Do you love fall desserts? Some people (ourselves included) love fall flavors so much, they literally count down to the days when pumpkin spice reigns supreme. We can’t argue with marking that glorious day on your calendar, but in the meantime, why wait for stores? We can satisfy that craving for desserts with warm, cinnamony sweet potato, pumpkin, and apples galore right in our own homes — and we can do it with desserts that are warm weather appropriate. Oh, yeah.
Desserts like this creamy cashew-based Maple Ice Cream give us the flavors of fall we know and love, but it’s ice cream, so we can enjoy it in summer! We’re also all about raw vegan desserts with rich caramel flavors that remind us of perfect sweater weather, don’t you? Fall isn’t that far off, but we just can’t wait anymore, so here are 15 vegan desserts featuring the rich flavors of fall that you can still enjoy while it’s hot outside.
1. Sweet Potato Ice Cream
This Sweet Potato Ice Cream is like a summery cousin to autumn’s pumpkin pie. This creamy and decadent cashew-based ice cream is spicy and cool — nobody would ever guess that it actually contains sweet potato! A topping of pecans complements the ice cream and if you’re feeling it, add a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
2. Raw Apple Cider Doughnuts
These Raw Apple Cider Doughnuts are dense, crusty on the outside, and soft in the middle. A perfectly lovely and healthful version of the traditionally fried treats, you don’t have to deal with any hot stoves or ovens, so they’re perfect for summer. They’re also surprisingly easy to make!
4. No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Protein Cupcakes
You can have your cake and eat it, too, with these No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Protein Cupcakes. The crust is made from oats, dates, pumpkin pie spice, and vegan protein powder and it’s topped with a creamy filling of pumpkin purée and coconut cream — and feel free to add pumpkin pie spice to that, too. They’re so easy to make with minimal ingredients and are a perfect autumn-themed sweet indulgence you can still snack on in summer, especially after they’ve been chilled in the refrigerator.
5. Butterscotch Caramel Cheesecake Cups
These Butterscotch Caramel Cheesecake Cups are raw, gluten-free, bite-sized, and the perfect treat for satisfying your craving for fall flavors. The crust is a lightly sweetened blend of oats and raisins that’s topped with a thick butterscotch date caramel sauce and then topped with a creamy vanilla cashew cheesecake filling. The chocolate drizzle is optional, but it’s like icing on the (cheese)cake.
6. Southern Pecan Caramel Sauce
This Southern Pecan Caramel Sauce is a decadent autumn-inspired sauce that’s filled with toasted pecans and rich coconut milk. It tastes just like pecan pie filling, without the crust. Don’t wait for chilly fall weather to enjoy these flavors because this sauce is perfect on ice cream or straight from the spoon.
7. Raw Stuffed Apple Brownies
We love these Raw Stuffed Apple Brownies! A layer of cinnamon apple pie filling made from dehydrated apples sits between a chocolatey buckwheat and date base and a rich chocolate orange brownie top. The blackstrap molasses in the base just increases the level of nom to happy proportions, and the buckwheat chocolate base is so nice and silky compared to the slightly more chunky apple pie filling under the smooth and totally awesome homemade chocolate.
8. Pumpkin Ice Cream and Brownie Parfait
We can find pumpkin purée in grocery stores all year round, so why not turn it into ice cream? This Pumpkin Ice Cream and Brownie Parfait is a must-make for all the pumpkin lovers out there. And hello: the brownies have peanut butter in them. While the pumpkin ice cream and brownies are good by themselves, the combination together is amazing.
9. Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Bites
These Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Bites are the answer to any craving for fall flavors while also keeping things simple. For one, you don’t have to turn on the oven and also, they’re pretty good for you as far as sweets go. All you need to do is combine all the ingredients and pop them in the refrigerator to let them chill. Almond butter, coconut flour, and some chewy gluten-free oats make these bites the perfect reason to eat “cookies” anytime.
10. Raw Crepes With Caramel Apple Filling
These Raw Crepes With Caramel Apple Filling are made from bananas, flax meal, and vanilla powder and are filled with a deliciously sticky-sweet date caramel. This recipe is super easy, doesn’t require that many ingredients, and is made simple in a dehydrator. Dust some cinnamon and top and enjoy with a tall glass of almond milk.
11. No-Bake Sweet Potato Bars With Raw Gingerbread Crust
Like sweet potato pie mixed with gingerbread cookies, these No-Bake Sweet Potato Bars With Raw Gingerbread Crust are absolutely delicious. Plus, they combine two chilly weather greats, cinnamon-spiced sweet potato, and gingerbread, into one easy dessert you can make without turning on the oven. Delicious!
12. Apple, Pecan, and Caramel Ice Cream Cake
This marvelous Apple, Pecan, and Caramel Ice Cream Cake is the perfect way to indulge in the flavors of fall during summer. It’s made from four simple layers. The crust is oats and Medjool dates, it’s topped with a layer of vanilla ice cream, a layer of date caramel and apples, and finally, a top layer of crunchy pecans and date caramel. Make this cake for summer parties, birthdays, or just because — it’s that good.
13. #5under5: Gooey Marshmallow and Chocolate Bourbon Sweet Potato Pop Tarts
S’mores are synonymous with summer and while our love of sweet potatoes exists no matter what time of year, they’re usually associated with fall. These Gooey Marshmallow and Chocolate Bourbon Sweet Potato Pop Tarts combine creamy spiced sweet potatoes topped with gooey toasted marshmallows. Then, they throw chocolate chips and bourbon into the mix and everything gets stuffed into a flaky hand pie crust. Yes, please.
14. Cinnamon Apple Dessert Tacos
These Cinnamon Apple Dessert Tacos are the kind of indulgent treat you’d encounter at the world’s greatest food festival … Except you can make these at home and the only line you’ll be waiting on is the one at the grocery store. They have a crispy fried tortilla shell that sparkles from the cinnamon sugar coating, a warm apple pie filling, and a topping of coconut whipped cream dusted with cinnamon that you should absolutely go overboard on. Crunchy, sweet, warm, and indulgent, this dessert is absolutely unforgettable.
15. Sweet Potato Maple Mousse Pie
Mousse pies are one of the best desserts for warm weather because of their creamy coolness. This Sweet Potato Maple Mousse Pie is made of three layers of fall-inspired goodness: a gingery nut and date crust, a vanilla creme mousse, and a cool, creamy, cinnamon-spiced maple sweet potato layer. Forget waiting until fall. This delicious pie will keep you cool in summer!
We love all the ice cream, popsicles, and raw desserts made with summer fruit, but we also love it when the seasons change. What’s your favorite fall dessert? Tell us in the comments!
Lead image source: Apple, Pecan, and Caramel Ice Cream Cake