This Valentine’s Day, surprise your love with these tasty, tantalizing vegan desserts. The best part? You’re also being kind to animals by indulging in these dairy and egg-free treats.
1. Red velvet cupcakes: Who doesn’t love the taste of red velvet cake? With the upcoming holiday, the color couldn’t be more appropriate. Now you can enjoy a longtime favorite, vegan style.
Even though this recipe doesn’t call for eggs or dairy, it’s equally scrumptious and moist. It’s also easy to make. Whisk soy milk and apple cider vinegar. Next, sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. In a medium bowl, mix canola oil, vanilla extract, almond extract and red food coloring and add soy milk mix. Once you have a smooth texture, gently fold in dry mix and stir until lumps disappear. Fill cupcake pan evenly and bake for 22 – 23 minutes.
The icing is even simpler to make: As the cupcakes cool off, whisk confectioner’s sugar with a small amount of soy milk. Drizzle on top of cupcakes and voilá!
Tip: While you’re shopping for ingredients, be mindful of which red food coloring you purchase since some aren’t animal-friendly. Fortunately, McCormick is a popular brand readily available and 100 percent vegan.
2. Three-ingredient chocolate pie: Not only is this three-ingredient chocolate pie friendly to your waistline (less than 150 calories per serving), it’s rich in flavor and ready in only a couple of hours.
Pour melted chocolate chips over one block of silken tofu. Blend until smooth, and then pour into a precooked pie shell. Place pie in fridge for two hours and serve with berries of your choice. Since strawberries have been known to be a natural aphrodisiac, we highly recommend these. Ow!
3. Pink grapefruit blueberry sorbet: For those who are sensitive to dairy (and not a fan of dairy-free ice cream), sorbet is a great alternative. Fans of the beloved Sour Patch Kids are in for a treat. This tart yet sweet pink grapefruit blueberry sorbet takes only five minutes to prep. It takes a few hours to solidify, so we suggest making it the night before or first thing in the morning.
You’ll need pink grapefruit juice, blueberries and sugar. For a little kick, add a splash or two of vodka. After blending these ingredients together, pour into a container and freeze. After a couple of hours, break up into a slushy mixture, and then return to the freezer for three hours. This frozen treat will leave your taste buds swooning.
4. Vegan cookie dough truffles: If we had it our way, we’d eat mass amounts of cookie dough on a daily basis. Unfortunately, that would result in a big stomach ache because consuming raw eggs is no bueno. But with this egg-free recipe, it’s OK to indulge.
The no-bake vegan cookie dough truffles include vegan butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, water, flour and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix the ingredients in a bowl, then fold in chocolate chips. After rolling it into 1-inch balls, freeze for 15 minutes. Melt a small bowl of chocolate and take the truffles out of the freezer. Dip truffles in chocolate and place them in the fridge for 20 minutes. To make it festive for Valentine’s Day, feel free to add red food coloring to melted chocolate. Bon appetit!
5. Vegan chocolate-dipped strawberries: Simple yet satisfying, you’ll have a lot of fun feeding these chocolate strawberries to each other. For the chocolate, warm coconut oil, then whisk cacao powder and agave until smooth. Dip strawberries in mix and place on parchment paper and refrigerate for an hour. Once they’re ready, let the fun and imagination begin.
Enjoying these treats is sure to leave your vegan-themed Valentine’s Day on a sweet note. If you’re crazy about these recipes, check out more vegan recipes here.