One of the things that many people miss the most once they make the switch to becoming vegan is dessert. Most cakes, ice creams and other favorite treats are made with dairy like milk and eggs. It’s hard to find a dessert that doesn’t contain some kind of dairy – unless you’re the type who’s satisfied with just fruit.
Fortunately, there are a number of great recipes for making just about any dessert both vegan and delicious. Here are 5 awesome vegan dessert recipes that you have to try:
Vegan Chocolate Cake
Chocolate cake is a favorite dessert for many people. This recipe will help you make the same decadent cake you love without the dairy. The recipe doesn’t make use of any dairy substitutes either and instead just tweaks the classic recipe, including the addition of vinegar. Create a delicious cake or serve it up as single-size cupcakes instead. You can frost it with your favorite vegan frosting, but it will taste just as good un-frosted. See full recipe.
Cheesecake may seem like the last thing you’d be able to eat as a vegan, but there are actually many ways to adapt the recipe to be dairy-free. This one uses commercially available vegan cream cheese. Others rely on the use of silken tofu. Top this cheesecake with strawberries or another favorite dressing, like caramel and walnuts. It will be just as decadent as traditional cheesecake. See full recipe.
Brownie Pumpkin Pie with a Crunchy Pecan Topping
Pumpkin pie and brownies and pecan topping? Yum! A little almond milk is the only vegan substitute you need to make this sinfully delicious dessert. You can make it for a holiday treat, but why wait? Enjoy this decadent treat all year round. It’s chock full of nutrients from the pumpkin and the pecans, so you can feel guilt-free about it, too. See full recipe.
This classic summertime treat gets the vegan treatment from Dairy Free Cooking. A little soy margarine helps make this dish vegan, and it only takes about 10 minutes prep time and 25 minutes cooking time before you’re well on your way to savoring this flaky and delicious dessert. Serve it with some dairy-free vanilla ice cream for a perfect complement. See full recipe.
Double Chocolate Brownies
These decadent brownies use applesauce, a banana and vegan chocolate chips to substitute the dairy ingredients found in traditional brownies. The result is a rich fudgy brownie that you’ll never know isn’t the “real thing.” Even your non-vegan friends and family won’t know the difference! All they’ll taste is the delicious chocolate-y goodness. See full recipe.
Becoming a vegan doesn’t have to mean giving up on all your favorite desserts. You can still enjoy them so long as you make the right modifications. These recipes will help you enjoy some classic desserts without any of the dairy products you don’t want in your foods.
What are some of your other favorite vegan dessert recipes? Share them in the comments!
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