5 Vegan Desserts You Can't Tell Are Vegan

I may not be a vegan myself, but ever since coming to college, it seems like a good majority of my friends are either vegetarian or vegan, so I have been dragged into this dairy and meat free world with full force. Trying vegan substitutes for your favorite foods often isn’t that bad. A lot of us aren't sure if being vegan is an option for us, especially around the Thanksgiving holidays. The easiest segue into veganism is definitely through dessert. Dessert is always a treat and vegan desserts are no exception, so enjoy these five recipes of vegan desserts that you won’t even be able to tell are vegan.

 

*For baking instructions, all of the recipes are hyperlinked to the websites these recipes originated from! 

Vegan Carrot Cake with Vegan Macadamia Nut Frosting

  • What you’ll need for the cake:
    • Flour: 2 ¼ cups
    • Baking powder: 3 teaspoons
    • Baking soda: 1 teaspoon
    • Cinnamon: 3 teaspoons
    • Salt: 1 teaspoon
    • Applesauce: ½ cup
    • Almond Milk: 1 cup
    • Vanilla: 2 teaspoons
    • Cane sugar: 1 cup
    • Canola oil: ½ cup
    • Grated carrots: 2 cups
  • What you’ll need for the frosting:
    • Raw macadamia nuts: ½ cup
    • Raw cashews: ½ cup
    • Almond milk: ¼ cup
    • Maple syrup: ¼ cup
    • Coconut oil: 2 tablespoons
    • Vanilla: 1 teaspoon
    • Lemon juice: 2 teaspoons
    • Salt: ¼ teaspoon

 

 

Image via Inspired Taste

 

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • What you’ll need:
    • Ground flaxseed meal: 1 tablespoon
    • Warm water: 2 ½ tablespoons
    • Oat flour: 2 cups
    • Free whole rolled oats: 1 cup
    • Baking soda: 1 teaspoon
    • Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
    • Sea salt: ½ teaspoon
    • Nutmeg: ¼ teaspoon
    • Canned pumpkin puree: ¾ cup
    • Cane sugar: ¾ cup
    • Melted warm coconut oil: ½ cup
    • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon
    • Chocolate chips: 1 cup

 

Image via Running With Spoons

 

 

Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread

  • What you’ll need:
    • Mashed ripe banana: 1 cup
    • Sugar: ¾ cup
    • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon
    • Vegetable oil: 2 tablespoons
    • Almond milk: 1/3 cup
    • Whole wheat pastry flour: 1 ½ cup
    • Baking soda: ¾ teaspoon
    • Salt: ¾ teaspoon
    • Cocoa powder: 3 tablespoons
    • Hot water: 6 tablespoons
    • Dairy-free chocolate chips: ½ cup

 

 

Image via Tumblr

 

Vegan Chocolate Cake

  • What you’ll need for the cake:
    • All-purpose flour: 1 ½ cups
    • White sugar: 1 cup
    • Cocoa powder: ½ cup
    • Baking soda: 1 teaspoon
    • Salt: ½ teaspoon
    • Soy milk: 1 cup
    • Vanilla extract: 2 teaspoons
    • Olive oil: 1/3 cup
    • White vinegar: 1 tablespoon
    • Flax egg: 1 count
  • What you’ll need for the frosting:
    • Powdered sugar: 3 ¾ cups
    • Cocoa powder: 4 tablespoons
    • Vegan butter: 3 tablespoons
    • Soy milk: 5 tablespoons
    • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon

 

Image via Foodess

 

 

Vegan No-bake Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

  • What you’ll need for the brownies:
    • Raw walnuts: 1 ½ cups
    • Raw almonds: 1 cup
    • Dates: 2 ½ cups
    • Cacao powder: ¾ cup
    • Cacao nibs: 2 tablespoons
    • Sea salt: ¼ teaspoon
  • What you’ll need for the frosting:
    • Almond milk: ¼ cup
    • Dairy-free dark chocolate: 1 cup
    • Coconut oil: 2 tablespoons
    • Powdered sugar: ¼ - ½ cups
    • Sea salt: ¼ teaspoon

 

Image via Michelle Tsang on Unsplash

 

Happy (Vegan) Baking!