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The 15 Best Recipes Of The Year

So it’s 2021.

Which means we’re done with 2020.

And if that’s not a reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is.

Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake

Last year was clearly unlike any other we’ve ever experienced. But aside from thousands more people finding my posts on banana bread and chocolate chip cookies each week, the food trends of the year remained the same.

People still love mug cakes, peanut butter, vegan food, keto recipes, and pretty much anything chocolate!

So based on pageviews and reader comments, here are your top 15 favorite recipes of the year:

The Best Keto Brownies

Keto Brownies

The Best Easy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

black bean brownie

Black Bean Brownies

This black bean brownie recipe makes the top-15 list every single year. It is still the most popular recipe I’ve ever published!

Low Carb Keto Cheesecake Recipe

Keto Cheesecake Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

(or these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies)

The Best Chocolate Keto Cake Recipe

Keto Cake

Overnight Oats Recipes

Overnight Oats – 15 Different Flavors

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Healthy Banana Bread

The Best Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Banana Bread

Keto Mug Cake

Keto Mug Cake Recipe

banana ice cream recipe

Banana Ice Cream – 10 Flavors

Girl Drinking Green Smoothie Recipe

Avocado Smoothie

Vegan Kraft Mac Cheese

Vegan Mac And Cheese

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Did your favorite recipes from the blog make the list? And are there any healthy makeover desserts you’d love to see in this coming year?

Please feel free to let me know in the comments, and happy 2021. Thank you so much for reading!

Published on January 6, 2021

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  1. Monet says

    I’ve made the vegan chocolate chip cookies, chocolate mug cake, and your overnight oats recipe is my favorite. Last night I baked your mug cake in two ramekins and filled and frosted it with greek yogurt and almondmilk whipped cream. Mini personal layer cake!! I am stoked to whip up those black bean brownies, as I have all of the ingredients. But why are the chocolate chips mandatory? I don’t like chunks in my brownies, weird I know.

  2. Christina says

    I would add your Keto Pancakes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal, and Vegan Hot Chocolate to the list. Those are the recipes of yours that I have been making most often lately. It may sound silly, but I would love for you to do an avocado toast recipe. I’ve actually never tried it because I’m not sure what to add (other than bread and avocado). Many of the recipes I’ve seen are also topped with eggs and I don’t care for eggs.

    For the holiday season, I would enjoy seeing more eggnog and gingerbread flavored recipes. Gingerbread pancakes or oatmeal would be wonderful!

  3. JJ says

    Your chocolate blender muffins are my very favorite. I’ve tried other healthy chocolate muffin recipes out there (and some not healthy ones) and they never match up!

    I’ve been making an oat flour and flax seed brownie in the microwave with almond butter on top for breakfast, which is a variation of your mug brownie recipe. It’s so good.

    I also second the hot chocolate.

    My favorite ice cream shop back home (Whitey’s shout out!) has a sundae with hot fudge and a black cherry sauce with whole cherries. It’s so good. I have a can of black cherries and have been thinking there has to be a way to make healthy brownies with cherries inside. I suppose I could throw some frozen cherries in my regular brownies, but I haven’t found any in stock lately. Plus I keep thinking about the cherry juice.

    I have a mug cookbook that has a recipe for mug chocolate cobbler. It is both cakey and fudgy. It’s really good, but I’d love a healthier version, mug or not.

  4. Michelle says

    Hey Katie 🙂

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, 3 years I guess 🙂 I really enjoy your recipes and ideas.

    But lately something came to my mind… in every picture you post from yourself your hair looks absolutely stunning ! I was just wondering if you might give us a little insight into your hairroutine 🙂

    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  5. Homeschool Mom says

    I would love to see a butterscotch or toffee vegan/gluten-free recipe. I know it wouldn’t be “the same” as using dairy butter, but those are some flavors my tastebuds miss! Vegan caramel is awesome, so maybe there’s hope?

  6. Irene Binyon says

    You missed one of my absolute favorite recipes in your Top 15. It is your Healthy Mac and Cheese with broccoli florets. I don’t even like broccoli, but I make this recipe every other week. Thank you for all your work!

  7. Shannon says

    Yeah I heard people say this year was a dumpster fire 🔥🔥🔥 I’m glad it’s over, but I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet. But I remain optimistic. I love your recipes I have your book I’ve suggested your book to everyone I always tell them to go to your website you’re awesome I love you Katie! Also I have a request could you make some vegan keto chaffle pretty please with vegan marshmallow whipped cream and a cherry on top 😁😁😁

  8. Jordan says

    I’d love to see a keto chocolate frosting recipe that isn’t cream cheese based – perhaps a keto chocolate buttercream! Also, a keto loaf bread recipe (gingerbread loaf, chocolate loaf, pumpkin, etc!) is desperately needed. There is a short supply of them online and the couple I’ve tried are not good.

  9. Avra says

    Katie, in my mind, page view and reader comment counts basically represent that these are the recipes people are looking for or making. Obviously the idea is that this generally indicates that these are the best recipes because people make them, like them, and share them! But I feel that there can also be “hidden gems” that may not have had as many views or comments but for which the feedback you’ve gotten has been very positive, and it would be nice to also see these types of recipes highlighted. So I would be interested to see another roundup maybe of best RATED recipes from what you’ve posted in 2020, or something like that! What do you think?

    • CCK Media Team says

      This is a fantastic idea. I am not sure how we would implement it because most of the recipes that are the most popular due to pageviews are also 5 star rated since so many people have given them good ratings. But we will try harder to feature not-as-well-known recipes this year when linking back!

  10. Jalina Cervantes says

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for your fabulous recipes. We absolutely love them. Can you please consider developing more bean based desserts? This was an unexpected discovery and has opened doors for us to enjoy desserts like we never allowed ourselves to before. Or even 3 sisters desserts that include beans, corn, and squash? 3 sisters forms a complete protein, and is very nutritious. We played around with your black bean brownies and deep dish cookie pie to make them three sisters, and they were super good, but not as good as I’m sure they would be ha they been developed by you. Fingers crossed for this to be a something to look forward to in the future. Thanks again! Jalina

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