Vegan Food Can Be Delicious! - EleVen by Venus Williams

Vegan Food Can Be Delicious!

Many times, when people think about following a vegan diet, they think of deprivation.

While the first thing that comes to mind about a vegan diet might be thoughts of what you “can’t” have, the reality is that there are many delicious vegan options that you can have — and yes, that includes vegan desserts!

I call myself a “chegan” — my term for a cheating vegan, which means I generally follow a plant-based vegan diet most of the time. I started for health reasons after I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, in 2011. When the disease began affecting my performance on the court — my ability to play the game that I love — I knew I had to make changes, and that included changing my diet.

Now I love fueling my body with the healthiest food possible — and I enjoy it! I believe that is absolutely essential to enjoy what you are eating.  While I try to limit my sugar intake, I love sweet things, and I love to eat foods that are sweet but still healthy, like delicious smoothies. There are many ways to indulge and treat yourself while still sticking to a healthy — and yes, even a completely vegan — diet.

Ready to try for yourself? Vogue magazine featured this yummy-looking one on their web site from Chloe Coscarelli, chef of Manhattan’s vegan restaurant, By Chloe.

Cinnamon Snowball Cookies

Makes about 30 cookies


3/4 cup vegan margarine

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (dairy-free)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 or 3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the margarine until fluffy. Add flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon, and beat until incorporated. Add chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop about 1 rounded tablespoon of dough at a time onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each scoop. Bake for about 12 minutes until lightly golden around the edges.
  4. Remove from oven and sift powdered sugar over hot cookies. Let cool and dust with powdered sugar again before serving.
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