I’m a firm believer in dessert, not just as a reward or a treat-yo-self kind of thing. That is to say, there’s not much wrong with enjoying food that tastes good! And I’ve found the best vegan desserts to bring to the party. My Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are a staple at our Thanksgiving table and these Gluten-Free Brownies always make an appearance during girls’ night.
Why choose vegan options on the dessert table? Things like animal proteins and dairy often cause my body to feel sluggish and sore, so I choose vegan options when I can. That’s where plant-based desserts come into the picture.
I’ve discovered through baking this way for years that eggs, cream and butter don’t need to be in something to make it indulgent, tasty or a dessert.
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Best Baked Vegan Desserts
These plant-based desserts show how easy it is to bake something full of flavor using plant-based ingredients that are still real. I tend to stay away from butter substitutes and powdered eggs and instead work with real things like coconut oil, cacao and natural sweeteners.
Tasty Plant-Based Treats
The first time I taste-tested my Healthy Caramel Apple Dip I was floored. How can something without corn syrup or brown sugar taste just like caramel? It’s ridiculously good and can easily be baked into cakes, used to dip all manner of fruits, swirled into cupcakes and more.
These treats have graced my home for years and my kids’ friends don’t bat an eye when I pull out my vegan dessert recipes that rival the classics.
Blended Dessert Options
If baked or stove-top recipes aren’t on your radar, then let me introduce some cold and iced options that will shock and amaze you. Try a creamy Blackberry Coconut Sorbet with some farmer’s market berries, or whip up this Strawberry Vegan Milkshake for your next BBQ.
My Vegan Ice Cream recipe is shockingly smooth and silky, just like its regular vanilla ice cream counterpart, yet doesn’t leave me bloated like milk-based ice creams do.
These chilled recipes are designed to allow the natural sweetness from the real fruits to shine, with minimal added sugar. I focus on creaming them up using cashew milk or other dairy-free milk options.
Coconut cream will become your best friend in the world of vegan desserts. Please let me know when you try my ice cream recipe with the vegan brownies because you’ll never go back to anything else again!
Often people think that eating vegan means eliminating everything “normal,” yet this just isn’t true! You can easily enjoy ice cream, cake, cookies, brownies, milkshakes and more using plant-based ingredients. It’s not hard once you learn how to substitute for dairy and eggs, and you might find a recipe you like better that’s vegan!
When I show up to a party, I often set my brownies and ice cream out without a word (unless I know there is an allergy of some kind!). I let people rave about the creaminess, fudgy bits, and praise me for making these items from scratch. Then I let them know there is no dairy or eggs in any of it! All this to say, vegans can eat all kinds of sweet treats. It’s not hard to make something animal-free and often tastes just as amazing.
Vegan desserts aren’t always healthier, yet they can be. When baking something without cream and eggs, I often also switch out the refined sugar for maple syrup or honey and the flour for a nut based flour. This helps with inflammation, and adds a bit more fiber into a dish than traditional baking does. I really just focus on fueling my body with real, whole food ingredients so even my desserts are made with plants.
Tips and Tricks
It’s not hard to make desserts without items like dairy, eggs and gelatin, yet sometimes it can be tricky finding replacements for baking staples so I’m here to help! Here are some things I use in making and baking vegan desserts that help make them tasty, animal-free and wonderful:
- Flax Eggs: This is a great egg replacement. I use it in baked goods like my Healthy Zucchini Bread and it works wonderfully.
- Cashew Cream: This is a tasty replacement for traditional sour cream. It can be made sweet or savory and used as a dip, cream, or inside baked goods.
- Vegan Yogurt: I love eating this with healthy granola yet you can use it to replace yogurt with sweet treats.
- Coconut Whipped Cream: Anything you top with regular whipped cream try topping with this! You can enjoy it as is, or add in cinnamon or cocoa powder to change up the flavor. I love adding it to my chocolate smoothie bowl and turning it into a pudding.
Which one of the best vegan dessert recipes has you running to the kitchen? Drop a comment and let me know!