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Top Five Vegan Cannoli Recipes

by Fabian Jackson

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Crisp, creamy and flavourful, sweet and slightly savoury with every mouthful, and devastatingly moreish – just some of the reasons we love vegan cannoli, or cannolo Siciliano.

We’ve taken a look at our favourite desserts, and how having a bite of the right stuff can help make a difference.

With plant-based diets on the rise, we’re here to help you help the planet, and win over your taste buds at the same time. So here are our favourite vegan cannoli recipes for you to try at home:

What’s a cannoli?

This is the ultimate Italian treat with a crisp pastry shell and creamy, sweet filling – originally made from ricotta, but we think they’re even tastier when they’re plant-based and made with vegan cream cheese or sour cream, blended cashews or coconut cream. These pastry desserts have been a Sicilian staple for over one thousand years, and for us, it’s clear to see what all the fuss is about. 

Traditionally, there’s white wine included in the pastry to keep it tender and extra flakey. This can generally be exchanged for water and a dash of vinegar too if you’d prefer. The shells are fried, cooled then generously filled with a delicate and creamy filling. 

Our favourite vegan cannoli recipes 

For when you have time to make the pastry

This recipe from Pies and Tacos makes beautiful and delicate lemon and raspberry-filled cannoli that are guaranteed to impress anyone you choose to share them with (but, we’ll understand if you decide to keep them all to yourself too).

cannoli with raspberries on top

Photo credits: Pies And Tacos

After some ultimate indulgence in the form of vegan chocolate chip cannoli? Then look no further than this recipe from 86 Eats. We think it’s sure to be a recipe you’ll return to again and again.

cannoli on a wooden board

Photo. credits: 86 Eats

If you also need your cannoli to be gluten-free, then why not check out this great recipe from Gluten-Free Palate?

cannoli pastry over metal holders

Photo credits: Gluten-Free Palate

Vegan cannoli recipes with a pastry hack 

If you want the fun of frying your shells, but not the hassle of making them from scratch, then you’ll definitely want to check out these recipes: 

These vegan chocolate mocha cannoli repurpose flatbreads as their crisp shells, and they look irresistible. Here’s the full recipe from Veggies Don’t Bite.

chocloate cannoli

Photo credits: Veggies Don't Bite

This great recipe for lemon and pistachio cannoli uses mini tortilla wraps and a quick and effective stand-in for pastry shells.  

 Let us know your favourite recipe in the comments below.


By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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