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Non-Dairy Desserts


From cakes to cookies to puddings and pies, many of our favorite traditional desserts are loaded with dairy ingredients, which makes things difficult for home cooks who are new to cooking non-dairy dishes for their family and friends. Here are some favorite non-dairy desserts that will inspire you and help you find the right dish for the occasion!


Yellow Cake
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From birthday cakes to dairy-free cheesecakes, you'll find the best of the best lactose-free cake recipes out there in this collection of Dairy-Free Cakes. My favorite? Well, I don't have just one, but here are a few:

  • Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Truffle Cake
  • Dairy-Free Yellow Cake
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
  • Cookies

    © 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Cookies, cookies, cookies! Some of the best treats to make for holidays, kids' parties, and everyday sweets are also some of the most difficult to find dairy-free. Unless you make them yourself! Here are a few collections of some of my favorite dairy-free cookies that kids and adults will love:

  • Dairy-Free Cookies
  • Dairy-Free Egg-Free Christmas Cookies
  • Vegan Cookies
  • Cupcakes

    © 2012 Ashley Adams, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Easy to make, transport, and decorate, cupcakes are some of the best and most festive treats to add to your dessert tables. Many recipes call for butter, milk, and other dairy ingredients, but here are some tasty ways to make your cupcakes casein-free and delightful:

  • Dairy-Free Cucpakes
  • Vegan Cupcakes
  • And here are just a few personal favorites:

  • Angel Food Cupcakes
  • Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Lemon Cupcakes
  • Mini Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Vegan Blackout Cupcakes
  • White Cupcakes
  • Pies & Cobblers

    © 2010 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Buttery crusts and cream fillings often inhibit dairy-freers from enjoying the pies of their pasts, but they don't have to--coconut milk and other dairy-free milk alternatives, coconut oil, dairy-free margarines, and other natural non-dairy sources of fats all are healthier substitutes and taste great. Browse through this collection of some of my favorite Dairy-Free Pies and Cobblers for inspiration!

    And here are just a few favorites to get you started:

  • Apple Crisp
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
  • Coconut Milk Pumpkin Pie
  • Oreo Cream Pie
  • Pumpkin Meringue Pie
  • Puddings

    © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Perfect for packing in school lunches, enjoying as a sweet snack, or serving as a weeknight dessert, puddings are simple to prepare and delicious. Here are some favorite ways to make your favorite creamy dessert dairy-free:

  • Banana Chocolate Pudding Parfaits
  • Banana Coconut Pudding Parfaits
  • Butterscotch Pudding
  • Caramelized Pear Bread Pudding
  • Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Chocolate Vanilla Pudding Parfaits
  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Vanilla Rice Pudding
  • Vegan Desserts

    © 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    For those of you in the dairy-free community who are dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan, baking and preparing non-baked desserts is just a little bit trickier. Although eggs are not dairy, they also are not vegan. This adds one more key ingredient to replace in many recipes, but it just so happens that some of my all-time favorite sweets and treats are vegan. Here are some favorite vegan recipes that everyone, vegan or not, will love:

  • Vegan Cakes and Cupcakes
  • Vegan Christmas Cookies
  • Vegan Cookies
  • Vegan Desserts
  • Vegan Desserts for Kids
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