What do vegans eat for dessert?
This is a question I get asked a lot.
There’s a common misconception that vegans can’t eat dessert because they don’t eat dairy or eggs.
At times, I even feel like there’s a misconception that we don’t eat at all. I’m frequently asked “But what do you EAT?” with mild concern, confusion or slight anger or annoyance. And it makes me wonder if people forget fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and oils exist.
But back on topic — we’re talking sweets and treats today.
There is PLENTY we can eat for dessert! This may shock you, but I eat dessert far more now that I am vegan. Pre- vegan and vegetarianism, I hated the taste of milk, so I always preferred savoury and salty dishes over dessert.
But I do love cocoa, coconuts, nuts, and their milks and creams. This has made a huge difference to my enjoyment of sweet dishes.
Today I’m going to show you some of my favourite desserts from retailers and restaurants in Toronto. My main cooking limitation is that I’m terrible with baking and sweet things (a life time of never craving them, I guess!), so aside from peanut butter cups and chocolate soy mousse, I’m a terrible dessert maker, hence the round of up bought desserts.
Sweets from the Earth is not just the best thing to happen to vegans. They’re the best thing to happen to anyone with lactose allergies, peanut/nut allergies, or gluten and wheat allergies.
And they’re all natural, 100% vegan, cholesterol free, trans-fat free, no hydrogenated oils (a huge gripe of mine!), low in saturated fat, GMO-free, preservative free, and free from refined sugar.
You’re probably wondering what you can eat that tastes sweet and yummy without all of that, and it’s LOTS. They create bars, slices, cookies, cookie dough so you can make your own at home, cupcakes, cheesecakes, and cakes.
One of my favourite dessert combinations is SFTE’s chocolate fudge cake with So Delicious Dairy Free mocha-almond ice cream (see below). Ah-mazing. Seriously.
I get my SFTE from Longo’s, Noah’s or Sobey’s in Toronto. I don’t know what I’ll do when we leave Canada and I don’t have SFTE anymore. Beg them to ship to Australia? Or probably just lose 10 pounds, come to think of it.
I could make my own. But let’s face it, I’m terrible at it. And why should I waste money trying to make cupcake after terrible, terrible cupcake when there are so many delicious vegan cupcakes around?
My favourite vegan cupcakes are from Urban Herbivore. Their huge range includes: banana split, black forest, red velvet, carrot cake, pink lemonade, and vanilla, amongst others. The standouts for me are the red velvet and the mocha cupcakes. The red velvet melts in your mouth and has a satisfying mild almost cheesecake flavour to it. The mocha again isn’t overpowering, but nicely flavours with the chocolate.
They also do weekly gluten free special cupcakes, too.
Life would be a bit less bright without ice cream, wouldn’t it? For vegans, you have your coconut, nut milk, and soy/tofu based ice creams. I’m yet to try a soy/tofu based ice cream because I adore coconut milk and almond milk.
So Delicious Dairy Free does a range of soy, almond and coconut milk ice creams and frozen desserts. I always have a box of coconut chocolate-almond covered “minis” in my freezer. And I like to get tubs of Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream to pair with cookies or cakes.
Cookies, Doughnuts & Pie
You can DIY your cookies with the SFTE cookie dough. I’ve done this before and the cookies were scrumptious. But I’m a batter-eater, so it’s safer for me to purchase cookies already made so I actually get to the cookie part.
I wish I had photos of the doughnuts they sell at Sadie’s Diner, but they’re so delicious that I scoffed them as soon as I walked them home (it was a difficult 40 minute walk!). They make vegan doughnuts in traditional flavours like cinnamon and chocolate, and in unusual ones like Earl Grey, which I was surprisingly delighted with. Such a delicate flavour, unlike the tea itself.
Fresh and Urban Herbivore also do cookies and doughnuts.
Sadie’s Diner pie needs a special shout out. It’s the first and only vegan pie I’ve had. It was the special of the day and I had grown up with an aversion to rhubarb thanks to a gross story my grandmother told me as a child about rhubarb and having her wisdom teeth out. So this was my first try! And it turns out rhubarb and strawberry pie paired with vegan vanilla ice cream is scrumptious.
So this is my list of favourite vegan treats. Do you have any? Any “weirdos” out there like me who prefer the taste of nut milks over dairy in their desserts?
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