What’s this hiding out? Could it be another Awesome Cookbook to Give Away?

Posted by on December 2, 2009 | 134 Comments

The 30-minute VeganWhy yes, look what we have here. The Cookbook Giveaway Week may have ended, but I have one more gem up for grabs. I hadn’t finished reviewing this cookbook before the week of festivities began, and since I don’t give away anything that I don’t love, I had to wait. But now, I am prepared to offer a brand new copy of The 30-Minute Vegan to one of you.

You can read my full review of the book here on Go Dairy Free. Or, if you are a visual person, take a gander at the items I made from the cookbook this week …

Chocolate Sesame Bonbons (SO good!)

raw sesame bonbons

Seasoned Spuds (a unique non-roasting technique with delicious roasted flavor)

vegan seasoned spuds

Now, to enter to win a copy of The 30-Minute Vegan your very own (or for a holiday gift!), leave a comment on this post and let me know your favorite 30-minute or less dish, vegan or non-vegan, snack, sweet, beverage, or entree. Feel free to link if it is posted on your blog. Right now, my favorite is a carob smoothie – 1 sweet, ripe frozen banana, 1 tablespoon carob powder, and unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze.

Per standard, spread the word (blog, facebook, twitter, email, etc.) and leave a second comment letting me know where you did for a second entry.

Entries will close after Saturday, December 5th.

Also, the authors were kind enough to let me reprint a sample recipe for you, and it is a goodie (sorry, you will have to purchase the book for those scrumptious raw bonbons!) …


Live Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is from The 30-Minute Vegan, reprinted with permissions from the publisher.

“These puppies are a huge hit at our bakery in Kaua’i. The rolling technique is best carried out with the use of a Silpat (silicon baking sheet), Teflex sheet (used in dehydrators), or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You’ll also need a food processor. The icing is not necessary for you to enjoy this dish but pushes it into the decadent category. Cashews can be substituted for the coconut butter in the icing if you cannot find it or you don’t have a taste for coconut.”

This recipe is Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, and Free of Refined Sugars.

  • 2 cups raw buckwheat groats (not kasha)
  • 2 cups + ½ cup pitted Medjool dates, packed
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Icing (optional)

  • ½ cup coconut butter (not coconut oil)
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup water or freshly squeezed orange juice

1. Process the buckwheat groats for 60 seconds in a food processor, or until they are finely ground. There will still be some whole kernels. Add 2 cups of the dates and continue to process for about 40 seconds. Add 1 teaspoon of the agave nectar and process for 30 seconds more, or until a sticky “dough” forms. If a piece of dough can be formed into a tight little ball, it is ready, otherwise add 1 teaspoon at a time of agave nectar until this desired stickiness is reached.

2. Transfer the dough to a flat work surface covered with a Silpat, a Teflex sheet, or parchment paper. Using your hands, press the dough into a rectangle that is roughly 9 x 11 inches and ¼ inch thick. Keep some water nearby to dip your fingers into, to prevent the dough from sticking to them. Position the dough so that the long side is parallel with the counter’s edge.

3. Process the remaining ½ cup of dates, 2 tablespoons of agave nectar, water, cinnamon, and salt in the food processor until as smooth as possible. There will probably be chunks because the quantity of mixture may be too small to process thoroughly. Remove the processor blade and stir in the raisins and walnuts. Spread the mixture over all of the dough except for about 1 inch along the far long edge.

4. Roll up the dough by making a small fold along the near long edge, pressing it down, peeling back the Silpat, and continuing to roll in the same way, making sure to press the whole thing together as you go so that you have a tight roll. Refrigerate while you make the icing and then cut the log into twelve even slices.

5. Blend all of the icing ingredients until smooth. Either drizzle it over the whole log or over the individual slices. There should be more than enough icing.


  • For a more devilish dessert, try making a Chocolate-Mint Roll by adding ½ cup raw cacao powder to the dough in step 1. Omit the cinnamon, add ¼ cup of raw cacao powder, and ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract to the filling in step 3. Also, in step 3 you can add 2 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs along with the raisins, and replace the walnuts with macadamia nuts or omit them altogether.
  • Another richer variation would be to replace the buckwheat groats with an equal amount of almonds. Simply make almond flour in a high-powered blender or food processor and continue with the recipe.

Yields 12 rolls 


Photo credit: © Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray


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Comments (134)


  1. Donna says:

    Wow! Healthy AND delicious – what a combo!

    Love your blog!

  2. VeggieGirl says:

    Favorite “recipe” = can’t beat baked sweet potato rounds with guacamole.

  3. Well, I don’t have much in the vegan line at this point, but I do have some good 30 minute or less meals… Here is one we have been enjoying frequently.


  4. Pretty much anything I would cook has to take thirty minutes or less… I have very little patience!! But I’m going to go with oatmeal. Fast and easy! I don’t know if it counts as a “meal,” but it works. 🙂

    <3 <3

  5. Tamar Erlich says:

    My favorite 30 min dish is a bowl of brown rice, a mix of seaweeds (wakame, arame, hijiki, kombu), carot, and cucumber topped witha tahini miso soy sauce mixture.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. Maria says:

    We make quick easy meals a lot. I love roasted veggie panini, veggie tostadas, or spinach salads.

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  8. sarah says:

    Those bonbons look delish! Fave under 30min recipe is a coffee smoothie–at it’s simplest, it’s chocolate Silk soymilk, a travel pack of instant coffee, and ice. Can dress it up with frozen cherries, raspberries, protein powder, green powder…delicious any way. I also love it with frozen banana!

  9. junghwa says:

    my 30-min dish is quinoa salad
    you need quinoa + lemon juice+ water + hot sauce+ chopped veggies (could be anything!)

    mix mix mix and enjoy!

  10. kelly g. says:

    Seasoned spuds = nom nom nom!

    My current favorite less-than-30 dish is probably couscous with sundried tomatoes. Vegan, of course!


  11. Melissa says:

    My fave 30-minute or less dish is a quick curry with sweet potatoes, spinach, and garbanzos, served over brown rice. So, delicious! But i think the cinnamon rolls here will be my new fave vegan dish!

  12. Joan says:

    Those cinnamon rolls look amazing!. We are not vegan either but I love to mix things up with some vegan recipes (just to see if anyone is really paying attention!)

  13. Mary L. says:

    My favorite is Mac and Cheese from VeganDad’s blog. Yum!

  14. Lindsay H says:

    My fave vegan recipe has gotta be the traditional green monster: 1 frozen banana, 1 Tbs flax, 1 Tbs almond butter, 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, and 2-3 handfuls of spinach goodness all blended up and served cold. I have it breakfast almost every morning with special add-ins including: chia seeds, maca powder, or wheat germ.

  15. Danielle J says:

    Favorite vegan recipe is definitely my chocolate banana bread. SO easy to whip up when I know I have people over and great for my tummy which doesn’t appreciate dairy..

  16. Rita S says:

    My favorite dessert is Cinnamon Lemon Cookies. 🙂

  17. Krista says:

    Wow! Those Cinnamon Rolls look to die for – And Gluten Free!

    My favorite 30 or less recipe is homemade date & nut bars: almonds, walnuts, dates, raisins or cranberries, all combined in the food processor, then tapped down into a baking dish and cut into bars. Infinitely variable with fruit, nuts, and seeds, even chocolate.

  18. Maida says:

    Ooh! I’ve had my eye on that book. I hope I win!!!

    My favorite 30-minute or less treat these days is a green smoothie made with lots of fruit and either kale, chard or spinach. Yummy and filling!

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  20. Shana says:

    My favorite 30-minute or less vegan entree is the 10-minute chili from MacDougall’s Quick and Easy cookbook (although I tend to add more chopped veggies 😉 Hope I win!!

  21. Karen says:

    One of my oft-made soups takes well under 30 minutes and is vegan and low-salt providing you choose low-salt canned veg and beans.

  22. Carla says:

    My favourite 30 minute recipes are stir fries – whatever is available, changed up with different spices with noodles or rice. Dinner.

  23. Sarena says:

    Oh, great give away! My favorite 30 minute recipe right now is chili! http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/2008/12/chili.html#comments

  24. Christi says:

    Our favorite is the vegan pancake recipe from your website. We make them every weekend, and my son and husband fight over whether to use bananas or blueberries!

  25. Ah ha this one was hiding out because it’s so perfect for me! Man my fav 30 minute meal is really silly….I saute mushrooms and a little spinach, then mix it with a box of Annie’s Mac N Cheese…ok fine that is like my 15 minute meal

  26. Hayley says:

    right now i’m into miso soup and a salad. so simple and delicious! this book looks fabulous, definitely want to win!

  27. coco says:

    love the idea of 30 min meals…. which is usually the max time I dedicate to each meal~~~ I hope I can win this one to learn more ideas!

  28. Ricki says:

    Oooh–I’d LOVE this book! Those bon bons look to die for, as do the cinnamon rolls. I’d have to say my favorite quick recipe is another raw standard–the kale and avocado salad that’s been a hit wherever I took it over the past decade or so!

  29. Becca says:

    pecan crusted chicken tenders are probably our favorite 30-minute meal this fall/winter. with some home mixed honey mustard to accompany it!

  30. Beth Serafin says:

    My favorite 30-minute meal is any grain salad. Throw in some beans, chopped bell pepper, cilantro, etc. and it’s HEAVEN! Lately I’ve been wrapping them in lettuce leaves for even more greens in my diet.

  31. Michal says:

    How good do those cinnamon rolls look! My favorite treat is a huge salad with organic tofu and annies goddess dressing. Its a winner every time!

  32. raw vegan GF choc chip cookie dough balls

    20 mins tops. all raw, all vegan. lovely little balls. TWSS.

    I NEED that book.
    and your sesame balls look lovely!!!!!

  33. Roxanne says:

    My favorite 30-minute or less dish is a green smoothie. Water, bananas, dates, cacao powder, mint and spinach. Yum!

  34. My favorite fast recipe is a simple tofu salad. It’s versatile, easy, and it tastes great!

  35. Jason says:

    My favorite 30 minute or less dish is no bake cheesecake.

  36. Patti says:

    My favorite quick-and-dirty recipe has to be fried rice – put some meat/fake meat in a pan, add rice, mix in a beaten egg (beaten with tabasco for extra zip!), throw in some mixed veggies from the freezer, and top the whole thing with some soy sauce. Deliciouso.

  37. Melinda says:

    My fave quick and easy veggie meal is spag with “meat” sauce and broccoli. Thanks for another great giveaway.

  38. Cheryl W says:

    My fav. 30 minute vegan recipe would be rice spring rolls (no meat)

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  40. birdfeed says:

    Simple, frozen banana “ice cream.” I just can’t get enough of it!

  41. Mihl says:

    That sounds like a really great book!
    Today I made a 30 minutes lunch wich consisted of already cooked lentils, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes,onions, and plenty of sriracha. All fried in a pan and super-yummy!

  42. I love this book! If I win, I am giving this as a Christmas gift to a lucky friend. 🙂

    My favorite 30-minute meal currently is actually from this book. It’s the Live Un-Stirfry with Cauliflower Rice and Spicy Cashews. SO DELICIOUS!

  43. Jenna says:

    those cinnamon rolls?? omg. my fav quick snack is a smoothie: spinach, frozen banana, rice milk, chocolate amazing grass & PB!

  44. Ashley says:

    Yum those cinnamon buns sound delightful!!

    My fav 30 min or less vegan recipe would be a marinated tofu salad!! Marinate cubed tofu in tamari & apple cider vinegar. Saute the cubes in a bit of oil. Prepare a salad with the veggies and toppings of your choice and top with the tofu cubes. My fav go-to meal!

  45. shelby says:

    great giveaway! Retweeted (@shelbyhk) 🙂 and i agree with everyone…those cinnamon rolls are screaming my name!!

    my favorite 30 min or less vegan dish is probably spicy asian tofu with quinoa. i heat up a little bit of coconut oil, low-sodium soy sauce, sriracha, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar, and sesame oil and then add in cubes of light, firm tofu. Sautée for about 10 minutes till they’re delicious and brown and the sauce is almost gone, then toss with quinoa. if i’m feelin spicy i add some freshly grated ginger. quick and delish!

  46. Kristen says:

    My favorite 30 min-I-can’t-decide-what-to-eat meal is what we call the Cleopatra salad. It’s a raw, vegan version of a Caesar salad. Tasty!

  47. Melissa says:

    My favorite 30 minutes or less vegan snack is Spicy baked chickpeas.

    Can of Chickpeas
    Nutritional Yeast

    bake until crispy.

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