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20 Creamy Vegan Dessert Recipes for Summer

By Diane Small

Think of summer desserts and one thing comes to mind: ice cream. While it’s true that most people scream for ice cream, vegans (and the lactose intolerant) have a problem with this tasty treat. But never fear: there are plenty of vegan alternatives out there.

Unfortunately, you won’t be finding these at any Baskin Robbins near you any time soon, so it’s time to hit the kitchen and make your own. Using coconut milk, fruit and sometimes even avocados as a base, we’ve found 20 of the tastiest recipes from the best vegan food blogs on the internet to help you indulge in some relatively healthy desserts this summer.

There is plenty of ice cream, of course – but thanks to a plethora of established and budding bloggers, there are plenty of creamy vegan dessert recipes for summer that go far beyond what you’d expect. Here are 20 of the best recipes for summer I found.

1.  Healthy Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream

Salted caramel? Pretzels? Ice cream? There’s no way this could possibly be healthy, right? Wrong! Stevia and tofu keep the sugar and ‘bad’ fat calories at bay, and combine with maple syrup and coconut to make this decadently delicious treat.

Get the recipe here.


2.  Coffee Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce

This classic is great for kid’s birthday parties. They’ll never guess it’s actually borderline healthy!

Find the recipe from Channeling Contessa  here.

3.  Passion Fruit “White Chocolate” Mousse

Recipe by Vegan Divas

1 cup plus 3 Tbsp (200 g/7 oz) cacao butter, 1 ¼ cups (300 g/10.6 oz) passion fruit puree, 3 Tbsp (22 g/0.8 oz) arrowroot, 2 (12.3-oz) packages (697 g/24.6 oz) silken tofu, drained, 1 ¼ cups plus 2 Tbsp (250 g/8.8 oz) raw sugar, 1/8 tsp (0.8 g/0.03 oz) sea salt, 1/2 tsp (2 g/0.07 oz) vanilla extract, 1 pint (288 g/10 oz) fresh ripe strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced

Place the cacao butter, passion fruit puree and arrowroot in a small pot and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the cocoa butter is melted and the mixture thickens slightly. Remove the pan from the heat.

Place the silken tofu, raw sugar, salt and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor. Add the hot cocoa butter mixture and process until smooth and creamy, about 1 ½ minutes. Divide the mousse among 8 parfait glasses or bowls and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Before serving, top each serving of mousse with sliced strawberries. Makes 8 servings


4.  No Bake Lemon Dream  Bars

There’s nothing quite as refreshing on a hot day than a cool glass of lemonade, and something sweet, like these lemon crumble bars! They may look  dry, but actually all that white lemony stuff on top is super creamy and melts in your mouth…(remember to keep these in the fridge as the weather warms up, though).

Learn to make them here.

5. Cinnamon and Toast Ice Cream


6.  Simple Chia Seed Puddings

Almond milk and coconut milk form the basis for this trendy, tasty treat from Eating Clean. Super healthy and easy to make, too!

Find the recipe here.


7. Mini Berry Cheesecakes

I know what you’re thinking: ‘Oh, great! Tofu based cheesecake…hmm…’ But you’re wrong, my friends. Not even a hint of tofu haunts this tasty berry recipe–and best of all, it’s gluten-free, too!

Find the recipe at Sarah Bakes G Free, here.


8.  Vegan Blueberry Crumble Ice Cream

Almond and coconut milk replace cream and milk in this tasty recipe. The addition of rolled oats means it’s practically healthy enough to eat for breakfast. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes, finally!

Get the yummy recipe  here.

9.  Creamy Chocolate Soft Serve Avocado Ice Cream

Chocolate and avocado may not be the most obvious ice cream combo, but it works, creating a lickable consistency that’s not too sweet, and way healthier than it looks.

Find the full recipe from HalfBaked Harvest  here.

10. Matcha ‘Nice-cream’

This looks so decadent, but it actually gives you a huge hit of fibre, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. And did I mention it’s super easy to make?

Get the recipe here.


11. Raspberry Rose Vegan Macarons

Could these BE any more gorgeous? The raspberry and rose ganache is  the perfect companion to the crunchy outside cookie. These are made vegan thanks to aquafaba. Not sure what that is? Click on the recipe, you’ll be amazed!

Learn to make these  here.

12. Vegan Chocolate Pretzel Ice Cream with Salted Caramel

I know the first recipe is for almost the same thing (yep, check number 1 again!) But this time, it’s different. I had to include it because I know not everyone is agreeable to tofu based desserts, and this offers a coconut based alternative.

Get the recipe here.

13. Black Sesame and Ginger Ice Cream

Grown up flavours come together in this fully vegan ice cream, which makes for the perfect dessert after an Asian spiced meal. I love the idea of serving this in a cone, too.

Try the recipe out here.

14. Chocolate Banana Chia Puddings

It looks really decadent, but this recipe is so healthy, if you make this  for breakfast – you’ve got a great start to your day. Make it for dessert, and you have an excuse to have seconds!

Get the recipe here.

15. Cherry Coconut Cheesecake Bites

No dairy. No gluten. Not even any refined sugar! Just a whole lot of goodness from dates, coconut, and of course, cherries! And how pretty are these? You’re just going to need a good blender or food processor to make these cheesecake bites happen.

Discover how to make them  here.

16. Raw Avocado Key Lime Pie

How come it took us so long to appreciate the serious versatility of the humble avocado? Here, it’s transformed into a creamy, dreamy vegan friendly, gluten free key lime pie.

Get the recipe here.

17. Mango Mousse Parfaits

Mint and mangoes make this a sweet but refreshing treat. I’d serve this after an Indian meal – it would be a wonderful contrast to all of  those spicy flavours.

Learn to make them  here.

18. Vegan Tiramisu

Yes people, this is happening! I was so excited to find this recipe – it’s the summer dessert of my dreams. Cold, creamy, and infused with a bit of an adult treat: Kaluha. The secret’s in the cashew based ‘mascarpone’. Perfect!

See the amazing recipe here.

19. The Big Vegan Banana Split

This recipe from Oh She Glows is every five year old’s dream. Or, every pregnant woman’s dream. Ok, it’s basically everyone’s dream! You can top it off with nuts, chia seeds, granola, fruit…just about anything you fancy, really. You’re going to need a Vitamix to make the chocolate sauce, just FYI.

Get it here.

20. Vegan Banana Cream Pie

It may be packed with calories, but this is one indulgence you won’t want to miss out on. It’s got a wonderfully tropical vibe, and it’s gluten free, too.

Get the recipe here.

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    Maria RG
    Jan 29, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    These are amazing and loving the fact that they are healthy! 2 thumbs up for the Salted Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Chocolate Caramel Sauce – who said you can’t treat yourself and be healthy at the same time? #health #wellbeing #nutritious

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