Montreal: Vegan Dessert Hunt
It’s no secret that I’m a major sweet tooth. When it comes to food, I always say yes to dessert (and usually have it first). And I’m not picky – if it’s sweet, I’ll eat it and I’ll enjoy it. Of course, these days I’m partial to vegan dessert, so I thought I’d do a sort-of “vegan dessert hunt” here on the blog. I’ve collected the best vegan desserts throughout the city & where to find them!
This issue will be a vegan dessert hunt in my city, Montreal! Like most big cities, the vegan (and organic, and gluten-free…) scene is really taking off and for that, I am forever grateful! Without further ado, here are the results of my vegan dessert hunt (#MTL edition):
Photo by Laura Verbich
Chocolate-filled croissants at Café Dei Campi
How often is it that you find vegan croissant, even at a vegan café? Not often – which is why it’s exciting to see a selection of unique treats, like the chocolate-filled croissant, at Dei Campi! Café Dei Campi also has delicious little pecan and pistachio caramel tarts if that’s your kind of thing (whose kind of thing isn’t a pecan and pistachio caramel tart?!) and salted caramel brownies.
Fried doughnuts at Café Venosa
Another vegan café in the city, Café Venosa provides vegans with something that can’t be found anywhere else in the city: FRIED, doughy, delicious, satisfying doughnuts. Usually, you’ll find baked doughnuts at vegan bakeries and restaurants. While these are yummy, they dont’t really compete with the classic, doughy, fried doughnut. Venosa doesn’t carry them every day, but when they do try one (or two… or 10). Choose from powdered, jelly-filled, chocolate, original glaze…
Macarons at Petit Lapin Bakery
Another rare treat for the vegan diet, macarons! These little guys are lovingly made at Petit Lapin bakery, in 9 different flavours (including chocolate, red velvet, mocha and my favourite, lemon). Petit Lapin is a vegan bakery, and their treats are free of the top 10 priority food allergens (see their website for the complete list) so, PLB is safe for most with dietary restrictions or allergies! Their macarons are just like a macaron should be – “lightly crunchy on the outside with a delicious cream filling”. And yes, as you can see from the picture above PLB also have cream puffs!
Photo by La Panthère Verte
Viramisu at La Panthère Verte
What is a viramisu, you ask? It’s a vegan tiramisu (hence the v in viramisu). And it’s so decadent! At La Panthère Verte the portions are generous and the viramisu slice is no different. Viramisu is big and quite sweet so you can definitely share this one!
Photo by Bklyntravel
Uncheesecake at Aux Vivres
Aux Vivres is the place where I was first introduced to vegan cuisine. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t love it. This was the time when I was eating a lot of processed food and my palate wasn’t very, let’s say, sophisticated or adventurous. Now, I LOVE Aux Vivres (and all of these spots I’ve mentioned) and their uncheesecake is my fav dessert to indulge in. You can order the uncheesecake or their other cakes by the slice after a meal, or you can bring a whole cake home and go crazy! Aux Vivre’s uncheesecake is the closest thing to “traditional” cheesecake, without being too heavy and without any of the guilt (of dairy). The fruit coulis (blueberry) covering the “cheese” part is so fresh and natural, and the graham layer is so tasty you could enjoy it on its own.
Photo by Sophie Sucrée
Cupcakes at Sophie Sucrée
Sophie Sucrée was the first vegan bakery to open in Montreal. Sucrée has a wide variety of desserts available at the counter, or to custom order (stunning cakes – and for any occasion). With flavours like vanilla with apple butter icing and almond with cranberry icing, their cupcakes stole my heart (for the complete list of flavours made to order, visit their menu here).
Photo via Rose Madeline
Anything Rose Madeleine
I first discovered the amazing vegan desserts of Rose Madeleine at vegan grocery store, Antidote Superalimenation. Now, Rose Madeleine sells her handmade desserts throughout the city at different cafés, shops and speciality food stores (she is no longer at Antidote – but find out where you can pick up her treats here). I can’t choose one favourite – so that’s why I say anything Rose Madeleine goes (think lime tartlets, classic brownies, chunky cookies…)!