Let’s talk vegan desserts. My best friend Dr. Demarus Crawford-White, a higher education executive became a vegan some years ago. Recently we talked about what it means to be vegan, how she made the transition and, as a vegan, what is for dessert.
As a vegan, or mostly vegan, she would say, she eats nothing that has animal product. She says mostly vegan because if she wants something outside the guidelines of veganism she is going to eat it. However she rarley does that except for when it comes to dessert.
Before we get into her story, I wanted to make sure we all are on the same page about what is means to be a vegan. According to the Vegan Society, “There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey – as well as avoiding animal-derived materials, products tested on animals and places that use animals for entertainment.” My friend is more the former part of the definition than the latter.
Her journey to change her diet began when she gained 60 lbs in divorce weight. Tired of the extra weight, she embraced a vegetarian lifestyle. Several years ago she started to inch towards a vegan lifestyle. While she does love animals, her eating lifestyle does not cross over into her personal life.
She has found her new lifestyle to be enjoyable and engergizing. Despite its benefits, her family has not followed suit but are very supportive of her. I, too, am supportive and try to make foods from time to time that she can embrace.
As a recent guest on my podcast, Demarus revealed that her favorite dessert before and since becoming a vegan is ice cream. She loves many flavors but has a special love for pure vanilla ice cream with mint chocolate chip as second flavor of choice. Listen to this week’s podcast to hear about how she found her favorite flavors by vegan dessert makers SoDelicious (https://sodeliciousdairyfree.com) and Dayia (https://daiyafoods.com/our-foods/dessert-bars/).
Curious about what kind of vegan desserts where out there, I decided that I was going to go a quest to find good vegan recipes to try in the future. My first step towards that is identifying vegan recipes that are easy to do, have simple ingrediants, something I would eat as a non-vegan and is highly rated or from a highly rated chef/blogger.
Not one to do lengthy research like searches, I usually find an article with a list of the top of whatever food type I want to learn more about. For vegan food, I discovered a list on the site Feedspot. And I have already identified three bloggers that you will be seeing more of in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to find out who they are and what sweet treats we whip up!