Holiday cookies, cakes, and pies are hard to resist—even the vegan versions, which can be just as sugary as their non-vegan counterparts. What about those who can’t (or prefer not to) indulge in sugar-filled treats? If that applies to you or any of your family and friends, you can still indulge in delicious seasonal, flavorful, and beautiful treats. Here are my favorite low-sugar (or no-sugar!) vegan desserts!
Gingered Winter Fruit Medley
Gingered Winter Fruit Medley is a simple, pretty combination of winter fruits. In this dessert, pears, apples, oranges, and pineapple are spiced with crystallized ginger. This fruit medley is a refreshing finish to any vegan Thanksgiving feast!
Unbaked Fig Bars
It’s amazing that a dessert as good as Gena Hamshaw’s Unbaked Fig Bars can be free of refined flour and sugar! These fig bars have all of the chewiness and sweetness of traditional Fig Newton cookies, but they’re made with wholesome almonds, oats, and real dried figs.
Coconutty for Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here were have another date-sweetened delight from Gena Hamshaw. These Coconutty for Chocolate Chip Cookies taste every bit as sweet and indulgent as a cookie should, but they’re surprisingly nutritious!
Unbaked Fudge Brownies
You won’t believe how easy it is to make Unbaked Fudgy Brownies, rich with nuts and sweetened with dates. They’re flourless, gluten-free, and altogether rich and yummy!
Orange Cardamon Chocolate Mousse
From Oh My Veggies, this is a fabulous seasonal dessert idea that’s super-easy, yet will knock your guests’ socks off! Orange Cardamom Chocolate Mousse is even more festive served in orange halves (organic, please!) that have been juiced. This recipe serves 4, so make sure to double it for a larger crowd.
Pear and Apple Crumble
If you’d like an alternative to pumpkin pies for fall and winter celebrations (like Thanksgiving and Christmas), this Pear and Apple Crumble is a welcome dessert. To keep the sugar content to a minimum, skip the nondairy ice cream!
Stewed Spiced Pears in Red Wine
Stewed Spiced Pears in Red Wine is a lovely light dessert! For this dessert, pears are lightly cooked in red wine and apple juice. Afterwards, the pears are gently spiced with cinnamon and allspice.
Laura's Date-Nut Truffles
If you’re in need of a fuss-free, healthy dessert that will impress guests, look no further than Laura’s Date-Nut Truffles. Laura Theodore created this simple yet decadent-tasting treat for just such an occasion! Double the recipe for a bigger crowd.
Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles
Also starring dates, these decadent Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles by Chef AJ are easy to make and contain only 5 ingredients. As with the truffles above, double the recipe for more servings.
Chocolate-Drizzled Apples or Pear with Date "Caramel" Sauce
For Chocolate-Drizzled Apples or Pears with Date “Caramel” Sauce, crisp apples or firm pears plus vegan chocolate chips add up to a seriously good dessert! And if you have a few dates on hand (and a machine to blend them up with), you can also make a caramel-y sauce to dip them into.