When you are bored at home, sometimes there is nothing better to do than to preheat the oven and start baking up some delicious treats. And luckily, even if you have dietary restrictions, there are plenty of tasty vegan things to bake that will satisfy your sweet tooth. From miniature cinnamon pull-apart breads to classic chocolate cupcakes, you will have plenty to bake.
The best things to bake when you are bored don’t require a lot of fancy, hard to find ingredients. While you can easily use almond or soy milk and vegan egg substitutes to make almost any favorite dessert recipe vegan-friendly, it is always satisfying to make a wholly vegan recipe from start to finish without worrying about alterations. Coconut oil is a staple in many vegan baked goods, as are mashed bananas — so you don’t need to spend a lot of money or track down pricey, obscure ingredients to make something totally crave-worthy.
Whether you love fruity desserts like crisps and crumbles, prefer classic, fail-proof cookies, or you want to branch out and bake a loaf of bread, these 16 recipes will make sure you always have a reason to use your oven. Time to get baking.
1. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
With a little more effort, oatmeal becomes a dish worthy for dessert time. Oh She Glows shows how it's done.
2. Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Think you need milk and butter to make a batch of moist muffins? Think again: Averie Cooks uses a mashed banana to create the batter for these muffins.
3. Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies
Just grab a can of pumpkin and a box of brownie mix, and Cookies and Cups' brownies will be ready in no time.
4. Apple, Pear, And Blueberry Crisp
Apples, pears, and blueberries blend together to make a crisp that's perfect for springtime. Trust Against All Grain on this one.
5. Easy Baked Cheesecake
Vegan cheesecake doesn't have to be complicated. Minimalist Baker uses store-bought vegan cheesecake for a simple swap.
6. Banana Nut Scones
Cookie and Kate's scones are hearty enough to make the perfect breakfast. A maple glaze sweetens the deal.
7. Cinnamon Pull-Apart Fantails
Give the cinnamon rolls a break. Naturally Ella's are essentially mini pull-apart loaves — they don't even need icing.
8. Chewy Almond Spice Cookies
If you like your cookies soft and chewy, then go with this recipe by The Kitchn. Cloves, allspice, and nutmeg make them perfectly fragrant.
9. Raspberry Coconut Scones
A little fruity, a little tropical — Love and Lemons' vegan scones will inspire you to turn on the oven.
10. Chocolate Cupcakes
When in doubt, a classic batch of cupcakes will always do the trick. Oh She Glows tops these basic chocolate cupcakes with a fancy-tasting salted buttercream frosting.
11. Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins
When you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, Averie Cooks' mini muffins can be made in 15 minutes from start to finish.
12. Apple Crisp
This gluten-free apple crisp by Minimalist Baker is the perfect alternative to a heavy chocolate dessert. Top it off with some vegan ice cream.
13. Vegan Chocolate Cherry Cake
Sometimes you just need chocolate cake — and Cookie and Kate's moist, not-overly-sweet cherry cake is one that will always hit the spot.
14. Swedish Rye Bread
Now is the time to try your hand at baking a loaf of bread. This loaf by Naturally Ella is perfect for making sandwiches the next day.
15. Easy Almond Cookies
With just four ingredients, The Kitchn's almond cookies are not just vegan, they're also gluten-free and paleo — and 100 percent delicious.
16. Chocolate Chip Cookies
The secret to Love and Lemons' perfectly moist vegan chocolate chip cookies? Coconut oil!
Images: Oh She Glows (3); Averie Cooks (2); Cookies and Cups; Against All Grain; Minimalist Baker (2); Cookie and Kate (2); Naturally Ella; The Kitchn; Love and Lemons