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My husband and I were invited to a friend's home (he and his wife are vegans) for dinner next weekend. I'd like to bring a dessert, but I think everything I usually make has either butter, eggs, milk, or all of them.

My husband is a bit of a difficult one when it comes to fruit. He only likes maybe blueberries and apples, and they have to be very cooked and almost soggy.

Can anyone make any recommendations to me and/or leave a recipe? I'd appreciate it!

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  1. Not quite a recipe but if you have access to vegan chocolate I think pineapple sorbet (lots of recipes out there) topped w/ melted chocolate is good. Also coconut sorbet. Both are light so good if the meal is heavy

    I have not made this but have it bookmarked. I ate it at a friends and it was really, really good. http://www.theppk.com/recipes/dbrecip...

    1. how about something like rice pudding made with almond milk? or tapioca with coconut milk? they can have optional fruit toppings, are easy and can be made ahead of time.

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      1. re: zorgclyde

        BTW, most commercial coconut milk products contain diary.

        1. re: Non Cognomina

          are you sure about this? I'm referring to the regular canned coconut milk for cooking, not coconut drink/juice/water/beverages or things like coconut 'yogurt' and such.
          I've read the labels, and I'm fairy positive that it's just coconut.

      2. About 5-6 years ago when I was vegan I made a Tofu Cheesecake (no cheese involved) for my husbands birthday- He loved it and he wasn't a vegan. I topped it with fresh bluberries and a sprinkle of confectioners sugar. I lost the recipe I used but found a similar one here-
        http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1818,...
        I used firm silken tofu and high cocoa content chocolate.
        You can make your own graham cracker crust using oil instead of butter.
        I think I made my crust from vegan chocolate cookies from the local healthfood store.
        If thats too wierd you could make vegan brownies-
        http://www.recipezaar.com/221115
        Good luck!

        1. There is a vegan chocolate cake: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Vegan-Ch...

          and here is amaretto spiked vegan chocolate mousse from 101 cookbooks (there are other vegan recipes here too): http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

          1. I've got a couple of vegan family members and find it easiest for me to make vegan friendly items with ingredients I normally use. I try to stay away from things that call for egg replacer, tvp or tofu, mostly because those ingredients aren't in my fridge or pantry on a regular basis.

            Here are a few suggestions:

            1) Vegan crepes with blueberries or apples the way your husband likes them. A recipe for the crepes can be found on this thread:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/390029

            2) Crazy Chocolate Cake/Vegan Chocolate Cake--check out this thread:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/388543

            3) Vegan friendly fruit cobbler. Make the cooked blueberry or apple stuff your husband likes. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup rolled or quick oats, 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar, a sprinkle or two of cinnamon and 1/2 cup vegetable margerine (vegan friendly). Mix ingredients until well blended. Place fruit mixture in a casserole dish. Top with oat mixture. Bake at 350 until toasty brown on the top. Everyone is happy.

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            1. re: Non Cognomina

              Instead of a vegan margarine, you can also use maple syrup as a gooey binder for cobbler toppings, and adjust down your sugar accordingly.

            2. These lemon cookies are interesting http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Luscious... but you'll need to find a vegan sugar, that is one that doesn't use bone char in the refining process. I've also played around w/ these and used olive oil instead, and actually thown in a little rosemary.

              Not very flashy, but you might make a sorbet (this one is good but hubby might turn his nose up http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Coconut-...)... maybe something like strawberry w/ lime...

              Here's a chocolate cake http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Vegan-Ch...

              You might consider going very simple and baking apples w/ whatever spices and/or coconut you might like, and bringing some ice cream (vegan from Whole Foods and TJ's I believe) to accompany them if you desire

              1. Vegetarian Times had a recipe for a vegan vanilla pound cake with lime glaze in one of their recent issues. I can't find the recipe on their website so let me know if you'd like it.

                1. You might have to sign up for the New York Times online to view this article, but it includes a strictly vegan recipe for devil's food cupcakes with creamy (but non-dairy, of course) filling, chocolate icing and royal icing to make a Hostess-Cupcake-like squiggle across the top.

                  http://select.nytimes.com/search/rest...

                  I haven't tried to make them yet, but have typed it into my computer so, if you can't access the article (it's in the Times' archive, from January, I think), let me know. It's much too long and convoluted to try to reword, so I can email it to you, if you like.

                  1. a friend makes a terrific poppy cake with maple/tahini icing. that may be a good way to start googling...

                    btw www.theppk.com (post punk kitchen) is a terrific resource.

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                    1. re: MaspethMaven

                      ppk does rule. famous vegan cupcakes-take-over-world.

                    2. There is pretty good looking recipe for a vegan cupcake on chowhound - with "buttercream" frosting.

                      1. I've made this recipe for vegan baklava with great success: http://www.veganchef.com/baklava.htm - def. finger-licking good.

                        These guys are super cute and tasty too.
                        http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/09/...

                        1. i can't find my fave recipe for vegan coconut-rice pudding! :( it's simple & it rules. i would have given it to you! do you know the menu of the dinner or the main course, if the rice pudding would be appropriate or you would like it i will track down the book.

                          1. I have to follow a dairy-free diet right now, and so vegan cooking works really well for me. For Easter, I made a vegan yellow cake with frosting and it was well received- I don't think anyone would have known it was vegan if I hadn't said anything.

                            I used this cake recipe: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs...

                            I used all applesauce and it was a bit too dense/moist. I'd try again with all oil, or with half and half applesauce/oil. If you want a layer cake, double the recipe.

                            I used this frosting recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10856

                            I found it a bit bland. Next time I'd add more vanilla. It makes a lot, and you should probably halve the recipe if you are going to spread it and not do much decoration.

                            1. I just saw a recipe for vegan cupcakes on one of the links on this site - can't find it now but they sounded fantastic. I'm sure you'd be able to do a search and they'd show up.