Decadent Desserts

Yes, it’s possible to make phenomenal desserts without animal products, oil, or highly refined sweeteners. If you have any doubt, the proof is in the…
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Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bites
When you get tapped to bring a dessert to a cookout or potluck, these raspberry brownie bites are ideal, pairing jammy fresh fruit with gooey chocolate to create a mouthwatering munchie that's ready in less than 30 minutes. Cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips add decadent chocolate flavor (feel free to omit the chocolate chips, if you like). Almond and vanilla essences lend a subtle richness, and applesauce and maple syrup keep things just sweet enough.
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Blackberry Polenta Cake
Fresh blackberries are the star of this toothsome cake, adding juicy sweetness to every mouthful. Polenta makes a wonderfully dense but not heavy cake. Almond extract provides a rich flavor and applesauce keeps things moist. This rustic, guest-worthy vegan polenta cake uses flaxseed meal as a binder instead of the egg found in traditional polenta cake. With just 20 minutes of prep time, you’ll be amazed at how quickly this comes together.
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Rhubarb and Pear Tart
The subtle sweetness of pear perfectly balances the assertive tartness of rhubarb, while freshly grated ginger adds depth, and a little maple syrup rounds out the sweet-tart flavor perfectly. The oil-free oat crust gets its richness from a handful of almonds ground with the rolled oats and some almond butter added at the end. We prefer using red rhubarb over the old-fashioned variety for its color and sweeter taste.
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Lavender and Lemon Tart
It all starts with a homemade oat and almond crust, which gets a hint of natural sweetness from the mashed banana that’s used as a binding agent. The crust is par-baked until golden brown and then filled with the creamy lemon-lavender filling, which gets its bright yellow color from a dash of turmeric. Agar powder, a vegan substitute for gelatin, helps set the velvety consistency of the tart, ensuring each bite has a luxurious mouthfeel.
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Mr. McGregor’s Garden Cake
Each moist layer of this decadent dessert is packed full of shredded carrots and zucchini, two ingredients we think the famous little rabbit would love. Vanilla and cinnamon add warming flavor to the batter, while a creamy vanilla frosting receives a fruity kick thanks to the addition of crushed pineapple. A garnish of slivered almonds makes this the perfect dessert to serve at a springtime soirée.
two bowls filled with blueberry cobbs next to a bowl of oatmeal
Vegan Blueberry Cobbler
Craving a simple but scrumptious treat? This easy vegan blueberry cobbler tastes delightfully decadent without using any unhealthy ingredients. Frozen blueberries are lightly sweetened with applesauce and then topped with wholesome vanilla- and almond-infused biscuits. Pop everything in the oven for 45 minutes, and then dig into this warm, jammy dessert as soon as it’s cool enough to eat.
a white plate topped with pineapple and pomegranates next to two bowls
Roasted Pineapple with Fresh Mint
Three simple ingredients create a gorgeous fruit-forward dessert that’s 100% free of added sugar and fat. Roasting pineapple chunks turns their tart juices caramel-sweet, and the mellowed-out tropical flavor pairs beautifully with tangy pomegranate arils. Chopped fresh mint adds a mouthwatering aromatic component and invokes the flavor profile of a fancy tiki drink, sans alcohol.
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Creamy Sweet Potato Pudding Creamy Sweet Potato Pudding
The secret to creating a silky smooth sweet potato pudding? Ripe avocado. The creamy green fruit adds luscious texture to the potatoes, and any avocado flavor is masked by caramel-like dates and sweet vanilla extract. Sweet and spicy pecans add a pleasant crunch to this heavenly dessert, while a pinch of sea salt on each serving really makes the flavors pop. Dig into this produce-packed pudding when you’re craving an indulgent treat without all the unhealthy ingredients.
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Sweet Potato and Pineapple Crisp Sweet Potato and Pineapple Crisp
Sweet potato and pineapple may not be an obvious combo, but the balance of earthy sweetness from the spuds and lip-puckering brightness of the juicy fruit are truly a match made in heaven. Here, this crave-worthy combo is mixed with maple syrup, ginger, and cloves before being topped with a crunchy oat and walnut crumble. Shredded coconut adds an extra layer of tropical intrigue, ensuring each bite transports you to a beachside cabana.
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Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mashed sweet potatoes make a soft, lightly sweet cookie that you can enjoy for dessert or as a snack with a cup of tea. Dairy-free chocolate chips add bursts of creamy cacao goodness to each bite, but you could easily add in a handful of your favorite nuts to switch up the flavor profile. This recipe yields 20 cookies, which is the perfect size for bringing to a festive potluck or group gathering!
four waffles with whipped cream and pistachio sprinkled on top
Sweet Potato Dessert Waffles Sweet Potato Dessert Waffles
These crisp-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside sweet potato waffles are the perfect evening treat because they aren’t overly sugary and can be topped with anything you like. Here, we sprinkle each fluffy waffle with buttery pistachios, crunchy cacao nibs, and homemade aquafaba whipped cream to dial up the decadence factor. Orange juice and vanilla extract infuse the batter with lip-smacking flavor that pairs perfectly with the earthy notes of sweet potatoes.
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Sweet Potato Rosette Tart Sweet Potato Rosette Tart
This stunning sweet potato tart uses two different types of tubers to achieve the scrumptious end result. Orange sweet potatoes are mashed with zesty orange juice and warming pumpkin pie spice to create a custard-like filling, while steamed purple sweet potato petals are placed in an eye-catching rosette pattern and topped with crushed almonds.
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Sweet Potato Bars
Moist, fluffy, and packed full of warming flavors, these wholesome sweet potato bars are everything you need in an autumn-inspired treat. Velvety sweet potato puree is swirled with spicy cinnamon, earthy nutmeg, and rich vanilla to create cute orange cubes that taste like a warm hug on a cold night. Toasted hazelnuts add crunchy texture (you can skip if you’re nut-free) and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on top brings this sweet snack together for a healthy riff on classic pumpkin pie flavors.
two bowls filled with purple ice cream on top of a wooden table
La noia dell'isola - Seconda Parte
Ube, aka purple yams, are a popular ingredient in Filipino cuisine and make for an eye-catching treat that instantly brings a smile to your face. This frosty vegan ice cream blends the colorful spuds with maple syrup, vanilla, and plant-based milk to create a delicious earthy-sweet flavor that will leave you licking your fingers for every last drop. Sprinkle each scoop with shredded coconut to get a taste of island life with each scrumptious bite.
two bowls filled with ice cream and peaches
Banana Nice Cream with Easy Peach Compote
While the creamy vanilla-infused base chills in the icebox, you can easily whip together the saucy peach compote so it’s ready for serving. Maple syrup adds extra sweetness while fresh mint leaves deliver a cooling herbal flavor to balance out the juicy fruit. The sweet-tart flavor of yellow peaches is ideal for the no-cook compote, but any ripe peaches (or nectarines) will work.