If you’re following a vegan diet, you can still enjoy sweets! Here are our top vegan desserts sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Made from entirely plant-based ingredients, these recipes pack a powerful punch in the flavor department. From rich and velvetty chocolatey flavors to smooth and creamy sorbets, you'll be sure to find exactly the dessert recipe you're looking for.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
This vegan cake (no eggs or butter!) is so delicious that our kids begged for more. The frosting is silky smooth, and the cake is light and loaded with chocolate flavor, and healthy fats.
Raspberries with Peach-Basil SorbetHere's a twist on peach Melba, the classic dessert of poached peaches with raspberry sauce. We turn juicy summer peaches instead into a velvety sorbet spiked with basil and serve it with fresh raspberries for the perfect ending to a summer meal.
Molasses Cake with Maple-Sugared PecansThis ultra-moist, can't-believe-it's-vegan cake is a version of one in Oakland cookbook writer Bryant Terry's The Inspired Vegan. Terry's Tennessee grandmother used a lot of molasses in her cooking, and it's a favorite ingredient for Terry too. You'll have extra candied nuts, but that's okay--they make great snacks.
Chloe's Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake CupcakesThis little vegan chocolate strawberry cupcake helped then 22-year-old baker Chloe Coscarelli win first place on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" in 2010. She was the first vegan to win a Food Network competition.
Limoncello-Mint Sorbet with Fresh BlackberriesLimoncello, an Italian liqueur, is the key ingredient to this sorbet. When paired with fresh mint and topped with blackberries, this frozen treat is light and refreshing. The best part is that you can also mix limoncello and soda to create a quick spritzer.
Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds and Seeds"I'm more addicted to chocolate than I am to sugar," says chocolatier Jacques Torres. A small piece of this super-chunky dark-chocolate bark staves off his intense cravings.
Almond-Milk Rice PuddingSushi rice makes this dairy-free rice pudding—made with unsweetened almond milk—pleasantly creamy.
Macerated BerriesWhat better way to have your berries than marinated in Grand Marnier? The alcohol mixture softens the berries and allows them to release their juices. Serve them on their own or create a berry parfait with soy yogurt.
Apple-Cranberry CrispCrisps are a great vegan dessert that have a lot of texture and crunch. The oats are a healthy component, adding fiber to the dish. This dessert is great served warm or cold and can be paired with vegan ice cream.
Green Apple Sauvignon Blanc SorbetThe green apples in this recipe bring out the subtle hints of flavor in the Sauvignon Blanc. This dessert can be made up to a week in advance and is sure to please guests. This simple dish will taste just as gourmet as it sounds.
Spiced Almond Milk (Horchata)Latin Americans have been grinding rice and nuts into milk for centuries. You just soak rice in water with spices, then buzz it all in a blender and strain. For fruit horchata, add chopped fruits along with the rice and everything else. To make a horchata cocktail, add a splash of dark rum.
Raspberry SorbetAnne Walker and Sam Mogannam, the couple behind San Francisco's Bi-Rite Creamery and Bi-Rite Market, love to host ice-cream socials at their home in Sonoma. For this vibrant sorbet, they supplement farmers' market berries with those from bushes in their backyard--if their two young daughters haven't already stolen them.
Double-Ginger CookiesThe best part about these cookies is that you don’t need to use a vegan substitute. The applesauce serves as a replacement for eggs, adding moisture and fluff to the cookies. Freeze a batch and enjoy whenever you have a sugar craving.
Tropical Fruit Ambrosia with RumThis five-star recipe will have you dreaming of an island getaway. Serve your guests this impressive dessert at a dinner or cocktail party, or turn it into a kid-friendly treat by substituting mango nectar or orange juice in place of the rum.
Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Sorbet with Fresh Cherry CompoteTart-sweet cherry and strong dark chocolate flavors meld beautifully in this surprisingly rich sorbet crowned with juicy fresh cherries. Use a high-quality jam for the sorbet, and be sure to start the process a day ahead for the best flavor and texture.
Tequila-Lime sorbetNothing says fiesta like tequila and lime, and this sorbet is no exception. Serve the frozen dessert during a Mexican meal or on its own as a sweet treat. Now all we need is the salt!
Fresh Fruit with Strawberry SauceEnjoy a delightful blend of fruit topped with a sweet strawberry sauce for a refreshing treat. The arrangement of bright colored fruit makes an aesthetically pleasing dessert that’s healthy too (only 99 calories per serving).
Blueberry-Lemon SorbetThe mixture of flavors in this sorbet brings back memories of childhood snow cones. Cool down on a warm day with this frozen dessert, or dress it up with lemon zest and serve to guests.
Grilled Glazed Pineapple with Coconut SorbetCreate a tropical dessert by grilling pineapple slices tossed with a mixture of orange marmalade and fresh lime juice. The finishing touch is a scoop of coconut sorbet.
Chambord GranitaGranitas are a similar to sorbet and Italian ice, and they are a fun treat during the spring and summer. Chambord, a liqueur made from black raspberries, honey, and herbs, is the perfect complement to the raspberries in this recipe.