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Reader Favorites: Top 25 Recipes from 2020

The top 25 recipes from Ambitious Kitchen from 2020! These amazing recipes were the most loved, cooked and baked by readers all year long. You’ll find cozy dinners, delicious breakfasts, and baked treats to fall in love with.

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It’s here! Every year I round up the top 25 reader favorite recipes from 2020 and it’s one of my favorite ways to reflect on the year. These recipes were ones that you all made & shared all year long and I hope they brought you joy in the crazy year that 2020 has been.

In the list you’ll find fun twists on delicious classics, fresh flavors, cozy comfort foods and of course, plenty of desserts that are guaranteed to impress. Whether you’re looking for new meal prep ideas or just a simple treat to enjoy, scroll through an pick one out from these famous recipes.

Thank you all for such an amazing year! I loved seeing all of your creations on Instagram and in our Facebook group, so keep sharing and spreading the AK recipe love.

almond flour banana bread

Nourishing Almond Flour Banana Bread

“Omgoodness I’m in love!!! Im not going to lie, looking at the ingredients…I was super skeptical. But this turned out AMAZING!!!” – Lindsay

banana baked oatmeal in a baking dish

Chunky Monkey Banana Baked Oatmeal

“Delicious! So easy to make and so good! Fluffy and tasty.” – Ana

slice of healthy chocolate banana bread with peanut butter on top

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Banana Bread

“Delicious!!!! Just made this and my family loved it. My dad is very picky and he kept saying how great it was. If he knew it had almond flour be would have refused, but he loved it!!!” – Vivian

peanut butter banana baked oatmeal cups on a wooden serving board

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups

“These were AMAZING! In the words of my husband “these are the best muffins you’ve ever made”! …and I agree 🙂 The recipe was perfect – I didn’t change 1 thing.” – Meg

healthy banana muffin with a bite taken out

Honey Cinnamon Walnut Banana Muffins

“I made these delish muffins for a quick grab and go breakfast. I added a few dark chocolate pieces and almond nut butter on the top before popping them into the oven for 20 min, absolutely delicious!” – Susan

carrot cake baked oatmeal cups on a wire rack

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal Cups

“These are delicious! I have made healthy carrot muffins before but these carrot oatmeal bakes are the best! So moist and flavourful. These are going to be made on a regular basis!” – Debbie

healthy birthday cake bread sliced on a wire rack

Healthy Birthday Cake Bread

“This. Bread. Is. Everything. SO good and moist…My kids LOVE this. SO good.” – Lauren

vibrant curry chickpea quinoa salad on a plate

Vibrant Curry Cashew Chickpea Quinoa Salad

“Your recipes never disappoint. This was AMAZING! The sesame oil and maple cayenne glazed cashews add such a nice touch- even my kids loved it! I can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow, lol!” – Amanda

classic minestrone soup in a bowl with garlic bread

The Best Minestrone Soup

“This recipe has easily become on of our family favourites and a regular appearance on the dinner menu. Picture a silent table with only the sound of lips smacking to break the silence. Perfect excuse to use all my veggies in the fridge.” – Elizabeth

chopped thai broccoli salad ingredients in a bowl

Spicy Cashew Thai Chickpea Broccoli Salad

“OMG I can’t stop eating this healthy delicious salad!! Will definitely make again and again!” – Chris

vegan tomato lentil soup in a bowl with naan

Vegan Coconut Tomato Lentil Soup

“This soup was so so so flavorful and delish, also super easy to make! It was really filling and the perfect dinner and meal prep for lunches for the week. Thank you Monique for another banger!!!” – Carey

white bean buffalo dip in a skillet with a spoon

Vegetarian Three Cheese White Bean Buffalo Dip

“Why didn’t I think of this?! This is so delicious. I love the swap of white beans for chicken. My meat-eating husband even enjoyed it.” – Sara

sesame chicken and green bean stir fry on a plate with chopsticks

30-Minute Sesame Chicken Green Bean Stir Fry

“Made this for dinner tonight and my family and I LOVED it. So easy! Much faster and healthier than take out. Will definitely make again!” – Katie

dipping a crispy baked chicken nugget in honey mustard

The Best Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

“This was an easy and delicious recipe! My daughter called them “gourmet chicken nuggets!” They came out crispy just as promised and looked super appetizing. Flavor was perfect.” – Shari

sheet pan honey mustard chicken and vegetables on a plate

Sheet Pan Kickin’ Curry Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggies

“I made this last night for my family and I am SHOOK at how good it was! Everyone went back for seconds.” – Cadence

healthy salmon taco bowl topped with avocado and greek yogurt

Damn Good Salmon Taco Bowls For Two

“Welp… the second we saw this recipe go live yesterday, we knew we HAD to make it for dinner tonight. This may be a new record for me. But this meal is so amazing & so easy.” – Kristina

yellow chicken curry in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Yellow Chicken Curry

“Best curry ever!!! I couldn’t believe how much flavor this had and it was incredibly easy to make. Thank you!!!” – Gabbie

spinach chicken pasta bake on a plate

Incredible Caramelized Onion Spinach Chicken Pasta Bake

“I made this recipe today, for the first time… And can I just say “OH MY WORD”!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! This recipe is so easy to put together but it tastes as if you spent hours slaving over a stove!” – Nikki

two bowls of tikka masala

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

“Omg… I made this for dinner last night. Wow! My partner (who can’t deal with spice) and my 2 year old absolutely loved it – as did I, I’m currently eating leftovers for lunch!” – Misty

the best vegetarian chili recipe in a bowl with toppings

Actually, the Best Vegetarian Chili Ever

“I’ve been a vegetarian for 30+ (😱) years. I have made lots of veg chili and this is the very best! My fam of meat eaters agree—best whether or not you’re a vegetarian!” – Kristin

grain free peanut butter banana cake on a cake stand

Damn Good Peanut Butter Banana Cake (gluten free, grain free)

“This TRULY is damn good. I made it for Valentine’s Day and holy delicious it’s amazing…If you are wondering about making it, DO IT!!” – Shauna

the best lactation cookies on parchment paper

The Best Lactation Cookies (for nursing mamas!)

“These cookies are AMAZING! Even picky husband approved! Not only were they the tastiest lactation treats, but I felt they helped maintain my supply much better than other lactation treats I’ve made.” – Megan

healthy banana cookie with a bite taken out

Healthy Soft Banana Bread Cookies

“Well, the #cookiequeen has done it again. These are INCREDIBLE! Super soft and fluffy and amazing taste. They were so quick to whip together and mine were perfect after 10 minutes in the oven.” – Katie

grain free peanut butter cookies on a wooden board

Grain Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

“These are super delicious! I see myself making these weekly for my peanut butter cookie obsessed husband!” – Megan

chia banana bread energy bites drizzled with chocolate

Chia Banana Bread Energy Bites

“Made these to get me through the week! They are SO yummy, SO easy, and really filling. I highly recommend.” – Caroline

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