Are you afraid of the big bad wolf?
Don’t be. Vegan desserts are easy. Yes it is true - we are not Pinocchio & telling you a big fat lie. (And yes we know he is not a character in the Little Red Riding Hood story).
For those of you who don’t know how to make something yummy without butter, cream, eggs or honey - then you are about to discover that the theory of ‘less is more’ holds true when making vegan desserts. Remember to keep it simple and have good quality fresh ingredients and you will be fine - and floating on cloud nine. (Too many metaphors……never).
Our feature pic is a classic example of a simple fresh dessert - that is easy peasy vegan (or could be for dairy lovers). Grilled pineapple with a coconut mousse, some fresh passionfruit pulp and a touch of mint to dress the plate. Recipe is via the Great British Chefs link - but get creative with your own version using our tips:
grill the pineapple on a hot griddle, or you could use a standard grill that is part of your oven (you just wont get the caramelisation of the sugars)
you can add any fresh fruit pieces / pulp to match your tastebuds
skip the mousse. There is a stack of good quality non dairy yoghurts & coconut icecreams on the market you could use instead. Shop around a bit to choose one you like or ask your vegan friends for their recommendations.
What not to do:
grill on your trad BBQ flavoured with meat juices - you can guess why (seriously if you can’t guess why give up vegan cooking right now)
smother it with honey (comes from bees so not vegan) and the pineapple will be sweet enough.
just to confuse you a handy tip in the what not to do section - If you do want to replace honey in a traditional dessert to make it vegan friendly - use treacle, maple syrup or rice malt syrup as they come from processing plant based sugars.
And here are links to sites with great vegan recipes you can check out:
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/vegan-dessert (this site has lots of traditional desserts tweaked so they can be vegan friendly)
https://www.loveandlemons.com/vegan-desserts/ (this one has lots of biscuits, slices and cold desserts - many suit cooking with kids).