It’s the time of the year for warm jackets and scarves, hot chocolate and cookies, holiday movies and fires — it’s the holiday season! For most, the holidays mean time spent with family and friends and lots of food, especially desserts. And there are so many vegan dessert options to choose from at grocery stores all over the United States. One of our favorites, Trader Joe’s offers a multitude of plant-based desserts this holiday season.
Trader Joe’s has many vegan cookies to choose from. Indulge in Brownie Crips, Organic Animal Crackers, Organic Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats, Soft Baked Snickerdoodles, Speculoos Cookies, Chocolatey Cats Cookies, Matcha Joe Joes and Mocha Joe Joes.
Soft Baked Snickerdoodles
The Soft Baked Snickerdoodle cookies from Trader Joe’s are soft, sweet, and chewy, and taste like cinnamon and brown sugar. The top ingredients consist of sorghum flour, brown sugar, date paste, and even pear and grape juice. Warm these cookies up and put them on top of a bowl of Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and you have a perfect holiday dessert. A 16 ounce box can be purchased at Trader Joe’s for $2.99.
The Speculoos Cookies are are a classic European style — they are crispy and thin, and have a gingerbread, cinnamon flavor. Since they are so thin, they are ideal for dipping into tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. If you can’t make it to Trader Joe’s, try making these Ginger Cookies.
No holiday gathering is complete without a warm, delicious pie! Trader Joe’s is offering a variety of plant-based pies this year, such as apple pie and sweet potato marshmallow pie! You could also buy a cherry pie filling if you want to assemble your own pie!
Sweet Potato Marshmallow Pixie Pie Mix
This year, Trader Joe’s is selling a Sweet Potato Marshmallow Pie just in time for the holidays! The package comes with everything you need — packets for the crust, filling, and a creamy marshmallow spread. The crust is flaky and buttery, and the filling consists of moist, velvety sweet potato, and of course the rich, smooth, marshmallow spread on top. The directions call for mixing the filling with water and egg and then baking, but use an egg replacement, and you will be good to go. This Sweet Potato Marshmallow Pie can be purchased for $2.99 at Trader Joe’s. Try making this Sweet Potato Pie at home if you prefer baking from scratch!
This pie is sweet and cinnamon-y, and is perfect to share with family and friends. Warm it up for a few minutes and add a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream, and you have a delicious plant-based dessert to share for the holidays. Don’t want to run out to Trader Joe’s? Try making one of these 11 Cinnamon-y Sweet Plant-Based Apple Pie-Inspired Recipes.
3. Frozen Desserts
If you are looking for plant-based ice cream, mochi, or sorbet, Trader Joe’s has it all! Trader Joe’s offers numerous vegan frozen desserts, like Frozen Coconut Dessert with Chocolate, Frozen Coconut Dessert with Strawberry, Soy Creamy Mini Chocolate Sandwiches, Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip, Soy Creamy Mini Vanilla Sandwiches, Mango Sorbet, Strawberry Mochi and Matcha Green Tea Mochi.
Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip Frozen Dessert
The Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip Frozen Dessert is made with organic soy milk and organic cane sugar. This non-dairy ice cream has a rich and creamy base, and is packed full with cherries and chocolate chips — yum! Put a few scoops in a bowl with some Spiced-Whipped Coconut Cream, and your guests won’t even know that it’s vegan! This delicious non-dairy frozen dessert comes in a 32 ounce container, and is $3.99. Make your own Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream at home with this recipe!
If you are in the mood for something light and sweet, you will have to try the Mango Sorbet at Trader Joe’s. Not only is this frozen dessert vegan, but it is also gluten-free and kosher certified. It comes in a 33.81 fluid ounce container, and is $4.49. Top this sorbet with a handful of Tropical Fruits, and you have a healthy but sweet dessert for you and guests to enjoy. You can also make your own Tropical Ice Cream Sandwiches at home!
No holiday gathering can be complete without some festive beverages, and Trader Joe’s has plenty for plant-eaters to choose from. Almond Nog, Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage, Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage, and Spiced Apple Cider, are some vegan beverage options that Trader Joe’s is selling this year. Trader Joe’s also sells a large variety of coffee and teas, and many plant-based milks, if you want to enjoy a hot beverage with dessert.
This year, Trader Joe’s is selling a rich and creamy almond nog, which would be a perfect addition to any holiday gathering! You could put it in your coffee and make an almond nog latte, put it in your tea, or just drink it plain if you prefer. It comes in a 32 fluid ounce container, and cost $2.99. If you can’t make it to Trader Joe’s, we’ve got your back on how to make your very own Holiday Nog.
Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage
Trader Joe’s has a vegan Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage, too. It can be enjoyed cold with some ice, or heated up with come vegan marshmallows (which are also sold at Trader Joe’s!) Add a peppermint stick or a candy cane for a mintier flavor, and to make it more festive! A 32 fluid ounce container is only $1.79. If you are looking for a dessert to enjoy this beverage with, try it with this decadent Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake!
Trader Joe’s has so many other sweet treats to take your holiday festivities to the next level. This month, Trader Joe’s debuted a coconut whipped cream, and it may have been the best news we’ve heard all year. You could use this to top pies, frozen desserts, almond nog, or hot chocolate! Other plant-based sweets being offered at Trader Joe’s this year include; marshmallows, Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls, Mini Sugar Cinnamon Churros, Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark, Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix, and Scandinavian Gummy Candy.
For more plant-based dessert ideas that you can make at home, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, where you can read about 50 Festive Cakes and Christmas-Themed Desserts For Your Holiday Celebration as well as The Greatest Guide to Vegan Christmas Desserts. The app is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
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