Ahh, chocolate — it’s like earth’s most perfect dessert. That might read like a broad statement, but if we take a look at its long, rich history, we’ll see that it’s a dessert whose popularity has stood the test of time. 4,000 years, to be precise. The very first documentation of chocolate consumption dates back to 1900 B.C. Mayan and Aztec civilizations believed chocolate to be the food of the gods and that it possessed mystical and spiritual properties, so it was reserved for priests, warriors, leaders, and nobles. Mesoamerica, where ground cacao beans were prepared as a fermented drink. In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors invaded Mesoamerica in search of gold and fell in love with chocolate. When chocolate made its debut Europe, it was sweetened with sugar and skyrocketed in popularity.
We love chocolate in all its shapes and forms — and if you do, too, then we’ve got good news for you because we’ve got so many vegan chocolate desserts. Check out our vegan chocolate cake recipes, vegan chocolate bars and treats recipes, and our vegan chocolate cheesecake recipes. Then, once you’re done taking it all in, come back for these 15 rich, chocolatey vegan desserts.
1. Flourless Walnut Kidney Bean Brownies
For all of you who want a stealth way to incorporate more beans into your diet – listen up! These Flourless Walnut Kidney Bean Brownies are a true winner! They’re dense, fudgy, rich, chocolatey and completely flourless. They’re sweetened with date syrup and made with kidney beans, so they’re high protein, so they’re the perfect healthier treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.
2. Chocolate Fondant
This decadent Chocolate Fondant is gluten-free, grain-free, and it contains no added sugar! It tastes downright indulgent: chocolatey, slightly crispy on the bottom, and beautifully gooey in the middle. Not only is it made from good-for-you ingredients, as far as desserts go, but it’s also incredibly easy to make!
3. Snickers Tart Bars
This recipe for Snickers Tart Bars uses whole ingredients to create a decadent experience. The gooey caramel layer is made out of Medjool dates and peanuts, the nougat can be made from cashews or peanuts, and the chocolate that envelopes the bars is sweetened with maple syrup. These bars taste way better than anything you can buy in the store and they’re sure to satisfy any candy cravings.
4. Chocolate Cupcakes With Rich Maple Buttercream
Moist and airy, nostalgically deep and dark, and perfect in every way, these Chocolate Cupcakes With Rich Maple Buttercream are all you need.The magic texture comes from a fascinating chemical reaction between the acidic cocoa powder, baking soda, the hot coffee, and vinegar. Topped with a delicious maple buttercream frosting, what more could you ask for in a dessert?
5. Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
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.
6. Dark Chocolate Cherry Skillet Cookie
What’s not to love about this giant Dark Chocolate Cherry Skillet Cookie? It’s rich, chocolatey, soft like butter, and the chocolate and cherry flavors blend seamlessly together, especially when topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. The skillet speeds up the cook time, making the wait time between cooking and devouring even shorter.
7. 5-Ingredient Tahini Fudge
When it comes to fudge, it’s likely that you’re either all about crumbly fudge, or soft, creamy fudge. This rich, chocolatey Five-Ingredient Tahini Fudge is made creamy, thanks to tahini, while Medjool dates add natural sweetness and a slightly gooey texture. It’s the perfect evening snack when enjoyed with a cup of your favorite tea!
8. Mexican Chocolate Doughnuts
These Mexican Chocolate Doughnuts are fluffy, slightly moist, and have an incredible flavor. Mexican chocolate is known for its distinct spicy cinnamon and ginger flavors. Their texture is more like a muffin than the typical fried doughnut, so they’re the perfect excuse to have chocolate for breakfast.
9. Raw Mint Chocolate Cake
This gorgeous Raw Mint Chocolate Cake is perfect for any occasion. Two decadent and creamy cashew-based layers sit atop a chocolatey crust of almonds, dates, and raisins. The first layer is lucuma, giving it a maple-like taste and the top layer is cool mint chocolate. In spite of its beautiful presentation, this cake is surprisingly easy to make — even for raw dessert beginners.
10. Chocolate Mug Cake
You have to be a hardcore chocolate lover to fully appreciate the beauty of this Chocolate Mug Cake. Decadent and chocolatey, it cooks in under five minutes and can be made sugar-free. Keep your pantry stocked with these ingredients because never again will you have a sudden chocolate craving that goes unsatisfied.
11. Chocolate and Butterscotch Pudding Pie
This Chocolate and Butterscotch Pudding Pie is a perfect accompaniment to dessert with coffee or tea. Two thick and dense layers of pudding – chocolate and butterscotch – are set atop a simple, vegan crust. The top is dotted with chocolate chips for yummy bursts of chocolatey goodness throughout. Serve with some coconut whipped cream on the side for added decadence!
12. Chocolate Cauliflower Bars
Cauliflower in a chocolate treat may not sound like everybody’s cup of tea, but like black bean brownies and chickpea chocolate chip cookies, the hidden healthy ingredient in these Chocolate Cauliflower Bars is undetectable. The cauliflower makes the bars creamy and mousse-like and chopped walnuts are mixed in for texture. Alternatively, you could stir some extra chocolate pieces into the mix before baking for even more chocolatey texture. Keep these stashed in your refrigerator and snack on them when you feel like a little something sweet.
13. Black Bean Chocolate Orange Mousse
This Black Bean Chocolate Orange Mousse is mega rich and super delicious. No trace of a bean-y taste left, just a smooth and creamy texture and a filling, protein-packed treat. It does have a fair amount of syrup in it to make it totally indulgent, but you could easily leave a few tablespoons out and still have yourself a yummy treat!
14. Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake
This Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake is the ultimate in rich, chocolate flavor. Feel free to use a lighter percentage of chocolate, but the dark chocolate really makes this dessert ultra fudgy and intense. Either way, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream!
15. 3-Ingredient Oreo Truffles
These Three-Ingredient Oreo Truffles are one of the easiest and most delicious vegan treats you could possibly make, and a definite crowd-pleaser! Made with accidentally vegan cookies, these chocolate truffles are irresistible. All you need to do is smash the cookies, melt chocolate chips, stir in some coconut cream, and then let your truffles solidify. The hardest part will be resisting eating the batter while the chocolate chips are still warm and melty.
Can’t get enough chocolate? Well, there’s more where these recipes came from! Check out our vegan chocolate recipes for even more ways to get your fix.
Lead image source: Chocolate Mug Cake