14 Vegan Valentine’s Day Desserts

14 Vegan Valentine's Day Desserts!

I don’t know about you, but chocolate equals love in my mind!  There’s a good reason for this too.  A compound in chocolate called phenylethylamine, actually increases the amount of endorphins released in the brain…the chemical that makes us feel good!

Here is a list of 14 Vegan Valentine’s Day Desserts to share with the one you love!  They all contain a superfood or two such as cacao, coconut oil, sweet potatoes or spirulina and most are low in refined sugar giving you the green light to indulge a little this Valentine’s Day :)

Mini Coconut Cream Tarts with a Salted Chocolate Swirl from Beetific Beginnings

Vegan Flourless Chocolate Cake from Show Me The Yummy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie (pictured below)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie ~vegan~ Fluffy, silky and oh so decadent!

Raspberry Raw Vegan Cheesecake Slice from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Raw Spirulina Chocolate from The Tofu Diaries

Chocolate Sheet Cake (pictured below)

Chocolate Sheet Cake, gluten-free, vegan and topped with velvety chocolate frosting made from avocados! There's a secret ingredient to this one-bowl cake that makes it super fluffy without using eggs. Can you guess what it is???

Chocolate Orange Avocado Pudding from As Easy As Apple Pie

Vegan Chocolate Donuts with Glaze and Sprinkles from The Pretty Bee

Fudge Walnut Brownies (pictured below)

Fudge Walnut Brownies ~vegan, gluten free~ Totally healthy and made with chickpeas...Shhh, no one needs to know :)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Macaroons from The Kitchen McCabe

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Turtles (pictured below)

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Turtles ~vegan, gluten free~

Dark Chocolate Covered Almond Stuffed Dates from Wholesomelicious

5-Ingredient, No-Bake Vegan French Silk Pie from Blissful Basil

Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits (pictured below)

Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits ~vegan, gluten free~ A rich and chocolatey dessert just in time for Valentine's Day! Only 4 ingredients!!!

Have a lovely weekend :)

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Chocolate Sheet Cake…

Gluten-free, vegan and topped with velvety chocolate frosting made from avocados!  There’s a secret ingredient to this one-bowl cake that makes it super fluffy without using eggs.  Can you guess what it is???

Chocolate Sheet Cake, gluten-free, vegan and topped with velvety chocolate frosting made from avocados! There's a secret ingredient to this one-bowl cake that makes it super fluffy without using eggs. Can you guess what it is???

I am a true believer that everything comes into your life at just the perfect time.  For instance, this amazing chocolate sheet cake.  This past week I didn’t want to “adult” any more.  One kid with pink eye, the other kid with a fever, sick husband, computer problems, house problems and zero sleep.  Let me tell you, the struggle has been real!  Just when I couldn’t take it any longer this chocolate sheet cake entered my life.  Now, I know I shouldn’t drown my first world problems in an ooey gooey chocolate cake, but sometimes it’s necessary!  (and any dietitian out there that says they never do it is lying, we’re all human!)  Just don’t make a habit of it :)

Anyway, there is so much amazingness about this cake I don’t even know where to begin!  First, it’s gluten-free.  Second, it’s simple to make.  Dump all the ingredients in one bowl and stir…done and done!  Third, the chocolate frosting is made with avocados.  Yes, avocados!  Lastly, it’s vegan.  Instead of eggs I used aquafaba.  Aqua who?  Aquafaba, the brine from canned chickpeas.  (Don’t stop reading!)  I know it sounds weird, but this “juice” is the perfect egg replacement for vegan baking!

“Aquafaba generally refers to the liquid in a can of chickpeas, and is a revolutionary new vegan egg replacer which can be used in recipes like meringues, confectionery, and baked goods. It’s probably in your pantry right now!”  www.aquafaba.com

This month’s Recipe Redux asked us to share a recipe with an ingredient that we’ve been wanting to try out.  I’ve seen the world “aquafaba” floating around the web, but never really paid much mind to it.  I’m not sure why I haven’t tried it yet, but now it is my new favorite ingredient!  To replace one egg, use 3 tablespoons of aquafaba.  Don’t like the taste of chickpeas and afraid it will ruin your recipe?  Don’t worry, it doesn’t have the flavor of chickpeas, or any flavor at all!

Chocolate Sheet Cake, gluten-free, vegan and topped with velvety chocolate frosting made from avocados! There's a secret ingredient to this one-bowl cake that makes it super fluffy without using eggs. Can you guess what it is???

Recipe inspired by Dr. Axe

Chocolate Sheet Cake
 
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Chocolate Sheet Cake, gluten-free, vegan and topped with velvety chocolate frosting made from avocados! There's a secret ingredient to this one-bowl cake that makes it super fluffy without using eggs. Can you guess what it is???
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 12
Ingredients
For Chocolate Sheet Cake:
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 cups coconut sugar
  • ¾ cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup soy milk (or milk of your choice)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons aquafaba
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
For Avocado Frosting:
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • ½ cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (optional, depending on how sweet you like it!)
Instructions
To make Chocolate Sheet Cake:
  1. Grease or spray a 7x11 baking dish with all-natural cooking spray, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir. Add in wet ingredients and mix with a hand held mixer or stir by hand until light and fluffy.
  3. Pour batter into baking dish and cook for 30-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Note: Cooking times may vary depending on glass vs metal dish/pan and oven.
  4. Let cool.
To make Avocado Frosting:
  1. Scoop out avocados, place in a food processor and puree. Add cacao powder, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla, sea salt and blend until well combined scraping down sides as needed. Option to add powdered sugar if needed.
Frost cake, slice and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 405 Fat: 17 Carbohydrates: 63 Sugar: 37 Fiber: 5 Protein: 5

 Chocolate Sheet Cake, gluten-free, vegan and topped with velvety chocolate frosting made from avocados! There's a secret ingredient to this one-bowl cake that makes it super fluffy without using eggs. Can you guess what it is???

I love this cake.  

Sometimes happiness is in the form of chocolate!

Chocolate Sheet Cake, gluten-free, vegan and topped with velvety chocolate frosting made from avocados! There's a secret ingredient to this one-bowl cake that makes it super fluffy without using eggs. Can you guess what it is???

Here’s to a happy weekend and a better start next week!

Don’t forget to check out the other recipes from The Recipe Redux Crew!

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Mini Avocado Key Lime Tarts

Last week I shared with you one of my favorite healthy desserts, Flourless Pumpkin Chickpea Blondies.  This week I’m super excited to share another…Mini Avocado Key Lime Tarts!

Mini Avocado Lime Tarts, a dessert you don't have to feel guilty for indulging on! Made with only 5 ingredients! ~vegan~

(follow me on Facebook for a video on how to make them!  It will be posted shortly!)

I had my first taste of avocado lime pie down in Costa Rica.  I admit, I was a bit skeptical at first.  But, after the first bite I was hooked!  And I mean hooked…this tastes even better than traditional key lime pie, without all the dairy and eggs.  This pie is whipped up using avocados, sweetened condensed coconut milk and key lime juice!  The avocados provide a whole lot of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.  In fact, 71% of an avocado is made up of monounsaturated fat, that of which is proven to improve heart health!  Check out this article from NCBI that explains why avocados are so good for us!

Mini Avocado Lime Tarts, a dessert you don't have to feel guilty for indulging on! Made with only 5 ingredients! ~vegan~

Now, on to the dessert!  How cute are they?  Bite-sized and festive, perfect for the holidays!  This is one dessert that you won’t have to feel guilty for indulging on!  Each tart is around 100 calories, 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of sugar and 15 grams of carbs.

Mini Avocado Key Lime Tarts
 
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Mini Avocado Lime Tarts, a dessert you don't have to feel guilty for indulging on! Made with only 5 ingredients!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 32
Ingredients
  • 1 sleeve of graham crackers, crumbled
  • ¼ vegan butter, melted
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 can sweetened condensed coconut milk (11.25 oz.) or regular sweetened condensed milk for a non-vegan version
  • ⅓ cup key lime juice
  • pomegranate seeds for decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a mini-muffin pan with paper cups and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbles and melted butter. Press a small amount into bottom of each cup. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, add avocados, sweetened condensed coconut milk and lime juice to a food processor. Blend until well combined and fluffy. Scoop mixture into graham cracker crusts cups. Top with pomegranate seeds and freeze until set, around 2-3 hours. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 100 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 15 Sugar: 8 Fiber: 1 Protein: 1

Mini Avocado Lime Tarts, a dessert you don't have to feel guilty for indulging on! Made with only 5 ingredients! ~vegan~

This recipe yielded 32 mini tarts for me, but that depends on how much tasting you do while preparing them!  Wondering where to find sweetened condensed coconut milk?  I found it at Whole Foods, a brand called Nature’s Charm.  Or, try making your own with this recipe found on Detoxinista!

Mini Avocado Lime Tarts, a dessert you don't have to feel guilty for indulging on! Made with only 5 ingredients! ~vegan~