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!

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    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.

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    Dairy-Free Egg-Free Pecan Sandies.
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    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

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    Chocolate Filled Chocolate Cupcakes
    © 2012 Ashley Adams, licensed to, 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 there are many tasty ways to make your cupcakes casein-free and delightful.

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    Vegan Oreo Cream Pie
    Vegan Oreo Cream Pie. © 2010 Ashley Skabar, licensed to, 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 margarine, and other natural non-dairy sources of fats all are healthier substitutes and taste great. With these techniques, you can make some dairy-free pies and cobblers for your next social gathering!

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    © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to, 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:

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    Vegan Desserts

    Vegan Banana Cream Cheesecake. © 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to, 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: