Vegans cannot eat any dairy, including milk, cream, butter or cheese; therefore they miss out on all of the delicious dessert recipes out there including ice cream, baked goods and chocolate mousse, right? Wrong. Sure, you may have to get a bit creative with your ingredients in the kitchen, but there is absolutely no reason why people who are plant-based cannot satisfy their sweet tooth with something other than fruit! The following 3 recipes are not only cruelty-free, but incredibly easy to prepare and full of healthy, complex sugars and fats too! Why not try one of the unique and flavorful recipes below and impress your guests by telling them they are vegan! Let’s get stuck in…
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie
-2 mixing bowls
- 1 round baking pan
-5 tbsp cacao powder
- 5 tbsp pure maple syrup
-4 tbsp coconut oil
-1/2 cups all natural peanut butter
-2 cups soy or dairy free yogurt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the chocolate layer:
- Add 2 tbsp of cacao powder to your mixing bowl.
- Add 2 tbsp of pure maple syrup.
- Add 2 tsp of melted coconut oil.
- Mix ingredients together and pour it into your round baking pan. Spread the mixture with a knife or spoon so it covers the whole of the bottom of the pan.
- Put pan in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Next, the peanut butter filling:
- In another mixing bowl, add 1 and 1/2 cups of natural peanut butter.
- Add 2 cups of soy or dairy free yogurt.
- Add 2 tsp. of vanilla extract.
- Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon until light and fuffy.
Take the baking pan out of the freezer. If the chocolate layer on the bottom has frozen you can add you your peanut butter filling and spread it over the top.
Return the baking pan to the freezer while you make your topping, which is exactly the same as the bottom layer, except with an additional: 1 tbsp of coconut oil (total of 3 tbsp), 1 tbsp of maple syrup (total of 3 tbsp) and 2 tbsp of cacao powder.
Remove pan from the freezer and spread on topping. Return to the freezer for half an hour or until frozen.
Non-Dairy, One-Ingredient Banana ‘Nice’ Cream
Ingredients (makes 1 bowl):
-3 large, ripe bananas
- Peel the bananas and chop into small, evenly sized pieces.
- Put the banana pieces in a freezer-safe airtight container or freezer bag.
- Freeze the banana pieces for at least 2 hours, but ideally overnight.
- Place the frozen banana pieces in a small food processor or powerful blender and blend until the magic happens: first the bananas will look crumbly, then gooey, before finally turning into a creamy, soft-serve ice cream texture.
- At this point you may add some optional flavors and textures such as dark chocolate chips, acai powder or maple syrup. The options are endless.
- Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until solid or pour into a smoothie jug and drink as a banana frappe.
Avocado Chocolate Mousse (No, you can’t taste the avocado!)
Ingredients: (Makes 4 ramekins)
-2 large, very ripe avocados
-½ cup pure maple syrup
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-Dash kosher salt
-½ cup unsweetened raw cocoa powder
- Place the avocado, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in food processor bowl. Blend for around 30 seconds or until smooth.
- Add the cocoa powder to the processor bowl. To prevent lumps you can sieve the powder through a mesh colander. Blend for about 1 more minute until very smooth and creamy.
- Divide the avocado mousse between four ramekins, cover with plastic wrap and rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before enjoying.