As summer winds down, bonfire pits become a rare commodity. Everyone flocks to the beach for their last taste of summer recreation, and we’ve all experienced the disappointment of arriving to the beach with a cooler of vegan eats only to find that we are too late—the bonfire pits are taken. Allow yourself a good sigh, but then brighten up, because you can put your s’mores ingredients to good use at home. For the days that prohibit you from enjoying a firepit-torched s’more outdoors, look to one of these nine vegan recipes for an equally satisfying indoor treat. 


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1. S’mores Bars by Minimalist Baker
All that’s missing from these gluten-free  bars is the ash from the campfire—but we can easily go without that sooty seasoning. Dripping with vegan ganache, they’re definitely for Team Chocolate. Drizzle on some peanut butter after torching the marshmallows for a dessert that rivals its muse. 


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2. S’mores Pie by Oh, Lady Cakes
When you want sliceable, mess-free s’mores, pie is the way to go. A thick graham cracker crust encases a velvety smooth chocolate mousse topped with a fluffy homemade marshmallow creme and a cascade of salted hot fudge sauce. You’ll definitely need a fork for this one. 


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3. No-Bake S’mores Cheesecakes by Pickles & Honey
When you can’t even bare the thought of turning on your oven, these individualized no-bake treats are the perfect thing. They do require a bit of patience—two hours for freezing, plus a bit of fridge time—so plan ahead. If delayed gratification isn’t your thing, enjoy a slightly less firm cheesecake and freeze the rest for later. 


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4. S’mores Cupcakes by Little Blog of Vegan
For the marshmallow-lover, these chocolaty cupcakes include marshmallow elements in the topping and the filling. These multicomponent cakes feature a crunchy graham cracker crust, tender chocolate cake, marshmallow meringue filling, torched meringue frosting, and biscoff cookie toppers. It may seem like a lot of work, but the layers come together quickly, and you’ll add these bakery basics to your arsenal of go-to recipes. 


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5. S’mores Layer Cake by Vegan and Proud
This might be your new signature cake for birthdays, potlucks, and every other special occasion. You’ll need to break out the blowtorch to scorch the vegan meringue frosting, but the effect is worth the investment. You can always use it again to make vegan crème brûlée or Baked Alaska


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6. S’mores Brownies by Food by Maria
Recipe developer and cookbook author Maria Koutsogiannis calls these Bomb as F**k Vegan Brownies, and it’s not a hyperbole. We’ll happily take a dense, fudgy brownie over plain graham crackers for our s’mores base any day. 


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7. Chocolate S’mores Shake by Healthy Happy Life
Besides the vegan ice cream, this thick shake gets it creaminess from a frozen banana which means you get a full serving of fruit with your dessert—not that vegans have to worry about fulfilling their fruit quota. Stir in some large pieces of graham crackers, top with a stovetop-toasted marshmallow, and enjoy with a spoon! 


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8. Pumpkin S’mores Icebox Cake by House Vegan
Not a baker? We promise, you can do this. Icebox cakes are simple to make yet yield impressive results. Simply whip up the cream, melt some chocolate, layer the three components, and chill. This recipe adds a bit of pumpkin to transition a summer dessert into fall. 


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9. Peanut Butter S’mores Cookies by Six Vegan Sisters
There is a time and place for a basic chocolate cookie, but this is not it. These beauties stand out amongst ordinary cookies with their bold chunks of chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows, and gobs of peanut butter. If you truly believe there is no such thing as too many s’mores, stack a toasted marshmallow and large piece of dark chocolate between two warm cookies to create a s’mores cookie sandwich. S’mores on s’mores on s’mores! 


Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.

Photo credit: Oh, Ladycakes

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