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Add your recipe reviews for The Urban Vegan by Dynise Balcavage here, and they will be compiled. Thanks to kristinv for this list!

Cafe Culture

Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake
I always make this without the nuts in the streusel's my sister's favourite coffee cake! I think that it is okay (there is one that I prefer from the La Dolce Vegan book) but it's pretty good. (dannibazaar)
Citrus Scented Blueberry Muffins
just what I needed. I had a bag of mixed berries so used those instead of blueberries. My batter was a bit dry but I've been having that problem with several things recently- my flour maybe? So I added a bit of lemon juice from the naked lemon this recipe left me with. I used canola oil but she suggests using coconut which I'm sure would be absolutely heavenly. My muffins took the full 20 minutes to bake but they had that deliciously tender inside that tasted like there was a much higher fat content than there actually is (I think the soy flour is to thank for that?). (owalkerjillo)
I love them. I didn't have any soy flour, so left it out (only in tablespoon). I loved these, not too sweet and only use 1/4 cup of oil - yeah (katzenfreund)
Double Apple Cake
I really liked this. I thought it was spiced very nicely, without being overbearing. It was a very moist and delicious cake. (disneyfav)
Crepes with Almond Sauce and Fresh Raspberries

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Scones
These are good tasting but I wasn't crazy about the baking method.  The dough is formed into a 7 or 8 inch round on the baking pan, sliced into 8 sections, then re-sliced after baking.  The dough kept sticking to my knife during the first slicing, and when I sliced them the second time, they broke apart a little bit.    Also, these browned up really fast in the oven, but I felt like the insides could have used a bit more baking time.  I think maybe I would lower the oven temp next time, and keep them in a bit longer.  I would also try forming the dough into individual scones instead of slice and bake method the author uses.  (peaceablepalate)
Def Jam Bars
I had originally planned to use the sugar cookie dough to make these. Unfortunately, once I mixed it up, I realized that it wasn't going to be enough to make the bars.  The author said only one batch of sugar cookie dough would be enough, but when I tried to spread it out on my cookie sheet, I couldn't make it work.  I would say doubling the recipe would be appropriate for making the bars. (peaceablepalate)
I had the same trouble ^...I wished i could have made them work, but that never happened lol (dannibazaar)
Pumpkin Spice Baby Bundts

Jackfruit Banana Smoothie

Bubble Drinks

Berry Tart

Raw Klava

Go To Zucchini Bread

Vietnamese Inspired Tapioca Pudding
The taste was okay, but the texture was kind of gummy, (though that may have been user error with the tapioca,) and I didn't like the greyish color mine turned. (disneyfav)
Brownie Bites
these were huge crowd pleasers but weren't too.. brownie-y. They were more like semi-sweet mini chocolate cupcakes but I frosted them with chocolate ganache and raspberry jam and they were super cute and yummy. (owalkerjillo)
Good, but I prefer brownies any old day. They would be good at a party though. Just to rich to just have around. (dannibazaar)
Real Hot Chocolate


Coconut Lime Bars

Punk Rock Cakes

Quick Berry Jam

Political Biscotti
I make these without the dates, but sometime I'd like to try them with...I like the combo of carob and chocolate. (dannibazaar)
Blue Mosque Ayran

All Night Breakfast at the Diner
Better Than Buttermilk Pancakes

Chocoholic Waffles

Orange Poppy Seed Waffles

Deconstructed Monkey Bread

Blueberry Banana Bread
it's sweet, but not too sweet, it's moist, with slightly crispy edges, oh, and it's the perfect thing to cure your banana bread craving. In fact I'm noshing on some now. It's perfect  with a little bit of EB, too. (brittanynightmare)
Shitake on a Shingle

Coco Manda Muffins

English Muffins

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake with Limoncello Glaze

Blueberry Grunt

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Really yummy! I made it a second time with cranberries instead of chocolate, and that was very tasty too. (disneyfav)
Alternative Granola

Cran Apple Oatmeal

Breakfast Burrito

Easy Cornmeal Scrapple

Quiche Du Jour

Finer Than Diner Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Made without the raisins...totally freaking awesome!! Super easy to make and the cinnamon swirl is so cute!  (dannibazaar)
(A La Recherche Du) Pain Perdu
Must be I'm just not into this sort of thing. My mum liked it a lot, but I just didn't like the texture. Taste - yes, but other than that the mushyness gave me the creeps. (dannibazaar)
Roasted Red Pepper and Onion Frittata

Lunch Cart
Sloppy Joes

Smoked Paprika Hummus

Rapini Panini

Seitan Sandwich Spread

Philly Portobello Cheese Steak
Wasn't a fan of this. Chopping up all the ingredients makes it kind of a messy sandwich. I'd rather do slices of portobello and veggies. Probably won't make again. (kristinv)
Sandwich Mousse

Fruit Salad with Sabayon Sauce

Wheat Free Soft Pretzels
Good. I like the recipe from AVK more though. These aren't really that soft. (dannibazaar)
Honeydew Pomegranate Jigglers

Pan Bagnat

Elegant Lunch Sandwich

Homemade Whole Grain Tortillas

Lunch Muffins
I love these! I change up the spices and stuff sometimes, but always use pesto as the base for flavor. They're really tasty and easy to make. (disneyfav)
Chickpea Chili Burgers

Portobello Burgers

Tomato Pie

Baked Potato Bar

Tuscan Braised Beans
excellent. (DrFood)
Very yummy, quick, and easy. A nice addition to an Italian-themed meal. (dannibazaar)
Really good and super easy to make. (kristinv)
Grilled Cheese and Bananas

Minty Mediterranean Salad

Soup Kitchen
Pumpkin Daal Soup
It was pretty tasty, mine cooked up faster than she said it would but it was incredibly rich and filling, a perfect fall soup. I've never been one for perfectly creamy, smooth soups so the chunky lentils and caramelized onions in this one really appealed to me! (owalkerjillo)
Hot and Sour Coconut Soup

Babci's Polish Mushroom Soup (Zupa Ze Swiezych Grzybów)

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Green Goddess Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Enlightened Vegetable Barley Soup

Chilled Zucchini Soup with Dill

10 Minute Corn Consommé

Hearty Adzuki Bean Soup
I was looking for an all-pantry soup to make when I came home from vacation. This hit the spot! This is an earthy, filling soup with sea like flavourings with the kombu (I usually remove kombu when making beans, but this time I actually pureed it right into the soup). It was really thick as written with 6 cups of broth (it could be a nice bean dip at that stage), so thin it out afterward to your desired consistency. Do not skip the toasted almonds, as I really think it made the dish. (blinknoodle)
Nasi Goreng Soup

Cameroon Mafé

Clara's Pasta e Fagioli
This was good, but my daughter thought it needed a bit more "oompf" so I added red pepper flake, spinach, patty pan squash and some extra broth to make it soupy and she has been loving it for three days now. (storm)
Regina's Red Beet Soup

Smoky Split Pea Soup

Quinoa Soup

Island Gumbo

Tunisian Soup


Potato Leek Soup

Six Flour Dunkin Bread

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