The fourth annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale has been officially announced, and you are invited to participate! On April 21 through April 29 (two weekends and the weekdays in between), groups from across the world will hold vegan bake sales. You can participate by holding your own vegan bake sale, or support the cause by going to one and enjoying some treats!
In the first three years (2009-2011) of the event, participating groups raised over $100,000 for a variety of causes. This year, perhaps 150 or more bake sales spanning six continents will likely raise another $50,000 for their causes …
The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale is sponsored by Compassion for Animals (CfA), a Washington, DC-area grassroots group that “works to reduce human-caused harm to animals, primarily through educating people on animal-friendly lifestyles and cultivating empathy and respect for the nonhumans with whom we share the earth.”
Note that you do not need to be vegan to hold a bake sale or to attend one. There are only two rules for this event:
- Goods sold must be vegan. For baking, most importantly this means no dairy or eggs.
- Don't sell or distribute anything during the bake sale (books, brochures, etc.) that contributes to the intentional harming of animals.
Whether you want to host a Vegan Bake Sale or support one by showing up and eating some baked goodies, you can get more information on the event, register your bake sale, or locate planned bake sales across the globe at www.veganbakesale.org.
And just in case you need a little inspiration, we have some successful vegan bake sale recipes to share …
"Can't Miss" Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe created by Holly, one of the Vegan Bake Sale founders. She says, “These little morsels sell out every time!”
- 1-1/2 cups margarine (non-dairy varieties include Earth Balance Natural Buttery Sticks, Willow Run, and Fleischmann’s Light)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup tofu (firm or soft)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3-1/4 cups flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons water
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 3 cups non-dairy / vegan chocolate chips
In food processor (or by hand), blend margarine, sugars, tofu, and vanilla.
In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and water. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Batter should be somewhat sticky, not dry—add a little more water if necessary.
Add nuts and chips.
Using heaping tablespoons, spoon onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 9 minutes, till just turning golden brown.
Let cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes, then use spatula to put on large plates to finish cooling.
Yields 3 dozen large cookies
Peanut Butter-Cranberry Granola Bars
Meggie of Tempe, AZ has been a teen vegan bake sale star. In 2009, she held bake sales six or more hours each day for five days! Without even pricing her goods – just asking for donations – she raised over $830, which she donated to charity. This was one of the most popular baked treats that she sold.
- 2 Cups Corn Flakes
- 2 Cups Oatmeal
- 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 Cup Peanuts
- 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth)
Mix the corn flakes, oatmeal, cranberries, peanuts, and sunflower seeds, and set aside. Combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, and corn syrup and heat in a saucepan until it's almost bubbly. Pour into the cereal mixture and coat it well. Pour into a greased 8×8 or 9×9 pan, and press down as much as possible (if it's not compacted enough, it will be crumbly). Refrigerate until firm. You can use different nuts in place of the sunflower seeds or peanuts.
Want more vegan bake sale recipe ideas? Try one of these great cookbooks:
- My Sweet Vegan
- The Joy of Vegan Baking
- Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World
- Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar
- The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes