Is there anything worse than baking in a hot, humid kitchen? Yes! Going without dessert. Well good news, you don't have to do either with these 14 no cook plant-based desserts. And the best part? They are all whole-food, so that means no refined sugar: Hello dessert for breakfast!
Before We Begin: Speaking of Dessert for Breakfast...
One of our favorite plant-based desserts doubles as a healthy and protein-packed breakfast: The MamaSezz High Protein Breakfast Bars. Imagine chocolate-y brownie batter smothered over a decadent blondie base. Now imagine it's actually good for you? Sounds pretty sweet, right? Refined sugar free and loaded with fiber, we say have dessert for breakfast.
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The incredible thing about refined sugar-free plant based sweets is that you can go back for seconds without blood sugar spikes and crashes, plus no sugar hangover. "Nice cream" or dairy-free ice cream made with frozen bananas, both satiates your sweet tooth and fuels your body. This means more hiking, more swimming, more summer fun!
Following a whole food plant based diet doesn't mean you have to kick your sweet tooth to the curb. Whip up this date caramel sauce in under 5 minutes. It is dairy-free, oil-free, AND refined sugar free. Enjoy it by the spoonful, or drizzle it over your favorite plant-based desserts. Heck, I've even had it over oatmeal and it's delicious.
Treat yourself to a plant-based protein packed pie that the whole family will love. This pie is loaded with antioxidants, potassium, and iron. How often can you say that about dessert? There is absolutely no refined sugar in this decadent treat, and it's gluten free, salt free (option), oil free, and dairy free! It's even immunity boosting.
Surprise that special someone (or hey, treat yourself) with fresh strawberries dipped in this decadent refined sugar-free chocolate sauce. This vegan dessert recipe is whole food plant-based, easy to make, and dare I say it, even healthy.
Worried you can't get your calcium without dairy? Fret not! Drink 60% of your DV of calcium in one delicious sitting when you enjoy this vegan milkshake. This breakfast (or dessert) contains 556mg of calcium, as well as one third of your RDA of dietary fiber. Who knew healthy eating could be so...indulgent?
Of course we can't have a list of no-cook vegan desserts without including this plant-based take on an after school classic. These 4-ingredient vegan no-bake oatmeal cookies are a plant-based version of the cookies your mom used to whip up, minus the refined sugar.
Whether you eat refined sugars or not this plant-based recipe will be sure to change your dessert game forever.
Use it as a cake glaze, pancake syrup, an oatmeal topping, a cupcake icing, even as a pudding. This healthy topping is packed with nutrients, so why limit yourself to just one batch?
Plant-based sweets can be just as rich and decadent as Standard American Fare...minus the refined sugar. Case in point: this healthy spin on vegan lemon cheesecake. It is absolutely lick the fork, lick the plate, go back for seconds and do it all over again, gooood. It’s a no-cook recipe (perfect for warm weather) and 100% refined sugar free!
Kid-friendly vegan desserts? Yes please! This Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding is something everyone at your table will go bananas for...and it's high in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.
Pro tip: Spread this vegan chocolate pudding on toast for the perfect whole food plant-based breakfast. Or make it a sandwich (try adding nut butter and banana) then pack it for lunch.
Ever wish you could just eat a tub of cookie dough and not feel sick? Well, now you can! This super simple plant-based cookie dough is made with chickpeas, believe it or not! And because it doesn't have eggs, it can be enjoyed raw! A quick and easy plant-based dessert for the whole family.
There's nothing better than simple vegan desserts, am I right? And this raspberry lime chia Jello is so so easy! This refreshing dessert is the perfect addition to any party, potluck, or family dinner.
Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please. This dairy-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake makes a great dessert, but an even better plant-based breakfast. It’s rich, creamy, savory and sweet!
Taste aside; it’s filled with fiber, antioxidants, natural plant-protein, and potassium! All the fuel you will need to power through your day. If dessert for breakfast isn’t enough to make someone go plant-based, I don’t know what is.
Fall lover, this one's for you. Love pumpkin pie but trying to ditch sugar? This super healthy plant-based no-bake pumpkin pie recipe is what autumn dreams are made of.
14. MamaSezz Heart Beet Vegan Ice Cream
For this one you'll have to order some MamaSezz Strong Heart Beets: A blended spread, smoothie base, jam replacement or pancake topping! It's loaded with all antioxidant rich beets and chia seeds, fiber rich dates and immunity boosting lemon juice. This dairy-free sweet treat isn’t just, a healthier alternative to ice cream, it’s straight up good for you thanks to the power of beets! Made from MamaSezz Strong Heart Beets and frozen bananas, this rose-colored dessert is naturally sweet and loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, the works!
And while yes, ice cream is traditionally served as a dessert, the MamaSezz team has been known to eat this nondairy version nearly any time of day, even at breakfast (it makes a delightful pancake topper if we do say so ourselves)!
And thanks to the power of beets, this nice cream recipe is also a great pre/post workout snack (read more on why athletes should eat more beets here).
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Well, there you have it! You don't have to decide between your sweet tooth and sweating in a kitchen. Have your (no-bake) cake and eat it, too!
By Caroline DiNicola Fawley
Caroline is a plant-based chef, recipe designer, and whole food plant-based nutrition educator, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies