More and more people have embraced the vegan lifestyle. Many of them have done so, due to the health benefits associated with a plant-based diet. As an article on Healthline points out, those who embrace this diet often reduce or eliminate their risk for cancer and heart disease, often have lower body weights, and experience lower rates of degenerative diseases, like arthritis.
However, for every benefit of veganism there are also drawbacks, one of the biggest being bland-tasting recipes. This dietary disappointment seems especially pronounced where vegan desserts are concerned. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Vegan desserts done right can taste just as delicious as other types of desserts and even be good for you.
If you’re on the hunt for some delicious vegan desserts, be sure to try these 10 vegan recipes.
1. Vegan Cheesecake
Who knew that it was possible to make tofu taste like creamy cheesecake filling, but this recipe is among the tastiest vegan recipes around. The results are deceptively delicious.
You start with silken tofu, a little vanilla extract, and some lemon and apple juice. A graham cracker crust provides the nutty, crunchy foundation for the cheesecake. Like most cheesecake recipes, this one allows for flavorful toppings, like fresh strawberries or caramel sauce.
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Daily Rebecca features a vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe that even includes vegan chocolate chips. (She advises people to shop for those at Trader Joe’s.) Coconut oil and brown sugar act as binders for this recipe. Almond milk and vanilla then give the cookies their traditional flavor. They only take about 10 minutes to bake. If you’ve ever felt that tinge of sadness that comes from not being able to do your yearly cookie exchange since becoming vegan, this and other vegan cookie recipes get you back in the game.
3. Crispy Rice With Peanut Butter and Caramel
Crispy rice treats count as one of those easy staple desserts of childhood. The combination of crispy rice cereal and a bit of peanut butter always hit the spot. And given how these foods are often associated with comfort food, they’re a go-to dessert even for adults. And as it turns out, the vegan version of the dessert counts as one of the best vegan desserts around.
One of the yummiest vegan recipes is this snickerdoodle recipe that appeals to both vegans and paleo eaters alike. The recipe has the same sugar and cinnamon coating as the snickerdoodle cookies of old. Coconut and almond flour make it paleo and no dairy means this recipe is decidedly vegan. The absence of those ingredients also means that this vegan recipe won’t cause inflammation in the body, like recipes that feature white flour. Now, that’s a bonus.
5. Vegan Truffles
The thing about vegan dessert recipes is that to make them taste good, you often have to use ingredients that you’d never expect to get the results you want. Case in point? This vegan truffle recipe that’s featured on Delish. It’s also one of the simplest recipes out there, vegan or not. It only has five ingredients – chocolate chips, vanilla extract, kosher salt, cocoa powder, and avocado. (Avocado is the odd ingredient here.) But odd ingredient or not, these truffles taste just as good as the truffles you’d buy in specialty shops, without the dairy guilt.
6. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip N’ice Cream
Quite a few people have dairy allergies, which prevent them from having ice cream during the warmer months of the summer. But dairy-free N’ice cream recipes allow those with dairy allergies to enjoy a sweet frozen treat again. Frozen bananas replace the dairy in this recipe. Peanut butter and chocolate give this recipe a peanut buttercup flavor, without all the “bad” stuff that goes with it. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll love this vegan recipe!
7. Vegan Brownies
Jamie Oliver has given vegans brownies back. (There was much rejoicing!) It has the gooey, chocolatey flavor that you’ve come to associate with the best traditional brownie recipes. That it happens to just be one of the best vegan dessert recipes is a bonus.
8. Fresh Berry Bars
The tastiest and healthiest vegan recipes use the freshest fruits as a matter of course. These vegan berry bars allow you to use up the fruits of the season in one delicious baked dessert. And this recipe is so versatile, you don’t have to limit yourself to eating the fruit bars for breakfast.
9. Vegan Rice Pudding
Vegan rice pudding substitutes coconut milk and raw cashews for dairy. But this recipe doesn’t skimp on all the things that make rice pudding delicious. It still has plenty of Arborio rice, vanilla extract, and some zest of lime. Adding berries or coconut on top make this one of the more flavorful vegan recipes that you’ll find.
10. Banana Bread
This vegan banana bread recipe puts sweet bread back on the table for vegans – literally. It combines ripe bananas, vanilla powder, and sunflower seeds, making it as hearty as it is healthy. If you’ve been looking for a sweet bread recipe to put in your proverbial recipe box, this is a good vegan recipe to add.
Recap of the Best Vegan Recipes for Dessert
Vegan recipes often taste bland, making it difficult for many people to transition into a vegan diet. And if those same people also happen to be dessert fans, the transition is even more difficult. However, these 10 vegan dessert recipes can make all the difference when it comes to reintroducing dessert to the diet.
The best vegan recipes are sweet and tasty and some are even appropriate for meals other than dessert. Make them when you need something delicious for a dessert exchange or even when you just want something sweet after dinner.