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Top 5 Vegan Dessert Spots

BY Angelina Lewis | August 11, 2017 | Feature National

These five spots serve scrumptious, nutrient-dense treats to satisfy your cravings and your health goals.
Sample from Cafe Gratitude's delectable menu of health-conscious sweets.

Leave Beaming with a guilt-free glow after indulging in wellness visionary Lisa Odenweller’s superfood treats. Her plant-based menu includes raw, delectable desserts, like the lime tart that sits on a date crust made with cashews, almonds, coconut flakes, avocado and a citrusy lime juice, topped with Wild Berry Chia Jam. The Beaming gelato sandwich also remains a foodie favorite. The treat is filled with Millie’s raw, organic and vegan gelato and held together by two melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies, which contain superfood greens and a surprising nine grams of protein. Feeling nutty? Try the irresistible coconut vanilla flavor or the mocha almond fudge! Del Mar

Cafe Gratitude
Executive Chef Dreux Ellis cooks up plant-based fare inspired by the richness of life while supporting local farmers and using 100-percent organic ingredients. What better way to celebrate than with raw, vegan treats like the Decadent Almond Buttercup Shake that’s blended with naturally sweet coconut cashew ice cream, raw cacao nibs and creamy almond butter? Make sure to also try the coconut cream pie, which is far from average here. With its added dark chocolate swirls, which give an extra kick of sweetness, it’s no wonder its name is Irresistible! Little Italy, 619.736.5077

Donut Panic
While there’s no need to panic, start your day by opening a warm box of deliciously glazed, vegan donuts with ever-changing and unique flavors to mix and match like Maple Bacon, Earl Grey, Rose Cardamom and Lemon Lavender along with classics like the The Homer, made with vanilla bean and topped with sprinkles. End your week with celebratory vegan cupcakes on Fridays, but plan accordingly for the brand’s crown jewel—vegan donuts are available on Wednesdays and weekends only. Grantville, 619.280.1894

Extraordinary Desserts
Over in Little Italy sits one of San Diego’s buzziest sweet shops. Owner and Executive Pastry Chef Karen Krasne’s passion and commitment to her craft is what make her creations truly extraordinary. Honing her chops in France each year with the masters at LeNotre is apparent in her new Decadent Yogi cake. With a chocolate petal-like icing, it’s almost too artful to eat. Cut a slice to discover layers moistened with a sea salt cacao nib syrup, broken up by layers of whipped chocolate ganache. The vegan hot fudge sundaes, served in glass cups, expose layers of crushed pralines and warm Peruvian chocolate ganache and come topped with scoops of coconut milk vanilla bean ice cream. Simply extraordinary. Little Italy, 619.294.2132

Peace Pies
Whether it’s a pie or a cake, Peace Pies is changing the world one raw, vegan slice at a time. Remember mom’s homemade apple pie and cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven? Let the Alive Apple Pie and warm Sinless rolls transport you back to yesteryear—just without all the butter, eggs and sugar. The layered strawberry, chocolate and basil cheesecake is mesmerizing, and since all treats are made with seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, the dessert display is an ever-rotating sight of surprise! Encinitas and Ocean Beach, 760.479.0996; 619.223.2880

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