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13 Super Easy Vegan Sweet Recipes to Make in No Time

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Updated on February 26, 2024

Reviewed by AFAD Team

Have you ever found yourself in a bit of a predicament because you have some dietary restrictions that stop you from enjoying some of the most delicious sweet dishes? Maybe you barely tolerate that dairy or gluten allergy that makes all those puddings, cakes, and pies more like a prohibited area warning with serious consequences if crossed?

Or maybe you are just a vegan who wants to remain committed to their cause but still wishes to enjoy the delights of life?

Well, we completely understand how hard that may feel, especially since the hunt for vegan and gluten-free sweet recipes can seem a bit daunting. But there is no need to get your knickers in a twist. This article presents an array of homemade, dairy-free delights brimming with flavours that vegans and anyone with dairy or gluten allergy can make and enjoy in a fraction of the time.

Join us as we embark on an indulgent journey through sweetness without any dairyness. Let’s crack on, then!

Vegan Sweet Recipes

As you may have guessed, vegan sweets do not have any ingredient prohibited by the vegan diet, primarily all dairy products and eggs. In this article, we are going to share some delicious vegan sweet recipes that are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.

1. Chocolate Almond Bark

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Chocolate Almond Barks

A chocolate almond bark is a super simple and tasty sweet that is perfect for any occasion. It is a simple vegan dessert made with just three ingredients: chocolate, almonds, and salt. The bark is easy to make, can be customised with your favourite toppings, and is guaranteed to make your taste buds dance.

Like the ingredients, making chocolate almond bark is easy. Here is your recipe:

Find quality dark chocolate. This is important as it forms the base of our bark. Make sure you check its ingredients very well and ensure it is vegan-friendly. You can control how many barks you want by changing the amount of dark chocolate you are using.

Secondly, you need to melt the chocolate. You can either do this in the microwave or using a double boiler. The latter is actually better, for it prevents the chocolate from overheating. Sprinkle a little bit of salt to the chocolate.

Once the chocolate has melted, stir in some chopped almonds, then spread the mix on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Let it cool until the chocolate gets hard, then break the sheet into pieces.

2. Peppermint Chocolate Crunch Bars

This recipe also uses dark chocolate as a base, yet it is more refreshing than the previous one, for it has peppermint. The outcome is usually crispy and crunchy bars that make the hit during cold times.

To make these peppermint chocolate bars, you need to melt the dark chocolate like before, add chopped peppermint candy pieces and stir them with the chocolate. Spread the mix on parchment paper placed on a tray, then refrigerate until the chocolate sheet hardens. Cut it into rectangular bars or whatever shape you like and enjoy.

3. Chocolate Coconut Sweet Clusters

These vegan, pretty inexpensive chocolate coconut sweet clusters are just what you need when you have a sudden sugar craving and cannot get hold of anything sweet at the moment. They are also dairy-free and so good to share with family and friends around the festive season.

This sweet recipe is so simple, using only two ingredients: vegan chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes with a ratio of 1:1. You are also going to need a sheet of parchment paper and a tray. Here is what you need to do:

  • In a bowl, melt the chocolate chips until completely runny and smooth.
  • Stir the coconut flakes into the melted chocolate until evenly coated.
  • Use a spoon or a small cookie scoop to drop dollops of the chocolate-coconut mixture onto the parchment paper sheet, leaving some space between each cluster.
  • Place the sheet in the fridge for at least 15 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened and the clusters are set.

4. Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Peanut butter is one of the most amazing food inventions humans have come up with. It is pretty healthy, actually considered by many a superfood, tasty, and rich in healthy fats and protein, which makes it a great alternative for vegans and vegetarians. It is also versatile and can go into many desserts, one of which is our peanut butter crunch bars.

Although peanut butter is typically made from peanuts and salt, some brands may contain non-vegan ingredients, such as honey or milk solids. So make sure the spread you are using does not have any of those. 

For these peanut butter crunch bars, you are also going to need three more ingredients: crispy rice cereal to give the bars that nice crunch, vegan chocolate chips, and coconut oil. Here is your recipe:

  • First, melt the chocolate until smooth, then add the peanut butter and coconut oil. Stir well until everything is well blended. 
  • Add the crispy rice cereals to the mixture. Stir until well-coated.
  • On a parchment paper sheet placed on a tray, spread the mixture and refrigerate until it hardens.
  • Cut your peanut butter crunch sheet into small bars. 

5. Sweet ‘n Salty Nut Clusters

These vegan sweet ‘n salty nut clusters make a perfect gift for the holidays or a quick snack whenever you want a quick sweet something to eat. They are also a top pick from vegan sweet recipes, and this is actually attributed to many factors.

For instance, they bring together tasty nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans. They offer a mix of sweet and salty flavours that delight the taste buds. They are versatile and can be made with dried fruits instead of nuts, and only take as little time as 10 minutes.

All you are going to need to enjoy these nutty clusters are vegan, semi-sweetened chocolate chips, a mixture of unsalted roasted nuts, and a little bit of salt. Given that this is our fifth recipe, you must know by now how these clusters are made: melt, add and mix, scoop, freeze, and enjoy.

6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge

13 Super Easy Vegan Sweet Recipes to Make in No Time
Fudges

Fudge is basically a sweet confection made with sugar, butter, milk, and chocolate or cocoa powder. It can be made with a variety of flavours, such as vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel. It is often served in squares or cut into shapes.

This is the standard way to make fudge, but like many other sweets, it has a vegan version as well, for which you are only going to need four ingredients: peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup. This fudge is also going to have two layers. Here is your recipe:

  • Combine the peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and spread evenly. Freeze until solid. This is your base. 
  • In another bowl, combine the peanut butter, melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the frozen peanut butter layer and spread evenly.
  • Move the loaf pan to the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until the fudge is set.
  • Once the fudge is set, remove it from the freezer and lift it out of the loaf pan using the parchment paper. Cut the fudge into small cubes.

7. Almond Butter Rice Crispy Treats

These vegan almond butter rice crispy treats are so delicious, easy to make and use only four ingredients. They are dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for a quick and tasty snack. What you are going to need to make these heavenly treats is basically almond butter, rice cereal, maple syrup, and unsweetened chocolate chips.

The recipe is quite simple and goes like this: melt the chocolate, add the almond butter, maple syrup, and rice, mix, spread, freeze, and cut, et voila, you have your very vegan almond butter rice crispy treats.

8. Peanut Butter Cups

Enjoy the heavenly mixture of peanut butter and chocolate in these vegan-friendly homemade peanut butter cups, the delicious yet dairy-free alternative to traditional peanut butter cups. They are also super easy to make with just a few simple ingredients: vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and a little bit of vanilla extract.

To make the cups, you are going to need a muffin tin and paper liners. Here is the recipe:

  • Melt the chocolate chips until runny and smooth.
  • Coat the inside of each muffin liner with a thin layer of melted chocolate, ensuring even coverage. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to set.
  • In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla extract until the mixture turns creamy.
  • Spoon the peanut butter filling 3/4 of each chocolate cup.
  • Add the remaining melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter filling to seal the cups.
  • Freeze until hardened. Take the peanut butter cups out of the liners and enjoy.

9. Hazelnut Chocolate Energy Balls

These vegan energy balls are packed with flavours and nutrients, making them the perfect sweet treat to energise your day. They are a healthier alternative to the traditional chocolate energy bars and are also perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.

You are going to need only four ingredients for this recipe: hazelnuts, vegan chocolate chips, dates, which will work as a natural sweetener, and coconut oil, which will give the energy balls a smooth texture and hold everything together.

Oh, the recipe? It is so simple: just melt, mix, scoop, freeze, and enjoy.

10. Cookie Dough Truffles

Like fudges, truffles are a type of round chocolate confection, typically served as a dessert or given as a gift. They are made with a ganache filling and a hard chocolate shell but can also be made with a variety of flavours, including chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnut.

These healthy cookie dough truffles are perfect for any occasion; they are a truly indulgent treat. They are vegan, yet they are not gluten-free and use only four ingredients: sugar, flour, coconut oil, and chocolate chips.

Like many others, these truffles can be made with many different ingredients. For instance, you can add any type of nuts you like. You can replace the coconut oil with sunflower seed butter or peanut butter, sugar with maple syrup, all-purpose flour with almond flour, and vegan chocolate chips with vegan dark chocolate.

Here is how to make these heavenly truffles:

  • Melt the vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips in a bowl.
  • In a new bowl, combine the sugar with the coconut oil, then stir till the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Beat in the flour until just combined.
  • Stir the melted chocolate into the vegan cookie dough base until evenly distributed.
  • Scoop the cookie dough mixture and place the truffles on the prepared parchment sheet.
  • Freeze until set, then enjoy.

11. Almond Joy Bars

Want to experience coconut, almond, and chocolate goodness? Then you should try these vegan almond joy sweet bars. They are super delicious, gluten-free, only use a few ingredients and just taste like the popular sweet bar.

To make these, you will need almond butter, melted coconut oil, and coconut flakes, along with almonds and semi-sweetened vegan chocolate chips. To add some sweetness, you can use either powdered sugar or maple syrup. Here is the recipe:

  • Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl and then place the coconut oil and the maple syrup. Mix until well blended. Pour and press half the mixture firmly into a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • In a different bowl, combine the coconut flakes, maple syrup, almond butter, a bit of vanilla extract and salt. Whisk until smooth and creamy. Pour the filling over the prepared crust.
  • Spread the remaining melted chocolate mixture over the filling.
  • Freeze until hardened, then cut into bars.

12. Candied Pecans

Candied pecans are one of the quickest, healthiest and easiest sweets to make and consume as a snack. They are also filling and delicious and can definitely help you go through the day if you have loads of work to finish.

Like every other recipe we have had so far, this one uses only five ingredients: pecans, coconut oil, cinnamon, maple syrup and a pinch of salt. Taking just five minutes to make, these treats are super simple, and they are also lower in sugar compared to traditional candied pecans.

Here is how to make some tasty vegan candied pecans: 

  • In a large bowl, combine the pecans, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt. Toss well until the pecans are evenly coated. 
  • Place the coated pecans in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the pecans for 15 minutes. Stir halfway through until the pecans are golden brown and fragrant.
  • Take the pecans out of the oven and let them cool completely before serving.

13. Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

These vegan chocolate peanut butter truffles are another sweet treat you can make in no time. They are made with five ingredients: peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, unsweetened coconut powder, and vanilla extract. These truffles are completely vegan and gluten-free and can satisfy this sweet craving and turn your mood completely.

Instead of maple syrup, you can use powdered sugar or dates for sweetening the truffles, whatever you prefer or is accessible to you. Now, let’s jump to the recipe:

  • Combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, and some vanilla extract in a bowl, then add a pinch of salt. Mix all until smooth and creamy.
  • Using a scoop, roll the peanut butter mixture into bite-sized balls. Place the truffles on a parchment paper sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
  • In another bowl, melt the chocolate chips until smooth. Dip the peanut butter truffles into the melted chocolate and coat each of them completely.
  • Refrigerate the dipped truffles until the chocolate has hardened and the truffles are completely set.

Vegan sweets are a delicious and satisfying way to satisfy your sweet craving without compromising your values. With some creativity and experimentation, you can easily create plant-based versions of your favourite treats.

From rich chocolate truffles to creamy almond bars, there are endless possibilities for vegan desserts that are both indulgent and cruelty-free. Whether you are a seasoned vegan, starting to explore plant-based eating, or just happen to be allergic to dairy products, we encourage you to give the vegan sweets we demonstrated in this article a try. You might just be surprised at how good they are!

FAQs

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Common substitutes for dairy in sweet recipes include coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, and plant-based butter made from nuts or seeds.

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Yes, you can make delicious candies without using dairy by using alternative ingredients and flavours such as dark chocolate, fruit purees, and nuts.

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Some tips for making dairy-free candies include ensuring all equipment is clean and dry before starting, following the recipe instructions carefully, and allowing enough time for chilling or setting if required.

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Some popular vegan sweets include dark chocolate, sorbets, sherbets, and jelly tots. Many other traditional sweets can also be made in a way that suits a vegan diet, such as replacing all animal-based dairy with almond or coconut milk.

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