Veganuary 2024, 6 Vegan Desserts You Can Indulge In Guilt-Free

Many people all over the world have been turning to more sustainable ways of living, especially when it comes to the way they eat. For some, embracing veganism has been the route to a more eco-friendly and cruelty-free life. 

Though the vegan movement has picked up considerably in the last few years, there are still a lot of people who ensure whether the lifestyle is for them. In response, a UK non-profit organisation proposed the idea of Veganuary back in 2014. A month-long challenge designed to both inspire and educate people about going vegan. Since then more and more people have signed up every year for the challenge and participated in a month-long vegan diet. 

One of the biggest obstacles people face when going vegan is the idea that they’ll have to give up all the food they love, especially desserts which often tend to be made with dairy products. But there are a lot of amazing dairy-free alternatives to explore that will ensure you can have your sweet indulgences and never feel like you’re missing out.

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Here are 6 interesting vegan desserts to try this Veganuary. 

1. Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse:

For a rich and creamy dessert, try making Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse. This velvety delight combines ripe avocados, cocoa powder, a natural sweetener like stevia or honey, and a splash of vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and refrigerate for a few hours. Garnish with berries or a sprinkle of chopped nuts for an extra layer of flavour.

2. Vegan Gulab Jamun

One of the stars of any Indian dessert station, it may seem impossible to make this sweet vegan since khoya (a thick reduced cream) is at the heart of the recipe. But with some ingenuity it’s definitely possible. By substituting khoya with ground cashew nuts mixed with finely blended breadcrumbs you can achieve a similar texture and density of a classic gulab jamun

3. Banana Bread:

Indulge in the classic comfort of banana bread with a vegan twist. Swap out eggs and dairy with flax eggs and plant-based milk. Add ripe bananas, flour, sugar, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Bake until golden brown, and relish the moist and flavorful Vegan Banana Bread.

4. Kaju Katli:

Indian mithai is usually full of ghee and dairy, but this version of the classic Kaju Katli sidesteps those elements entirely but delivers the same rich, fulfilling taste. With a mixture of the essential powdered cashew nuts along with a little cornstarch and vegetable oil you can make the same dense mithai as always. Flavour it with saffron and cardamom for an extra special touch.

5. Vegan Apple Crisp:

Warm up your senses with a comforting Vegan Apple Crisp. Toss sliced apples with cinnamon and a bit of sugar, then layer them in a baking dish. Top with oats, flour, coconut oil, and more cinnamon. Bake until golden brown and relish the warm and spiced goodness.

6. Kheer:

If there are any Indian desserts that seem impossible to achieve without dairy, it’s a classic milky kheer. But with some basic vegan substitutes, you can make a kheer that’s as good – if not better – than the original. Just sub in oat milk or almond milk during the cooking process for a unique and nutty edge to your dessert which will perfectly complement the dry fruits and nuts in the mix.