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Vegan? Check Out These 10 Delicious Vegan Desserts

Vegan choices abound when it comes to desserts. Knowing a bit about a few key ingredients used in many vegan dessert recipes can help you figure out what will bring the most satisfaction to your sweet tooth. Here’s the scoop on coconut milk, chocolate, and dates and coconut, followed by some fancier options.

Coconut milk: a simple staple

Coconut milk, long a staple ingredient in curry recipes, is now recognized for its lactose-free status. It also delivers many vitamins and minerals. Like traditional dairy milk during its processing, coconut milk produces cream. This makes it a natural choice for smoothies, like this blueberry pie smoothie.

Vegan Blueberry Pie Smoothie

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And how about pumpkin coconut milk ice cream?

Vegan Pumpkin Coconut Milk Ice Cream

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Chocolate is choice

For some people, chocolate is simply the only choice for dessert. The benefits of dark chocolate is getting a lot of well-deserved attention these days. Traditional chocolate treats, like brownies, benefit when vegan ingredients are added. For example, these brownies make use of baking chocolate and cocoa powder. But they also feature sweet potatoes as the surprise ingredient to bring a fudge-like texture.

Sweet Potato Brownies

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Cacao is the raw form of chocolate. It is considered to have a higher concentration of phenols and antioxidants. Many people feel it also has a deeper rich flavor. For a new take on the irresistible combination with peanut butter, try these chocolate covered peanut butter bites.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Bites

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Truffles can be the ultimate chocolate treat. These feel good chocolate truffles make use of both cacao and cocoa.

Dates and coconut: a dynamic duo

Dates have a natural sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar, but with more depth. When combined with coconut, the result is the quintessential chewiness of an excellent cookie bar.

The natural sweetness of dates and coconuts combine with the richness of cashews and almonds in an unforgettable way in these coconut cream bars.

Coconut Cream Larabars

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For a slightly different take on dates, coconuts and nuts with the added attraction of cacao, try these chocolate coconut cream bars.

Chocolate Coconut Cream Bars

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Getting fancy

Vegan dessert recipes cover many standard fancy dessert forms while at the same time bringing healthy benefits from their natural ingredients. Doilies are optional.

Chocolate peanut butter pots de creme are satisfying yet elegant.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pots de Creme

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Lime avocado tart makes use of the creamy richness of avocados.

Creamy Lime and Avocado Tart

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Even red velvet cupcakes are a delectable option, thanks to a vegetable with a rich red color.

Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Of course fruit is a logical sweet choice in vegan desserts, and this peach sorbet delivers sweetness with a delicate touch.

Peach Sorbet

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From hearty to heavenly, eclectic to sinful, these recipes will meet your diet’s requirements as well as bring a sweet ending to any meal.

 

This article was written by Hannah Whittenly with help from Simple Dish, a website stocked with all kinds of easy vegan recipes.

 

Tasty Treats: Tips to Promote Your Desserts Restaurant

Dessert-specific restaurants are a booming craze that is popping up all over the country. Whether it is a chain restaurant or a niche boutique, dessert restaurants offer people a way to succumb to a sweet tooth and indulge in fun desserts. However, as more dessert businesses enter the marketplace, it can be more difficult for companies to set themselves apart from others. Here are some tips to promote your dessert restaurant and keep customers coming back for more.

 

Dessert Tasting

If you are opening a new location in an area, it doesn’t hurt to invite people to come see what your desserts are all about. By offering a dessert tasting, people can come and try your products to see what they like and what you offer that is the most delicious. Once people know about your product and how great it is, they will be tempted to come back for more whenever they have a sweet craving. A dessert tasting is a great way to generate new business if you are just starting your company and are looking for a loyal customer base.

 

Themed Desserts

Having themed desserts will set you apart from other generic dessert restaurants and will also allow people to see your ingenuity and creativity. Themed desserts are good for school activities, birthdays, holidays, special occasions and more. When you offer themed desserts, customers will see how creative your desserts are, and they will visit your dessert restaurant when they hear that you are the person who made them.

 

Promotional Products

Promotional products are a good way of spreading your business name, no matter what industry you are in. These branded premiums can be imprinted with your logo and contact details, serving as constant reminders of your business. For dessert restaurants, you can offer shirts, mugs and much more to remind people of your company. You can look to Omaha promotional products and items for ideas and gifts that will be perfect to spread the word for your restaurant.

 

School Events

If you have the time to get out of your restaurant building, head over to the local school and see if you can work with them to set up promotional events. Art festivals, sporting events, bake sales and more are a great place to be seen and gain customer recognition. Also, being involved with schools is a great community effort and will allow you to give back to those around you.

 

Even with the increased competition of dessert restaurants, there are still plenty of ways to set yourself apart from your competition. It can be hard to gain a following when people are more reluctant to eat out, and according to Omaha World-Herald, mid-westerners in particular don’t eat out as much. Consider the tips on this list to gain customers and entice people to come check out your restaurant for delicious and sweet-tasting desserts.