When it comes to vegan grub, many assume that meals are bland and dull. It's easy to think that the same goes for vegan dessert recipes, too. However, contrary to popular belief, eating vegan involves extremely unique ingredient combinations. Because when processed foods and ready-made store-bought ingredients are cut out, you have no choice but to be clever.
For example, avocados make an amazing base for chocolate pudding or cake. Medjool dates are wonderful for creating a fudgy consistency. Pumpkin puree, applesauce, and bananas can replace eggs and act as a binder. And we can’t forget about coconut oil, which can be used in an endless number of ways. Healthy chocolate ganache and whipped cream are just two examples.
Basically, eating vegan involves a little extra brainpower and creativity. To top it off, vegan dishes are typically healthier for you. It comes down to knowing how to work with foods so that you get the most out of them, without sacrificing nutrition.
Fortunately, the food bloggers of the web have done the thinking for you. This list of 21 vegan dessert recipes showcases mouthwatering ideas that use ordinary ingredients in extraordinary ways. Heck, even your non-vegan friends will be impressed.
1. Decadent Beet Chocolate Cake
For a nutritious and moist cake, take a tip from Green Kitchen Stories and use beets as the star player. The beets add the perfect kind of sweetness and texture. To top it off, you'll also get a healthy helping of folate, a nutrient that is essential for cell growth and repair.
While this specific recipe uses eggs, the post suggests swapping them out for applesauce to make it completely vegan. Yum!
2. Vegan Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond "Buttercream"
While I'm talking about chocolate cake, let's look at this one by Half Baked Harvest. This simple recipe doesn't have eggs and uses coconut oil as a binder. It also features a creamy chocolate filling made with pumpkin puree and nut butter.
3. Chai Spiced Coconut Cream Ice Cream
As we finally leave the winter season, I can't help but daydream about all the delicious ice cream concoctions. This chai-flavored recipe by Ari's Menu uses coconut milk as a base and a combination of flavorful spices. This would be amazing with chocolate syrup and bananas, traditional sundae style.
4. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
OK, so maybe it's not fall yet. But I can't help but swoon over the idea of vegan (and gluten-free!) PSL cupcakes. This one by Ari's Menu would be an excellent partner for that chai spiced coconut cream ice cream.
5. Mini Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Fudge and Coconut Tarts
You may lose your breath saying the name of this recipe by Half Baked Harvest, but it's totally worth it. Aside from being vegan, these babies are also free of gluten, added sugar, and even butter.
6. Vegan Chocolate Blackberry Cake
I lied, I wasn't done with the chocolate cakes. Here's another one by Green Kitchen Stories; this time, it's made with dates for a fudge-like consistency. That chocolate avocado frosting is something special, too.
7. Banana Bread Smoothie
For a different way to indulge in banana bread, try this smoothie version by Ari's Menu. It uses soy milk and oats for a nutritious and filling beverage.
8. Vegan Black and White Cookies
I absolutely love black and white cookies. And thanks to Ari's Menu, vegans can indulge along with me.
9. Fig, Coconut, and Blackberry Ice Cream
For a flavorful warm weather treat, try this ice cream recipe by Green Kitchen Stories. That fruit combo is the epitome of unique.
10. Vegan Gooey Chocolate Doughnuts
When it comes to making moist and tasty chocolate doughnuts, use pumpkin puree just like Half Baked Harvest. This recipe features ingredients like oat flower and and flax meal, making it the healthiest batch of doughnuts you'll ever eat.
11. Homemade Vegan Nutella
Once you make this homemade vegan Nutella by Ari's Menu, you can use it for no-bake oatmeal balls, chewy cookies, and cake frosting. Or you can just eat it straight with a spoon... I won't judge you.
12. Vegan Chocolate Fudge Popsicles
Made with cashews and coconut milk, these decadent popsicles by Half Baked Harvest are a vegan's best summer dream come true. It even has a chocolate shell made with semi-sweet chips and coconut oil.
13. Three-Ingredient Roasted Banana Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Roasted bananas? Three ingredients? Ari's Menu is speaking my style. This is another warm weather treat that you'll want to make all year round.
14. Vegan Deconstructed Boozy Mocha Drenched Grilled Banana Coconut Cream Pies
Say that three times fast. Well... just kidding. Instead, spend that time making this luscious dessert by Half Baked Harvest. The Kahlua in the coconut mocha sauce is totally winning me over with this one.
15. Salted Chocolate-Dipped Banana Almond Pops with Malted Coconut Honey
With this recipe by Half Baked Harvest, you'll get so much goodness in one bite. To make them completely vegan, swap the honey out with maple syrup.
16. Vegan Chocolate Pudding Pie
Chocolate and coconut come together once again in this recipe by Against All Grain. It's even topped off with coconut whipped cream, a much healthier version than its store-bought canned counterpart.
17. Banana and Chocolate Chia Cream Pie Parfaits
Chia seeds are packed with fiber, vitamins, and all that good-for-you stuff. They also happen to be the star of the show in Half Baked Harvest's parfait recipe. Ten points for healthy dessert awesomeness.
18. Chia Parfait & Autumn Apple Crunch
For another chia parfait concoction, try this apple crunch version by Green Kitchen Stories. Use coconut yogurt to make it vegan. Don't let the name fool you; this one will be delicious all year round.
19. Samoas Doughnuts
Inspired by none other than the popular Girl Scouts cookie, this doughnut recipe by Ari's Menu is something out of the heavens.
20. Mocha Black Bean Mousse Cake
Like pitted dates and pumpkin puree, black beans are ideal for bulking up desserts in a healthy way. Green Kitchen Stories uses this magic ingredient in a mocha mousse cake, complete with a hazelnut topping. It's gluten-free, too.
21. Passionfruit and Coconut Macaroons
No dessert list would be complete without a macaroon recipe. This one by Green Kitchen Stories combines passionfruit, coconut, and lime for an amazing medley of flavors. Just be sure to switch out the honey for maple syrup to make this entirely vegan.
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