In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we share 15 vegan fall desserts that are the perfect way to top off a wonderful dinner or yummy breakfast. If you’re new to vegan baking, check out our vegan baking primer, 8 Awesome Vegan Baking Tips And Some Yummy Recipes! You can even use these tips to help you convert your own favorite desserts into plant-based delicacies.
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15 Vegan Fall Desserts
1. Vegan Apple Crisp From Minimalist Baker
Get ready to indulge in what could be the best vegan apple crisp you’ll ever taste! This apple crisp from Minimalist Baker is naturally sweetened with muscovado and coconut
The filling is a symphony of warm spices—think cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh ginger—that generously coat the apples. Apple juice adds an extra layer of sweetness, while arrowroot and cornstarch create a thick, caramel-like sauce.
The pecan-oat topping adds a delightful crunch, sealing the deal on this comforting, perfectly sweet, and subtly spiced fall dessert. If you’re looking to win friends and impress even the most seasoned apple crisp aficionados, this is the recipe for you.
2. Classic Vegan Apple Pie From Nora Cooks
This Classic Vegan Apple Pie from Nora Cooks isn’t just for the 4th of July or the holiday season; it’s a timeless classic that deserves a spot in your year-round dessert rotation. And guess what? It’s vegan, but it tastes so good that no one would ever guess. It features sweet, tender apples enveloped by flaky pie crusts—a match made in culinary heaven. Trust me, you’ll want to pair this with some non-dairy cream to take it to the next level.
3. Vegan Baked Pears From Plant-Based on a Budget
Transform ordinary pears into a cozy, crowd-pleasing dessert perfect for chilly months. Baking brings out pears’ natural sweetness, making them the ideal canvas for toppings like crunchy walnuts and pecans, chewy dried berries, and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
This easy yet flavorful treat offers a warm, comforting taste of autumn in just a few simple steps and is brought to you by friend of the show, Toni Okomoto of Plant-Based on a Budget. Check out our interview with Toni in episode 428 of the podcast, where she talks about being plant-based on a budget.
4. Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies From Vegan Huggs
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are the fall treat you didn’t know you needed until now. Combining the cozy flavors of pumpkin and autumn spices with chocolate chips, these cookies are a 20-minute ticket to flavor town.
Enjoy the best of pumpkin season with these bakery-style cookies that boast a soft and tender interior and a slightly crispy exterior. Perfect with a cold glass of cashew milk or a vegan pumpkin spice latte, these cookies are not just for fall—they’re a year-round indulgence.
5. Super Moist Apple Spice Cake With Caramel Icing from The Banana Diaries
This Vegan Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Icing is the ultimate fall treat. It’s a moist and fluffy cake packed with warming spices and fresh apples, then topped with cinnamon buttercream frosting and a drizzle of dairy-free caramel sauce. The secret to its moistness? Unsweetened applesauce, that not only flavors the cake but also replaces eggs and reduces the amount of oil needed.
This cake is versatile enough to be made in various pan sizes and is freezer-friendly. It’s perfect for using up those apples you’ve picked, and it’s dairy-free, egg-free, and can be made nut- and gluten-free. With tips for a flawless bake, this cake recipe is a fall dessert dream come true.
6. Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake From Nora Cooks
This Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake is a holiday must-have, featuring a creamy pumpkin-spiced filling and a classic graham cracker crust. Made with vegan cream cheese, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and coconut cream, it’s both luscious and surprisingly light. The cheesecake is easy to make, with the most challenging part being the wait for it to chill and firm up in the fridge. Serve it with a dollop of vegan whipped cream for the perfect finishing touch. Ideal for making a day in advance!
7. Vegan Applesauce Muffins From Running on Real Food
These Vegan Applesauce Muffins are the kind of easy, healthy treat you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again. Combining classic flavors like apple, cinnamon, and ginger, these muffins are both comforting and nutritious. Featuring a wholesome roster of ingredients, these muffins are as good for you as they taste. You’re getting a mix of whole wheat flour, naturally sweet maple syrup, and the moist goodness of applesauce, along with hearty oats and diced apples.
Got kids? They’re a hit with the little ones and are ready in just about 30 minutes. And get this—you can even take it up a notch with customizable add-ins like shredded carrot or zucchini. Your family (and your taste buds) will thank you for these deliciously soft and moist bites of heaven.
Enjoy them as an anytime-of-day treat, whether you’re looking for a sweet snack or a simple, satisfying dessert!
8. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte from The Vegan 8
Ah, the Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte: the ultimate embodiment of fall in a cup. And guess what? You can make a scrumptious homemade version that’s better than Starbucks—in just 5 minutes! Plus, it’s devoid of all the extra
What sets this latte apart from the sea of other PSL recipes online? Two words: molasses and vanilla. These ingredients add a unique depth of flavor you just can’t ignore. It’s got that authentic, cozy pumpkin vibe without being overly sweet. We’re talking about a well-balanced symphony of pumpkin spice, coffee, and plant-based milk that’s just right.
While you could go the route of making an elaborate pumpkin spice sauce for your latte, this recipe cuts right to the chase. It’s designed for simplicity without sacrificing flavor. You’ll find that it strikes the perfect balance between being too bland and too overpowering. Seriously, it’s been tested with various milk-to-coffee-to-spice ratios, and this one hits the nail on the head.
9. Vegan Carrot Cake Banana Bread from Fit Mitten Kitchen
Whoa, talk about a mash-up made in heaven! This Vegan Carrot Cake Banana Bread recipe is like a carrot cake / banana bread love child—and it’s absolutely glorious. Imagine all the goodness of these two classic treats melded into one moist, heavenly loaf. But hold on, it doesn’t stop there. Drizzle on sweet vanilla icing and crown it with a handful of walnuts for a next-level treat.
10. Vegan Brownies with Walnuts from Beaming Baker
Oh boy, if you’re in the mood for something soul-soothing and decadent, these Vegan Gluten-Free Fudgy Walnut Brownies have your name written all over them. Trust me, this isn’t just another brownie recipe. It’s THE brownie recipe you need when life throws you curveballs or you’re just craving some good old-fashioned comfort food.
11. Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from I Love Vegan
These Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls have a soft, yeasty dough that’s loaded with all the classic cinnamon roll ingredients—vegan butter, brown
The oh-so-important caramel drizzle is reminiscent of dulce de leche and is made with Silk Vanilla Soymilk, a bit of coconut cream, and
So, if you’re looking for a sweet, autumn-inspired treat, these Vegan Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from I Love Vegan are definitely worth a try. They’ve got that perfect blend of comforting flavors that make them ideal for cozy fall mornings or anytime you’re craving a delightful dessert.
12. Maple Vegan Bread Pudding from Connoisseurus Veg
Indulge in the delightful world of vegan sweetness with Connoisseurus Veg’s Vegan Bread Pudding! This treat is subtly sweet, ooey-gooey, and packed with crunchy pecans. Plus, it’s a breeze to make. What’s the secret that makes this bread pudding a star?
A creamy, dairy-free base that’ll leave you wondering if it’s really egg-free. Top it off with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream, and you’ve got yourself an amazing dessert. Whether you’ve got a surplus of bread or are just craving something delicious, this vegan bread pudding is your answer!
13. Vegan Pumpkin Pie from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
If you’re in search of an Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe that doesn’t compromise on taste, look no further. Trust me, this one is legendary. But what sets this recipe apart from the gazillions of pumpkin pie recipes floating around on the internet?
With only 9 ingredients and a blender (or just a good ol’ bowl), you can whip up the filling for this pie in no time. That’s right, it’s a literal “blend, pour, and bake” kind of deal. It’s perfect if you’re juggling other holiday dishes or just feeling a bit lazy.
14. Apple Cranberry Crisp From The Simple Veganista
This Apple Cranberry Crisp is no ordinary crisp; it’s pretty much the dessert of your dreams, especially if you’re into that cozy, fall vibe. Here’s the lowdown. This recipe does a fine job of celebrating two iconic fall fruits—apples and cranberries. While the apples get soft and tender, the cranberries provide a burst of tartness, creating a delightful balance.
15. Sangria Grapes from Watch My Recipe
Oh, man, are you in for a treat! These Sangria Grapes are like the classiest, easiest dessert-slash-snack you could ever hope for. Let’s dive into why these babies are something you’ll wanna whip up, like, yesterday.
🍇 Grapes: The Star of the Show: We’re talking red grapes here, which are not just scrumptious but also have that deep, wine-like color that sets the tone for the entire dish.
🍷 Wine Soak: You know how sangria is all about wine-soaked fruit? Well, these grapes are essentially tiny, bite-sized versions of that. A red wine bath infuses them with extra flavor and just a hint of grown-up indulgence.
❄️ Chill Session: After soaking in all that winey goodness, the grapes hang out in the fridge to chill and get their act together. The cold helps intensify the flavors and gives them a refreshing bite.
There you have it! A collection of 15 delicious vegan fall desserts perfect for this autumn season. Get your oven mitts ready and let’s make this fall the tastiest one yet!
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Looking for some more yummy fall recipes? Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board, All About Fall!