Top Thai Dessert Recipes - Best Ever!

Tasty Thai desserts (includes gluten-free/lactose-free and vegan)

For a dessert that tastes like a tropical paradise, try one of these beautiful Thai desserts! These Thai delights are naturally low in fat and calories while remaining high in flavor, texture, and taste. Many are also lactose and gluten free - perfect for those with special diet requirements. Looking for an easy dessert recipe? You'll find a variety of easy desserts here that you can whip up in no time. Enjoy one of these colorful and flavorful Thai desserts tonight

  • 01 of 19

    Mango Sticky Rice Pudding (Vegan/Gluten-free)

    Mango Sticky Rice

    The Spruce

    Mango Sticky Rice Pudding is THE consummate Thai dessert, and you're going to love love love it. The combination of sticky rice with fresh mango and a sweet coconut sauce is a heady taste experience that can send you straight to mango heaven!

  • 02 of 19

    Thai-style Creme Caramel (Lactose/gluten-free)

    Thai-style Creme Caramel
    D. Schmidt

    A Thai version of the classic creme caramel dessert that is super-easy to make, melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and healthier than traditional creme caramel! This recipe calls for coconut milk instead of cream (coconut milk contains good fats that actually lower your cholesterol), so if you're lactose-intolerant, this is a good dessert choice for you. It also makes an elegant dessert to serve guests or take to a party. Best of all, this recipe can be whipped up and in the oven in less than 10 minutes!

  • 03 of 19

    Fried Bananas (Easy no-batter recipe! - Vegetarian/Vegan)

    Fried Bananas
    Fried bananas served here with coconut ice cream). D. Schmidt

    Make this dessert and you'll have friends for life! My most popular Thai dessert - and for good reason. This fried banana recipe is yummy and easy to make because there's no messy batter to worry about. Enjoy these fried bananas hot from the pan with coconut ice cream for a to-die-for treat.

  • 04 of 19

    Easy Banana, Lychee & Coconut Dessert (Gluten-free/Vegan)

    Thai Banana-Lychee Dessert
    D. Schmidt

    This is hands-down the easiest dessert to make, and one of the yummiest to eat!  It's also a ​low-fat dessert that happens to be incredibly healthy. A great way to use up leftover bananas, this exotic can be served warm or cold (cold is great on a warm night while serving it heated up makes this a superb comfort food any time of the year). Enjoy!

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  • 05 of 19

    Mmmm Mango Pudding!

    Lactose-Free Mango Pudding

    The Spruce

    This mango pudding is made with fresh mangoes for a mango-sweet dessert you'll love to serve. And it's simple to make - you'll have it whipped up and in the refrigerator in just 15 minutes.

  • 06 of 19

    Coconut Cake (with Fluffy Coconut Icing)

    Coconut Cake
    Darlene A. Schmidt

    This coconut cake is made with coconut milk and shredded coconut for the ultimate coconut-ty taste! In Thailand, all the top hotels make their coconut cake with freshly-squeezed coconut milk from the local market. Here I've replicated the idea using coconut milk and shredded coconut. It has literally taken me years of trial and error to get this recipe right. I'm sure you'll love it as much as we do.

  • 07 of 19

    Star Fruit in Mango-Orange Sauce Dessert (Vegan/Gluten-free)

    Easy Star Fruit Dessert
    D. Schmidt

    This special dessert recipe is beautiful to serve, plus easy to make and healthy too! It starts with slices of fresh star fruit (instructions on how to buy and prepare star fruit are included). While star fruit can be eaten fresh, in this recipe the fruit is lightly cooked and then given a tropical-tasting mango-orange sauce. Topped with a drizzle of coconut milk, this light and delicious dessert is beautiful to serve and lovely to eat.

  • 08 of 19

    Sticky Rice Layer Cake (Vegan/Gluten-free)

    Thai Sticky Rice Layer Cake
    D. Schmidt

    I'm particularly proud of this cake since it has literally taken me years to get it right. It's made of sticky rice and tapioca flours and is both gluten and lactose-free (it's also vegan). This type of sticky rice cake can be found in many Southeast-Asian countries, with slight variations according to the region and the chef. It has a satisfyingly sticky texture and tastes of coconut. Great with tea or coffee, this cake makes a nice dessert, breakfast, or snack with afternoon tea.

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  • 09 of 19

    Thai Tapioca Pudding (Gluten-free/Vegan)

    Tapioca Pudding
    Tapioca pudding with slices of mango. D. Schmidt

    Here's a dessert recipe that's quick & easy, healthy, gluten-free and vegan, and yummy too! Tapioca is healthy and gluten-free and makes a refreshingly cool treat on a warm day. Enjoy!

  • 10 of 19

    Easy Mango Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker Required!)

    Mango Ice Cream, as in Thailand
    D. Schmidt

    Mango ice cream like they make it in Thailand!  Quick and simple to put together, and there's no stove involved, and no ice-cream maker either.  All you need is a blender or food processor.  Makes a beautiful dessert to serve company or to scoop up in a cone on a hot summer day.

  • 11 of 19

    Thai Mangosteen Clafouti

    Mangosteen Clafouti
    D. Schmidt

    Mangosteen is a beautiful Thai fruit that has just been made available in the US (if you can't find it yet, lychee fruit makes a good substitution). And because it contains so many antioxidants, mangosteen also offers numerous health benefits. Although it can be a tad expensive, you need only 5 mangosteens to make this clafouti recipe. Clafouti is a very old-style dessert from France - a cloud-like type of custard made with fresh fruit. Mangosteen is especially well-suited to the dessert, offering a mixture of both sweet and sour flavors. ENJOY!

  • 12 of 19

    Mango Custard

    Mango Custard
    D. Schmidt

    This Mango Custard is a delicious treat and a terrific way to enjoy fresh mangoes now that they're in season. It also happens to be good for you (no heavy cream required!).  Makes a great dessert any night of the week, and you can whip it up and have it in the oven in just 15 minutes.

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  • 13 of 19

    Mango Layer Cake - the Perfect Summer Cake!

    Mango Cake
    D. Schmidt

    This mango cake recipe is so fresh, fluffy and delicious, plus it's simple and fun to make. In Thailand cakes like this are served at all the big hotels where chefs add ornamental garnishes prepared with fresh mango and coconut. Here I've simplified the process while keeping the original taste. And what is that? I'd describe it as a little like strawberry shortbread except with the exotic taste of mango - a perfect summer treat!

  • 14 of 19

    Mango Swirl Cheesecake

    Mango Swirl Cheesecake
    D. Schmidt

    Try this recipe for the smoothest, most scrumptious exotic-flavored cheesecake. The mango can be purchased fresh if it's in season or alternatively, you can use canned mango (look for it in either the canned fruit section or the Asian section). You'll find this simple recipe for cheesecake easy, fun to make, and sooo delicious, you'll impress your guests and even yourself as soon as you take that first lovely bite!

  • 15 of 19

    Fried Bananas in a Crispy Batter

    Fried Bananas

    The Spruce

    Fried bananas are a popular dessert and snack food in Thailand and throughout Southeast-Asia. The dish is more often known as 'Goreng Pisang' in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and surrounding countries. It's difficult to make fried bananas as good as those sold by street food vendors in Thailand and elsewhere - that said, I've been working on this recipe for awhile now, and think it's pretty good. Even my picky step-kids loved them.  So if you like fried bananas, be sure to give this recipe a go!

  • 16 of 19

    Tropical Fruit Salad Served in a Pineapple

    Tropical Fruit Salad (Served here in a Pineapple)
    Tropical fruit salad served in a pineapple. D. Schmidt

    This healthy and exotic Thai fruit salad will be the hit of your party - especially when served in a pineapple "boat". Create your own assortment of tropical and local fruit - whatever is fresh and in season. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or on its own for a fresh fruit feast. Makes a terrific addition to a potluck, BBQ, or dinner party. Carving instructions for the pineapple are included with the recipe.

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  • 17 of 19

    Grilled Pineapple Dessert

    Thai Grilled Pineapple Pops

    This gourmet dessert is very tropical tasting, yet also light and healthy, which makes it an excellent dessert to serve after a heavy barbecue. Grilled Pineapple is naturally sweet and tasty, but add my Thai flavorings and dipping sauce, and you have an incredible taste sensation! Unlike most recipes for grilled pineapple, this one is made into what I call "pineapple pops", so it's easy to eat (like eating a Popsicle!). Makes a beautiful dessert to serve, and it's truly fanastic to eat!

  • 18 of 19

    Rainbow Sticky Rice Cake (Gluten-free)

    Rainbow Sticky Rice Cake
    D. Schmidt

    If you've ever traveled around Southeast-Asia, you may have encountered this colorful wonder.  It has many names, but is basically the same recipe.  It can be difficult to make, but here I've broken the process down for you into simple steps.  I know quite a few of you have already made it and written in to tell me how much you enjoyed it.

  • 19 of 19

    Bubble Tea

    Bubble Tea Step 10
    D. Schmidt

    Most bubble tea that you can buy at restaurants is not what I would call authentic - plus it's full of extra calories and fat (usually in the form of whipped cream or even ice cream). If you want to try a healthier, more authentic version, check out this Thai Mango-Coconut Bubble Tea Recipe. This bubble tea calls for fresh or frozen mango plus coconut milk, which make it especially tropical-tasting, fresh, and lightly creamy. It's also gluten-free. Just in time for summer, this bubble tea is excellent to serve on hot summer days or warm summer nights.