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Desserts without milk or eggs?
You can whip up vegan desserts without skimping on taste.
If you’ve worried that as a vegan you are no longer able to enjoy your favorite desserts, we’re here to show you otherwise.
We’ll give you the rundown on some delicious vegan desserts that you can make on your own.
Vegan Desserts: Zero Dairy isn’t Scary
You’re already vegan and looking for new vegan desserts to add to your cookbook.
Or, you are vegetarian considering taking the plunge to a dairy-free life.
Either way, these vegan desserts are so good, you’ll forget they’re dairy-free.
Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
I know what you’re thinking.
Cheesecake without cream cheese? What kind of sorcery is this?
The combination of cashews, strawberry slices, and coconut oil make a great faux cheesecake filling that would fool even non-vegans.
The full ingredient list includes:
- 1 cup pecans
- 6 dates
- 1/4 cup coconut, shredded
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Make these vegan desserts by following these instructions:
- Create the crust by depitting the dates and soaking them for several minutes. Once they’re soaked, drain the extra water and process them along with the pecans, coconut, and salt.
- Once the consistency is relatively pliable, place the mixture into the bottom of a mini muffin tin.
- To make the filling, make sure that your cashews have been soaking for several hours. Once they’ve been drained combine them into a processor with the strawberries, agave nectar, coconut oil, and lemon juice.
- Add the mixture to the top of the mini muffin pan cups and freeze until solid.
These cute little strawberry bites are great for parties or snacks. You may have to keep yourself from eating them all!
Vegan Apple Pie
Are you having a hard time passing up a slice (or two) of apple pie on the holidays?
Have no fear! There is a great vegan option that you can indulge in without the guilt of using butter.
This recipe replaces butter with coconut oil to make it completely vegan.
Instead of using regular milk, the recipe subs in almond or soy milk.
The filling is made up of a mixture of apples that will make your grandma’s apple pie jealous.
The complete list of ingredients include:
For the dough:
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup coconut oil
- Several tablespoons ice water
For the filling:
- 4lbs mixed apples (whichever apples fit your fancy!)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- A bit of salt, about 1/4 teaspoon
- 2 tablespoons of almond or soy milk
Follow this recipe:
- Start by making the dough. You’ll want to make this dough ahead of time as it must chill for at least one hour. Mix flour, sugar, vinegar, and salt in a food processor. As you process, add in small amounts of coconut oil into the mix. Once the mixture is well mixed, you can add in at least eight tablespoons of ice water. Continue to mix until the dough starts to hold shape. If necessary, you may need to add more water to create the ideal consistency.
- Once mixed, divvy up the dough into two separate pieces and flatten until they are about a 1/2 inch thick. Chill.
- Once your dough is ready to go, start by making the filling. Peel the apples and remove the core. Cut them into thick slices, about a 1/2 an inch. Mix sugar and lemon juice in a bowl, and toss in the apples.
- In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil and add in the apples. Cook for about 12 minutes at medium heat.
- Next add the flour, cinnamon, and salt and combine the ingredients. Let them cool before moving on.
- Next, flatten one of the dough portions until it’s about 13 inches in diameter. Then fit it into a 9 1/2 inch pie pan. Add the filling on top after it has been cooled.
- You’ll need to take the other portioned dough and roll it until it’s about 12 inches in diameter. Fit this dough over the pie pan and neatly gather the two dough pieces together.
- If you’d like, you can sweep a bit of almond or soy milk across the top of the pie. Make sure you cut out a bit of the crust to allow air to escape.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and bake at least an hour, depending on how brown you’d like the crust to be.
So next holiday bring this apple pie to dinner and watch in awe as your family realizes it’s completely a vegan dessert!
Homemade Blueberry Muffins
Is there anyone on this planet who doesn’t like blueberry muffins?
If you can’t imagine a breakfast without these fluffy cakes, read on to see how you can add these to your list of vegan desserts.
The kicker with this recipe is it also includes zero sugar. It is replaced by agave nectar and maple syrup.
But we promise this does not affect the tastiness!
Again, instead of regular milk, this recipe opts for soy milk, which can give the muffins an even sweeter taste.
The complete list of ingredients:
- 2 cups whole wheat spelt flour (You can opt for regular flour if you’re not excluding gluten)
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- A sprinkle of salt
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1/2 cup 100% maple syrup
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
Make these muffins with the following steps:
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Place paper cups into a muffin tin.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Fill each tin cup until they’re near the top of the cup. Make sure you don’t overfill!
- Bake for around 20 minutes, depending on how brown you’d like your muffins to be.
Double Chocolate Cookies
Where would we be without chocolate? Of course this recipe had to make the list.
These double chocolate cookies will make your mouth melt just reading the recipe. Reader beware!
Much like non-vegan chocolate chip cookies, this recipe includes many of the same ingredients.
Instead of milk, almond or soy milk will be used.
This recipe also includes a non-dairy butter, so no worries.
The key element of this recipe is that you use vegan chocolate.
While most chocolate is perfectly fine for vegans, much of the milk chocolate produced includes dairy products.
The full ingredients include:
- 2 1/4 cups flour (unless you’re avoiding gluten, you can use whichever type of flour you’d like!)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dutch process cocoa
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cups dairy-free butter
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 1/4 cup almond or soy milk
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
To create these delicious treats, follow these steps:
- Make sure your oven is preheated to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
- In another bowl, mix up the dairy-free butter, sugar, vanilla, and molasses. The consistency should be pretty fluffy.
- Mix the flour mixture with the wet mixture and add the chocolate chips.
- Depending on your desired cookie size, roll the mixture into about a 1/4 inch ball.
- Place the balls onto an ungreased pan and bake for ten minutes.
Vanilla Ice Cream
If your jaw is currently dropping because you weren’t aware you could still eat ice cream as a vegan, you are not alone!
Ice cream is generally made with lots and lots of milk.
So we had to add this to our list of vegan desserts so you will never miss out on eating ice cream again!
This is seriously one of the easiest recipes on the list, because it only requires you to mix the ingredients and then freeze.
It also only includes a handful of ingredients to make things even easier for you!
A rundown of the ingredients:
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon espresso beans
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter
- Pinch of salt
Even the most dedicated vegans walk by a Cinnabon and nearly faint from the delicious smell.
One of the coolest vegan desserts is the cinnamon roll because it’s only a few ingredients.
It’s also a delicious vegan treat that you can indulge in guilt free!
One note: this recipe does require you to use a food dehydrator. If you don’t have one, you can also use your oven to dehydrate some of the ingredients.
- Organic dates, at least 15 of them (make sure they are pitted)
- 4 ripe bananas
- A teaspoon of cinnamon
- Coconut sugar
In order to create these delicious rolls, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Slice the bananas vertically. This can be tricky depending on how curved the banana may be.
- Add cinnamon as you desire over the bananas.
- Dehydrate the bananas in a dehydrator for up to 8 hours depending on the heat. If you’re using your oven, make sure you keep the oven door open a bit to allow the moisture to escape.
- While your bananas are dehydrating, create the filling by blending the dates, a little water, and more cinnamon if you’d like.
- Once the bananas are done, spread the date paste and roll them up.
- Sprinkle a bit of coconut sugar on top, as desired
- Place them back in the dehydrator or oven to warm them up
The bottom line on vegan desserts
Transitioning to a vegan diet doesn’t mean you need to forgo the delicious desserts you once loved.
These vegan desserts will satiate your sweet tooth, and even impress your non-vegan friends and family.
If you try these recipes out, let us know how you enjoyed them in the comments!