Vegan Dessert Recipes

The best thing about going vegan? The desserts! Start with chocolate treats and work your way from there.

Staff Picks

Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding

Rating: 4.43 stars
This is a simple, smooth and creamy vegan chocolate pudding. I like to use ground chocolate as a substitute for the cocoa.

Lina and Jens' Delicious Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

Rating: 4 stars
So... you are making hummus or some other dish with chickpeas and you are just wasting the chickpea water? How dare you! Didn't you know it can form the basis of some the most delicious, light, and foamy vegan ice creams and mousses? I didn't know either but since Lina told me about it I am never going to waste a drop of chickpea water again.

Whipped Coconut Cream (Vegan Whipped Cream)

Rating: 4.17 stars
Here in the Northwest many friends are a) vegan b) avoiding dairy c) lactose-intolerant or d) all of the above. This recipe makes sure they don't miss out on one of the best parts of dessert: whipped cream! Keep a can or two of coconut milk in your fridge so that you're always ready to make this recipe! Variations on this basic version abound: add citrus zest, matcha (green tea) powder, cocoa, almond extract, pumpkin pie spice, mmm...! Plan ahead, because the coconut milk needs to chill overnight.

Orange Vegan Cake

Rating: 4.44 stars
No eggs or milk on hand? This moist cake is great whether or not you're vegan.

Oatmeal Chia Seed Cookies

Rating: 4.59 stars
An easy way to incorporate chia seeds, these delicious cookies contain no eggs or butter and are easy to make. Cookies will be soft; allow them to cool completely.

Vegan Rose Meringues

Rating: 5 stars
Vegan rose meringue cookies made with aquafaba. It is brine from legumes. In this case we will use water from a can of chickpeas. Enjoy! Keep meringues in an airtight container in a cool and dry place. These should keep for a couple of weeks.

Vegan Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.74 stars
This is a luscious carrot cake, free of any animal products! Follow up with my vegan 'cream cheese' frosting recipe!

Tofu Pumpkin Pie

Rating: 4.48 stars
A twist on the traditional pumpkin pie. Make it lighter by replacing half of the sugar with Splenda® artificial sweetener.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Rating: 4.65 stars
This is a really simple, yet very tasty cake. You can use rice flour or something other than wheat. You can also add chocolate chips and, or nuts.

Chia Coconut Pudding with Coconut Milk

Rating: 4.77 stars
Chia seeds make great desserts and are high in omega-3s. This recipe is a healthy alternative to processed desserts. It uses agave (or stevia if you prefer) as a sweetener instead of sugar. Stir again before serving and top with fresh fruit and another dash of cinnamon or spices.

Tofu Cheesecake

Rating: 4.18 stars
A vegan alternative to cheesecake. Very creamy and smooth. Top with fresh fruit, if desired.

Vegan Basic Vanilla Cake

Rating: 4.42 stars
This is a dense, yet somewhat spongy basic vegan cake. It can be topped with a basic vegan chocolate or vegan vanilla buttercream frosting. A nice, easy, basic, homemade favorite that doesn't taste like a box mix AND can be used as a tasty vegan birthday cake! Cool completely before topping with your favorite vegan buttercream frosting.

Inspiration and Ideas

Mint-Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Rating: Unrated
"I came up with this recipe in an attempt to cut refined sugars from my diet. The result is amazingly rich and creamy, and not too sweet." – ¡Kate!
Cooking with Aquafaba
The way it foams up is almost magical. Chickpea cooking water makes an excellent vegan substitute for egg whites in meringues, baked goods, and ice cream.

Chocolate Almond Fudge

Rating: 4.4 stars

Rich chocolate flavor in a creamy fudge enhanced by the crunchy, nutty flavor of almonds. Add this to a holiday dessert table for rave reviews.