Oh dessert…so sweet, so sinful, and so…off-limits? In the dieting and weight loss world, desserts are a big no-no. However, it’s not sweetness itself that is the harmful culprit in sweets — it’s the added sugar, the refined sugars, the high fructose corn syrup, and all the artificial ingredients and preservatives that lurk in the packaged sweet treats. Not to mention, many of those products use dairy and animal byproducts as well. While saying goodbye to store-bought, packaged desserts are a good idea, you don’t have to say goodbye to homemade sweets depending on how you cook them. Your grandma’s cookies that are loaded with white sugar, flour, and little nutrition (sorry, grandma) won’t make this list. What did are these guilt-free, vegan versions of desserts:
1. Raw Vegan Three Kings Cake
With almond meal, cashew flour, and buckwheat flour, this King’s Cake blows the other versions out of the water as far as health goes. Hazelnut butter and agave syrup make up the filling.
2. Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake
A bunch of blueberries and strawberries make up the berry layer of this cake, so you’ll get in a dose of antioxidants with your slice.
3. Delicious Lemon Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake
Choose 2/3 cup of date paste for the part where you add sweetener.
4. Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate “Buttercream” Icing
These dreamy chocolate cupcakes are 100 percent gluten and dairy-free, but taste as rich as any regular version.
5. S’ Mores Sweet Potato Brownies
Giving up marshmallows as a vegan or vegetarian because they contain gelatin is a true bummer. But this recipe gives you that classic marshmallow taste back, but on a brownie.
6. Vegan Cream Sandwiches
Try this version of your classic childhood favorite, sans dairy.
7. Vegan Creme Brulee
You need a creme bruleee torch to make this dessert, but grabbing one to make this declicious, dairy-free treat is well worth it.
8. Soft, Chewy, Chunky Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
Dunk these soft cookies in a glass of dairy-free milk like almond or hazelnut milk.
9. Raw Lemon Meringue Pie
Tangy, tart, sweet, this pie is just as delicious as a classic lemon meringue, but you can enjoy it 100 percent guilt-free.
10. Vegan Mocha Fudge – Guilt Free!
This black-bean fudge is much, much healthier for you than any regular fudge.
Lead image source: Delicious Lemon Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake