Whether you’re making the switch for personal values or because you want to adopt a few healthier eating habits, making the switch to veganism can be pretty tough. You need to learn to live without a few of your faves and to find the replacements that can slot into their place. When it comes to desserts, it soon becomes clear just how much use is made of dairy in particular. However, there’s still plenty of space for sweet and even sometimes healthy treats with a vegan dessert. Here are a few examples.
Get zesty with it
If you’re looking to break away from chocolate, then it’s a good idea to find that sweet and engaging taste that can make your desserts just as interesting without it. No offense to oats and berries, but they don’t always cut it. You know what does? A good lemon cake. For that perfect mix of sweet and tart, enough to appease the dessert-seeking monster in your belly but still light and easy enough to enjoy on any occasion. A good lemon cake does take some time to prepare so it’s not going to be an everyday thing but it can make for a nice special occasion dessert.
Making chocolate guilt-free
How could chocolate be vegan? Don’t you need milk to make it? While the vast majority of chocolate on the market might make use of milk, you don’t necessarily need to. This homemade dark chocolate recipe only uses three ingredients: cacao powder, cacao butter (doesn’t use any actual butter), and maple syrup. It doesn’t take much effort to make it either, you really just need to whisk the ingredients together right, in the right order, then pour and put it into the fridge or freezer to set.
Enjoy real cookies
There are, of course, sugar cookies and other types that don’t make use of any dairy, but chocolate cookies are always going to be the cream of the crop for some people. However, following the tips above, you should know well that you don’t need dairy to make good chocolate. This double chocolate chip cookie recipe makes use of pure dark chocolate chips, so there’s no need for dairy in there. The coconut oil and vanilla extract do a good job of making sure the darkness of that chocolate doesn’t overpower the rest of the recipe, as well.
You can still have ice cream, too
For a lot of people, the other “big” non-vegan treat that might seem impossible to live with is ice cream. However, there have been plenty of great vegan alternatives to ice cream that make use of no dairy. Typically, the strategy is to replace dairy milk with soya milk, almond milk, or the like. Personally, coconut milk is recommended for those who are trying to replicate the sweetness of milk accurately. Rarely is the coconut taste overpowering enough to make it above whatever flavors you give to the ice cream.
Making the switch to veganism isn’t often easy. However, it can definitely be made easier if you have the occasional delicious sweet treat waiting for you.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.