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Best vegan desserts and snacks in Japan

These Japanese snacks and desserts are so good you'll forget they are vegan

By Youka Nagase
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With the rising popularity of plant-based diet, Japan is seeing more and more vegan eateries over the past few years. In fact, FamilyMart just launched its first ever certified vegan donburi while Shibuya Parco now houses a vegan izakaya.

It's not all restaurants either. Some of Japan's most popular snacks – such as Tokyo Banana – are now offering a version of their signature treats that's free from any animal-derived products. So don't miss out: here are some of the new vegan sweets you can find in and outside of Tokyo.

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Plant-based delights

Vegan Custard Pudding

Custard Pudding

Popular Japanese custard pudding Pucchin Pudding has finally released a non-dairy alternative using only plant-based ingredients. Instead of the usual eggs and milk, this vegan custard pudding is made of soy milk and almond paste. It has the same consistency as the original recipe, but uses natural cane sugar to tone down the sweetness. You'll find Pucchin vegan pudding in the fridge section of your local supermarket: it's ¥200 for a pack of three, or a single larger serve for ¥140.

Tokyo Banana

Almond Caramel Sandwich

This is the first ever vegan treat from Tokyo Banana, purveyor of one of Tokyo’s most popular edible souvenirs. These almond caramel cookie sandwiches have a rich banana-flavoured caramel centre wrapped in a crispy almond-based outer layer. They're delicious and best of all, free of animal products. You won't find these cookies at most Tokyo Banana outlets. though. These almond caramel sandwiches are only available at Tokyo Station. A pack of 4 costs ¥680 while a pack of 8 will set you back ¥1,296.

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Tokyo Campanella Brown

Tokyo Campanella Brown

These distinctive Tokyo cookies are known for their three-tier langues de chat biscuits with thin layers of chocolate in between. The new vegan option, Tokyo Campanella Brown, recreates the original version with whole wheat flour and cane sugar from Amami Oshima, minus the milk and butter. Get them exclusively at Tokyo Station in packs of 8 for ¥1,200, or packs of 16 for ¥2,400.

Tea and Cacao Brownie

Tea and Cacao Brownie

A collaboration between San Francisco ‘bean to bar’ chocolatier Dandelion Chocolate and premium tea cafe Iyemon Salon in Kyoto, these bite-size treats come in two flavours: matcha and hojicha. Both are completely vegan, and free of gluten and refined sugar. Each brownie is made of premium uji matcha or hojicha powder, and topped with dark chocolate ganache. One box contains four pieces and costs ¥1,800. To purchase, you'll have to head to the Dandelion Chocolate or Iyemon Salon shops in Kyoto, though. 

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Cookie Time

Double Chocolate Cookie

Cookie Time from New Zealand has been serving its fresh-from-the-oven cookies in Harajuku since 2013 and now it's finally offering a double chocolate cookie for vegans. Using only ingredients derived from plants while maintaining the same texture as the original cookies, each of these decadent treats costs ¥340. We recommend pairing it with almond milk for the perfect all-vegan afternoon snack.

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