Aside from spooky décor and creative costumes, Halloween revolves around sweets. Lots of them. But when your diet does not include animal products, making vegan Halloween treats is probably on your list of things to do this fall. This type of activity is perfect for the vegan with a sweet tooth who misses things like chocolate, marshmallow fluff, and cheesecake.
Mouthwatering vegan desserts are not just for vegans, though. You might be surprised at how versatile (and tasty) these treats can be. They are all about raw, fresh ingredients with a focus on natural sources of sugar. To top it off, vegan desserts typically have more vitamins, protein, and fiber than their store-bought counterparts.
Making vegan recipes also allows you to embrace the world of food in a new light. For example, raw cashews can be used to create creamy ingredients like cream cheese. They can also be used to create a “white chocolate” when combined with coconut oil and agave. Chocolate crumbles can be made with ground almonds and cacao powder, while mashed avocado can create a rich pudding. Clearly, making vegan food requires creativity and I am all about it.
The only thing that can make it better is a seasonal spin. That is why I rounded up these 20 noteworthy Halloween treats that are easy to make and eat. It is the best way to please your sweet tooth while treating your body well.
1. Healthy Pumpkin Snickers Bars
The concept of pumpkin Snickers bars is mind blowing. Make it healthy, vegan, and gluten-free? I'm sold. Visit Emilie Eats to learn how to make this glorious concoction.
2. Gut-sy Spider Cupcakes
The Lazy Vegan Baker used avocado vanilla pudding and candy to create these gush-worthy cupcakes. These treats will be a hit with both kids and adults alike.
3. Vegan Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
Thanks to mashed sweet potatoes, you can give your average cinnamon roll a fall touch. Top it off with a maple glaze and you've got yourself a seasonal dessert. Head to Fo Reals Life to learn how.
4. Vegan Low-Fat Pumpkin Scones
When it comes to Halloween, anything that has pumpkin gets two thumbs up. These fancy shmancy scones are no exception. Visit Fo Reals Life for the full tutorial.
5. Witch Finger Cookies
Between the strawberry jelly "blood" and the almond "nails," these healthy witch finger cookies by Food Faith Fitness are brilliant. Just be sure to trade the honey for agave to make it vegan.
6. Bloody Cups
Chocolate cups aren't just for peanut butter, apparently. In this recipe, Elephantastic Vegan demonstrates how to use raspberries to create this bloody delicious dessert.
7. Spooky Halloween Mix
For a last minute vegan treat, check out Beard and Bonnet's clever popcorn idea. It's so easy to make that it's scary.
8. No-Bake Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Crust
A Halloween food list isn't complete without some good ol' pumpkin pie. This version by Vegan Richa doesn't require any baking and features a ginger crust. Ah-mazing.
9. Peanut Butter Doughnuts
I couldn't help but include these peanut butter doughnuts by Fo Reals Life. I mean, just look at them. You can easily make them Halloween-themed by adding orange sprinkles or edible glitter.
10. Graveyard Mousse Pots
Get in touch with your dark side with these graveyard mousse pots by Wallflower Kitchen. They boast healthy ingredients like ground almonds, arrowroot powder, and agave nectar. As for those tiny edible flowers? I'm in love.
11. Vegan Ghost Cupcakes
For another quick and easy dessert, try making Wallflower Kitchen's vegan ghost cupcakes. It's amazing what you can do with a dollop of (vegan) marshmallow fluff and melted dairy-free chocolate.
12. Vegan Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Vegan Richa is at it again with vegan pumpkin goodness. How can you say no to that luscious tofu cream cheese filling?
13. "Raw" Candy Corn Cheesecake
This is one of those recipes that emphasizes the creative potential of food. Made with a raw cashew base, the layers of this cake are colored with ingredients like mango, turmeric, and carrots. So cool. Visit Unconventional Baker for the low down.
14. Skull Crushers Candy
Wallflower Kitchen is at it again with these amazing skull candies. They're made of an amazing "white chocolate" coating consisting of raw cashews, coconut oil, agave, and almond milk. So cool.
15. Chocolate Pumpkin Tart
Between the chocolate pumpkin filling and spiderweb design, this recipe by Unconventional Baker is a vegan's fall dream come true. Even the crust is made with pumpkin.
16. Vanilla Pumpkin Seed Clusters
Treat your guests (and yourself) to a sweet pumpkin seed snack with this recipe by Wallflower Kitchen. This is an awesome way to re-use seeds from pumpkin carving.
17. Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes
For another gorgeous spiderweb creation, check out Texanerin Baking's cupcake recipe. These treats are grain-free and dairy-free. You can easily make them vegan by swapping out the honey for brown rice syrup or agave.
18. Pumpkin Cheesecake
Cashew cheesecake makes another appearance in this classic version by Unconventional Baker. This one is paleo and gluten-free, too.
19. Homemade Candy Bracelets
Candy bracelets get a healthy upgrade with Fork and Beans' brilliant tutorial. Try using different plant-based natural food colors to make a customized batch of beads. This would make for an amazing party activity, too.
20. Almond Joy Granola
Inspired by the popular candy bar, this granola recipe by Texanerin Baking is something out of a dream. Not only is it free of gluten and dairy, but it can be made whole grain and vegan. It's like a grown-up version of a childhood favorite.
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