Top 12 Recipes of 2012


I realize that I’m a bit late to the countdown party, but better late than never, right?

In 2012 we learned that we don’t need sugar to make cake, we don’t need flour to make cookies, eggs don’t have to be in muffins and ice cream can be made with bananas instead of cream. Brownies can be held together with chia seeds, oat cakes can be made without oats, fruit crisps without sugar and rice crispy squares without marshmallows.

We also learned that removing all of these ingredients doesn’t mean that the end result has to taste like tree bark, Styrofoam or dog food.


I feel like enjoying desserts is the best way to feel normal when you have allergies. If you can indulge in a slice of gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, nut-free, egg-free, soy-free chocolate cake and love it to bits, you’ll learn to embrace your allergies and begin to feel good about yourself and your food choices. It’s no wonder that when I pulled the top 12 recipes for 2012 (as voted by you with your views and shares of the recipe), 11 out of the 12 were dessert recipes.

Without further adieu, let’s get our allergen-free dessert on!

Oat-free Nut-free Apple Crisp (97)

12. Gluten-free Apple Crisp (Oat-free and Nut-free)

Warming apple crisp made gluten-free with a crisp, golden topping of quinoa flakes and sorghum flour.

Frosty Chocolate Banana Cream Cups (22)

11. No Bake Frosty Chocolate Banana Cream Cups

8 ingredient gluten-free and vegan chocolate banana ice cream cups with no added sugar.

Freedom Brownies (6)

10. Fudge-tastic Brownies

Allergen-free brownies fudge brownies. They’ll melt in your mouth and can be given to practically anyone with any allergy! No nuts, soy, eggs, grains, refined sugars, dairy…

Caramel Apple Doughnuts (11)

9. Caramel Apple Doughnuts

Caramel apple flavors in doughnut form without the use of grains. PS: the caramel is made with honey, nut or seed butter and vanilla!

Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bars (6)

8. Raw + Vegan Nanaimo Bars

Sinfully delicious raw and vegan nanaimo bars made with coconut oil, almond butter, and loads of fresh vanilla bean.

Baked Oatmeal to Go (4)

7. Baked Oatmeal to Go

Baked oatmeal in serving size cups that can be customized depending on the preferences of everyone in the house. Can be prepared ahead of time and eaten on the road if need be. They would also make a fabulous slumber party breakfast for birthday parties and have each child decorate their own oatmeal or customize for their allergies!

Banana Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cake (6)

6. 5 Minute Banana Chocolate Chip Quinoa Flake Bake

The perfect 5 minute breakfast that’s high in protein, fiber… and chocolate. No oats were harmed in the making of this oat cake.

Key Lime Green Smoothie (4)

5. Key Lime Pie Green Smoothie

Vegan + nut-free key lime green smoothie that’s under 300 calories. Tastes just like pie but without all of the garbage ingredients.

5 Ingredient Chewy Chocolate Coconut Cookies (20)

4. 5 Ingredient Chewy Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Fudge filled coconut cookies with just 5 simple, easy to find (grain-free) ingredients. They can be made egg-free, too.

Juice Day1 (12)

3. Sweet and Green Juice

Just looking at this juice makes me feel like it’s working it’s healing magic on me!


2. Tasty Yummies Gluten-free + Vegan Lentil Loaf

There are a lot of great flavors happening with this lentil loaf, it is hearty and satisfying and almost even a little “meaty”.

Vegan Rice Crispy Treats (16)

1. 5 Ingredient Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

Healthier version of classic rice crispy treats without the gelatin! Each square is just 5 grams of fat and less than 150 calories.

Thank you all for a fabulous year and here’s to a bunch more healthy allergen-free desserts in 2013!

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  1. Thank you for putting this together! As you know, I just joined your community at the end of 2012 so I missed a lot of these post. You are fantastic and I look forward to reading your blog in 2013!

  2. I made the donuts and they were delicious and beautiful! My favorite recipe though, is the miso tofu balls, which I’ve made twice. They are so delicious! Great recipes Leanne!!!

    • I’m so happy to hear that you liked the donuts, Heidi. Yes, those tofu balls are pretty scrumptious!

  3. vegan rice krispies, the raw/vegan nanaimo bars (and after making the real kind, the fact that you made them raw/vegan/gf is even MORE impressive), those donuts – I could go nuts over it all!

    • I DO go nuts over it all! It’s a good thing I have good neighbors that don’t mind taking some of the sweets off my hand. There are days that I just can’t stop baking.

  4. Happy and healthy new year to you and your family. I love your blog and look forward to more of it in the coming year!

  5. Annnnnd we learned that you can make crackers out of flax!! Honestly Leanne, you are one of the most creative people I know. Fortunately I don’t have a ton of serious allergies but if I did, it’s people like you that I’d be looking to daily for help in the kitchen…. oh, wait…. I already do! ;)
    PS Sitting in the same spot as yesterday and it doesn’t feel right without you across the table!!

    • Aw, you’re the sweetest ;) Thanks for having me over again and for the podcast recommendation. I’ve already listed to SO many of them! Ah!

    • Yes, the brownies! Gosh, they were delicious… and so simple, too!

    • I totally forgot how much you liked these. Sorry I’ve never, ever made them ever again… like all of my recipes <3 Too many recipes, not enough time. Maybe a caramel apple muffin is in order?

  6. That lentil loaf looks excellent! I’ve been looking for a meatless-meat loaf recipe. Happy new year!

    • It’s a pretty great recipe, that’s for sure! Beth from Tasty Yummies developed it for us and it’s definitely one of my favorites, too!