21 Easy, delicious vegan desserts to enjoy tonight

Inspired by a Raw Living banoffee pie that I picked up the other day, I thought it was time to start thinking about some healthy, delicious vegan desserts that can be made at home. Desserts are supposed to be a treat, and you'd be surprised at how delicious clean-eating vegan puddings can taste - you don't need loads of dairy, fat and refined sugar to create something that tastes amazing!

With the help of everyone here at Expertrain HQ, here are 21 simple-yet-astounding vegan dessert recipes that you can try making at home; why not give one a go tonight?

#1. Vegan Banoffee Pie

Classic banoffee pie - bananas, toffee, creamy topping and a biscuit base - is so delicious, yet it's packed with refined white sugar and fat. This vegan version from Oh She Glows uses coconut cream for a silky smooth topping with a tropical coconut hit, a 'biscuit' base made with almonds, oats and cinnamon and an almond butter and date toffee, and of course, bananas! Vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free, this is one of the team's all-time favourite dessert recipes!

Image credit: Oh She Glows

#2. Sinless Sticky Toffee Pecan Pudding

You might be wondering how sticky toffee pudding can be sinless? Using almond milk, vegan butter and brown sugar for the cake and brown rice syrup and vegan butter to create a delicious toffee sauce keeps this recipe dairy-free and delicious. Definitely one to try if you're a sticky toffee fan!

#3. Rustic Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Bananas, chocolate, cake? You had me at bananas, to be honest. The oats and nuts give this fantastic texture whilst the rich peanut butter and banana glaze adds something special. Great for dessert or as a treat, without the glaze, served with a cup of tea. Think of all that healthy potassium!

#4. No-Bake Double Chocolate Torte

If it's easy to make, I'm a fan, which is why no-bake recipes are so popular at my house! This double chocolate torte is, as you can imagine, superemely chocolatey, yet it's gluten-free and vegan. The chocolate topping is actually a light mousse made with creamy avocado, so it's loaded with good fats, whilst the crust is made with pecans and cocoa powder. This will even go down a treat with your non-vegan friends!

Image credit: Oh She Glows

#5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Chocolate Covered Katie's dessert blog is the perfect place to get inspiration for super-healthy desserts, like this chocolate peanut butter version of classic banana bread. Vegan and free of refined sugar, it tastes ridiculously good but remains pretty healthy too. We love the idea of topping it with vegan chocolate chips!

#6. Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Like a mini, vegan version of your favourite dessert, these cheesecake bites are amazing! Graham Crackers (we call them Digestive biscuits here in the UK) form the base, and you could make these into any shape you fancy. Using non-dairy cream cheese and loads of vanilla for the creamy topping is inspired, and diced strawberries add some colour, fruitiness and vitamin C. Perfect!

#7. 5-Minute Pineapple Fantasy Pie

You only need a few ingredients to whip up this super-simple yet delicious dessert, perfect for anyone who's a fan of pineapple! Creamy, coconutty and pineappley (are those even words?) this tastes totally tropical and is sure to become a healthy favourite - the pie crust is gluten-free too!

Image credit: Chocolate Covered Katie

#8. Peach Apple Cobbler

Ideal to make as summer comes to an end, this healthy cobbler recipe uses fresh peaches, apples and a gluten-free biscuit topping. Easy, vegan, delicious! And a good way to eat more fruit - well, that's what you can tell yourself anyway!

#9. Choc Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard

The words 'chocolate' and 'cookie dough' together don't often imply anything that's going to be even remotely healthy, but Oh She Glows has done it again with this recipe. Cold, creamy and perfect for warmer weather, the 'blizzard' is made from frozen bananas blended with some non-dairy milk, whilst the cookie dough has cashews, rolled oats and maple syrup. Yum!

#10. Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

It can be hard to find tinned pumpkin here in the UK, so try making these cheescake bars with sweet potatoes - they're packed with vitamin A! Using dairy-free cream cheese and maple syrup keeps this recipe vegan, and these store well in the freezer, great for 'emergency' desserts when your sweet tooth needs satisfying!

Image credit: Chocolate Covered Katie

#11. Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

Dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free, this vegan ice cream is so good that even your non-vegan friends are going to love it. All you need is some coconut milk (or non-dairy milk, such as almond milk), cashew cream, cocoa powder, salt and some maple syrup - it really couldn't be easier to make (or eat!)

#12. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispies

For a sweet treat whenever the craving strikes, or a healthy dessert, these vegan 'fudge' topped no bake bars are great. It's best to buy high-quality rice cereal if you can - Rice Krispies will do, at a push! I love the coconut oil, peanut butter and chocolate 'fudge' topping, which tastes out-of-this-world! These crispies keep well in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

#13. Cherry-Strawberry Chia Seed Fool

If you can get fresh cherries, it's well worth making this fruity fool, which also uses strawberries and chia seeds, little protein powerhouses! You're basically making a cherry and strawberry chia seed jam - so you can use the leftovers for other desserts or even spread on wholemeal toast for breakfast - and a whipped coconut milk cream with vanilla. Yummy!

Image credit: catslovecooking.com

#14. Baked Apple with Cinnamon Date Pecan Oatmeal

There's something really comforting about baked apples, and these ones are stuffed with a cinnamon, date and pecan oatmeal mixture that's sweet, spicy and nutty; what could be better?

#15. Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pie

For a quick, easy dessert to satisfy those pudding cravings, this is one of the best I've found. Using coconut milk adds a light, coconut flavour, but you could equally use almond milk or any dairy-free milk. This comes together in minutes although it will need to chill in the fridge for at least 8 hours.

#16. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

What can you make with bananas, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup? No-bake peanut butter pie! You can add your own crust or enjoy this crustless; either way it has a creamy-yet-fluffy texture that's really lovely. A great standby dessert if you have vegan friends coming over for dinner!

Image credit: Chocolate Covered Katie

#17. Vegan Carrot Cake Loaf with Lemon Glaze

Carrot cake is already pretty healthy - this recipe uses spelt flour and flaxseed for extra nuttiness and nutrients. It's really moist, packed with spices, maple syrup, raisins and walnuts, and the lemon drizzle topping is divine!

#18. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond 'Buttercream' and Raspberry Glaze

Vanilla almond milk is great to use in this cupcake recipe, which only uses a few ingredients (most of which you'll probably already have). The 'buttercream' topping uses vegan butter, icing sugar and almond extract and tastes pretty amazing - add the raspberry glaze and some fresh raspberries and you have some beautiful vegan cupcakes!

#19. Raw Chocolate Ice Cream Pies

With just 7 ingredients and no sugar, these are sure to become one of your favourite summer recipes. Vegan and gluten-free, a raw walnut, almond, date and cocoa biscuit base forms a cup for a frozen banana 'ice cream' with plenty of cocoa - really tasty!

Image credit: Chocolate Covered Katie

#20. Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Balls

Sometimes you just want a little something sweet - like these bite-sized cake balls! Unlike the cake balls you can buy in the shops, these ones are gluten-free and vegan - oh, and really yummy too. Use coconut sugar, coconut milk and coconut oil to make these amazing little cake balls.

#21. No-Bake Elvis Bars

These frozen banana and almond butter bars are inspired by the banana and peanut butter sandwiches which Elvis apparently enjoyed! With a nutty almond base, creamy frozen banana centre and chocolate drizzle topping, these vegan treats will store well in the freezer, but they won't last long!


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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 17th Sep 2015 at 10:42
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