The beautiful mountain town of Boulder, Colorado, is a fitness haven, so it’s no surprise that even the desserts here are made with extra healthy ingredients. We check out the best vegan desserts and where to get them in Colorado.
Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Lauren Ferrier
Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie
Bakery, Dessert, Vegan, $$$
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Oat-based and combined with almonds, walnuts, pecans, coconut, dairy-free chocolate chips and cinnamon, this vegan cookie is the perfect no-mess sweet treat. Ask for a glass of almond milk if you want the full milk and cookie experience. You can find this oatmeal chocolate cookie at Spruce Confections, a bakery specializing in hand-made cakes made with all-natural ingredients. It has a small town feel, nestled between an office space and condominium complex. In addition, there is a dog-friendly outdoor patio where patrons can drink coffee and eat their desserts at little red tables – all while taking in the stunning view of the flatirons.
Both gluten-free and vegan, this house-made doughnut is filled with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze. You can find this finger-licking breakfast-dessert at Naked Lunch, a sandwich, salad and treat shop located in The Lofts at Peloton. This shops focuses on seasonal, local and organic foods, and all of the desserts offered are vegan. Naked Lunch, 3301 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO, USA, +1 303 449 4647
Named after the celebrated Dark ‘N Stormy cocktail, this vegan dessert is made in an entirely gluten-free bakery. Smothered between two pieces of rum cake is a coconut-based creme. The flavors come alive with the addition of ingredients such as ginger, nutmeg, cloves, lime and spice. You can pick up this unique cake pie at Kim & Jake’s in South Boulder. You can also order custom-made vegan cakes.
Made with gluten-free oat flour, cocoa powder and coconut milk, this decadent chocolate cake tastes like it could be served at a five-star restaurant. Unbelievably moist and rich in flavor, it can be picked up from a local market. Alfalfa’s Market, a marketplace supporting local, organic and innovative food, has a bakery section that is overflowing with a variety of creative desserts and fresh-baked breads, made both locally and in-house. For the chocolate-loving vegan, this cake is the perfect treat to enjoy on a snowy day while sitting next to the market’s fireplace and catching up on some reading.
This decadent plant-based dessert brings out the vegan Cookie Monster in everyone who crosses its path. It houses an abundance of whipped tofu-based creme between two soft-baked oatmeal cookies. The creme’s unique flavor resembles a rich cream cheese. You can enjoy this filling dessert pie at Native Foods Cafe, a 100% plant-based restaurant.
This vegan cupcake is made with spirulina, a blue-green algae that is used as a source of protein and is high in antioxidants, B vitamins and other nutrients, and is topped with a coconut-oil-based vanilla buttercream frosting. The green color of the cupcake is a natural ‘side effect’ of the algae. You can find this sea-inspired dessert at Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery, an independently owned and operated bakehouse that sits adjacent to Lucky’s Market, which promotes local, organic and sustainable foods. Lucky’s Bakehouse is inviting and stylish, with an open garage door and large farmhouse table topped with fresh flowers.
Cookies for breakfast? Don’t fret. This is one you can feel good about eating. Made with sprouted buckwheat and quinoa, coconut sugar, coconut oil, carrots and figs, and filled with a fresh blackberry jam, this moist cookie takes the concept of healthy dessert to a whole new level. At Julia’s Kitchen, a local, organic restaurant, you can pick up one of these dense and tasty breakfast bites. All of the desserts here are freshly made with sprouted, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free ingredients, and are sweetened with only dates or coconut sugar.
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Made with cocoa powder, bananas and raw peanut butter, this cupcake is available at Boulder Baked, an all-natural cafe. They also deliver, specializing in care package drop-offs for local university students, as well as wedding, meeting and birthday deliveries.