Yes — the same Oreos that you and your non-vegan friends and family have been eating since you sprouted baby teeth are vegan-friendly, according to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). No milk and no eggs are used in any part of the cookie or the creamy “stuff” filling. Most varieties of Oreos are vegan. If you have dinner guests that are allergic to chocolate, simply substitute Golden Oreos for the more familiar chocolate cookie kinds. Other store-bought cookies that are not made with animal-based products include Entenmann’s Fudge Delights Fudge & Mint Cookies, Keebler Vienna Fingers, Nutter Butters and Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies.
Jazz up your vegan cookies by adding a creamy filling. Many vegan ice cream brands like Toffuti, So Delicious, Rice Dream and Almond Dream are available in mainstream grocery stores, grocery sections of department store chains like Walmart and in health food stores like Whole Foods. even Ben & Jerry’s has come out with a vegan ice cream line. These ice creams are made with almond, coconut, soy or rice milk instead of dairy milk. They are just as creamy and tasty as non-vegan ice cream. Slap a scoop of vegan ice cream on one cookie and top with another. They melt quickly. If you need a filling that will not melt so quickly, try the many vegan flavors of Duncan Hines cake icing available, such as Creamy Home-style Classic Vanilla Frosting. If you want to be really decadent, top off with or add Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup on the side. Yes — Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup is also vegan.
Banana Ice Cream
Frozen peeled bananas make a satisfying and smooth ice cream substitute. If you mash them with a fork or place them in a food processor, they even look like ice cream. The Food Network Canada recommends adding peanut butter and cacao nibs to make Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Top it off with with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Or you could serve the banana ice cream in Oreo cookie ice cream cones.
Not all chocolate is made with milk and eggs. Ghirardelli dark chocolate is vegan-friendly, according to PETA. So are Sam’s Choice semisweet baking chips. Simply melt the chocolate with a fondue maker or using a double boiler on a conventional stove and dip in your favorite bits of fruit like fresh strawberries, blueberries, orange slices or bananas. Try dried fruit like pineapple, raisins or cranberries for a chewier treat. Or, if you are too tired to melt the chocolate, pour Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup all over your fruit. Any port in a storm.
Easy Tofu Cheesecake
The secret with this dessert to make it a success is not to tell your guests that it was made with tofu until long after they have eaten it. Use soft or “silken” variety of tofu for best texture. Gather ingredients. Place tofu, lemon juice, vanilla extract, salt, vegetable oil in a food processor or blend until smooth. Then pour the mixture into a graham-cracker crust. Yes — graham crackers are also vegan. Place in the oven at 350 degrees F (175 C) for 20 to 30 minutes. Have Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup on the table for anyone needing a chocolate fix with their cheesecake.
Many vegan brownie mixes are now available at your local stores, such as Duncan Hines’ California Walnut Brownie Mix, Most Ghiradelli mixes and Hampton Creek’s Just Brownies Mix at Walmart, Target and Costco. Serve the brownies as is, with sliced fruit or nuts on the side or top with vegan ice cream, vegan cake frosting or Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup.
Bake a Pie
There are several varieties of vegan-friendly frozen pies in your local supermarket, including Marie Callender’s Fruit Pies and Cobblers, Sarah Lee Frozen Cherry or Apple pies. Simply pop in the oven (or microwave in some brands) and try not to burn your tongue on the piping hot filling if you cannot wait to let the pie cool before serving. Top with vegan ice cream if desired.
Goya Spanish Flan-Style Custard
You could try and make a custard from a recipe or you could just use the Goya Spanish Flan-Style Custard mix. Simply use vegan milk and egg substitutes for the conventional cream and eggs in Goya’s recipe printed on the mix box.
You know they’re coming, so bake a cake. You can try one of many vegan chocolate cake recipes such as Gooey Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond “Buttercream”. If you are not as adventurous in the kitchen to make a chocolate cake from scratch, never fear. PETA reports that many store-bought cake mixes are vegan, such as most Betty Crocker mixes, Duncan Hines Classic Yellow and Duncan Hines Devils Food flavors. Remember that most of Duncan Hines ready-made frostings are also vegan. Just make sure to use vegan milk, butter and egg substitutes for the recipes on the box.
After Dinner Mints
Nothing tops off dinner and dessert than an after dinner mint. Vegans have to be careful selecting mints since most are made with eggs, milk, cream of tartar or even bug secretions – listed as Shellac in the ingredients list. Girl Scout cookie Thin Mints are vegan. So are Trader Joe’s Organic Peppermints and Organic Gingermints. Bon appetit.