Top 15 Vegan Recipes of 2012

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 13, 2013

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 at 11:13 am

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 at 11:14 am

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 at 11:17 am

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 at 8:16 am

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


[email protected] SavyNaturalista January 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

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 at 11:34 am

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


Cassidy January 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

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


Natalie January 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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


Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen January 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

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 at 11:59 am

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 at 12:08 pm

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 at 12:39 pm

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 at 12:44 pm

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 at 12:49 pm

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


Ariel January 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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


[email protected] January 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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 at 1:37 pm

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 at 1:46 pm

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 at 3:26 pm

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 at 3:43 pm

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 at 3:50 pm

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 at 3:59 pm

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


Hailey January 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

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 at 4:18 pm

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 at 4:39 pm

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 at 4:47 pm

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 at 8:45 pm

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


[email protected] January 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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 at 5:52 pm

#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 at 6:36 pm

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 at 7:00 pm

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


Kelly January 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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 at 7:44 pm

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 at 7:56 pm

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 at 8:05 pm

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 at 8:16 pm

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


Kayla @ Lovely Ride January 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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 at 8:41 pm

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 at 9:09 pm

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


Catherine January 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

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 at 9:28 pm

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 at 9:37 pm

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 at 9:40 pm

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!


Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife January 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Love the creamy avocado spaghetti squash pasta! So good!!


Rose January 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I knew that pumpkin smoothie was a winner! Also, hi :) I’m a longtime reader but seldom commenter – just wanted to say that I think you’re super inspiring and after a lot of prodding, I’ve finally set up my own little blog. So, so thrilled to finally be joining this healthy living community! Thank you, Angela!


Becky January 15, 2013 at 12:06 am

Great list! Angela, I would also love to see a list of your personal favorite recipes from the last year.


Lauren (@poweredbypb) January 15, 2013 at 4:34 am

That peanut butter oatmeal was delicious! I am going to make the pumpkin smoothie this morning!


Isa from Québec January 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

I discovered your blog last Fall and I’ve been a real addict since!! Love the innovative recipes and all the pictures… I’ve been talking to all my friends about your avocado pasta sauce (amazing!!!).
I am so in love with the pumkin pie smoothie; good choice for number one! I’m not a vegan but I like to eat different kinds of meals all week long. I got to try your chickpea wraps et lentil loaf!

Thank you!

P.S. Sorry for my english


Julia January 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

Those all look delicious but that taco salad looks especially great!


Aimee January 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

Such a timely summary! I made the chickpea salad wraps on Sunday for lunch. Quick, easy and sooo good. I’m having leftovers for lunch today. We add a little bit of jalepenos (pickled or fresh) to give it a little heat. YUM! Thanks for the inspiring recipes – keep them coming!


Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen January 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

I haven’t had the chance to make any of these recipes yet, but I’m totally planning on doing it soon…especially the pumpkin pie smoothie, peanut butter cup in a jar, and the peanut butter banana oats! Yuuuuuum!


[email protected] for the Soul January 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

These all look so seriously delicious~I’m especially intrigued by the taco salad! And your burger looks so fat! haha but in a good way.


jo @ including cake January 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I love the way you’ve brought you’re readers into your roundup. That, alongside your how-to posts creates such a great community spirit which I feel is really coming across so well recently. Good work!


Alex @ Raw Recovery January 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Thanks for doing this recap! I always love these posts because I can catch up on recipes that I forgot about or missed in the first place! I’m eying that chickpea salad wrap…oh boy does that look good!


[email protected] Making Thyme for Health January 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I love the lentil loaf! So great to make on a weekend and save for those busy week days.


Kelly @ Vegan Iowan January 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

The Glazed Lentil Walnut Loaf Revisited is one of the very first recipes I made as a vegan…it showed me that I can still make amazing food my family appreciates while being so much healthier and cleaner. That one recipe has led me to cook countless wonderful vegan meals since! Thank you!


Michelle January 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Angela, thanks for the year in review. Can’t wait to try the creamy avocado spaghetti squash pasta. It looks delicious! Can you tell us more about the supplements you take and how often you use them? Thanks, love the blog;)


Katie January 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm

The pb-banana oatmeal makes we want to get out of bed earlier in the morning. There aren’t many things that can do that! The smell of the bananas in the coconut oil awesome!


Butterfingers January 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

The raw taco salad looks really good….
A quick question about the pb cups though , I made CCK’s chocolate bar pie but it had a tiny bit of an aftertaste….I used mori-nu and while my non soy drinking testers thought it was delicious….I wasnt too impressed….My QUESTION is whether there is an aftertaste in the pb cups too…they look really good though!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013 at 9:21 am

Hey there – I don’t recall there being an aftertaste in the cups.


Butterfingered January 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

k thanks!


Meredith January 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I’ve made the chocolate chia pudding and the creamy avocado spaghetti sauce – both super yum! I really need to make that lentil loaf soon – it’s been on my “to make” list forever!!


Vegan Radhika SArohia January 16, 2013 at 12:15 am

Awesome list!
I’m girl with a major sweet tooth and I think my favourite OhSheGlow recipe so far is the chocolate torte, the no-bake one made from avocado, that thing is amazing!!
[Maybe this list does not include desserts or something? Or how did that not make it on here haha]
From this collection above I really want to try the kale almond pecan butternut squash:)


Laura January 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

I wanted to mention my fav recipe of yours – from 2011 – the 5-ingredient Cheeze sauce. I make this all the time! I love it. Last night I had it over spiralized carrots and zucchini. mmm.


Samantha January 17, 2013 at 9:50 am


I made both the lentil loaf and the peanut butter cups for a dinner party last night for a bunch of my friends who aren’t vegan. By the end of the night one of the couples announced they were inspired, and going vegan too! (except for bacon).


Doug January 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Vegan or not, each of these us absolutely delish. To be honest I’m just starting to work my way towards a vegan diet (I’m trying out a lot of different diets these days just to see what might fit my pallet best) and these have been on the top of my list for the past few days. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so went straight for the chocolate pudding and apple butter first. My review? Wow. If you haven’t done this yet, go for it now. AWESOME for healthy eating for kids as well!


Marla January 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

So many great recipes from last year. Thanks Angela. How did the Summer Hemp Power Salad not make it though?? That one was also amazing and was a go at my house. Can’t wait for the cookbook to come out!!!


MargoRed January 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

A little late asking this question, but with the veggie burgers do you use short, medium, or long grain brown rice? Or does it even matter?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

Oh hmmm, good question! I think I use short grain…but could be medium too.


Erin January 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

Would love to hear more about the Oriya supplements. Do they actually taste good? :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm

The green powder does not taste good, lol. I just mix it with water and chug it….I think im just weird!


Missy January 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm

I chug my spirulina powder with straight water too! It tasted kinda strong at first but now I’m getting used to it. That super green medley mix with spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and barleygrass sounds good, I will have to try it out! Thanks Angela!


marilyn August 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Hi my name is Marilyn I am a new mommy to a beautiful 9 month baby girl and I am trying to lose weight and be healthy. So I am a new vegan and your stuff makes it easy for me to be vegan with all my cravings for the old junk food I use to eat lol so thank you and please keep blogging new recipes :D


Anya @ Blallywood August 25, 2013 at 8:51 am

These look so fancy. I love the way you emulate non-vegan recipes by using things like walnut Parmesan. It has the same appearance of food containing meat, but a much better alternative.


Jeff September 14, 2013 at 5:20 am

I would love to go vegan (I did for two months and never felt better in my life), but it is just too time consuming! It takes an enormous commitment as many of the recipes have a list of ingredients that are a mile long! Add to that the time it takes to prepare the dishes, and one will soon find themselves reverting back to their old eating habits. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a vegan fast food chain!!!


Toney October 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Red Quinoa Soup
looks simply amazing! Thanks for sharing, going to make this asap!!



Johanna @ Vegetarian Made Easy November 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

These recipes all look so good! I will definitely be trying some out, especially the chocolate chip cookie dough dip. Yum! :)


Dennis March 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I love the Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan dish! I would make it again! Thank you for the great list!!!


Off the Couch and Running March 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

I am a truck driver trying to eat vegan while on the road and was wondering what recipes could you recommend for someone like me who has no access to a stove, oven and refrigerator. I do however have my vitamix with me. my job keeps me moving so im usually in time crunch…any thoughts? ideas or suggestions?


gary September 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I made the roasted butternut squash for 45 people for a dinner – it was super delicious, not very difficult – had raves for the great flavors!


Adriana October 15, 2014 at 4:26 am

From this list I have already made a few things and want to make the rest. I LOVE every single vegan oh she glows recipe I have made.

If you have not made her Vegan Peanut butter cups in a jar… YOU NEED TO. Probably one of the best desserts I have ever had.. even better then the candy itself. My boyfriend (who is actually vegan) is now addicted to these tasty things!

I cannot wait to make the Chickpea Burgers. I just made your Vegan Broc Cheddar Soup… and it was a huge hit!

Thank you so much for these great free recipes and I ALSO love your book. Saw it at Barnes for the first time ever and could not pull myself away!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

Thank you Adriana! ps- love your name…it’s what we named our daughter. :)


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