There are many misconceptions about vegans, one of which is that our diets are a mundane mix of raw vegetables, filtered water, and the occasional fruit. Fail. Vegans love a good dessert as much as the average carnivore -- we just opt out of the animal ingredients.
Luckily, there are more than a few ways to satisfy a sweets craving in Miami -- you've just gotta know where to look. From cookie delivery to homemade cupcakes to almond milk fro-yo, here are the top ten places to get vegan dessert in Miami.
10. Muffins and brownies from Peace a' Cake
9. Mini-cupcakes from House of V
This adorable little outpost in Miami Iron Side serves charming, moist little goodies to vegans and nonvegans alike. It's the perfect two-bite dessert to satisfy your after-lunch jonesing for sweets.
8. Vegan delight cookies from Ginny Bakes
Miami's baking queen released an egg- and dairy-free version of her gluten-free cookies, dubbed the Dreamy Vegan Delight. It's got coconut, vanilla, and plenty of other natural ingredients. You can order 'em online or find 'em at the Standard, Panther Coffee, and Epicure Market.
7. Biscotti at Choices Café on the Upper Eastside
Both outposts of this vegan Shangri-la (UES and Brickell) have lots of delicious dessert options, but gluten-free biscotti is a particularly unique choice. There are also double chocolate raisin cookies, cookie dough bites, brownies, pies and all kinds of other fresh goodies. Nom nom nom.
6. Homemade cupcakes from the Green Oven
A recent transplant from Tallahassee, the dude behind this biz bakes moist vegan cupcakes for custom orders. He experiments with new flavors, but you can count on varieties such as vanilla "butter"cream and chocolate mousse. Email TheGreenOven@yahoo.com to order, and check 'em out on Facebook.
5. Cookies from Om Nom Nom
Om Nom Nom is a notable local force for both vegan living and sweet treats. Its jumbo cookies come in flavors such as spicy Mexican snickerdoodle, orange-zested chocolate chip, and ultimate peanut butter. You can order them online or get them at spots like Panther Coffee, Angelina's Coffee & Juice, and Lost & Found Saloon.
4. Cookies from the Cookie King.
Massive cookies delivered straight to your door = best business model ever? The anonymous Cookie King will bake you some tasty treats in flavors including chocolate chip walnut, macadamia white chocolate chip, and chocolate chip pecan.
3. Almond milk frozen yogurt at TCBY
Select outposts of this yogurt chain offer a Silk almond milk incarnation of the frozen treat. It's creamy, it's delicious, it's low-cal, and there are plenty of vegan-friendly toppings, so you won't feel like the plain Jane at the fro-yo party. Not every branch carries it, but the one near the University of Miami sure does.
2. Gluten-free cupcakes at Bunnie Cakes
Gluten-free and vegan? Win! Bunnie Cakes' pillowy cupcakes include everything from chocolate coconut to dulce no leche in mini and regular-size versions. They also offer Whoopie Pies, doughnuts, and cakes. Owner Mariana Cortez made it to Cupcake Wars for a reason -- she knows her way around a KitchenAid mixer.
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1. Sugar-free, dairy-free piece of cake at Beehive Juice Bar
Owner Carlos Schichi is the master of healthful fare, including dessert. He can prepare a masterful flour-free, sugar-free, dairy-free cake the likes of which you never imagined existed. Options change daily and include flavors such as apple, carrot, blueberry, and beyond.
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