Five Delicious Vegan Desserts. You must add them to Your Post Lunch List

Vegans are individuals who have chosen to consume a diet that excludes many foods considered a staple in the average diet. However, they do eat many of the common everyday foods that non-vegans eat such as salads, all types of vegetables, and fruits. In fact, the simple diet emphasizes the importance of consuming fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. Their goal is to eat the healthiest diet possible in order to help prevent some major health problems. 

It is estimated that there are approximately 16 million vegetarians in American and almost half of those are strict vegans. According to The Vegan Society, veganism based on the philosophy that promotes a lifestyle that excludes using animals for food. They believe that adhering to the way of living benefits the environment, humans, and animals. These strict diets that are well planned are highly regarded by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for their simplicity and ability to help reduce some chronic diseases. Many people believe a restrictive diet prohibits its followers from enjoying sweet, delicious desserts, but this is a myth. The truth is vegan desserts rival regular desserts in flavor and satisfaction. 

Kinds of Vegan-friendly Sugar

Because desserts are dependent on sugar for their sweet taste, it may seem that there are very few good alternatives. The opposite of this is actually true. Highly processed and refined white sugar is not acceptable in this diet, but several others are. Followers can find legitimate alternatives, but it does require reading labels carefully. Some appear to be unprocessed and may even be labeled as acceptable, but that does not mean they are. White sugar is made from sugarcane that is highly processed and refined. Alternatives to white sugar include:

........ Unbleached cane sugar is 100 percent vegan that is unrefined.
........ Maple sugar is made from pure maple syrup and is vegan-friendly. 
........ Date sugar is made entirely from dates and is great for baking.
........ Organic beet sugar comes from sugar beets making it all natural.
........ Coconut palm sugar has a low glycemic index.

Favorite Desserts

Processed sugar-free desserts are every bit a tasty and delicious a regular desserts but are made with only vegan-friendly ingredients. These acceptable dessert recipes are easy to prepare and serve. These sweet delights add the perfect finish to any meal. All of the recipes add essential nutrients and help balance out all meals. It is not necessary to avoid eating dessert while adhering to a diet that avoids using white refined sugar, eggs, and dairy products. Many dessert recipes place an emphasis on the natural sweetness of fruits and fructose from date sugar. 

Healthy Chocolate Desserts 
Applesauce is a great substitute for other sweeteners in a chocolate cake or pudding. This fruit-based sweetener complements the richness of dark chocolate, which does not contain any milk, fat, or other animal products. Many top-quality chocolates do not contain any animal products and work well in almost any recipe for chocolate desserts.

Coconut Cream Pudding
This is a delicious alternative to fat-laden pudding made with dairy cream and other milk products. This sweet enticing pudding is both dairy free and gluten free. Much of the sweetness comes from fresh coconut and naturally sweet strawberry garnishes help add to the unique, sweet taste. 

Applesauce and Ginger Cookies
It is impossible to feel deprived when cookies are on the menu. These cookies are completely sweetened with applesauce, which also replaces eggs. Ginger and other spices such as cinnamon add to the overall taste of the cookie that is also gluten-free when made with gluten-free flour. This recipe does not use any dairy products but gets moisture from the applesauce.

Cinnamon Apple Cobbler
Fresh apples and oats are the primary ingredients in this tasty cobbler. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice add the spiciness. Fresh apples are sweet enough without adding sugar, but a small amount of maple sugar adds flavor. Mix the apples, spices, and sugar and place in a deep dish. Sprinkle a generous mixture of oats and spices on top. Dot with pats of vegetable-based margarine and bake. 

Peanut Butter Brownies
No need to add eggs or dairy products to the brownies. Mix creamy peanut butter with dark chocolate, gluten-free flour, date sugar, canola oil, and soymilk. Bake and serve with a whipped non-dairy topping or just eat by the slice with a glass of almond milk.

It is easy to eat healthy, nutritious snacks that satisfy any sweet tooth, even on the strictest diet. When sugar cravings strike, choose healthy alternatives that will not sabotage the most restrictive diets.

About Author: 
My name is Craig and I am an editor at CakeJournal. I spend most of my time finding every excuse test out new baking recipes. I write about everything from cake recipes to fun baking projects to vegan baking. If you can't get a hold of me I am probably on at a restaurant or in the kitchen! 

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