Guest Blogger ~ Virginia Cunningham with Quick and Simple Vegan Desserts!

Quick And Simple Vegan Desserts
 
Face it – your body craves a little sugar every now and then! Unfortunately, it can be difficult for a vegan to find desserts that are both tasty and vegan-friendly, as many cakes and cookies require dairy ingredients.
 

 

If you are a vegan looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, today is your lucky day! Below, you will find a list of quick, easy, and delicious desserts that are vegan:
 
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
A classic favorite dessert. For a vegan alternative, substitute butter with a non-dairy buttery spread such as Earth Balance, and eggs with flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax combined with 3 tablespoons of water) for a vegan-friendly cookie. Opt for these substitutes if you desire to make vegan brownies.
 
Almond Butter Chews
 
Want a sweet tooth fix that takes less than ten minutes to prepare? This Almond Butter Chew recipe is no-bake, takes five minutes to make and consists of 5 ingredients: chunky all-natural almond butter (1/4 cup), pure vanilla extract (1 teaspoon), rice crisp cereal (1 cup), organic brown rice syrup (3 tablespoons), andchopped baker’s chocolate (1 tablespoon).
 
Stir the almond butter, brown rice syrup and vanilla in a bowl, and then microwave on high for 35-45 seconds. Add the rice crisp cereal and chocolate and mix well. Wet your hands and shape them into golf ball-size and press firmly to hold. Place the balls on parchment paper, freeze for 5 minutes and enjoy!
 
No Bake Vegan Date Squares
 
For another 5-ingredient, no-bake option, try Angela Liddon’s vegan date squares recipe. The preparation time for this yummy treat is 30 minutes and it makes 12-16 guilt-free squares.
 
Coconut Milk Ice Cream
 
Substitute 1-part regular coconut milk for 1-part milk/cream in any ice cream recipe for a tasty and creamy dessert.
 
 

 

 
 
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Minted Poached Peaches
 
To liven up your average peach, try Martha Stewart’s recipe for minted poached peaches. Despite the fancy name, it’s quite simple to make!
 
In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups of sugar, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 2 strips of lemon zest, 1 large mint sprig and 4 cups of water. Cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Add 6 firm peaches, enough water to cover and bring to a simmer, turning the peaches occasionally and until they can be easily pierced with a fork or skewer. This process should take 6-10 minutes.
 
Remove the peaches and let them cool for a few minutes. Then, peel the peaches, return to the syrup, and enjoy!
 
Nectarine and Strawberry Pops
 
To beat the summer heat, try this refreshing, delicious treat. Thoroughly blendstrawberries (2 cups), 4 nectarines cut into chunks (about 1-1 ½ pounds) andsugar (1/2 cup). Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold. Freeze for about four hours. This will yield 8 popsicles.
 
Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies
 
For a pop right into your mouth snack, this recipe is a great option. Preparation time and cooking time falls between 10 and 12 minutes, respectively.
 
Vegan Chocolate Banana Pudding
 
This rich concoction is delicious. Blend 1 banana, 2 cups of soft tofu, 1/3 cup ofcocoa powder and 1/3 cup of sugar until smooth. Chill for at least an hour, serve with fresh fruit, and enjoy.
 
Homemade Apple Crisp
 
2 ½ cups of sliced apples
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup of flour
¾ cup plain soymilk
 
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the apples and brown sugar in a baking dish. In a different bowl, combine the oats, flour and soy milk – pour over the apples. Bake until the apples and topping are to your preference (anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour).
 
Even if you are not a vegan yourself, any of these quick and vegan-friendly desserts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth craving. Bon appetite!
 
 
Virginia Cunningham is a freelance writer from California whose writing covers a wide range of health topics, including healthy cooking, natural supplements, and personal fitness. When it comes to dessert, she loves experimenting with vegan-friendly recipes that her whole family will love. 

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