Are you and dairy not getting along well these days? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Between 30 and 50 million Americans have some degree of lactose intolerance. 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.

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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.

1. Sweet Potato Alfajores

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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.

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2. Chocolate Pots de Crème

These chocolate pots de crème do not 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.

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3. Raw Blueberry Cheesecake

Like many raw desserts, this recipe calls for nuts and requires a little more preparation than a conventional cheesecake, but there is 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.

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4. German Chocolate Cake

This rich, dark, and devastatingly chocolaty cake tastes exactly like its traditional counterpart, right down to the crunchy coconut topping. You’d never guess that it’s dairy-free.

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5. Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Tart with Fresh Strawberries

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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.

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6. Raw Cacao Truffles

If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll love these truffles made from “superfood” raw cacao, which contains more antioxidants than alkalized or Dutch-processed cocoa.

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7. Peach Pie Popsicles

This simple recipe is perfect for enjoying fresh, ripe peaches at the height of stone fruit season. Feel free to use your sweetener of choice.

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8. 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.

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9. Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donut Muffins

Applesauce and dairy-free milk keep these muffins from drying out. Try pairing these muffins with a cup of coffee.

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10. Paleo Coconut Milk Ice Cream

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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.

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11. 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.

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12. Vegan Blackberry Brownies

Combining blackberries and chocolate makes these brownies gooey and irresistible. You may have to stop yourself from devouring the entire pan.

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13. 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, egg, and sugar-free, so you won’t feel guilty when you go back for seconds.

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14. Raw Thin Mints

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This is a raw, vegan, low-sugar version of one of America’s most beloved cookies. Coat it in chocolate to make your own peppermint patty!

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15. 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.

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16. 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.

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17. Lemon Meringue Pie in a Jar

This revamp of a classic lemon meringue pie is a pretty spot on replication, minus the dairy, gluten, and sugar of a traditional recipe! Plus, pie in a jar? This recipe earns extra points for portion control.

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18. Pumpkin Pie Pudding

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The marriage of coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and spices makes this dairy-free, vegan, and paleo pudding cozy and comforting.

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19. Ginger Turmeric Cookies

Ginger and turmeric have tons of health benefits. They aid in digestion and may help to reduce inflammation. Consider these yummy cookies a nutritional boost to your day.

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20. 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 treat.

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21. Lemon Bars

A dairy- and gluten-free take on a retro bake sale favorite, these blissful lemon bars taste like absolute sunshine.

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