Eat your way through the end of Veganuary with something sweet
As Las Vegas’ Vegan Dining Month comes to a close, let’s end it on a sweet note: desserts. The most popular dessert dishes tend to be heavy in animal bi-products, which usually leaves vegans a limited selection in the treat territory. Las Vegas isn’t sleeping on the fact that veganism is on the rise.
Ipsos Retail Performance’s research says that “the number of Americans turning plant-based has reached 9.7 million people, growing from around 290,000 over a period of 15 years.”
Vegas wouldn’t be the same without its impressive dining options, which means that they elevate vegan desserts like nowhere else. Here are seven places serving heavenly vegan desserts off the Strip.
616 E Carson Ave #120, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Chef Donald Lemperle of VegeNation began his vegan journey for health reasons, but quickly realized how his new health-conscious lifestyle had the potential to benefit everyone. Lemperle has gained many local celeb supporters such as Carrot Top and has earned top rankings nationwide on travel sites for its cuisine, according to their website.
VegeNation all new sweet treats include:
Apple Cobbler – a warm streusel with freshly baked apples topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce
Brownie Sundae – caramelized banana, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, cherry sauce topped with candied walnuts
Chocolate Lava Cake – a chocolate molten lava cake served with locally made ice cream and caramel drizzle
1214 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Main Street Provisions, a downtown restaurant located in the Las Vegas Arts District, serves modern American dishes. Although their menu isn’t all vegan, they do offer a wickedly delicious plant-based goody. Owners Kim Owens and Chef Justin Kingsley Hall provide “a guest centric dining experience” while incorporating both plant-based and “humanely raised sustainable meat options” on their menu, according to their website.
Collaborating with Paradise City Creamery, which is known for its 100 percent plant-based adult-themed ice cream flavors, includes their specialty in this dish.
A must-try sundae at Main St. Provisions:
Three Scoop Sundae – A trio of Paradise City Creamery chocolate scoops with whip cream and chocolate shavings on top
8560 West Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Founder of Violette’s Vegan, Cyndy Violette, started eating vegan back in the 90s as her compassion grew for animals, says their website. Her passion for meat-free food led her to opening the organic cafe and juice bar, which serves an array of flavorful fare including dessert.
Diana Edelman, creator of Vegans, Baby, a business dedicated to “making vegan life easier and vegan dining more approachable,” shared with Off the Strip which decadent desserts are served at Violette’s Vegan.
Next time you stop by this vegan-friendly eatery, here are some sweets too good to pass up.
Violette’s Vegan dessert offerings include:
Tiramisu – a vegan take on the classic Italian dessert, is made with layers of vanilla ice cream and vanilla cake soaked with coffee and cocoa powder
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake – a chocolate cake layered with Bavarian cream and gold flakes
Chocolate Almond Croissant – a fresh baked pastry filled with a thin layer of almond and chocolate cream inside
Raspberry Tart – a blueberry cookie crust, berry mousse and topped with a raspberry
7960 S Rainbow Blvd Suite 8000A, Las Vegas, NV 89139
After a trip to Spain, American chef Jeffrey Weiss fell in love with paella, which is synonymous with Valencian Gold and the restaurant’s namesake, according to their website. This food haven isn’t exclusively vegan, but they offer a variety of dishes catering to all lifestyles and dietary needs.
This Spanish-inspired spot takes a traditional dessert but makes it vegan. When the word dessert sneaks into the conversation, there’s one dish that seems to have gone under the radar at several eateries. One word. Pudding. Whether it’s the childhood nostalgia factor or the rarity of it appearing on a menu, Valencian Gold brings it back.
Dig into this Dessert:
Vegan Dark Chocolate Pudding – sweet and salty flavors accentuated with olive oil and sea salt in chocolate pudding
7090 W Craig Rd Suite #120, Las Vegas, NV 89129
No vegan dessert list is complete without a creamy and dreamy shake. Power Plant Fast Food serves vegan fast food with no artificial colors, flavors, hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. This progressive food joint offers plant-based options that are healthier than other food chains, but in the same way as a typical fast-food restaurant.
On their website, it says that “America alone eats 50 billion hamburgers each year. That’s enough hamburgers to circle our entire planet 32 times.”
This mind-boggling fact would be a lot easier to swallow with a tasty frozen treat like one of their animal-free shakes.
Shake things up with one of these dessert drinks:
“Old Fashioned Milkshake” Flavors – Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Coffee, Cookies & Cream and Cookie Butter shakes are all made with soy-based ice cream blended with oat milk
1745 S Rainbow Blvd Suite A, Las Vegas, NV 89146
POTS stands out from the rest because it is the only Egyptian vegan restaurant in Las Vegas, which means their dessert menu is also unique. Owner of POTS, Iman Haggag, showcases underrated Egyptian dishes and diversifies the city’s palette by introducing new colorful bites. Because their menu is unlike anything else offered in the town, their friendly staff is happy to help familiarize guests by providing information about their ingredients.
For vegans with a sweet tooth looking for something new and exciting to try, look no further than POTS. Their dessert menu lists four tasty treats to choose from with mouthwatering descriptions.
Delish desserts they serve include:
Dried Apricot Mahlabeya – layers of apricot and coconut pudding, filled with chopped apricots and finished with shredded coconut
Halawa Brownies – a gooey brownie that combines tahini (a sauce made from toasted ground hulled sesame), Halawa (Egyptian fudge made with tahini paste), chocolate and vanilla soy ice cream garnished with amint
Konafa Cup – shredded konafa dough (a crunchy phyllo pastry) filled with coconut pudding and topped with raisins, shredded coconut, Latike and drizzled in sugarcane syrup
Egy Bak – an Egyptian take on Baklava, an Italian dessert. This treat is stuffed with dried fruits and covered with walnuts and sugarcane syrup
4600 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Ronald’s Donuts is a quaint donut shop located in Chinatown serving vegan donuts. This pastry paradise serves a variety of donuts, both traditional and unique, but made vegan-friendly. Fix a sugar craving by trying one of their crullers, eclairs, glazed donuts, cinnamon twists or chocolate-covered donuts filled with cream. Made from scratch, Ronald’s Donuts goodies are freshly baked every day. The retro seating and old-fashioned style are also a nice touch.
There are way too many different types of donuts to choose from to list them; however, there’s not a wrong way to go when choosing a donut here. Be sure to stop by early enough to grab a box before they are all gone.
Want to find more vegan eateries? See What Vegans Eat Downtown.