Vegan chocolate desserts
If you have ground almonds in your freezer, as I usually do, it takes almost no time to prep. But don’t rush the baking and final steps: it is important to bake the cake until it is dark golden-brown for the best texture, and to sprinkle a layer of chopped almonds on the serving plate so that the bottom of the cake doesn’t stick to the plate. This recipe calls for two kinds of almonds, unpeeled sweet whole almonds and Marcona almonds from Spain, but you can use all sweet almonds if that’s what you have on hand. In that case, sprinkle a little more flaked salt over the top of the cake since Marcona almonds are already salted and fried in oil when you buy them.
These delicious no-fat-added vegan cookies taste like luscious brownies. Contributed by vegan chef Beverly Lynn Bennett, this recipe was a favorite of my kids during their teen years, along with her Crispy Rice and Almond Treats. Moist and fudgy, it isn’t hard to see why it was one of their most frequently requested treats. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Fun, fun, fun! That’s how I describe these lovely little lollipops! The dates help to hold the pops together while also standing in for much of the processed sugar. They’re perfect for any party, whether you are entertaining kids or adults! Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore, from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* © 2013 BenBella Books, reprinted by permission.
Cradled in a chocolate crust and blanketed by a ganache topping, the silky peanut butter mousse at the center is creamy and luscious. The hardest part of this pie is making the crust (if indeed you’re making yours from scratch), so once it’s baked and ready to go, you’re more than halfway done! Recipe adapted from Easy as Vegan Pie by Hannah Kaminsky. © 2013, Skyhorse Publishing, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
Go ahead and play in the mud! Inspired by the call for a “cup of mud,” which is of course simply coffee, and the outrageously chocolaty affair known as Mississippi mud cake, it’s as dark and intense as a fresh brewed cuppa, but with all the trappings of an elegant dessert. Don’t be misled by the funky name—this kind of mud pie is far tastier than any childhood sandbox creation. Perfect for a pie novice, this is an effortless dessert with a big flavor payoff. Recipe and photos from Easy as Vegan Pie by Hannah Kaminsky. © 2013, Skyhorse Publishing, reprinted by permission.
Fresh orange juice and finely minced orange zest are cooked with thick tahini (sesame paste) and a small amount of agave syrup to make the liquid for this unusual chocolate truffle with a slightly chewy texture. While this truffle ganache is not perfectly smooth, the truffles taste very creamy, and the coating of lightly toasted black and naturally colored sesame seeds provides color and crunch. Note that raw tahini is sweeter than the roasted kind, but either can be used. From Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy Free Desserts by Fran Costigan © 2013, Running Press. Reprinted by permission. Photos by Kate Lewis. more→
In this contemporary rendition of bread pudding, cashew cream and coconut milk make the creamy custard and a healthy dose of chocolate provides the wow factor. I use protein-rich, easy-to-digest sprouted bread, but any bread you like will do. Serve the pudding warm right out of the baking dish, or make ahead and warm before serving. If you want to spice up brunch with Ms. or Mr. Sweetie, try the heart-shaped variation at the end. Recipe reprinted with permission from Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts by Fran Costigan. © 2013 Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Photos by Kate Lewis. more→
Silken tofu is a great base for a vegan mousse-style pie filling—it has just the right consistency, minus the bother of a flour-thickened sauce. Chocolate and banana are a dream team in this easy, dairy-free dessert, requiring just 5 ingredients (plus just a couple more if you decide to make your own crust). Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→