100+ Best Vegan Recipes Perfect for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner (and Desserts)

Vegan recipes have become more popular than ever for both adults and kids. For many, it’s a lifestyle choice, while other are looking for healthy vegan recipes for weight loss or simply want less meat and dairy in their diet. So, we rounded up vegan recipes for everyone and every occasion.

Among our best recipes, we found vegan breakfast ideas, delicious vegan dips, easy side dishes, energizing smoothies, amazing vegan soups, vegan slow cooker dinner recipes, and mouthwatering desserts. So, whether you’re looking for a vegan breakfast bar, kale chip snacks, roasted vegetables, quick vegan stir-fry, delicious pumpkin coconut soup, or vegan chocolate chip cookies (yum!), you will find it here.

We hope you’ll enjoy this carefully curated list of the best vegan recipes on Parade.com.

In This Article Vegan Dinner Recipes

Looking for some great vegan dinner recipes the whole family will love? Try our best vegan dinner options, including hearty vegan veggie loaf, slow cooker ratatouille, Asian stir-fry, vegan chili, black bean burgers, tasty noodle bowls, easy fresh vegan pesto, spicy pho beef, portobello tacos, and more.

Roasted Garlic Vegan Alfredo

Where are my garlic lovers? Gather round and get ready for this indulgent tangle of creamy, garlicky, restaurant-level fettuccine that you can make from scratch really easily. If you have never roasted garlic in its skin, quite frankly, you don’t know what you are missing. It is absolutely deliciously mild and sweet, which is why we can get away with using two full heads in this recipe.

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Slow Cooker Ratatouille

This hearty vegetarian meal is packed with fresh flavor and good-for-you veggies. Serve with soft, creamy polenta.  Note: This dish is suitable to freeze, although it is much better right after cooking.

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Paprika Portobello Tacos

Earthy portobello mushrooms are seasoned with lemon pepper, apple cider vinegar and paprika before being wrapped up in soft corn tortillas. The whole family will love customizing these tacos with their favorite combos of cabbage, cilantro, onion, avocado and salsa.

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Veggie Grill Vegan All-American Burger

Veggie Grill is a popular Los Angeles-area plant-based eatery that serves this vegan riff on a classic cheeseburger. They use Beyond Burger, a plant-based patty that mimics the juiciness, texture and aroma of beef (available at Whole Foods across the country).

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Bobby Flay Shares His Crispy Coconut-Scallion Rice Recipe

This simple, addictive crispy rice helped celebrity chef Bobby Flay win a throwdown on Beat Bobby Flay. We think it will become a fave in your kitchen, too! TIP: Allowing the cooked rice to cool completely is key to achieving a nice, crispy texture. You can even use leftover rice from Chinese takeout, says Flay.

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Niecy Nash’s Vegan Spicy Pho Beef

Niecy Nashâ€"star of TNT’s Clawsâ€"recently went vegan with her diet in the past year, a choice she said she now loves. “My husband and I both watched the documentary What the Health on Netflix and went cold turkey,” Her favorite dish to make is this easy vegan spicy pho beef. Try it with different vegetables or sauces to make it unique.

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Easy Fresh Oregano Vegan Pesto

Let the season’s abundant fresh oregano guide your dinner planning. This easy vegan pesto comes together in minutes. All you have to do is cook some pasta, toss with the pesto and dinner is served!

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Acorn Squash with Walnut-Apple Basmati Pilaf

Acorn squash was born to be stuffed, and in this case we’re filling it with a delicious preparation of basmati rice, caramelized onions, garlic, walnuts, apples, and dried cranberries. Put this on a plate, and your dinner companions will feel, if not like royalty, then at least very well cared for.

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Swamp Monster Slow Cooker Jackfruit Gumbo

This fun swamp monster slow cooker jackfruit gumbo is a delicious and spooky way to fill your kids full of veggies and whole grains before they go trick or treating! This nontraditional gumbo cooks in your slow cooker.

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Veggie Tortilla Roll-Ups

Whenever I make homemade hummus, the kids can predict what will be in their lunch boxes the next day: veggie rolls made with scoopfuls of this creamy spread. With one of my kids already leaning toward becoming vegetarian, these tortilla roll ups are a protein-packed, tasty lunchtime life saver.

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Sesame Cashew Noodle Bowl

Farmer’s Fridge is a Chicago chain that stocks their branded vending machines with good-for-you fare like this veggie-packed bowl. Look for cooked shelled edamame at the supermarket salad bar. If you want to keep this vegan, double-check the ingredient list on the bottled dressing you pick up.

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Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Thanksgiving for Two Year-round

If you’re in a one or two person household, you may be tempted to skip making a holiday meal. Let me assure you that armed with a slow cooker and this recipe, you’ll get all the flavors of Thanksgiving with almost no work at all. In one small slow cooker you cook tempeh or seitan, stuffing and sweet potatoes layered together. The trick is that each one is a separate dish by using foil.

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White Beans: A Weeknight Cooking Solution

Dried beans may not scream “convenience” until they become a part of your cooking routine. Here’s what I do with them… On Sunday, I soak them overnight in a pot of water. Monday night, while I’m making dinner, I turn on the heat under the pot and let those beans simmer until they turn nice and tender. Drained and cooled, the beans go into the fridge and throughout the week I put them on top of salads, sauté them with onions and carrots in a little butter for an easy side.

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Thanksgiving Tofu

I served this tofu dish at a Thanksgiving dinner for 27 people and it was a big hit. It feels like a holiday dish because it contains stuffing, but it can really be served any time of year. It’s very filling, so be sure to balance it with a big, fresh salad. If you’re a gravy lover, Tofurky makes a great gravy that nicely complements this dish.

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Easy Asian Stir-Fry

One thing I’ve discovered: It’s almost impossible to mess up a ­vegetable stir-fry. Think your kids won’t eat it? Take them to the store and have them pick out the v­egetables they want to use. My kids help wash the ­vegetables, and I do the chopping and slicing. It’s easy and healthy, and they love to be involved.

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Lemon Roasted Artichokes

Did you know the leaves are edible on one side? Don’t waste them while just getting to the heart, which is the best part. Enjoy the meaty artichoke flesh that’s on each leaf as you peel your way toward the center.

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Lustrous Leeks

Leave the roots on the leeks while simmering them so they don’t fall apart. Afterward, trim off the roots very close to the bulb end.

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Vegan Side Dish Recipes

Looking for some easy vegan side dish recipes? Enjoy our best vegan sides, including green beans marinara, roasted corn, watermelon salad, glazed carrots, minty roast potatoes, fiesta slaw, and more.

Green Beans Marinara

I think my dad probably ate this veggie dish more than any other as I was growing up. But when I recently served it at a taste-testing party, I was shocked: None of my friends had ever eaten this combo.

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Farmer’s Market Potato Salad

Hey you guys, I kinda have a confession to make. I am currently totally obsessed with roasted potatoes. This farmer’s market potato salad is full of amazing roasted veggie flavor + a bombtastic herb vinaigrette; it can be served hot/warm/cold, however you want it, and it is healthy!

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Spice-Roasted Cauliflower & Jerusalem Artichokes

In this dish I roast cauliflower (which is one of the easiest ways to cook it) together with Jerusalem artichokes (a.k.a. sunchokes), and the payoff is huge: You get great flavor and a delightful texture. Then I add some spices. The end result is a super-special, slightly exotic side dishâ€"with a minimum amount of effort.

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Glazed Carrots

This vegetarian dish of glazed carrots with green beans and summer squash is seasoned with freshly chopped thyme and sage.

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Corn Confetti Rice Salad

Brown rice is tossed with bell pepper, scallions, beans and corn before being garnished with nuts and cilantro. Young chefs will have fun making vinaigrette by shaking a jar of rice vinegar together with olive oil and spices. This corn confetti rice salad recipe is also suitable for little cooks between the of ages 8-11.

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Fiesta Slaw

Jicama is tossed with cilantro, orange juice, red cabbage and toasted pumpkin seeds for a slaw that’s light and refreshing. Serve as a side or over a black bean burger.

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Halloween Treat: Deviled Purple Potatoes

Here’s another devilishly delightful recipe. I used little purple potatoes to create a vegan version of a deviled egg. There’s some prep work involved, but you can make them the day before. After the potatoes are cooked, you slice them in half and scoop out some of the center. Then tofu salad filling is added to the fill the hole. This is a delicious savory Halloween recipe that your guests will love!

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Garlic and Ginger Pickled Cucumbers

If you want to preserve your cucumbers for a long period of time you need to use a water bath canner. But for a quick little batch, that will be eaten over the next couple of weeks, this quick pickled method works beautifully! I love quick, easy and tasty, any day don’t you?

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Shoestring Fries

The above carrots have been tossed in oil, but have yet to make their trip to the oven. Baked carrot slices are a healthier alternative to your standard potato shoestring fries.

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Balsamic Roasted Broccoli

Because broccoli has such a strong flavor, I like to add a bit of extra balsamic vinegar when I serve it with prepared balsamic vinaigrette, so there is lots of flavor without too much fat. When you’re choosing a light balsamic vinaigrette, be sure to read labels: Many brands have tons of sodium and very little flavor.

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Vegan Soup Recipes

Looking for some great vegan soup recipes? Try our best vegan soup options, including kale white bean soup, chickpea noodle soup, white bean soup, and hearty broccoli spinach soup with sesame and avocado.

Mixed-Up Mushroom Barley Soup

Don’t cook barley for more than 30 minutes, or it will open too much and become mushy. For best results, you want a little “bite,” and barley should retain its shape.

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Tomato Soup with Roasted Bell Peppers

Fresh bell peppers and tomatoes are roasted in the oven in this comfort food classic. Kids will learn how to cool the veggies in their own steam to soften the bell peppers and make peeling them a breeze.

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Roasted Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

This recipe comes from vegan cookbook author and This Rawsome Vegan Life blogger Emily von Euw This soup is packed with good-for-you ingredients. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower boast vitamin K and C, fiber and iron, promoting good bone, muscle, gut and blood health. The antioxidants found in these wonder veggies may also reduce inflammation and give your immunity a boost. The combination of turmeric and black pepper also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making this recipe a must for cold and flu season.

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Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Pumpkin is sautéed with fresh thyme, oregano, parsley and cilantro, then pureed with coconut water in this sweet soup from the Caribbean. This recipe is suitable for little cooks between the of ages 8-11.

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Kale White Bean Soup

This simple soup has 14 grams of protein per serving, thanks to navy beans, kale and nutritional yeast, an inactive yeast with a cheesy, nutty flavor that can be found at most health food stores.

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Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Need some great vegan breakfast ideas to get your day started off right? Try these easy vegan breakfast recipes, including delicious banana bread, breakfast popsicles, and grab-and-go date-cranberry bars.

Yummy Toast Alternative! Have Banana Bread for Breakfast

I recently discovered coconut flour, which has been a sweet addition to my breads. I knew coconut flour was available, but I had never worked with it. If you try it, you’ll need to reduce the sugar in your recipe. In this case, I made the batter and then added agave syrup to taste.

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Orange Date Squares

My intention was to redo my regular date squares recipe. But it turned out a bit different when I decided to change a few ingredients, first by trying to find an alternative to the sugar I usually put in. I usually also add lemon juice, so I decided to modify that part by replacing with orange. I just took one orange to squeeze the juice out and after I took the zest off the skin. Then I reviewed all the ingredients and finally I ended up with something a bit different but really tasty and flavorful.

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Vegan Snacks & Dip Recipes

Looking for some healthy vegan snacks or dip recipes? Check out our best vegan snack and dip options, including kale chips, red beet and white bean hummus, Thai-spiced peanuts, mind-blowing guacamole, paleo basil dip, and more.

Tiffani Thiessen’s Kale Chips

Saved by the Bell teen dream Tiffani Thiessen talked to Parade about her favorite farmer’s market veggieâ€"kale. Thiessen shares her trick to making the perfect kale chip: “These come out tasting like a version of potato chipsâ€" awesome and much better for you. The key is to make sure the leaves are super-dry after you’ve washed them and don’t put too much oil on them. If they’re too wet they won’t get crispy.”

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Steve Young’s Bean Dip

This zesty corn, bean, and avocado dip is a Super Bowl party fave of legendary NFL quarterback Steve Young. Young refers to the recipe as “A.M.B. Dip”, named after his friendâ€"the mastermind behind the dish. Young suggests serving it with lime tortilla chips.

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Sesame Snack Balls

Just four ingredients and no added sugar makes these tahini date balls, which are perfect for snacking. Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds that’s a staple in hummus. Rich and creamy, it’s high in protein and fiber. You can substitute peanut butter in this recipe (of course, the flavor will be different).

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Red Beet and White Bean Hummus

The ingredients are almost identical to a true hummus, minus the tahini, and the addition of the beets make it a nutrient-rich dish that also provides a healthy amount of protein.

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The Fort’s Guacamole

No one knows the dip’s exact origins, but the late Sam Arnold of the Fort restaurant near Denver surmised that a cook accidentally dropped avocado into salsa and realized the combo was irresistible. Arnold, a culinary showman who claimed he taught Julia Child how to open a champagne bottle with a tomahawk, was firmly against adding garlic.

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Green Dream Dip

This creamy Green Dream Dip pairs perfectly with sassy, oven-baked crispy taters. It’s full of creamy avocado, fresh spinach, nutty chickpeas and lively lemon juice, and a hint of garlic and cayenne too.

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Hummus

While this simple hummus is a tasty, low-fat addition to snack time, other seemingly healthy foods aren’t always the best choice.

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Totally Addicting, Guilt-Free Cheesy Kale Chips

These have a distinctly Parmesan-like flavor that is excitingly addicting. Just watch: even people who “don’t like kale” will transform into kale-munching monsters before your very eyes (kids included). Better just go ahead and start a second batch now.

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Paleo Basil Dip

This Paleo dip is the perfect snack as you face the day’s adventures. Pack as a snack with fresh-cut veggies.

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Cherry and Tomato Salsa

Cherries add fruity sweetness to salsa for summer cookouts. Serve this bright-colored salsa with grilled fish, chicken, pork or steak, or dig right in with tortilla chips.

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Cashew Kale

Cashews give this quick-and-easy greens dish a sweet and nutty flavor and ups the protein, mineral and antioxidant content! These nuts are a particularly great source of magnesium, important for healthy bones and for muscle relaxation.

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Vegan Smoothie & Drink Recipes

Need some great vegan smoothie and drink recipes? Enjoy our best vegan smoothies and drink options, including Dalgona whipped coffee, an flavorful apple cranberry and walnut smoothie, a vegan pecan pumpkin shake, and more.

Boost Your Health with an ‘Energizing Green Smoothie’

Superfoods are part of the key to a good health! Among them Lucuma and Maca powder. I started making smoothies last year, but the results were not the greatest, especially when I used leaves. I chewed more than actually drank! :-). I suggest you get a smoothie maker, especially if you want to use leafy veggies!

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Copycat Starbucks Coconut Milk Latte

Have you been to Starbucks lately? If you haveâ€"or even if you haven’tâ€"let me fill you in my their newest hot beverages. There happen to be two and they are both made without any dairy. One is made with almond milk and honey and the other is the Starbucks Vegan Coconut Milk Latte. And that’s the copycat Starbucks recipe I’m sharing with you today.

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Dalgona Whipped Coffee

Have you seen the latest coffee craze, AKA whipped coffee? Seriously, everyone is talking about it and from what I have read, it originated in South Korea where they make a candy called Dalgona that has a simple consistency and taste. Apparently it takes over 700 strokes with the whisk to make this baby and that while seems a little extreme, you can easily make this with a hand mixer or even a stand mixer at home.

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Apple Cranberry & Walnut Smoothie

This Apple Cranberry & Walnut Smoothie is super healthy and will get your day off to a flying start. It is full of vitamins, minerals, healthy fat and protein and will keep you feeling full for a surprisingly long time. Fresh cranberries are a very underrated fruit and tend to only be used to make cranberry sauce once a year. However, they are so full of flavor and are incredibly nutritious!

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Vegan Pecan Pumpkin Shake â€" No Ice Cream Needed!

You will never guess that this vegan pecan pumpkin shake is made without any ice cream! To start, you make a quick and easy homemade pecan nondairy milk. Next, you add pumpkin and spices, some ground chia seeds or xanthan gum to hold everything together and ice. Make it thicker by adding more ice or thinner by adding less.

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Vegan Dessert Recipes

Do you have a sweet tooth? Well, we have some great vegan dessert recipes. Try these delicious vegan options, including coconut cake, double chocolate chip cookies, salted caramel vegan cupcakes, easy agave-sweetened brownies, and more vegan sweets to feed your cravings.

Festive Double Chocolate Biscotti

You are going to love these Italian style festive double chocolate biscotti. Biscotti are a twice baked Italian cookies. They are very crisp and crunchy and absolutely perfect for dipping into strong black coffee or hot cocoa. When dipped into a hot drink, they soften up beautifully and the texture is so good.

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No-Bake Salty-Sweet Peanut Butter Bars

These bars are deliciously dense with a bit of crunch and, thanks to seven large bars of shredded wheat, they’re full of fiber. We top them off with a layer of peanut butter, melted dark chocolate, and a sprinkle of sea salt. They’re completely dairy-free, too!

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Gluten-Free Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you been eating twice as much chocolate now that studies have shown conclusively that this miraculous bean is actually good for you? Here, then, is BabyCakes NYC’s ode to cocoa: A tried-and-true chocolate-worshiping recipe with crunchy edges and a soft, chewy center that will put you in antioxidant overdrive. Bonus tip: If you add minced fresh mint to the dough, the cookies taste just like Girl Scout Thin Mints!

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Vegan Black-and-White Cookies

There isn’t a deli in NYC that doesn’t display these beauties in the window. Black-and-White Cookies are a cake-cookie hybrid with a smooth, glossy glaze. Try my veganized version and see which side of the cookie you like best!

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Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon-Poppy Teacake

Lemon can be a baker’s best friend or her worst enemy. I found that if you grate lemon rind into the batter with a generous helping of a high-quality lemon extract, you end up with a uniform, easy-to-manage batter that maximizes the lemon flavor while downplaying its domineering nature.

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Agave-Sweetened Brownie Gems

In order to get the same melty chocolate sensation that comes with the basic brownie without evaporated cane juice, I rely on a simple method of denting the agave brownies in the center and filling them with a puddle of rich, silky chocolate sauce.

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Blooming Strawberry Rose Tart

This tasty red and green masterpiece is layered with strawberries and avocado-lemon pudding. I know it sounds “interesting,” but don’t knock it till you try it. Please note: This crust is not sturdy. If you plan on serving the tart somewhere where lots of crumbs are unacceptable, I would make it without the crust.

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Veggies for Dessert! Butternut Squash Cookies

I’m making a cookie recipe with the butternut squash. It’s high in Vitamin C, but to get the full benefit of that vitamin, you should have it raw, since it is very sensitive to heat. It is also very rich in fiber. You could make this recipe with actually pretty much any squash that has a dense and creamy flesh when cooked. You could also use sweet potatoes, which can be very interesting in desserts.

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Candied Ginger Pears

I love this recipe with the maple syrup drizzled on top at the end, but the dessert itself is so sweet that you may not need it. Find out for yourself!

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Mexican Fudgesicles

Chocolate was blended with spices and served as a drink in the ancient Mesoamerican cultures that first discovered the cacao tree. Mexican hot chocolate and other drinks such as champurrado are modern versions of that earlier tradition. When it comes to chocolate in any form, I prefer dark to milk, so I say the more cocoa, the merrier. This recipe keeps the pops sweet enough that milk chocolate lovers will love this one, too.

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Classic Vegan Coconut Layer Cake

If you love simple old-fashioned, bakery-style cakes, you will swoon for this fluffy and moist classic coconut layer cake. When I bake a spread of desserts for a crowd, this cake is always the first to go!

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Chocolate Cherry Fudge Brownies

These brownies are made with black beans instead of flour, so you get plenty of protein, fiber and extra nutrients. The oats and pecans add even more vitamins and minerals, so you enjoy a chocolaty, decadent dessert that is nutritious. Create a flax egg by whisking together one tablespoon ground flax seeds with three tablespoons of lukewarm water for each egg needed. Allow to sit for five minutes before using in recipe.

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Acai Berry Aphrodisiac Truffles

A powerfully energizing treat, these antioxidant truffles are little balls of “have a nice day.” I also appreciate that the acai berry’s inherent richness reduces the amount of added fat that is needed for this dessert. Editor’s note: One of the many health benefits of eating the acai berry is believed to be improved circulation, so it is regarded as an aphrodisiacâ€"especially in South America.

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