These delectable vegan desserts please everyone, no matter their diet! Try plant based treat recipes from fudgy brownies to chocolate cookies.
Vegan desserts can be some of the most rich, creamy, chocolatey and decadent treats out there! When you’re feeding a crowd, sometimes it’s hard to find something that fits with everyone’s diet choices. So here we’ve collected our best crowd pleasing vegan dessert recipes that are sure to please everyone! Each plant based treat is a tried and true recipe that our readers have been making for years. In fact, most people might not know these treats are vegan.
Bliss bites are one of our most popular of vegan desserts! They’re basically a homemade peanut butter cup combined with a no bake cookie, and people all over the world make and love them! Made with maple syrup, coconut oil, and oats, they’re naturally sweet, vegan, and gluten-free. Keep them in the freezer or refrigerator and nibble all week long.
This vegan chocolate pudding is so creamy and rich, you’ll think it’s the real thing! The flavor is pure rich chocolate, and it gives you all those nostalgic Snack Pack-style vibes. The best part: there are no weird “tricks” to this dairy free chocolate pudding. Ever made pudding with avocado or tofu and while it’s good, deep down part of your brain is not quite convinced? This one tastes like the real thing — and it’s made with real ingredients, just like a traditional pudding.
Next up in our vegan desserts....chocolate cake. This incredible, decadent vegan chocolate cake is fully plant based, from the rich, moist chocolate cake to the light and fluffy buttercream filling. Oh, and did we mention a dark chocolate ganache topping? You’re going to want to stop what you’re doing and run to the kitchen to make this: NOW! It's dark chocolatey, just sweet enough, and a soul-mate type of cake.
We’re chocoholics over here, so one of our top treats to make is Chocolate Bark! This one is our ideal: sweet and salty with a confetti of colorful ingredients and absolutely irresistible. Here’s our perfect chocolate bark recipe: with a smooth, shiny sheen on the chocolate and just the right crisp crunch when you bite into it.
Calling all cookie dough lovers! We present…the ultimate edible cookie dough! Yes, this tasty mixture has the best cookie dough flavor and texture. Even better, we’ve done all the hard work for you to find out what makes the absolute best flavor. Follow the vegan option in the recipe and use refined coconut oil!
When it comes to dessert, what’s your ultimate cookie? These vegan peanut butter cookies are where it’s at for us! They’re soft but perfectly crumbly, and salty sweet. Decorated with the classic criss-cross pattern, they’ve got a sparkle of sugar. And a chocolate icing drizzle makes them look even more festive.
Baking for a vegan and gluten free crowd might sound hard. But hey: apple crumble to the rescue! Fruit crumbles and crisps are easy to make both vegan and gluten free: they don’t need gluten for structure and they don’t need butter for flavor. Basically, they’re the perfect dessert for feeding a crowd of different diets! This is really best apple crumble: cinnamon and fresh ginger make the filling irresistible. And, it makes a big cozy 9 x 13 pan!
Here’s our new favorite vegan treat that’s simple, healthy, and ultra delicious: Chocolate Covered Bananas! The crunch of a crisp dark chocolate coating around an icy banana makes magic. It gives you a healthy treat in the freezer anytime a chocolate craving hits.
Here’s a vegan dessert that’s pure perfection in its simplicity: the classic Italian affogato! Two ingredients come together in the most exciting flavor pairing: creamy vegan vanilla ice cream and bitter, rich espresso. Like you’d expect from Italian cuisine, it’s essentialism at its finest. Use purchased vegan ice cream or this homemade version.
What’s a list of vegan desserts without chocolate chip cookies? These deliciously chewy cookies are made of almond flour: a flour made of finely ground almonds, so they’re also gluten free. A mix of coconut oil and almond butter is used instead of butter, and a flax egg holds the dough together. What results are vegan chocolate chip cookies that are super chewy, salty sweet, and perfectly irresistible.
Wow. That’s what what you'll say when you taste this Vegan Strawberry Crumble! There’s the strawberry filling, scented with orange zest and vanilla until the berries pop. There’s the crunchy crumble topping, hearty and homey with oats and walnuts. It’s simple, but all together it makes a true symphony of flavor. Even better: you can make it using fresh or frozen berries! Follow the vegan variation in the recipe to use refined coconut oil or vegan butter.
Looking for a vegan dessert that takes 5 minutes and comes out absolutely irresistible? Try this Double Chocolate Vegan Mug Cake! Wow, is this one decadent. It’s rich and fudgy, with a beautifully moist chocolate cake and gooey chocolate chips. It takes just a few minutes in the microwave to make this two-serving dessert: though you’ll probably want to eat the whole thing yourself.
Next in the vegan desserts lineup: more cookies! Featuring dark chocolate, tahini (sesame paste), maple syrup, and sea salt, these vegan cookies are a salty sweet combination that you’ll go crazy over. We’ve served them at parties and this plant based dessert disappears in a flash! They're best right out of the refrigerator, or freeze them for instant vegan dessert bites throughout the week.
This chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies recipe will quickly become a favorite for your family! These cookies are perfectly chewy, decorated with a simple powdered sugar icing. They taste like an oatmeal cream pie (hello, nostalgia!) and they’re vegan oatmeal cookies so eaters of all kinds can enjoy them. They're full of pumpkin spices: cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, with a vegan icing drizzled in a lacy pattern over the top.
These fudgy vegan brownies are insanely fudgy. And they’re filled with good for you ingredients! These brownies are filled with almond butter and sweet potato to make them extra chewy and fudgy, then topped with chocolate chips! These super plant-powered vegan brownies are irresistibly delicious.
Need a vegan dessert that takes literally 5 minutes to make with ingredients you have on hand? Meet the ultimate Vanilla Mug Cake! This one is so moist, so sweetly vanilla-scented, it feels like it’s a fancy from-scratch baking project. Except it’s a cake made in the microwave. It’s usually a single serving dessert: but top it with ice cream and make it a dessert for two! Use the vegan variation in the recipe and opt for refined coconut oil.
Want an easy vegan dessert? Try these sauteed apples! There’s no baking necessary, and no advanced preparation. Just slice up some apples, sauté them in butter and spices, and bam! Eat it warm topped with vegan vanilla ice cream, and there’s really not much better. In fact, why even make apple crisp or apple pie at all?
These homemade peanut butter cups are truly perfect! This recipe shows you how to temper chocolate to get a glossy sheen and make a mouthwatering peanut butter filling. Using dark chocolate makes this recipe vegan.
This easy blueberry crisp recipe is everything: it’s simple to make, it’s got a healthy spin, and it tastes SO, so good. The filling tastes like pure blueberry. And guess what: there’s no sugar in the filling! The topping has the perfect amount of sweetness: just enough so that the blueberries shine. Follow the vegan variation in the recipe to use refined coconut oil or vegan butter.
You've got to have an ice cream recipe in our vegan desserts! This salted chocolate vegan ice cream is impossibly creamy. The secret to this creamy non-dairy ice cream? Full-fat coconut milk and cornstarch. Simmering the mixture until it is thick and using liquid sweetener like agave or maple also helps for a creamy texture. The flavor comes out salty, chocolatey, rich and creamy.
More plant based desserts
Outside of these vegan desserts, here are a few more favorite plant based recipes we love to make:
Place 9 muffin liners into a mini muffin tin (or a mini-muffin tin for 18 smaller bites).
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt 5 tablespoons coconut oil and stir together 2 tablespoons peanut butter, ¼ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 pinch kosher salt. When fully combined, remove from heat and stir in 1 cup rolled oats. Spoon into cupcake liners. Refrigerate while making the peanut butter topping.
In a small saucepan over low heat, stir together ¼ cup peanut butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Spoon the warm peanut butter mixture over the chocolate oat mixture. Freeze for 15 to 20 minutes until set, or refrigerate until serving. Store refrigerated.