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.
- 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 cupcakes 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 at 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, and Mr. Natural have locations in South Austin. Celeste’s Best and Red Rabbit Bakery 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.
- The bakery at the downtown location of Whole Foods Market offers a variety of vegan donuts including a giant glazed donut that is possibly a foot in diameter. They also sell vegan apple fritters, brownies, muffins, cake, chocolate chip cookies and gelato.
- Amy’s Ice Creams has a location in downtown Austin. Red Rabbit Bakery and Happy Vegan Baker sell goods at the Saturday Downtown Farmer’s Market. See the “Multiple Locations” section for more information.
- 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.
- Ice Cream Social, a cute little trailer serving up a rotating selection of vegan ice cream and sorbets.
- 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.
- Coolhaus and Mr. Natural have locations in East Austin. Red Rabbit Bakery sells goods at the Sunday HOPE Farmer’s Market. See the “Multiple Locations” section for more information.
- Capital City Bakery is an all-vegan bakery located in a food trailer. They offer a wide variety of cupcakes, cookies and whoopie pies at the trailer, and an even wider selection available by special order.
- Cornucopia Popcorn offers a wide selection of vegan popcorn flavors, including many dessert flavors such as cinnamon toast and cornfetti.
- Daily Juice 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 the Daily Juice, 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 20 different toppings/sauces. Check out their website for the flavors of the week. Find Red Hot Vegans’ review of Sweet Ritual here.
- Vegan Nom is a stellar all-vegan taco trailer on North Loop that also carries a rotating selection of vegan cookies.
- Wheatsville Co-op sells a variety of vegan goodies—cakes, almond butter cookies, donuts (see Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery), peanut butter cups, a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough (see Celeste’s Best) and more, if you can believe it!
- Amy’s Ice Creams, Kerbey Lane Cafe, and The Steeping Room have locations in Central Austin. Celeste’s Best and Red Rabbit Bakery items are sold at locations in Central Austin. See the “Multiple Locations” section for more information.
- Amy’s Ice Creams, Kerbey Lane Cafe, and the Steeping Room have 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.
- 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.
- Kerby Lane Cafe offers a vegan lemon strawberry cake and a tofu cheese 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 6 different flavored donuts including maple glazed with candied walnuts. Although they don’t have a store front yet, you can purchase their donuts at multiple Farmer’s Market locations, Wheatsville, and several local coffee shops. Check their website to find out which days the donuts are restocked at each location.
- 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.
- Green Island Catering is an all-vegan catering company that offers custom order cakes and cupcakes that can also be made gluten-free. A sample of their offerings include: chai spice, red velvet, lemon, and 14 different frostings/fillings.
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: