Top 13 Vegan Desserts of 2013!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 10, 2014

I waited patiently to create this “top 2013 desserts” post until we approached the next chocolate-filled holiday. I really didn’t think you’d want to see this list at the start of January (or did you?). Either way, I hope we’re all ready for some treats! Whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day, I personally think it’s perfect excuse to indulge in the finer things in life…like chocolate and pasta. Not that I haven’t been doing that since the start of the year, but you know.

Don’t forget to tell us your favourites below! Did any treat fall through the cracks?

#13. 3-Layer Almond Coconut Chocolate Bars

These bars are bursting with three of my favourite flavours – almond, coconut, and chocolate! It’s hard to go wrong. A soft and nutty toasted almond-oat crust forms the base. The middle layer is made up of a no-bake almond butter “fudge” enhanced with rice crisp cereal for a wicked crispy texture. The bars are topped with a dark chocolate “macaroon” coating and garnished with big flakes of toasted coconut. Need I say more?

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#12. Creamy Dreamy Peppermint Patties 

Luxurious, invigorating, melt-in-your-mouth peppermint patties made from scratch! Even better than store-bought versions. Many of you gushed about these in the comments section. I suggest keeping these in the fridge or freezer for the best texture. The chocolate coating gets all snappy which is a wonderful contrast to the creamy middle.

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#11. Peanut Better Balls

These peanut butter balls forgo the powdered sugar and butter and instead use a few lighter ingredients with only a fraction of the sweetener compared to traditional recipes. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without this lighter version!

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#10. Super Seed Chocolate Protein Bites

Nut-free chocolate energy bites featuring hemp, sesame, and chia seeds! A balanced on-the-go snack for a quick energy boost.

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#9. Chilled Dark Chocolate Pie with Toasted Almond Crust and Strawberry vanilla Compote

A nutty, gluten-free crust is filled with a rich dark chocolate fudge filling all topped off with beautiful strawberry vanilla compote. There are just no words that can convey how much I love this pie! Read through the comments – this one has been a big hit over the past year.

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#8. Seductive Raw Chocolate Walnut Fudge

See why my entire family went crazy for this raw fudge!

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#7. Vegan + Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Balls

Cake balls made gluten-free and vegan with a fraction of the sugar. A fun V-day treat when you dress them up in festive heart cupcake liners and homemade pink shredded coconut.

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#6. Pure Maple Butter

In case some of you aren’t familiar, maple butter (or maple cream) is pure maple syrup that has been boiled to a certain temperature, left to decrease in temperature, and then whipped/stirred like crazy for a good 30-35 minutes. This technique is hard work, but you’ll forget all about it upon first taste!

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#5. No Bake Elvis Bars

A quick and easy, minimally sweetened frozen dessert square inspired by the popular Elvis Pie. My version uses almond butter instead of peanut butter and replaces the bacon for chocolate. Be sure to enjoy these straight out of the freezer as they melt really fast!

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#4. No Bake Chocolate Macaroons

Super quick & easy no bake chocolate macaroons! All the taste without turning on the oven.

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#3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ‘Larabars’

Homemade Larabar knock-offs for a fraction of the cost! A great bar to store in the freezer for snacking or running out the door breakfasts.

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#2. Two-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Frosting

A luxurious fudge frosting with just two ingredients. No butter or shortening required!

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#1. Raw Almond Butter Cups

I had no idea these were going to be such a hit. I love them and all, but I had no idea how excited you’d be to try them out! These are inspired by the peanut butter cup candy, but so much tastier and better for you! For the thick chocolate coating, I made my own chocolate using cocoa powder, coconut oil, and sweetener. Feel free to simply use melted dark chocolate if that’s what you have on hand.

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So there you have it! You guys seem to love quick & easy, no-bake desserts. I can’t say I’m any different. In case you are curious, my personal favs from this list are: Creamy Dreamy Peppermint Patties, Chilled Dark Chocolate Pie, Raw Chocolate Walnut Fudge, and Pure Maple Butter.

enjoy! <3

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Caitlin February 10, 2014 at 10:24 am

that chilled dark chocolate pie is making me swoon….

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shannon February 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

under my list of things i wish were true…
being your new next door neighbor that by default becomes your new bff/ taste tester is a irrationally high up there.

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Abby February 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

Dear God! That’s some of the best food porn I’ve seen in a while! Hahaa thanks for sharing, I’ve got my eye on that raw chocolate walnut fudge!! Looks and sounds fabulous! :)

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Kaitlyn February 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

Omg this all looks amazing. Eating a salad while reading this was….painful lol. But can’t wait to try out a few of them!

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Kathryn February 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

I love these kinds of posts! They remind me of all the things I want to make! Maple butter……mmmmmm

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[email protected] February 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

I love this list no matter what time of year. And I agree Valentine’s day is the perfect time to indulge with lots and lots of chocolate.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

Oh man, now I want each and every one of these, riiiiight now!

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Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric February 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

Yum, thank you for those delish ideas! I’m sooo going to make maybe five of those on Friday! :)

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Jesse @OutToLunchC February 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

OMG these all look sooooooo good! I can’t wait to try them all. I made the Elvis bars a while ago and they are great. I just posted a recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut truffles that are really similar to your peanut butter balls, yummy!

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Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen February 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I am actually salivating – these look amazing esp. the chocolate frosting!! Can’t wait to try the chocolate tart! Thanks for the wonderful list!

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Samantha February 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

WOW! These look unreal!! How do you not eat all of them at once?!

… Seriously I need to know…. I recently ate all the peppermint patties I made. Delicious but definitely not a good choice. Anyone else have some good tips on hot to make the chocolate love last?!

Thanks for the fantastic recipes as always! :)

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Marian February 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I vote for the chilled chocolate pie! I made if for a family get-together and it was a hit! So rich though, that I’m considered making them into small bars next time instead, and topping with coconut milk whipped cream to cut it.

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Courtney February 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm

I just tore my pantry apart looking for chocolate…any chocolate…not even a chip…WHY DID I READ THROUGH THIS POST!!??

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Heather February 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Yum!!! Drooling on my keyboard right now…
I can’t wait to make the Elvis bars, Peanut Better Bars and you Creamy Dreamy Peppermint Patties. I have made and loved the cake balls (although I added too much coconut so dubbed them truffles and everyone loved them!) and one that is missing are your Twix Bars. I have yet to make a recipe of yours that isn’t fantastic. I can’t wait to get your cookbook in March. (Pre-ordered it in Jan!!) Thanks for sharing!

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char eats greens February 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I haven’t made ANY of these recipes. I’m so disappointed in myself haah!! I think I need to stock up my pantry and then pick a day to binge bake!!!!

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Jen February 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Oh my gosh, I am drooling!!

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Rachel from The Vegan Mishmash February 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Those peppermint patties look soooo good. They are on my must-make list, for sure!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 10, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Your roundup posts are always my faves Ange! Because I don’t eat a lot of sweets I can’t say I’ve made many, but those no-bake Elvis Bars and the peanut butter balls are tucked away for the next time I need to make a sweet treat. Even though I consider myself more of the savoury sort, every single one of these photos makes me salivate! Gorgeous!

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sarah February 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm

OH MY! I was wondering why all I want to make lately is desserts…Post like these:) Yummy! Thanks for sharing;)

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Stefanie | Voice a Dream February 11, 2014 at 2:06 am

Your dessert ideas are such an inspiration. I would never imagined or figured how to make these vegan. Certainly not all desserts are created equal. If I had to pick one as my absolute most fav, it’ll be your raw walnut Fudge!

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Tina Muir February 11, 2014 at 6:48 am

Wow! I cant believe I havent tried any of these! I have a few pinned, but none I have tried! If I have LOVED all your recipes I have made that arent on this list…..these ones are going to blow my mind! Yummmmy! Pinning the rest right now :)

These will be the perfect sweet treat for me to enjoy for my a reward after a hard training run or my 18 miler coming up again this weekend. Just because I am elite, doesnt mean I dont deserve a treat…that even rhymed :) It must be true!

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Molly (Based on a Sprue Story) February 11, 2014 at 8:11 am

Wow, I want to make so many of these! I think the Peanut Better Balls sound most exciting! As far as timing goes, I feel like I haven’t gotten away from chocolate since, oh, Thanksgiving…so why try? :)

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Lia @ Luscious Living February 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

For some reason having them all together they look so much more epic!!!! I want them all! This is so awesome and it is not just because I’m so hungry! I love this compilation. Good to help the winter sweet tooth to turn healthier.

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Carole @CaroleBee Food&Photo February 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Oh my gosh… this is like a SUPER post. All these amazing recipes in one post – amazing!! I can’t wait to try these :) Always look forward to your posts… this one totally rocked!!
I am TOTALLY make the Raw Almond Butter Cups ASAP!!! :)

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Joelle February 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

The trailmix cookies are our go-to dessert around here (with the addition of dried cherries). I’m eating one right now!

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Alex @ Kenzie Life February 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

So glad you reminded me of the 3-layer bars! I love that kind of thing and I can’t wait to make them. I tried making the peppermint patties but mine had a little too much of a cashew taste for my liking. They were however quite popular with my guy friends :) I also forgot about the peanut better balls. I want those in my life (and stomach) ASAP! Also, I’m making those peanut butter cup brownies from your recipe bundle to bring into work on Friday. My coworkers doubted the deliciousness of vegan desserts….we will show them…

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Lindsay February 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

your pictures are stunning! these desserts look incredible – definitely one to try!!

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Emma (This Kind Choice) February 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Thank you so much for your hard work, Angela! I absolutely love the chilled chocolate pie, and have used it to both convince my family that veganism can be decadent and delicious, and to seduce a certain boy. So I would say your recipe is a complete success :P
All the best for the next year of desserts!

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Jenn @ Cakes, Cookies, and Pie Oh My! February 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I will definitely be making the peppermint patties. I love mint and chocolate together!

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Elena February 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

These all look wonderful! I’ve made the chocolate pie on repeat and am looking forward to trying the fudge or peanut butter cups next.

Where do you find pure vanilla extract? I can only find vanilla with an alcohol or glycerine base.

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Tracey Kruger February 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm

You had me completely at the raw almond butter cups. <3

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Kira - The Healthable Old Soul February 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Anything from your website gets my tastebuds to dance! I really admire the work you have done!

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Chicago Jogger February 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I am loving all of these! I agree with your number 1 though – I need to make those asap :)

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Alexandra Aimee February 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

These peppermint patties look amazing!! I need to make them ASAP!

— Alex at brainyGirlsBeauty.com

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Maggie February 12, 2014 at 7:53 am

I see a very ‘chocolate’ theme here…woman’s best friend.

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Meg @ Sweet Twist February 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

Awesome List. I need to try all those items!!

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Cassie February 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I will definitely be making some of these!

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Adrienne February 12, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Angela, I love you. I rarely comment but I read your blog every WEEK! I’m celebrating a year of being vegan and it was made SOOO much easier by you! I didn’t know where to start when I began, but thanks to your blog, it was possible. I make your recipes all the time. Last year I had my first baby and the first few months would have been much harder without your chocolate walnut fudge recipe. I ate it constantly and it made me feel better… haha! And I love your dark chocolate chilled pie with compote (so many people loved it too). Keep doing what you’re doing. You make a difference in the world. :)

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[email protected] February 13, 2014 at 4:58 am

Hey Angela.. it is kinda hurting me watch those desserts which cannot be eaten from your website. :(
I just love anything that has chocolates!

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Julie February 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

Thank you for the round-up. I make your cookie dough bars every couple of weeks. We enjoyed your chocolate pie recipe for Christmas. And the raw almond butter cups are on regular rotation as a treat for me and my husband. Thank you. Can’t wait for your cookbook!

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Linda February 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Okay, there is no excuse now. These look BETTER than non vegan desserts. I will have to test them all out of course- for scientific purposes, :)

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Katie Levans (honeystuck) February 14, 2014 at 7:34 am

I’m dying over this list. Must. make. all.

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Jenn February 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I’m adding your rolo knock-offs to this list! So good and I get asked for them all the time by hubs.

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Lisa February 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Oh my these all look delicious! The peppermint patties… raw almond butter cups, 2 ingredient chocolate frosting, and seductive raw walnut chocolate fudge… I can’t decide what to make first! I’m so happy I have many of these ingredients on-hand. Today is the perfect day to make chocolatey treats. Thanks so much!! :)

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Jenn @ Cakes, Cookies, and Pie Oh My! February 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

So I tried the peppermint patties and they turned out so good. New fav recipe!

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Daniella February 15, 2014 at 1:50 am

I’ve made four of these recipe’s out of your Top 13 list, and every time my non-vegan mind has been blown. I have even shocked some of my friends with some of your delicate treats. Thank you for being my introduction to a world that is so misrepresented at times. Vegan food is delicious when it comes from a good cook like yourself whom is also a talented artist as well. Your photos are what drew me in when I first came across your blog, and I hope your book sells like hotcakes. Congrats to all your success, and cheers to your future recipes that I look forward to trying.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 15, 2014 at 9:27 am

I’m so happy to hear this Daniella! Thanks for your kind words :)

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Indira February 15, 2014 at 10:13 am

I’ve tried the Larabars before and those were delicious. I think I would toast them next time so make it a bit more complex. I’m a sucker for roasted cashews as well so will definitely be making this again.

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Karrie February 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I just discovered this blog and I am blown away – these desserts look amazing! I’ve also preordered your cookbook – so excited to try it all out!

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Maddi Leigh February 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Your frosting looks so delicious! I am definitely going to have to try making it sometime. I made a vegan mud pie for Valentine’s day similar to your chocolate pie and it was so yummy! Here’s the link if you would like to check it out.
maddileigh.com/a-vegan-valentines-day/

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Lizz February 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I made the fudge and it was so good…I shared it with a few coworkers and they asked for the recipe! I definitely want to try everything else on this list too…it’s hard to know where to start though when everything you make is always so great. Thanks for all the delicious recipes!

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Lucy March 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm

This is the best dessert recipe ever!

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Aidan July 31, 2014 at 7:37 am

Out of the list I think there’s only one without chocolate! Any ideas on desserts without chocolate?

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Handpickedvegan August 22, 2014 at 12:21 am

Wow! They looked amazing! I will add to your list my Cocoa Brownies and think they will fit perfectly! handpickedvegan.com

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Ingrid December 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I made 2 of these recipes: Raw Almond Butter Cups & Seductive Raw Chocolate Walnut Fudge – they are fantastic! I have made them to my family who is very new to the raw / vegan world and they really loved it. Your blog is inspiring, I love the pictures and the very descriptive recipes. Thank you Angela!

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Layla February 24, 2015 at 6:45 am

Just made the Peanut better balls and used Rice malt syrup as had some already in the cupboard and the recipe still works great. So delicious thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes

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Nahal Derayeh April 29, 2016 at 6:42 pm

The Seductive Chocolate Walnut Fudge is OUT OF THIS WORLD DELICIOUS!!! Everytime I’ve made it I’ve impressed my guests! I can’t await to try the other recipes… everything looks ans sounds amazing!

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Angela Liddon May 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Aw, I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the recipe, Nahal! I hope you love whatever you try next, too. :)

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