Dessert might be the most daunting of gauntlets for vegans. So many mouthwatering baked goods -- almost all chock-full of eggs, milk, and other animal byproducts. Temptation is everywhere, so what's an herbivore to do?
Trader Joe's to the rescue. The foodie paradise stocks plenty of vegan-friendly sweets to satisfy. Now that they're open in Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach (and coming soon to Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Fort Lauderdale), you can fill your pantry with all kinds of affordable sugar-stuffs, including these five.
Dark Chocolate Pound Plus Bar
Who needs a pound of chocolate? You do. Their infamous megabar of rich, creamy indulgence is good for everything from baking brownies to making vegan s'mores to melting in hot cocoa. You need at least one of these heifers in the cupboard at all times.
Like an Oreo but better, Joe Joe's have legions of loyal followers. And for good reason. They're delicious and seminutritious and come in multiple flavors -- including Candy Cane for the holiday season.
Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits
Nutrient-dense desserts make it easy to pretend you're behaving yourself, dietwise. These sweet-and-salty treats are a mashup of dark chocolate, candied nuts, and a hint of "Fleur de Sel" (salt, if you're fancy). So. Damned. Good.
Cookie Butter and/or Speculoos cookies
Even if you haven't tasted it, yet, you've undoubtedly heard the buzz about Cookie Butter. Basically, mashed-up cookies you spread on stuff (or eat straight from the jar), Cookie Butter is Willy Wonka's wet dream. Made from Speculoos cookies (also vegan), it's rich, spicy, and puts Nutella to shame.
Organic Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats
Considering marshmallows are almost never vegan (gelatin, ewww), these are a find indeed. A throwback to the corn-syrup-laden Rice Krispies treats of your childhood, these are better, and better for you.