5 simple vegan desserts you can make in halls
Whether or not you’re completely vegan (or just celebrating Veganuary), it’s useful having some nifty plant-based recipes up your sleeve. You can still make delectable desserts without using any animal ingredients, including pancakes, brownies and chocolate sauce. These cruelty-free delicious sweet treats are super straightforward, fully vegan and 100% indulgent. Check out our 5 simple vegan desserts you can make in halls for you and your flatmates:
1) Vegan Chocolate-fudge sauce and ice-cream
This simple dessert can be assembled in all of five minutes.
For a deeply rich, thick chocolate sauce, just melt together a very generous squeeze of agave nectar or maple syrup and dairy-free spread.
Once melted and gently bubbling, add cocoa powder (or you can use hot chocolate powder, just make sure it’s dairy-free) and a dash of vanilla essence.
Pour this sticky fudge sauce over vegan ice-cream and eat.
You can buy vegan ice-cream from major supermarkets; I would recommend Swedish Glace if you’re budgeting, but if you want to splash out then Almond Dream is divine.
2) Raw Vegan chocolate pudding
Mashing together bananas and avocados might sound gross, but this chocolate pudding is actually delicious.
Make it for an after-dinner dessert or an indulgent breakfast.
All you need to do is blend or mash together 1 ripe banana, ½ ripe avocado, 3 large tbsp of cocoa powder and 1tsp of vanilla essence.
You can add a squeeze of maple syrup or agave syrup for extra sweetness if you want too.
Decorate with frozen raspberries and dark chocolate chunks.
Eat straight away or cover and leave in the fridge until later.
3) Microwave Vegan chocolate brownie
This is probably the best brownie/cake that I’ve made in the microwave by a long stretch.
Just whisk 2 tbsp of melted dairy-free spread, 2 tbsp of water and a dash of vanilla essence together.
Then add 4 tbsp of soft brown sugar, 4 tbsp of flour, 2 tbsp of cocoa powder or hot chocolate, and chopped chunks of dark chocolate.
Microwave for 60 – 90 seconds, depending on how powerful your microwave is.
The centre should be slightly molten when cooked.
Although this recipe is for one person, it makes a big serving and is more of a bowl cake than a mug cake!
4) Vegan Fluffy pancakes
This recipe makes about six incredibly fluffy, thick pancakes.
Sift 1 cup of flour, 3 tbsp of sugar and 2 ¼ tsp of baking powder into a bowl.
Pour 2 ½ tbsp of melted dairy-free spread into a bowl and add ¾ tbsp of water.
Add in another 2 tbsp of water after this and mix.
Fold this liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
Fry the batter over medium heat and serve immediately.
These are delicious when paired with homemade chocolate fudge sauce, or you can serve them with maple syrup, lemon juice and sugar, or ice-cream.
5) Vegan Chocolate peanut butter bars
Chocolate and peanut butter… what’s there not to like?!
These bars are deeply satisfying, squidgy and taste very similar to a Reese’s peanut butter cup.
Whisk together 1 cup of peanut butter, a generous ¼ cup of maple syrup and ½ cup of coconut flour until well combined.
Pour this into a greaseproof paper-lined pan.
For the topping, melt together 1 cup of dark chocolate chunks and ½ cup of peanut butter until super smooth.
Pour this mixture over the peanut butter one and leave in the freezer for about 50 minutes or so to harden.
Cut into squares and enjoy!