8 Genius Desserts That Just Happen to Be Vegan

June  1, 2016

When our Books Editor and Stylist Ali Slagle suggested I gather up all the Genius Recipes that just happen to be vegan, I didn't quite know what what I was getting into.

Well over fifty of the recipes featured as a Genius Recipe (nearly a quarter) are 100% plant-based—maybe because of their ingenuity in the face of strict limitations (see: "butter" and "cream" that are less perfect substitutes and more just smart and good-tasting in their own right), or simply because fewer ingredients mean less of a chance one will be ham. Five of the past ten recipes I've written about alone have been vegan. (Am I vegan? No?)

So I decided to start small, and obvious: The eight desserts below lack cream, butter, and other dairy, thanks to crafty work with fruit, dark chocolate (yes, typically dairy-free, but do check the ingredients), and sometimes even tofu. Bet you can't guess where I hid the tofu.

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I'm an ex-economist, ex-Californian who moved to New York to work in food media in 2007. Dodgy career choices aside, I can't help but apply the rational tendencies of my former life to things like: recipe tweaking, digging up obscure facts about pizza, and deciding how many pastries to put in my purse for "later."


Laura B. June 1, 2016
take a peek at Cake in a Crate. Everything is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free, kosher-friendly, and vegan . and the desserts are lovely and really delicious.... especially Lou's chocolate cake and NY Cheescake!
Whats4Dinner June 1, 2016
I was just about to comment about the fudge......the only thing I kind of wanted to make :-(
VeganWithaYoYo June 1, 2016
Oh that's sad about the fudge... there really isn't a great vegan sub for sweetened condensed milk yet.

Now, if you listed the ones that are vegan except anchovies, we could just throw a little miso or black olive paste in there and be happily on our way :-)
Fredrik B. June 1, 2016
There's condensed milk in the fudge recipe. Perhaps "8 genius desserts that just happen to be vegan" would work.