With a little imagination and a few alterations to some more traditional ideas, sumptuous vegan desserts can be created a lot easier than you might think. By simply replacing a lot of the dairy ingredients, such as milk and butter, with non-dairy equivalents, like apple cider vinegar and rice or soy milk, there is no reason why choosing to avoid consuming animal products should mean sacrificing dessert.
1. Chocolate Cake
By using canola oil and a single teaspoon of white vinegar in place of eggs and milk, this deliciously moist chocolate cake can satisfy the chocolate cravings of vegans an non vegans alike.
2. Blueberry Pie
Blueberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and taste delicious when made into a pie. Fresher and lighter than chocolate cake, the crust is made from vegetable shortening and non-dairy butter, and the berries can be either fresh or frozen for extra convenience
3. Key Lime Pie
Key lime pie is another traditional favorite dessert that needs just a few simple alterations to make it vegan-friendly. Blended silken tofu and soy cream cheese makes for a wonderfully creamy texture for the pie, and graham crackers are excellent for creating a crumbly base. Instead of honey, opt for a liquid sweetener, such as Agave nectar. This creamy, sweet and crumbly dessert will be a hit with even non vegans.
4. Fruit Ice Cream
By blending together some frozen berries, soy or rice milk, vanilla extract, sugar and a pinch of salt, a simple and scrumptious after dinner dairy free dessert can be the envy of your guests. This is also very low in fat and has the added nutritional boost of fruit.
5. Tropical Fruit Sherbet
It’s even easier to make than ice cream. Just use a tropical fruit, such as papaya or mango, in the blender along with vanilla flavored soy milk and a touch of agave nectar or other natural sweetener to render a wonderfully smooth and sweet cold dessert. Simply place it in the freezer for a couple of hours and then serve.
Made with bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder, these are simple and taste great anytime. After blending them together with some sweetener and a cup of non-dairy milk, keep them in the freezer. These are also a great alternative for store-bought popsicles for kids.
7. Black Forest Pie
A variation on the traditional and much loved Black Forest Gateaux, this version uses crumbled vegan chocolate cookies, vegan margarine, tofu, canola and apple cider vinegar to add sweetness and moisture to create a decadent and delicious dessert. While it’s not something you might have every day, it’s great for dinner parties and special occasions.
8. Fruit torte
Similar to a cheesecake, this wonderful torte gets its creamy texture simply by using a soy based whip and a dairy-free cream cheese. By using a non dairy butter for the crust and your own choice of fruit for the topping, this is a great alternative to the traditional cheesecake.