You know how many times I’ve been asked “So, what do you eat? Salads?”, as if to imply that a vegan diet is boring, limited, and consists of nothing more than lettuce. The fact is, there’s a shit ton of fantastic vegan food out there. There’s even vegan dessert and I kid you not, it can be sublime and every bit as good as the non-vegan stuff.
To prove that vegans aren’t crying every night in bed because they had to skip dessert, I teamed up with some of my favorite vegan travel bloggers to share with you our favorite desserts from around the globe. We managed to narrow it down to 25 of our favorites including sinful chocolate cake, decadent ice cream, sugary fried donuts, creamy cheesecake, to name a few. So get a bib, grab a seat, and be prepared to drool.
Here are 25 Desserts That Prove Vegan Food Doesn’t Suck!
WARNING: VEGAN FOOD PORN LEVEL HIGH
Don’t read this article on an empty stomach or without a tub of emergency vegan ice cream nearby.
Vegan Blogger: Randi
I had to ask three times if the desserts were vegan. It’s not every day you find a vegan, raw dessert shop in the middle of a very small town in Romania.
I had the chance to try several desserts from Delicious Raw in Brasov and they were all fantastic but my favorite was the raw key lime pie with chia seeds. It was decadently creamy, tangy, sweet, and fully satisfying.
Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Medellin, Colombia was surprisingly filled with fantastic vegan dining and shopping options. I ate so much delicious food while I was there and a couple of desserts I will probably never forget. The one I remember the most is the Vegan Chocolate Mousse I had at Verdeo. It was thick, creamy, intense, and everything you want chocolate mousse to be. The sweet macerated strawberries paired perfectly with the dark chocolate.
Vegan Travel Bloggers: Franca & Dale
Vegan Artisan Ice Cream
My partner and I have traveled a lot and tried a variety of delicious and exotic desserts around the world, but there is nothing quite like a delicious vegan ice cream, like the one we had in Barcelona from Gelaaati! Di Marco.
It’s not always easy to find a good vegan artisan ice cream, but the rice milk one made by Italian hands at the popular (for good reasons!) ice cream shop in Barcelona was just perfect, with a creamy and rich flavour. We tried the dark chocolate, cinnamon, and avocado and lime flavors and believe me when I say it was hard to leave without having a second one.
Another incredibly tasty dessert we loved and missed when we weren’t in Europe was a good old fashion cheesecake.
You can imagine how happy we were when we finally found a delicious looking vegan cheesecake from Mono in Glasgow, made with cashew cream. The base was just crunchy enough and not too hard, and the cream ‘cheese’ was incredibly soft, smooth and luscious.
We had one slice with mixed berries plus another with an oreo topping and it was pretty hard to choose our favorite between the two.
Vegan Travel Blogger: Amanda
Vegan Green Tea Ice Cream Sundae
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
A delicious vegan green tea ice cream sundae. This was actually at a Thai restaurant called Thai Vegan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US. It was so deliciously creamy and even came with chewy nuts, juicy lychee-flavored jelly bits and, of course, a cherry on top.
Vegan Chocolate Cake
Unexpected vegan chocolate cake discovery! This was at Loudons Cafe and Bakery in Edinburgh, Scotland. All at once light, moist, chewy and decadent, it was the perfect combination of fluffy cake and dark chocolate goodness.
Vegan Travel Bloggers: Sam & Zab
Raw Pistachio & Cashew Cake
Prague, Czech Republic
Before I decided to become vegan, I was already in love with are vegan cakes. When done right, these can be amazingly tasty, and usually are also very nutritious. I really started to love them after visiting a place in Prague called Sweet Secret of Raw, which serves only raw desserts. This generous slice of heaven is a raw pistachio and cashew cake: divine! This place is an absolute must for any vegan planning a visit to Prague.
Soy Peanut Crunch Ice Cream
These past summer months, I’ve been searching endlessly for vegan ice cream to cool down with after the swelteringly hot days. In Berlin where I live, my favorite is still the soy peanut crunch ice cream from Mos Eisley, perhaps the most hipster ice cream place in all of Berlin. Being just a block from Tempelhofer Feld, a former airport turned public park, it’s the perfect place to grab a cone to accompany the sunset…if it doesn’t melt before you get there!
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Vegan Travel Bloggers: Lauren & Justin
Tiramisu from Dolce Vegan
I used to love eating tiramisu before I switched to a vegan diet because…well, coffee. I am a coffee addict. So naturally, I’d love to have a coffee dessert alongside my coffee! In Florence, Justin and I dined at Dolce Vegan and I was finally able to enjoy a vegan version of a tiramisu…and, in Italy of all places. It was just perfect!
Chocolate Nirvana from Sublime
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
It’s a huge slice of chocolate cake with a side of coconut ice cream. But, it was no ordinary slice of chocolate cake. It was called Chocolate Nirvana for a good reason! At Sublime Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we had a delicious meal that was followed up by an incredible dessert. The moist and fluffy chocolate cake was taken to new heights with a Kahlua butter cream and topped with chocolate ganache. To make the deal even sweeter, 100% of profits at this vegan restaurant are donated to animal charities.
Vegan Travel Blogger: Elana
Hot Fudge Sundae at The Springs
Los Angeles, California, USA
One could wonder why I would choose a seemingly simplistic hot fudge brownie sundae for one of my most memorable desserts, but if you take apart this particular brownie sundae you would find that it is not just the old school classic you once remembered.
No minimal flavor profiles or lack of textures here. Instead you have a vegan, raw, hot fudge almond brownie sundae with vanilla and chocolate ice cream, candied almonds, hot fudge sauce and whipped cream. It is all organic and nutrient dense; yet decadent and rich. Somehow it manages to be light, fluffy and every detail highly impressive.
A traditional dessert catapulted into the modern era no vegan or non-vegan could resist.
Pumpkin Spiced Cake with Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream
West Hollywood, CA
Rightly so, we associate certain flavors with seasons and in turn we create an emotional bond such as comfort foods. In my opinion, one of the fondest comfort food seasons is fall. You can thank seasonal starchy vegetables, Thanksgiving and the introduction of cool weather for that. In turn becoming the perfect storm!
Pumpkin is one of my favorite seasonal vegetables and when you create the traditional pumpkin spice flavor; it just melts my little fall heart.
Gracias Madre’s moist Pumpkin Spiced Cake is well seasoned by not being overbearing, nor too modest. The coconut cream glaze drizzled on top adds a sweet touch while the vanilla bean coconut ice cream creates a chilled balance. It’s texture made in heaven when you take a bite of the cake and the ice cream together.
Vegan Travel Bloggers: Giselle & Cody
Mango Sticky Rice
Everywhere in Thailand
Mango sticky rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No really. Fresh sliced juicy fragrant mango, over sweet and sticky coconut rice. What’s not to love? Cody and I tried mango sticky rice for the first time in Thailand. We LOVE this dessert because it is simple, inexpensive (about 40 baht), and authentically Thai; while still full in flavour, and quantity. The best time to enjoy sticky rice in Thailand, is April through June during mango season. They sometimes drizzle condensed milk over this dessert, so be sure to say “mai ow” (don’t want) before they pour it over top.
Waffles with Black Sesame Ice Cream
Veganerie is a 100% vegan bakery located in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. When Cody and I discovered that Veganerie was open, we took the BTS straight to Mercury Ville Mall (more than once) to stuff our faces. The prices are definitely not as reasonable as mango sticky rice, but the treats are well worth it! Cody and I both had the waffle plate with a scoop of ice-cream. They were warm, fresh, and flavourful, and the ice cream creamy and decadent. You can choose from a variety of flavours for the ice-cream like black sesame, green tea, Thai tea, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and more, and the waffles come in vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet. We also shared the dark chocolate brownie smoothie. This place is BONKERS!! Bread, muffins, icecream, waffles, cinnamon buns, whipped cream, brownies! OH MY! Why do we love it? You only need look at the photos! They put a lot of care into these dessert, and it shows.
Vegan Travel Blogger: Amélie
Brooklyn, NY, USA
I went to New York for the first time of my life in 2014, which is pretty crazy because I lived in Montreal just a few hours away for years. It was obviously epic and just when I thought things couldn’t get any more awesome, I stumbled on Dun-Well Donuts, a gorgeous vegan artisanal donut shop. With flavors such as root beer, banana walnut, black licorice and peach cobbler, I literally felt like a kid in a candy store. These donuts are the best I’ve ever had of my whole entire life!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a mecca for healthy vegan eating in South East Asia and Living Food Bistro is the clear winner when it comes to vegan desserts. After sharing an amazing meal with a friend, we ordered this raw vegan fudgy chocolatey brownie topped with cashew cream and a cherry-raspberry glaze and it was insanely delicious, especially after nearly two years in South East Asia where vegan cakes aren’t exactly legion. It was gooey, doughy, rich and absolutely scrumptious.
Vegan Travel Blogger: Wendy
I always make a point of seeking out vegan dishes that are part of the local cuisine in the places I visit. In some countries I find myself overwhelmed with options, while others present more of a challenge. France definitely falls into the latter camp, which is why I was thrilled to find this most unusual treat while visiting Toulouse at a shop called Regals. Purple-coloured violet petals are highly prized in this part of France and are used to make not only bath and beauty products but also a number of edible treats, many of which are vegan. The one that is probably the most typical is also the simplest: sugar-coated violet petals.
The practice has expanded to include petals of other flavours, so I decided to sample a mix of violet and lilac petals while I was there. I was surprised at how crunchy they were. In fact, they seemed almost fake, like flowers made of icing on top of a wedding cake. This super-sweet delicacy is not one I would munch on by the handful but is certainly one that I won’t soon forget.
Vegan Chocolate Brownie
This chocolate brownie has to be the best one I’ve ever tasted, vegan or not. Once my fork had pierced the crispy outer shell, the centre just oozed with gooey, chocolately goodness. Topped with two scoops of vegan vanilla ice cream and a rich, dark chocolate sauce, this was one decadent and truly divine dessert, and it opened my eyes to what is possible in the realm of vegan baking. But what amazed me most of all was the fact that it was served, not in a vegan or vegetarian restaurant, but in a regular old rock-n-roll pub in Canterbury, England called The Lady Luck. Adding a veggie burger to the menu is one thing, but for a mainstream eatery to create a vegan dessert, and such a killer one at that, means that either (a) The Lady Luck is light years ahead of its time, or (b) veganism is poised to take over the world.
Vegan Blogger: Amelia
Happy Cow Ice Cream
Hong Kong, China
My first memorable dessert has to be Happy Cow Ice Cream in Hong Kong. I’m such an ice cream person (a tub of raspberry Swedish Glace ice cream will be my first meal when I return to the UK), and it seems completely illogical to me that Asia, where it is boiling hot for a lot of the year, has no decent vegan ice cream. I don’t know how Happy Cow Ice Cream stands up to competition in the world vegan ice cream market, but I can tell you that after a year in Asia with nothing to cool me down, this stuff in AMAZING. Creamy, interesting flavours, and incredibly rich.
Black Forest Gateau
My second is a tough one, it’s between the chocolate cake at Saramago in Glasgow which still holds the title of best chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten, and the Black Forest Gateau at Fresh Bakery and Cafe in Taipei, Taiwan. It has to be the gateau, though. This cake was my first cake in Taiwan, my birthday cake, my Christmas week feeling homesick cake, and my farewell Taiwan cake. It’s just like the Black Forest Gateaus I remember eating in Germany when I was 15 and with my exchange family in the German alps, so although not quite as good as ice cream, it still had chilly memories to cool me down from the ridiculous heat in Taiwan.
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Vegan Bloggers: Caryl & Paul
All over Malaysia
‘Cendol’ (pronounced “chen-dol”) is eaten all over Malaysia. It’s a bowl full of crushed ice with green, pandan flavoured rice noodles, stewed red beans, a ladleful of sweet and salty coconut cream and a generous pouring of ‘gula melaka’ palm sugar caramel over the top. It’s one of those dishes where local people argue over who makes the best version and you’ll find it being sold everywhere from roadside street vendors who shave their ice by hand from frozen giant blocks to slick restaurants in Kuala Lumpur’s most expensive shopping malls.
We first ate it when we were in Georgetown, Penang, from one of the famous families who’ve been competing for the title of ‘best cendol’ for over a hundred years. Imagine refreshing iciness with creamy coconut, a hint of salt, the unmistakeable flavour of pandan and sweetness from dark palm sugar syrup; once we tasted it we were hooked.
All over Thialand
‘Khanom Krok’ are a street food found in Thailand. Part pancake, part set custard, these small sweet treats are made from a delicious sweet and salty coconut milk and rice flour batter. The outside is crisp from sizzling in a cast iron pan yet the inside stays soft and creamy. Best eaten hot from the pan, they’re one of our favourite foods in Thailand and we often scour the local night markets looking for them.
It’s great when you get to stay in an area for a while and get to know the different vendors, each with a slightly different sweetness to their batter or a thinner, crispier edge to their khan krok. Some add taro or sweetcorn or, true to the super sweet tooth of most Thai people, give you a little bag of sugar to shake on top.
Vegan Bloggers: Rika & Doni
Thai Banana Fritter
One of the most memorable desserts we’ve tried was this Thai banana fritter served in the idyllic Talung Thai at Paresa Resort on the island of Phuket in Thailand. This is a vegan version of the popular local street food dessert known as Khao Mao Tord. The ripe banana is wrapped in pandan soaked coconut, battered and fried. The naturally sweet and creamy banana combines beautifully with the floral pandan-coconut mixture and the crispy, crunchy batter. This was a truly decadent delight full of local Thai flavors.
Chocolate Uber Chunk and Waldorf Salad Cheesecake
Philadelphia, PA, USA
These two desserts are from Vedge in Philadelphia. Expectations are high at this now legendary vegan restaurant but they always manage to deliver exciting dishes. Their desserts are inventive and varied and not to be missed. The first dessert is their Chocolate Uber Chunk with pretzel peanut crust, malt custard and stout ice cream. The second is a vegan Waldorf Salad Cheesecake with carrot cake ice cream served atop a celery gel and a walnut dirt. They both married flavor and texture with masterful skill and technique to create something we could never make at home and would happily eat again and again.
Amanda Burger of Burger Abroad is a solo full-time vegan traveler and pet sitter, slowly wandering the world, having one-way conversations with animals, and eating all the vegan foods along the way. Visit her website here or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
Sam and Zab are a British couple with insatiable wanderlust. In January 2013, after being together for seven and a half years, they flew to Buenos Aires on one-way tickets…and their blog chronicles what happened next. Visit their website here.
Lauren is one half of “Justin Plus Lauren”. She loves to travel, take photos, and write all about it! Lauren eats a plant-based diet and seeks out yummy vegan food on her travels. She loves nature, animals, outdoor adventures, coffee, and her cats, Chickpea and Peanut. You can visit Lauren and Justin’s site here.
Elana Lavine is a native Angeleno whose multi-faceted journey has helped guide her and those around her (near and far) on their own journey. Her constant need to expand her own knowledge, understanding and community has led her to the creation of Klean-Slate. Elana is a traveling vegan, a 9-5er, devoted yogi and a vegan nutritional enthusiast with an eye on all things foodie related. She believes that all is possible when you have the mindset to know that all is possible.
Visit the Klean Slate website here or follow Elana on Instagram here.
Giselle and Gody are travelling Canadian couple who have a strong passion for animals rights and a hunger for delicious vegan food. When they are not travelling you can most likely find them at a local tattoo shop. You can also catch them on Facebook at Mindful Wanderlust, on Instagram, or on Twitter.
Amélie is a hungry fun-loving vegan Canadian graphic designer and travel writer who’s ditched the 9 to 5 lifestyle in favor of something that lets her roam the world at her own will and follow her ever itchy feet. She is currently cycling between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Follow her adventures on her blog Mostly Amélie. You can also catch her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Wendy Werneth is a vegan foodie, polyglot and intrepid traveller who’s visited nearly 100 countries and is on a mission to show you how fun and fulfilling vegan travel can be. You can join her on adventures around the world at The Nomadic Vegan. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Plant-Powered Nomad, aka Amelia, is a twenty-something solo female traveller who having flirted with months of travel here and there finally left her job teaching English in Taiwan to become a full-time nomad. Now she drifts around writing, doing yoga, eating vegan food, and most importantly trying to discover the world’s best vegan cake. Visit her website here.
Paul and Caryl are on a Vegan Food Quest to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world. You can follow their permanent vegan travel adventure on their site here, get monthly updates from their newsletter and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Insta
Rika is the recipe developer and food blogger behind Vegan Miam. She runs a vegan food and travel blog with her photographer and partner Doni. They are based in Oregon, but living elsewhere as often as possible. The term ‘miam’ is just a way of saying yummy in French and represents their desire to discover decadent vegan cuisine and recipes around the world together. Follow Vegan Miam on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.