24 Dairy-Free Desserts

Are you looking for dairy-free desserts recipes? If yes, then you are at the right place.

In this article, we are sharing some delicious dessert recipes made without milk or cream. These recipes are perfect for those who are lactose intolerant.

24 Dairy-Free Desserts

Dairy-free desserts are becoming increasingly popular. People are avoiding milk and dairy because they want to reduce their intake of saturated fat. Often they want to eat healthier food in all aspects of their diet.

There are lots of reasons why you should opt for dairy-free desserts. Some of them include:

  1. Dairy-free desserts may be better for your health.
  2. Dairy-free desserts taste great.
  3. Dairy-free desserts can be made with low-cost ingredients.
  4. Dairy-free desserts do not irritate your stomach as much as regular desserts.

And of course, there are so many plant-based milks available in the shops. Personally, we’re fans of oat milk and rice milk, but there’s also soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk and plenty more to tray.

Now, let’s get started with our list of amazing dairy-free desserts. Each recipe is easy to make, and it does not require a lot of time either. So, we encourage you to give all of these creamy and yummy desserts a try!

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Best EVER Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love chocolate chip cookies, especially when I have my breakfast. But, did you know that even if you have a dairy allergy, you can still enjoy eating cookies? This is one of our best dairy-free desserts.

You just need a handful of ingredients, including soy milk, dairy free spread, brown sugar and dairy free chocolate chips. Any type of white flour is fine in this recipe. However, we recommend using almond flour. Almond flour has zero cholesterol and zero grams of trans fats. It contains protein, which makes it healthy and nutritious.

This recipe comes together quickly. Just mix everything together, roll into a cookie shape, and bake.

See here if you’d like more Chocolate Dessert Recipes – both with and without dairy.

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

The next dairy-free dessert on the list is lemon cheesecake bars. These are so simple to make.

Simply combine coconut butter, coconut milk, monkfruit, lemon, vanilla extract, and a sprinkle of turmeric for a bright yellow color, and add to a crust made from roasted pepitas and coconut flakes. This is a no-bake recipe, therefore all you need to do is let it chill for a little while to set.

Let it cool completely before cutting it into pieces.


3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroon

Coconut macaroon is another easy dairy-free dessert recipe.

The only ingredients needed for these are coconut, sugar and egg white. You will need a food processor to make this recipe.

Throw the three ingredients together, shape into small pieces, and bake for around half hour until they have become golden brown. The delicious chocolate topping is created using melted dark chocolate.

You can serve them warm or cold.

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Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

This dairy-free brownie recipe contains no milk or dairy, but it tastes like the real thing.

All you need is peanut butter, dairy-free butter, brown sugar, cocoa powder, peanuts, dark chocolate, and a handful of other ingredients. Mix the ingredients together, and bake for around 30 minutes.

The result is a batch of delicious, chewy brownies that the whole family is going to love.

Serve chilled.

Strawberry Shortcake

Dairy-Free Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a classic dessert that everybody loves. Yet, some strawberry shortcakes contain dairy products. Thankfully, there is a dairy-free version of this delicious dessert.

Mix together the usual ingredients with some almond milk as a replacement for dairy milk. Follow the instructions to knead the dough before cutting with a cookie cutter, and then bake for around 10-12 minutes until they are ready for consumption.

There is even a recipe to create your own dairy-free whipped cream to serve on top. You can add more fruit to the batter such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or even peaches.

Serve immediately or freeze for later.

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Dairy-Free Banana Pudding Parfait

Another great dairy-free dessert is banana pudding parfait. This creamy concoction is made from store cupboard staples including bananas, dairy free milk, honey or maple syrup and egg yolks.

Mix together to create a custard base, and then bake with a Graham cracker base for around 30 minutes. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon for garnish.

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Old-Fashioned Dairy-Free Blueberry Muffins

These dairy-free blueberry muffins taste amazing. Plus, they’re easy to prepare. Simply combine the usual ingredients with a dairy free milk substitute to create the batter, and bake at 400 degrees for around 20 minutes.

The muffins should be golden brown and firm to touch when they are finished. This recipe is also nut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. Cool slightly before serving.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

If you love pumpkin pie, you’ll definitely be craving these cupcakes. They have the familiar pumpkin flavor, yet are free of any dairy products. To make the dairy-free pumpkin pie cupcakes, simply combine pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar, almond milk, and some pumpkin pie spice.

Bake the muffins at 350 degrees for around half an hour, and they will be ready to consume. Create some dairy free whipped cream, and add generous dollops on top for the best results.

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Dairy Free Carrot Cake

Who doesn’t love carrot cake? It’s one of the most popular cakes out there. Yet, many versions of carrot cake contain dairy products such as milk, cheese, and cream cheese. If you want an alternative to this traditional favorite, try making this dairy-free carrot cake.

What makes this particular recipe unique is that it uses canned carrots instead of raw carrots. The resulting product has a rich, moist texture. Use some dairy free cream cheese frosting for the topping, and you will be left with a moist, soft dessert that tastes amazing. Let cool and serve.

Easy Dairy-Free Apple Crisp

This is another good dairy-free dessert option. This dairy free Apple Crisp is also suitable for vegans. All you need to create the apple base is some apples, cinnamon, maple syrup, and lemon juice.

Mix these together before topping with the crispy covering, made from oats, dairy free butter, flour, and sugar.

Bake in a preheated oven for about 45 minutes, and serve warm with some dairy free vanilla ice cream.

This Apple Crisp recipe will be loved by everyone.

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Chocolate chip cookie dough ball recipes can often contain gluten and other allergens like nuts, soy, and dairy. However, with this recipe, you won’t have to worry about dealing with those dietary restrictions.

To create these delicious cookie dough balls, the main things you need are quick oats, dairy free yogurt, coconut oil and coconut sugar.

You will need to chill the dough for around an hour before rolling into small balls, and storing in the fridge until hardened and completely cooled. Yes – this is another no-bake recipe, meaning you can enjoy them as soon as they are chilled.

You could use the remaining mixture to make ice cream sandwiches, along with some vegan ice cream.

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Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

If you’re looking for an easy way to make ice cream without any dairy, look no further than this vegan recipe. To create the sweet taste that everyone loves, use agave nectar.

In order to make a creamy smooth base custard, whisk together coconut milk, gelatin, honey, vanilla bean powder, and a little pinch of sea salt.

Blend together, and pour into an ice cream maker for around 20 minutes to fully process the dessert. This recipe will result in soft-serve consistency.

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Once the freezing process is complete, you can serve immediately. Try this ice cream alongside some of the other dairy-free desserts in this list.

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Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake

For dessert lovers who are lactose intolerant, this cheesecake recipe could help ease their stomach issues. The best part is, it is suitable for vegans too.

To make this cheesecake combine cashews, coconut milk, vanilla paste, raspberries, and the other ingredients to create the cheesecake mixture, and then spread on top of a base made from dates, almonds, syrup, and cocoa powder.

This delicious raspberry cheesecake will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

The Best Homemade Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler is creamy, slightly tart from the fresh peach slices, and gooey from the sticky biscuit topping. This easy dairy-free version is just as delicious. The best part? It takes less time to prepare when compared to its traditional counterpart.

For this recipe, mix together some sliced peaches, sugar, corn starch, and pecans for the peach base, and then create a succulent, dairy free dry topping to crumble over the top. It takes around 25 minutes to bake, until it has turned a golden brown coloring.

Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. This dish can be served warm or cold, and will taste amazing with some dairy free ice cream or whipped cream.

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Dairy-Free Key Lime Pie

Dairy-Free Key Lime Pie

This dairy-free key lime pie recipe tastes just like bliss. Since key limes are not widely available, we recommend using regular limes instead, if you would like to top with some limes.

To make this dairy-free pie, combine some coconut milk, eggs, cornstarch, vegan butter, and lime juice. Cook the mixture over a low heat until it thickens, and then spread over a vegan Graham cracker crust.

For best results, you should allow the pie to completely cool over the course of around five hours. Top with some vegan whipped cream and sliced limes. You can store this pie in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

The Easiest Creamy Dairy-Free Lemon Curd

This Dairy-Free Lemon Curd is smooth, creamy, and delicious.

You only use dairy free butter, egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar to create this creamy, decadent dessert. Blend together and boil until thickened, and lastly, garnish with a sprinkling of lemon zest.

You can enjoy this treat right away — or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to serving time.

Homemade Dairy-Free Cherry Cheesecake

A rich, creamy, vanilla filling makes these dairy-free cherry cheesecakes all-American comfort food. For a fun twist, swap the cherries for strawberries or raspberries.

Combine dairy-free cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, cherry pie filling, and a handful of other ingredients to create the cheesecake filling.

The crumbly base is made from ground up Graham crackers, vegan margarine, and some sugar. Mix all the ingredients to form the cheesecake, and freeze for 1 hour or overnight.

Remove the sides of spring form pan and place cheesecake onto a platter. Cut into wedges and serve immediately. Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep chilled for 3 to 5 days.

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Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Brownies With A Rich Chocolate Glaze

Dark chocolate is always a crowd pleaser, but you’ll love how amazingly moist and tender these brownies come out when made dairy-free. They’re also very portable, making them perfect for snacking!

Mix together some ingredients, including dairy free butter, flour, dairy free dark chocolate, and eggs, and spread the batter evenly into prepared baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Allow to cool 10 minutes before removing from pan and cutting into squares.

Serve warm or cold, however you like. Store leftover brownies in an airtight container between parchment paper, and keep refrigerated for up to five days. For best results, top with some dairy free ice cream or whipped cream!

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Almond Joy Cookies

Dairy-Free Almond Joy Cookie sandwiches are made with coconut oil, shredded coconut, dairy free chocolate chips, and a couple of other dairy free ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together the ingredients – including almond flour, coconut oil, powdered sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

Add in your dairy free chocolate chips, stirring well, and use a cookie scooper to scoop small balls of the cookie dough onto the sheets of parchment paper. The cookies take less than 15 minutes to bake! These cookies can be stored in airtight containers for up to 5 days.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Coconut Custard Pie

The dairy-free coconut custard pie also uses a blend of dairy free milk, as well as whole egg yolks and egg whites. This dairy-free vegan custard pie tastes like a real coconut cream pie and is perfect served cold, with or without ice cream on top.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together egg, sugar, vanilla extract, and other ingredients until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared crust. Bake for 45 minutes, or until completely set. Top with whipped cream for best results.

You can store this pie in the fridge for 2 to 3 days, and also freeze for up to 3 months.

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These vegan oatmeal cookies are made with almond flour and coconut oil. They taste great and are gluten free too! Just eat one and enjoy a warm morning treat.

Chocolate chip cookies baked inside individual ramekins work perfectly as cups for dairy-free pudding or ice cream. They are easy to prepare and versatile. Enjoy straight out of the oven, right after you bake them. Or, allow them to cool completely first.

Then wrap individually in plastic wrap and stash them in the fridge overnight. The next day, pop them in the microwave again for a few seconds. Take them out, let them soften up a bit, then enjoy!

Top with dairy-free whipped topping or ice cream of choice to taste. Store leftovers in an open container at room temperature for up to a week.

The BEST Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

These little bite size chocolate chip cookies taste just like regular ones. But they’re dairy-free, gluten-free and absolutely delicious.

Create the dough using ingredients such as flour, brown sugar, dairy free milk, eggs, and dairy free chocolate chips. Use an ice cream scoop to roll out the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the tray from the oven and let the cookies cool completely.

Store in an airtight container. These are best stored in a sealed baggie so that all the yummy goodness stays fresh. Freeze any leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies {Dairy-Free Option}

If you want to try dairy-free vegan cinnamon roll cookies that are actually good, look no further. These are so soft, gooey and flavoursome — they’ll make anyone forget all about the lack of dairy products in them.

Place chilled dough onto prepared baking sheet. Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, measure out 4 equal sized balls. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely before serving. Makes 12 small rolls. Store any leftover rolls in an airtight container in the freezer.

Cool before frosting.

Dairy-Free Double Chocolate Gooey Brownie

For those who love their desserts dark and rich, this version of the classic double chocolate cake has been adapted to suit vegan diets.

Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, and vanilla until well blended. Add the eggs and yolk one at a time, along with the other ingredients, beating after each addition.

Mix until smooth. Fold in the batter into the pan. Bake for around 30 minutes at 350°F. Allow to cool completely. Top with powdered sugar and serve.

Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.

If your aversion to dairy extends to all animal-based products, check out our Guide to Vegan and Vegetarian Eating.

Final Thoughts

If you are on a dairy-free diet, it can be difficult to find recipes for delicious desserts that are suitable for your needs and requirements. However, with this list of recipes, you can easily make some delicious desserts in your very own kitchen.

These recipes are dairy free, but still delicious and nutritious. They are also very inexpensive to make.

No matter how picky you are, or what dietary restrictions you might have, these desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you feeling guilty.

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