How can I make vegan desserts less terrible for me?
April 18, 2012 3:06 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for recipes for vegan dessert-type things (cookies, brownies/bars, maybe some delicious muffins or breads) that are low(er) in sugar, fat, and calories.
posted by désoeuvrée to Food & Drink (18 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
My situation: I'm a vegan with an insatiable sweet tooth, especially for chocolate. I'm also a stressed-out grad student with a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks and I tend to do a lot of nervous snacking during times like these, especially while studying. I'm going to get fat if I don't find something smarter than the almond butter brownies and chocolate chip cookies I've been stuffing my face with.
I'm not looking for suggestions of other, healthier things to snack on such as fruit or rice cakes; I really want to find recipes for (vegan) dessert foods because that's the only thing that can get me to stop procrastinating and sit down to work (sorry, rice cakes). For instance, I remember years ago a friend made these amazing strawberry muffins that were supposedly really healthy because they contained very little sugar.
I avoid agave nectar/syrup and ideally, palm oil as well (I'll use Earth Balance but I'd prefer not to). I know about using applesauce, prunes, dates and figs as sugar substitutes; are those my best bet? Are they better for you than cane sugar, molasses and maple syrup? What's the deal with Stevia? I also use whole wheat flour whenever possible and I wonder how much better that really is for you than white flour? And finally, I see a lot of vegan baking recipes that call for what seems like a lot of oil (canola, safflower); how unhealthy is that? Thanks so much in advance for any specific recipes or general advice you might have.