Delicious, high protein, healthy, sweet recipes featuring the versatile legume – chickpeas! Trust me – you will love these Vegan Dessert Recipes!
What are Chickpeas?
Chickpeas, also called Garbanzo Beans, are a versatile legume. They’re small in size, but big in nutrition. Full of protein, fiber, folate, and iron, chickpeas are an inexpensive ingredient you should always have in your pantry.
Whether precooked from a can or dry beans cooked from scratch, their nutty flavor and creamy texture lend them well to not only savory hummus, but sweet dessert recipes as well! Learn more in this article All about Chickpeas.
Although I love using chickpeas in savory recipes to bulk up the protein, we’re talking all things sweet today! I’ve asked some of my favorite blogging buddies for their best sweet vegan dessert recipes using the humble chickpea. You’re gonna love these!
Don’t forget to save the liquid from a can of chickpeas (or the liquid from cooking the beans from scratch) – this bean liquid is called aquafaba and can be used in place of eggs in many recipes, like my Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars, Chai Spiced Layer Cake, and my Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread. Learn more about aquafaba here.
Are desserts vegan?
The majority of store-bought or bakery desserts are not vegan. Animal based eggs, dairy, and milk are generally used in these items. The ones that are vegan are generally more expensive to purchase. The solution is to make your own!
Is sugar vegan?
While all sugar is technically plant based and doesn’t contain any animal products in the finished product, not all sugar is vegan. Typical sugar is filtered through animal bone char to turn the color white. Brown sugar is no different as it is simply white cane sugar with added molasses.
Organic sugar, beet sugar, and coconut sugar are never processed with bone char, so you can rest easy using those items. For more information, see this article.
Are vegan desserts healthy?
Desserts, whether vegan or not, should be eaten in moderation. While whole food plant based desserts may provide more nutrients than your average sweet treat, they may be high in fat and generally still contain a sweetener of some kind. Even unrefined sweeteners should be limited.
Having said that, everyone needs to quiet their sweet tooth every now and then and reaching for a vegan version definitely makes me feel better about my choices overall.
More vegan dessert recipes
- Strawberry Glazed Chocolate Donuts
- Vegan Carrot Cake
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
- No Churn Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
- Rice Crispy Treats (No Marshmallows!)
- Vegan Toffee Bars