We’ve gathered a list of the best easy vegan dessert recipes. These are our go-to vegan dessert recipes when we’re looking for something quick and easy, but also delicious and satisfying.
There are 4 mostly plant-based, super easy, and nearly fool-proof recipes included. As we discover new recipes that meet our criteria for being the best easy vegan dessert recipes that turn out amazing every time, then we’ll add more to the list and update it as we go!
1. One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake
If you’re looking for something rich and satisfying, this vegan one-bowl chocolate cake is perfect. It actually doesn’t even require a bowl (it’s all mixed in the pan it cooks in!).
It only calls for 7 ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, vegetable oil, white vinegar, and vanilla extract, and water.
Top with a vegan ganache and serve with coffee to take things to the next level.
Chocolate cake is my favorite. But even better than traditional chocolate cake, is the classic wacky chocolate cake. This one bowl vegan chocolate cake is traditionally vegan. So, there’s no need to deal with egg replacements or milk substitutes.
What Is Wacky Cake?
Also known as crazy cake, World War 11 cake, and Joe cake, wacky cake is a rich chocolate cake that originated during World War 11. Because it’s made with ingredients that were readily available during the time, it doesn’t include eggs, butter, or milk. Those animal products were scarce during rationing, so people had to get creative – and thus, a beautiful one bowl vegan chocolate cake was born.
One Bowl Chocolate Cake
Before discovering the beauty of wacky cake, I used to struggle with baking chocolate cakes. For starters, the dishes it created were always a drag. No one wants to wash multiple bowls, a pan, and measuring spoons.
Beyond that, egg replacer just didn’t do the trick. I always enjoyed the vegan cake I made, but it was somehow not comparable to non-vegan versions. It didn’t rise the same, didn’t have that light, moist mouthfeel. So naturally, I was shocked to discover a cake that removed these problems entirely! No more “making it vegan.” It already was! AND it doesn’t even dirty one bowl!
The one bowl vegan chocolate cake is actually mixed in the pan. So the pan acts as the “one bowl” – making one less dish to wash.
It really couldn’t get ANY easier.
One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake Ingredients
The traditional method of making a wacky cake called for flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, vegetable oil, white vinegar, and vanilla extract, and water.
For making a wacky cake, all-purpose flour works best. You can cut it with other flours or use whole-wheat flour, but that will change the consistency of the cake. (We’re going to do some experimenting with wheat-free options and update the post as we go! But as of now, we recommend sticking to all-purpose flour).
White, refined sugar is usually what people use to make this chocolate cake. However, it turns out decent with sugar substitutes. Just stick with dry sweetener (like monk fruit powder, raw sugar, xylitol powder, etc., if you’re going to change it up!).
Cocoa powder is the star of the dish. It makes the cake rich and decadent. It can be subbed with cacao powder or carob powder (though carob does have a slightly different taste).
Baking soda is key to a one bowl vegan chocolate cake. Baking soda acts as the leavening agent, making the cake rise and become light and fluffy.
Any vegetable oil works, but if it has a flavor then that will influence the taste of the cake. Personally, I love using coconut oil because it adds that subtle coconuty flavor – so bomb combined with the chocolate! Canola and grapeseed oil also work well. Really any oil that’s natural tasting should be great.
White vinegar is an acid that activates the baking soda. Without an acid, the cake wouldn’t rise because the baking soda would remain inactive. White vinegar can be subbed for apple cider vinegar or even lemon or orange juice.
What’s chocolate cake without vanilla extract? (p.s., if you’re tired of spending big bucks on quality vanilla extract, it’s super easy to make vanilla extract at home!)
Water provides moisture to the cake and allows you the combine all the ingredients. You can sub the water for non-dairy milk or brewed coffee (my favorite!).
How To Make One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake
EASY VEGAN WACKY CAKE (mixed in the pan – no bowl required) Ingredients:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
large pinch of salt (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon white vinegar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water (or brewed coffee for a richer cake)
1 cup non-dairy dark chocolate chips (optional – I add these for fun!)
Preheat oven to 375F.
Mix dry ingredients (without chocolate chips) in an 8×8 inch ungreased cake pan.
Make 3 wells. Pour the vanilla, vinegar, and oil into the wells (one ingredient in each well).
Pour water or brewed coffee over the top and mix together well with a fork or whisk.
Banana ice cream is a vegan and plant-based staple. It’s one of those things that everyone universally agrees is bomb, like pizza! The best vegan banana ice cream recipe is so simple and delicious, it’s hard to believe.
What is Banana Nice Cream?
“Nice cream” (also referred to as banana ice cream) is a plant-based take on ice cream. It’s usually made with 1 base ingredient: frozen banana. You can also add in other frozen fruits or flavorings of your choice. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to make.
The few ingredients are simply blended together into a creamy and sweet dessert.
Banana nice cream is extremely popular amongst vegans, plant-based enthusiasts, and non-vegans alike – because it’s easy, wholesome, and tasty.
One of the best parts about banana ice cream (or “nice cream”) is that it’s customizable! You can easily flavor it to be chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or any other flavor. And you can throw your favorite toppings on top to make it nutritionally wholesome and flavorful treat.
Making Banana Ice Cream: Best Vegan Banana Ice Cream Recipe
To make the best vegan banana ice cream recipe, it’s incredibly simple. The trick is to NOT follow a measured recipe but to learn how to “eyeball” it so it turns out perfect every time.
Freeze peeled bananas (you can use bananas with the peel on, but the peel is SO hard to remove once frozen, so it’s better to peel them before freezing). Make sure the bananas are frozen solid to get a creamy texture.
Take the bananas out of the freezer and let them thaw for ~10 minutes.
Throw them into a blender with a dash of non-dairy milk or water (JUST enough to cover the blade, or even a smidge less). If you’re using one banana, use as little liquid as possible to get it to safely blend. If you filled the blender with bananas, then aim to cover the blade.
Optional: Add in flavors to your taste preference. (see flavor suggestions below).
Pulse the blender a few times to break down the bananas. Then, turn it on low and use the blender tamp to push the bananas into the blade. Note: If your blender doesn’t have a tamp, then use the pulse option and use a fork to push the banana into the blade in between pulses.
Once it’s creamy and smooth like ice cream, scoop into dishes and serve with your favorite toppings.
Flavor suggestions: Chocolate (add ~1 tsp cocoa powder, 1tbsp maple syrup or sweetener). Vanilla (add ~1 tsp vanilla extra, 1tbsp maple syrup or sweetener). Peanut Butter Chocolate (add ~1 tsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp PB2 powder, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener). Topping suggestions: Nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, walnuts, pecans, etc.) Berries Cacao nibs or chocolate chips Peanut butter Maple syrup drizzle Cinnamon (or other spices)
You can make banana ice cream with a blender or a food processor. In a pinch, we’ve even used a fork and knife. We’ll walk you through each method below:
Using A Blender (Recommended).
Making banana ice cream with a blender is the way to go, especially if you’re making it for 1-3 people. A high-speed blender, like a Vitamix, is recommended. However, you can totally use a cheaper blender or even a $30 blender from Wal-Mart or Target. (Fun fact: I used a $30 Wal-Mart blender in college and made banana ice cream in it pretty much daily – it lasted for around 3 months, which isn’t ideal but I REALLY pushed it to the limits.)
Using A Food Processor Using a food processor to make banana ice cream is less ideal, but it works! Food processors are harder to clean than blenders and the banana tends to get stuck under the blade. However, if you’re making dessert for a larger group (4+ people), then it’s a great way to make it. Larger food processors tend to hold more than the larger blenders, making them perfect for groups.
Fork And Knife Method (If You’re Desperate). Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you want to make banana ice cream but you don’t have a blender or food processor, you can still do it! Once the bananas have thawed for around 10 minutes, use a knife a cut them into TINY pieces. Then, put the pieces in a bowl and use a fork to mash them up into a “creamy” texture. It won’t be as smooth as with a blender, but it still “hits the spot” and comes out pretty close to nice cream.
If you’re ever craving a peanut butter cup, you may be tempted to run to the store and grab a Reese’s. And while there are some vegan brands that offer chocolate peanut butter cups, it’s possible to satisfy your craving right from the comfort of home. And the recipe only takes 3 basic ingredients!
TikTok user @bakingenvy shared this 3-ingredient microwave peanut butter cup recipe and people are obsessed. And one of the best parts is that it’s not actually *for* vegans! It’s an “accidental” vegan recipe, which makes it all the sweeter.
All you need to make it, are some chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and peanut butter.
Simply take 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and put it in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave it for 15 seconds. Next, add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and mix it together with the peanut butter. Finally, sprinkle on 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips. Microwave it all for 90 seconds (1 and a half minutes). Once the time is up, use a spoon to spread the melted chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture and place the whole mug in the freezer for around 15 minutes. Once you pull it out, it’ll be a hard, rich, and creamy peanut butter cup!
Vegans don’t need to shy away from Halloween treats any longer. In fact, there are loads of delicious vegan recipes to choose from that can steal the show of any party! Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or elaborate and spooky, there’s a vegan option for you.
And even if you’re not vegan, if you want to incorporate a vegan option into your Halloween cuisine list, these recipes will be perfect for both vegans and non-vegans alike.
Of course, with COVID-19, Halloween parties may be a little different this year. But you can always make a fun meal for your household or host a social distancing party in the park!
Pizza is always a crowd favorite. It’s a safe choice for large groups and can be made perfect for Halloween. In fact, all you need are a little decorating skills and you’ll have some spooky pizzas perfect for a party. You can turn your main course into ghosts, pumpkins, mummies, or more.
Forks and Beans is the queen of Halloween treats. And she did not disappoint with these Graveyard Taco Cups. They’re the perfect blend of savory, practical, and delicious. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare 4 festive taco cups!
Kids LOVE these silly and spooky apple bites! They make the perfect treat to add some sweat without going crazy with the sugar. Plus, how fun are they?! They only take 10 minutes to prepare and serve 8.
The strawberry jam provides a sweet and bloody-looking dessert. These may be too creepy to eat, but if you can brave a bite you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the delicious center. They only take 40 minutes to make and serve 16!
Though you’d never be able to guess by tasting it, these are actually raw and vegan! The rich flavor and smooth with crunchy texture is absolutely delightful. They take just 23 minutes to prepare make 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings.
What are your favorite Halloween recipes? Let us know!