Top Thai Dessert Recipes

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.

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    Mango Sticky Rice Pudding (Vegan/Gluten-free)

    Mango Sticky Rice

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    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 16

    Thai-style Creme Caramel (Lactose/Gluten-Free)

    Thai-Style Creme Caramel

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    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 16

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

    Bowl of lychees on white wooden table

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    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 dessert 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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    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.

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  • 05 of 16

    Coconut Cake (With Fluffy Coconut Icing)

    Layered coconut cake on a glass cake stand


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    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 we've replicated the idea using coconut milk and shredded coconut. We're sure you'll love it as much as we do.

  • 06 of 16

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

    Slices of star fruit
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    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.

  • 07 of 16

    Sticky Rice Layer Cake (Vegan/Gluten-Free)

    Sticky rice layer cake


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    This cake is 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.

  • 08 of 16

    Thai Tapioca Pudding (Gluten-Free/Vegan)

    Mango and tapioca pearls

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    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.

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  • 09 of 16

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

    Mango ice cream with fresh mango slices with leaves mint on a glass plate

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    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.

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    Mango Custard

    Homemade custard


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    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.

  • 11 of 16

    Mango Layer Cake—the Perfect Summer Cake.

    Easy Thai mango cake

    The Spruce

    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? We'd describe it as a little like strawberry shortbread except with the tropical taste of mango—a perfect summer treat.

  • 12 of 16

    Mango Swirl Cheesecake

    Mango swirl cheesecake

    ​The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

    Try this recipe for the smoothest, most scrumptious mango 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 so delicious, you'll impress your guests and even yourself as soon as you take that first lovely bite.

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  • 13 of 16

    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, We've been working on this recipe for a while now, and think it's pretty good. So if you like fried bananas, be sure to give this recipe a go.

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    Tropical Fruit Salad Served in a Pineapple

    Tropical fruit salad served in a pineapple

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    This healthy 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. It 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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    Grilled Pineapple Dessert

    Thai Grilled Pineapple Pops

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    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 we call "pineapple pops", so it's easy to eat (like eating a Popsicle.). It makes a beautiful dessert to serve, and it's truly fantastic to eat.

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    Bubble Tea

    Bubble tea

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    Most bubble tea that you can buy at restaurants is not what we 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.