Canberra’s Vegan Sweet Treats
Everybody loves a good sweet treat. Whether it’s that mid afternoon sugar craving or a cheat day indulgent dessert, we all get that feeling at some point, but what do you do if you are vegan or have a dairy intolerance? It can be difficult to find food you are able to eat and going out can be intimidating because there are so few options. Luckily, in recent years there has been rise in the demand for vegan products. As a result, we have seen some great places pop up around Canberra that are guaranteed to cure your sugar craving!
Sweet Bones– 8/18 Lonsdale St, Braddon
No list of vegan sweet treats would be complete without Sweet Bones. Situated on Lonsdale street in Braddon, Sweet Bones is in one of Canberra’s trendiest areas. This offers customers an upbeat and busy atmosphere whether it’s time for brunch or afternoon tea, but the best part is that the entire menu is vegan. If you are out for brunch and in the mood for something a little more filling, you can opt for the blueberry pancakes with whipped coconut cream, maple syrup and berries, but if you’re just after a smaller treat, they have an amazing array of brownies, cakes and scrolls! Sweet Bones offers a fantastic variety of baked goods which is a great contrast to what most cafes and bakeries offer. My personal favourite are the chocolate scrolls. I love that the scroll is amazingly soft despite having no dairy and the icing is so rich and chocolaty that you wouldn’t even know it’s vegan!
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Stripey Sundae– 11 O’Hanlon Pl, Nicholls
Located out in Gold Creek, Stripey Sundae has the most extensive range of vegan ice creams and sorbets in Canberra. Along with their amazing range of flavours, Stripey Sundae manages to keep a great creamy consistency in their ice cream which often gets lost in vegan desserts. The small cafe has a peaceful atmosphere and an amazing range of boardgames for customers to play. All coffees and milkshakes are able to be made with soy milk and they offer a small range of vegan baked goods, making Stripey Sundae the perfect place to relax with friends.
Doughnut Department– 2 Alinga St, Canberra City
Doughnut Department is located in between the heart of Civic and the busy ANU campus, making it the perfect place to cure that mid afternoon sugar craving. The folks at Doughnut Department really commit, providing customers with the broadest range of doughnut flavours possible and the best part is that they always have a different vegan option! The flavour of doughnut changes everyday and ranges from yuzu to orange and almond glaze to lemon blackberry and salted caramel. The vegan doughnuts have the same great taste and fluffy consistency as any regular doughnut which really helps set them apart from other vegan desserts around Canberra. The sheer number of customers that visit Doughnut Department for their daily dose of sugar is a testament to how gloriously rich the flavours are and really builds to the atmosphere and excitement of the experience.
San Churro– 1/8 Bradley St, Phillip (Westfield Woden)
It is rare for any of the bigger dessert chains to offer more than one vegan option but San Churro really breaks that trend. Not only is the main Churro recipe vegan friendly, meaning you can always order a churro tasting plate (just order the dark chocolate and cookie dipping sauces!) but they also have an entire menu of vegan options. This provides customers with a range of vegan hot chocolates, coffees and milkshakes as well as dipping sauces. By far the best part of the menu though is the Happy Vegan which is a churro bowl covered with cinnamon sugar, filled with salted caramel and honeycomb gelato with chocolate sauce, strawberries and crumbled Oreo over the top! The churros, strawberries and Oreos are the same as in the standard recipe and the honeycomb ice cream adds such a decadent, sweet, honey flavour that you don’t even realise you are missing out on diary.
Missing out on dairy doesn’t mean you have to skip that afternoon sugar craving or cheat night dessert. Canberra has a great variety of vegan friendly places to go with some great tasting desserts, but don’t just take my word for it, go try them yourself!