Life is too short to eat bad dessert. Even if you’re vegan, gluten-free, or Paleo, there’s no need to miss out—there are plenty of healthier, great-tasting options out there, you just gotta use the right ingredients. These easy vegan recipes sneak in things like avocado, applesauce, fruit, spices, and coconut milk to make some real-deal treats that won’t leave you wishing you just grabbed an apple. Been there, regretted that cardboard muffin.
The best kind of banana bread has chunks of the fruit visible, so one look at this guy and you know they did it right. Besides bananas, it’s made with brown sugar, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, and cinnamon. Sorry, PB&J on toast, this looks better.
Chocolate cupcakes are such a staple, whether you’re baking them for a birthday, office party, or just to sweeten up your week. A go-to healthy recipe is basically a neccesity, and this vegan version could be it. It’s filled with sneaky ingredients like dates, oats, and cacao, so you’ll know you’re eating something kinda good for you, but your friends won’t know the difference! BTW, if you’re looking for vegan sprinkles, there are plenty of options online.
Something about lemon poppy seed-flavored foods reminds us of spring. Make these sweet muffins to brighten up a rainy day or just to add to your morning breakfast rotation. The glaze couldn’t be simpler to make, either—just mix powdered sugar and lemon juice and drizzle over muffins.
Not only is this cake vegan, it’s also gluten- and oil-free. Crazy, right? It uses unsweetened applesauce, oat flour, and vanilla extract to mimic the usual taste. Even Lorelei Gilmore would approve of this loaf.
If you haven’t tried avocado as a baking substitute yet, what are you waiting for?! It’ll make your brownies so moist and fluffy while adding some healthy fats to dessert. Even the frosting is relatively clean… just mix avocado, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. This recipe does include three eggs, but to go full vegan, swap in flax eggs. To make a flax egg, mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to thicken up before adding to the recipe.
Sure, you can find vegan cookies or brownies at most health food stores these days, but you’d be hard-pressed to stumble upon a vegan sticky bun. Take matters into your own hands and whip these cinnamon balls of goodness up at home.
Is there anything more comforting than a warm chocolate chip cookie, fresh out of the oven? Or a kitchen that smells like warm cookies? Grab yourself some dairy-free chips and get to baking. Fair warning: The sea salt makes them soooo…oooo…oooo addictive.
Think of this as banana bread meets blueberry pancakes. It uses a surprising ingredient you definitely have around—apple cider vinegar—and goes great with tea or coffee. Make it for breakfast or to nibble on as an afternoon snack.
Ohh baby, are magic bars addictive or what? If you’ve never had one, they’re basically blondies stuffed with nuts, coconut, and chocolate chips. To make a vegan version, this recipe uses maple syrup as a sweetener instead of sweetened condensed milk.