15 Dairy-Free Desserts

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Fat free vegan strawberry sorbet

The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

When your sweet tooth starts aching, real dessert aficionados know there's no cure except finding a treat immediately. But if you have dietary restrictions, the hunt for the perfect dessert can take a little more work than just grabbing a pint of ice cream. Luckily, some of the most satisfying desserts don't require any dairy at all. From light and fresh to deeply decadent, we've got plenty of recipes to hit the spot.

  • 01 of 15

    Vegan Spiced Apple Cobbler

    Vegan Apple Cobbler with Cloves and Allspice

    The Spruce / Emily Hawkes

    With a blend of allspice, cloves, and nutmeg, this apple cobbler has so much spiced flavor, you'll never miss dairy ingredients. It uses margarine instead of butter, for a vegan and lower-fat crumble that comes out just as tender as grandma's recipe. Top with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream to really take it over the top.

  • 02 of 15

    Dairy Free Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    Vegan Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    The Spruce

    With no dairy or eggs, these decadent double chocolate chunk cookies work great for bake sales or classroom treats, because even kids with allergies can enjoy them. The recipe calls for soy milk, but you can substitute your favorite nondairy milk if you try to limit your soy intake, too.

  • 03 of 15

    Tofu Cheesecake

    Tofu Cheesecake

     Kristina Vanni

    Don't turn up your nose at the use of tofu in this creamy nondairy cheesecake. A blend of cashews, coconut cream, and tofu gives it a silky texture that contrasts beautifully with the rolled oats, almond, and coconut oil crust. And because both the crust and the filling use the food processor, it comes together quickly and easily, too.

  • 04 of 15

    Two-Ingredient Cola Cake

    2-Minute Vegan Soda Cake

     The Spruce

    Yes, you read that right. This tender cake requires just two ingredients: A cake mix and a can of soda. Try lemon-lime soda with white or yellow cake and cola with chocolate or spice cake. Just avoid diet versions, since that will throw off the taste. This cake recipe couldn't get any easier.

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  • 05 of 15

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Slow Cooker Cake

    Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Crock Pot Cake

     The Spruce / Emily Hawkes

    This soft, fudgey, peanut butter and chocolate cake bakes up in the slow cooker, making it the perfect project for a slow afternoon. It also has no dairy or eggs, so it's allergy-safe. Eat it warm out of the crockpot with a scoop of nondairy ice cream or whipped cream for a special snack.

  • 06 of 15

    Cinnamon Applesauce Carrot Cake

    Super Moist Vegan Carrot Cake

    The Spruce 

    Applesauce adds moisture to this delicious carrot cake, and using the cinnamon version gives it an extra hint of spice. It does come out somewhat dense, but carrot cake traditionally has a heftier texture than other cakes, too. Frost it with a fluffy white icing or a vegan cream cheese frosting.

  • 07 of 15

    Simple Strawberry Sorbet

    Fat free vegan strawberry sorbet

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    This fat, dairy, and egg-free strawberry sorbet uses just strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch for an easy and cooling summer dessert. You don't even need an ice cream machine! Newly ripe strawberries work best, but you can use frozen too, if you don't have access to fresh fruit.

  • 08 of 15

    Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pudding

    Vegan pumpkin pudding recipe

    The Spruce

    Whether for a dairy-free Thanksgiving or autumn dessert, or a great way to use up leftover pumpkin puree anytime, try this creamy pumpkin pudding. Any nondairy milk would work, although some nut or oat milks may give it a slightly different texture than soy, depending on their viscosity.

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  • 09 of 15

    Nondairy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The Spruce

    These chocolate chip cookies taste just like mom used to make, but with margarine instead of butter and egg replacer instead of the real thing. You can use regular chocolate chips if you don't need them to come out vegan, or try carob or vegan chips instead.

  • 10 of 15

    Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

    Vegan Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins

     Elaine Lemm

    With their bright citrus flavor, these lemon poppyseed muffins make a lovely brunch treat, light dessert, or afternoon snack. Both lemon juice and zest give them lots of lemony punch, and they taste great with a simple white glaze or even plain.

  • 11 of 15

    Versatile Vegan Bread Pudding

    Easy vegan bread pudding recipe

    The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

    If you have bread going stale in your cupboard, turn it into dessert with this simple vegan bread pudding. The traditional recipe uses cream and eggs to give it that moist, fluffy texture, but replace those with nondairy milk and you have an allergy-safe version. Use whatever bread you have on hand and add chopped nuts, dried fruit, or even chocolate for your own twist.

  • 12 of 15

    Oreo Cream Pie

    vegan oreo cream pie
    Vegan Oreo Cream Pie. © 2010 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Believe it or not, Nabisco's Oreos actually don't contain any animal products. This oreo cream pie uses dairy-free cream cheese, sour cream, and chocolate for a rich and indulgent pie that will elevate any occasion – even if that occasion is just a Tuesday that needs a little sweetness.

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  • 13 of 15

    Dairy-Free Cherry Cheesecake

    Homemade dairy-free cherry cheesecake

    ​The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

    Made with dairy-free cream cheese and sour cream and topped with sweet and tangy cherry pie filling, this cheeseless cheesecake tastes just like the traditional, but without any allergens. Top it with a little dairy-free whipped cream for an extra special presentation.

  • 14 of 15

    Dairy-Free Chocolate Bundt Cake

    Dairy-Free Chocolate Bundt Cake

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    Bundt cakes work great for busy home bakers, since they don't require tedious frosting and decorating. This dairy-free chocolate version tastes as good as it looks. Just make sure you carefully oil every nook and cranny and dust with some cocoa powder before filling, to ensure a smooth unmolding.

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    Nondairy Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

    peppermint hot cocoa cupcakes
    Photo Credit: Allyson Kramer

    These festive cupcakes taste just like a mug of warm peppermint hot cocoa, but in cake form. If you don't care for peppermint and chocolate together, use almond or more vanilla extract in place of the peppermint. You can find vegan marshmallows at most large grocery stores, or online.