There’s nothing better than feeling the hot rays of the summer sun press down on your neck and shoulders as you take your first bite of a cold, creamy, sweet ice cream. If you’re cutting back on dairy, you might think that means ice cream and other frozen delights are out of the picture. But not to fear, dear Green Monsters – you don’t have to miss out on a single one of your summer favorites because making rich, creamy frozen treats is fun and easy! Check out How to Make Vegan Ice Cream Rich and Creamy to learn the basics.
But, your dairy-free summer dessert adventures don’t have to stop at just ice cream. Can we tempt you with some raw vegan desserts? Raw vegan desserts are like a dairy-free frozen dessert-lover’s best friend — trust us, we know — and since they’re mostly made from whole food ingredients like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, raw desserts are a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Creamy frozen treats without dairy? Yes, please. June may be National Dairy Month, but we say it should be something like National Raw Vegan Dessert Month.
Not only do you not have to turn on the oven to create luxurious dessert bars, tartlets, and cakes, these scrumptious treats are best served chilled. So those of you with a sweet tooth (and no AC) may start to wonder how to satisfy the need for healthier, dairy-free frozen treats – that’s where raw, velvety confections come in for the win. So enjoy this carefully curated collection of our 15 favorite creamy, raw, dairy-free desserts!
If you’re wondering what pure, unadulterated bliss tastes like – all you have to do is take a bite of this Chocolate Raspberry Layered Cheesecake. It’s delicious decadence from the bottom to the top. The crunchy pecan and chocolate crust is topped with a refreshingly creamy vanilla and raspberry cheesecake that is then topped with a sinfully tasty chocolate cheesecake.
This Silky Raw Blueberry Cashew Cake calls for only a few ingredients and no baking at all! The grain-free crust is made from dates and almonds with a touch of vanilla while the creamy filling is made from cashews blended with blueberries, a drizzle of coconut oil, and maple syrup for sweetness. The result is a cake that looks like it was made by a professional — but don’t worry, nobody needs to know how easy it was to make.
A chocolatey crust, a creamy coconut filling, and a topping of fresh berries and mint. Meet your new food crushes – these Raw Matcha Berry Chocolate Tarts. The filling of these tarts is a very rich white chocolate matcha cream made with cacao butter. But the star of the recipe is, of course, antioxidant-rich matcha, whose earthy flavor punctuates each bite of the creamy filling.
These Raw Zesty Lemon Slices are simple, elegant, and very easy to prepare. The crumbly date and coconut crust is topped with a creamy coconut and lemon topping that has a dash of turmeric added to it for a depth of flavor and a little extra color.
Don’t let the heat get to you this summer – cool of with this delectable Blueberry White Chocolate Ice Cream. This simple, coconut-based ice cream is filled with a deep aroma of lime which is balanced by the gentle sweetness and perfume of fresh blueberries.
If you’re a cheesecake connoisseur, it’s time to get excited. This Raw Almond Butter Coconut Cheesecake is the perfect blend of nuttiness and sweet, creamy coconut plus, it’s got a delightful simple crust and cashew crust that you’ll use over and over. You can top this lovely cake with whatever you like, though it is pictured in this recipe with melted frozen berries.
Every kid loves creamsicles and now it’s time to enjoy your childhood favorite in a classy form – are you ready for these Creamsicle Truffles? Nothing is better than vanilla ice cream and orange popsicle. That is why I created these creamsicle truffles, they taste just like the ice cream version but they are healthy and vegan!
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Semifreddo is an Italian term for desserts that are served semi-frozen. This very pretty, vegan Semifreddo Cream Cake With Berries is nutritious, light, and refreshing. It’s made with soaked cashews and topped up with blueberries, blackberries, and cassis, but you can add your favorite toppings. It tastes like a cross between an ice cream cake and a cheesecake. Simply delicious on a hot summer day!
These beautiful Superfood Berry Cashew Cream No-Bake Bars embody the delightful pastels of spring and the taste as good as they look. Each layer is luxurious, creamy, and packed full of blueberries, strawberries, and spinach. Don’t panic, you don’t taste the leafy green, it’s just for color.
The only thing better than a bowl of ice cream is an ice cream cone and the only thing better than an ice cream cone is some homemade ice cream on a stick. This creamy, raspberry ice cream, stuck on a stick like a popsicle and then dipped in homemade chocolate. These Raspberry Cashew Ice Cream Bars are guaranteed to be the shining star of summer.
This recipe for Raw Lemon, Mango, and Vanilla Trartels are the perfect thing to break out at the end of a dinner with someone special or simply to enjoy a fresh summer dessert. These tartlets for two rest on a crumbly crust topped with a velvety filling made with fresh mangoes, lemon zest, and vanilla.
Inside of these Raw Coconut and Raspberry Bars, layers of raspberry and coconut come together with a dark chocolate drizzle to create a dessert that’s simply decadent. The bottom layer is a mix of creamed coconut, coconut oil, maple syrup, and desiccated coconut which creates a nice solid texture once set. The top layer has raspberries mixed in to create a contrasting color and flavor. The raspberries also give it a nice, sharp, and zesty taste, that’s not too overpowering.
Sometimes baking seems overwhelming and you just want to have some quick and easy dessert recipes that can make eating gluten-free fun and delicious! If this is one of those days, these Rainbow Gelato Cakes have got you covered. This healthy, gluten-free dessert will brighten up your day with its amazing colors and its wonderful spectrum of flavors! These cute mini cakes are a great dairy-free ice cream alternative, and the nutty consistency makes this cream rich and buttery, just like traditional gelato!
With summer fast approaching, this healthy, simple, but stunning Berrylicious Raw Cheesecake is the perfect way to embrace the warm weather. The creamy cheesecake filling is made from coconut milk, cashews, and your favorite summer berries. Decorate with more fresh fruit, add a drizzle of vegan white chocolate, and serve!
Raspberry Mojito Squares are the perfect summer dessert because they don’t require cooking on a hot summer night. You’ll love them because even though they are full of good-for-you ingredients, they are still rich and delicious.
This cake is almost too good to be eaten by us mear mortals … but since it’s here, you may as well. This Raw Ice Cream Goddess Cake is made up of layer upon creamy layer of chocolate, blueberry and blackberry, raspberry, and vanilla ice cream. This is a definite treat yo’self type of dessert.
Oh. My. Goodness. Those creamy desserts look so good we may have to start from the top and do it all over aging – or just head to the kitchen and start making something cold and creamy!
Lead image source: Semifreddo Cream Cake With Berries