When the weather’s hot, most of us don’t feel like turning on the oven. We say “most of us” because as professional vegan dessert lovers, we could never discredit anyone for wanting the most mind-blowingly awesome cake with the richest frosting ever for dessert. You could always make pies with seasonal fruit, like this Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie or this delicious Hummingbird Cake but, when the heat is coming on strong, we generally want to stay far away from the oven. But, hey, we at One Green Planet know that you don’t need an oven to make decadent desserts (we’re professional dessert lovers, remember?). Raw desserts are the dessert connoisseur’s best friend in the summertime. But we’re not talking any ol’ raw dessert. No, not at all.
Every raw dessert on this list is decadent, and we mean decadent. We’re sorry to overwhelm you with choice, but not really because these raw desserts are (mostly) made with yummy whole foods ingredients. Whoo! So, get ready to drool over these 15 decadent and raw vegan desserts.
1. Banana Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake
You’ll dream about this Banana Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake. It consists of banana vanilla ice cream, date caramel, and avocado chocolate pudding. It’s rich and creamy, but not too heavy because it’s banana ice cream, so you can indulge in summer without regret.
2. Vanilla Cheesecake Stuffed Brownies
These decadent, fudgy, and raw Vanilla Cheesecake Stuffed Brownies are made from dates, oats, and cacao, but it doesn’t stop there. They’re stuffed with a creamy vanilla cheesecake filling and topped with chocolate-covered strawberries and leftover cheesecake filling. This is the perfect treat for date night or for just treating yourself.
3. Banana Toffee Pie
Yes, this Banana Toffee Pie is totally raw! The gluten-free crust is filled with gooey caramel, banana, and topped with coconut whipped cream! It’s also sweetened naturally with lucuma (and bananas), making it a delicious and decadent low-sugar dessert for summer!
4. Raspberry Dream Pie
Cream pie is perfect for summer and this aptly named Raspberry Dream Pie is an absolute, non-negotiable must-make dessert. It has a creamy coconut-based filling that’s blended with fresh raspberries until it’s light as air and then because more cream is always good, it’s topped with plain coconut whipped cream. Yes, please.
5. Matcha Green Tea and Mint Cheesecake
This stunning Matcha Green Tea and Mint Cheesecake combines the refreshing flavors of green tea and mint with a hint of chocolate. If you are a green tea lover, you must make this recipe!
6. Raw Carob Coconut and Pear Cake
The crust of this amazing Raw Carob Coconut and Pear Cake is made of almonds, carob, dates, and coconut oil, with a pinch of sea salt and cinnamon. The top layer is a blend of creamed coconut, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and fresh pears. It’s all finished off with some tahini drizzle to make it even more amazing. You don’t see a flavor combo like this every day and it’s totally worth trying.
7. Raw Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard
This refreshing, Raw Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard is really easy to make. It’s even easier to eat. Frozen bananas are blended into soft serve ice cream with a rich, salty date caramel. The recipe may serve two, but you will not want to share this. Trust us.
8. Blueberry Banana Ice Cream Cake With Ginger and Carob
This Blueberry Banana Ice Cream Cake is super easy to make. It’s also raw, vegan, gluten-free, low in fat, and high in fruit. Yay for fruit! Essentially, it’s a smoothie in the form of an ice cream cake. We’ve got a chocolate crust followed by banana blueberry ice cream infused with fresh ginger and vanilla. Plant power, man.
9. Apple Baklava
Originally from the Ottomon Empire, baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made from layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. This raw Apple Baklava recreates the recipe using only plant-based ingredients. Apple chips are layered with a date and walnut paste, drizzled with a creamy vanilla sauce, and topped with chopped pistachios. This dessert is truly out of this world.
10. Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cakes
These individual Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cakes are completely raw, gluten-free, sugar-free! Made with only a handful of all-natural ingredients, these summer treats are both delicious and guilt-free. Creamy peanut butter banana ice cream sits on a grain-free chocolate crust and it’s all topped with a rich peanut butter hot fudge. These cakes are so good, you won’t want to share — good thing it’s single-serve.
11. Four Layer Raw Rainbow Ice Cream Cake
Raspberries, avocados, blueberries, and saffron lend their colors and flavors to this show-stopping Four Layer 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!
12. Raw Lemon Cherry Cheesecake
For a tangy and refreshing dessert that is easy to make, try out this Raw Lemon Cherry Cheesecake! In this recipe, almonds, lemon juice, cherries, agave, and vanilla are blended together to make a sweet and slightly tart filling. Simply freeze, and serve!
13. Bounty Cake
Turn your favorite candy bar into a cake! This raw Bounty Cake is a melt-in-your-mouth experience starts with a layer of coconut and cashew butter. Then, you add a light and fluffy chocolate layer, a coconut layer that’s like mousse, and a chocolate shell topping. It takes patience to make it, but the result is a cake like no other.
14. Raw Raspberry Mint Cheesecake
Bright and beautiful, this Raw Raspberry Mint Cheesecake would make a lovely addition to any table. Made primarily with coconut, cashews, mint, and raspberries, this cheesecake is as wholesome as it is decadent. Add as much or as little cashew cream topping as you desire.
15. No-Bake Strawberry Tart With Matcha White Chocolate Glaze
When strawberries are in season, make dessert! This easy No-Bake Strawberry Tart has an almond crust, a topping of fresh strawberries, and a white chocolate matcha glaze topping. It’s gluten-free, grain-free, and can be made paleo if you substitute the sugar for maple syrup, so this crowd-pleaser of a tart is accommodating to several allergies.
Excuse us while we lie motionless on the floor at the sheer awesomeness of these desserts.
Lead image source: Raw Raspberry Mint Cheesecake