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Traditional Vegan Dessert Recipes Anyone Can Make

Food is to be enjoyed. Being vegan doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some deliciousness – sweet, rich flavors that satisfy your cravings. I may promote healthy eating but occasionally everyone wants to celebrate with a little cake, refuel with a brownie after a long run or end a meal with a refreshing sorbet. These vegan dessert recipes take classic recipes and create a purely plant-based version.

You don’t need dairy products – butter, eggs, and cream to create a taste sensation, and the best part is, the vegan version of your favorite treats will always be healthier – almost free from saturated fats, higher in fiber, and lower in added sugars.

Now I don’t suggest you eat a sweet treat every day but sometimes it’s better to allow yourself a healthy dessert and get an occasional sugar fix. Making your diet too restrictive can lead to unhealthy obsessions and food cravings.

Read on for some guilt-free indulgent vegan recipes

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Vegan Dessert Recipes – Fresh Fruit & Plant-Based Yogurt

Easy Vegan Dessert Recipes

The best vegan desserts are those that are not only delicious but also super easy to make. These recipes will all be on the table in no time at all! Based on traditional recipes, these delicious vegan desserts swap out animal products and replace them with simple ingredients: coconut cream, dark chocolate, maple syrup, flax eggs, and plant-based milk such as coconut milk and almond milk.

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Delicious Vegan Dessert Recipes

Fresh Fruit & Plant-Based Yogurt

For a super easy and totally healthy vegan dessert recipe slice up fresh fruit and serve with your favorite plant-based yogurt! Decorate with nuts, seeds, and granola.

delicious vegan desert recipes

Cherry Garcia Nice Cream

This vegan ice cream is based on the classic Ben and Jerry’s flavor, Cherry Garcia. The recipe is simple – just blend pitted cherries with bananas and some vanilla extract for a delicious vegan ice cream that will remind you of summertime.

There’s no need for an ice cream maker, just pop the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve in bowls or cones for a delicious frozen treat.

vegan ice cream

Full recipe on The Simple Veganista

Zucchini & Chocolate Chip Flourless Protein Brownies

These vegan brownies are seriously chocolatey and delicious! Loaded with zucchini, they’re also packed with protein so you can indulge guilt-free.

It’s the perfect dessert for anyone with a sweet tooth when you don’t want to overload on unhealthy refined sugar.

vegan chocolate brownies

Full recipe on Simply Quinoa

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Cookies

These vegan chocolate chip cookies are simply divine! Soft, chewy, and studded with chocolate chips, they are everything a cookie should be. The best part is that they are so easy to make – just 10 minutes to prep and another 10 minutes in the oven.

This recipe uses cacoa powder, which has a richer chocolate taste than cocoa powder. If you like, substitute with cocoa powder instead. Quite possibly the best chocolate chip cookies!

hot chocolate cookies

Full recipe on Simply Quinoa

Vegan Carrot Cake

This is my favorite vegan cake. It’s based on a classic carrot cake recipe, but swaps out the dairy products for vegan-friendly ingredients. The result is a delicious, moist cake that you’ll love.

The frosting is optional, but I highly recommend it – it’s creamy and tangy and the perfect finishing touch to this delicious cake.

vegan carrot cake

Full recipe on Loving It Vegan

1 Bowl Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Cookies are such easy vegan desserts. All you need is some flour, sugar, peanut butter, baking soda, and plant-based milk. Mix it all together in one bowl and bake for about 15 minutes – that’s it!

These cookies are so delicious – they’re perfect with a glass of cold almond milk or soy milk.

vegan peanut butter cookies

Full recipe on The Simple Veganista

Vegan Banana Bread (Healthy + Easy)

This vegan banana bread is healthy and easy to make. It’s free from dairy products but still moist and delicious.

The key to making good banana bread is to use ripe bananas. When they are brown and spotty, they are perfect for baking. If your bananas aren’t quite ripe enough, you can pop them in the oven for a few minutes to soften them up.

best vegan banana bread

Full recipe on The Simple Veganista

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

This vegan pie is so good, you won’t even miss the dairy products! Made with a simple sweet potato filling and a flaky pie crust, it’s the perfect dessert for any time of year.

Serve this pie with some vegan ice cream or whipped cream for a truly indulgent treat.

vegan sweet potato pie

Full recipe on Loving It Vegan

The Easiest Vegan Sugar Cookies

These vegan sugar cookies are so easy to make! They only require a few simple ingredients and come together in no time at all.

The best part is that they taste just like traditional sugar cookies – you won’t be able to tell the difference.

They’re perfect for a tea party or just because you want something sweet.

vegan sugar cookies

Full recipe on Loving It Vegan

Creamy Vegan Cheesecake

This yummy dish is the best vegan cheesecake I’ve ever tried. It’s made with coconut cream and vegan cream cheese, which gives it a creamy and rich texture.

The cheesecake is flavored with vanilla extract and lemon juice for a delicious flavor combination.

Serve this cheesecake at your next special occasion and everyone will be asking for the recipe.

vegan cheesecake

Full recipe on Jessica in the Kitchen

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

These vegan cinnamon rolls are so soft and fluffy, you won’t believe they’re dairy-free!

They’re made with a simple dough and filled with a sweet cinnamon coconut sugar filling. The best part is that they only take about 15 minutes to prep but allow extra time for the dough to rise and for baking.

vegan cinnamon rolls

Full recipe on Occasionally Eggs

Vegan Oatmeal Cream Pies

Enjoy a vegan oatmeal cream pie the next time you want to make some cookies. They’re made with a delicious oatmeal cookie dough and a creamy vanilla frosting.

The best part is that they only require a few simple ingredients and come together in no time at all.

And yes you’re allowed to dunk them in your mug of tea!

vegan oatmeal cream pies

Full recipe on Making Thyme For Health

Vegan Vanilla Cake With Buttercream Frosting

This vegan vanilla cake is so moist and fluffy, you won’t believe it’s dairy-free! It’s made with a simple vegan buttercream frosting that is both light and airy.

The best part is that this cake can be easily customized to your liking. You can add different extracts, fruits, or even chocolate chips!

vegan vanilla cake

Full recipe on Jessica in the Kitchen

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is a super healthy treat that’s perfect for breakfast or a snack. You can use just about any flour – even coconut flour for a grain-free, gluten-free version. This recipe is also refined sugar-free, using coconut sugar to sweeten the bread.

best vegan pumpkin bread

Full recipe on The Simple Veganista

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

This is the best vegan chocolate cake I’ve ever had! It’s so moist and fluffy, you won’t believe it’s dairy-free. The secret ingredient is applesauce – this egg substitute gives the cake a rich texture and binds all the ingredients together.

This cake is perfect for any occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, or just because you want something sweet!

The best vegan chocolate cake

Full recipe on Loving It Vegan

Vegan Tiramisu

This vegan tiramisu is so good it should come with a warning – it’s easy to over-indulge. Made with a Kahlua spiked coffee-soaked sponge cake and topped with a cashew ‘mascarpone’ and coconut whipped cream it’s a boozy creamy delight.

Serve this tiramisu with crumbled chocolate flakes and a dusting of cocoa powder.

vegan tiramisu

Full recipe on Loving It Vegan

Perfect Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Crumb Pie

Who doesn’t love apple pie? This wonderful vegan apple pie recipe means you don’t have to miss out just because you’re vegan. The pie is gluten-free and has a delicious oat crumble topping.

The recipe calls for coconut oil, which gives the crust a lovely flavor and helps it to stay crisp. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use another vegetable oil instead.

vegan apple pie

Full recipe on Simply Quinoa

Vegan Lemon Raspberry Loaf Cake

This recipe takes a simple vegan lemon cake and elevates it to the next level. The tart lemon flavor is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of fresh berries.

vegan lemon raspberry loaf cake

Full recipe on Lauren Caris Cooks

Vegan Bakewell Tart

I went to school in Bakewell so this recipe is quite a find! This tart is made with a shortcrust pastry base, filled with raspberry jam and topped with an almond frangipane. It’s perfect for afternoon tea.

vegan bakewell tart

Full recipe on The Loopy Whisk

Vegan Triffle

This is my guy’s favorite dessert so I had to find a vegan trifle to add to this list of vegan dessert recipes. The instructions are simple to follow and the dessert has a delicious vanilla flavor.

The best part is that it can be made ahead of time, so it’s perfect for parties or potlucks.

vegan triffle

Full recipe on A Virtual Vegan

No-Bake Chocolate Orange Quinoa Cake

This is a super simple and easy recipe for a chocolate orange quinoa cake. It’s perfect for those times when you want something sweet but you don’t have the time or energy to bake.

This cake is about as healthy as it gets when it comes to dessert. It’s full of healthy ingredients – quinoa, Medjool dates, orange slices, and shredded coconut.

no bake quinoa cake

Full recipe on Green Evi

Vegan Coconut Panna Cotta

This vegan coconut panna cotta is the perfect dessert for summer. It’s light, refreshing, and not too sweet. The coconut milk gives it a lovely flavor and a creamy texture.

If you’re looking for an easy but impressive dessert, this is it!

coconut panna cotta

Full recipe on Green Evi

Vegan Chocolate Pecan Pie

This vegan chocolate pecan pie is perfect for the holiday season. It’s rich, chocolatey, and has a gooey filling. The best part is that it’s super easy to make.

The recipe uses a crisp buttery gluten-free pie crust and it’s piled high with pecans and chunks of dark chocolate.

vegan chocolate pumpkin pie

Full recipe on Bakerita

Vegan Eton Mess

A British favorite made vegan. This Vegan Eton Mess is a great dessert for summer. It’s light, refreshing, and not too sweet. The recipe is simple to follow and has a delicious coconut flavor.

If you’re looking for an easy but impressive dessert, this is it!

vegan eton mess

Full recipe on Lauren Caris Cooks

As you can see, there are so many amazing vegan dessert recipes out there! I hope this list has inspired you to try some new dishes. If you have any favorites that I missed, please let me know in the comments below. Enjoy!

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