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The best thing about vegan dessert recipes is that they’re not only delicious, they’re also incredibly easy to make. Vegans and non-vegans alike will love them – and they’ll also be eating healthy in the process. Even better, you have a lot more options than you might have previously thought possible.

Whether you love cake, brownies, or some other type of sweet snack, there’s a great-tasting alternative to the unhealthy treats you’ll find in your traditional bakery or grocery store. Here’s a look at some of the basics of vegan baking, as well as some delicious recipes to follow the next time you crave a healthy, sweet treat.

The Basics Of Vegan Baking

vegan dessert recipes | ActivatedYouEven if you’re an expert in the kitchen, vegan baking can take some getting used to. You need to be very aware of all the ingredients you use in your dishes, and you’ll need to know the ingredients to avoid. For example, in order for your creation to truly be vegan, you’ll need to look for alternatives to certain traditional baking staples.

You can probably find vegan egg substitutes in your grocery store, but you can also make them on your own. You can, for instance, mix a tablespoon of ground chia seeds with three tablespoons of water to make an egg-like substance you can use in a cake or cookie recipe.1

Coconut milk and almond milk make great-tasting vegan substitutes for regular milk. They’re not only healthier, they’ll also help add a burst of flavor to whatever type of sweet treat you’re making. Coconut oil can be used instead of butter in dishes that feature a creamy texture.2

Think About Coconut Flour Or Almond Flour As A Healthier Option

vegan dessert recipes | ActivatedYouFlour is another one of the more common ingredients used to bake cakes, cookies, and other types of desserts. While almost all flour is vegan, flours are not created equal. There are a few healthier alternatives to regular all-purpose flour. Take coconut and almond flour for example. They are both great for producing tender, soft, and tasty treats. They are lower in carbohydrates and provide essential nutrients.

If you choose to use coconut flour, however, you’ll need to make some adjustments when preparing your ingredients. Coconut flour absorbs more moisture than regular flour. As a result, you’ll want to use a fraction of the amount you’d normally include in your recipe.3

For example, if a recipe normally calls for one cup of regular flour, you’ll only need ¼ cup of coconut flour. You may also need to add more liquid than your recipe calls for. Try making it according to the directions first, and add liquid as needed if your mixture seems to be too dry.4

Delicious Desserts For A Plant-Based Diet: Vegan Pecan Pie, Cake, No-Bake Brownies, And More

So, now that you have an idea of the adjustments you’ll need to make in order to create vegan goodies, it’s time to get started. Here are some easy, guilt-free vegan dessert recipes that will have everyone in your home wanting more.

No-Bake Vegan Pecan Pie

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Crust ingredients:

  • 1 cup of raw pecans
  • 1 cup of pitted dates

Filling ingredients:

  • ½ cup of raw cashew butter
  • ½ cup of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp of pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup of shredded coconut (unsweetened)

food processor nuts | ActivatedYouCrust instructions:

  1. Put the pecans in a food processor and chop until they’re the consistency of flour.
  2. Add the dates. Run the processor until the pecans/dates mix is the consistency of dough.
  3. Press the dough into a pie dish.
  4. Refrigerate.

Filling Instructions:

  1. Put all filling ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  2. Mix until ingredients are smooth.
  3. Take the pie dish out of the refrigerator.
  4. Pour the filling evenly over the crust.
  5. Sprinkle pecans or coconut for a pie topping.
  6. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.5

Vegan Chocolate Cake

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If you’re craving chocolate cake, give this vegan recipe a try. Everyone will love it and it’ll disappear quickly.

Cake ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup of coconut flour
  • 1 ¾ cups of Swerve sweetener
  • ¾ cups of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ cup of melted coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup of applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 Tbsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of boiling water

cocoa powder | ActivatedYouFrosting ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups of vegan margarine
  • 4-5 cups of Swerve sweetener
  • ¼ cup of almond milk
  • 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Baking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease two cake pans (nine inches each) with coconut oil.
  2. Mix the almond milk with the apple cider vinegar in a bowl, stir slightly, and let sit.
  3. Thoroughly mix the flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, in a large bowl.
  4. Add the coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Add the milk/apple cider vinegar mixture. Mix everything thoroughly.
  5. Carefully add the hot water while continuing to mix.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake pans.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove cake from the pans and set aside.

Frosting instructions:

  1. Add the cocoa powder and vegan butter into a large bowl and mix until there are no clumps.
  2. Add half of the powdered coconut sugar and half of the almond milk to the bowl and mix.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and the rest of the powdered sugar to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  4. Apply the frosting to the cooled cake with a butter knife or an icing spatula.6

Vegan No-Bake Brownies

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No-bake anything is just super easy, and these brownies are no exception. Have a few minutes? Whip these up for dessert tonight.

Filling ingredients:

  • dates | ActivatedYou2 cups of pitted cooking dates
  • 2 cups of walnuts
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder or raw cacao
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp of water

Topping ingredients:

  • One 100-gram dark chocolate bar (thoroughly chopped)
  • ½ cup of organic or natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of puffed crispy rice cereal

Instructions:

  1. Soak the dates in warm water for about 10 minutes.
  2. Put the walnuts in a food processor until crumbled.
  3. Add the dates, cacao powder, and sea salt to the processor. Run until a dough-like substance forms.
  4. Add the water gradually while the processor is still running. Make sure the dough gets just wet enough to stick together.
  5. Remove the dough and press into a pan.
  6. Place the pan in the freezer.
  7. Mix all topping ingredients – chocolate chips, peanut butter, and coconut oil – together in a small pot.
  8. Melt the ingredients over the stovetop on medium heat.
  9. Once smooth, add rice cereal.
  10. Take the brownie pan out of the freezer.
  11. Pour the topping mixture over the brownies and smooth using a spatula.
  12. Let the brownies cool for a few minutes and enjoy.7

Chocolate Bliss Balls

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Think of this easy vegan dessert like a mini-brownie of sorts – kind of like the “brownie bites” you can find at your local grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almonds
  • ½ cup of quick oats
  • 2 scoops of vegan protein powder (chocolate flavored)
  • 2 cooking dates (pitted)
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 Tbsp of maple syrup (organic)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp of sea salt
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor. Run until you see dough forming.
  2. Roll the dough into balls that are about the size of a golf ball.
  3. Place any uneaten bliss balls into an airtight container, and store them in your refrigerator. They should last about a week.8

Don’t Hesitate To Add Your Own Touches

vegan treat | ActivatedYouThese tasty recipes just scratch the surface of the many types of vegan goodies you can easily make at home. You can find other great vegan recipes online such as cookies, pudding, and even pancakes and peanut butter bars.

And keep in mind, you can always get creative with the recipes you see above. For example, you can use vegan cream cheese in your cake frosting, or drizzle caramel sauce over your brownies.

You might also want to consider serving a side of vegan ice cream with your cake – yes, there is such a thing as vegan ice cream. There’s a chance you can find this type of ice cream at a well-stocked grocery store near you. Otherwise, check your local health-food store.

Whatever recipes you decide to try, have fun with them. You’ll be surprised at how delicious they can be.

Learn More:
Eat These Vegetarian And Vegan Foods On The Plant-Based Protein List
Vegan Myths And Misconceptions (And The Truth About Eating A Vegan Diet)
Vegan Travel Tips: Eating A Plant-Based Diet When On Vacation

Sources
1 https://www.thekitchn.com/3-principles-of-vegan-baking-for-the-beginner-243349
2 https://www.thekitchn.com/3-principles-of-vegan-baking-for-the-beginner-243349
3 https://www.dummies.com/food-drink/special-diets/paleo-diet/substituting-coconut-flour-for-almond-flour/
4 https://www.dummies.com/food-drink/special-diets/paleo-diet/substituting-coconut-flour-for-almond-flour/
5 https://runningonrealfood.com/raw-vegan-maple-pecan-pie/
6 https://www.noracooks.com/vegan-chocolate-cake/
7 https://www.foodnetwork.ca/healthy-eating/blog/no-bake-chocolate-brownies/
8 https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2018/02/chocolate-protein-bliss-balls/