Top 21 Vegan Dessert Recipes of 2011


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You knew it was coming!

This post was a lot of fun to put together. After compiling the most popular dessert recipes of 2011, here’s what I found:

You guys go crazy for:

  • Anything NO BAKE!
  • Quick & easy
  • Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate
  • Chewy, crunchy things
  • Peanut butter AND chocolate
  • Short ingredient lists
  • Healthy blizzards (1, 2, and 3)
  • Bite-sized
  • Healthy “dessert-like” snacks (see end of post for list)
  • Cookie dough galore
  • Classic desserts made vegan
  • Balls, balls, balls


What kind of desserts did you love the most? Or maybe you want to let me know about a non-vegan dessert that you’d like to see “veganized” in 2012? Let me know in the comments below and I will add it to my list.

Here are the top 21 dessert recipes that you drooled over, indulged in, raved about, and baked (or didn’t bake) the most in 2011…

21. Peanut Butter and Jam Nanaimo Bars (a personal fav of mine & also no bake)

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20. Sinless Sticky Toffee Pecan Pudding

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19. 5-Ingredient Almond Butter Chews & Almond Butter Rice Crisp Treats (tied)

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18. 5-Ingredient No Bake Date Squares

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17. Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

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16. Rustic Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

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15. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

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14. Brownie Pumpkin Pie with a Crunchy Pecan ToppingPumpkin Pie Brownie Cupcakes

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13. Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies

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12. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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11. Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies- the crispers!

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10. No Bake Double Chocolate Torte

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9. Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares

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8. Vegan Pumpkin Pie, three ways (with gluten-free crust option)

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7. Dense, gooey, flakey Vegan Brownies, two ways (with killer gluten-free version!)

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6. No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispies with “Fudge”

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5. 80-calorie No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies 

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4. Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream

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3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard 

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2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls 

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1. Double Chocolate Torte (I would have to agree with the #1 pick, although I’m partial to the no bake version too)

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This torte photo was clearly before I learned how to white balance my photos…heh

If you are looking for a lighter treat, check out some of the healthier recipes below:


On that note, I see carrot cake cookies in my future…

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Zoe January 6, 2012

All your desserts look so tempting which is hard for someone like me who is dieting. Thanks for including a list of lighter desserts. Last year I made your brownie pumpkin pie with pecan topping and it was AMAZING! So I made it again. My little boy, who is dairy intolerant, loves it and so does everyone else.


Ashley January 6, 2012

Yummmm I remember all these desserts and have tried a few. :) Can’t wait to see what new ones you make in 2012.


Kayla @ The Best Things January 6, 2012

Just had to stop by and say your photos are amazing!! So colourful and delicious looking!!


Preena @ A Teaspoon Of Turmeric January 6, 2012

Hello Angela!

Agreed about your Double Chocolate Torte. I want to run to the kitchen to make this right now! :)

I’ve always found your writing, recipes, words and photos inspiring! Thank you for sharing it all! Love your blog — which is why you’re on my Versatlie Blog Award list!

Wishing you a happy and beautiful 2012!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 6, 2012

Thank you Preena! Going to check it out… :)


Laura January 6, 2012

If I didn’t have so many christmas cookies left in my freezer, filling my freezer, I’d make that banana bread asap.


Emily January 6, 2012

I always get excited to see your gluten free desserts, but then get a bit bummed when most of those have nuts in them. My son has celiac and is allergic to all nuts (and lentils and peas).I would love to see any recipes that meet those needs!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 6, 2012

Thank you for the suggestion Emily!


Dorota January 6, 2012

Hello Angela,
All the desserts look fabulous! I had my way with the “No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispies” a few times in the past year. I’m looking forward to trying a few more of these wonderful vegan recipes.

Looking forward to more recipes in 2012!


Lynn January 6, 2012

None of your recipe links takes me to the recipe…they just go to a comments page. Thought you’d want to know!


Cammy January 6, 2012

Would loooove to see a vegan lemon mergiune pie?


s January 6, 2012

Happy new year, Angela!!! looks DELICIOUS!!!!


PoochesForPeace (Anna H) January 6, 2012

Sooo I can’t stop telling peoe about you’re amazing recipes! I’ve blogged about them,
Made them for my family (my family member got goosebumps eating your choc chip cookies!) and just been telling people to go to your site! I will have everyone converted to making your recipes sooner or later lol. I hope u come out with a cookbook soon, it would b cool to buy one and have a paper copy of the great stuff on here! Thanks for helping me enjoy cooking and being healthy and cruelty free :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 7, 2012

Thank you for your support! :)


Kim January 6, 2012

Thanks for the dessert recap! I’ll be trying out a few of these in the next few weeks!


Carolina January 7, 2012

Hi Angela! I´d really like to see that white chocolate recipe of yours!!!


Tiffany January 7, 2012

Hi Angela,

I make your no-bake date squares all the time! They are my fave and I can’t wait to try more of your delicious recipes!


Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 7, 2012

I really need to try some of the balls, I’ve never made any before!


Jeralyn January 7, 2012

Where do you come up with these recipes…there amazing? Can’t wait to try the blizzard!!


Deborah January 7, 2012

I’ve only found your blog today. Looks amazing. It was through looking at Mac’ and Cheese recepies and found yours, and came across /the burger as well. Going to try both a some point, and I’ll be following the blog from now on. By the way, your name is my mittle name :-)

I’m not Vegan, but have been a vegetarian, and I’m eating more green food again, and I’m trying to have at least 3 a week. I wanted to comment the right place, but I’m sure you’d been forced to close on old comments due to spam, as do have I?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 7, 2012

Hey Deborah! Thanks for your comment. So glad you stumbled across the blog. I did close old comments due to spam unfortunately. I might try re-opening if I can get them under control.


Erin January 7, 2012

OH wow! You made my day. Thank you :-)


Roselie January 7, 2012

Hi, I really like your website and recipes. You were sort of looking for recipe ideas to veganize. I would like to come up with a recipe for vegan pecan pie, and I wonder if you have any ideas. The pecan pudding with carmel sauce looks sort of similar. I also don’t want to use any refined sweeteners, maple syrup and honey are okay. Seems like a good challenge. :)


Gena January 7, 2012

My alternate title for this post is, “More Proof that Ange is a Genius.”


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2012

hah…I wish, but thank you my dear!


Lia January 8, 2012

Too much NOMM for my mind going on here!!


luminousvegans January 8, 2012

Holy moly, I am speechless! I am so glad I found your blog for this post alone!


Nina January 9, 2012

Hi Angela!
There are so many recipes I want to try but I’m having a heck of a time finding whole wheat pastry flour. Can you recommend a national (Canadian) grocery chain that carries it on a regular basis?


Catherine January 9, 2012

Wow, I’m just realizing how many of your desserts have made it into my regular rotation: almond chews, banana chocolate oat cake, pumpkin brownies, and most of all – the double chocolate torte! These are staples for me. It is great having desserts that I know are awesome, and that I can bring to friends and family for a dependable treat. And I can’t wait to make some of the others. Thank you so much!!


Liz January 16, 2012

It’s honest to goodness food porn. I drool over this site. When does your cookbook come out? I think it would be cheaper then printing everything that I want to try.


Dee January 21, 2012

Wow! Such great desserts!!! To think that majority of people feel they would miss their favourite dessert when they switch to being a vegan. I wish they have vegan cookery programs on television. I am sure that would convince people that you can enjoy vegan desserts and live longer.


Jen June 21, 2012

Hmmm – how much are you getting from the ad at the top of the right column? Because it’s currently showing an ad for Nestle icecreams. Not quite in the spirit…


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 23, 2012

Hi Jen, Thanks for letting me know. I’ve been having some problems with my advertiser committing to vegan friendly ads but not following through. I will be sure to bring this up with them as soon as I’m back. I agree with you that these ads should not be on the site. Thanks.


liz September 22, 2012

Fantastic recipes! I mail vegan cookies and cupcakes to my son, the vegan. Which
ones would do well with shipping? About 3 days usually.


Amy September 24, 2012

This is my first day visiting and I’m already making the vegan apple muffins. I can smell them in the oven. Is there any way to make vegan and gluten free croissants? My son (allergic to many things) really misses them. Thanks for the great ideas!


Kells October 29, 2012

pretty cool recipes dude


Vegan Radhika Sarohia January 27, 2013

Omg of course I find this post over a year late at 3am one rainy morning after I have stuffed myself with salty stuffed grape leaves and am now dying for something sweet hahaha
These vegan desserts look spectacular, amazing, gorgeous!
Now the challenge to just figure out which one I will make first *contemplates* :)


Kimberly Ernest February 14, 2013


I really like your no bake oatmeal chocolate cookie recipe. I wanted to make them but maybe vary the ingredients a little and was wondering what you thought. I wanted to add almonds… also I was wondering if I could substitute anything for the banana?

Thanks for posting such great recipes! I recently turned vegan and it is wonderful to have to many options.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 15, 2013

Hey Kimberly, I don’t know of any subs for the banana…sorry about that! Im sure almonds would be fine to add in too.


KJ March 29, 2013

Is it possible to substitute the earth balance buttery stick with banana or apple sauce?


Rusty Socks May 13, 2013

Man do I love meattttttttt


Patra August 25, 2013

I made the vegan chocolate chip cookies and took them to a birthday party. Everyone loved them. They really were delicious. Thanks for a great recipe.


Mel April 14, 2014

Hi, maybe I have misinformation, but I thought that sugar was not vegan because often it is filtered through cow bones. Is that not true? I was excited about #15 until I saw that it has tons of sugar.


Michelle January 11, 2015

These Cupcakes came out Amazing!!! The texture and taste of the chocolate cake recipes is perfect, and the almond frosting while sweet, was perfect and fluffy! I bought raspberry jam and piped it into the cupcakes. It was such a hit that my daughter who’s 3 noticed there was only one cupcake left and asked “when are we gonna eat that cupcake mom”? We already shared one today and had one the day before LOL!


Michelle January 11, 2015

I thought i was leaving a comment on the vegan chocolate cupcake recipe with raspberry cream.


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