Let’s face it, we all have a sweet tooth working its way into our 3pm daydreams (as the secret chocolate stash in our office will confirm). But for vegans and the dairy intolerant foodies, finding the answer to those I-need-chocolate-NOW cravings can be a little trickier.
But stop poring over those menu stacks – we’re about to whisper sweet nothings into your ear with a list of the finest vegan desserts in Brisbane. Even better? You get to decide which one takes the cake.
You can probably live without milk in your coffee, and butter on your morning toast, but is there any real substitute for a sweet, sticky ice cream cone on a hot summer’s day? Well you don’t have to search any longer, because Ciao Gelato have created the likes of creamy almond milk gelato, rich chocolate sorbet and even dairy free, chocolate coated ice cream bars on a stick layered with cherry, mint or peanut butter to make your summer so much better!
Leave the lists of dos and don’ts at home today, ‘cause at Everton Park’s Vegan Yumm, nothing’s off the menu. From the 10 inch high layer cakes packed with oreos, butter cream and peanut butter mousse to the bakery’s signature Cinnayum cinnamon buns, absolutely everything in store will have you saying ‘Vegan? Yummm.’
The brekky menu isn’t the only thing we’re pawing for at this Woolloongabba spot! With Pawpaw bringing Cocowhip to the Brisbane masses, you can whip it, whip it good all day long. Made from coconut water, this soft serve is 100% vegan and 110% delicious, and with plenty of goodies to top up (and knowing us, overflow) the cup with, it’s probably a good thing this vegan dessert is only 90 calories a serve.
For all that’s holey, you’d better check out the two vegan doughnuts on offer at foodie-favourite Doughnut Time. Meet Vegan Fox, the steamy chocolate-glazed dessert model we all aspire to eat, and Sia Later, the red velvet hottie with vegan butter cream frosting and freeze-dried raspberries. And with Doughnut Time stores popping up all over town, doughnut think you need to drive across town for a vegan-friendly treat.
Thought dessert was a strictly post-dinner institution? We’re about to blow your minds. At Charlie’s Raw Squeezes all over town, the spot’s famous Nice Cream is made from frozen blended fruit, leaving the vegan crowd totally free to start their mornings with guilt-free serves of flavours like salted caramel, choc mint, or vanilla macadamia. Friends, welcome to ice cream for breakfast – let’s never leave.
With a visit to Vintaged, eating out with friends doesn’t need to mean combing through a menu for the only vegan option on offer. Check out the CBD spot’s special all-vegan menu, with sweet dinner follow-ups like their coconut rice pudding with mango coulis and salted caramel pearls, or the apple and rhubarb crumble with cinnamon sorbet. Skipping dessert is officially no longer on the table.
Hey, look at that – they even included the sound effects from our visit in the name. No one needs to miss out on an ice cream date with Nom Nom’s 7 available vegan flavours. Check out the scoop with serves of dark chocolate, banana split and coconut. For round one, anyway.
Hey, we’d never dessert our Brisbane vegan pals in the hunt for something sweet!
Words by Samantha Chariton
Image (top) by Judit Losh