Definitely would be a winner in my family as I’d make them for my wife and kids! We all love sweet healthy treats!

Susan says:

I’d make them for myself to get me through the present rough patch. And share them with whomever I happen to see.

jacquie says:

i will admit to being selfish as i would make them for myself 🙂 and likely share with a couple of clients who while not vegan are reduing the diary in their diets.

Amanda D says:

I would make all the deliciousness for myself. It is not selfish at all. The chef [always] has first dibs.

Marcia S says:

I would make them for my husband, son and my coworkers! I am just that nice! 🙂

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