Guide to Austin Vegan Desserts
Having access to so many vegan dessert options in Austin is both a blessing and a curse: the best/worst thing ever. It’s the best thing ever because vegan donuts, soft serve, and cupcakes are available whenever you want them, and it’s the worst thing ever because vegan donuts, soft serve, and cupcakes are available whenever you want them…
You can pretty much find something sweet with your name on it, no matter where you go in town. In case you don’t believe us, just take a look at what Austin has to offer sugar-addicted vegans:
- At Bananarchy you can order a frozen banana dipped in vegan chocolate or peanut butter then rolled in an assortment of toppings. Genius! Bananarchy is open seasonally, so make sure to check that they’re not in hibernation before you visit.
- Bouldin Creek Coffee House & Cafe sells an assortment of vegan baked goods at their coffee bar.
- Casa de Luz, a vegan and macrobiotic establishment, offers desserts made with organic ingredients and no processed flours.
- Health Box is a new desert trailer whose signature product is “Fruit Poop”, a soft serve ice cream alternative made from frozen fruits and vegetables, with your choice of toppings.
- Lick offers two coconut based vegan ice cream flavors daily, and occasionally a third vegan flavor special. Find Red Hot Vegans’ review of Lick here.
- Mister FruitCup, offers a grown up fruit cup, with a dizzying array of fresh fruits, sauces and toppings selections with a dedicated vegan menu. Find Red Hot Vegans’ review of Mister FruitCup here.
- Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop offers rotating vegan cupcake specials daily.
- Thai Fresh/Thrice offers a large rotating selection of vegan cakes, cookies, parfaits and more, including a large hard-packed ice cream selection with unusual flavors such as Thai ice tea, sweet corn and tamarind. Vegan croissants and pain au chocolat are occasionally available on Saturdays.
- The Sunset Valley location of Tutti Frutti offers soy frozen yogurt by the pound, with many vegan topping options. Find Red Hot Vegans’ review of Tutti Frutti here.
- Amy’s Ice Creams, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Mr. Natural, and TCBY have locations in South Austin. Better Bites Bakery, Celeste’s Best, Red Rabbit Bakery, and Skull and Cakebones items are sold at locations in South Austin. See the “Multiple Locations” section for more details.
- Beet’s Living Foods Café offers an amazing raw chocolate cheese cake made from Brazil nuts. Feed this to any omnivore and we promise they won’t be able to tell that it’s vegan or raw. Beet’s offers other dessert options, but you’ll have to stop in to find out what’s available, as their selection changes.
- Ice Cream Social, a cute little trailer serving up a rotating selection of vegan ice cream and sorbets.
- The bakery at the downtown location of Whole Foods Market offers a variety of vegan donuts. They also sell vegan apple fritters, brownies, muffins, cake, chocolate chip cookies and gelato.
- Amy’s Ice Creams has a location in downtown Austin. Happy Vegan Baker sells goods at the Saturday Downtown Farmer’s Market. Skull and Cakebones items are available from locations downtown. See the “Multiple Locations” section for more information.
- Capital City Bakery is an all-vegan bakery located in a food trailer, with a retail store front opening soon. They offer a wide variety of cupcakes, cookies and whoopie pies at the trailer, and an even wider selection available by special order.
- Cheer Up Charlies doesn’t offer much for dessert, but if you find yourself there, they offer a vegan chocolate truffle to go with your beer and cocktails. They are also the host of ATX Vegan Drinks on the first Friday of the month, where you can find a rotating selection of amazing bakers.
- Counter Culture offers raw donut holes and brownie bites, as well as a rotating dessert specials on their all-vegan menu. Find Red Hot Vegan’s review of Counter Culture here.
- Sugar Circus is an adorable little bakery, half of which is entirely vegan, with a rotating selection of delicious vegan cupcakes and other fun treats.
- Unity Vegan Kitchen is a new all-vegan trailer on E Cesar Chavez right next to the site of the future Capital City Bakery storefront. They offer a pineapple cobbler and a frozen banana colada that can be enjoyed on their own, or paired with any of the many tasty items on their menu.
- Coolhaus and Mr. Natural have locations in East Austin. Skull and Cakebones sells their products at the Sunday HOPE Farmers’ Market. Better Bites Bakery items are available from locations in East Austin. See the “Multiple Locations” section for more information.
- Cornucopia Popcorn offers a wide selection of vegan popcorn flavors, including many dessert flavors such as cinnamon toast and cornfetti.
- Juiceland specializes in fresh juices and smoothies and also carries raw vegan chocolates and other desserts.
- Maoz only offers one vegan dessert, but it’s a good one. Try the vegan rice pudding next time you’re in the mood for falafel.
- The dessert selection at Mother’s Café and Garden includes a vegan chocolate cake, 3 kinds of pies, and an almond mocha torte.
- The menu at Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery contains 5 vegan desserts — lemon cupcakes, peanut butter cups, trail mix, truffles, and double chocolate muffins.
- Sweet Ritual, located inside Juiceland, is an adorable all-vegan ice cream parlor where you can order soft serve and hard packed ice cream in homemade waffle cones, milkshakes, and sundaes with many different toppings/sauces. Check out their website for the flavors of the week. Find Red Hot Vegans’ review of Sweet Ritual here.
- Wheatsville Co-op sells a variety of vegan goodies — cakes, almond butter cookies, donuts (see Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery), peanut butter cups, tubs of chocolate chip cookie dough (see Celeste’s Best) and more, if you can believe it!
- Amy’s Ice Creams, Kerbey Lane Cafe, The Steeping Room, and TCBY have locations in Central Austin. The Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery trailer is in Central Austin, and they also sell their items at the Mueller Farmers’ Market on Sundays, and other locations in Central Austin. Happy Vegan Baker sells items at the Triangle Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays. Better Bites Bakery, Celeste’s Best, and Skull and Cakebones items are sold at locations in Central Austin. See the “Multiple Locations” section for more information.
- The Dojo is a Japanese izakaya – a type of restaurant designed for social eating and drinking, with a menu filled with small dishes, about half of which are vegan. Enjoy a night out with your friends and finish it off with their homemade coconut ice cream or their mochi tempura.
- Ramen Tatsu-Ya is best known for their ramen bowls, and their vegan ramen (available only on Sundays) is not to be missed. If you have any room left after consuming one of their generously portioned bowls of ramen, make sure to check out the Cocopioca – a coconut tapioca parfait topped with fruit and ginger sugar. Find Red Hot Vegans’ review of Ramen Tatsu-ya here
- Amy’s Ice Creams, Kerbey Lane Cafe, and the Steeping Room have locations in North Austin. Better Bites Bakery and Skull and Cakebones items are available from locations in North Austin. See the “Multiple Locations” section for more information.
- Amy’s Ice Creams offers two flavors of fruit ices at each of its shops. Most of the fruit ice flavors are no fat (or low fat) and all are vegan. The flavors change daily. They have several locations throughout the city.
- Better Bites Bakery specializes in allergen-free baked goods. All of their products are gluten- and dairy-free, and they offer a variety of bite-sized vegan treats at many locations around town (see website for locations).
- Celeste’s Best has been selling vegan baked goods in Austin since 2001. You can find her vegan treats, including chocolate chip cookie dough, at Wheatsville, Monkey Wrench Books, and several local coffee shops (see website for locations).
- Coolhaus offers fun ice cream sandwiches, with choose your own combinations, all wrapped up in an edible rice wrapper. With two vegan cookie options, and a rotating selection of sorbets, you too can get in on the Coolhaus action. Find Red Hot Vegans’ review of Coolhaus here.
- Happy Vegan Baker offers custom order cakes and cupcakes for everyone, including those with diet restrictions and allergies (unless you are allergic to deliciousness). Order gluten-, wheat-, soy-, corn-, dairy-, and egg-free treats that can also be made fat- and sugar-free. Their cupcakes are also sold at several of the local Farmer’s Markets.
- Kerbey Lane Cafe offers a vegan espresso peanut butter cake. They have several locations throughout the city.
- Mr. Natural has two large cases full of desserts, about half of which are vegan. They also offer custom order cakes. They have two locations — one east and one south.
- Rabbit Food Grocery is an all-vegan grocery in town. Their goods are available by mail order, or by free pick-up at one of their weekly pop-up shops around town. Pick up a dillo (a vegan version of a twinkie), or grab some hard to find grocery items like vegan graham crackers and white chocolate chips.
- Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery makes donuts and other vegan sweets in a wide selection of flavors. You can find their products at their trailer on E 53rd Street near Airport Blvd, at the Mueller Farmers’ Market on Sundays, or at Wheatsville Coop and several local coffee shops. Check their website to find out which days the donuts are restocked at each location.
- Skull and Cakebones makes vegan cupcakes with a local flair: each flavor features an ingredient from a local Austin business. They sell their cupcakes at the Sunday HOPE Farmers’ Market. You can also find them in stock at Whole Foods locations throughout Austin, or at several local grocery stores. See their website for the full list of locations.
- The Steeping Room offers two kinds of vegan cookies, as well as a cupcake. Enjoy one with a hot tea from their extensive tea selection. They have two locations, one on N. Lamar, and the other at The Domain.
- National frozen yogurt chain TCBY offers a vegan chocolate soft serve flavor made with Silk almond milk.
Most of the bakers and other treat purveyors that offer vegan desserts full time will gladly do a custom order for any occasion. Just in case that’s not enough, there are a few bakers around town who can do custom orders for vegan baked goods:
- CupCaking Desire, self described as the first mobile bakery in Austin, has a bakery trailer on RR 620 west of 183 that occasionally offers a gluten-free and vegan chocolate cupcake. They are happy to accept custom orders for vegan cakes and cupcakes.
- Hill Country Cupcake can provide custom ordered vegan cupcakes in a variety of flavors. They have a booth at the Saturday Barton Creek Farmers’ Market, and can make vegan cupcakes to bring to the market if you call ahead.
This guide is featured as part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance 2013 City Guide. Check out these other guides from fellow vegan Austin Food Blogger Alliance members: