Reducing or eliminating dairy may be a great goal, but if you have a sweet tooth, the idea of giving up cheesecake or ice cream may sound like absolute torture. It doesn’t have to be.
Check out the recipes below for chocolate desserts, fruity desserts, and other sweet treats.
1. Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Tart with Fresh Strawberries
This completely raw, no-bake chocolate tart with ganache filling is absolutely sinful. This entire dessert is so creamy, you won’t believe that there isn’t a drop of dairy.
View the recipe at Bare Root Girl.
2. Chocolate Pots de Crème
These chocolate pots de crème don’t actually contain “crème.” Instead, coconut milk replaces the dairy and the entire recipe has only five ingredients. Plus, this recipe is paleo- and chocolate lover–friendly.
View the recipe at Elana’s Pantry.
3. German Chocolate Cake
This rich, dark, and devastatingly chocolatey cake tastes exactly like its traditional counterpart, right down to the crunchy coconut topping. You’d never guess that it’s dairy-free.
View the recipe at Dairy Freed.
4. Raw Cacao Truffles
View the recipe at Solluna.
5. 11 Ingredient Oreo Cake
Cashew cream replaces whipped cream in this healthy take on a cake based on the famous black-and-white cookie. Several frosting variations are provided to suit all palates. It’s also grain-free, egg-free, and sugar-free, so you won’t feel guilty when you go back for seconds.
View the recipe at Purely Twins.
6. Raw Thin Mint Peppermint Patties
View the recipe at Rawmazing.
7. Vegan Blackberry Brownies
Combining blackberries and chocolate makes these brownies gooey and irresistible. You may have to stop yourself from devouring the entire pan.
View the recipe at The Friendly Fig.
8. Raw Blueberry Cheesecake
Like many raw desserts, this recipe calls for nuts and requires a little more preparation than a conventional cheesecake. However, there’s zero baking involved.
You might want to start prepping this dessert the day before since a few items have to be frozen for several hours. The result of your labor is a creamy, decadent dessert full of antioxidants.
View the recipe at Deliciously Ella.
9. Paleo Peach Pie Popsicles
This simple recipe is perfect for enjoying peaches at the height of stone fruit season. Feel free to use your sweetener of choice.
View the recipe at Holly Would If She Could.
10. Pear-Almond Tart
This beautiful pear tart is a showstopper that you can bring to your next potluck. You don’t even have to tell them it’s dairy-free.
View the recipe at Big Girls Small Kitchen.
11. Panna Cotta with Strawberry Balsamic Compote
This classic Italian dessert loses the dairy, but none of the delicate texture expected of a panna cotta. The topping of strawberries and balsamic vinegar makes a perfect pairing that doesn’t overwhelm you with sweetness.
View the recipe at Nom Nom Paleo.
12. Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream with Rhubarb Swirl
If you’re lucky enough to find rhubarb and strawberries at your local farmers market this season, this recipe preserves all the flavors of summer in a coconut milk base.
View the recipe at My Natural Family.
13. Summer Fever Strawberry Lime Granitas
Granita is a semi-frozen, low-calorie Italian dessert that’s great for the summer months. Four ingredients make up this nearly effortless treat. Feel free to use your liquid sweetener of choice.
View the recipe at Oh She Glows.
14. Berry Mango Sunrise Tarts
These frozen fruit tarts really do look like a sunrise and they taste like summertime. After you see how simple it is to make this beautiful tart, you’ll be hooked.
View the recipe at The Fitchen.
15. Mango Sorbet
Sorbets are a great dairy-free alternative to ice cream. Three ingredients and an ice cream maker (or a little elbow grease) are all you need to make this tropical mango treat.
View the recipe at Anja’s Food 4 Thought.
16. Lemon Meringue Pie (in a Jar)
Plus, pie in a jar? This recipe earns extra points for portion control.
View the recipe at Wake The Wolves.
17. Gluten-Free Lemon Bars
A dairy- and gluten-free take on a retro bake sale favorite, these blissful lemon bars taste like absolute sunshine.
View the recipe at Noshtastic.
18. Practically Paleo Pecan Pumpkin Pie Pudding
View the recipe at Slim Pickin’s Kitchen.
19. Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donut Muffins
View the recipe at Milk Free Mom.
20. Ginger Turmeric Cookies
View the recipe at Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.
21. Vegan Radiant Orchid Alfajores
This vegan version of an Argentinian classic cookie is a brilliant shade of fuchsia, thanks to the incorporation of purple sweet potatoes. Coconut milk dolce de leche replaces that traditional dairy filling to create a delicious, dairy-free cookie.
View the recipe at Vegan Miam.
Making the conscious effort to ditch dairy doesn’t necessarily mean giving up rich and creamy desserts. With the rise in popularity of vegan, raw, and paleo diets, the development of dairy-free recipes has skyrocketed.
Take an out-of-the-box approach by trying some of these scrumptious, dairy-free desserts, and you can have your dairy-free cake and eat it too.