Top 15 Vegan Recipes of 2012


As promised, here are the top 15 recipes that I shared on OSG in 2012. This time, I’ve included some of your reviews just for fun. I probably don’t say this enough, but I appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to let me know your review of a recipe, whether positive or negative. Not only does it help me improve and learn as a cook, but it helps other readers get a sense of the recipe and find out if any substitutions worked out. Thanks for a great year.

Let the countdown begin…

#15. Raw Taco Salad for Two

Tisha writes, “I just made this entire meal for my family of 6, and everyone loved it – even my kids! The walnut taco filling was fantastic and had a terrific punch of flavor that we have all loved about the veggie ground we used to use. I plan to use this walnut ground for other dishes too – maybe even in a pasta sauce!”


14. Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Red Quinoa Soup

Julie writes, “I made this last night and everyone was happy. The soup is flavorful enough, with nothing too overpowering (always a concern when using cumin) so that even my 3 year old gobbled all hers right up. The most fun part (for kids…and for grownups too truth be told) was that we each got to decorate our own bowl with the fixins!”


13. Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding

Kara writes, “I’m not ashamed to admit that I just ate this for breakfast. Chia before gym = a great workout. Take that PMS!”


12. Chickpea Salad Wraps

Colleen writes, “I’ve been making this recipe since you posted it, and it is great! We make garbanzos/chickpeas in the pressure cooker all the time, so we have them on hand for different recipes. Besides wraps, we’ve had this on salads, and just plain. A keeper!”


11. Slow Cooker Naked Apple Butter

Jeanette writes, “Great recipe! I just made this apple butter and it came out delicious. I love the simplicity of it (just apples!) and the different ways you can use it. I will be making more of this. Thanks for posting this recipe.”


10. Early Morning Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Susan writes, “Had this for breakfast – it was like heaven in a bowl on a cool fall morning. Kept me fueled for hours and thru my am workout.”


9. Creamy Avocado Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Sue writes, “I made this recipe last night. It was amazing!! So light and fresh with tons of flavor. I feel so good after I eat it!”


8. Mini Peanut Butter Cups in a Jar

Robyn writes, “These were so very good…only shared one with hubby….the rest were all mine!!”


7. Layered Salad with Oil-free Orange Ginger Dressing

HD writes, “Made this for lunch this week (packed the salad in five containers and the dressing in a sixth) and really liked it! It’s a super-easy idea for work lunches and it kept me full from 12:00 all the way to 5:00, through my hour-long strength training class and then right up to 7:00 or so when I had a chance to have dinner!”


6. Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers and Baked Crispy Fries

Renee writes, “I made these last night…SO GOOD! Whenever I make something from your blog, my husband always asks if the recipe comes “husband approved” (like the crispy tofu!). Whether or not these were approved by your husband, these were approved by mine!”


5. Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Vivienne writes, “I just made this, and it is unbelievably delicious!! I was too lazy to make cashew butter, so I used peanut butter instead. Kids loved it too! I could just eat this all day…”


4. Glazed Lentil Walnut Loaf revisited

Natalie writes, “Just wanted to let you know I made this last night. I had made the lentils the night before so I had to chop and put together. I changed the glaze a bit – I made it with ketchup, brown sugar, water and dry mustard. It was good last night, but absolutely phenomenal for lunch today (as I type this). I think next time I’ll make it on the weekend when I have more time so I can just heat it up one night for dinner. Easy and delicious.

PS – I was really surprised how similar to a meatloaf this is. My boyfriend commented that you almost get the same texture as with ground beef! But so much better for you!”


3. All Natural Pumpkin Butter from Scratch

Andrea writes, “Just made this deliciousness this morning!! Out of this world good! I just had a baby and am excited at how good the puréed sugar pumpkin was all by itself! Baby will love it!”


2. Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan

Suzie writes, “Have cooked this butternut squash recipe twice in a week- my husband adores it. The nut Parmesan is fabulous and I will use it on a multitude of other dishes- thank you.”


1. Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for Two

Cassidy writes, “I made this and drank the whole thing in one sitting. Oh my sweet Jesus, was it GOOD. Thanks for sweetening up my Halloween with this treat.”


For #16-30 in 2012, please see this post.

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Herbivore Triathlete January 14, 2013

I’ve made several of the above recipes and understand why they made the top 15 of 2012, they’re all delicious! Thanks for all your hard work Angela, you make eating vegan and delicious easy!


Joanna January 14, 2013

Love this post. What a great reminder of the delicious recipes you made over the year. I need to print/bookmark these again. Your chia pudding is #1 in my books. Best remedy for PMS ever!


JD January 14, 2013

I made the cookie dough dip for my friends. They absolutely loved it! And I ended up sharing the recipe. Also made the lentil loaf for Christmas and that was a hit as well. Thanks for a great 2012! Looking forward to your book.


Tanya @ playful and hungry January 15, 2013

Sharing Angela’s recipes is always a challenge! ;)


Shundara@ SavyNaturalista January 14, 2013

I loved the naked apple butter I made it this fall and gave it away as gifts hit was a hit.. Now I must try the mini peanut butter cups in a jar they look to die for…


Lindsay (life and kitchen) January 14, 2013

I can’t wait to make the cookie dough dip. It all looks delicious!


Cassidy January 14, 2013

Oh! Oh my goodness! You used my comment! :D I got so excited that I jumped around and everything.


Natalie January 14, 2013

Haha I did the same thing! Woohoo, I’m famous! ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 14, 2013

well, thank you for your comments! I’m glad you didn’t get mad I posted them. hah


Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen January 14, 2013

Really love how you did this — I’m a huge fan of your blog! My mom is pretty much a vegan, so I enjoy sharing your recipes with her. :)


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 14, 2013

I remember several of the butters well. Mmm, pumpkin. (No, I’m not tired of it! :-) ) Forgot about the cookie dough…SCANDALOUS! I must rectify that!


Johanna January 14, 2013

I have to agree on the spicy bbq chickpea burgers — definitely one of my favorite recipes I tried in 2012! My meat loving husband loved them so much he made them for himself while I was out of town!


Ashley @ Blissful Basil January 14, 2013

I’ve made the Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Red Quinoa soup twice, and it’s seriously delicious. My non-veg husband loves it. So filling and satisfying. Also, love playing with the toppings — my favorite additions are cilantro, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and scallions. So good!


Christine @ Shot Bun January 14, 2013

Your chickpea salad wrap recipe is one of my favourite recipes from your blog. Soo good. I’ve yet to try the walnut lentil loaf, but it is definitely on my “to make asap” list!


The Frosted Vegan January 14, 2013

I love each and every one of these!! Angela, you are awesome and such an inspiration : )


Ariel January 14, 2013

The lentil loaf is on my “to make” list. . .


Shel@PeachyPalate January 14, 2013

Ooh I totally forgot about those burgers, definitely on must make list! Great round up; massive fan of the banana PB oats!


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} January 14, 2013

This is such a good reminder of all the recipes I’ve filed away but haven’t tried yet :) I DID make the Whole Foods-inspired layered salad and loved it, especially all mixed together!


Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) January 14, 2013

Everything looks amazing and I want to try it all! I love how you added people’s reviews of the dishes. I will definitely let you know when I try each of these dishes.


LeeAnn January 14, 2013

I’ve made about half of those recipes and some of the others are on my to-make list. Sooooo good! And the crunchy granola clusters (not on this list) was my Christmas gift to friends and it was a HUGE hit! I second all the comments that say you make eating vegan AND delicious easy, Angela!


allison January 14, 2013

i make chickpea sandwich filling all the time with lemon pepper, lemon juice, celery, the chickpeas a little vegan mayo…i like the creamy…i know..haha…loved the lentil loaf too…need to try more of the favourites. :-) thank you for your great recipes.


Shannon January 14, 2013

Angela, you are wonderful.

When I get frustrated or overwhelmed or uncreative in the kitchen, you always pull through.
Thanks for that.


a farmer in the dell January 14, 2013

Those chickpea salad wraps look amazing! Welllllll, so does everything else!


Hailey January 14, 2013

Speaking of substitutions – how do you think almonds would be in place of walnuts for the lentil loaf? I’ve got a Costco-sized bag of almonds at home and no walnuts…


Mary January 14, 2013

That’s awesome. I just came here specifically to look up the spaghetti squash and avocado dish and there it is!

Off topic – wanted to share that I just found out that a family friend decided to become vegan during his first semester at college. I’m so glad I have your site as a resource to put together a yummy vegan care package for him. :)


Averie @ Averie Cooks January 14, 2013

Thanks for the recap and the trip down memory lane. That apple butter, the creamy oats, and those PB cups in the jar – I want it all! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2013, Angela!


Apryl January 14, 2013

Everything I have made from your site has been delicious! Glad to see a roundup so I can try a few recipes that I somehow missed. Must ask though: how in the world did your amazing Triple Almond Cherry Bars not make this list?! (Maybe it wasn’t a 2012 recipe…) Anyway, it’s a must-eat! Thanks for all this yumminess!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 14, 2013

I’m not sure, I love that recipe too! Maybe it was on a slow week. heh


Carley@OptimisticHealth January 14, 2013

I just ate lunch but still could eat all if these!! Can’t wait to try some new recipes this week :)


Andrea January 14, 2013

#9 is the winner in my book. But everything looks simply deee-licious (except for the peanut stuff… I like to eat plain peanuts but I don’t much care for peanuts IN things… weird, I know)!! :)



Zestful Lou January 14, 2013

These all look wonderful! I’ve tried many and liked most of them very much! My husband and I couldn’t get on board with the avocado cream sauce over spaghetti squash. I think it was too much mushy texture for us.

I’ve been looking through your ‘favorites’ posts from past years and I can’t believe how time flies and also how long I’ve been a regular reader of your blog! Keep it up. You have truly found your talent and passion and it shines through your every post.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 14, 2013

I can’t believe I haven’t made any of these yet – I need to get cooking! ;)


Kelly January 14, 2013

Just stumbled across your website a couple weeks ago, and I love it! I made the pumpkin pie smoothie which was delicious. So much better than any blended drink at the coffe shop. Also made the peppermint/chocolate bars which were a big hit with my 7 yr old and chocoholic husband. Now to try that lentil meatloaf…..


Ashley January 14, 2013

Angela, your photos are so gorgeous that just about every recipe inspires me! I have loved all the recipes I’ve made of yours, and this collection is great! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2013.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 14, 2013

Thanks for highlighting so many of these Ange! I’d totally forgotten about the cookie dough dip and the chickpea salad wraps. In fact, I think I’ll make the wraps this weekend because I’ve got heaps of cans of chickpeas in the cupboard! And congrats on the new sponsor – gotta love that free shipping! I’m going to check them out now. :)


Mallory January 14, 2013

Thanks for all the wonderful recipes, Angela. The butternut squash and kale might have been my favorite. The almond pecan parmesan really brightened up the flavors in the dish!


Crista January 14, 2013

these recipes all look so good! i’m pinning a few on pinterest!


Kayla @ Lovely Ride January 14, 2013

Looks like I have some cooking to do!! I have made the lentil loaf before and I loved it! Thanks for the round up post!


Stephanie January 14, 2013

Mmmm…. it all looks so good. I really want to try that lentil loaf on one of my Vegan Tuesdays!


Kristina @Run and Assimilate January 14, 2013

I can’t wait to try some of these, they all look delicious!


Catherine January 14, 2013

How did I miss so many of these? I’m still waiting to try the lentil loaf and butternut squash/kale, but I’m not surprised the chickpea burgers made the list. They’re a favorite of my husband’s and mine. I’m not exaggerating when I say every recipe of yours that I’ve made has been delicious!


Robin January 14, 2013

Wow, I was planning on making the chickpea burgers tomorrow. One question though: I don’t usually like veggie burgers on a bun, can you recommend a sauce to serve with the burger?


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 14, 2013

Thanks for such a great post. I am especially intrigued by the chickpea salad wraps and the chickpea burgers…can you tell that I am a bit obsessed with chickpeas?? ;)


Whitney @ To Live and Diet in L.A. January 14, 2013

Angela, you are a genius! I’m not even vegan and these recipes are some of my favorite to make! Your vegan lentil loaf is truely amazing. I plan on trying the avocado spaghetti squash next. Keep up the fantastic work!


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