Ah, dessert. The most important meal of the day. Whether you've been baking desserts for years or you're a sweet-treat novice, there are a ton of fun recipes and incredible creations out there to try to re-create. However, if you're Vegan, it can seem like a lot of the best desserts are out of reach— cream, eggs, butter, egg whites, and milk are in almost every conventional dessert recipe.
Luckily, there are some seriously creative, inspired people out there who are baking wizards, trying out any and every substitute they can think of until they create desserts that are every bit as good as their non-vegan counterparts. Aquafaba (canned Chickpea brine), avocado, and applesauce may seem to have no place in baking, but in these super tasty dessert recipes say otherwise. From Vegan ice-cream Snickers bars to chocolate pie and cheesecake-stuffed french toast, these recipes are incredibly decadent and incredibly delicious. Plus, they're (mostly) healthier than traditional desserts. Sign us up!
25 Vegan Snickers
How incredible do these Vegan Ice Cream Snickers bars look?
Created by the Minimalist Baker, this recipe is a cream-free snickers lover's dream.
Whether you make them with the Salted Caramel Coconut Ice cream recipe base as is included, or with store-bought vegan ice cream, these bars will *satisfy* your Snickers cravings. With natural Date caramel, roasted salted peanuts and drizzled semisweet chocolate, these bars taste just like your favorite childhood candy, but all grown up. Seriously, they're ice-cream based perfection.
24 Cloud-Like Sugar Cookies
These Gluten-free and Vegan cloud-like sugar cookies are made by the Minimalist Baker, created for the holidays but good any time of the year. These fluffy babies are made with Aquafaba, (which is the liquid leftover from a can of chickpeas— sounds super gross, but works in recipes just like egg whites somehow!). Said to be "undetectably Vegan," these cookies are comparable in texture to a Tollhouse sugar cookie, and can be flatter than those pictured if rolled flat out rather than rolled into a ball to bake. We think they're adorable either way!
23 Zesty Lemon Squares
Another magnificent creation by the Minimalist Baker, these Lemon Bars dare to go where no Vegan dessert has ever gone before. They require just 10 ingredients and are both naturally sweetened and gluten-free.
With an almond-oat crust and a perfectly creamy lemon filling, these bad boys will be a hit at any summer potluck or disappear just as quickly from your own kitchen.
After baking, the smooth lemon filling takes on a thicker, cheesecake-like consistency. Yum!
22 Chocolate Coconut Dream Bars
These Coconut Crack Bars by The Big Man's World are a super simple, almost healthy way to enjoy the classic flavor combination of Coconut and Chocolate. The best part? They're no-bake, meaning they come together in about 5 minutes. This easy recipe is also paleo, vegan and keto friendly! Plus, they're low-carb and have no added sugar, and have absolutely no flour involved. And— they're only four ingredients. We're hooked already!
21 Oatmeal Cookie Sandies
These delicious cookie sandwiches have us dreaming of Fall. The butternut squash puree adds so much good-for-you sweetness that there are only an additional two tablespoons of natural sweetener in the whole recipe.
They involve a pair of super-tasty, soft and chewy oatmeal raisin (or oatmeal chocolate chip!) cookies and a fluffy, generous scoop of delicious coconut cream.
Although the cookies are amazing on their own, the cream sandwich takes the recipe to the next level, making these extra special for parties and events.
20 Seriously Silky Chocolate Pie
If you're a chocolate pie person, boy, are you in luck. Similar in texture and taste to French Silk Pie, but a bit healthier, and perfectly Vegan and gluten-free. Plus, it's no-bake, meaning you just have to whip it up in the blender and let it hang out in the fridge. The savory-sweet crust involves dates, pecans, coconut, and chocolate. The filling is as simple as melting chocolate and blending it with a combination involving cashews, tofu, and almond milk, into the smoothest, prettiest creamy chocolate liquid you've ever seen. Then, you get the pleasure of pouring it into the crust, before the hardest part— waiting for it to firm up in the fridge!
19 The Best Ever Tiramisu
Not only will non-vegans LOVE this Tiramisu, but people who hate coffee will somehow love this tiramisu.
It involves three delectable layers, and a substantial time involvement, but is totally worth it.
Layers of vanilla cake "ladies finger cookie" slices are drizzled with an espresso and coffee liquor sauce and slathered in a fabulous frosting made from cashew cream and homemade coconut whipped cream, and finally dusted with bittersweet chocolate powder. This recipe involves pretty minimal added sweeteners, but totally satisfies anyone's sweet tooth.
18 The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie
Baker By Nature created what are possibly the most beautiful Chocolate Chip Cookies we've ever seen, and guess what? They're Vegan. For reals. Chewy, gooey, and filled with melty chocolate chips, these cookies don't look or taste like anything besides the cookies of your dreams. The super innovative recipe includes solid coconut oil, coconut milk, and unsweetened applesauce. The dough is perfectly scoopable, and the cookies come out melted into classic discs that brown up with a crisp, crunchy shell.
17 (Kind Of) Healthy Apple Fritters
It's a donut! It's an apple! No wait, it's an apple disk fritter!
Because they're baked instead of fried they're not quite as bad for you, and the sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon on top adds just the right amount of sweetness.
If you're looking for a tasty low-cal option that everyone will love, you've found it: these fritters are only 100 calories each!
The batter gets fluffy and toasted, and the apple bakes in the center to the point of softness but without turning to mush. They're also amazing served with coffee or tea for a special treat in the morning!
16 Paleo Chocolate Pudding
4 Ingredient! Paleo! Chocolate Pudding! This classic treat is so deliciously chocolatey and smooth that you'll totally forget this version is not only dairy free and refined sugar-free, but also relatively healthy! Made by simply whisking together cacao, coconut cream and maple syrup in a saucepan on the stove, this incredibly easy recipe is finished by mixing in vanilla and a pinch of salt. Although it's lick-the-whisk tasty on its own, this pudding pairs incredibly well with a dollop of coconut whipped cream plain on top and looks extra pretty with a sprinkle of cocoa powder. Done!
15 Guilt-Free Vanilla Macaroons
If you're a shredded coconut lover, chances are you're a huge fan of macaroons. Lacey, crisp and light, macaroons are a dreamy, tasty treat, and this Vegan recipe gets bonus points for being low-calorie and healthy.
Made by Nikki's Plate, these fluffy boys are perfect for anything from a midnight snack to a bake-sale stunner, and they whip together in about 20 minutes total.
With cane sugar and vanilla, these guys taste identical to their non-vegan brethren, and are nothing but tasty!
14 Brownie Heaven
Look. At these brownies! These incredible beauties were made by Gimme Some Oven, and are warm, fudgy, chewy and decadent while being totally vegan. They also sneak in some secret healthy ingredients like avocado and olive oil that you can't even taste and only require ingredients you'll already have around the house. The difficulty level is "easy," and the total time they'll take you is 30 minutes. Whether you're a chocolate fanatic or a once-in-a-while cocoa craver, a voracious vegan or simply an experimental baker, we definitely recommend you try these!
13 Pumpkin Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast
Kind of like giving yourself a free pass on having dessert for breakfast, these pumpkin cheesecake stuffed french toasts are pretty much the best start your Saturday morning could have. Although incredibly decadent and probably not super healthy, this special treat is pretty easy to throw together.
The filling is simply vegan cream cheese, pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon, and the batter is seriously just non-dairy milk and pumpkin.
Yep, pumpkin is the egg replacer. Whether you're feelin' Fall or just ready for something seriously indulgent, this is it!
12 Orange And Pistachio Donuts
We kind of can't get over how absolutely beautiful these donuts are by the IG-friendly recipe creators Rabbit and Wolves. Made with the surprising but scrumptious combination of pistachio and orange, these baked donuts belong in a class of their own. The super creative recipe involves grinding pistachio nuts into a pistachio flour, which mixes with regular flour to give the final product a unique and savory texture. Finished with a citrusy, zingy glaze, these are definitely a pick-me-up (and never let me go!) dessert.
11 Red Velvet Cupcakes
If you thought chocolate ganache was out of the lives of Vegan folks, think again. This rich and decadent ganache pairs perfectly with the bright-red Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes that it tops in this recipe from Vanilla and Bean.
Made entirely without dye, these red velvet cupcakes are as moist and tender as the best of them but are totally vegan.
Made with less sugar and almost no processed ingredients, these cupcakes will at least make you feel like you're making a healthy snack. And isn't that the most important thing?
10 Peanut Butter Kisses
Another simple but stunning recipe from Vanilla and Bean, these peanut butter kiss cookies are worth every calorie! Starting with a creamy and tender peanut butter cookie coated in sugar and finished off with a dark chocolate ganache center, these cookies make for an irresistible combination. One thing about these cookies is that they mask the taste of coconut super well— although it's an incredible substitute and key in vegan baking, it's nice to not always have the coconut flavor front and center! The kind of cookie that melts in your mouth— you'll want to make these again and again.
9 Rosemary Lemon Popsicles
If you haven't discovered the joy of making homemade popsicles all summer long, this Rosemary Lemon recipe is here to inspire you!
If you don't already have a popsicle mold, you'll be glad you bought one to try this incredibly refreshing and not-too-sweet treat.
Starting with 5 stems of fresh rosemary, this recipe takes advantage of all of the fresh things growing in the summer without being too fussy. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes total to whip together (but still 8 hours to freeze into popsicle form, sorry). Light and sweet with just the right amount of rosemary flavor, these popsicles are a summer go-to!
8 Classic Cinnamon And Sugar Donuts
These sweet, soft cinnamon donuts by Beaming Banana are the perfect light but satisfying breakfast donut recipe. A Vegan twist on a classic recipe, these guys are baked, not fried, so you can totally eat at least 3 without second guessing it! They're made from 6 healthy ingredients and include no artificial sweeteners. Made with oat flour and dates, they actually are pretty decent for you, especially when measured against your traditional donut. Warm and fresh out of the oven with a light dusting of sugar and cinnamon, these will be your new favorite classic!
7 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake
So there are all sorts of obnoxiously fun but wildly overdone dessert recipes on the internet today that are borderline disgustingly indulgent, but so few of them are Vegan! Here's one for those of us who live the animal-free lifestyle. It's also gluten-free!
Made with layers of fluffy chocolate cake and gooey chocolate chip cookie dough, this is a serious special occasion, over-the-top recipe.
The cookie dough is actually even somehow pretty healthy— it's chickpeas, dates, and oats. Oh, and of course, chocolate chips. The natural sweetness and perfect texture? Yes, please!
6 No-Bake Banana Bread Bites
These no-bake banana bites might look humble, but they do some serious heavy lifting in the healthy dessert/sweet snack category. Made with only 4 ingredients, these are the healthy and easy afternoon pick-me-up you've been looking for. Plus, they're low-fat, and taste just like banana bread! All you'll need to make these savory little guys is oats, flaxseed, a super ripe banana, and some cinnamon. You'll be done in 10 minutes flat— simply put the ingredients for a spin in the food processor, and roll into balls. Done!
5 Vanilla On Vanilla Cupcakes
A classic: the Vanilla cupcake. We love this version of the staple dessert by Begin With Nutrition for using no white flour or white sugar— just whole wheat pastry flour, applesauce and maple syrup.
With coconut cream frosting and coconut oil rather than traditional canola, you might worry that these cupcakes won't taste like traditional vanilla, but the flavors actually blend together really well and end up being pretty close to the real thing.
The only thing is they're much healthier! Definitely worth a try!
4 Maple Glazed Cinnamon Rolls
Another sweet treat from Begin With Nutrition, these Maple Cinnamon Rolls will have your whole family fighting over the last one. The sweet glaze is so sticky and perfect that they'll be too busy licking their fingers to ask if it's Vegan (it is!). Although definitely not a super healthy breakfast, these make for a great weekend or special occasion treat. Plus, they contain whole wheat, flax, and raisins, so that totally makes them at least a little healthy. Although the prep time is kind of a beast on these boys, the savory 170-calorie per roll result is well worth it!
3 Vegan Carrot Cake
If there's one thing we know in this world, it's that a fantastic carrot cake should have an amazing, creamy frosting— in a perfect world, a cream cheese frosting. This cake has that! Plus, the cake is made in one easy bowl. Perfect!
With coconut oil, flax eggs, applesauce, maple syrup and almond milk, and of course the right amount of shredded carrots, the cake itself is airy and moist without being sticky or melty.
The frosting— one of six options generously provided, is sweet and thick. Really, the perfect carrot cake— people will never know it's Vegan!
2 Peanut Butter Banana Pudding
Made by our friends at the Minimalist Baker, this vegan Peanut Butter Banana Pudding is pretty much perfection. Creamy, thick peanut butter banana pudding is layered with fluffy and light coconut whipped cream, and the added layers of homemade vegan vanilla wafer cookies give it an extra crunch. This salty-sweet dessert is easy to scoop and serve, and perfect for coming back for *just a little more.* The mix of peanut butter pudding and coconut whipped cream makes this mix a little less liquid than regular pudding, more whipped and light, but still fun and jiggly!
1 Raspberry Macarons
The ultimate Vegan dessert baker's test: macarons. The traditional French delicacy of a dessert is difficult enough to make with regular ingredients, usually involving whipped egg whites and sifted almond flour and powdered sugar.
Luckily, aquafaba is a pretty incredible substitute, and the macaron-pro who made this recipe declares that these are 95% identical to the real thing.
The crusts still rise and have a nice, crisp shell, and the center cream is still smooth and delicious. If you're up for a challenge, try to make these!!