Vegan pavlova with a boozy cherry sauce

Vegan pavlova with a boozy cherry sauce recipe by Billy & Jack for Canned Food UK

A vegan pavlova topped with fresh berries, cherries, almonds and thyme leaves. A lovely summery gluten-free dessert, this pavlova has egg-less meringue and coconut cream.

Vegan pavlova with a boozy cherry sauce

Vegan pavlova

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 602 kcal
Author Billy & Jack for Canned Food UK


For the meringue

  • 400 g tinned chickpeas
  • 150 g golden caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar

For the whipped coconut cream

  • 400 g 2 x 400g tins of full-fat coconut milk (chilled overnight)
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar

For the boozy cherry sauce

  • 400 g tinned cherries in syrup
  • 100 ml Amaretto
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder


  • fresh cherries
  • raspberries
  • toasted almonds
  • thyme


  1. Firstly, make the meringue. Preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas Mark 3 and drain the chickpeas, reserving the chickpea water; this is the egg substitute! You can use the chickpeas for another recipe.

  2. Add the cream of tartar and, using an electric whisk, whip to soft peaks.

  3. Add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time and whisk until fully incorporated and smooth and glossy.

  4. Pour half of the mixture onto a lined baking tray to make two separate discs until around 5cm (2in) high and one slightly smaller than the other. Transfer to the oven and immediately turn down to 100°C/Gas Mark 1. Bake for 1 hour, then turn off the oven and leave overnight.

  5. To make the boozy cherry sauce, empty the tin of cherries into a small pan with the Amaretto, thyme and cinnamon and heat until it becomes thick and sticky. Allow to cool, then blend and pass through a sieve.

  6. For the whipped cream, remove the coconut milk from the fridge (the water should have separated from the cream; if it hasn’t you may not have full-fat coconut milk) and tip the whole contents of the tin into a cold, clean metal bowl. Whisk the cream until light and fluffy and add the icing sugar. Whisk until incorporated and keep in the fridge until use.

  7. Place half the cream and cherry sauce on the larger meringue, place the second meringue disc on top, then spread with cream, the rest of the sauce and top with the fresh berries, cherries, almonds and a scattering of thyme leaves.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan pavlova
Amount Per Serving
Calories 602 Calories from Fat 292
% Daily Value*
Fat 32.4g50%
Saturated Fat 28.3g177%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 4.9g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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