Just because we’re trying our best to stay healthy, doesn’t mean we can’t add a little bit of fun to our diet. There are a lot of irresistible vegan desserts recipes available out there, and I’ve compiled a few of the best recipes I could find.
Strawberry Cheesecake Cups
Crust Ingredients: (makes 24 mini cheesecakes):
1 cup pecans
6 medjool dates
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 tsp sea salt
1. Remove the pits from the Medjool dates and soak them in warm water for 10 minutes. Drain the water from the dates and place in a food processor along with the remaining ingredients. Process until the nuts are crumbled and the crust is sticking together on it’s own.
2. Press about 1 1/2 tsp of the mixture into the bottom of each mini muffin cup.
1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 3 hours)
1/2 cup frozen strawberry slices
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1. Drain cashews from the soaking water and rinse under fresh water. Then add them to a high-speed blender or Vitamix along with frozen strawberries, agave nectar, melted coconut oil, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour this mixture into a bowl and set aside. Clean out the blender to make the strawberry puree for the swirl.
1/2 cup frozen strawberries, melted
1. Allow these strawberries to melt at room temperature or heat over low heat in a sauce pan for a few minutes until soft. Then blend this in a blender into a smooth purée.
2. Take a scant Tbsp of the cashew filling and pour on top of the pressed crust. Then take 1/2 tsp of strawberry purée and dollop on top of the cashew filling. Take the end of a toothpick and swirl the two mixtures around to make a fun artsy pattern!
3. Freeze the cheesecakes for 1-2 hours until solid. Remove them from the mini muffin trays and allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes. before biting into them.
Healthy Blueberry Muffins
2 cup whole wheat spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 cup organic blueberries
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup soy milk
½ cup 100% maple syrup
¼ cup agave nectar
1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a mini cupcake tin with paper cups.
2. Mix wet ingredients together in large bowl, then stir in dry ingredients, followed by the blueberries.
3. Using small spoons, divide the batter among the cups so they’re almost filled to the top.
4. Bake until muffins are golden brown, for about 20 minutes.
Coconut Cashew Rice Pudding
½ cup raw cashews
1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup Arborio rice
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp finely grated lime zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
fresh berries, coconut, and/or toasted cashews for garnish
1. Put the cashews in a blender or food processor with 1 cup of water and puree until smooth (you will not have to strain this).
2. Place the cashew milk, coconut milk, rice, sugar and lime zest in a medium saucepot and whisk while bringing it up to a simmer over medium heat. Cover loosely and continue to simmer gently, stirring often, until the rice is tender, about 25 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool the pudding to room temperature and then chill before serving.
3. Serve the pudding garnished with fresh berries, coconut shavings and/or toasted cashews.
Chocolate Pumpkin Truffle Pops
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup canned organic pumpkin pie mix
5 Medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (or substitute another nut butter)
¼ tsp vanilla powder (optional)
Pinch sea salt
¾ cup vegan chocolate chips
½ Tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ sweetened shredded coconut
1. In a food processor, combine coconut flour, pumpkin pie mix, dates, peanut butter, vanilla powder and sea salt until it forms a ball of dough.
2. With your hands, roll balls approximately 1 ¼” in size and poke truffle pop sticks into each ball. Set them on a dish or baking sheet lined with parchment paper while you melt the chocolate coating.
3. Melt chocolate chips with coconut oil in a double boiler or mixing bowl over a pot filled with a small amount of boiling water.
4. Stir until just melted and smooth, and remove from heat.
5. Dip the truffle pops in the melted chocolate and swirl to coat evenly. Use a spoon to get chocolate coating near the base of the ball. Allow excess to drip off before standing them upright.
6. Sprinkle coconut and/or pecans all over the chocolate, and using a piece of Styrofoam, place the truffle pop sticks in the 7. Styrofoam to stand upright in the fridge.
8. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the chocolate set. Keep truffle pops in the fridge until serving.
Spiced Whiskey Cinnamon Rolls
1 packet active dry yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
1 cup warm water (100°F)
¼ cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp sea salt
¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
¼ cup all-purpose flour (for rolling out dough)
1 tsp coconut oil (to oil the bowl for proofing)
Spiced Peaches Ingredients:
3 ripe peaches, peeled and diced (approximately 3 cups)
1 cup Spicebox Canadian spiced whiskey (or bourbon)
¼ cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp vegan butter (melted)
¼ cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup icing sugar
1 Tbsp vegan butter (softened)
1 Tbsp non-dairy milk (or water)
½ tsp vanilla extract
1. Combine active dry yeast with warm water and sugar. The water needs to be at a temperature of around 100°F for the yeast to activate, so it’s best to use a thermometer. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes. It should double in size and be foamy at the top.
2. Meanwhile, melt your coconut oil over low heat. Ensure the coconut oil is also not heated above 100°F.
3. Combine flour with sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Then, create a well in the middle of the flour and pour the yeast mixture and the coconut oil into it.
4. Fold the dough gently to combine. It should just come together and then you can use your hands to knead it a few times to form a ball.
5. Lightly oil another large mixing bowl with 1 tsp of coconut oil and place the ball of dough in it to proof. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, and leave it in a warm dark place for 2 hours. On top of the fridge or in the oven or microwave should be enough to keep any cool draft off of it. The dough will double in size.
6. While the dough is rising, you can prepare the spiced peaches. In a saucepan, heat spiced whiskey, maple syrup and diced peaches over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and then remove from heat and cool completely.
7. Combine sugar and cinnamon for the filling and set aside.
8. Melt the butter in the pan you want to bake the cinnamon rolls in, and then you can use the residue to grease all sides of the pan.
9. Once the dough has proofed, lightly flour a clean dry surface/countertop and roll out the dough to approximately a 16” x 16” square.
10. Leave a 1” edge on one side of the dough free from melted butter and any fillings. This will be the outer edge when you roll the dough up.
11. Brush melted butter on the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly on top, then take the spiced peaches and spread them out on top of the cinnamon sugar.
12. Start at the opposite side of the clean edge and roll the dough into a log shape. Take a sharp knife and cut 12 equal rolls.
13. Place the rolls in the pan leaving a bit of space to the edge of the pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and a towel, and allow the rolls to proof in a warm dark place for another 2 hours.
14. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes.
15. Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool for 10-15 minutes and make the icing by combining all the icing ingredients in a small bowl with a hand mixer until smooth.
16. Spread the icing on top of warm cinnamon rolls and serve immediately.
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