Brit + Co adores Sonja Overhiser, the co-founder of the blog A Couple Cooks. She’s living the dream life, running the healthy vegetarian site with her husband (and her *adorable* baby makes guest appearances). That’s why we are thrilled to invite her to guest blog on a topic we can all get behind: vegan desserts. Her recipes prove you don’t need butter or eggs to make mouthwatering sweet creations.
So here’s the deal: Vegan desserts are where it’s at. My husband Alex and I eat as many plants as we can. While we’re not exclusively vegan, we love creating dairy-and-egg-free desserts. Why? They satisfy most of the diets of the friends and family we cook for, and they’re downright delicious. As a plus, all the recipes on our website, A Couple Cooks, and in our cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking, use natural and whole ingredients, so they’re packed with good-for-you nutrients too. Here are the top five vegan desserts from our website that you can’t go another day without trying. All happen to be naturally gluten-free too. Feed your people, no matter their food philosophies.
1. Bliss Bites: Imagine a peanut butter cup had a baby with a no-bake cookie, and you’ve got bliss bites. They’re hands-down the most popular recipe on our website, and we love seeing people around the world make them and tag us on Instagram. They’re vegan by way of coconut oil and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. A version of the recipe is also in our cookbook.
2. Balsamic Blackberry Vegan Cheesecakes: Cheesecake without the cheese might sound iffy, but creamy cashews blended with blackberries make for a tangy, flavorful base that tastes just like the real thing. Instead of a graham cracker crust, we’ve used pecans, oats, and a bit of coconut oil.
3. Fudgy Vegan Brownies: These brownies are from Laura Wright’s cookbook, The First Mess. They’re so fudgy and gooey that you’ll never guess that they’re vegan. The secret ingredients are almond butter and applesauce. I know, right?
4. Mocha Almond Fudge Vegan Ice Cream: You know that Baskin Robbins flavor Jamoca Almond Fudge? We created this copycat recipe when some friends challenged us to create a homemade, “healthier” version. The coffee-flavored ice cream is ultra-creamy, made with coconut milk, and studded with almonds and chocolate chunks.
5. Chocolate Sweet Cherry Vegan Tarts: Is there anything better than chocolate and cherries? Yes! Vegan chocolate mousse and cherries. You’ll be surprised how cocoa powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup can be whipped into a killer chocolate mousse. Pair it with sweet cherries and an almond oat crust, and it’s pretty darn heavenly.
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