plant-based dessert recipes

29 Plant-Based Dessert Recipes For Guilt-Free Indulgence

Plant-based desserts may sound boring, but they’re far from it! With the right recipes, you can whip up some deliciously rich and decadent desserts that are also healthy. 

Try one of these plant-based dessert recipes, which range from the light and crunchy Italian Carnival Sweets to rich and boozy Espresso Martini Chocolate Mousse. They’re vegan (aka plant-based), filled with yummy fruity and chocolate goodness, and taste so good that you’ll keep wanting more, long after you’ve licked the spoon clean and the crumbles off your fingers!

1. Chiacchiere – Italian Carnival Sweets

This delicious dessert is popular during the carnival season, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying them throughout the year! They’re made without egg or butter, but contain white wine — which is what makes the chiacchiere light and crispy. You can deep-fry or oven-bake them, and serve the crunchy treats with a light dusting of powdered sugar for extra oomph.

2. Chocolate Almond Bark – 3 Ingredients!

Packed with lots of crunchy, roasted unsalted almonds and rich chocolatey goodness, this chocolate almond bark is sure to take your taste buds to heaven with every bite. You can also add some dried cranberries, vegan chocolate chips, graham crackers, and seeds to customize it to your liking.

3. Chocolate Mug Cake

This 5-minute recipe — yes, you read that right! — will quickly become a family favorite. It is rich, decadent, and mouth-wateringly delicious, and you can use whatever flavors you like to customize it — think peppermint, Nutella, or mocha! You can serve it topped with shredded coconut, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, berries, and even cream cheese frosting.

4. Vegan Crostata with Ricotta and Sour Cherries

This stunning pie may look complex, but it is quite easy to put together. The crust is perfectly flaky and encases loads of delicious sour cherry jam layered with a “ricotta” filling made with silken tofu, producing a comforting dessert both kids and adults will love. Bake to golden-brown perfection and dust with some icing sugar to serve!

5. Classic Vegan Fruit Pizza

This summertime dessert has a delightful sugar cookie crust, which is topped with a velvety smooth and sweet cream cheese filling and decorated with a mixture of glazed fruits. It’s light and refreshing, making it perfect for family dinners as well as summer parties. You can even store extras in the fridge for up to 3 days.

6. Decadent Affogato Dessert (Vegan)

Here’s a simple but incredibly delicious dessert that’ll appeal to cocoa and coffee lovers alike! In this recipe, vegan vanilla ice cream is mixed with butter espresso coffee to produce a dessert with a range of delightful flavors. It is perfectly sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy. You can even serve it with a drizzle of luscious salted caramel sauce or grated chocolate.

7. Delicious Cinnamon Baked Pears with Crunchy Walnuts

Craving fall flavors? Try this cinnamon baked pears recipe. The sweet-tasting fruit is spiced with a few dashes of cinnamon to create a lovely spicy-sweet combination of flavors. It is then topped with crunchy walnuts to produce the perfect dessert. You can bake it drizzled with maple syrup, and serve it with a dollop of yogurt for extra texture and flavor.

8. Easy Sautéed Cinnamon Apples (Vegan + Paleo)

These fork-tender sautéed apples will quickly become a staple on your menu. They’re spiced with cinnamon and naturally sweetened with a little help from maple sugar to produce the perfect balance between sweet and tart. Serve them over granola, vegan yogurt, or ice cream, stirred into oatmeal, or as a topping for your dessert — the possibilities are endless!

9. Espresso Martini Vegan Chocolate Mousse

A boozy dessert that’ll take your parties to the next level — this recipe calls for folding melted chocolate, coffee liqueur, and vodka into whipped aquafaba. You can then top it with whipped cream and cocoa powder, chocolate shavings, or your favorite toppings to produce an insanely indulgent treat. It’s light, airy, delicious, and destined to be a hit with everyone!

10. Healthy Chocolate Covered Bananas (Vegan & Paleo!)

This dessert is similar to the popular Disneyland treat and is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s also super easy to make. Just dip frozen bananas in melted chocolate, then sprinkle the chocolate-dipped bananas with nuts, seeds, sprinkles, or your favorite toppings, and slide them into the fridge to set. You can enjoy them immediately, and store extras in the freezer for later.

11. Healthy Strawberry Crumble

Healthy and delicious, this fuss-free dessert features the best combination to ever exist. The rich, decadent treat is filled with fresh strawberries (or your favorite fruit) and has maple syrup, agave, and lemon juice to infuse it with incredible flavors. Pair it with a delicious oat crumble topping, and you can serve it with ice cream to elevate your dessert.

12. Ricotta Pie

This vegan, gluten-free dessert takes time to prepare, but it’s worth the extra effort. It has a thick yet soft and crumbly crust and is filled with a deliciously creamy vegan ricotta cheese mixture. It’s lightly sweetened with vanilla and dark chocolate chips and infused with a fresh aroma from orange zest that will transport you to Italy!

13. Italian Wine Einkorn Cookies-Ciambelline al Vino Rosso

These crisp red wine cookies are made without eggs or dairy, making them perfect for a variety of diets. Make them with einkorn flour, rice flour, and baking powder, and also use Chianti wine to add a depth of flavor to the dessert. You can enjoy them with a glass of wine or a hot cup of coffee.

14. 1 Bowl Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfectly thick, soft, and chewy, you can make these peanut butter cookies in just 25 minutes. Plus, they come together in one bowl — points for the minimal mess in the kitchen! You only need almond milk, baking soda, flour, peanut butter, salt, sugar, and vanilla to produce this top-tier dessert with delicious flavors. They also fill your home with amazing aromas as they bake!

15. Raspberry Almond Orange Cake (Vegan)

This synergy of orange and almond cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. The cake batter is taken to the next level with the addition of ground almonds and fresh orange juice. And when combined with a nutty and fruity topping of fresh raspberries, pomegranate arils, and sliced almonds, this cake tastes simply divine! Serve this melt-in-your-mouth dessert with a dollop of whipped coconut cream or ice cream.

16. Raw Fruit Tarts

These no-bake tarts are so delicious you can expect them to become a favorite with everyone at your dinner table. The recipe features an almond-cinnamon-dates crust, which is topped with cashew sweet cream, and garnished with a wide assortment of fresh and colorful fruits to make the perfect dessert. Every ingredient adds value to the tart, so you can enjoy it guilt-free.

17. Tahini Cookies

Light, chewy, and filled with sweet and spicy flavors, these tahini cookies will have you reaching for seconds and thirds. They are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and get a hint of spice from cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger, while the pomegranate arils add a lovely pop of color. Wonderfully tender and puffy, they’re perfect for a light snack.

18. The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

Whip up this decadent chocolate cake in under an hour — perfect for busy weeknights! The recipe uses applesauce and a cup full of boiling water to make the cake moist, then elevates it with a mouthwatering frosting prepared with cocoa powder, softened vegan butter, powdered sugar, pure vanilla extract, and unsweetened almond milk to infuse yummy goodness in every bite.

19. The Best Vegan Chocolate Pudding (Easy Recipe)

Rich and creamy with a smooth, velvety texture, this chocolate pudding is made with just seven ingredients! Garnish it with a little coarse sea salt to balance the sweetness of the pudding and impress your guests. If you have a nut allergy, tweak the ingredient list to personalize it to your dietary needs.

20. 2-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles

This dessert recipe uses just two ingredients — chocolate and coconut milk — and is super easy to whip up. They taste so delicious that you never know whether to eat 2 or 20, you can also spruce them up with a coating of finely ground hazelnuts. These truffles also make amazing gifts, so make a big batch and spread the cheer to your family and friends!

21. Vegan Almond Cookies

Make these crunchy, chewy cookies by combining flax seeds with almond flour, almond extract, almonds, maple syrup, orange zest, and salt. Lightly press chopped almonds into the dough before baking, and dip the cookies in melted chocolate to further elevate their appeal. Serve warm, or store extras in a tight container for a couple of days.

22. Vegan Apple Crumble

This apple crumble dessert is like granola, but so much better. Bite-sized apples spiced and flavored with maple syrup, lemon juice, and cinnamon, and you cover this mixture with a crunchy oatmeal topping for a texture and flavor boost. Bake until it’s golden brown, and watch the magic unfold.

23. Vegan Fudge (Just 6 Ingredients!)

This dessert will satisfy your sweet cravings like no other. It’s made with just six ingredients and gets its firm yet soft texture from coconut oil — which, by the way, is solid when chilled. But you can also use melted vegan butter to achieve a similar result. The fudge melts at room temperature, so be sure to eat it right away!

24. Vegan German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)

A vegan spin on the traditional German apple cake, this version features a soft, moist crumb and is topped with cinnamon to create the perfect fall treat. It also gets a gorgeous caramelized sugar ring on the edge when baked. You can serve it with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on the side for an indulgent dessert.

25. Vegan Lemon Bars

This vibrant, refreshing dessert comes together with just 45 minutes of cooking (and chill) time. It has a shortbread crust and a lemon meringue pie filling that’s thickened with cornstarch, flavored with coconut milk, and gets its color from turmeric. Serve it with a light dusting of powdered sugar to enjoy. It’s perfect for summer, but you can enjoy them all year round!

26. Vegan Meringue (Airy and Perfect)

These vegan meringue cookies are made with aquafaba — yes, the dusty water in the chickpea that we typically throw away! It replaces egg whites in the recipe and combines granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar to produce light, airy meringues that everyone will love. You can store extras in an airtight container in the fridge to enjoy later.

27. Vegan Orange Olive Oil Cake

This cake is delightfully moist and flavorful — and we have olive oil and fresh orange juice to thank for that. It also has a wonderful glaze drizzle all over it, which is prepared by whisking together powdered sugar and orange juice. It’s delicious on its own, but you can also serve it topped with fresh sliced strawberries for a burst of juicy freshness.

28. Vegan Pumpkin Cookies (Soft Batch)

These festive cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good! They’re made with all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, sea salt, and vegan butter, with pumpkin puree and vanilla extract as the key ingredients. Serve the flavorful treats garnished with a velvety frosting and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice for a sweet treat no one can resist!

29. Vegan Strawberry Tart (Gluten-Free!)

Vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely gorgeous, this strawberry tart will be the star of any event you serve it at! It has a super crunchy almond and oat crust, but the highlight is the filling — which is made with fresh strawberries, coconut milk, brown sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and agar agar. Top it with your favorite fruits to enjoy!

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.