If you’re looking for a fun vegan treat that kids and grown-up kids alike will love, look no further than this vegan dirt cup recipe!
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Disguised as flowers sprouting from rich, dark soil, these cute, chocolate pudding dirt cups have oodles of sweet creaminess that dessert lovers will adore.
They can be served from glassware, jars (as shown here), disposable plastic cups or even as a sheet dessert. You can go as fancy or as simple as you choose, whichever suits you.
Edible flowers on top create a pretty and realistic look or for a fun effect, incorporate gummy worms. These vegan dirt cups are mega-easy to make and promise to bring lots of smiles when served!
You’ll appreciate how easy the ingredients for this dirt cup recipe are to get. You may have many of them already. Edible flowers are easy? Sure!
Ingredient 1 : Coconut cream
This ingredient is the base for the luscious pudding part of this recipe. It comes in a can and should not be confused with coconut milk, which is less rich and dense. If coconut is a no go for you, vegan cream cheese will work too.
Ingredient 2 : Chocolate chips
Chocolate chips are part of what makes this recipe so simple. They taste delicious and melt with ease. You can use semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips just read the label to make sure they’re vegan. Some contain dairy products.
Ingredient 3 : Coconut sugar
Coconut sugar is only 75% sucrose and contains inulin, which is a fiber that helps keep your gut healthy. Regular table sugar is all sucrose and has no fiber. Your recipe will turn out fine if you have to sub in table sugar, you’ll just be missing the healthier elements that coconut sugar has to offer.
Ingredient 4 : Edible flowers
Eating flowers in a thing? Yes, it really is! Edible flowers are healthy and contain vitamins and minerals, just as do other edible plants. You may be able to find them at Trader Joes, Whole Foods or other supermarkets in the produce section.
Ingredient : 5 Oreo Cookies
Ok, so Oreos are not and never will be considered a health food, but they are totally vegan and in this recipe, crushed up, they look enough like potting soil to pull this dirt cup cuteness together. And let’s face it Oreos taste scrumptious!
Step-by-Step Instructions for Vegan Dirt Cups
Time needed: 15 minutes.
You’ll love how fast this rich and creamy treat comes together! Ready set go!
In a saucepan over a medium-high heat, combine the coconut cream, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract.
Allow to warm up and then add the chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue stirring the mixture until it begins to thicken, about 10 minutes.
Sift in the cornstarch and stir until well combined.
Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about 2 hours.
Spoon into serving glasses and sprinkle over crushed Oreos.
Chill ready to serve, and then top with edible flowers and enjoy!
These Vegan Dirt Cups are fun, fast, flavor packed and destined to please whenever and wherever you serve them!
- Only a few ingredients needed
- So creamy, sweet and chocolaty
- Great for parties or weeknight desserts
Holly’s Insider Pro Tips
Let the kids help
Kiddos will love being part of this recipe process. Let them toss oreos into a ziploc bag and smash away with a rolling pin. If they’re old enough, they can learn how to man the food processor for speedier Oreo crushing. Decorating the tops (gummy worms are a big favorite) in their own creative style is fun too!
Make one larger dessert
If you don’t want to make individual desserts, no problem. Spread the chocolate mixture into a baking dish and decorate the entire top with crushed Oreos and edible flowers or other toppings of your choosing.
Chill it up
For faster set up, put your glassware or baking dish in the fridge before you begin making the recipe. A cold container is your friend when making chilled desserts, especially if you need to serve it fairly soon after making it.
Stretch your pudding
This is so easy to do! Once the mixture has cooled just stir in some vegan whipped topping and now you’re set to make a few more dirt cups! Your pudding will take on a more mousse-like consistency and that not a bad thing at all.
Vegan Dirt Cups FAQs
Vegan gummy worms, mini pretzels, nuts, chocolate shavings, vegan animal crackers, fresh berries. Use your awesome imagination. Your idea list might be longer than mine!
Some are and some are not. Many contain gelatin which is not vegan, because it comes from pigs or cows. Be sure to read your labels. Sour Patch Kids (Mmmm!) are ok! Just do a little research and you’ll find more vegan options out there. Your Favorite health food store is an excellent resource too.
Yes, you can make this ahead of time, but I’d recommend only one day and don’t add the toppings, including the crushed Oreos until right before serving.
Cover your containers with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator unless you’re serving them or eating them. You can keep them there for 2-3 days.
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- 16 ounces coconut cream
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca powder
- Crushed Oreos for serving
- Edible flowers for serving
- In a saucepan over a medium-high heat, combine the coconut cream, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Allow to warm up and then add the chocolate chips. Stir until melted.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue stirring the mixture until it begins to thicken, about 10 minutes.
- Sift in the arrowroot or tapioca powder and stir until well combined.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature for about 2 hours.
- Spoon into serving glasses and sprinkle crushed oreos over top.
- Chill until ready to serve, and top with edible flowers.
Nutritional Information listed below is for 6 servings. Please know that there is no shame in making this dish a 1-serving situation or a 20-serving situation. Nutritional information for the entire dish is as follows, and you are more than welcome to break it down as you see fit.
Entire dish - kcal: 3258 F: 117 C: 561 P: 15
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 543Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 93gFiber: 2gSugar: 64gProtein: 3g
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