For those of you looking for a great way to keep yourself cool and energetic this summer, check out these healthy vegan desserts below! They are all vegan, gluten-free, and free of refined sugar. Most are also loaded with good-for-you ingredients and healthy fats and protein that’ll keep you going and refuel your body through the summer.
Summer has started! Summer 2016 went by way too fast, as it usually does, but that usually means it was full of fun. I always want to take full advantage of the summer and spend it with my family. That means traveling, pools, beaches, family, friends, BBQs, birthdays (my husband and daughter), and even just being lazy at home with my kids, making breakfast, biking, and exploring San Diego like tourists. Let’s just say that when all of us are as tan as can be, I know it’s been a great summer!
My youngest starts kindergarten this Fall, and my oldest will be in second grade, so I know I’m bound to be that Mom that cries when the school year starts. I picked my youngest up early, right after lunch, the 3 days she went to preschool this past year, and although she loved school and being with her friends, she would never pass up the opportunity to spend more time at home with me. Now BOTH my kids will be at school 5 full days a week. It may sound silly, but I gave up my full-time job to be a stay-at-home mom. This is what I LOVE doing, so it’s going to be an major adjustment for me.
On the bright side, I’m also excited because I’ll have a few extra hours during the week to dedicate to my site and a few other goals I’ve set for myself!
So back to summer… check out these healthy summer treats below! They are all vegan, gluten-free, and free of refined sugar, and loaded with good-for-you ingredient. They are also fun no-bake recipes to make with your kids (after all, who wants to turn on their oven mid day over the summer). And, if you live in a place like we do, where it’s warm most of the year, or like my kids and me, you crave popsicles and smoothies even when it’s cold outside, then you can easily enjoy any one of these refreshing healthy vegan desserts year around.
Although I love all of the healthy vegan desserts listed below, my absolute favorites my Creamy Chocolate Fudge Popsicles, Mango Mousse Parfait, and Pomegranate Strawberry Mint Lemonade. Try one or two (or all of them) yourself, and let me know which ones are your favorite!!
10 REFRESHING HEALTHY VEGAN DESSERTS
Creamy Chocolate Fudge Popsicles – I call these popsicles “my kids first true love.” It’s the first popsicle recipe I created for my site and it has ALL the components of what my favorite popsicle looks like. I meant to mimic the fudge pops you find at grocery stores but ended up creating something even better. Super creamy, fudgey, rich, chocolaty, and irresistible! I love the way my kids faces look after they devour one of these, and they’re the perfect summer treats to have on hand in the freezer. I also secretly love surprising guests with these vegan, refined sugar free popsicles!
No-Bake Chewy Chocolate Date Cookies – These are perfect because they’re so ridiculously easy to make…just combine the ingredients, drizzle with chocolate, and refrigerate. They’re also secretly healthy (as are most of these treats), and packed with seeds and fruit. They perfect way to fuel your energy mid-day after or before a few hours at the beach or pool. I always end up making a double batch.
Tropical Creamy Soft Serve – This quick blender dessert always takes me back to my days in Hawaii. Sometimes you need something cool and creamy that takes only 5 minutes to make and requires very little prep. This creamy soft serve has the perfect blend of ingredients and is completely fruit-based!
Orange Julius Popsicles – Orange has always been one of my favorite flavors, and there’s just something about turning a childhood favorite into a healthy frozen treat! I still remember to this day my frequent trips to the mall over the summer, sharing a Orange Julius with my dad.
Creamy Date Shake – My husband first introduced me to this shake since he grew up near Palm Springs, where they have the Date Festival and date gardens. Date shakes were a staple for him growing up, and I LOVE them! This is my vegan healthier version!
Strawberry Hemp Milkshake – I love introducing new seeds and nutrients into my kids diet, and this milkshake is a great way to incorporate hemp seeds into your diet. It’s the perfect afternoon cool treat!
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Popsicles – Like most people, I have a soft spot for dark chocolate covered strawberries! So why not create a frozen treat around them! These popsicles are creamy, vegan, healthy, and covered in dark chocolate (just the way I like my strawberries!).
Mango Mousse Parfait – It’s really hard for me to create desserts with mangoes because they’re one of my favorite fruits, so I love eating them unaltered. But I just couldn’t resist using mango puree to make this light fluffy rich Mango Mouse Parfait!
Pomegranate Strawberry Mint Lemonade – Staying hydrated over the summer is key. I’m all for drinking several glasses of water, but sometimes you also crave the refreshing cool flavors of lemonade. This Pomegranate Strawberry Mint version is one of my favorite combinations, especially when my gorgeous pomegranate tree fruits!
Chocolate Covered Banana-Chocolate Ice Cream Bites – Everyone knows how to make chocolate covered frozen banana bites. My kids love them, but they’re sometimes a bit too icy for my liking, so I created these easy Ice Cream Bites. They’re a healthier version of a chocolate bon-bon. The best part is that you can make a huge batch and store them in the freezer for those sweet cravings.
Fresh Mango Coconut Chia Seed Parfait – One of my FAVORITE ways to use fresh mango. This refreshing parfait is perfect for breakfast, afternoon snack, or dessert, and still remains to be one one of my most popular recipes!
The summer just started and we’ve already made about half of these listed above!
Now that you have my list of 10 Healthy Vegan Summer Desserts to keep you refreshed and energized throughout the next few months, let me know which you’ll be trying first in the comments below! If you try any of them, be sure to tag me on Instagram , with both @vegetariangastronomy, #vegetariangastronomy so I don’t miss it. I love getting the feedback!
For those of you wondering, I have a few more refreshing summer recipes coming to the blog this summer, so I’d get started with this list as soon as you can!