12 Easy Vegan Recipes That Make Dessert a Breeze

Apple Crisp with Cranberries

These vegan recipes prove that you don't need dairy to make a delicious dessert. Alternatives like peanut butter help create the same creamy texture in ice cream while luscious coconut oil can be used in cookies and cakes. Recipes like Apple Crisp with Cranberries and Vegan Lemon Cake are a sweet combination of indulgent and healthy.

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Piña Colada Nice Cream

Piña Colada Nice Cream in green bowls

Get all the tropical flavors you love in a piña colada in this creamy dairy-free dessert. This ice cream alternative gets its sweetness from pineapple and coconut and is just as delicious with or without the optional rum. Either way, it's sure to put you in a beachy state of mind--not bad for a treat that takes just 10 minutes to whip up in your food processor. Source: EatingWell.com, June 2019

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Vegan Lemon Cake


You don't have to be vegan to enjoy this vegan lemon cake! It's moist, delicious and plenty lemony thanks to a combination of lemon juice and zest. A glaze made with lemon juice, confectioners' sugar and almond milk adds a sweet-tangy finish. Source: EatingWell.com, January 2020

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Apple Crisp with Cranberries


Sticking to its food-waste mission, L.A. Kitchen created this dessert to work with almost any fruit you have on hand. We've done it here with pears and apples, but you can use berries or even tropical fruits instead. The addition of dried fruit adds a concentrated hit of flavor you won't get from fresh alone. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2018

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Vegan Meringue Cookies


Magical aquafaba--the liquid from canned chickpeas that often gets poured down the drain--mimics egg whites in these airy vegan meringue cookies. The other magical thing? These cookies require just three ingredients! Save the chickpeas themselves for hummus, stew or any one of our other recipes that call for canned chickpeas. Source: EatingWell.com, March 2019

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2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream


Whir up frozen bananas into an "ice cream" without the cream! Peanut butter adds a natural swirl of flavor for a sweet and satisfying dessert with no added sugar. Source: EatingWell.com, April 2017

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread


Flaxseed meal, which develops a gelatinous texture when mixed with water, replaces the eggs and provides structure to this moist, flavorful loaf. Source: EatingWell.com, September 2018

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Strawberry-Mango Nice Cream


This creamy strawberry-mango nice cream is a delicious healthy ice cream alternative. It's all fruit, dairy-free, vegan and contains no added sugar. And this three-ingredient dessert is super-fast and easy to prep. Serve it as a snack or light dessert on the hottest days of the summer--or any time you want a refreshing treat. Source: EatingWell.com, June 2019

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Vegan Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting


Classic carrot cake goes vegan in this easy recipe, and gets covered with coconut whipped cream to replace the traditional cream cheese frosting. A mixture of flax and water makes a sturdy substitute for eggs in this vegan cake. Plus, sweet crushed pineapple helps to make this cake delicious with less added sugar. Source: EatingWell.com, March 2018

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Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie


One of the tasters of this dairy-free pumpkin pie called it a "vegan's dream come true." The filling has just the right amount of spice, while the crust--made with part whole-wheat flour--has a wonderful nutty flavor and crispy texture. The pie is great as is, but to really please the plant-based eaters at your Thanksgiving table, top it with Coconut Whipped Cream (see Associated Recipes). Source: EatingWell.com, February 2020

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Pumpkin Pie Nice Cream


Can't get enough pumpkin spice and pumpkin? Get those fall flavors you love in this dairy-free and vegan ice cream alternative made with bananas and pumpkin puree. This easy and healthy dessert contains no added sugar, unless you use the optional maple syrup--which is a delicious touch. Add some chopped pecans to make it really special. Source: EatingWell.com, November 2019

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


Almond butter and coconut oil replace dairy butter and eggs in these vegan treats, giving them the crisp but chewy texture that we all love. On its own, chocolate is a vegan ingredient but dairy products are often introduced during processing. Some chocolate chips may not be labeled vegan, but if they do not contain dairy products, such as whey, casein, milk, milk fat and milk solids, they are vegan. Check labels carefully. Source: EatingWell.com, February 2019

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Vegan No-Bake Cookies


Almond butter and coconut oil melt together to bind these stovetop cookies without using any eggs. To take the flavor to the next level, try subbing in your favorite nut butter. Source: EatingWell.com, February 2018

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