Ah, Labor Day. Celebrated annually on the first Monday in September, it honors the work and contributions of hard-working Americans. It’s also one of the most common paid holidays and a public school holiday, which means quality time for you and your family with a spread of delicious summery food (and a few Labor Day dessert recipes).
Although it’s been quite toasty out (did the dog days of summer get an extension this year?!), what better way to celebrate a long three-day weekend than with a picnic outing? You can pack the perfect picnic basket with a few sandwiches (like these seitan and tempeh sandwich recipes), some chips, and a refreshing beverage. (And ice… don’t forget to pack lots of ice. Heatstroke is real.)
Of course, a Labor Day picnic meal wouldn’t be complete without a dessert, or three, bursting with summer fruits like strawberries and blueberries. Get the most out of your seasonal produce with these summer-worthy treats, which are equal parts colorful and tasty.
Easy as pie: 3 Labor Day dessert recipes
From cheesecake to fruit pie, you may want to skip the main course and dive right into these desserts. Here are three Labor Day dessert recipes that are perfect for any picnic or barbecue spread. You’re definitely going to want seconds.
Easy vegan cheesecake
Creamy, dreamy, and totally dairy-free—you can whip this no-bake vegan cheesecake up in no time at all. Featuring a crumbly graham cracker crust and a cashew- and coconut cream-based filling, this cheesecake is #dessertgoals. Go crazy with your favorite toppings like cranberry jam, passionfruit curd, or cookie butter (or make all three!). Note: to whip up this tasty, no-bake dessert, you’ll need a food processor.
Vegan blueberry pie
Lemon crust? Sweet blueberry filling? Okay, this pie looks almost too good to eat. We said almost. Garnish it with extra lemon slices and a handful of fresh blueberries for a delectable dessert that is sure to impress anyone who eats it. (Level up this recipe with a few scoops of vegan vanilla ice cream. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.)
Vegan strawberry galette
Your Labor Day dessert recipes just got sweeter. For those not familiar with this baked goodness, a galette is a type of French pastry that can either be made to be sweet or savory. It traditionally features a thick crust made of pastry or bread dough. This sweet galette features a buttery, flaky crust and lots of strawberries. But feel free to use any of your favorite seasonal fruits. Enjoy!
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