17 Dessert Recipe Ideas That Are Vegan — But Don’t Taste Like It

If you're vegan, you know that finding foods you can enjoy at social gatherings can be a challenge, and that goes double for the holidays when everyone whips up meat dishes and desserts made with everything you can't eat. These vegan holiday 2017 dessert recipes are a great way for you to bring your own dessert so you know you can have a sweet treat, too. The bonus here is that they're also delicious, and the non-vegans in your life will be pleasantly surprised at just how decadent vegan desserts can be.

If you're new to being vegan, you might have yet to discover all of the amazing options there really are for vegan desserts. From peach cobbler to apple crisp, pumpkin pie squares to brownie bites, and carrot cake pops to cheesecake, vegan desserts have come a long way. To be honest, the first vegan cupcake I ever had cost $9, and it tasted like dirt. I definitely knew what I was missing — a dessert that actually felt like a treat instead of a punishment. This experience turned me off from vegan desserts from many years.

However, those committed to living a true vegan lifestyle have created some seriously delicious recipes that taste just as good, or better, than their non-vegan counterparts, which has gotten me back on the vegan dessert train. If you're looking to wow your friends with a delicious vegan dessert for the holidays this year, these vegan dessert holiday 2017 dessert recipe ideas will change the way your guests think about vegan desserts.


Vegan Brownie Bark

Enjoy Life Vegan Brownie Bark

So, I tried some Enjoy Life vegan chocolate around Halloween, and I seriously did not even know it was vegan for days. It's that good. If you want to bring an indulgent dessert to your holiday 2017 celebration, this vegan brownie bark is free of all allergens (including gluten and nuts), so literally everyone can eat it.


Harvest Vegan Peach Crumble

Enlightened Harvest Vegan Peach Crumble

Crumbles and cobblers are my favorite desserts, and they're easier to make than pie because they don't have to look pretty, and making a mess is part of the fun. This vegan peach crumble recipe from Enlightened is not only vegan, but it's also nut free, and it's packed with protein. For the non-vegans, you can add a scoop of Enlightened's Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream to sweeten the deal.


Three-Ingredient Cookies

8fit Three-Ingredient Cookies

Cookies are always a hit during the holidays, and vegans often get left out of the holiday cookie fun. Well, not this year. Even if baking is not your jam, anyone can make these three-ingredient cookies that are packed with protein. While those with nut allergies will need to steer clear of these, everyone else can enjoy all of the holiday cookies they can handle.


Snowmen Cookies

Enjoy Life ProBurst Bites Snowmen Cookies

Get festive for your holiday 2017 desserts with these vegan snowmen cookies made with delicious dairy-free chocolate and plant protein. They're super cute and easy to make, and they'll satisfy any holiday sweet tooth.


Sweet And Salty Mini Apple Crisps

Enlightened Sweet And Salty Mini Apple Crisps

One way to avoid the post holiday 2017 meal crash is to serve a dessert that's delicious, not loaded with sugar, and packed with protein. However, you can keep those details to yourself and just wow your guests with their own individual vegan and nut free apple crisps.


Peppermint Molten Brownie Cakes

Enjoy Life Peppermint Molten Brownie Cakes

Chocolate and peppermint are two of my favorite holiday dessert flavors, and now they've come together in a delicious vegan, gluten-free holiday 2017 dessert that everyone will love.


Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts With Pumpkin Pecan Glaze

Fo Reals Life Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts With Pumpkin Pecan Glaze

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make them for breakfast or dessert, or both. Because, who doesn't love doughnuts? It's like having a pumpkin pie with frosting. These breakfast/dessert doughnuts will definitely be a fan favorite, so make sure you make a lot of them.


Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

My Darling Vegan, Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you love pumpkin, and are looking to bring a decadent and indulgent vegan dessert to share, this vegan pumpkin cheese cake is so creamy and flavorful that no one will even know it's vegan until you tell them.


Blueberry Thyme Skillet Pie

Veganosity Blueberry Thyme Skillet Pie

Pie is often synonymous with the holidays, and this blueberry thyme pie is sure to meet everyone's fruit pie expectations. This vegan dessert is made in an iron skillet, so if you're going to a small holiday 2017 gathering, you can make everyone an individual fruit pie. If you just need to bring your own dessert because you're the only vegan, this pie is easy to make as a single serving.


Vegan Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Covered Katie Vegan Chocolate Cake

If chocolate is your jam, then this vegan chocolate cake recipe is going to be your go-to vegan dessert for your holidays 2017 contribution to the potluck. You can even modify this recipe for different flavors and additional food restrictions. Seriously, this is the chocolate cake of your dreams.


Carrot Cake Pops

Enjoy Life Carrot Cake Pops

These Instagramable, vegan bite-sized carrot cake pops are a delicious dessert appetizer for guests to graze on after dinner. Share the gooey deliciousness of a mini carrot cake wrapped in a crunchy chocolate shell. And, get festive by dressing these pretty pops up for the holidays by choose colorful sticks and wrappers.


Vegan Chocolate Orange Truffles

Simple Vegan Blog Vegan Chocolate Orange Truffles

Truffles are a holiday favorite, and this traditional Spanish recipe will tantalize everyone's taste buds. It's easy to make these vegan truffles with dates, cocoa powder, almond meal, and orange juice in just minutes. And, they're also beautiful to look at so you can be sure that you're dessert will get a lot of likes on Instagram.


Dairy-free Cream Cheeze Sugar Cookies

Daiya Dairy-free Cream Cheeze Sugar Cookies

One of the hardest things to sell non-vegans on is vegan cheese. However, Daiya Cheeze promises a real cheese substitute that doesn't taste like kindergarten paste, and these sugar cookies with Daiya Cream Cheeze will definitely get the vegan cheese bashers in your life to finally give vegan cheese a chance.


Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream

The Misfit Baker Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin goes with everything during the holidays, and if you want to serve up some seriously delicious pumpkin ice cream for your holiday 2017 festivities, then you have to make this vegan pumpkin ice cream. It's creamy and satisfying despite it not containing a drop of dairy. Who knew vegan ice cream could be so good?


Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Heart Of A Baker Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

My mouth is watering just looking at this picture of these vegan chocolate crinkle cookies. You'll want to under bake these cookies just a bit so they have a gooey chocolate center. You can even heat them up before serving so your guests can enjoy a warm and decadent treat post-holiday 2017 meal.


Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Cake

Wallflower Kitchen Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Cake

This amazing vegan dessert is basically everything sweet treat rolled into a cake. If you're looking to indulge your sweet tooth during the holidays, a cake that's a marriage of chocolate and caramel, and is topped with caramel popcorn, is pretty much as good as it gets. This one will also likely win you the award for most Instagramable dessert, which is just a little added bonus.


No Bake Classic Vanilla Cheesecake

Pure Ella No Bake Classic Vanilla Cheesecake

OK, since I've been sampling vegan desserts, I have to say that raw cheesecake is one of my favorite things ever. I even prefer it over traditional cheesecake. And, this raw vanilla cheesecake is another Instagramble dessert that also tastes amazing. The best part is that you don't even have to bake this cheesecake, just put the ingredients together, top with fruit, and watch you guests devour it with delight.

While vegan desserts used to elicit moans and groans from non vegans, all 17 of these vegan, holiday 2017 desserts are made to change hearts and minds. As a non vegan, I'll even go as far as to say that if the future of dessert is vegan, count me in.