VEGAN is the new black! Or well, brown. And green… actually it could be any color as long as it’s not made from animals.
Going vegan isn’t a trend. It’s a lifestyle that many people adopt to be kinder to the environment, farm animals, and their health. Plus, it’s growing more popular daily — recent statistics show more than half a million people went vegan in 2021! With more and more plant-based options available, there are plenty of delicious ways to incorporate this lifestyle into your life. In doing so, you’ll be helping yourself and countless others who feel the need to reduce their environmental footprint or make a difference for oppressed animals.
If you’re vegan, finding desserts can be a little more challenging. Don’t fret, there are so many sweet treats out there that don’t use animal-based ingredients, and we’re confident you’ll find one that suits your lifestyle. If you are not a vegan, we hope these desserts will inspire you to add more plant-based recipes to your diet.
Acai Berry Smoothie
This smoothie is a great way to start your morning or enjoy as an afternoon snack. The acai berry is a sweet and tangy fruit used for hundreds of years by the people of Brazil. It has all the essential nutrients your body needs, including protein and fiber. The acai berry also gives it a beautiful purple color and antioxidants that can help fight off free radicals in the body.
Creamy Black Bean Brownies
These brownies are rich in protein and fiber, which makes them a healthy alternative to traditional brownies. They’re also free of gluten and refined sugar! These delicious treats will satisfy your sweet tooth and make you feel good about what you’re eating!
Apple Tart With Vanilla Custard
This vegan-friendly recipe is sure to impress. The crust is made with high-quality, organic ingredients, while the filling is made from fresh apples and vanilla custard. This tart can be served cold or warm, so it’s perfect for any time of year!
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
These muffins are loaded with pumpkin puree and chocolate chips – two of everyone’s favorite fall flavors! They’re easy to make and full of delicious seasonal flavors that keep you coming back for more. You can store these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or freeze them in an airtight container for up to three months.
The frosting is rich and creamy, but with a hint of tang. And the cake itself is moist and flavorful, thanks to the addition of carrots and nuts. This carrot cake is truly one for the books.
This one fits the bill! It’s made with all-purpose flour, making it as easy as a traditional pie. You can also make it in advance, saving you time when your family or friends comes] over, or you want to bring a dessert somewhere special.
Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
These cheesecake bars are filled with crushed strawberry gelatin and topped with whipped cream for an extra strawberry flavor. Yum! They’re also gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy them without worrying about constipation.
Cauliflower popcorn is a great alternative to the traditional sweet and salty combo. It’s made with cauliflower and nutritional yeast, which add a savory, cheesy flavor that makes it perfect for snacking on. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients. Nutritional yeast provides B vitamins and protein. The popcorn is baked instead of deep-fried so it’s lower in fat and calories than regular popcorn too!
Coconut Almond Butter Cups
These almond butter cups require just a few simple ingredients and come together in minutes. The coconut oil helps keep these homemade candies soft until they reach room temperature. The almond butter pairs perfectly with the coconut oil, creating the perfect consistency that’s not too hard or soft.
Tropical Mango Popsicles
This tropical mango popsicle recipe is a delicious and healthy dessert for kids and adults alike. Made with only five ingredients, these popsicles are made with agave nectar, mango puree, coconut milk, fresh lime juice, and mint leaves. The popsicles are so easy to make, and it’s a great way to use up any leftover mangoes from your fruit bowl.
Peanut Butter Truffles
These peanut butter truffles are a healthy vegan dessert that’s easy to make and will please everyone at your table. They are made with five ingredients and come together quickly in the food processor.
Use your favorite nut butter as the base for these truffles, whether almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter. Almond and cashew butters work better than peanut butter because they have a higher fat content, which helps them firm up when refrigerated. If you want to use peanut butter, try mixing it with an extra tablespoon of coconut oil or vegan butter to help them hold its shape.
Almond Butter Caramel Apple Dip
This dip is simply amazing. It’s so good, you can eat it with a spoonful! The combination of caramel and apple cider vinegar is just perfect. This recipe makes a lot of dips, but it will keep well in the fridge for several days. People love having it as an afternoon snack with fresh, crunchy vegetables like carrots or celery sticks. But the ultimate way to enjoy this dip is with sliced apples on top of a slice of sprouted bread.
Caramel Rice Krispies Treats
These are so simple to make and so delicious! The caramel sauce is made from dates and coconut milk, which makes it perfect for vegans who want something sweet but don’t want to use processed sugars. You can also use other types of fruit in the caramel sauce, like strawberries or bananas.
You’re missing out if you haven’t already enjoyed the delicious creations of vegan-friendly desserts. They’re everything that the name implies: sweet, flavorful, and completely free of animal byproducts. A lot more vegan desserts exist out there than you might think. Finding them can be a challenge, but this little roundup will help you in your quest for deliciousness.
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