Everyone has room at the table for vegan desserts. Plant-based desserts made with natural ingredients kick up the health factor without sacrificing the indulgent factor.
If you’re a vegan looking for new recipes to entice your sweet tooth, or if you’re an omnivore looking to make some healthier choices, these quick and easy vegan desserts will add a little more nutrition to your after-dinner treats. Plus, all pair perfectly with a pint of Snow Monkey.
1. Effortless Nut Butter Cookies
Nut butter is a great source of vegan protein. It’s also incredibly delicious. Both peanut butter and almond butter make excellent cookies, and you don’t need gluten or refined sugar to make them delicious.
Start with 1 cup of nut butter. If you’re looking to keep things light, opt for a variety with no added oil or sugar. Then, add ¾ a cup of oat flour and 5 tbsp of sweetener like molasses, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Use whichever you prefer.
Thoroughly mix the ingredients and portion the dough into 12 balls. Place each ball on a baking sheet and flatten them with a fork. Bake them at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, until they reach your desired level of golden brown. Cool them for ten minutes and serve.
That’s it! Easy, right?
2. Sweet Potato Brownies
Brownies can be intelligent fuel for your body. All it takes is a little reimagining of the ingredients. Sweet potatoes make the perfect base for brownies. They’re packed with fiber, vitamins A, C, and B12, and provide a wealth of manganese, potassium, copper, and niacin. Get more sweet potatoes in your diet with your dessert.
Get one cup of sweet potato puree, 2/3 cup maple syrup, 2/3 cup oat flour, 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter, 1/2 cup non-alkalized cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt to make your batter. Mix your wet ingredients in one bowl and your dry ingredients in another. Combine the two bowls. Line a baking dish with parchment paper, pour in your batter, and flatten it down with the back of a spatula or spoon. Bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Let your brownies cool for a while, but don’t let them cool for too long. When you put a giant spoonful of Snow Monkey Maple Cinnamon plant-based ‘ice cream’ on top, you want it to melt a little bit.
3. Plant-Based Ice Cream
Ice cream is a universally loved dessert, but traditionally it isn't vegan-friendly. Ice cream is full of refined sugar and loaded with fat, making it one of the least healthy sweet treats to chow down on. Your body should enjoy your dessert just as much as your taste buds do. Snow Monkey is the perfect solution to this conundrum.
Snow Monkey’s Dairy-Free Anytime Desserts blend fruits and superfoods into a paleo, protein-packed treat. Every ingredient in Snow Monkey optimally fuels the body, making it the perfect guilt-free indulgence.
If you’re feeling frisky, you can go right for the pint with a spoon. Snow Monkey boasts over 20 grams of plant-based protein per pint. Every flavor is rich in natural antioxidants and the natural goodness of fruit without any refined sugar. It isn’t just that Snow Monkey is better for you than other desserts - it’s that Snow Monkey is good for you. Full stop. Snow Monkey is designed to benefit your body, just like a salad or a bowl of steamed vegetables. You can enjoy it just as often as you’d enjoy your five a day, and your body will thank you for it.
4. “Cheese” Cake
Vegan cheesecake is just as delicious and easier to make than traditional cheesecake. You can use a vegan cream cheese substitute like Kitehill to form the base of the cheesecake. Alternatively, you can use the skimmed fat from full-fat coconut milk to give your vegan cheesecake a rich and creamy texture. If you want a flavor and nutrition boost, you can use half Kitehill and half Snow Monkey Strawberry. Just freeze your “cheese” cake instead of refrigerating it.
You don’t even have to make your own crust. While many varieties of graham crackers contain honey, there are still a few on your grocery store shelves that are vegan. Be sure to read the ingredients and pick the box that fits the bill. Crumble them up, and there’s your crust -- it’s as easy as can be!
Put your filling into your crust and refrigerate it overnight. You’ll be tempted to eat it right away, but you need to give the filling some time to set up. Otherwise, it might fall apart on your plate.
You can mix fruit into your cheesecake or top it with a fruit compote for a little extra flavor. Dark chocolate and nut butter are great pops of flavor for people who prefer a savory-sweet to a fruity sweet.
5. Banana Bread
Vegan dessert breads, like banana bread or pumpkin bread, are surprisingly easy to make. All you do is substitute dairy milk for plant milk and substitute egg for ⅓ cup of applesauce or coconut oil. Consider adding in some plant-based protein powder or flaxseed if you want a little protein boost. That extra push of protein will make your banana bread a great way to replenish your body after a good run or a hard workout.
Serve sliced banana bread warm with a scoop of dairy-free vegan dessert on top. Our Maple Cinnamon pairs wonderfully with rich and creamy bananas. Top that off with some toasted walnuts or toasted coconut flakes for a little extra crunch. You’re welcome.
6. Cookie Dough
We all love cookie dough. It’s delicious enough to eat by the spoonful, but it isn’t doing much for your body. So how do you make a cookie dough that will supply your body with the things it needs to take on the day?
The answer is simple. The base of vegan cookie dough is a nutritious and delicious chickpea blend that lends a creamy and substantial texture without the use of a binder ingredient like eggs. You can’t bake this cookie dough into actual cookies. It’s made to be eaten exactly as it’s made, which is excellent news for impatient people who just want a yummy snack as quickly as possible.
Toss 1 ½ cups of chickpeas into a food processor with ⅓ cup of your favorite nut butter, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or agave nectar, and 2 tbsp of coconut sugar or another granulated sugar. Blend it until the mixture is smooth.
Take it out of the food processor and toss in some dark chocolate chips or pieces of vegan nut butter cups. This protein-rich gluten-free dessert is going to be a hit with everyone. Eat it from a bowl with a spoon, or scoop it up onto vegan graham crackers to enjoy it like a dip.
Do you remember fondue? It used to be a popular dessert, but it slowly slipped away. It’s one of the most delicious and easiest desserts you can ever prepare, and it’s totally vegan. All you need to do is warm up some vegan chocolate sauce or melt some dark chocolate.
Serve it with cut-up fruit and bamboo skewers for dipping. If you aren’t big on chocolate, cut up some apples and pears and sub the chocolate sauce for vegan caramel. You can also use your fondue fountain for dipping ice cream cones. Stick the rim in your pot and swirl, pulling the cone straight out. Flip it over, and let the chocolate run down the sides. Toss some fruit in the bottom of the cone to catch the drips of Snow Monkey you’re going to pile on top.
Fruit fondue is a fun and healthy-ish dessert that’s meant to be enjoyed with friends. Put your chocolate in the middle of the table so you can dip and munch with your friends and family. Plan your fondue gathering for 2022, when it’s maybe safe to gather everyone together for a family-style meal again.
Delicious and nutritious vegan desserts are the perfect excuse to indulge yourself. Many of these desserts are healthy enough that you can enjoy them as your heart desires or even as something sweet at brunch (okay, fine, maybe not the fondue or “cheese” cake, but you get our vibe).
If there’s a dessert you’d love to enjoy without any animal products, vegan baking substitutions make it easy to adapt almost any recipe, so go get creative in the kitchen (or just whip out a pint of Snow Monkey and binge-watch on the couch a little -- it’ll be good for you either way!).
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