12 Vegan Mexican Desserts You Need to Try

If you have diet restrictions or if gaining additional calories is not on your diet, vegan Mexican desserts could be the best addition to your list.

Healthy Mexican desserts that do not contain milk and other dairy products are much more nutritious and also healthier for the environment.

Common ingredients in vegan Mexican desserts, like fruits, nuts, and seeds, provide more vitamins and minerals without compromising quality and mouth-watering flavors.

Let’s take a look at the best guilt-free Mexican treats that are nothing short of amazing:


ConchasIf you want the best pan dulce, grab a Concha. This legendary staple sweet bread is sea-shell shaped and sugar-coated before it is baked.

It has a very crunchy sweet covering that can be available in different flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

Enjoy Conchas best with a glass of milk or traditional Mexican chocolate drink or champurrado.


OrejasYou will find this vegan Mexican treat all over panaderias in Mexico. They are also called palmiers and are made from these three main ingredients:

  • Puff pastry
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon

You can use vegan sugar and vegan puff pastry to make this light Mexican dessert that you can eat any time of the day. They are very affordable to make, and you can ask your children to help you create palm and butterfly shapes or whatever shape with the dough.


PuerquitosThese pig-shaped healthy Mexican desserts are fun to have for a light snack. What makes them vegan and healthy is the molasses used instead of regular sugar.

It is a favorite traditional vegan Mexican dessert that tastes great even without all animal ingredients.


CuernosIf you love croissants, you will surely love this vegan Mexican dessert that is fluffy and doughy. They are made into the shape of a bull’s horn, similar to the shape of a croissant.

The main ingredients used for this Mexican treat include white flour, sugar, and butter.

To add a richer flavor, vanilla and cinnamon can be added.


ConosEnjoy a vegan Mexican dessert in the form of a cone. This dessert is also known as the Cono de Nieve which means ‘ice cream cone’ or ‘snow cone’. The cone dough turns out to be more like crispy croissant dough.

It is sprinkled with sugar before baking so that the bread will be crispier and sweeter. It is then filled with whipped cream or vegan custard afterward. You can slather a ribbon of vegan chocolate ganache for a fancier finish.


BolillosIf you love Baguettes, you will also love this addition to the list of favorite vegan Mexican desserts. You can enjoy them with a kick since they can be made with vegan cream cheese mixed with jalapeños.

They are shaped into miniature loaves that are stuffed with typically any vegan stuffing you like, such as:

  • Refried beans
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

These delicious vegan Mexican treats can also be enjoyed by simply dipping them into a soup or stew. It’s a type of bread everyone in the family will love because of the crusty outside and soft and fluffy incise.

Tres Leches

Tres LechesFor your sweet tooth that can be vegan, you can choose to eat this healthy Mexican dessert that is equally delicious but can be prepared with guilt-free ingredients.

The main ingredients for this Mexican favorite dessert include whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk. The cake comes out so moist that it melts in your mouth when you eat it.

You can use sweet non-dairy milk and light vegan whipped cream to make it the perfect vegan Mexican dessert you’ve been craving for.


GalletasThese light Mexican desserts are what you call cookies. They can be prepared with vegan ingredients, including wheat-based flour and vegan chocolate chips and sprinkles that kids love.

Traditional Mexican galletas are loved because of their firm and crumbly texture. Look for them in panaderias and get the ones with your favorite toppings.


ElotesA very popular Mexican pan dulce that you can enjoy is Elotes. They belong to the list of healthy Mexican desserts because of the cinnamon-flavored dough.

You can buy this corn-shaped bread filled with chocolate or other flavors. Enjoy Elotes while they are warm from the oven or eat them with a cup of hot traditional Mexican chocolate drink or coffee.


EmpanadasGet a healthy Mexican dessert with an empanada that is filled with fruits or savory vegetables like apple, pineapple, coconut, guava, or pumpkin.

If you like more sweet fillings, you can choose the empanadas that have vegan custard, dulce de leche, and chocolate cream fillings.

Try savory vegan empanadas that make a perfect vegan Mexican dessert. The Spruce Eats shared a recipe of this vegan Mexican dessert made with the following ingredients:

  • Black beans,
  • Corn
  • Cilantro
  • Cumin
  • Chile Pepper

Cortadillo or Pastel de Niños

Cortadillo or Pastel de NiñosFor your sweet soul, try this humble favorite vegan Mexican dessert that is typically a very fluffy yellow sheet cake that melts in your mouth.

The aromatic notes of citrus flavoring, lemon, and/or orange give this cake its distinct healthy flavor. It is usually finished off with hot pink icing or sometimes white and colorful sprinkles of nonpareils.

You can make it with a thinner sheet of icing if you are not fond of sweets. Enjoy it deliciously with a hot cup of coffee or milk in the morning.

Mil Hojas

Mil HojasThis could be the most addictive healthy Mexican dessert you will have. Think about layers of puff pastry that are light-as-air, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. The name of this dessert means “a thousand sheets”.

Mil Hojas is loved for the delicious fillings of cream, dulce de leche, or white chocolate. It is a great celebration cake that boasts crisp layers of melt-in-your-mouth puff pastry. Nuts can be added between layers to add texture and flavor.

Try these healthy Mexican desserts that can make your day! Whip up your choice of light Mexican dessert that you will enjoy any time of the day. You can adjust some ingredients and adapt them to your diet and your mood.

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