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10 Best Vegan Desserts In Vancouver You Should Try Today

The wondrous part of vegan desserts is they taste sinfully good without containing the eggs, butter, and cream normally associated with sweet treats. Vegan bakers inventively use plant-based substitutes, like coconut oil and nut butters, in order to create decadent flavour. In Vancouver, there are a wide range of companies and bakeries that specialize in vegan desserts, many of them making items tailored to other dietary requirements and preferences, like gluten-free or healthy eating.

The following are 10 companies in Vancouver for satisfying vegan desserts:

1. Kaaj Chocolates

KAAJ Chocolates

There is something about a square (or two) of dark chocolate that makes for an exquisite vegan dessert. Kaaj Chocolate practices such attentive sourcing so that when you reward yourself with chocolate, you do so with the best. They have located superior single origin cocoa beans, prioritizing at all times sustainability and ethical farming practices. You can tour the globe with their vegan chocolate selections, like with a 70% dark chocolate bar that uses Trinitario beans from Dak Lak province in Vietnam, or a 90% dark chocolate bar from an organic and fair trade cooperative in Ghana.

Best for: vegan chocolate

Try this dessert: If you’re seeking some textural play, go for the 75% dark chocolate inclusion bar that contains cacao beans from Ghana, as well a Persian-inspired combination of infused saffron and lime roasted pistachio.

2. Vegan Pudding & Co.

Vegan Pudding Co 

Husband-and-wife team Sora and Hiro Takayama started selling Hiro’s vegan puddings after they were a major success at poetry readings Sora used to host. Hiro uses kabocha squash to create creamy texture and natural sweeteners, like maple sugar and coconut, for her version of purin, a Japanese custard. In addition, they sell different flavours of crème brûlée, like chocolate and classic vanilla. You can buy their puddings out of a little window on Richards Street in downtown Vancouver, or order them online for local delivery.

Best for: organic, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free vegan puddings

Try this dessert: The matcha green tea pudding with roasted black sesame sauce has lovely nutty flavour, which pairs well with the slight sweetness of the pudding.

3. Mindfoods Chia Puddings

Mindfoods 

Mindfoods has created vegan, all-natural chia puddings that are both delicious and nutritious. Desserts are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, prebiotic fibre, and adaptogenic mushrooms and herbs for mitigating stress. Even better, the puddings taste great, with flavours like cosmic cacao and banana prana.

Best for: vegan adaptogenic chia puddings 

Try this dessert: The Strawberry Zen chia pudding takes a classic dessert combination, strawberries and cream, and makes it even better with Amla powder, which has tons of vitamin C for increased immunity and improved skin, and sweet Lucuma powder, which is high in fibre and antioxidants.

4. Fairy Cakes Vegan Cupcakes

Fairy Cakes Vancouver

Comforting vegan desserts can be found at Fairy Cakes, which specializes in plant-based baking that uses local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients in an allergen-friendly kitchen. All products are free of peanuts and nuts, and many of their items are gluten-free. Their whimsical fairy cakes with icing are a must, as are their cheesecake and coffee cake.

Best for: nut-free vegan baked treats; some gluten-free vegan desserts available

Try this dessert: To make your sweet tooth happy, order their Magic Bars, which consist of toffee cookie, vegan cream cheese, marshmallow, WowButter, and chocolate ganache.

5. Panela Lemon

Panela Lemon 

Marilyn Cordoba created Panela Lemon when she was on the hunt for vegan cookies that were free of preservatives, refined sugars, and GMO ingredients. Cordoba sources as local as possible, priding herself on the integrity of her fully natural, organic bakery. Her stuffed cookies are incredibly flavourful, like the Dusty, which consists of almond dough with organic brown rice crisps, organic panela, and an almond butter fudge filling. 

Best for: vegan all-natural cookies 

Try this dessert: If you have a weakness for chocolate, go for the sinner, a chocolate cookie with organic coconut chips, organic white chocolate, and crunchy peanut butter filling.

6. Fourth Avenue Treats

Fourth Avenue Treats 

Shoppers at farmers markets around the city look forward to buying Fourth Avenue Treats’ gluten-free, vegan desserts. The bakery, launched during the pandemic, celebrates local produce, like fresh berries and tree-fruits, in their desserts, as well as wholesome, all natural ingredients. Expect a range of sweet options, including tiramisu, maple ginger buttercream pear mini tarts, and coconut mango cheesecake. Get to the markets early before Fourth Avenue Treats sells out.

Best for: gluten-free vegan desserts

Try this dessert: It’s hard to say no to the rich chocolate peanut butter brownies, especially when you have a glass of nut milk to pair them with. 

7. Susgrainable

Susgrainable

 

Susgrainable creates vegan dessert mixes with a conscience. All of their products contain upcycled barley flour, a byproduct from local craft breweries they have repurposed. Even better, the barley flour is high in protein and fibre, making for healthier treats. Whip up pancakes and waffles from their convenient mix, and add your favourite fruit, syrups, and sweet sauces for a customized dessert. You can also find them at farmers markets selling cookies, like the vegan Animal Lover, with oats, pecans, cranberries, and orange zest. 

Best for: vegan dessert mixes

Try this dessert: For the ultimate cosseting vegan dessert, treat yourself to Susgrainable’s classic chocolate chips and eat them warm just after they’ve baked in the oven.

8. Level V Bakery

 Level V Bakery

This small vegan bakery is committed to not cutting corners with their desserts. They make all their products from scratch, using high quality, plant-based ingredients. Many of their items are also gluten- and nut-free. Their desserts are both delicious and beautiful, especially their showstopper birthday cakes that come in flavours like crunchy chocolate peanut butter or double chocolate cake. Smaller treats range from pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies to lavender cupcakes.

Best for: vegan desserts, with some gluten-free and nut-free options

Try this dessert: Once you eat one of their cream puffs, filled with coconut cream and glazed with chocolate, you will definitely want another one!

9. Vogue Cakes

Vogue Cakes 

The heavenly desserts from Vogue Cakes prove that vegan baking requires no sacrifice when it comes to taste and quality. This fully plant-based company specializes in swoon-worthy treats that are perfect for entertaining. They make pies in a variety of comforting flavours, like caramel pumpkin, pecan, and apple cider. Other items, like marble cake and s’mores brownies, are good for sharing with a friend over a cup of tea or coffee. For a more celebratory gathering, order one of their beautiful cakes, like the Strawberry Chocolate Cake, with layers of chocolate sponge and strawberry “butter” cream, topped with dark chocolate ganache and decorative pink rosettes. Their single serve items, like pecan “butter” tarts, double chocolate chip cookies, and hot chocolate-flavoured baked doughnuts, make for a lovely mid-afternoon sweet.

Best for: vegan desserts, with some gluten-free and nut-free options

Try this dessert: You’re sure to have a cheery birthday with the Confetti Birthday Cake, which comes with layers of fluffy vanilla cake with vanilla icing, and multi-coloured confetti sprinkles galore.

10. Edible Flours

Edible Flours 

You’ll have a hard time choosing between the many different vegan cakes for special order at Edible Flours. Especially tempting flavours include the Espresso Cookie Crumble with a chocolate chip cookie crust, chocolate cake, and espresso chocolate frosting; and the Bugs Bunny Special with spiced carrot cake and vegan cream cheese frosting. At their shop, you’ll find a range of vegan desserts, like lemon blueberry loaf, brownies, and peanut butter cookies. They also have many gluten-free and sugar-free items.

Best for: vegan desserts, with gluten-free and sugar-free options  

Try this dessert: Nothing says dessert like a Nanaimo bar, in this case, made vegan and gluten-free without sacrificing any of the pleasurable decadence.

The Bottom Line: Which Is The Best Place To Buy Vegan Desserts Near Me?

Vancouver is incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of bakeries that make outstanding vegan desserts, many of them which are also gluten-free, low in sugar, and full of all natural, healthy ingredients. Pick the bakery that specializes in your favourite desserts, or shop from Coho Market for one-stop shopping for vegan desserts!

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