Top 12 Recipes of 2011

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on December 31, 2011

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Had it not been for Kevin, I would have completely missed ringing in the New Year.

I had it in my head that December 31st was tomorrow, not today. Kevin came down to the kitchen a couple of hours ago and said ‘uh, Leanne? Today is New Year’s Eve, not tomorrow’

I kind of just gave him this sad looking face and looked down at the floor.

I don’t know where my head was at with that one, but hope that it isn’t a sign of what’s to come in 2012.

2011 has brought with it a whirlwind of challenges, successes, unexpected projects, and loads upon loads of recipes; 253 to be exact.

That’s a lot of whole food, gluten-free, sugar-reduced, dairy-free, grain-free, sometimes vegan eating!

And, from what I can sum up from the top 12 recipes of the year, a whole lot of healthy treats and pumpkin were consumed, too.

Here are the top 12 recipes, according to you!

12) Layered Maple Oat ‘n Apple Dessert Jars

I remember preparing these jars as a treat to myself for my 25th birthday. I was so excited when the recipe actually worked!

11) Sleepy Banana Muffin Smoothie

There was a period this year where all I had for breakfast for months was this exact recipe. No changes needed!

10) Rich Chocolate Quinoa Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

My dad really enjoyed this quinoa based chocolate cake for his birthday. The best part was, he had no clue what was in it!

9) Overnight Banana Almond Pudding

Banana almond pudding is still one of my favorite breakfasts. It’s gooey and warm, sweet, and filling.

8 ) 15 Minute Salmon Cakes

These salmon cakes were the only entrée that made it in the top 12 and even into the top 30! Guessing you guys like your sweet treats + breakfasts more than savory dishes. (I’m so with you on that one!)

7) No Bake Pumpkin Tarts

Of all the fancy desserts I’ve made during the holidays, my family unanimously agreed that these simple no bake tarts were their favorite. Lesson – you don’t slave over a hot stove for hours when you want to impress your guests!

6) Sleepy Cookie Dough Verrines

These verries are made up of strawberry cheesecake and chocolate chip cookie dough layers.

5) 5 minute Strawberry Quinoa Flake Bake

A breakfast made in under 5 minutes is the breakfast for me!

4) Banana Drunk Macaroons

I dreamed up this recipe in the pool during a really hard session. I wish I could say that I zone out while I’m pushing it really hard, but I just end up thinking about what food I’m going to enjoy when I get home.

3) Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Creating a pumpkin based smoothie opened up a whole other world for me – adding squashes and other vegetables to my smoothies!

2) Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Bake

When I realized that you could cook quinoa in the oven like a casserole I was ecstatic! This was just one of many quinoa based breakfasts we thoroughly enjoyed in 2011.

Last but not least, the most popular recipe on the blog in 2011, with more than 92,000 views is…

1) No Bake Granola Cakes

I prepared this recipe when I was feeling defeated by my training program, discouraged by my knee injury, and feeling overwhelmed with stuff. It wasn’t soon after enjoying one of these cakes that I decided to write down all of my goals for 2011 and pull myself out of the slump! Seemed like it was just the perfect recipe to get myself going!

Here’s to a 2012 filled with just as many tasty treats and; as promised, more green smoothies!

Have a safe and joyous evening ;)

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }


All of your recipes are so creative AND tasty Leanne! Great job with all of your recipe creating this year [along with all of your other accomplishments!] Happy New Year! :)


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Andrea :) Happy New Year to you, too!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I love all your recipes…lots of pumpkin and nobake things…always a hit by me.

And the drunken banana macs…thanks for the reminder on those :) Must make!



Awesome recipes, happy 2012 to you too!! And yay for more green smoothies!!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Those quinoa bakes were amazing! And I am forever indebted to you for introducing me to chia pudding.

Thank you for all of the inspiration on 2011 – I can’t wait to see what you dream up in 2012.

Happy New Year!!!


Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous

Thanks for the great year of recipes! I think it will take me another year to try all of your recipes I like :)



I am so happy I found you, and your beautiful blog! I sometimes just need new, creative, delicious ideas….you always have them! Happy New Year! Take care, Terra


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Terra, Happy New Year to you!



Awesome list! Happy New Year!


Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

You are so inspiring and I love your recipes!
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Healthful Pursuit in 2012 =)
Happy New Year!!


Baking Serendipity

Gorgeous pictures! I went through a serious smoothie phase in 2011 too. Your banana muffin smoothie looks fantastic! Wishing you great things in 2012 :)



What a delicious round up! I can’t believe you almost missed new years! LOL



Wow, great roundup…. looking forward to another delicious year!


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