Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Hannah is the author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, and Vegan a la Mode. She is a professional photographer, food stylist and recipe creator. Hannah blogs many of her crafts, photos, and food creations at Bittersweet.

This isn’t just any chocolate sorbetto recipe. It was created by one of the founders of the popular gelato company, Ciao Bella. Their gelato recipes do contain dairy. But their sorbetto flavors are purely dairy-free, even the ones made with creamy coconut or rich chocolate. And you can make this one at home! Vegan Chocolate Sorbetto that’s Deep, Dark, and Positively Delicious We do have a very basic chocolate sorbet recipe, but this chocolate sorbetto is a level up. It has the richness, and light creaminess of classic Italian gelato, and intense flavor thanks to some clever flavor additions. Dark…

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Some of us might be resting after a whirlwind of holiday baking, but the sweet surprises never stop in Hannah Kaminsky’s kitchen. She created this wonderful wintery pear butter recipe in the midst of summer. It’s made with dried fruit, so you don’t need to wait for pear season. Nevertheless, it’s a comforting cool weather spread, and a great way to prevent those dried fruit Christmas gift baskets from going to waste. Dairy-Free Pear Butter made with Dried Fruit This pear butter is delicious on freshly baked dairy-free scones, slathered on a thick slice of toast, or dolloped on pancakes.…

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Years ago, my friend Hannah made the vegan gingerbread cupcakes recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World with her own special twist. She swapped the lemon cream cheese frosting for a cinnamon vanilla frosting, and topped each cupcake with a Newman Ginger-O cookie. They no longer make that sandwich cookie flavor, but fortunately, these cupcakes really don’t need a garnish. They are warmly spiced, sweet, and flavorful on their own! Nevertheless, I’ve updated this sample cookbook recipe with Hannah’s frosting option, and a couple of our own little recipe tweaks. Special Diet Notes: Vegan Gingerbread Cupcakes By ingredients, this…

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This gelato company has been churning Italian-style frozen dessert in the U.S. for nearly 40 years. And their line up has always included some of the most popular sorbets on the market. Ciao Bella Sorbetto is a completely vegan line of vibrant fruit sorbets, with rich chocolate and creamy coconut options. Ciao Bella Sorbetto Greets Sorbet Fans with 10 Robust Vegan Flavors Their original sorbetto formula, so many years ago, contained corn syrup. But Ciao Bella is currently corn-free, and sweetened solely with sugar and fruit. At last count, they offered 10 varieties. We have some of the most popular…

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It isn’t often that you read a product story as sweet as Heavenly Hunks. Ellen sent her nephew Casey, who was at college, a care package of her well-loved cookies shaped in squares. Casey devoured 40 of those “hunks” in less than two days. When he came home to visit, he asked Ellen if they could start a cookie company together, and E&C’s Snacks was born. Heavenly Hunks are Vegan Cookies that Taste as Good as They Look I initially thought Heavenly Hunks were little granola-like snack squares, but Sarah told me they were so much more. Her family loves…

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No matter how many different types of granola I try, and no matter how many I fall in love with, I just can’t seem to stop browsing for more. So how could I possibly resist sampling at least a couple boxes of Nature’s Path Granola? It now comes in twelve fourteen dairy-free, kosher pareve varieties, most of which are vegan. As a heads up, Nature’s Path keeps changing their packaging. The images below show the current look, but some varieties are now coming out in bags while older varieties are still in boxes. In other words, look for the brand,…

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Vegan blondies are already treats worth celebrating, offering a soft, chewy bite and deep caramel flavor in every sweet morsel. But adding a pinch of salt heightens that crave-worthy experience, while a touch of coffee lends depth to the whole package. But the true secret ingredient? Melted dairy-free ice cream is added directly into the bars themselves to hit all the right notes with ease. And of course, the experience is perfected with a big scoop of that same ice cream on top! In this case, we used perfectlyfree caramel cafe. The perfectlyfree frozen dessert line is a new spin-off…

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This heavenly vegan cinnamon buns recipe was created by my good friend, Hannah Kaminsky. Hannah has been blogging beautiful eats at Bittersweet Blog for a decade, and she is also the author of several vegan cookbooks. Her most recent titles include Real Food, Really Fast, Vegan Desserts, and Vegan à la Mode. Hannah has also worked in commercial kitchens since she was teen, so she is used to baking up large batches. Which comes in handy around the holidays, when a brunch or potluck is in order, or for freezer mavens. And this sizable recipe makes about 50 delicious vegan cinnamon…

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Cake, it’s what’s for breakfast. When you wake up craving something sweet, you no longer need to curb the impulse to eat dessert first. Now you can have these superlative, satisfying vegan cake batter protein bars. This recipe post for cake batter protein bars is sponsored by No Udder Protein, a dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan protein powder that we reviewed & approved without bias here.  These cake batter protein bars boast a vibrant rainbow of tasty sprinkles, nuts, and chocolate. But they also pack in a hefty dose of vital nutrients to help you power through the morning or recover after a…

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Go Dairy Free had the opportunity to send Hannah, our resident dairy-free ice cream expert, direct to the Vermont factory for a personal tour and tasting of the new Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream flavors. And we can always count on her for a very honest review … After decades of craving, years of lobbying, and hundreds of hungry voices calling for action, Ben & Jerry’s has taken the unprecedented initiative to offer a 100% non-dairy frozen dessert. And to say that this brand new line  has sweet teeth celebrating across the country would be an understatement. Ben & Jerry’s has…

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The recipe that follows for nutritious baked sweet potato chips with a good-for-you caramel dip, is a sample from the FREE Snackable eCookbook created by Go Dairy Free! It’s filled with 25 sweet, savory and sippable dairy-free snack recipes that all happen to be vegan, gluten-free, and mostly allergy-friendly, too. Enjoy this recipe from Hannah, and then download the whole ebook instantly to your desktop, Kindle, iPad, anywhere! New Year’s resolutions are almost always geared towards shaping up, and food is the first target to focus on. But as we head into the second month of the year, you may…

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Celebrations are in full swing this time of year, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to toast the festivities than this vegan champagne custard. A popular sparkling beverage meets a creamy dairy-free dessert in this recipe, created by my good friend, Hannah Kaminsky. As the author of Vegan Desserts, Vegan a La Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie, Hannah knows her way around desserts, and is always looking for new and creative ways to whip them up. Though it requires just a bit of advanced thought (2 hours of chilling), this vegan champagne custard is a very simple dessert…

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In search of the perfect gift for her father’s summer birthday, Hannah Kaminsky, cookbook author, photographer and blogger extraordinaire at Bittersweet, baked up these creative, seasonal iced tea cupcakes. We featured them way back when, and thought that they deserved a refresh! Mixed into both the cake and the frosting, the instant tea powder brought me right back to my childhood, thinking how grown up it was to be drinking this fancy iced tea concoction. These cupcakes are decided less “grown up,” but way too much fun to pass up. Piled high with mounds of fluffy frosting, I made sure…

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Scalding hot coffee loses considerable appeal as temperatures inch back upwards, finally recovering from a long winter’s retreat. The staff of life for early risers and night owls alike, there’s no discussion of going without the daily cup of mud, no matter the heat or humidity Mother Nature is brewing up this season. Thankfully, mercifully, switching over to dairy-free iced coffee makes the morning routine no sweat. Fanciful flavored lattes are all the rage these days, and while some of these coffee concoctions veer a bit too far into dessert territory for the average caffeine-infusion, a lot can be learned from…

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There is never a bad time for carrot cake, as far as I’m concerned, but something about the gentle sunshine, fresh air, and renewed hints of warmth particularly call for this earthy sweet treat. Cream cheese frosting, slathered with abandon in thick, creamy flourishes is the topping de rigueur, but for the tender beginnings of spring, the more delicate, if no less rich, finishing touch on this carrot crumb cake makes for a more contemporary approach. Incorporating the very best part of another garden party favorite, the venerable coffee cake, a nutty almond-infused topping crowns this tender orange-hued carrot crumb…

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air – along with a certain degree of panic. No matter how predictably it falls on the calendar every single year, rooted to the same date of February 14th, it always seems to sneak up on romantics nationwide. Even the most prepared love-struck partners have been known to struggle with the deadline, since life has been known to intrude at the most inopportune times. No matter the time constraints, rekindle genuine romance at the drop of a hat by pulling this shortcut recipe for sweet cheesecake-stuffed strawberries out of your sleeve. Far better…

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Take this new cookie creation out for a spin this holiday season! Speculoos spread, also known as “cookie butter,” is this year’s biggest flavor sensation, being slathered on everything from breakfast toast to pound cake, but it’s hardly just another passing trend. Speculoos cookies themselves have been around for hundreds of years, originating in Belgium and the Netherlands as a sweet way to celebrate the eve of St. Nicholas, falling on December 6th. Over the years, this traditional cookie has morphed into an all-encompassing taste of the holidays – warmly spiced with cinnamon, redolent of brown sugar, and always yielding a crisp, crunchy…

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What’s made with cocoa but doesn’t taste like chocolate, and is a brilliant ruby-red hue but has no added food coloring? If you said red velvet cake, then you sure do know your desserts! Something of a pop culture sleeper hit, the red velvet cake is said to have originated from war time scarcity, a humble confection made of the most basic of staples that just happened to turn red due to the strange alchemy between natural cocoa powder and baking soda. Most modern renditions rely instead on some artificial augmentation, but with a little bit of baking know-how and…

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Reminiscent of harvest feasts and crisp autumnal days of yore, the classic candied apple has been around since the science of hard candies was applied to America’s favorite fruit at the turn of the twentieth century. Considering how countless bushels of candy-coated apples have been enjoyed since that revolutionary innovation, it’s surprising that little more has been done with the concept since then. For someone craving a more elegant presentation for cool weather holidays, it’s easy to take this sweet combination to a whole new level with this vegan candied apple flan. No more rock-hard candy shells to contend with…

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Despite meticulous menu planning and marathon days of shopping and preparation, the actual event of Thanksgiving always manages to catch me off-guard. Between the mountains of mashed potatoes, valleys of crispy roasted Brussels sprouts, and oceans of mushroom gravy, something is almost guaranteed to get lost in the shuffle. Heaven forbid that it happens to be dessert left on the chopping block. When there’s no oven space left to squeeze in the smallest of baking sheets and no time left to make a tender fruit pie, fear not, for there is still at least one delicious, easy option within reach……

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