Desserts always make us happy but there are some that make us feel nostalgic. Were there particular desserts that you had as a kid and just thinking about them now gives you warm memories? Maybe your house was filled with the mouthwatering aroma of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies or you got to go out for banana splits if you did well on your report card? Then there are classic desserts that were probably more loved by your parents or grandparents such as baklava and red velvet cake.
Well, time passes and trends change. but sometimes it’s fun to go revisit the past and make something vintage. Of course, we can update the classics by making them Dairy-free and egg-free. So get ready to go retro with these 15 vintage desserts. Even if you never had them before, you need to try them now, because everything old can be made both new again and better than ever!
1. Vintage Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This Vintage Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is just like the one that’s probably camping out in the recesses of your dessert memories – but way better than that. It’s Dairy-free, egg-free and can even be gluten-free, if you want. Sweet caramelized pineapple rings, fluffy and tender cake, even the Maraschino cherries make an appearance. This is retro dessert heaven!
2. Banana Cream Pie
This Banana Cream Pie is a vintage dessert made over into a healthier treat. Cool and creamy banana cream custard sits atop a graham cracker crust and pecan crust. It all gets topped with coconut whipped cream and caramel sauce. This banana cream pie is the ultimate indulgence that you can feel good about.
3. Lemon Meringue Pie
This beauty is Lemon Meringue Pie, made vegan! What was once the equivalent of the Holy Grail to most plant-based pie bakers is now easily within reach, thanks to the winning combination of tofu and aquafaba! This pie is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, and it’s sure to be a hit at family gatherings or with just you and a special someone on a Sunday afternoon.
4. Raw Mint Grasshopper Pie
This Raw Mint Grasshopper Pie is a real crowd-pleaser, perfect for a cooling treat on a warm spring day or a special occasion with family and friends. I promise if you bring this baby out, mouths will drop! Nobody will have to know how easy this is to make — that can be your little secret.
5. Mango Lime Tres Leches Cake
This Mango Lime Tres Leches Cake starts with a basic vanilla cake that’s soaked in a mixture of soy milk, coconut milk, and coconut cream. The result is a dessert that’s moist and decadent, but that’s only the beginning. Topped with coconut cream frosting, fresh mango, and lime zest, this cake tastes like a cross between a mango margarita and a traditional tres leches cake. It’s not overly sweet, making it perfect for any celebration.
6. Raw Matcha Coconut Cream Pie
The sweet flavor of coconut along with earthy matcha is simply heavenly! This Raw Matcha Coconut Cream Pie is deceptively simple. A classic raw pie crust, filled with a matcha-laced coconut cream and large flaked coconut like a classic coconut cream pie topped off with more coconut cream.
7. No-Bake Chocolate-Coated Red Velvet Cake Pops
Red velvet cake is a classic and these No-Bake Chocolate-Coated Red Velvet Cake Pops are an improved version in so many ways. First, you would never guess that these little bites of decadence are grain-free. Instead of sugar, Medjool dates are blended with almond and coconut flour to create a rich red velvet cake. Then they are turned into little cake pops which are not only cute but perfect for parties and kids. Yum!
8. Black Forest Cake
This Black Forest Cake is a vegan version of the original dessert. It’s also whole grain and can be made sugar-free. Applesauce, dates, coconut, chia seeds. and fresh fruit are just some of the healthy ingredients in this cake. But it’s also rich, chocolatey and decadent. It doesn’t taste healthy so you can even enjoy a slice for breakfast and feel good about it.
9. Maple Banana Tiramisu Trifle
Maybe the only trifle you remember is the disastrous one on “Friends.” Don’t worry, this Maple Banana Tiramisu Trifle doesn’t have any misplaced meat. This is a raw-vegan mash-up of two favorite, classic European desserts: English trifle and Italian tiramisu. The result is a sophisticated dessert worthy of any fancy tabletop.
10. One-Pot Pecan Sticky Toffee Pudding
When you want comfort, you want it instantly, with as few dishes as possible. Cue this One-Pot Sticky Toffee Pudding with buttery pecans and oodles and oodles of caramel. It takes hardly any time at all to make this rich dessert that is pure sticky comfort in a bowl.
11. Naturally Delicious Key Lime Pie
It may have the color of a 1970s refrigerator, but don’t be fooled, this Naturally Delicious Key Lime Pie is anything but passé. This raw key lime pie is just as decadently rich as its original version. It has the right amount of sweetness and tanginess. It even has the irresistible melt-in-your-mouth texture. The coconut-date pie crust will make you forget about graham crackers, butter, and sugar. This healthy version is the ultimate winner.
12. Grilled Banana Split
Banana splits were always a favorite at soda shops and ice cream parlors. Now this Grilled Banana Split can be a favorite in your own kitchen. This unreal sundae starts with grilled, caramelized banana halves. and homemade, creamy vanilla coconut ice cream. Then, you top it with a warm, chocolate drizzle and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts. Yes, please!
13. Mason Jar Bread Pudding
This Mason Jar Bread Pudding puts a new spin on an old favorite! Made with silken tofu and non-dairy milk, this pudding is sweet without the need for refined sugar. It’s a dessert but the apples, raisins. and maple syrup may tempt you to have it for breakfast. We totally understand.
14. Raw Baklava Cheesecake
Inspired by the famous dessert from the Ottoman Empire, this smooth, creamy Raw Baklava Cheesecake is definitely a blast from the past. Made from cashews, the cake sits on a crunchy, cinnamon-spiced crust. The best part about this cake is that it will impress everyone who sees or tastes it but it’s incredibly easy to make.
15. Mini Vanilla Bean Pavlovas with Coconut Whip and Raspberries
Pavlovas are a classic dessert but here they get a complete makeover. These Mini Vanilla Bean Pavlovas with Coconut Whip and Raspberries have whipped cream made with coconuts and the meringue is made with aquafaba. We bet no one would have ever believed that one day we would be putting chickpea brine in a dessert and it would be delicious!
It’s so much fun to take something old and make it new again. Not only can we relive some of our most delicious memories but we can do it with healthier and more compassionate choices. That’s the best kind of makeover ever!
Lead image source: Vintage Pineapple Upside-Down Cake