When preparing desserts for parties, bake sales, and children's birthdays, you may have to account for a variety of diets and food allergies. That can include vegan diets, egg allergies, and lactose intolerance. But you don't have to sacrifice flavor and decadence just because you're avoiding allergens or animal products. This list has plenty of recipes for every occasion, all without dairy or eggs.
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Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge
This simple and nutty peanut butter fudge requires just five ingredients, including a vegan margarine instead of butter to keep it totally dairy free. It comes out decadent enough to give as gifts, so make a big batch if you feel like sharing. Drizzling it with a little melted dairy-free chocolate looks extra special.
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Vegan Banana Chocolate Brownies
Use up those ripe bananas shriveling up on your counter by whipping up a batch of these soft, chocolatey brownies. A banana keeps them moist without any eggs. Enjoy them later by cutting them into individual brownies and freezing to indulge whenever a chocolate craving hits.
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Oreo Cream Pie
Believe it or not, Nabisco Oreos have no animal products, so they work great for vegan desserts. This creamy Oreo pie also uses vegan cream cheese and sour cream for the filling to make a luscious dessert that works perfectly for a birthday or special event.
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Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Cookies
With oatmeal, maple syrup for sweetness, peanut butter for nuttiness, and bananas to keep things soft, these delicious vegan cookies can almost masquerade as a health food. Go ahead, have one for breakfast—we won't judge!Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Dairy-Free Apple Bread Pudding
Use up leftover bread in a sweet way with this delightful bread pudding. Apples give it autumnal sweetness while walnuts add crunch. Any type of egg-free bread works well; try it with raisin bread for extra interest. Serve with dairy-free ice cream or a drizzle of bourbon sauce made with margarine instead of butter.
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
These chocolate chip cookies taste like childhood, except with no eggs or dairy. Read the directions on the side of your chosen egg replacer; different brands can sometimes require different preparations. Add walnuts, pecans, or even raisins if you want extra heft.
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Moist Carrot Cake
Thanks to shredded carrots and applesauce, this carrot cake comes out moist and tender, perfect for a spring gathering. Use cinnamon applesauce for a spicier flavor and frost with a vegan cream cheese frosting or simply dust with powdered sugar for a lighter presentation.
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Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Pumpkin subs in for eggs in this decadent chocolate cake that comes dense and moist. When making a bundt, carefully oil every nook and cranny and then dust with flour or cocoa powder to ensure it comes out cleanly. Drizzle with melted chocolate, a white glaze, or dust with some powder sugar to serve.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Nondairy Pumpkin Pie
This pumpkin pie tastes velvety without any cream, and it makes a great way to use up that can of pureed pumpkin. Use a gluten-free pie crust as a base to make it even more crowd-pleasing.
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Vegan Apple Cobbler
The addition of warming spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon elevate this apple cobbler to special occasion status. It has no dairy or eggs, making it perfect for any crowd. Try it with some vanilla non-dairy ice cream on top.
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Soda Cake from a Mix
This tasty cake really couldn't get any simpler: Just mix up a can of soda and a boxed mix and you have a moist, tender cake with no allergens. Try cola with chocolate or spice cake and lemon lime or ginger ale with white or yellow cake.
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This velvety vegan cheesecake uses tofu, coconut cream, and raw cashews for that silky texture. It contrasts perfectly with a crunchy crust, made with rolled oats and raw almonds, although you can use a prepared vegan crust if you want to save time.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
Get the kids in on the fun with these chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies. They work great for summer, when it's too hot to turn on the oven, and taste amazing despite having no dairy or eggs. It makes a fun, albeit sticky, afternoon project.
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Nondairy Chocolate Bars
Vegan chocolate bars taste great, but the fancy ones at the grocery store can get pricey. Make your own at home if you want a fun project. You will need a chocolate mold to give them shape. Once you master this recipe, add mix-ins like goji berries, nuts, or dried fruit.
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Cranberry Pear Pie
For the holidays or anytime you want a fresh-tasting pear and cranberry pie, try this vegan recipe that requires no butter, eggs, or milk. A crumb topping gives it crunch that complements the soft pears perfectly, and a scoop of non-dairy ice cream or whipped cream would top the whole thing off. Apples can sub in for pears in this recipe, too.
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Vegan Lemon Cupcakes
For a fresh dessert that tastes perfect for a spring or summer get-together, try these dairy and egg-free lemon cupcakes. Extra-virgin olive oil gives them a tender crumb and a light herbal note that complements citrus wonderfully.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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Mocha Chocolate Cake
The addition of coffee gives this classic chocolate cake an extra depth. Even if you don't usually care for coffee, adding it to chocolate intensifies the flavor, so give this cake a try. It's also dairy and egg-free, making it suitable for any diet.