18 Vegan Dessert Recipes That Are a Treat for Everyone
Banana Ice Cream
Enjoy a creamy, dreamy bowl of ice cream in almost no time with this 10-minute vegan ice cream recipe. No egg yolks or dairy—all you’ll need are four bananas, unsweetened coconut milk, and a dash of vanilla. You can also dress up this simple base recipe to make other vegan desserts like peanut butter ice cream, chocolate ice cream, and strawberry-raspberry ice cream.
Paleo Cashew Truffles
Yes, vegan chocolate desserts exist, and these tasty cashew truffles happen to be Paleo, too (good news for pegans!). Unsweetened coconut milk gives this snack its creaminess, while cashews and sea salt balance the sweetness with savory flavors. With only seven ingredients, this is one of our go-to easy vegan dessert recipes to avoid another trip to the grocery store.
Tip: Most unsweetened chocolate should be vegan, but double-check before you buy to make sure the brand you’re using is vegan.
Banana Pudding with Shaved Dark Chocolate
Since this vegan banana pudding has a lot of common pantry ingredients, you probably won’t even need to add anything to your grocery list to make it for dessert. It needs only six ingredients, and most are popular vegan staples like agave nectar and tofu (yes, tofu!). Tossing a few cubes in your blender adds extra protein and makes the pudding even richer, but all you’ll taste is banana, dark chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip
We certainly wouldn’t suggest trying to make vegan chocolate chip cookies with this recipe, but if you’re simply craving a taste of edible cookie dough, this dip hits the spot. Unlike traditional cookie dough, this dip is made a little bit healthier with cannellini beans and pitted dates (no added sugar!). So go ahead and indulge in another spoonful.
Raspberry Sorbet Trio
If we’re being honest, one scoop of sorbet is just never enough. Luckily, you’ll learn how to make three different flavors with this vegan dessert recipe, including traditional raspberry, raspberry-mango, and raspberry-pineapple sorbet. We’ll take a scoop of each one from this tropical trio, please!
Strawberry Sangria Pops
Instead of reaching for a cool cup of sangria, freeze your favorite ingredients into chilly ice pops. These refreshing vegan desserts are super simple (only five ingredients), so you can keep your freezer stocked all summer long. There's not enough white wine in each pop to replace sipping on a glass, but you’ll still get a taste of your favorite white with every lick.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here's your chance to make vegan chocolate chip cookies worthy of dunking into a glass of almond milk. Fresh out of the oven, they're warm, gooey, delicious, and loaded with vegan semisweet chocolate chips. You can also make these vegan cookies with our gluten-free flour mix so just about anyone can enjoy them.
Roasted Stone Fruit
If you’ve never tried roasting fruit before, you need to change that—stat. Start with this easy vegan dessert recipe, which uses only four ingredients. Roasting peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots causes their natural sugars to melt, which will make them seem even sweeter and juicier than biting into them raw.
Coconut Stracciatella Ice Cream
This vegan dessert recipe with coconut milk is one of our all-time favorites. Using coconut milk (plus a dash of another nondairy milk) makes it just as smooth and creamy as dairy ice creams, and we’re in love with the chunks of dark chocolate mixed throughout the batch. Keep in mind that our instructions also include the option to make this recipe with dairy, so for vegan ice cream, make sure you’re choosing agave nectar and nondairy milk.
Similar to sorbet, granitas are usually made with sugar, water, and different flavorings, then frozen. But unlike smooth sorbets, a true granita usually has a flaked texture—almost like shaved ice. This easy vegan recipe gets its beautiful bright color from fresh blueberries and raspberries. Make your dish look even more camera-ready by adding a few fresh mint leaves on top.
Creamy Chocolate Pudding
Don’t worry, chocolate-lovers: We’ve got vegan desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth, too. Most pudding recipes rely on milk for their luscious creaminess, but this vegan chocolate pudding has a secret (healthy) ingredient that helps make it as creamy as puddings made with dairy. Toss two ripe avocados into your blender alongside soymilk and cocoa powder—you’ll never taste them, but they’ll make each bite silky-smooth.
Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops
On a hot day, ice pops are the best vegan dessert recipes to cool off. On the next scorcher summer day, these fruity coconut water pops are a lifesaver. After all, when the weather gets steamy, you’ll usually find us sipping on a cold glass of coconut water anyway. To make this vegan dessert even more refreshing, freeze your coconut water with chunks of fresh pineapple and mint leaves to make cooling, gorgeous ice pops.
A dessert and an after-dinner cocktail in one! This mojito sorbet is simple (just five ingredients) and satisfying. Rather than using a sugary mix, we chose fresh ingredients for this easy vegan dessert recipe so you know exactly what’s going into your sorbet. Water, sugar, fresh mint leaves, lime juice, and a splash of rum is all you’ll need for this dish—plus a little patience to wait for it to freeze.
Coconut-Mocha Poached Pears
Get your Instant Pot ready for this vegan dessert, because it can cook the pears in just five minutes. Your other option is to let your slow cooker do the work of cooking pears, cocoa powder, and coffee into a delicious, juicy dish, but you’ll have to wait longer to indulge. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to sink your spoon into this Instant Pot dessert as soon as possible.
Watermelon Margarita Pops
We know fresh fruit is a popular suggestion for vegan desserts, but trust us: This recipe is way more than plain watermelon slices. Instead, turn fresh watermelon into boozy vegan ice pops by freezing them in orange juice, sugar, and tequila. To make them even more like a margarita with a salted rim, add a sprinkle of coarse salt before saying “cheers.”
This strawberry granita is super light and refreshing, so you can indulge in an extra scoop guilt-free. Healthier than other frozen vegan desserts that use creamy ingredients like coconut milk as the base, this granita recipe is just fresh strawberries, water, lemon juice, and sugar. The granita itself is vegan, but if you want to make the lemon cream to serve alongside, try using a vegan substitute for the whipping cream, such as coconut cream, which you can substitute in equal parts for dairy cream.
Frozen Chocolate-Banana Bites
This recipe is exactly what you’d expect—frozen banana slices with drizzles of dark chocolate on top. That’s it! There are no other frills or ingredients necessary for this easy vegan dessert. A few banana bites also make a great snack when you’re in the mood for sweet instead of savory.
Dessert doesn’t always have to be unhealthy. Healthy vegan desserts are out there, and this is one of them! These ice pops are made mostly with fresh watermelon and kiwi, a splash of water to help them freeze, and a couple spoonfuls of sugar for added sweetness. And if you have different fresh fruits on hand, we’ve also got instructions for making pineapple-blueberry and mango-raspberry pops.