12 Delicious and Dairy-Free Desserts That Every Kid Is Sure to Love


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Most of our traditional dessert recipes contain or are based on dairy ingredients, which makes preparing sweets for dessert or school parties difficult for parents with lactose-free little ones. This collection contains some favorite dairy-free renditions of classic favorites.

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    Vegan Banana Brownies

    Vegan Dairy-Free Banana Chocolate Brownies
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    These banana brownies are dairy-free, egg-free, and so much healthier than traditional brownie recipes. And, they're easy enough that kids can help make them! Instead of regular milk, soy or almond milk is used, and dairy-free chocolate chips are the perfect substitution. Bananas replace the eggs, making these brownies the dessert solution for anyone with allergies or diet restrictions.

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    Vegan Whoopie Pies

    Homemade Chocolate Whoopie Pies Filled with Vanilla Butter Cream.
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    Go a little retro with these dessert sandwiches that were invented by the Amish in Pennsylvania and first sold in Maine in 1925. Not quite a pie, not quite a cookie or cake, these fun vegan whoopie pies are somewhere in between. A sweet creamy filling is sandwiched between two chocolate cakes and served with a fork.

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    Vegan Lemon Cupcakes

    Dairy-Free Vegan Lemon Cupcakes
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    In this vegan lemon cupcakes recipe, moist dairy-free lemon cakes are topped with vegan lemon buttercream—who can resist? The extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice and zest add a sophisticated flavor that both adults and kids will enjoy. And their pretty little appearance makes them perfect for bake sales as well.

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    Dairy-Free Strawberry Shortcakes

    Strawberry shortcake in shallow white bowl with whipped cream and garnished with a sliced strawberry.
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    Nothing says summer like a strawberry shortcake, and kids will love these dairy-free strawberry shortcakes. Rich, flaky, sweet vegan biscuits are served with your favorite dairy-free whipped cream and strawberries. Dairy-free soy margarine and almond milk replace butter and milk in this recipe.

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    Caramel Popcorn

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    Whether at carnivals or baseball games, caramel corn is a popular and tempting treat. But if you have a milk allergy, this sweet and salty snack is on the forbidden list since caramel is mainly made with butter. This dairy-free caramel popcorn recipe is easy and so satisfying and is perfect for holiday parties, kids' birthdays, or anytime treats. 

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    Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

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    These dairy-free chocolate cupcakes are a cinch to make—perfect for getting the kids involved. Maple syrup, coconut milk, and cocoa combine to make a decadent dessert, and when topped with peanut butter frosting, they're a bit over the top—but in a good way!

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    Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

    Chocolate pudding
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    Remember how chocolate pudding played a tasty part in our childhoods (the little cups in our lunchboxes!)? Well, children with dairy allergies should be able to enjoy this same experience! Dairy-free, egg-free and delicious, this dairy-free chocolate pudding is rich and satisfying, while healthier than traditional puddings that are usually made with milk and egg yolks.

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    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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    These decadent chocolate crinkle cookies are easily made dairy-free by using dairy-free chocolate. They're made with oil instead of butter, making them lactose-intolerant friendly. With melted chocolate and cocoa powder, they're extra chocolately and sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. A coating of powdered sugar produces a pretty crinkle effect and adds a little more sweetness.

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    Vegan Banana Cupcakes

    Banana Cake Cupcakes

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    Fluffy, sweet, and loaded with banana flavor, these vegan banana cupcakes are perfect for parties or everyday treats. You can experiment with several different frostings—from vegan chocolate frosting to vegan coconut frosting to vegan peanut butter frosting—so while your cupcakes are cooling, browse through these ​​dairy-free frostings and find the one that will suit your taste and occasion best.

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    Dairy-Free Butterscotch Pudding

    Butterscotch pudding
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    Butterscotch pudding is traditionally prepared with brown sugar, vanilla, milk (or cream), eggs and butter. This dairy-free butterscotch pudding version cuts down on the calories and fat significantly while still keeping a rich texture and butterscotch flavor. This pudding makes a nice and easy weeknight dessert, lunchbox sweet, or after-school treat.

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    Dairy-Free Chocolate Cheesecake

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    This vegan, ​dairy-free chocolate cheesecake is really special and, although it requires a few steps, it's very easy to make. Topped with vegan chocolate ganache, this vegan cheesecake will surprise your taste buds with its velvety texture and delicious flavor. 

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    Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bakes

    Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

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    These vegan dairy-free chocolate peanut butter no-bakes are great for after school snacks or quick, healthier treats. Peanut butter, oats, cocoa powder, coconut milk, sugar, margarine, and dairy-free chocolate chips are boiled together and then dropped by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. To dress them up a bit, drizzle some melted chocolate over the cookies after they're cool and ​serve them with a bit of dairy-free soy ice cream.