Chocolate is one of the most amazing foods out there and most people assume that vegans miss out on all that chocolaty goodness. But, actually, that isn't true at all. Most of the time, chocolate does involve the addition of milk products during processing (especially in milk chocolate, funnily enough), which means that most chocolate products out there can't be eaten by vegans.
However, a number of different companies actively produce vegan chocolate in many different flavors and varieties. In some cases, companies will advertise their products as being vegan. If they don't, you can normally tell from the ingredients list. Additionally, high-quality chocolate will sometimes end up being vegan simply because many of the low-quality ingredients are the ones that are derived from animals.
If you're looking to get chocolate into desserts, there are even more options available to you. After all, you can use vegan chocolate as an ingredient and you can also use cocoa. This makes the options pretty much endless. In fact, many recipes with vegan chocolate (or cocoa) taste just as good and as chocolaty as non-vegan recipes. In some cases, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
I find that I'm constantly in awe of vegan food bloggers. There are so many fantastic authors out there that manage to make amazing recipes, despite the restrictions of a vegan diet. In most cases, I imagine that the recipes would be just as appealing to non-vegans as they would to vegans. With this post, I want to highlight some of the amazing chocolate-based desserts for vegans out there. After all, everyone deserves a bit of decadence now and again, and these recipes provide just that.
Regardless of your personal preferences when it comes to desserts, you're bound to find at least one item in this list that seems like an especially appealing dessert option. Myself, I found quite a few that I would love to try.
Chocolate Pudding Tarts
This recipe comes from thehealthyfamilyandhome.com and it's a particularly healthy option for a dessert. In particular, it is made from whole food ingredients and ticks a lot of dietary boxes, including raw, gluten-free, paleo and refined sugar free. This would make the recipe an appealing choice for just about anyone interested in their health. At the same time, the recipe is surprisingly simple to make and doesn't even involve any cooking. So, this would be a fast and easy treat if you wanted a bit of chocolate in your day or had a surprise dinner guest coming over.
Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes
One thing that I love about these cupcakes is that they don't look any different from regular cupcakes. In fact, you probably wouldn't even realize they were vegan unless someone told you. The inclusion of avocado in the recipe is a great idea. After all, avocado is a good way to get some healthy fats into your diet and it has a great effect on the texture of cakes and cupcakes. You can find the recipe for this particular dessert at baketotheroots.de, including the information you need to make the cupcakes themselves and also the frosting.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge
Fudge is one of my favorite dessert options, partly because it is so casual. In many cases, it just isn't worth the effort to bake a cake or make muffins for dessert, especially if you are just cooking for yourself. But fudge? Well, there's always call for fudge. I found this vegan fudge recipe over at ohmyveggies.com and even manages to be healthier than regular fudge (although, fudge is fudge, it's never going to be a health food).
However, the real advantage to this recipe is that it has an appealing texture that is a bit different than most other types of vegan fudge. The recipe has also received a large amount of comments on the site, which is normally an indication that the recipe is popular. To me, that's reason enough to give the recipe a try.
Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes on a Stick
This recipe offers a fun twist on making a traditional cheesecake and I imagine this dessert would be especially perfect for a party. One downside is that making these would require a bit more work than a traditional cheesecake but you have to admit that it is worth the extra effort. Plus, the process isn't nearly as complicated as you might imagine. If you want more information, you can check out the recipe for yourself over at damyhealth.com. The size of these mini cheesecakes is also perfect if you're trying to limit how much you eat.
3-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream recipes are often complex and difficult to make but they don't have to be. This vegan chocolate ice cream recipe, from drizzleanddip.com, is a great example of just how simple ice cream can be. In this case, the recipe just uses three ingredients and doesn't involve any specialized equipment. However, as the author notes, it is important to pick out high-quality cocoa powder for the recipe. After all, with so few ingredients, the flavor from the cocoa powder really does shine through.
Even if you've never heard the name nanimo bars before, these little beauties probably look familiar. The recipe comes from ohsheglows.com and actually contains three different flavors (mint, vanilla and pomegranate almond). You could choose to make all three flavors if you wanted or you could just to whichever one sounds the most appealing. Personally, I would go for the mint option, mainly because chocolate and mint just work exceptionally well with one another. Whatever your preference, it looks like the finished dessert would taste great.
Chocolate-Covered Sea Salt Caramels
Chocolate, sea salt and caramel. You can't go wrong with that flavor combination. In fact, these little caramels would work perfectly as a dessert or as a gift – providing they don't all get eaten as soon as you make them. The recipe comes from thekitchenmccabe.com and the caramels are basically a healthier version of the heavily processed caramels that you might see at a grocery store. As part of the recipe, the author mentions two options for the chocolate coating, so you can pick whichever one suits your needs the best.
Double Chocolate Banana Cookies
We're talking about chocolate and desserts, so there's no way I can overlook chocolate chip cookies. After all, they are a staple treat for so many families and lots of us grew up having cookies on a semi-regular basis. These cookies are a variation on the classic approach in a couple of different ways.
For one thing (obviously), they are vegan. But, I was also pretty interested in the flavor. They are double chocolate cookies with banana, which sounds even better than plain old double chocolate cookies. They are also soft and chewy. Whether you like that aspect or not depends on personal preference. After all, some people love soft cookies and other people like them crisp. If you do like your cookies soft and chewy, then you can check out the recipe for these at runningwithspoons.com.
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecakes
These little chocolate cheesecakes come from a recipe hosted at minimalistbaker.com, and they really do look amazing. Their size is absolutely perfect if you don't want to overdo it. At the same time, the cakes don't have the same excessive sweetness that you often find in cakes and desserts.
This is another recipe that is also gluten free, so you manage to cater for most people at the same time. In the recipe, the author notes that you can also freeze these for up to a few weeks, so there really is no reason to avoid trying these out for yourself.
Thin Mint Freezer Fudge
If fudge is your thing, then this recipe from thevegan8.com might be an appealing way to make vegan fudge. The recipe was inspired by thin mint cookies from the Girl Scouts, so you can already imagine what this fudge is going to taste like. The recipe is a healthier way to get all of the taste of thin mint cookies. In fact, you might even find that you prefer the fudge to the cookies. The recipe has also proven to be exceptionally popular and there is even a tutorial video showing you exactly how to make the fudge if you enjoy following directions that way.
Chocolate Vanilla Pots de Creme
This recipe comes from holycowvegan.com and, as you can probably tell, it channels the flavors of chocolate and vanilla. It's a little hard to tell from the image, but under that cocoa topping is swirls of chocolate and vanilla. I love the idea of swirling flavors like that because you end up with a dish that is much more complex than you would otherwise expect. In fact, I think the end result here is actually better than if the whole thing was chocolate.
Raspberry Chocolate Tart
Some flavors just seem to naturally pair with one another and that is certainly the case for chocolate and raspberry. This recipe, from bakerita.com, does a great job at combining those two flavors in a dish that is gluten-free, Paleo and free from refined sugar, as well as vegan. However, the most impressive thing about the chocolate tart is that it looks absolutly amazing. I suspect it probably tastes just as good as it looks. The tart would be a great crowd pleaser and it would appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike.
Homemade Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Sandwich cookies are another fun way to settle a craving for chocolate and this recipe from gourmandeinthekitchen.com offers a pretty appealing way to make these cookies. Unlike cookies from the grocery store, these ones have a subtle sweetness. So, you end up tasting the overall flavors of the cookies and the filling much more than you would otherwise.
From experience, I've found that this is actually a much better type of dessert. Desserts that are excessively sweet tend to leave you craving more, while a subtle sweetness like this can often be enough to satisfy a sweet tooth without making you tempted to overdo it.
Peppermint Chocolate Fudge
This fudge recipe comes from southerninlaw.com and it's another fun recipe that combines the flavors of chocolate and fudge. Besides, it's fudge – what's not to love? In this case, the recipe is exceptionally simple, involving just four ingredients. You could also choose to leave out the peppermint flavoring if you just wanted chocolate fudge.
To me, the simplicity of the fudge is one of the most appealing things. After all, complex recipes tend to mean you have to buy more ingredients and often the end result doesn't taste any better. So, this one really is worth trying out, especially if you are new to making vegan fudge.
Rice Crispy Crunch Bars
I love homemade versions of commercial products because you almost always end up with something that is healthier than the original, which is certainly the case here. Additionally, the homemade version will tend to involve fewer processed ingredients and additives, and may even taste better.
This version of the crunch bar is an example of all of those points, and it comes from honestlynourished.com. In addition to being vegan, the recipe is also free of refined sugars and is gluten free. This recipe is also surprisingly easy to make, requiring just five minutes of work and no baking.
Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Blizzard
Blizzards are a great sweet treat but they don't work very well if you're vegan or if you're trying to watch your weight. This recipe from anotherhungryvegan.com offers a solution to that issue by providing an alternative recipe. This one happens to be much healthier than a typical blizzard and is also entirely vegan. It's also fairly easy to make and you can mix in your own ingredients as well, depending on what you feel like putting in there.
Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts
If you have a soft spot for donuts then this recipe is a perfect option for you. The recipe comes from veganheaven.com and it takes advantage of both chocolate and hazelnut flavors. To be honest, these donuts might be just as appealing to people who aren't major donut fans, because they aren't as sweet as many of the donuts that you find at stores.
In fact, it seems like a lot of desserts nowadays are excessively sweet, while homemade versions are much less so. Regardless of what you think about donuts and sweetness, I would recommend giving this recipe a try. After all, trying new things is the best way to find new foods to love.
Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme
My first thought with this recipe was that I love the texture of the finished product. This particular texture is common for pots de creme but it can be a little hard to replicate in a vegan version of the dessert. However, in this case, the author claims that you can't even tell the recipe is vegan and based on the image, I'm inclined to believe that claim.
One particularly great thing about this recipe is that it is much healthier than similar non-vegan recipes. After all, pots de creme do tend to be fairly unhealthy, partly because the recipe does rely on creme. So, the recipe from theendlessmeal.com is a good option if you want a vegan dessert or if you simply want a healthier dessert.
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
These cupcakes are a little bit unusual because of how they are served but that's a good thing. I imagine that they would be a good choice if you wanted to serve something a little bit different and the end result would appeal to vegans and non-vegans. In fact, I suspect people probably couldn't even tell the cupcakes were vegan unless you told them. In this case, the recipe comes from chefchloe.com and it contains all the information you need to make each part of the pictured cupcake.
Healthier Raspberry Truffles
Truffles are a good example of a dessert that tends to be fairly unhealthy. But, this recipe from texanerin.com is a good alternative and it would allow you to make a much healthier type of truffles. The texture of the truffles is probably what makes them the most appealing, and the author describes this texture as similar to ‘whipped ganache', which sounds like it would be amazing.
This is actually a boozy truffles recipe, making use of raspberry liqueur to enhance the raspberry flavor. You could also make it with a different type of liquor altogether, depending on what taste you were looking for.
This recipe comes from kblog.lunchboxbunch.com and it's a great homemade approximation of a snickers bar. As you can probably tell from the image, the end result isn't quite the same as a snickers bar but it is fairly close. In fact, I doubt you could get much closer to a snickers bar using vegan ingredients. The end result look like it would taste great and it would certainly be appealing to anyone who loved snickers before starting to follow a vegan diet.
Homemade Oreo Cookies
This recipe is another one that basically mimics a non-vegan dessert. In this case, the food of interest is oreos and the recipe does a great job at making a vegan alternative. The recipe itself comes from theprettybee.com and it's another recipe that is gluten free as well as vegan. The end result mightn't taste exactly like an oreo, but it would still be pretty close. In fact, I have a hunch that these cookies may even taste better than real oreos.
Triple Chocolate Cream Cake
Where do I start with these chocolate cheesecakes? Well, for one thing, they're pretty cute and the serving size seems about perfect. I mean, they're big enough to satisfy most chocolate cravings but at the same time they wouldn't overload you. At the same time, the recipe is raw and vegan, which means that it is going to contain healthier ingredients than most other cheesecakes (or most other desserts for that matter).
As the authors point out, the end products aren't technically cheesecakes but I think they're close enough to deserve that name. If you're interested in trying them, you can find the recipe at pure2raw.com.
Christmas Brownies with Apple
Apple isn't an ingredient that you normally find in brownies, but honestly, I can kind of see the appeal. If nothing else, the recipe would work well if you were looking for something a little bit different to serve at a party or for friends. As the title suggests, the original recipe was for Christmas brownies, so there is a range of fall/winter spices and flavors in the mix. You can find out more by checking out the recipe at contentednesscooking.com.
No Bake Double Chocolate Fudge
I've already included a few versions of vegan fudge on this list but this one was too good to leave out. The recipe comes from thebigmansworld.com and it manages to be paleo and gluten free, while also being vegan. Within the recipe, the author offers a few different variations, so you can tweak the recipe based on your own preferences and dietary needs.
This includes the option to make the fudge high protein, which is fairly unusual for fudge. Regardless of the specific approach you take with the recipe, you'd end up with double chocolate fudge that looks great and would taste just as good.
Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
Most of the desserts on this list have used chocolate as their main flavor but that's not actually the case here. Instead, these macaroons have a few different flavors, including chocolate, coconut, cardamom and orange. Don't worry though, those are all flavors that work very well with one another, so the end result would taste pretty good. You can find all of the information you need for the recipe at rednailsgreenveggies.com, along with some wonderful photography.
Almond Joy Whoopie Pies
This recipe is one that looks complicated at first glance but actually ends up being really simple. The recipe comes from whiskandshout.com and the author even notes that she had never made or tasted whoopie pies before she made the recipe. The filling for the whoopie pies is inspired by almond joy bars, which would pair perfectly with the chocolate flavor of the cakes on either side.
3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate mousse can make a great light dessert option on its own or as part of a larger, more complex, dessert. I found a good recipe for vegan chocolate mousse at thecolorfukitchen.com and it's particularly cool because the recipe just uses three ingredients. The recipe is also exceptionally simple to create, which makes it a great option if you need something for dessert in a hurry.
I also love the way that the author served the mousse in the image. All she has done is layer the mousse in shot glasses with raspberries but the end result looks quite elegant. Besides, everyone knows that chocolate and raspberries are perfect together.
Vegan Salted Caramel Cake
When you get a good recipe, chocolate lava cakes can be amazing. I'm particularly fond of this recipe, which comes from veggieandthebeast.com, because it uses salted caramel as a filling. Most lava cakes that I've seen just use a chocolate filling but I think that salted caramel would actually end up working a lot better.
After all, the flavor does pair perfectly with chocolate. Even though they look complicated, the recipe is fairly easy to make. Plus, the author gives good instructions, so it would be easy to follow the recipe even if you haven't tried your hand at a lava cake before.
Gooey Chocolate Salted Caramels
These caramel chocolates make me think of Valentine's day, probably because they are in the shape of hearts. They would actually make good romantic gifts for any time of the year, although you could use them for other reasons too. In fact, you could also use a different mold to make a more generic type of chocolate if you wanted to. Regardless of appearance, this recipe is certainly appealing. Plus, the salted caramel flavor is too good to pass up. As always, you can find all the instructions and ingredients at the original site, which is avirtualvegan.com in this case.
Chocolate Mug Cake
Mug cakes are one of the best options for dessert if you're living on your own. After all, many other desserts take quite a lot of effort and leave you with leftovers that you probably don't want lying around. On the other hand, mug cakes are fast and simple, and you can often make them from ingredients that you already have at hand.
This recipe, from foodscape.vanillaplummedia.com, is a vegan version of that approach. So, you still end up with a moist chocolate cake in a cup but the end result is also entirely vegan. The vegan nature of the dessert does make it a bit more compliated than a standard mug cake but it's still pretty easy to make.
Triple Chocolate Donuts
For anybody that loves donuts, homemade donuts are a perfect choice. For one thing, the donuts end up being so much healthier because you are baking them instead of frying them. At the same time, making your own donuts gives you so much more control over the ingredients and the taste of your dessert.
This donut recipe comes from cearaskitchen.com and it's a great example of creating your own donuts that taste great. In this case, the recipe manages to be gluten free and also vegan, yet the overall taste would be similar to a regular donut. Besides, if you can make healthy donuts, that just gives you an excuse to eat them more often, right?
Pecan Brownies with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
I found this recipe at siftandwhisk.com and I think it looks amazing. For one thing, the recipe combines flavors of chocolate, pecan and salted caramel, all of which just go perfectly with one another. At the same time the recipe would make a great choice if you were trying to impress people with a dessert that is just a little bit different.
This is also one of those recipes where the author provides the information for the sauce and the dessert individually. So, you could use this recipe if you just wanted to make a vegan salted caramel sauce or if you wanted to make the whole thing.