BANANA EGGNOG PANCAKES from “THE SUPERFUN TIMES VEGAN HOLIDAY COOKBOOK”

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Let the holiday shuffle begin! I noticed that the non-dairy, non-denominational holiday nog display at the grocery store was looking particularly robust a couple weeks ago and said to myself: “It’s time!” (The giant tower of pannetone at the entrance was also a decent tip-off) I like making my own, but I also enjoy having some nog on hand for whizzing up into my morning superfood coffee situation, so sometimes store-bought hits me just right. I’m in the thick of a couple large projects right now, so from-scratch nog will have to wait anyway. Can’t wait to share all of this up-and-coming stuff with you all! In the meantime, there’s pancakes.

Even if you only eat plant-based/vegan sometimes, I’m sure that you know Isa Chandra Moskowitz. On the subject of vegan cooking, all of her books (as well as those authored with Terry Hope Romero) are authoritative, thorough, and so much fun. When I get stuck on a recipe, or something just doesn’t seem to be working, OOOR I’m giving up entirely and just need something good for dinner, I can usually suss out a clue/coping recipe from one of her books. My copy of Veganomicon is completely tattered, marked up, and stained–it was the first vegan cookbook that I bought and cooked from. Isa Does It is practically a way of life for me at this point and has never left my kitchen cookbook rotation. You might guess that I’ve been anticipating her latest book, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, for a long time.

First of all, the book is huge. There’s that immediate vibe of great value when you feel the weight of it–which sounds lame but is totally true and you know it. Everything from New Year’s day to Cinco de Mayo to Christmas, and any possible occasion for gathering in between is covered, so there’s a lot of recipes here. The photography is sharp, bright, super clean without feeling sterile, and just so appetizing. I immediately turned to the harvest-y/festive chapters on Thanksgiving and winter holiday foods when I got it, and there are great recipes for classics like stuffing, mashed potatoes, Christmas cookies, and even a vegan “roast.” But there’s so much good stuff in this book that you could just make because you feel like it. Some of the things I’m excited to try: roasted beet borscht with cashew sour cream, the all natural shamrock shakes, cauliflower tikka masala, chipotle mac and cheese, and the eggplant chimichurri kebabs for when grilling season comes around again.

I like these pancakes because they’re a very casual way to get festive. Like, you’ve just hauled up the holiday decorations from the basement and you’re not exactly in the mood to hang everything up/douse yourself in sparkles, so you just make pancakes and listen to Loretta Lynn instead (guess what we did last weekend!). There’s that subtle eggnog flavour that comes out even more with an extra sprinkle of nutmeg and maple syrup. I made mine a little more fancy with pomegranate and lightly thinned out cashew cream, too. Keeping cashew cream on hand at all times is one of my “things” now. These are the perfect weekend treat to usher in the season.

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BANANA EGGNOG PANCAKES RECIPE
From The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
SERVES: Makes 8 or so pancakes
NOTES: I made a couple minor pantry substitutions with this recipe because pancakes tend to be flexible. I used light spelt instead of all purpose flour and melted coconut oil instead of canola. I’ve noted these changes below! There are a ton of vegan eggnogs on the market, and if you’re using them in a recipe like this, you don’t have to be super picky. I chose one with the lowest amount of sugar, but you could also make your own with this recipe that I contributed to The Chalkboard a few years ago.

Last thing: I served these with a lightly thinned-out cashew cream that was flecked with nutmeg and vanilla. It was decadent and awesome. The basic formula for cashew cream is 1 cup of soaked and drained raw cashews blended with 1/2 cup filtered water until totally smooth. From here, you can add maple syrup, spices etc. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.

PANCAKES:
2 very ripe medium bananas
1/ 1/4 cups plant-based eggnog
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or canola/other neutral oil) + extra for cooking
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup light spelt flour (or all purpose/light whole wheat)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg, plus extra for serving
1/4 teaspoon salt

FOR SERVING:
banana slices
dried cranberries
pomegranate arils
pure maple syrup
cashew cream

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until they are almost pureed. Add the eggnog, oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla. Set aside. Preheat the oven to a warming setting, and set a parchment-lined baking sheet on the top rack.

In another large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the banana mixture. Use a fork to gently mix everything together until you have a lumpy batter. This should take about a minute. Don’t mix until smooth! Lumps are totally fine as long as all ingredients are well-incorporated and there aren’t any dry flour spots. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat a large nonstick pan (Isa recommends cast iron) over medium-low heat. Using a brush, lightly coat the pan with coconut oil. Drop pancake batter into the pan by the 1/3 cup. Cook pancakes until puffy and holes are poking through, about 4 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until the other side is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer cooked pancakes to the baking sheet in the oven. Re-grease the pan and keep making pancakes until the batter runs out.

Serve pancakes warm with accompaniments of your choice!

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  • Shonna30/11/2016 - 4:53 am

    My favourite is mashed potatoes and gravy. And, yup, I turn to Isa for a recipe on that.ReplyCancel

  • Kati | black.white.vivid.30/11/2016 - 5:40 am

    This recipe is so much fun. Love the little eggnog twist. Have you ever done vegan eggnog yourself? Veganomicon was my first vegan cook book too. At that time I couldn’t find any German ones and now the market is flooded (which I love) :) x KatiReplyCancel

  • Anna30/11/2016 - 6:19 am

    These look absolutely fantastic! I’ve taken over the task of making cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning from my mom, because I want to make them from scratch (read: healthier). This year I’m needing a recipe from The Roasted Root to make cranberry scones with chai glaze as well (drool)! I rarely bake, but the holidays just bring it out in me.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne30/11/2016 - 6:26 am

    Cookies! there’s nothing I’d really miss about holiday food…except the cookies. Isa always seems to get her cookie recipes just right too. My mom, who’s not vegan, says Isa’s recipe for snicker doodles is her favorite! And these pancakes look undeniable!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica30/11/2016 - 6:36 am

    Stuffing is my favorite recipe of the holiday season! I make my own cornbread stuffing in a cast iron skillet, then I toast it into chinky bread cubes. I sautéed lots of onions, celery and mushrooms, mix with fresh thyme and steamed chestnuts, and put all of the ingredients into a big soufflé pan to bake until golden brown and crispy. It’s decadently delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Pia30/11/2016 - 6:49 am

    Ooooh! So much fun :)
    I’ve actually been eyeing cup Isa’s books lately and they all look absolutely amazing and appear to have incredibly creative and tasty recipes.
    Anyway, considering you didn’t mention who this giveaway is open to, I realize there is a great chance that it’s only for US residents, BUT should it -to my luck- not be, for once (that is, should it be open internationally), I guess this would be my entry.
    Personally, I honestly don’t have any favorite Christmas dishes to be frank, however, if I had to choose one food that I’m most excited about this season, it would probably have to be cinnamon rolls. Now, I know that’s a little lame, considering that cinnamon rolls are technically, or can be, an all-year-round things, but what shall I do? It is the way it is :PReplyCancel

  • Karlie30/11/2016 - 7:48 am

    Ah I love Isa! This looks so delicious. I most look forward to cookie baking day with my mom and sister over the holidays. We gather 4-5 recipes and get baking. It is SO much fun. our favorites are peanut butter blossoms, choc chip, sugar cookies, lemon cookies, and hot chocolate cookies. We hand them out and/or go to a cookie exchange. Happy holidays to you!ReplyCancel

  • Saniel Underwood30/11/2016 - 8:04 am

    Favorite recipe lemon cookies always during Christmas holiday season and chocolate pumpkin ice cream.ReplyCancel

  • Lyla30/11/2016 - 9:02 am

    My favorite thing to cook for my family during the holidays is stuffing and gravy. I know it’s something I could make year round, but it just wouldn’t taste the same!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina30/11/2016 - 9:09 am

    THE holiday indicator is COOKIES! The joy of making them and listening to holiday music. The joy of sharing them with others. The joy of enjoying one, or many, yourself. The joy of the season.ReplyCancel

  • Megan30/11/2016 - 9:15 am

    Pancakes are my go-to on Sunday mornings after a long time reading in bed with coffee by my side – a tradition my husband and I try to stick by most Sundays.
    In regards to favourite holiday recipes it’s hard to name just one. In general I’ve always loved Christmas mornings at my Dad’s and we always choose a different recipe each year, from ‘eggs’ benedict, tofu scramble, and Dad is always in charge of homefries. Did I mention there is always baileys/coffee? (vegan and non-) And baking with Mom is a yearly tradition where we incorporate my Grandmother’s handed down recipes for Hello Dollies and Nanaimo bars. The Holidays for us means tradition and cozy meals in snowy Ontario.ReplyCancel

  • Taylor30/11/2016 - 9:31 am

    Holidays are ALL about the cooking!! I usually join my mom starting in OCTOBER cooking all of the Christmas cookies which she gives out to her coworkers, family, people she randomly finds on the street…etc. Favorites include PB chocolate kiss cookies, half-dipped chocolate chip, carrot cake cookies, and homemade sandwich cookies! I also have tried to include Polish thumbprint cookies to the mix, since they are easy to veganize and you can pick whatever jam you like to go in the thumbprint (I like blackberry jam, but apple jam is more Polish feeling to me lol). I have also started to make pierogi more often on the holidays for my friends and coworkers. They’re easy to make but they’re delicious and special–everyone likes them!ReplyCancel

  • Smadar30/11/2016 - 9:35 am

    Beautiful photographs! As always.

    It’s so hard to pick a favourite, but I have to go with latkes!ReplyCancel

  • Kris30/11/2016 - 9:45 am

    My fav thing to cook this time of year (closer to the New Year) is Kutya — a Ukrainian dish that has poppyseeds, wheat berries, & honey (or maple syrup). A traditional dish I grew up eating at my Baba’s house, one that now enjoy cooking and sharing w/ family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • callie30/11/2016 - 9:45 am

    I am so in love with Isa’s new cookbook. It is dazzling, amazing, and intoxicating! Thank you for featuring this recipe from it and capturing it so beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara30/11/2016 - 9:45 am

    My favorite Holiday recipe is gingerbread cookies ! They remind me of so many childhood memories & the smell they leave in the house is just so festive :)ReplyCancel

  • Marta | Naturalmente buono30/11/2016 - 9:49 am

    I must confess I just recently discovered Isa and her books…but oh! I’m so in love with them and I just can’t wait for her new book to come out. Hers + Amy Chaplin’s cookbook are always by my hand.
    As Christmas is all about baking, my favorite recipe and the one I’m so excited to make are cookies. In particular, chocolate + orange glazed (basically chocolate chip cookies with an orange twist). I know this doesn’t seems particularly at all, but it’s a recipe from my mother’s german best friend that my mum used to bake for me every year (and I were able to eat the whole batch in just 24 hours). Of course, they were not vegan at all, but I can proudly say that I veganized (and de-sugarized) them and they taste exactly like the original ones. I think this is the only recipe that I’ve always made through all my Christmases and is the one I care the most. Another thing I’m really excited to try to make is a vegan + spelt based Panettone with my sourdough starter because, you know, here in Italy we eat tons of Panettone ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Julia30/11/2016 - 9:57 am

    I’m always so happy when I see a new First Mess post in my Inbox!!

    I try to lean vegan as much as possible, but I have to admit that my Holiday traditions definitely do not fit in the vegan column, so this cookbook would be a great way for me to start venturing away from the Shortbread (lots of butter), Rum Pudding (loaded with milk and eggs), Cinnamon Scones (butter and cream), etc. I do make a divine plum pudding that is vegan, and sweetened with molasses … but it’s served with a hard sauce that’s basically … you guessed it … butter and cream and sugar. I’m thinking I need to experiment with a vanilla cashew cream!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon30/11/2016 - 10:00 am

    Butter tarts! (Woo Canada!)ReplyCancel

  • Marie30/11/2016 - 10:00 am

    For savories, I love something warm and stew-y, like squash/sweet potato and lentil curries or a good vegan shakshuka (silken tofu makes a great egg replacer!). WIth bread, always crusty bread on the side. For sweets, oof, how do you pick one?? Pies are ubiquitous for the holidays, but I prefer the old standby of cookies: always a familiar process but so easy to switch up and experiment with seasonal flavors. Lately have been loving miso-chocolate chunk and anything with candied ginger!ReplyCancel

  • Sasha30/11/2016 - 10:06 am

    I agree 100% about Veganomicon! It THE book that I turn to when I’m like “how should I cook this veggie?” Such a good resource.
    As for holiday baking, I’d say Apple pie. Or Pumpkin pie. Definitively some sort of pie makes me very happy to make and eat. The pumpkin pie squares that the Minimalist baker posted last week might be a new favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Jenalle Los30/11/2016 - 10:07 am

    Oliebollen!!
    They are a traditional Dutch food made around Christmas and new years! Essentially a small yeasted fritter, often with apples or raisins. Fresh, hot, and sprinkled with icing sugar!

    NOT healthy, but an amazing treat!

    Loving the look of these pancakes!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Brown30/11/2016 - 10:08 am

    Each year I look forward to making a fresh fruit tart for my family’s Christmas Eve party! I also love to make homemade spinach squares with my mom. It’s our tradition and I love to cook with her because she has taught me all that I know about foodReplyCancel

  • Lucia30/11/2016 - 10:10 am

    Teddie’s Apple Cake, but I always jazz it up with additions of pear, cranberry, white chocolate, and/or bourbon. It’s a delicious and fool-proof recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda30/11/2016 - 10:11 am

    The big fluffy pancakes in Isa Does It are on regular rotation in our house. Usually for Friday night dinner. Can’t wait to try this version!ReplyCancel

  • Abby30/11/2016 - 10:21 am

    I’m COMPLETELY obsessed with all roasted squash. And now that it’s finally “in season” (although I eat it year round) I basically go nuts.

    Just made a squash, sweet potato, lentil dish that was so yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Denise M Inda30/11/2016 - 10:22 am

    Soups galore, of course, but I also. Like to include roasted squash in salads an other dishes (maybe sprinkled with pomegranate seeds to jazz it up.)ReplyCancel

  • Chely C.30/11/2016 - 10:30 am

    I love making Puerto Rican pasteles, like tamales but using tubers as the masa. They are labor intensive but freeze well.
    Chely C.
    pepitajobo [at] icloud [dot] comReplyCancel

  • Nik30/11/2016 - 10:41 am

    Those pancakes look really good! As the only plant-based eater in my family I am always asked to bring salads. My favorite trio is composed of (1) a wild rice salad with dried fruits and nuts, (2) a Brussels sprouts and kale slaw, and (3) the Barley and Pomegranate Salad from Ottolenghi’s Plenty.ReplyCancel

  • Nina30/11/2016 - 10:43 am

    I missed all the classic holiday dishes my family usually makes last holiday season when I went vegan. But this Thanksgiving I made grandmas stuffing vegan! It tasted no different from the original recipe and it’s definitely going to be a staple here on out!ReplyCancel

  • Mandie30/11/2016 - 10:46 am

    I make our family’s special potato rolls from scratch for the holidays. The recipe takes all day so they don’t get made often. I learned from my grandmother and she passed away this summer. This Christmas will be the first year I’m making them without her. This recipe looks lovely and I’m excited to give it a try, love Isa Does It too:)ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker30/11/2016 - 10:46 am

    Ohh Cleo is eyeing those pancakes like ‘ girlll you better give me some!’ :) I’m SO looking forward to making my vegan cheeseball and cookies, allll the cookies! xoReplyCancel

    • Laura30/11/2016 - 11:29 am

      Is that vegan cheeseball recipe on your site?!?! Please say yes.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Hannah Whyte30/11/2016 - 10:50 am

    Hi Laura! I can’t wait to try this!

    My favorite holiday recipe is big on nostalgia for me: Christmas trees! Essentially rice crispy treats but using cheerios dyed green with sprinkles as “lights”. The cookies are shaped into cones which somewhat resemble trees. I’m sure there is a vegan version :) thank you for this giveaway! I hope I win, and the cookbook I’m most looking forward to is yours!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Fairchild30/11/2016 - 10:51 am

    First off, Isa Chandra’s “The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook” is literally my dream come true. If there’s one thing I love, it’s going all-out cooking a feast for the holidays. Even on the smaller ones (like St. Patrick’s Day and the 4th of July), you can find me trying to vegan-ize my favorite holiday dishes.

    When it comes to Christmas, I have to say a go-to for me is my great grandmother’s ambrosia. It’s a recipe that’s been in our family for generations and is traditionally vegan, plus it’s delicious and easy to make too! I also love baking, so gingerbread and sugar cookies are constantly kept in rotation. We also have a Christmas tradition where we make cinnamon rolls for breakfast, so I’m looking forward to making some vegan ones this year!

    There’s just so much delicious vegan food around the holidays. I find it hard picking one favorite! I hope you have a happy holidays!
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  • Christina30/11/2016 - 11:00 am

    Go to dishes include spiced carrot soup, risottos, and apple ciders!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Castonguay30/11/2016 - 11:07 am

    The two dishes my nieces & nephews always insist I make for the holidays are vegan pogos and chocolate tofu pie. I’m a big fan of Isa and you too now:)ReplyCancel

  • Abby30/11/2016 - 11:08 am

    I love making banana bread around the holidays, especially with chocolate chips!ReplyCancel

  • Maria30/11/2016 - 11:18 am

    What could be better than an entire cookbook devoted to the coziness/festiveness of the winter/holiday season?!

    I really love Moosewood’s Navajo Stew recipe and an apple, caramelized onion, and thyme cornbread that my husband and I started making for the holidays a few years back!ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle30/11/2016 - 11:19 am

    OHh !! Christmas !! And Isa Chandra ! Sounds like a gift to me, haha… So. What is it that I look forward to cook when the snow covers the ground, the days are shorter, Loreena McKennit plays in the background while I’m saying to myself that it’s time to put up the christmas tree ? A vegan cipaille !!! Yes ! This traditional dish from Quebec (usually made with different kind of meats and vegetables) is made of layers : vegetables / small cubes of dough / vegetables / dough, etc., covered with vegetable broth, and slowly slowly cooked in a cast-iron casserole, in the oven. Hhhmmm… my vegan version is out of this world !! Kids love it, grand-parents love it… how wonderful is that ?ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/11/2016 - 11:28 am

      That sounds incredible! So excited to do a little research on this dish now. Thanks so much <3
      -LReplyCancel

      • Isabelle30/11/2016 - 11:49 am

        You’re so welcome, Laura !! Isa :)ReplyCancel

  • Taylor M30/11/2016 - 11:27 am

    These look so lovely with the cashew cream! I have some almond breeze vanilla chai eggnog I’m going to use to whip them up this weekend. My favorite thing to make is gingerbread! I just love the spiced, sweet molasses flavor whether it be in banana bread, pancakes, or chewy cookies. It reminds me of my childhood :)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine30/11/2016 - 11:31 am

    I love making holiday biscotti to give to friends and family this time of year. I typically make a version via Epicurious with pistachio and cranberry. I also really look forward to getting creative with leftovers and repurposing them into a completely different dish. Warm grain salads are also high on the list with all the rich and processed foods at potlucks, gatherings, and other dinners!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Hamilton30/11/2016 - 11:35 am

    ahhhh those pancakes look amazing! i always do a cookie swap with my mom, sister, aunt, and a few friends, so i look forward to baking cookies and seeing what creations everyone else comes up with! Bonus: everyone is starting to make vegan batches! Isa’s books are always close at hand!ReplyCancel

  • Erin30/11/2016 - 11:43 am

    Love this time of year and the food that comes with it! There are 2 dishes I like to make, one will be familiar to you- The mushroom gravy and sweet potato almond biscuits you posted way back when….circa 2012/13 possibly. The second is a dish from The Wholesome Kitchen, Baked inside-out stuffing with wild rice, pine nuts, and raisins. xxReplyCancel

  • Kate May30/11/2016 - 11:46 am

    My favourite thing to cook around the holidays are big, comfy vegetable soups and stews. They make the house smell so rustic and homey! That said, I always look forward to making gingerbread loaf on Christmas Eve with my sisters and mom- it’s a family tradition – and using it for super decadent french toast Christmas morning!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren30/11/2016 - 11:53 am

    These looks great! I always love a Christmas breakfasts!

    My favourite holiday recipe is the caramelized onion – butternut squash roast from veganomicon. It calls for chestnuts but I usually use pecans because it’s easier, and I put savoury in the breadcrumbs to remind me of Newfoundland-style dressing. All the meat eaters in my family love it as a side so I have to make 2!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie30/11/2016 - 11:54 am

    My favorite holiday dish is pecan-crusted tempeh – I only make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas but wait for it eagerly all year. I serve it with mashed potatoes, roasted veggies and mushroom gravy. MMMMMM… and now I’m hungry for it again! Thanks for a beautiful blog and always amazing recipes! Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth30/11/2016 - 12:10 pm

    I love making a big pot of mulled wine to enjoy while making massive gingerbread houses (something we have been doing in my family for about 12 years now)!ReplyCancel

  • Claire30/11/2016 - 12:10 pm

    I’m always itching to make sweet potato muffins during the holiday with a fat cup o’ tea by the fire. And doesn’t everyone go ham over root vegetable soups? So much to look forward to on the food front!ReplyCancel

  • Mallory Rosier30/11/2016 - 12:17 pm

    Thank you for doing this giveaway! There are so many treats I love making during the holidays but my favorite is homemade hot chocolate topped with coconut whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles shared with my son.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Vegano30/11/2016 - 12:26 pm

    I love eggnog and last year I discovered the greatness of vegan eggnog! Paired with pancakes and bananas?! I need to make these for Christmas day brunch. I love making snickerdoodles almost every Christmas, all plump, round and sparkling with cinnamon sugar. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Vivian30/11/2016 - 12:53 pm

    I love Isa; I have most of her cookbooks. Sometimes I just like to read through them if I need a chuckle; Isa is so quirky in her notes.
    One of my favorite dishes is cranberry orange relish; I wait all year long for the fresh cranberries come around so I can make this; just fresh cranberries and a juicy orange with maple syrup or agave blended in the Vitamix. Simple and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica30/11/2016 - 12:53 pm

    Fermented buckwheat bread is my favorite all time of year but around holiday season I indulge by including cranberries, candied ginger and orange zest. The bread is made of three ingredients: buckwheat, water and salt. Incredible but true! Plus, my mother and I always schedule a day in December to cook together (usually pies) with Christmas music, candles, mead and a lot of fun and we go by a warm pyjamas for the cold days ahead…ReplyCancel

  • Kristine Schwartz30/11/2016 - 12:54 pm

    I love making vegan chocolate truffles, they are always a hot at holiday parties and store well in the fridge if they last that long!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra Robertson30/11/2016 - 12:54 pm

    My favorite holiday dish is Swedish meatballs and red wine poached pears with mascarpone cream for dessert.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine Schwartz30/11/2016 - 12:55 pm

    I love making vegan chocolate truffles. They are always a hit at holiday parties and store well in the fridge if they last that long!ReplyCancel

  • Sheramy30/11/2016 - 1:05 pm

    We make the Veg News Mac and cheese and The Minimalist Bakers cinnamon buns every Christmas. Perfect to make ahead and eat when we are hungry.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah30/11/2016 - 1:14 pm

    These pancakes sound delicious! I always look forward to making spelt gingerbread cookies and dark chocolate dipped candied orange slices for giving as holiday gifts during this time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra30/11/2016 - 1:16 pm

    We’re gearing up to make a few winter favorites this weekend, including pot pie and ricotta Christmas cookies! But we love discovering new favorites and The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook would be a great source of inspiration. :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle30/11/2016 - 1:24 pm

    Vegan gingerbread cookies! :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather B.30/11/2016 - 1:28 pm

    One of our favorite holiday desserts is either my Grandmother’s apple cake recipe or my Great Aunt’s pumpkin pie cake… both are memorable! But I also have a particular fondness for holiday cookies—always so much fun! Can’t wait to see what Isa’s new cookbook has to offer! :)ReplyCancel

  • becky30/11/2016 - 1:51 pm

    since i’m a brit, my favourite Christmas recipe has to be mince pies. I’ve lived in the US for 6 years now and I am determined to show friends here how wonderful they are. planning to rustle up some homemade mincemeat soon! merry Christmas Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout30/11/2016 - 2:13 pm

    I think I have to go with latkes! The communal process of sitting around the table with my mom, brother, cousins, cat (heh) and peeling endless bags of potatoes has to be one of my fondest memories. It is simple, traditional food and it always sparks that “I am really home” kind of feeling. As for a specific type of latke if we stray from the usual, I LOVE a turmeric spiced latke with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds over top <3ReplyCancel

  • Ranin30/11/2016 - 2:27 pm

    All the desert recipes. Anything that has to do with pie or cookies I want it!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Banana30/11/2016 - 2:30 pm

    My favorite are holiday snowball cookies; not nutritious, but certainly tasty! The whole family’ll make them together and get powdered sugar E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E.ReplyCancel

  • Antonia30/11/2016 - 2:45 pm

    My favourite Christmas bakes are cinnamon rolls (from scratch!) and Zimsterne (German hazelnut/almond cookies) luckily both can be made vegan I am also in love with roasted Brussels sprouts so I don’t save them for Christmas anymore, I make them quite a lot!
    I am in desperate need of a vegan Christmas cookbook, would love to win a copy of Isa’s new book! Please include U.K. residents too on the giveaway!!ReplyCancel

  • Desiree30/11/2016 - 3:13 pm

    I love making Cranberry-Orange Sauce and Mushroom-Leek Sourdough Stuffing this time of year. They both taste great warm or cold!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia30/11/2016 - 3:31 pm

    Everything I’ve seen from this book so far looks delicious!

    My favorite thing to make at this time of year is cookies. It’s become a family tradition that my daughters and I spend a few afternoons in December preparing a variety of cookies for Christmas, mostly good old-fashioned German gingerbread and other Christmas-y style ones, but also a few more American types, an for the latter, Isa’s “Vegan cookies invade your cookie jar” has been our go-to book …ReplyCancel

  • Ashley30/11/2016 - 3:41 pm

    Wow! I could eat these every day! I love the recipe and your photos are stunning as always. Happy December!ReplyCancel

    • Ashley30/11/2016 - 3:44 pm

      Oh, and my current favorite holiday recipe is my vegan, gluten-free Bourbon Butterscotch Custard Pie. Also, anything with sweet potatoes or brussel sprouts is a winner!ReplyCancel

  • Christina30/11/2016 - 3:49 pm

    I look forward to making a special Christmas dessert for my family. Last year, I made a healthy version of a persimmon pudding, using persimmons I brought home from California.ReplyCancel

  • MJ30/11/2016 - 4:03 pm

    Always so enjoy your posts, thank you for all the inspiration! My favourite holiday recipe is Mom’s trifle, using raspberries and the sponge cake is made from scratch, it is a delight and something we look forward to every Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi30/11/2016 - 4:30 pm

    Every year my dad would make a gingerbread cake from an old Amish cookbook he found at the library he worked at. He died a few years back so I make the cake every year to remember him by. <3ReplyCancel

  • jb30/11/2016 - 5:08 pm

    Ginger spice cookies and apple cider.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Janzen30/11/2016 - 5:12 pm

    I love making mint chocolate cookies, and my favourite is the stuffing. But there’s always so many great new recipes coming out, that I love trying out stuff, blending traditional food with new food :)ReplyCancel

  • Brenna30/11/2016 - 6:33 pm

    My go-to holiday dish is sweet potato pie, the recipe has been handed down through my family. We bake the yams a day before, so the house is filled with warmth and anticipation for the completed meal to come the next day!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany30/11/2016 - 7:14 pm

    Sweets are my favorites to make, and my coffee and chocolate trifle always has a permanent spot on the holiday table. The contrast in textures is so satisfying – crumbly vanilla cake layered with the smoothest mocha filling.

    I also make a vegan chocolate bundt cake using silken tofu that has everyone in my family fooled – it’s now requested every year.

    On the (more) savory side, I make mashed sweet potatoes with coconut milk, maple syrup, and brown sugar, which gets baked with a pecan and oatmeal streusel – divine!ReplyCancel

  • Martha30/11/2016 - 7:50 pm

    Fruitcake! I know, I know! But mine is really good — I have made converts. Thanks for the giveaway. Fingers crossed.ReplyCancel

  • thefolia30/11/2016 - 7:50 pm

    The dog can’t keep his eyes off the stack of pancakes…looks like this might make its way into our nest this weekend!. Happy feasting!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren30/11/2016 - 8:14 pm

    This time of year I always make pumpkin cloud cookies – recipe cobbled together from a few sources, but mostly from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur. They’re sooo good and the recipe is dead easy – I usually have some on hand in the freezer for emergency cookie situations. For Christmas dinner, this year I’ll be making my grandmother’s recipe for scalloped potatoes. At age 95, she veganized it for me so that I could enjoy them with family :).ReplyCancel

  • Shannon30/11/2016 - 8:33 pm

    so excited for this cookbook! my go-to is Brussel’s sprouts roasted with grapes.ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle30/11/2016 - 8:57 pm

    Christmas cookies are on the top of my list… especially good vegan shortbread! I bake all the time for my kids, but there is something special about sharing Christmas cookies…
    Isa is fantastic and I’ve been eyeing her new book (it’s on my wish list ). Crossing my fingers!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon30/11/2016 - 9:23 pm

    I look forward to making and eating my husband’s family stuffing, colcannon in place of regular mashed potatoes, and breakfast casseroles.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie30/11/2016 - 9:43 pm

    My favorite thing to make during the holiday season is a sweet potato version of my family’s tradition favorite; latkes! I serve them with apple sauce and a vegan version of sour cream made from silken tofu. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly30/11/2016 - 11:06 pm

    These look divine!

    My go to holiday recipe is always bourbon pecan sticky buns! The buns are soft and sweet and the addition of bourbon adds a nice little kick. I bring them to my holiday party with my friends every year and we all shamelessly eat way too many.ReplyCancel

  • Laine30/11/2016 - 11:24 pm

    Ohh, these pancakes look AMAZING. :)
    My favorite Christmas recipe is a rich chocolate and prune cake with a dash rum. My mom makes this cake for every Christmas for several years now. We always serve it hot with vanilla ice cream. This combination is a TOTAL disco for my taste buds.
    This year I’ve decided to give it a try and veganize it! It’s gonna be a real challenge as the cake basically consists of tons of chocolate, lots of eggs and almost no flour!
    But what’s the Christmas without a good cake challenge. ^^ReplyCancel

  • Amy01/12/2016 - 12:03 am

    I love making veggie pot pie with cranberry-pear sauce! Yum! I hope the rest of the cookbook is as delicious as these pancakes!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer C.01/12/2016 - 12:20 am

    Breakfast casserole every Christmas morning!ReplyCancel

  • Kris01/12/2016 - 12:48 am

    I’m so excited about this book! Maybe because Isa’s rosemary chocolate chip cookies (from Isa Does It) is one of my favourite recipes. I make them every year around this time because the earthiness the rosemary just makes them seem so much more seasonal and festive. You should try them if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it. :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura01/12/2016 - 8:53 am

      I have and I love them, girl! Do you make them with a particular GF flour?
      xo’s LReplyCancel

  • Abbie01/12/2016 - 3:24 am

    Christmas means making a big citrus and grain salad with enough to promise leftovers. Looking forward to finding some more holiday staple recipes with the help of this book!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie01/12/2016 - 6:35 am

    For Christmas, my sister and I always work on a gingerbread house together. I make the dough and she decorates. It takes pride of place in the centre of the dining table until December 24th… unless of course my brother begins nibbling at the roof before then at which point everybody devours it!ReplyCancel

  • Maya Kuijper01/12/2016 - 8:50 am

    These look so so good! And the photos are just gorgeous, Laura, don’t know how you do it. Also love little Cleo in the background there, what a cutie. Happy holidays to you guys xoReplyCancel

  • delphine01/12/2016 - 9:18 am

    It will be my first vegan christmas in my omnivorous family, and I’m still looking for my own main dish. I want it mouth watering so everybody want to take a bite ! But I already plan to make Isa’s rosemary chocolate chips cookies. I love Isa Chandra and will be delightfull to win her new book !ReplyCancel

  • Clare01/12/2016 - 10:02 am

    The Holiday season has got to be my most favourite time of year to cook. Without a doubt. Family classics include Tourtiere and Bouche du Noel. I personally thrive on trying something new and different for our Christmas Eve Dessert Spread every year. So far favourites include: snowman cake pops, corquembouche, and a delightful gingerbread layer cake!ReplyCancel

  • Leah Taylor01/12/2016 - 11:16 am

    Usually as Christmas gets closer the more roasted vegetables (Brussels Sprouts especially) I make, usually to warm up the house, I also make Chocolate Pie.ReplyCancel

  • Anagha01/12/2016 - 12:10 pm

    SOUP. My favorite is a tomato-lentil soup with south indian spice mixes.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine01/12/2016 - 1:56 pm

    In our house, Isa and Terry’s delicious chickpea cutlets are always the most requested dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas and birthdays — and basically every other day, too. They are easy enough for a weeknight but festive enough for a holiday meal. They are just the best!ReplyCancel

  • Cristina01/12/2016 - 4:33 pm

    Hi Laura!
    I love castagnaccio, a vegan gf chestnut cake from Tuscany. It’s made with chestnut flour, olive oil and raisins and so delicious. I’m making a big one to take as cross country skiing fuel for this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Nickie01/12/2016 - 8:14 pm

    We do something different every year. This year we decided to do spring rolls and egg rolls! A winter fruit salad for dessert with (of course) cashew cream!

    OK…maybe some Christmas cookies…ReplyCancel

  • daniella01/12/2016 - 9:37 pm

    my go-to is pumpkin bread with whatever squash I’ve forgotten about on the counter!ReplyCancel

  • Jo02/12/2016 - 12:02 am

    Eeeek her cornbread is so good! And I love making a vegetable “shepherd’s pie” as a main dish, filled with lentils and root vegetables and all other good things. I need to try making your recipe with the celery mash soon! And of course, I love the holiday season because of cookies. lots and lots and lots of cookies.ReplyCancel

  • Lydia Claire02/12/2016 - 3:56 am

    My favorite holiday recipe is my Mom’s Old Fashioned Stuffing recipe but I veganized it by replacing the giblets with sautéed mushrooms and the turkey broth with veggie broth!ReplyCancel

  • […] into the Holiday spirit with these vegan banana eggnog pancakes from The First […]ReplyCancel

  • Katie02/12/2016 - 8:09 am

    My mother grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania and has instilled in my the love of Shoo Fly pie. Rich and molasses-y, I look forward to making it with her every holiday season!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia02/12/2016 - 9:01 am

    Another beautiful post. I’d die to have a spoonful of cashew cream right now! My favorite thing is browsing the Internet or looking through books and magazines at all the possible things I could make. Then I run out of time! But I always make rum balls. It’s not Christmas without them!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder02/12/2016 - 9:36 am

    I’m all about pulling out decorations one day and decorating the next. And if these pancakes can be a reward in between, totally winning! I love the sound of this book Laura, thanks for sharing all the tastiness Isa has whipped up over the years – I have to say I’m new to her! Getting so excited for another special lady’s book coming soon **wink wink**. Holiday hugs friend!ReplyCancel

  • Megan02/12/2016 - 11:30 am

    Um, I wanna hear ALL ABOUT your “morning superfood coffee situation.” Obsessed with hearing about people’s superfood upgrades.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte02/12/2016 - 5:13 pm

    One of my favorite fall / winter treats to make is apple crumb pie – with a graham cracker crust. Another go-to is toffee squares – sadly not vegan, but maybe I’ll be able to come up with an adaptation! And of course you can never go wrong with anything chocolate :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica S.02/12/2016 - 8:10 pm

    Beautiful! Growing up, my grandmother always made dozens upon dozens of cookies, making trays and platters up for basically everyone in the neighborhood. Even my bus driver got some! My mom and I usually each make some of her old recipes now; my favorites are her bourbon balls and chocolate covered peanut butter balls!ReplyCancel

  • Ash02/12/2016 - 8:32 pm

    Oh, what a fun book! My holiday go-to is a clementine, pomegranate, and fennel salad. It looks festive and tastes delicious, and is refreshing change from all the more indulgent foods of the season.ReplyCancel

  • Corrine02/12/2016 - 8:58 pm

    Latkes are always a family favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie03/12/2016 - 4:59 pm

    My favorite holiday dish is a 100% plant-based lasagna with spinach, and zucchini as the pasta noodles and a vegan ricotta made with tofu, cashews, and lots of Italian spices! Coming from an Italian family, we always have a big Italian meal on Christmas day but I have been lucky enough that my family has let me cook this amazing vegan holiday lasagna and they love it too!ReplyCancel

  • Karin03/12/2016 - 5:34 pm

    My favorite Christmas recipe is krumkake, a Norwegian cardamom-spiced, cone-shaped cookie. So yummy!ReplyCancel

  • mira03/12/2016 - 6:15 pm

    These look amazing! I usually go for gingerbread pancakes around the holidays but I may need to try something new. :) My favourite holiday dishes to make are probably a kale salad with “wintery” flavours and rumballs.ReplyCancel

  • Natalia M03/12/2016 - 10:59 pm

    My holiday favorites always have to do with sweeter breakfasts and baking, always vegan of course and as healthy as possible. Lately the thanksgiving tradition at my home has been apple pecan cinnamon rolls for breakfast and apple pie for dessert. On Christmas morning waffles are my favorite. Even though it takes at least two hours to make enough to feed my huge family, I don’t mind because they’re always such a hit. Everyone can customize their toppings, so pretty much it’s a success. Lately, I’m obsessed with cranberries, so they might show up in everything this time around Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen03/12/2016 - 11:39 pm

    Our holiday food traditions are both sweet — two different kinds of refrigerator shortbread and lots of cranberry orange bread — and savory — xmas eve pizza party! And speaking of eggnog, there is definitely all the eggnog. Coffee nog and chai nog are my favorite. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Alex04/12/2016 - 5:43 pm

    Yum! I did not realize vegan eggnog was something one can buy in stores. These look like the perfect Christmas morning breakfast :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma13/12/2016 - 10:43 am

    Hi Laura!

    I usually love your posts, and your photography is just stunning! I tried making these as they looked so great, but they were terribly sticky and hard to work with. I coated my pans with the usual amount of coconut oil but they stuck to the pan so badly they basically were ruined. I don’t know what happened, maybe it was because of the banana? Anyways, really disappointed with this oneReplyCancel

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