Dreena Burton’s Vive le Vegan was the first vegan cookbook I purchased that completely blew me away. It was exactly what I needed as a new vegan. The book was filled with recipes that I had been missing since becoming vegan: muffins, snacks, breakfasts, dips, and easy, satisfying main dishes.
Since purchasing Vive le Vegan I have purchased every book Dreena publishes. She writes her recipes in a way that feels like she is in the kitchen with you. Dreena is raising 3 vegan daughters so her recipes are always kid friendly or she offers kid friendly modifications. Her books have been an invaluable resource as I raise Trey.
Her most recent book, Let The Eat Vegan, is another hit. One of my favorite recipes is for Citrus-Scented Almond Muffins. These muffins are made with olive oil which gives them a very unique, not too sweet flavor. They also include almond meal which I love as a nutrient boost.
I made my last batch as a loaf rather than as muffins. On a recent Starbucks trip Trey saw the lemon loaf they sell and asked what it was. Once I explained it he asked if I could make a vegan version. I have always let him know that almost everything we see can be made vegan, so he frequently makes this request when he sees food he is interested in trying. Trey has had the olive oil muffins before and loved them so I decided to recreate them in a loaf form.
I made a few changes to the recipe. The first change is that I used All-Purpose flour. No one in my family has issues with gluten so I don’t have many of the alternative flours on hand. I used 1.5 cups of the AP flour instead of the barley flour the recipe indicates. I also used only lemon zest (rather than a combination of lemon and orange) since I was making a lemon loaf. In addition I added 1/2 tsp of lemon extract to further amp up the lemon flavor.
I poured the batter into a 8.5×4.5in loaf pan (similar version) and increased the baking time to 35 minutes. The results were delicious. We ate this loaf with breakfast smoothies, as a snack in the afternoon, and for dessert. Trey loved the lemon loaf and is looking forward to making another batch.
Dreena Burton’s next cookbook,Plant-Powered Families, comes out in a few months. I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. There aren’t a ton of resources for families raising vegan children so I am thrilled to see her advice and of course try out the recipes. She is running a special now if you pre-order the book. Once you send her your pre-order receipt her publisher will send you an e-book containing 15 additional recipes. I received the 15 additional recipes last week and I’m looking forward to cooking them in the next few weeks.