A decadent dessert doesn’t have to be completely against the rules. In fact, it’s entirely possible to enjoy that decadence while maintaining a vegan diet, staying gluten-free, and even avoiding refined sugar.
These are seven desserts you need to try right now. We promise nobody will be able to tell that these are healthy...and we won’t tell anyone if you don’t.
Chocolate Espresso Mousse Pie with a Cookie Crumble Crust
This recipe uses Maxine’s Heavenly chocolate chocolate chunk cookies as a base for the crust, and is filled with delicious and nutritious chocolate mousse. You can garnish with nuts, berries, mint leaves, or even coconut. Not only is this pie delicious, it’s vegan, gluten-free, and uses no refined sugar.
Chocolate Hazelnut spread
A healthier version of Nutella? Yes, please! This easy recipe uses only 6 ingredients, and all of them are healthy. You can put this on berries or other fruit, stir it into your coffee or hot chocolate, with yogurt, or on oatmeal. This yummy chocolaty spread is vegan, gluten-free, and uses no refined sugar.
Raw vegan carrot cake
This cake is a blend of carrots, dates, nuts, coconut and spices and is topped with a maple cashew frosting. Pineapple flowers add a sweet and festive decorative element to the presentation. The cake is vegan, and free of gluten and dairy.
Nobody will believe this recipe only took about 20 minutes to make. The “ladyfinger” layer is nut-based, and the mousse is has nuts, maple syrup, molasses, and dates. These are topped by a dairy-free “cream” layer based on almond milk. Sprinkle a little cacao on top, and it looks just like traditional tiramisu, but this recipe is gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, and raw. Bonus- you can add that chocolate hazelnut spread to this tiramisu to add a twist.
Blueberry and lemon fudge
There are only four ingredients in this recipe (and they’re all healthy), but it is rich and decadent and will satisfy you will just a few bites. All you need is creamed coconut, blueberries, lemon rind, maple syrup, and half an hour. You’ll end up with a healthy and delicious dessert that is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and completely satisfying.
Strawberry rhubarb crumble
Vegan, gluten-free, and with no refined sugar, this recipe is full of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and decadence, without the guilt. It has healthy oats, walnuts, coconut sugar and butter, and spices plus strawberries and rhubarb (which is a veggie!). You’ll have trouble resisting that crumbly topping, but you won’t need to.
Vegan peanut butter cups
Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and easy. What else could you want in a recipe? Want to be extra decadent? Swap out the peanut butter for the chocolate hazelnut spread. Better make a double batch, because these aren’t going to last for long.
There’s no reason a delicious dessert has to be unhealthy, and they don’t require a lot of time or special ingredients. As these recipes prove, you can take a few minutes and the healthy ingredients you already have in your cupboard and create something delicious.