Decadent Vegan Desserts Even Non-Vegans Will Love

Vegan Brownies on a white plate with cocoa powder
Photo: kevin chavarria

Satisfy your vegan sweet tooth in style this holiday. We're sharing our favorite recipes even non-vegans will give their stamp of approval.

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Vegan Truffles - Toasted Coconut

Vegan Truffles - Toasted Coconut
Photo by House of Aqua. House of Aqua

Dates, almonds, and coco powder go for spin in your blender to make the base for these rich and chocolaty truffles rolled in toasted coconut. "So decadent," raves Optodoc. "I've been craving chocolate and this really hit the spot."

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Vegan Meringues

several Vegan Rose Meringues
Buckwheat Queen

The surprise vegan ingredient for these light and airy meringues? Aquafaba! (It's the water from canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans.) The liquid actually whips up into a meringue you can use to make delicate meringue cookies and gorgeous pavlovas.

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Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

"This is incredible—it's so rich and delicious!" raves thedailygourmet. But you might want to double or triple the recipe because she says, "My only complaint it only serves two people!" (Wink, wink.)

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Cherry Cheezecake

Cherry Cheezecake on a white plate
Mackenzie Schieck

Worried this vegan version won't hold up to a traditional recipe? You need not! Maya made this for a friend's birthday and "got tons of compliments, even from the non-vegans." For a thicker cake in a bigger pan, she says she "tripled the recipe, and it fit perfectly in my 9-inch springform pan."

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Vegan Carrot Cake

Vegan Carrot Cake on a metallic stand
Photo by Mackenzie Schieck. Mackenzie Schieck

This recipe makes 24 servings, so it's great for serving to a large group. Home cook surekha sadana gave it five stars, saying, "It turned out just perfect for me. Love the rich texture and the lovely aroma of the cinnamon."

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Vegan Brownies

Vegan Brownies being sprinkled with cocoa powder
kevin chavarria

Been searching for the perfect brownie recipe? Look no further: "I have tried SO MANY vegan brownies, and WOW," Jessica says. "These are incredible!" The recipe submitter says these turn out gooey as written, but if you prefer them more solid, just bake a little longer.

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake
My Hot Southern Mess

This decadent vegan dessert comes together particularly quickly—just 15 minutes of prep and bake for 45 minutes. It's oh-so easy! "Simple recipe to make, relatively cheap ingredients," says KADart05. "This one is a keeper."

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Pumpkin Tart with Pecan Crust

a slice of gluten-free pumpkin pie on a blue and white plate
Mackenzie Schieck

High praise for this vegan dessert from Stephanie S: "The pie firmed up beautifully (unlike a lot of other vegan recipes I've tried) and the crust was rich and delicious. I'm not even vegan, but I'll be making this pie from now on!"

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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Moist, rich vegan chocolate cupcakes topped with vegan vanilla frosting should just about do it, don't you think? They certainly took Lena by surprise: "I'm not vegan but was out of butter and eggs and thought I'd try these - they turned out delicious, I was really surprised how much flavor they had without any dairy."

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Vegan Basic Vanilla Cake

Vegan Basic Vanilla Cake decorated with fruit

Top this spongy vanilla cake with vegan chocolate or vegan vanilla buttercream frosting—and maybe fresh berries for a true showstopper. And vegan dessert pro tip: If a recipe calls for, say, soy milk, but you prefer almond milk, that's fine! Much of the time, plant-based milks are interchangeable, so it's all about personal preference.

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Vegan Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cake

vegan chocolate chip cake cooling in pan on deep blue tiled countertop
Estelle Cruse

Chocolate, bananas, and peanut butter make a very moist, chocolatey, and fluffy vegan cake! Absolutely scrumptious.

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Orange-Cranberry Bundt® Cake

Orange-Cranberry Bundt® Cake
Allrecipes Magazine

"Moist and rich, without eggs or butter, so even your non-vegan friends can enjoy it," says reviewer Nicholio. "What's not to love?" End your day on a sweet note when you have a slice of this tangy, satisfying cake.

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