9 Vegan & Decadent French Desserts

If there’s one thing the French always get right, it’s dessert. In Paris, no meal is complete until a rich, flaky pastry or a fragrant tart has made its way to the table. And while un dessert français typically requires a heavy-handed use of butter and cream, we’ve rounded up recipes that are fully vegan but still as decadent as their dairy counterparts.

From fruit tarts to macarons and creme brûlée, you can channel your inner Julia Child with these 9 vegan French desserts.

Macaron Image Credit: Susanna-Dan.com
Top image Credit: MayIHaveThatRecipe.com

Vegan Lemon Macarons

Forget about cupcakes and cronuts, a French macaron (not to be confused with a shredded coconut macaroon) rivals any dessert trend challenger with it light-as-air, crunchy outside and chewy inner filling. Described as the “holy grail of vegan desserts,” this macaron recipe comes from food blogger Dan Brellis, one-half of the cute, married duo that makes up Susanna-Dan.com.

15 g Cane Sugar
57 g Almond Meal
115 g Powdered Sugar
57g Water
1/2 tsp Versawhip
15 g Ener-G Egg Replacer powder (~2Tbl)
1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum Powder
1/4 tsp Fine Lemon Zest
2 drops of Yellow Food Coloring (optional)

Read the preparation over at Susanna-Dan.com.



Image Credit: Hannah Kaminsky/BitterSweetBlog.com

Vegan Plaisir Sucré

With a name that means “sweet pleasure,” this recipe by Hannah Kaminsky, the author of the newly released Easy As Vegan Pie cookbook, reinvents the Pierre Hermé signature recipe with layers of dark chocolate on top of a Speculoos base.


Chocolate Sheets:
10 Ounces Dark Chocolate, Finely Chopped, Melted, and Tempered

Bittersweet Ganache:
12 oz Bittersweet Chocolate, Finely Chopped
3/4 cup Plain Non-Dairy Milk

Speculoos Dacquoise:
3/4 cup Speculoos Spread
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Cake Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Roughly Crushed Speculoos Cookies

Speculoos Praline:
1 1/3 cups Speculoos Spread
6 oz (1 cup) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Melted
1/4 cup Non-Dairy Margarine, Melted
2 cups Crispy Rice Cereal

Chocolate Chantilly

Read the preparation over at BitterSweetBlog.com.


Image Credit: MeetTheShannons.com

Vegan Fresh Fruit Tart

Just looking at this delectable combination of fresh fruit, short-bread-ish crust, and light sugar glaze from MeetTheShannons.com makes it easy to understand why fruit tarts are a staple of Parisian pâtisseries.

1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/4 cup Margarine
1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Lemon Zest
2 tsp Brown Sugar

1 8oz package Vegan Cream Cheese
3/4 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Bourbon (you can just use more vanilla though if alcohol isn’t your thing)
1/2 cup Sugar

Slices of your favorite fresh fruit: We used two white peaches, two kiwi fruit (peeled), one apricot, blueberries and boysenberries but some other popular choices are strawberries, raspberries, melons, and mangoes.

Read the preparation over at MeetTheShannons.com.

>>NEXT: Vegan Peach Napoleon

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Vegan Peach Napoleon

Known as a mille-feuille or a “thousand leaves” in French, a Napoleon is typically made up of alternating layers of puff pastry and almond flavored custard, but this peach version by Barcelona-based foodies Vicky and Ruth of MayIHaveThatRecipe.com is a delightful twist on a classic.

1- 8oz package plain vegan cream cheese alternative (We use GoVeggie!), at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 large peaches, diced
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp lemon
1/2 tsp water
1 puff pasty sheet cut in 8 rectangular pieces or 4 puff pastry squares cut in half*

*Many popular brands of puff pastry are vegan, including Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets

Read the preparation over at MayIHaveThatRecipe.com.



Image Credit: VeganGoodEats.com

Vegan Creme Brulee

Silky vegan custard topped with a thin layer of crunchy, caramelized sugar? Yes, please! This creme brulee recipe from VeganGoodEats.com requires that you get your hands on a Butane torch, but the result is worth it.

3 cups Silk Pure Almond Milk Original
1/3 cup Cashew Butter
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Arrowroot Powder
3/4 tsp Agar Powder (not flakes)

Read the preparation over at VeganGoodEats.com.


Image Credit: KillerBunniesInc.com

Vegan Chocolate Éclair

God bless the Frenchman who invented the éclair, and God bless KillerBunniesInc.com for coming up with a vegan version that allows us to indulge in all of its chocolate-y, creamy goodness.


Choux Pastry:
1 cup All Purpose Flour
2 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tbsp Margarine
2 tbsp EnerG egg replacer whipped stiff with 1/3 cup of warm water
1 cup Non-dairy Milk

Vanilla Cream:
2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
1 can Full Fat Coconut Milk (in the fridge at least 24 hours)
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Ganache:
2 oz Dark Chocolate, chopped
1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil

Read the preparation over at KillerBunniesInc.com.

>>NEXT: Vegan Strawberry Galette

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Vegan Strawberry Galette

Similar to a tart, a galette is a freeform round or flat cake made with flaky, pastry dough. And while they can be made either savory or sweet, we love this strawberry recipe from food blogger Drea of OhDearDrea.Blogspot.com.

2 1/3 cups AP Flour
2/3 cup Vegetable Shortening
1 heap tbsp Granulated Sugar
2 – 3 tsps Water
1 tsp Salt
zest of 1 Lemon (optional, but recommended)
Honey thinned with a splash of water

2 pounds of Strawberries (while you may not need this many, you may have tiny grabbing fingers)
3 heavy tbsp of Sugar
juice of one Lemon
pinch of Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional, but recommended)

Read the preparation over at OhDearDrea.Blogspot.com.


Image Credit: TheSweetLifeOnline.com

Vegan Crepes With Lemon Curd & Blueberries

Crepes are so popular in France that there is a day that honors them. Every February 2, the French celebrate la Chandeleur, a holiday marking the end of the Christmas period, by eating crepes. Not to be left out, the U.S. has a “National Crepes Suzette Day” on May 6, but you can make any day a celebration with this recipe from Sarah McMinn, author of the ebook, In the Raw: Small Indulgences for The Sweet Life.

1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Non-dairy Milk (I used soy)
2 tbsp Canola Oil
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract
1/2 cup cold Water
Oil for frying
1 cup of Lemon Curd
1 pint of Blueberries

Read the preparation over at TheSweetLifeOnline.com.


Image Credit: Vegetarianized.com

Vegan Palmiers

Who doesn’t love palmiers? These flaky, heart-shaped sugar cookies are simply adorable and delicious. Luckily, blogger Adrienne D. Capps has shared the secret of making these vegan darlings on her blog, Vegetarianized.com.

1 1/4 cup White Flour
1 tsp Salt
12 tbsp (6 oz) Soy-based or Plant Oil-based Butter
5 tbsp Ice Water
1 cup Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon

Read the preparation over at Vegetarianized.com.


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Monica D
Monica D1 years ago

The vegan fruit tart and strawberry galette look nice, thank you.

Sherry Kohn
Sherry K2 years ago

Many thanks to you !

Codruta O.
Codruta O.4 years ago

wonderful! looking to improve my vegan cooking and baking. thanks :)))

Yoan S.
Yoan Salesses4 years ago

Introducing to you my facebook page :

I am a french guy 25 years old and i would like to show what i invented.
This last year, i've been working hard to create the first 3D cake mold that allow you to bake perfect 3D cake.

I am looking for your suggestions and comments.

Thank you and have a good day


Lin G.
Lin G.5 years ago


Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago


Elena T.
Elena P5 years ago

Thank you :)

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago


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liessi H5 years ago

Delicious! I might actually try some of these!

Rekha S5 years ago

Looks yummy!