For the most part, Memorial Day weekend food is all about hot dogs and hamburgers and ice cream cones — it's not exactly the most vegan friendly holiday. So, if you are vegan, you're probably not all that thrilled about the culinary traditions tied to Memorial Day — especially that last food option. Because when you've just had a plate of grilled veggies because the host of the barbecue didn't make any vegan options, you're seriously looking forward to dessert. You're praying for some dark chocolate and some fresh fruit. You've got your fingers crossed that someone brought something that's made with a milk substitute or that doesn't have eggs. But when it's all ice cream and brownies and red white and blue Jell-O shots, you're beyond bummed. A vegan cannot live happily on veggies alone!
So this year, skip the risk of going home hungry or unsatisfied and bring your own dessert. That way, you know what you have to look forward to, and if you're not the only vegan one at the party, you get to share the joy with someone else. Here are a few super easy, totally vegan options that are the perfect intro to summer dessert. They'll make you feel like for once, you're not the one who's missing out on a full belly and some serious satisfaction. Enjoy any one of these vegan Memorial Day wonders below:
Nut Butter Tart
This coconut butter chocolate tart is super decadent and creamy, without using any real cream. Check out the recipe on A Cozy Kitchen.
Don't want to be munching on fruit while everyone's enjoying refreshing ice cream? Make yourself some blackberry sorbet. It's sweet and tart cooling all at once. Find the recipe on Naturally Ella.
Orange Cream Pudding
You've probably never had anything like this before, and once you try it, you're going to want it all the time. It's perfect for summer — citrusy and sweet. Check out the recipe on Fo' Reals Life.
This pudding is so creamy and filling, you'll think it's made with cream. But it's totally vegan. Enjoy with fruit or on its own. Check out the recipe on Fo' Reals Life.
These brownies are a must have in your vegan culinary wheelhouse. When you need that rich chocolate fix, these puppies are going to be your best friend. Check out the recipe on Fo' Reals Life.
Peanut Butter Donuts
Um, yes, that's a real thing and you can really make it — easily and at home! Check out the drool-worthy recipe on Fo' Reals Life.
Did you know that vegan cheesecake can be even tastier than dairy cheesecake? See for yourself, check out the recipe on Deliciously Yum.
Grapefruit Basil Sorbet
Oh, you fancy huh? Yeah you are! This gourmet sorbet is super refreshing and light, and very adult. Turn up your icy treat game with this recipe on A Spicy Perspective.
Coconut Caramel Ice Cream
This is just about the closest thing you can get to the real thing. You won't feel like you're missing out on the ice cream party with this rich and creamy recipe from Big Girls Small Kitchen.
Nutella anything! But definitely Nutella souffle! This rich, nutty, creamy, decadent dish is the kind of dessert that hits the spot. Find the recipe on Big Girls Small Kitchen.
Pineapple Fruit Salad
Fruit salad doesn't have to be boring. This adorable plating option makes it way more fun to eat and look at. Check out the super easy recipe on A Farm Girl's Dabbles.
No-Bake Chocolate Fudge Cookies
These easy, oven-free cookies have tons of texture and sweet taste. They're so healthy you could have them for breakfast. Check out the recipe on Oh She Glows.
"Buttercream" Chocolate Cupcakes
Yes, there are alternatives to butter in buttercream and you're going to love these vegan cupcakes. Check out the recipe on Oh She Glows.