With the chaos amidst the public with the spreading of COVID-19, people are supposed to be social distancing (stay at home). If you’re anything like me, cage fever seems to hit around day 2 when we’re being told to stay indoors. I look for fun things to keep me busy, especially when we can’t go outside with the chilly weather. That is why I’ve put together this vegan pantry baking ideas list. Hopefully you won’t need to leave your house, but make your favorite dessert in your jammies.

No need to run off to the store and stockpile on everything. Most people keep some pantry staple items in supply at home. I know we almost always have typical baking items including flour, sugar, coconut oil, oats, chocolate chips, cacao powder, baking powder/soda, salt, vanilla, spices, flax, chia, etc. We typically cook vegan in my house, but you can usually substitute eggs, butter, milk in place of the vegan alternatives if that is something that you prefer. Below I’ve included some of my favorite at home vegan pantry baking ideas. 

10 Vegan Pantry Baking Ideas

1. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

What better than a healthy yet delicious dessert. These easy vegan cookies will leave you feeling satisfied and will even please the non-vegan. Trust me on this, you’ll want to lick up the crumbs.

Vegan chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter and oats

2. Chocolate Chili Truffles

Chocolate chili truffles are made from a vegan cashew cream that you can easily make at home! These truffles are creamy and indulgent. Feel free to leave out the cinnamon and cayenne to make plain chocolate truffles. You can also use dairy cream in place of cashew cream if you want to make these with half and half or heavy whipping cream.

Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Truffles

3. Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies

These vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free black bean brownies are a delicious snack or could even be a treat for breakfast. They’re filling and satisfying, fudgy, and so good. 

A peanut butter black bean brownie sprinkled with powdered sugar next to a glass of milk

4. Nut-Free Chocolate Macarons

These nut-free chocolate macarons are delicious and easy for a first timer. This was the first macaron I ever attempted and they are so good. Just ask my husband who ate half the batch in one night. These are NOT vegan, although if you wanted to get creative you could try subbing aquafaba and cream of tartar for the egg whites. 

Delicious Chocolate Nut Free Macarons

5. 5-Minute Chocolate Bark

This is probably THE easiest baking item you could make. All you need to do is melt chocolate chips down, spread on a piece of parchment or wax paper, sprinkle toppings, and let it set. Once it’s set, break it up and enjoy! Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free (as long as you use dairy-free chocolate), and so good!

Chocolate Bark with coconut, almonds, and pecans

6. Pineapple Gelato

This is one of THE easiest recipes out there. Two ingredients, pineapple and lemon or lime juice. Freeze the pineapple and then process with the lemon or lime juice until it is a smooth paste. That easy! You’ll love this stuff. 

Scooped Pineapple Gelato In White Dish with banana and scoop

7. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream

Dark chocolate peanut butter banana nice cream is a great fruit based dessert that you can make with those bananas that are going bad on the counter. Freeze them prior to blending and you have a great, easy vegan dessert.

overhead shot peanut butter chocolate nice cream topped with chocolate chips

8. Copycat Vegan Girl Scout Samoa Cookies

Samoa cookies are one of my FAVORITE seasonal treats. This vegan recipe is one you probably have everything in the pantry for, and they are gluten-free, dairy-free, and are higher in fiber than the classic.

healthier copycat vegan, gluten-free samoa cookies

9. Healthier Copycat Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies

Another delicious copycat Girl Scout cookie, this recipe for vegan tagalongs is a great gluten-free and dairy-free dessert. These chocolate peanut butter cookies are SO decadent and will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

Healthier Copycat Girl Scout Tagalongs

10. Copycat Vegan Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies

Thin mints are a great dessert that you don’t need a lot of to feel satisfied. The minty flavor is refreshing and pairs so well with the chocolate dip. This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. 

Inside of Vegan, Gluten-Free Copycat Thin Mint

Here are a few ideas of vegan pantry baking ideas you can make with pantry staples. When you get bored and think about going out, try this out instead. Baking is a fun way to incorporate the kids into the kitchen and can help satisfy a sweet tooth. Also it’s really great because you see exactly what is going into your body!

Did you make any of these recipes? I’d love to know what you thought in the comments below. Any recommendations?

-Cassie

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