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The 30 Most Popular Vegan Desserts of 2016

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No matter how stuffed we are after dinner, we always save room for dessert — how about you? There are a few misconceptions when it comes to vegan desserts. The first is that you can’t do cakes, cheesecakes, ice cream, or just about anything without the use of eggs and dairy. Here at One Green Planet, we know that’s just not true because everything is vegan. We can make vegan cheesecake from cashews and coconut milk, we can use flax and chia seeds to replace eggs, and we can even use aquafaba, that water from a can of chickpeas to make meringues, macarons, and to make cakes and cookies fluffy. Want to see just how amazing vegan desserts can be? Then, get ready because we have recipes that you’ll be dreaming about until 2017.

To see what was popular last year, check out The Top 20 All-Vegan, No-Bake Dessert Recipes of 2015 and then come on back because this year, we have 30 of the most viral vegan dessert recipes of 2016!

1. Blueberry Cake With Coconut Frosting

Blueberry Cake With Coconut Frosting

This Blueberry Cake With Coconut Frosting is gluten-free cake in disguise. By that, we mean that the texture is so amazing, nobody would ever know that it’s gluten-free unless you told them. Fresh blueberries are stirred into the batter, adding little bursts of fruity flavor into every bite. The frosting is a combination of coconut cream and coconut yogurt that works like a dream. Blueberry powder is used to give it a gorgeous purple color.

2. Pistachio Cake

Pistachio Cake

This Pistachio Cake is amazing in every way. It has good-for-you ingredients like pistachios and spinach, is easy-to-make, doesn’t require any fancy devices, and looks absolutely beautiful! Despite the short list of ingredients and minimal sugar, this cake bursts with flavor.

3. 4-Ingredient Lemon Pudding

4-Ingredient Lemon Curd

This 4-Ingredient Lemon Pudding is like an oasis for people who take the lemony desserts seriously because it has a seriously lip puckering taste. If you look forward to your morning lemon water, then you will love this vegan dessert! It’s perfect for filling vanilla cupcakes or spreading or sandwiching between two vegan sugar cookies.

4. Chocolate-Covered Mocha Cheesecake 

Chocolate-Covered Mocha Cheesecake

You can’t go wrong with this decadent Chocolate-Covered Mocha Cheesecake. A creamy espresso-flavored filling sits atop a pecan-date crust and the top of the cake is coated in a thick layer of rich dark chocolate then covered with plenty of chocolate chips. This is a cake you can prepare days before and just keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to indulge.

5. No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake 

No bake blueberry cheesecake

If you’re looking for a dessert that feels and tastes sinfully decadent but is actually good for you, look no further than this No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake. This cake has the richness of a chocolate cake, but a delightfully fresh fruity flavor. Make sure to take lots of pictures once you’re done whipping this one up, the bright blue flavor is eye-catching!

6. Turmeric Glow Lemonade

Turmeric Glow Lemonade

This Turmeric Glow Lemonade is a game-changer, mostly because it’s so lemony and a little bit spicy with a touch of sweetness. Refreshing and thirst-quenching like no other. You can mix this up in 30 seconds. Drink it any time of day, when your body is thirsty for a drink that’s a step up from water.

7. Raw Coconut Lime Pie

Raw Lime Pie

The crust of this Raw Coconut Lime Pie is made by blending coconut, coconut flour, and dates together, resulting in a base that’s sweet, nutty, and a little crumbly. The tart and creamy lime filling is made velvety by combining cashews with coconut butter and silken tofu. This dessert is perfect for warm spring and summer days.

8. Peanut Butter Banana Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Banana Cheesecake

This creamy Peanut Butter Banana Cheesecake is composed of three awesomely delicious elements. First, a dense cashew-based peanut butter filling rests on a crust of dates and almonds. The finishing touch is a topping of homemade dark chocolate peanut butter cups that are drizzled with even more peanut butter, because you can never have too much.

9. Cinnamon Apple Dessert Tacos

Cinnamon Apple Dessert Tacos

These Cinnamon Apple Dessert Tacos are the kind of indulgent treat you’d encounter at the world’s greatest food festival … Except you can make these at home and the only line you’ll be waiting on is the one at the grocery store. They have a crispy fried tortilla shell that sparkles from the cinnamon sugar coating, a warm apple pie filling, and a topping of coconut whipped cream dusted with cinnamon that you should absolutely go overboard on. Crunchy, sweet, warm, and indulgent, this dessert is absolutely unforgettable.

10. Frozen Piña Colada Cake

Frozen Piña Colada Cake

This beautiful Frozen Piña Colada Cake is reminiscent of sipping a chilly piña colada in a tropical paradise. The creamy coconut milk filling is flavored with sweet, yet tart pineapple and can be served one of two ways. You can serve it thawed so that it’s like a cream cake or serve it frozen for a cake that’s like ice cream. You won’t believe this has an entire zucchini in it. It’s totally undetectable, only adding to the creaminess, so the cake is totally delicious.

11. Mini Mint Chocolate Cheesecakes 

mini mint chocolate cheesecakes

If you’re looking for a healthy and refreshing, yet decadent dessert, make these Mini Mint Chocolate Cheesecakes your next mission in the kitchen! These mini cheesecakes are made with oats, almonds, cashews, mint extract, spirulina, and coconut oil, among other good-for-you ingredients. Talk about a superfood dessert!

12. No-Bake Galaxy Berry Cheesecake Bars 

Galaxy Berry Bars

These No-Bake Galaxy Berry Cheesecake Bars have a stunning color that looks like a galaxy! They’re quite simple to make; the only time-consuming thing is soaking the cashews and letting it all solidify in the freezer, but all of this won’t cost you any effort. Making recipe though takes about 10-20 minutes total, depending on how fast you work. Minimum effort and maximum reward — gotta love it.

13. Raw Mango and Turmeric Cheesecake 

Mango and Turmeric Cheesecake

This beautiful Raw Mango and Turmeric Cheesecake is full of plant-based, whole food goodness. It has no refined sugar, it’s gluten-free, and grain-free, too. Its creamy cashew-based cheesecake filling is sweetened with fresh mangoes and coconut nectar and it gets its gorgeous golden color from turmeric. This cheesecake would be a hit at any summer party, but who says you need a special occasion (or reason) to make a great dessert?

14. Lemon Icebox Pie

lemon icebox pie

Presenting, the Lemon Icebox Pie! This dairy-free creamy, dreamy lemon icebox pie is made with a secret ingredient that you would never guess — and neither would anybody you serve it to. This pie can be served two different ways. You can enjoy it straight from the refrigerator, where it’ll be light and creamy, or serve it from the freezer for a frozen treat.

15. Sweet Potato Ice Cream

sweet potato ice cream

This Sweet Potato Ice Cream is like a summery cousin to autumn’s pumpkin pie. This creamy and decadent cashew-based ice cream is spicy and cool — nobody would ever guess that it actually contains sweet potato! A topping of pecans complements the ice cream and if you’re feeling it, add a dollop of coconut whipped cream.

16. Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake 1

If you love peanut butter cups, you will swoon over this Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake. It starts off with a crunchy base of dates and almonds, then cashews and cacao powder come together to make a dense but velvety filling, and finally it is topped with peanut butter cups and PB drizzle. Decadent is an understatement.

17. Nutrient-Dense Brownies With Raw Chocolate Sauce 

nutrient dense brownie

These Nutrient-Dense Brownies With Raw Chocolate Sauce are a must-make. Not only are they nutrient dense from oats, almond flour, banana, and grated carrot, they’re also ridiculously easy to make. All you do is throw the ingredients into a bowl, combine, bake, and something amazingly delicious happens. They’re dense, chocolatey, gluten-free, and free from refined sugar —so don’t let the “brownie” part stop you from having one of these for breakfast.

18. Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

This Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake is worthy of celebration! It starts with a no-bake crust made from dates and almonds. It’s then topped with a creamy, tart lemon cheesecake filling, followed by a layer of raspberry cheesecake. As a bonus, both layers of this cheesecake are made vibrant through use of natural food coloring!

19. Pistachio Coconut Dark Chocolate Truffles 

Pistachio Coconut Dark Chocolate Bites 2

These Pistachio Coconut Dark Chocolate Truffles are simple, healthy, and easy-to-make. Chewy, macaron-like balls of pistachios and desiccated coconut dipped in dark chocolate and then topped with chopped pistachios. Delicate and delicious!

20. Four Layer Raw Rainbow Ice Cream Cake

Four Layer Raw Rainbow Ice Cream Cake

Raspberries, avocados, blueberries, and saffron lend their colors and flavors to this show-stopping Raw Rainbow Ice Cream Cake. The pastels make it look like something out of a fairytale! As if this cake wasn’t amazing enough, it’s topped with coconut-crusted vanilla bliss balls – mega yum!

21. Raw Tiramisu

Raw Tiramisu 2

This Raw Tiramisu is ridiculously delicious. The flavor is boldly flavored, perfectly sweet, and the texture is sublimely creamy. With crumbly almond-cold-pressed coffee “lady-fingers” and a rich cashew cream layered in between, it’s a decadent vegan dessert that will impress everyone.

22. Almost Raw Blueberry Cheesecake

Raw Blueberry Cheesecake 4

This Almost Raw Blueberry Cheesecake is sweet, dense, and decadent. The cheesecake is a mixture of cashews, cocoa butter, and hemp seeds, set atop a walnut-date crust, and then topped with a tart blueberry topping. In addition to being delicious, it’s gorgeous!

23. Tahini Coconut Fudge

Tahini Coconut Fudge

Who knew you could make fudge with tahini and coconut butter? Although simple, this melt-in-your-mouth Tahini Coconut Fudge has refined, delicate flavors. Each bite of this fudge starts with a bit of salty flavor, followed by a sweet touch of coconut. They’re perfect for gifting or for a quick, chilled sweet snack.

24. Orange Almond Cheesecake

Orange Almond Cheesecake 2

Oranges, coconut and almond flour, and lemon come together to create this beautiful dessert. This Orange Almond Cheesecake not only tastes incredible, it is topped with the most divine, decadent, citrus cream cheese icing. Bookmark this recipe to use for a special occasion like you know, a Tuesday.

25. Pink Lemonade Meringue Pie

Pink Lemonade Meringue Pie

Lemon meringue pie gets a makeover in this Pink Lemonade Meringue Pie! The meringue topping is made from aquafaba, or the liquid from a can of chickpeas. It whips up into the fluffiest and delicious meringue ever. With it flaky crust, silky, lemony filling, and marshmallow-y meringue topping, this pie is perfect for any summer get-together.

26. Matcha Vanilla Cheesecake With Chocolate Cookie Crust

Matcha Vanilla Cheesecake With Chocolate Cookie Crust 2

This Matcha Vanilla Cheesecake With Chocolate Cookie Crust is every bit as decadent as the dairy kind but instead of weighing you down, it energizes you! It’s not salad, but this no-bake cheesecake is made with cashews, coconut milk, matcha green tea, almonds, and cacao, and is sweetened with dates. Creamy, rich, and melt-in-your-mouth good.

27. White Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Cups

White Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Cups

These White Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Cups are the ultimate peanut butter cup experience. A crunchy chocolate creme sandwich cookie topped with a sweet peanut butter mixture is hidden within a white chocolate shell. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, it’s topped with crumbled cookies. When you bite into one, you get the smoothness of the white chocolate, the fluffiness of the peanut butter, and then the crunch of the sandwich cookie that has its own creamy filling. This is the kind of dessert people dream of.

28. Apple, Pecan, and Caramel Ice Cream Cake

apple pecan ice cream cake

This marvelous Apple, Pecan, and Caramel Ice Cream Cake is the perfect way to indulge in the flavors of fall. It’s made from four simple layers. The crust is oats and Medjool dates, it’s topped with a layer of vanilla ice cream, a layer of date caramel and apples, and finally, a top layer of crunchy pecans and date caramel. Make this cake for summer parties, birthdays, or just because — it’s that good.

29. Raw Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake

raw raspberry and chocolate ganache cheesecake

Sweet, juicy raspberries are the star of this Raw Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake. The chocolate ganache, made creamy like milk chocolate by using almond milk, is a delicious addition to the top of the cake. The combination of creamy cashew cheesecake filling speckled with raspberries, the chocolate ganache topped with even more raspberries, and the crumbly date and oat base is something you’ll dream about.

30. 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Jam Balls

Peanut Butter Jam Balls

These 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Jam Balls are seriously amazing. You know what’s even better about them? No blender needed. And that means not much mess and cleaning up to do. These are literally mix-and-make peanut butter jam balls. If you have jam ready, these are even quicker to make. If you require a gluten-free recipe, you can replace oats with quinoa flakes or something similar.

Here’s to all the desserts that made us drool in 2016 and here’s to even more in 2017!

Lead image source: Blueberry Cake With Coconut Frosting

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