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10 Vegan Desserts You’ll Want to Make All Year Long

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Carina is a freelance journalist. She writes about food and for our "healthy lifestyle" column.

We always have some room for dessert, especially around the holidays. Today we’ll be focusing on vegan desserts! Even if you yourself aren’t plant-based, you likely know someone who is. More and more foodies are looking for plant-based alternatives to conventional sweet snacks.

In fact, there’s a real trend to be observed in the UK. Veggie is booming! According to Finder UK’s data analysis, around 1.5 million people in the UK identify as vegans, with nearly 500,000 Brits giving up meat in 2020 alone.

But making the switch to a plant-based diet doesn’t mean one must do without sweets, which is why we focus on some exciting vegan recipes. It’s a win-win, no matter your diet plan, since these recipes are guaranteed to have everyone asking for seconds.

Veganize It! How to Turn Your Dessert Vegan

If you’ve recently switched to a vegan diet or are trying out more and more plant-based alternatives, know you don’t have to give up any of your dessert faves! In fact, there are a few ways to adapt cakes, cookies, puddings, and many other of your favorite recipes to make them vegan. Plus, there are a variety of plant-based alternatives that make it super easy for you to bake vegan desserts without missing out on taste.

When it comes to milk, for example, there are no problems at all. Most of the time, you can switch out plant-based drinks for cow’s milk one-to-one. For baking, oat milk, soy milk, and almond milk are the most solid choices – just make sure you buy them unsweetened. Coconut milk, on the other hand, is a great choice when making chia pudding, smoothies, or shakes. And rice milk is a great match for rice pudding or semolina porridge.

Many people assume that the biggest challenge lies in replacing eggs, which act as a natural binder and moisturize the dough when baking. Not so! Have a look at our great solutions. Depending on the recipe, try substituting for each egg with either half a ripe mashed banana or 80 grams of applesauce. For fruit-free alternatives, try one to two tablespoons of ground flaxseed with double the amount of water, one to two tablespoons of chia seeds with double the amount of water, or 60 grams of pureed silken tofu. If all else fails, egg substitute products in powder form are available in stores.

Still not convinced? That’s fine, too. Our recipes below don’t need any editing. They’ve been vegan the whole time. 😉

Vegan Desserts: Fruity Recipes

#1 Fruity Cherry and Waffle Protein Parfait

Try this perfect dessert (get it? Parfait? Perfect?) when you’re expecting guests, because it looks as great as it tastes. Warm cherry compote and crispy waffles are comforting, and don’t let its light texture fool you – it’s packed with protein and will leave you satisfied!

Cherry Protein Parfait with waffles, sitting next to a bowl of cherries and a jar of Just Nuts
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#2 Vegan Protein Crêpes

Crêpes are true all-rounders among desserts. You can have them for breakfast, a sweet snack in between meals, or as a dessert! The delicious French dish is also quite easy to make, requiring just four ingredients and a pan. For fruit toppings, feel free to get as creative as you’d like. We recommend strawberries, blueberries or mango.

A beige plate holds vegan protein crepes with strawberries
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#3 Vegan No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

A good fruity cheesecake isn’t just for the summer. This vegan dessert, which, by the way, doesn’t even need to go in the oven, brings together dreamy ingredients like frozen blueberries, soy quark and coconut cream. Can’t find quark? Vegan yogurt is perfect in a pinch. The delicious base relies on a perfect duo: Coconut Oil and our Vegan Protein Cookie.

A bright purple vegan no-bake blueberry cheesecake topped with a selection of temptingly fresh dark blueberries and blackberries.
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#4 No-Bake Carrot Cake

Hello, nutty carrot cake fans! Have we got the perfect vegan recipe for you! It’s got lots of your favorites in it, plus it’s low-sugar. We’ll be making this one again and again.

Three squares of no-bake carrot cake on a white plate topped with a thick layer of white frosting
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Vegan Desserts: Sweet Recipes

#1 Vegan Coffee Chocolate Mousse

What’s better than a moist and fluffy chocolate mousse cake? We’re talking the pinnacle of vegan desserts here, because this dessert, which has a splash of delicious non-alcoholic coffee liqueur, is a chocolatey dream come true.

Two ramekins of Vegan Chocolate Mousse dolloped with creamy white cream and sprinkled with chocolate shavings as seen from above
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#2 Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Fudge

Get creative and try something new with this recipe. Our nut-based chocolate fudge is super creamy and uses dates for a deep and lovely sweetness. This cozy dessert is the perfect accompaniment on the sofa on a cold winter’s day.

The hand of a white person holds a mug of milky coffee next to a black plate set with a piece of chocolate-drizzled vegan pumpkin chocolate fudge.
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#3 Vegan Chocolate Amaretto Mini Cakes

When almonds and dark chocolate come together, it can only mean good things for dessert lovers. But what gives this flavorful masterpiece its wow-factor is the spicy, nutty amaretto cream in the middle.

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#4 Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

You didn’t think we could forget cupcakes, did you? These small, fluffy cupcakes with creamy frosting come are an absolute chocolatey-peanutty taste explosion. They’re also low in sugar and fat.

Schoko Erdnuss Cupcakes
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#5 Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Of course we’d never leave a classic chocolate mousse out of our list. This recipe completely forgoes milk and eggs, relying instead on just four ingredients: avocado, cocoa powder, agave syrup, and oat milk. As for the toppings, you can get creative. We recommend nuts, crushed coconut chips, and cacao nibs.

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#6 Vegan Chocolate Chai Truffles

These decadent chocolates are great for when you just want to satisfy a sweet craving after your main course. They’re also a great gift for the office – your colleagues will love the spicy chocolate treat with our Hazelnut Vegan Protein Cream.

A two-color plate holds six cocoa-dusted vegan chocolate chai truffles.
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Summary

  •   These days, it’s very easy to find vegan options for traditional desserts
  •   Almond milk, soy milk, and oat milk are especially good for baking
  •   Applesauce, banana, flaxseed, chia seeds, and silken tofu all make a great egg substitute

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