You may think that eating plant-based can limit your dessert options because let’s face it, everyone loves dessert once in a while. That just isn’t the case! We’re here to show you some tasty plant-based desserts that you may have not known were plant-based, as well as some substitutions. Keep reading to satisfy your sweet tooth.
You may have heard of banana “nice” cream. Typically, it’s made with blended frozen bananas, milk, and any additions/toppings that your heart desires. What’s great about this dessert is how simple and versatile it can be.
You can add all kinds of fruits and toppings to make it as unique as you wish! Using plant-based milk such as almond milk or soy milk in place of cow’s milk makes it completely plant-based. All you need are frozen bananas, frozen cherries, unsweetened alternative milk, vanilla extract, and vegan chocolate chips. Blend it all up and top with some extra chocolate chips for crunch!
Cherries are a great fruit with many health benefits. Cherries are high in vitamin C and have anti-inflammatory properties. They help to reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness. They also assist in lowering blood pressure and some cholesterol blood-markers.
Vegan dark chocolate
Traditional chocolate is not necessarily plant-based, but there are many brands on the market that are. Many brands will add whey or other dairy products to their dark chocolate.
To ensure a chocolate bar is truly plant-based, buying vegan is the way to go. You can also make your own vegan chocolate as well! All you need is cocoa butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder, sweetener of your choice, sea salt, and vanilla extract. You can even add some cacao nibs to the top of your chocolate bars for an added crunch.
Dark chocolate is a healthier version of chocolate because it contains less sugar and more of the antioxidants that have proposed benefits to our health. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that helps to repair damaged cells, and can reduce the risk of heart disease.
If cheesecake is something you miss while eating plant-based, I’ve got a surprise for you. Tofu ‘cheesecake’ exists! Made without any dairy or animal products. How amazing is that?! Silken tofu is used in place of cream cheese to create a light and airy dessert that has a similar consistency to traditional cheesecake.
The rest of the ingredients are standard for your typical cheesecake recipe. Ingredients include graham cracker crumbs, sugar, vanilla extract, and all the add-ins to make the cheesecake of your dreams. Try a lemon tofu ‘cheesecake’ or a plain version, topped with your favorite seasonal fruit. There are lots of recipes out there, so go explore!
Using tofu in place of cream cheese adds extra protein to a traditionally higher fat dessert. A ½ cup serving of tofu contains 10 grams of protein which will help to keep you satisfied for a longer period of time. Regular consumption of tofu has been shown to improve heart health as well.
Chia seed pudding
Chia seed pudding is another interesting dessert that is plant-based and can be made in so many different ways. There are only 4 ingredients necessary to make chia seed pudding: 1 cup plant-based milk of your choice, ¼ cup chia seeds, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, and sweetener of your choice if desired. Then your creativity can run wild with the many variations you can make!
You can whisk all of the above ingredients together or blend them up for a smoother texture. Remember to chill your pudding in the fridge for at least 3 hours to thicken it up. You can leave it in the fridge for as long as a couple of days if you forget about it.
Use coconut milk in the base recipe and add sliced strawberries and shredded, unsweetened coconut when serving for yummy strawberry coconut chia seed pudding! Or stir in ¼ cup mashed blueberries or blueberry pie filling with a dash of cinnamon and cardamom for blueberry pie chia seed pudding. For chocolate banana chia seed pudding mix in ¼ cup mashed banana and mini vegan chocolate chips and let set. The options are endless!
Chia seeds are great because they contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber. Chia seeds have been shown to reduce cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and blood pressure. They can also help to improve liver and intestinal function.
Peanut butter cups
Peanut butter cups can be made to be completely plant-based as well! Peanut butter cups are so delicious and can definitely be missed if you’re eating plant-based. Or maybe you’re just trying to make your desserts a little healthier!
All that’s needed is a blended banana, natural peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and melted vegan dark chocolate. Then you just have to layer the chocolate and peanut butter mixture into a muffin tin and freeze to set. So easy and so yummy! There are many different recipes out there. Take a look through the internet to find the recipe that’s right for you!
Nuts are known for being a healthy snack option because they contain so many great nutrients and compounds. Peanut butter has gotten a bad rap in the past for its higher fat content but it is a healthy kind of fat that helps to keep us feeling full for a long period of time.
Did you know peanuts are actually part of the legume family? Apart from this, peanuts provide the highest amount of protein compared to other nuts. Try making your own nutty dessert instead of opting for store-bought so you know exactly what it’s made with.
Eating any kind of sweet or dessert is best eaten in moderation, regardless of the health benefits. Stick to nutritious whole foods, like fruits and veggies, whenever possible.
What are your favorite plant-based desserts? Let us know in the comments below!
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