Delicious Desserts That Are Surprisingly Vegan

No eggs, no milk, and no honey usually means no flavor. Not for these enticing O.C. specialties.

churro waffleChurro Waffle at Seabirds Kitchen
Costa Mesa’s vegan food truck turned brick-and-mortar offers a sinful churro waffl e hybrid named the “chaffle” ($10). The crispy cinnamon-sugar crust gives way to a soft and fluffy center, topped with vegan vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of chocolate, and chopped pecans. Perfection!  2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-549-2584,

Key Lime PieKey Lime Pie at Freesoulcaffe
All of Freesoulcaffé’s baked goods are worth raving about, but the miniature Key lime pie ($7) takes the cake (pun intended). It has just the right balance of tart, creamy, and sweet to satisfy anyone looking for a dairy-free indulgence.  191 E. Main St., Tustin, 714-371-0976,

Banana Chocolate chip MuffinBanana Chocolate Chip Muffin at Mead’s Green Door Cafe
Thank Lisa Mead, who oversees the family-run cafe’s vegan baking line. This banana muffi n has semi-sweet chocolate drops, with dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg, and is amazingly light and airy. Shout-out, too, for the scones—in five flavors.  642 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714-771-8556,

meringue gatitude

Meringue at Gratitude
This vegan restaurant accomplishes the impossible— a meringue dessert so spot-on that if it were served elsewhere, you wouldn’t guess it’s eggless. A shower of sweet, fresh berries keep it on the light side. No wonder it’s called The Stunning ($10).  1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949-386-8100,

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