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7 Vegan Dessert Cookbooks That Will Cure Your Sweet Tooth

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Do you love desserts? I know, that’s a silly question. Who doesn’t love dessert? Even if you say you don’t have a sweet tooth, admit it, you dream of cupcakes and cookies. Sweet nothings dancing in your head?

But. Vegan desserts are bland. Expensive. Rare. Hard to find. Impossible to make. Wrong-o!

Nothing could be further from the truth. No more excuses. We’ve hit the dessert cookbooks and found you the most amazing options out there.

I poured over them, tested them… such an arduous job. Eating so. Many. Cookies. It’s been tough. A real sacrifice. But we’re here to serve.

So what do you have a hankering for? Cakes, check. Cookies, check. Ice Cream, check. Chocolate, check. Pastries? Bars? Trifles? Puddings? Brownies? Checkity check, check, check, and check!

Everything your heart desires is here, in full color glory, for you to work your kitchen magic.

Ready to open up your own bakery yet? Well, you don’t have to, but you will never have to buy crappy grocery store eclairs again. Thank goodness for that!

Fantastic Vegan Dessert Cookbooks to Cure Your Sweet Tooth With

‘Crazy Easy Vegan Desserts’ by Heather Saffer

Crazy Easy Vegan Desserts: 75 Fast, Simple, Over-the-Top Treats That Will Rock Your World!

Heather Saffer, founder and CEO of Dollop Gourmet, brings her cupcake and sweets expertise to print. In this visually stunning volume, Heather shares some of her favorite treats.

Visions of more than sugarplums will dance in your head after reading this book!

Easy. Very Easy. Crazy Easy. Come on, what are you waiting for? You won’t find weird or elusive ingredients here. Heather makes gluten-free, dairy-free snacks ridiculously simple to create in your own home.

Recipes ready in 20 minutes or less, some with fewer than 5 ingredients. What could be easier? Or more delicious? Make these and you tell me!

  • Chocolate Molten Cupcakes
  • Peppermint Mocha Brownie Batter Dip
  • Key Lime Truffles
  • Tiramisu Trifle

Baking has always been my forte, but since going plant-based, sweets and treats have taken a back burner. That ends with this book, much to the great joy of my children!

Pick a page, grab your whisk, and prepare to delight the members of your family!

‘Chloe’s Vegan Desserts’ by Chloe Coscarelli

Chloe's Vegan Desserts: More than 100 Exciting New Recipes for Cookies and Pies, Tarts and Cobblers, Cupcakes and Cakes--and More!

Chloe Coscarelli became the first vegan ever to win on a Food Network competition when she took home first place on Cupcake Wars.

Chef Chloe is a graduate from the Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts NYC, the University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition Program.

In her first cookbook dedicated to desserts, Chef Chloe first dazzles your eyes. Wipe the drool off that page! Then, she satisfies your sweet tooth. Yes, you can lick the bowl!

These recipes look luscious (that’s because they are)! Now if you’d stop ogling the photos, you can gobble these up!

  • New Orleans Beignets
  • Black-and-White Cookies
  • Mocha Mud Pie
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding

Chef Chloe is not only adorable, she’s a master at her craft. She cooks a crumbly cake! And stirs a sweet sauce! And mixes a memorable mousse!

And whisks up a wonderful whipped cream! If you weren’t convinced that plant-based desserts were possible, prepare to have your mind blown!

‘Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats’ by Marisa Alvarsson

Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats: Plant-Based Delights Free From Refined and Artificial Sweeteners

Marisa Alvarsson is best known as blogger Miss Marzipan. She is a force to be reckoned with. Professional art director, recipe creator, stylist, visual communicator and food photographer.

One of her passions is low sugar sweet treats. Low sugar? Sweet? How, though? Let Marisa and Naturally Sweet show you the way.

Most treats are processed and contain massive amounts of refined sugars. Not here. These yummies are lovingly handcrafted using wholesome, easy-to-find, natural ingredients.

Sound too good to be true? I assure you it’s not.

  • Saffron Semolina Pudding
  • Raw Peanut Butter and Choc-Chip Doughnuts
  • Lingonberry Mince Pies
  • Easy Avocado Chocolate Whip

My favorite section of this book is “A Sweet Start” – recipes for the most important meal of the day, breakfast!

As someone that often eschews breakfast (except coffee!) enticing breakfast recipes are always welcome. You don’t have to give up the sweet things in life, you just need to make them differently!

‘Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season’ by Hannah Kaminsky

Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season

Hannah Kaminsky has a lifelong love of desserts. She has taken that love and built an empire. With half a dozen cookbooks and a popular blog, Bitter Sweet, Hannah has honed her craft in a big way.

Not only is she an accomplished author, she’s also a talented photographer. Her cookbooks showcase her mastery of both. Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season? Yes, please!

Hannah’s book revolves around eating in season, for more flavorful results. The book is broken down into seasons, so you can always find the perfect treat, no matter what time of the year it is!

  • Rum Raisin Brownies
  • Pistachio Nog
  • Triple Citrus Cupcakes
  • Limoncello

People rave about Hannah’s food, and it’s no wonder why. She has carved a niche for herself and is a rising star in the vegan culinary world. If you’re looking for unique and palate stimulating treats, this is the book for you.

‘Vegan Chocolate’ by Fran Costigan

Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts

Fran Costigan has a reputation for being the Queen of Vegan Desserts. Not a bad title to hold if you ask me. She’s got a new fan in me, I mean, who can resist chocolate? And Vegan Chocolate? Resistance is futile.

Chef Fran has mastered the art of making traditional desserts pale in comparison to her indulgent vegan versions.

Who needs dairy, eggs, white sugar, and all that extra fat? No one, that’s who. Chef Fran’s recipes will have you making excuses for baking.

In a volume dedicated to all things chocolate, there are over 300 pages of divine decadence.

If you didn’t obsess over chocolate before, you’re sure to after even glancing at this hefty tome.

  • Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie
  • Bittersweet Ganache-Glazed Chocolate Torte to Live For
  • Chocolate Covered Macaroons
  • Gluten-Free Intensely Chocolate Trifle

Chef Fran’s book is like a baking class at your fingertips. If anyone has ever told you that you can’t have chocolate and be vegan, now you have permission to laugh in their face.

You can be vegan… and eat your cake (and lick your spoon) too. So there!

‘N’ice Cream’ by Virpi Mikkonen & Tuulia Talvio

N'ice Cream: 80+ Recipes for Healthy Homemade Vegan Ice Creams

Virpi Mikkonen & Tuulia Talvio are Finnish bloggers that have teamed up to create this gorgeous encyclopedia of N’ice Cream.

Seems only appropriate that two lovely ladies from the Nordic region may have some knowledge about frosty treats, no?

Virpi is an award-winning food blogger at Vanelja, where she offers an inspirational and joyful approach to nourishing food. Tuulia is a food blogger at Tuulia, where her focus is healthy living and good vibes.

They’ve come together to bring over 80 cold and creamy recipes that prove you don’t have to feel guilty about a little indulgence. You deserve a happy tummy, and now you can have one. You don’t even need an ice cream maker!

  • Amaretto-Cherry Creamsicles
  • Caramel-Lingonberry Soft Serve in Oat Bowls
  • Salty Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream
  • Licorice-Black Sesame Ice Cream

Anyone ever told you that vegan ice cream isn’t “real ice cream”? Pish posh, you tell them. Vegan N’ice Cream is far superior to regular old ice cream.

Whip them up some of these goodies and you’ll be singing, “I told you so” on repeat, for life.

‘Clara Cakes: Delicious and Simple Vegan Desserts for Everyone!’ by Clara Polito

Clara Cakes: Delicious and Simple Vegan Desserts for Everyone!

Clara Polito started baking when she was 12 years old, and she sold her baked goods at local punk shows. Now she’s a teen, and has her own business, Clara Cakes, and this fabulous cookbook.

This is a unique and whimsical cookbook, and Clara is such an inspiration!

You’ve never had a cookbook like this. It reads almost like a glimpse into Clara’s personal journal. It’s delightful (and the cakes are mind blowing).

With music play lists and business advice, stories and poetry, Clara’s Cakes is a fun read. With simple ingredients available everywhere, it’s fun to make. And with delectable results, it’s fun to eat!

Good luck deciding what to make first, but here are my suggestions:

  • Inception Cookie
  • Strawberry Blood Orange Bar
  • Ginger Blondies
  • Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

This book would make the perfect gift for your favorite youngster (or young-at-heart-ster). It should be on every cake sniffer’s bookshelf. Oh, and you don’t have to stop at sniffing the cake, go ahead and dig in. Rock On, Clara!

Wrapping Up

Some may think plant-based or vegan eating means all healthy, all the time. But seriously? We all deserve indulgences. We all like a sweet treat.

Yes, even my hubby, who swears he doesn’t like sweets… I’ve caught him sneaking a bite of these desserts in the middle of the night on more than one occasion.

However, making sweet delights with little or no refined sugars, and little to no processed ingredients makes a difference. You can feel good about serving desserts you crafted yourself.

If you’ve previously resisted desserts because of medical issues, you can give in to the temptation again, without compromising your health.

These cookbooks offer a wide variety of tantalizing treats, for every taste, for everybody!

So put down your plate of leaves and twigs and tie on your apron! It’s time to get baking, baby! And don’t forget to lick the whisk!


Michelle M. VanGurp

I'm a mom of two tweens. It's important to find food that satisfies our hunger and also fits into our busy lives. I love to find and share food that's easy, delicious, and plant-based. Writing about cooking is a dream come true.

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