Vegan Dessert Recipes
Whether you’re trying out a plant-based diet for the first time, or you’re a long-term vegan, it never hurts to have a list of low-calorie vegan-friendly recipes ready to go.
While you might have lunch and dinner sorted, it can be tricky to rustle up a dessert that doesn’t involve any eggs, butter or other dairy products. When traditional puddings are off the menu, there’s no reason to miss out on a sweet treat or two. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of slimming-friendly dessert recipes that are both plant-based and delicious.
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Easy Vegan Desserts
It’s no secret that there’s nothing easier than a slow cooker recipe. You might not expect to cook your dessert in a slow cooker, but that’s precisely what makes this Chai Rice Pudding so easy and convenient.
Made with unsweetened almond milk, this comforting pud is totally dairy free. Not only does skipping the dairy help to keep the calories down, it gives this creamy dessert a silky, rich texture and slightly nutty flavour that you’ll love.
Lightly spiced with chai tea, cinnamon and vanilla, this is a cosy-tasting dessert that’s especially good on a chilly day. At just 136 calories per portion, it’s easy to slot this into your meal plan for the week!
This rice pudding simmers gently for 3 hours in your slow cooker. If you’re in the market for a new one, we’d recommend picking up a model with at least a 3.5 litre capacity.
For when you fancy something a little lighter and fruitier, you can’t go wrong with these Summer Puddings. All you’ll need to make these is some frozen berries, fresh berries, sweetener and white bread. They don’t take much effort, but you’ll want to plan them in advance as they need time to set in the fridge.
All the sweetened juices from the defrosted berries seep into the bread and mould it together, with a little help from a tin can or other weight. Once they’ve had some time to set, they’ll turn out onto a plate nicely, ready to serve for pudding.
Juicy and satisfying on their own, you could always add a swirl of dairy-free aerosol cream if you wanted to up the indulgence even more.
When you’ve got a sweet tooth emergency, you’ll be glad to have this Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe in your back pocket. You could make it using dairy milk, but it’s lower in calories, vegan and even more delicious when you use unsweetened almond milk.
With warming spices of vanilla and cinnamon, and just a teeny pinch of chilli, it’s silky, sweet and has just the right kick to it. Ready in 5 minutes, and only 94 calories per serving, it’s just what you need when you’re curling up in front of a film after dinner.
Frozen Vegan Desserts
When it comes to dessert, a scoop or two of ice cream is always a winner. Fancy free-from and plant-based ice creams from the supermarket can often be pretty pricey, but it’s easier than you might think to make frozen vegan treats at home.
We’re obsessed with anything Biscoff, so it should be no surprise to anyone that this Biscoff Swirl Ice Cream gets a spot on our list of top vegan desserts. Free from dairy, eggs, honey and even milk powder, both the Lotus spread and popular biscuits are 100% suitable for those following a plant-based diet.
We combine them with frozen slices of banana that we’ve blended in a food processor until they’ve turned into a thick, creamy ice cream. Swirl through the Biscoff spread and crumble in the biscuits and you’ve got caramel-flavoured magic!
A decent food processor will make all the difference when whipping up this frozen treat. This one can be ordered from Amazon and it has a generous 2.1 litre capacity.
If you like your ice cream with a little more of a crunch, we recommend serving your scoops inside a golden baked taco shell. That’s exactly how we make these Sweet Tacos, and you don’t want to miss them!
Using the same banana base as our Biscoff ice cream, these tacos are loaded with double the deliciousness. By splitting the creamy mixture into two, half of it gets turned into a decadent-tasting chocolate ice cream. Topped off with fresh fruit, this fun pudding really has it all!
We like to coat the edges of our taco shells with melted chocolate and sprinkles. To keep this recipe vegan-friendly, make sure you use plant-based chocolate.
With a super short ingredients list (only 4 things!) there’s no excuse not to have a container of this Mango and Raspberry Ice Cream stashed in the freezer. Perfect for when you fancy fruity flavours, our low-calorie mango and banana ice cream couldn’t be easier to make.
There’s no need to wait for raspberries and mango to be in season – our recipe calls for frozen fruit, which helps to keep the cost down too.
A couple of good quality freezer-safe containers will come in handy time and time again if you’re planning on becoming a batch-cook pro. We like these leak-proof glass containers that are freezer, microwave and oven safe.
Baked Vegan Desserts
When you want a proper pudding, it’s hard to compete with a bowlful of homemade baked crumble. This Vegan Blackberry and Apple Crumble ticks all the boxes, filled with a dreamy combination of sweet apples and tart blackberries, and topped with crunchy golden oats.
A classic for a reason, a hearty crumble is delicious warm or cold, served with a dairy-free custard or a swirl of aerosol cream. Homely and comforting, we’d love to tuck into this after a tasty plant-based Sunday dinner.
When a recipe only calls for 3 ingredients and one of them is Biscoff spread, you know you’re onto a good thing. These Biscoff Swirls are heavenly little bites of buttery, flaky puff pastry, filled with – you guessed it – Lotus Biscoff spread.
Baked until they’re golden, you can have a batch of them ready to serve in just 25 minutes. We can’t think of a better reason to pop the kettle on! Most packs of ready-rolled light puff pastry are vegan-friendly, but it’s a good idea to read the packaging carefully just to make sure. You need a little milk for this recipe, but any non-dairy milk will do the job nicely.
What do you get if you cross cinnamon buns and apple pie? This irresistible Apple Cinnamon Swirl Pudding of course! Instead of a crumble or pastry topping, we’ve used swirls of light puff pastry to layer over our sweetened, cinnamon sprinkled apples.
To make this recipe completely vegan, you’ll just need to switch to non-dairy milk and double check the puff pastry you’re using. Don’t be afraid to add in some sultanas or raisins if you want your filling to be even fruitier (just bear in mind the additional calories).
You’ll only find this recipe on page 142 of our Family Meal Planner. It’s so handy to have tucked away in your bag when you’re trying to be more organised with meal planning and food shopping! Pick up a copy here.
What will you be serving for dessert?
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