written by Mia Montalvo

With the weather warming up and Summer approaching, it can feel tempting to stray from a vegan diet. If you’re looking for some refreshing ideas to take to the beach, outside at the park, or to have at your next barbeque, that isn't just ice cream, you’re in luck. 

We’ve rounded up our favorite summer vegan sweet treats that are both cruelty-free and delicious!  

1. Wake Me Up: Tropical Chia Seed Pudding

Refreshing and fruity, this Tropical Chia Seed Pudding is a super healthy yet decadent option is our go-to Summer breakfast. Packed with protein, and sweetened by fresh mango, banana, and crispy coconut flakes, this recipe will surely become a Summer staple in your kitchen.

2. Light & Sweet: Vegan Apple Cake with Cinnamon Custard

This super-light and fluffy vegan apple cake is made of only six ingredients and is perfect for a midday snack or after dinner treat! Serve with vegan vanilla ice-cream or make the cinnamon vegan custard Vegan Richa recommends.


3. The Perfect Cold-Brew Smoothie Fix

An easy recipe to make for your Summer mornings, this Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie by Minimalist Baker is made strategically by first freezing coconut milk into ice cubes. Entirely customizable, add more or less caffeine (cold brew) to this smoothie and just a bit of banana for a creamy consistency. 

4. Not Your Mom’s Spicy Fruit Salad

Inspired by a Mexican classic, this spicy fruit salad is a fun twist on your classic, yet sometimes boring cut up fruit bowl. Chilli powder, lime, a touch of sweet agave, and the optional tequila for that bite, this is best served chilled on hot days.

5.  Yes Way, Watermelon Frose

Combining our two Summer must haves: Rose & fresh watermelon –– this slushie is a super fun and easy beverage to make for the days you’re craving something sweet and refreshing. 

6.  Ending The Night: Homemade Vegan Strawberry Shortcake

This dessert is made for that midnight craving. Sandwiched between two biscuits is fresh sliced strawberries and coconut whipped cream, it’s a healthier option that will still satisfy your sweet tooth.

We hope you love these recipes from our Summer round up! Be sure to tell us in the comments below which one of these vegan summer treats is your favorite, and share with your friends and family!