Best Recipes of 2013: My Picks + Your Favorites


I created over 200 recipes in 2013.

I experimented with using cauliflower as a base for cream soups, cooked quinoa as a substitute for rolled oats and sweet potato instead of oil in a chocolate fudge cake.

Some ideas were good, others were not so good.

Today, I’m sharing the recipe winners with you – the most shared, most loved, most made… plus a couple of my personal favorites.

Do you have a favorite Healthful Pursuit recipe?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Banana Breakfast Cookie

Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies: the first time I used cooked quinoa to replace oats in one of my favorite oatmeal cookie recipes I was blown away! Then, I made over 8 different variations of the cookie. It changed the way I did breakfast.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup: I wish I could take the credit for this idea… but my hubby Kevin came up with the concept. Cauliflower to make vegan (and paleo) soup creamy. Brilliant.

Oil-free Fudge Cake

Oil-free Sweet Potato Fudge Cake: My sister and I created this cake. We swapped out the oil for mashed sweet potato and then slathered each square with dairy-free frosting. Best slumber party ever!

Grain-free Granola Bars

Grain-free Granola Bars: a reader favorite – these bars went crazy, you loved them!

Grain-free Pancakes

Grain-free Pancakes: Kevin and I have been using this recipe for years and years so it only felt right to share it with you.

Vegan Pumpkin Curry

Vegan Pumpkin Curry: I was going to make this recipe with butternut squash… but I didn’t have any so I improvised and it blew me away! Roasted pumpkin + curry = pure deliciousness. This is a Leanne favorite, 100%.

Latte Breakfast Bake

Pumpkin Spice Latte Quinoa Breakfast Casserole: I used to love baked oatmeal and thought it was completely off limits when I chose to go (mostly) grain-free. But, I learned that quinoa is a great replacement for oats! Throw them in a casserole dish with liquid, top it off with a crunchy topping and you’re set!

Love Your Greens Juice

Love Your Greens Juice: I was surprised to see that this recipe was a top 5 recipe of 2013. It’s a great (fruit-free) green juice. Definitely one of my favorite juice recipes on the blog.

Paleo (and vegan) Date Squares

Paleo & Vegan Date Squares: another Leanne favorite! These squares were inspired by Crudessence, my favorite raw/vegan restaurant in Montreal. Although we didn’t enjoy living in Montreal all that much, the people and restaurants I connected with made the whole experience worth it.

Rockin' Roots Salad

Rockin’ Roots Warmed Kale Salad: I turn to warm salads when the temperature drops. This recipe is one that I’ve been making for as long as I can remember. Squash, sweet potato, seeds, greens and a Dijon dressing. There’s nothing like it!

Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies: many Healthful Pursuit readers have said, “Carrot cake anything… and I’m sold!” I couldn’t help but make a carrot cake breakfast cookie. It needed to happen this year!

Paleo & Vegan Alfredo

Paleo & Vegan Alfredo Sauce: another Kevin invention! He takes full credit for this one. Gosh, it’s delicious.

Vegan Cheez Whiz

Vegan Cheez Whiz: smother your sandwiches, pasta, crackers, veggies… anything (!!) in this sauce. This is a Leanne favorite, hands down.

Vegan Cream of Broccoli

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup: just a couple of ingredients is all you need to make this soup… and it isn’t made with cashews!

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Salad Dressing: not only does this dressing go fabulous on a salad but it can also be used to marinate vegetables, beans, chicken and fish. So flavorful!

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    • Thanks Morgan! Which one do you think you’ll make first?

      • Definitely the Latte Breakfast Bake! That looks awesome…I love oatmeal but I’d really like to switch things up every once in awhile

        • Ohhhh yum! Yes, good choice. You have my vote! Let me know how it goes, Morgan (and Happy New Year’s!!)

  1. Hi Leanne!

    I’ve really been loving all of your recipes and they have proven to be such a great tool in my own journey of health. Plus, your website is so clean and beautiful. Whenever I click on a new recipe it’s like a little gift I get to unwrap. Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for all the time and effort you put into spreading the good word of health.

    Congrats on a very fruitful year, and here’s to an even better 2014!


    • Wow, thank you, Sierra. Your beautifully written comment made my day! Happy New Year ;)

  2. Everything looks amazing! I’m going to whip up the vegan cream of mushroom soup for dinner because I have (most) of those ingredients on hand. Cauliflower mashed potatoes will have to wait for another day ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

    • I’ve done the cauliflower mashed potatoes and while they were good, this soup is better… lol but I may be a bit bias!

  3. Your date squares. Hands down. Your cranberry cheesecake squares were amazing too… But maybe those were from 2012? I don’t know… I’ve been following you for so long, girlfriend, they all get mixed up in my mind! You’ll be pleased to know that I’m featuring two of the above recipes in my upcoming New Year’s weekend-long detox: (your cream of mushroom and cream of broccoli soups)… Thank you, always, for your healthy recipe inspiration!

    • Oooo a detox! I’m going to hop over and check it out! Thanks for the feature. I’m pretty sure that those squares are from 2012. So good. I couldn’t stop eating them when I made the first batch!

  4. Still loving the Runner’s Repair bars, even though they came before 2013. My hands-down, made-it-a-thousand-times recipe from this year is the Strawberry Chia Squares from your Dessert Freedom Cookbook. OMG- WIN!!! I would eat them every single day if I could. (And I would seriously attempt to do that if strawberries were in season year-round. So we can blame/thank Mother Nature for me not eating Strawberry Chia Bars on a daily basis.)

    • Made it a thousand times? Girl, you awesome! I’m with you, I couldn’t stop eating the strawberry filling. To heck with the bars, I’ll have a cup of that stuff and a spoon! Hope you’re having a really good vacation!

  5. The protein fudge banana pot/cake was and is still my fave. Hot from the oven and gooey with bananans on top, and love LOVE that there is protein powder in there.

    • Wow, I need to get back to making those. I TOTALLY forgot about them! Any flavor recommendations? The gooey banana topping is pretty crazy awesome, too!

    • I was surprised, too. I could have sworn I made that in 2012… I guess it’s been a long year!

  6. I love the pumpkin mousse squares . OMG I could not stop eating it
    I also adore the lemon coconut dairy free slices
    My daughter Shania asks for them when she comes home from school
    So I keep them in the freezer and take them out ready for her .
    Keep up the brilliant work Leanne . Xo

    • Mmm yes, those squares! Did you end up using protein powder in them? And yes, those lemon squares, too! Great choices, Rebecca ;)

    • It was so hard to decide on the top recipes! I agree with you, the jicama hashbrowns were pretty darn good!