Try any one of these 12 super easy plant based desserts made with common ingredients that are gluten free, dairy free, and loaded with extra nutrition, the way plant based dessert should be!
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Easy Plant Based Desserts for…Tough Days
Oy, my friends, what a time we are in. I can honestly say in the last week everything has hit me like a bag of bricks. I think I’ve been in this weird denial mode that we are actually experiencing a world pandemic for the last month and now I’ve finally accepted that this “new normal” is going to be around for a while. I’ve been experiencing all sorts of emotions – angry, annoyed, sad, anxious, ambivalent – but I’ve also been trying to just accept that what is – is, and that everything is out of my control except for my attitude and perspective. It’s weird to feel like your freedom is slowly being stripped away and I guess that too puts things into perspective for me about how thankful I am to live where I do and live the life I do. Now that I’ve spent the last month at home with Hemsley everyday (we have no childcare currently), waddling around in my third trimester of pregnancy, finishing a home renovation, and trying to figure out how the heck to keep my blog afloat, I’ve had to accept that I’m not superhuman (damn!) and will likely need to step back from work somewhat in the coming months. While many are viewing or experiencing this season as a time to “seize the day” and seize the opportunities that come with more free time or time at home, I definitely feel like I’m just trying to get through each day with a decent amount of energy and sanity. So that’s where I am. How are you doing?
I imagine many people are in the same boat as me, or just experiencing a plethora of emotions these days, so to bring some more joy into your day (which can definitely be in the form of food, ha!), I’ve compiled this delicious list of 12 super easy plant based desserts from the blog and the rest of the blogosphere. From plant based cookies, to pudding, to cupcakes, to crumbles, pies, bars, and more, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy!
The Plant Based Desserts Recipes:
Easy Vegan Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes from Feasting On Fruit
These delicious and healthy cupcakes are easy to whip up, have a wonderful dairy free frosting and are suitable for a dairy free, gluten free, paleo, or vegan diet!
Vegan Banana Split from Tuulia
Banana Split is a favorite dessert classic loved by pretty much everyone (I mean, who even are you if you don’t like banana split?!), and this plant based dessert version by Tuulia is an absolute must try! It’s vegan, refined sugar free, loaded with flavour and so simple and easy to make.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard by NITK
I posted this recipe on the blog recently and it’s received a ton of love since. I’m not surprised because it’s truly so delicious! This recipe is an easy to make plant based dessert with banana ice cream and homemade cookie dough bits. Hello!
Vegan Apple Cider Donuts by Choosing Chia
When it comes to donuts you probably never thought they could be plant based and healthy. Well, Choosing Chia does it again with this delicious dessert recipe that is vegan, has a gluten free swap option, and really just keeps it simple!
Mind-blowing Vegan Chocolate Pie by Pinch Of Yum
“Mind-blowing” seems to be the perfect way to describe this creamy, dreamy plant based dessert pie recipe by the ever-so-talented Pinch Of Yum. The recipe comes together in a snap and rivals any deep dish chocolate pie out there.
Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups by NITK
One of the simplest plant based desserts I love to make at home all the time, these easy homemade peanut butter cups come together very quickly and taste pretty close to the real thing, minus the dairy, additives, and refined sugar. That’s a big win for me!
1-Bowl Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies by The Simple Veganista
Because no dessert list could ever be complete without a classic peanut butter cookie recipe…this delicious and healthier version by the Simple Veganista is easy-peasy, plant based and perfect for baking together with little ones.
Vegan Lemon Bars from From My Bowl
I have a hard time deciding between chocolate desserts and fruity desserts. They both are so delicious and this list just couldn’t be dominated by only chocolate! I had to include these tasty and healthy plant based lemon bars that are gluten free and contain only 9 ingredients. Perfect for a light and simple fruity dessert.
Vegan Salted Caramel Tahini Cups from Running on Real Food
I absolutely love this fun and tasty twist on regular nut butter cups.Swap the chocolate for tahini and the nut butter for delicious homemade caramel and you have healthy vegan salted caramel tahini cups that are definitely making my mouth water as I write this!
Healthy Almond Pistachio Frozen Yogurt (Dairy Free) by NITK
If ice cream or frozen yogurt is your go-to, you’ve got to try this tasty homemade (no churn/ice cream machine needed!) almond pistachio frozen yogurt that is plant based, simple to make, and creamy as can be.
Banana Blueberry Crumble by Simply Quinoa
I’m always up for a good fruit crisp or crumble and this tasty banana blueberry option by Simply Quinoa is easy to make, contains simple ingredients, and is totally refined sugar free. Use certified gluten free rolled oats to make this crumble gluten free too!
Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding by Making Thyme For Health
Last, but not least, this simple and rich chocolate avocado pudding makes for a quick foolproof plant based dessert that still has an elevated vibe, not to mention it’s loaded with healthy fats, antioxidants, and fibre.
See, and just like that I’m in a better mood, ha, but really – these gorgeous plant based desserts definitely inspire me to turn my frown upside down and make lemonade out of this not-so-stellar situation we are all in. In all seriousness I hope you are all doing well, managing through this challenging time, and finding peace in knowing that this too shall pass. I’ve found that daily time in prayer, gratitude, naps (hello pregnancy!) and lots of deep breaths are really helping me out these days as well as connecting with friends and family virtually. It’s wonderful that we live in a time where we have easy access to our loved ones over social media and video calling as I believe that coming together in community (while still physical distancing) is surely the way we are going to get through this.
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Be well and stay safe!
Yes, I hear ya. I was just doing fine until last weekend after a cousin of mine (with health issues) died after having covid. That likely was what started a few days of feeling quite down. Doing better now though and am going to experience a birthday this week in isolation….so we’ll see what that brings! 😉
Ah, so sorry to hear that Sheri! Yes, it’s such an uncertain time – I too celebrated my birthday at the end of march in quarantine, interesting to say the least. Stay safe!