Earth Balance Holiday Bake-Off Calls for Vegan Pie, Cake, Cupcake and Cookie Recipes

The grand prize winner for the Earth Balance Holiday Bake-Off will be chosen from the eight winners of the cake, pie, cupcake and cookie categories.

During the holidays, we’re always on the lookout for new twists on traditional holiday baking. So we’re eager to see the submissions to the Earth Balance Holiday Bake-Off Recipe Contest. The vegan pie, cake, cupcake and cookie recipes have to include at least one Earth Balance product, and also must feature one or more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts or seeds. The grand prize winner gets $1,400 to spend at Whole Foods Market.

The rules this year are a bit different from last year’s holiday bake-off. Entries must be vegan — meaning no dairy, meat, honey or other animal products. Earth Balance vegan products include shortening, buttery sticks, almond butter and soy milk, as well as the new organic coconut spread and MindfulMayo. For inspiration, check out the recipes section for everything from banana-split pie to chocolate chip cookies.

Each week, home bakers can submit as many recipes as they would like in various categories: pies through Dec. 4; cakes, Dec. 5–11; cupcakes, Dec. 12–18; and cookies, Dec. 19–23. Each week, two winners will be selected in the category to receive a $400 Whole Foods Market gift certificate, a year supply of Earth Balance products and a gift pack featuring a Made Just Right Oven Mitt, measuring cup, bamboo cutting board, and a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition (Alpha, 2011) by Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T. From the eight winners, a grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 certificate to Whole Foods.

Contestants with the best photo, most recipes submitted and most creative recipes will receive a year’s supply of Earth Balance and the gift pack. All winners will be announced the week of Jan. 9.

To submit a recipe, you must create a free Made Just Right account and submit a photo through Flickr. Enter as many times as you like. The recipes are judged on appeal, ease of preparation and creativity.

For more ideas about holiday gifting goodies that are healthful and delicious, read “Give a Gift in Good Taste and Good Health” in the latest issue of VIVMag.

How do you put healthy twists on holiday favorites?