Vegan desserts, Valentine’s Day—is there a faster or more valuable way to your lover’s heart? I guess it depends on who you ask. But if you’re looking to impress your vegan—or even meat-eating—Valentine with some fancy vegan desserts, you could be in for the night of your life.
Not a master baker? No problem! There are also some easy vegan desserts you could put together if you just bounce out of work a little early to beat your lover home! They’re worth it, are they not?
Boost the love in your life with some of these simple and tasty vegan desserts.
1. Vegan Chocolate Black Bean Brownies
Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 25 minutes Serves: 12 brownies
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large flax eggs (2 tbsp flaxseed meal + 6 tbsp water, mixed)
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
¾ cup cocoa powder (good quality)
¼ tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup cane sugar (slightly ground in a food processor)
1 ½ tsp baking powder
Crushed nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, etc.)
Vegan chocolate chips
- Set oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lightly grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan.
- Make sure beans are drained and rinsed.
- For flax egg: Combine the water and flaxseed meal in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times and allow to rest for three to five minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients to food processor (besides the optional toppings) and puree until smooth, about three minutes. Scrape down sides as required.
- If the batter appears thick, add one or two tablespoons of water and pulse again. You do not want the batter runny. The consistency should be about that of chocolate frosting, but slightly less thick.
- Evenly distribute batter into slots on muffin pan. Smooth the tops.
- Sprinkle with toppings (if you want).
- Bake until tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from sides, about 20 to 25 minutes.
2. Vegan Valentine Strawberry Cheesecake Minis
Prep Time: 3 hours Cook Time: 2 hours Serves: 24 cheesecake minis
1 cup pecans
6 Medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ tsp sea salt
- Soak pitted Medjool dates in water for 10 minutes. Drain water from dates and transfer to a food processor. Add the other ingredients. Process until the nuts are crumbled. The crust should stick together on its own.
- Cut four-inch strips of parchment paper and place in the bottoms of each compartment in a mini-muffin tray.
- Press about one and a half teaspoons of the mixture into the bottom of each mini muffin cup.
1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 3 hours
½ cup frozen strawberries, sliced
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup agave nectar
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Add pre-soaked and drained cashews to a high-speed blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and set aside. Empty and clean blender to make strawberry purée.
Strawberry Purée Topping Ingredients:
½ cup frozen strawberries, thawed and melted
- Allow frozen strawberries to thaw and become soft at room temperature, or heat over low heat in a saucepan for a few minutes. Remove when soft and put in blender. Blend until they are a smooth purée.
- Take about a tablespoon of the cashew filling and pour on top of the pressed crust. Then take a one-half teaspoon of the strawberry purée and add a dollop onto the cashew filling. Use a toothpick to swirl the two mixtures around.
- Freeze for one to two hours until solid.
- Remove from mini muffin trays and let thaw for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
3. Vegan Classic PB&J Squares
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Serves: 12 squares
2 ½ cups raw almonds
3 ½ cups oats
¼ tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
4 cups dates, pitted
2 cups peanut butter
2 ripe bananas
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup dates, pitted
2 tbsp water
1 cup jam (of your choice)
3 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- Grind almonds into a fine meal in a food processor. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Grind oats to the same consistency, then add the almonds back to the processor.
- Add sea salt and cinnamon. Run the food processor and add a few dates at a time until the mixture starts to blend.
- Press three-fourths of the mixture into a 9” x 13” pan lined with parchment paper.
- Place the peanut butter, bananas, and sea salt in a food processor. Blend well.
- Using the same method as with the almonds-oats mixture, feed in a few dates at a time until the mixture is smooth. If it seems too thick, spread with a spatula and add a bit of water.
- Spread the mixture over the pressed base in the pan.
- Spread jam on top of the peanut butter later (mix in chia seeds beforehand if you like).
- Add the rest of the crumble on top.
- Chill in the refrigerator overnight and cut into squares.
4. The Banana Spilt—Vegan Lover Style
Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 0 minutes Serves: 2
Chocolate Sauce Ingredients:
1 15-oz can full-fat coconut milk
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup tightly-packed raspberries, strawberries, or pitted Medjool dates (depending on your tastes)
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of fine grain salt
Banana Split Ingredients:
1 large banana, halved lengthwise
2 small scoops vegan ice cream (of your choice)
Chocolate sauce (outlined above)
Strawberry jam (or jam of your choice)
Toasted sliced almonds
Dairy-free chocolate chips or raw cacao nibs
Vegan coconut whipped cream
Organic maraschino cherries or fresh-pitted cherries
Chocolate Sauce Directions:
- If using frozen raspberries or strawberries, bring to room temperature until soft. Heat if needed. Soak pitted dates in water for 30 minutes, or until they’re extra soft.
- Add the sauce ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. Adjust to taste, if desired.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to use. You can heat before serving if desired.
Banana Split Directions:
- Prepare all your Valentine’s favorite toppings (in advance).
- Place the sliced banana in a bowl.
- Add two scoops of the vegan ice cream and top with some vegan coconut whipped cream.
- Add the rest of the desired toppings and dig in!
5. Raspberry Coconut Chocolate Delights
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Serves: 10 cups
6 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
6 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
Raspberry Filling Ingredients:
¼ cup fresh raspberries plus 5 extras, halved
½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp dairy-free milk (preferably almond or coconut milk)
2 tsp organic virgin coconut oil
Fine sea salt
- Blend chocolate ingredients in a small bowl and set over a small pot of boiling water. Stir until the mixture is melted and smooth.
- Put one tablespoon of the chocolate in the base of 10 silicone or paper baking cups. Place in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until set.
- In the bowl of a mini food processor, place raspberries, shredded coconut, maple syrup, dairy-free milk, coconut oil, and a large pinch of sea salt. Blend on pulse setting until combined.
- Remove muffin cups from freezer. Take one teaspoon of raspberry mixture and gently press into the center of each chocolate cup. Place a halved raspberry on top. Return the molds to the freezer for five minutes.
- Reheat any remaining chocolate that has started to solidify. Pour one tablespoon of chocolate over the top of each raspberry mound to totally cover, then return to freezer. Allow 20 minutes to set, then eat straight from the freezer.
Any good foodie will tell you that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. So why not win your lover’s heart with some delicious but easy vegan desserts this Valentine’s Day? You’ll thank us later!
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