The cookie crave
Check out The Cookie Crave for a great selection of vegan cookies that are really good! The ginger snap has bite, and the oatmeal chocolate chip has just the right texture.
They also have a big selection of tea blends to enjoy with your cookies. Patio seating is available, too! Next time you're near the square, stop by and grab a few.
Last night we were introduced to the sweetest little cupcakes! These are chocolate peanut butter and coconut cupcakes from NV Cupcakes on the square, near Hypnotic Donuts. Two days a week, you can stop in and pick from two vegan options for $3 each. Advance orders can be placed by the dozen for $33. Currently, you can find vegan versions there on Wednesdays and Fridays, and the flavors change often. Have a special request? Just give them a call! In the summer months, they are only making a half dozen of each flavor, so stop in early or call to reserve.
Thanks, NV Cupcakes, for making your very tasty creations vegan-friendly!
Baked Goods by Bonnie Norris
On Valentine's Day, we attended the OUTReach Denton fundraiser at Banter. We had a great time eating awesome food and chatting with friends. But let me tell you, we had no idea what kind of treat we were going to get when dessert came. Look at this cake! It's a chocolate layer cake with a raspberry filling. And it tasted even better than it looked. So we had to know who made this! My husband went to ask while the kids and I tried to be polite and not lick our plates.
It turns out that local musician Bonnie Norris is the talent who created this magical cake. I contacted her to find out more about the vegan treats she offers. She kindly sent me this lovely flyer. So give her a call or an email sometime when you need some vegan baked goods in your life. Thanks, Bonnie!
A few weeks ago I wrote about vegan sweets around town. Here's a great addition to the list: Yogurt Fusion!
For a long time we've been hoping for Beth Marie's to add a nondairy option. You know what? The next time you're at the downtown square, just walk a block and hit up Yogurt Fusion. Tonight we saw 4, possibly 5, vegan sorbets! Mango Passion. Coffee. Strawberry. And the Cherry Amaretto tasted like nostalgia.
If you prefer coffee, you can get your fancy pour over or pressed coffee with soy or almond milk.
Get more info here!
Vegan Sweets in Denton
I recently received an email from Corey asking where he could find some good vegan desserts for his wife in Denton. What a great guy! It seemed like the kind of information that everyone could appreciate, so here are some ideas for all of you sweet tooths out there! All of these have been well tested by my own husband, who loves sugary treats.
Rusty Taco has fried fruit tacos that are light and sweet. Think of a fried hand pie. The flavors vary, and usually include apple, peach, or cherry. They come with a little cup of honey, so keep that in mind depending on how you feel about eating honey.
At Banter you can find cookies made by our friends at the Denton Vegan Cooperative. Usually you will find either these oatmeal raisin goodies or the always satisfying chocolate chip cookies. Grab one when you order your vegan frito pie and just try and save it until after your meal! We can never wait that long! Mine is pictured here with a soy latte. You can also find their treats at Big Mike's Coffee.
Denton Vegan Cooperative also has their baked goods available at the Denton Community Market. The menu changes weekly, but do get a brownie when they're offered. They're the best! You can also special order from them by the dozen.
My non-veg friends agree: the best vegan cake in town is found at the Cupboard Cafe. It's there about 50% of the time, so take my word for it: grab it when you see it. Do not think twice! You never know what flavor they'll have, or whether it will be sliced cake or cupcakes. They will also take special orders! You can also find cookies and muffins making random appearances. Look in front of the glass case between the cafe and salad bar, or by the cafe cash register.
How about some breakfast for dessert? Or dessert for breakfast? Either way, Seven Mile Cafe has amazing cinnamon rolls. I often take home a half dozen when I eat there so we'll have dessert or breakfast later. FYI, all of their cinnamon rolls are vegan. For another twist, try the vegan cinnamon roll pancake! It's too sweet for my taste, but my kids love them. Pancakes come in regular and vegan, so be sure to specify.
*Seven Mile recently added nondairy ice cream to their menu! That means they will make you a VEGAN MILKSHAKE in one of several flavor options. So exciting!*
Another vegan sweets vendor at the Community Market is Vegan Delights. My husband never misses buying a bag of the lemon cookies. They are great summertime treats! They also take custom orders online, so check out their website.
Ok, this is completely unfair because they don't open for a few more weeks, but one of the best locations in town for dessert in Mean Greens on the UNT campus. (See me profess my love here.) At every meal there is dessert, which varies every day. The online menu is helpful, but doesn't always reflect what is served. Some past desserts we have enjoyed greatly: rice crispy treats, cupcakes, cobblers (cherry, peach, apple, chocolate), cookies, cake, and pudding with a dollop of whip. They also have a soy soft serve machine! Sometimes it's vanilla, sometimes it's vanilla and chocolate and the swirl in the middle. Remember, it's all you can eat, and that means you get to try ALL of the desserts!
There are some other places to get desserts, but I don't have photos of these. Try the poached banana in coconut cream or the sweet rice and mango (seasonal) at Andaman. Hannah's Off the Square has a daily sorbet. Yogurt Fusion also has nondairy sorbet. Top it off with vegan candies. Not sure which ones to pick? Here's a list to get you started. Or, take that list or this one to Atomic Candy on the square and go crazy!
So much sweetness in Little D! Enjoy yourselves and thanks for making kind choices and supporting local!
Did I miss something? Please let me know in the comments or via email. Thanks!
Local Vegan Custom Cakes
I have this friend and she makes the most beautiful cakes! Really, check out her Facebook page here for the proof here.
For my older son's birthday, he wanted a creeper cake. I had seen a photo of her Minecraft handiwork before and knew she would make a great cake. So here is the result! What you can't see is the three layers of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache in between. And yes, all vegan.
So now you know who to contact for your next celebration!
Thank you, Ganga!
For those of you who were sad to see Siam close (like me), take comfort in the beautiful Thai Square that is now in that space.
It clearly states on the last page of the menu that most dishes can be made vegan or gluten free. Rejoice! The servers didn't flinch when we ordered, and the food was wonderful.
The atmosphere is fresh and a little more upscale than it was before. So go and check out the new place, and don't forget to have the mango sorbet for dessert!
For our big 15 year anniversary, my husband and I went to Hannah's for one of our favorite dishes: Vegan "Meatloaf". Admittedly, we've had some disappointments in the past when they have sold out for the evening. I make it a habit to call ahead before we go and make sure they have enough. This time, they had plenty and we were in flavorful fancy food heaven!
What you're looking at here is a layer of sweet potatoes and broccolini, a loaf of quinoa and black beans, spicy sweet barbecue sauce, and crunchy fried beets on top. For dessert, we enjoyed the lemon non-dairy sorbet with our espressos. Chef Sheena, thanks for your amazing creation so we can have a great local place for our special nights out!