The holidays are a time of fun, festivities, and most importantly, food! Everyone can agree that it’s incredibly simple to lose track of the millions of calories on your plate during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, you name it! This forgetfulness is only amplified when dessert time rolls around (calling all you butter-lovers). With cakes, pies, ice cream and more, the battle is inevitably lost between your willpower and taste buds. You indulge in the buttery goodness that defines the holiday season, only to wake up with an unwelcome food hangover.
Imagine avoiding post-holiday food woes by simply substituting healthier ingredients in your dessert creations. Make the most of coconut oil, coconut milk, almond butter, dairy free chocolate chips – in other words, get rid of all dairy – and voilá! Without knowing it, you’ve baked a completely vegan, and all-around healthier dessert!
We’ve rounded up our top 7 favorite vegan dessert recipes to save you and all your foodie friends and family from the dangers of holiday eating!
1. Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Because pumpkin season certainly does not end with Halloween, check out this recipe.
(Ingredients: pumpkin, bananas, coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, sea salt, coconut milk, syrup, and vanilla beans.)
2. Vegan & Gluten Free Apple Pie
Make a vegan version of this holiday staple and enjoy with a creamy scoop of vanilla coconut ice cream!
(Ingredients: almond meal, rice flour or sorghum flour, tapioca starch flour, arrowroot powder, unrefined sugar, sea salt, xanthum gum, coconut oil, non-dairy milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ground allspice, and apples.)
3. Avocado Cocao Mousse
Who would have thought avocado and dessert go hand in hand? Avocado has the perfect consistency to enhance any vegan chocolate mousse!
(Ingredients: avocados, raw coconut nectar, raw cacao powder, vanilla extract, salt, fruits, and nuts)
4. Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
Girl Scout cookies turned vegan cupcakes? We’ll take it!
(Ingredients: white spelt flour, coconut sugar, white sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, water, oil, vanilla extract, white vinegar, vegan buttery spread, confectioner’s sugar, and almond milk.)
5. No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes
The picture says it all. No bake, no fuss.
(Ingredients: crushed oreo cookies, coconut oil, cashews, lemon, coconut milk, maple syrup or agave nectar, peanut butter, semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips, and vegan-friendly dark chocolate PB cups.)
6. Eggless, Vegan Banana Bread
Your holiday guests are sure to go bananas over this simple, yet extra healthy dessert! Warm them up and drizzle some chocolate glaze for the perfect combination.
(Ingredients: bananas, whole wheat flour, coconut oil or sunflower oil, brown sugar or cane sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and optional sunflower seeds.)
7. Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie
Finally, our favorite recipe of all! For only 387 calories per serving, this pie is a creamy, chocolatey, coconutty, graham crackery version of heaven.
(Ingredients: vegan or gluten free graham cracker crumbs, coconut oil, Mae Ploy coconut milk, dairy-free chocolate chips, sucanat, and organic cornstarch)