12 Dairy-Free Dessert Recipes Everyone Will Love

Sweet Potato Brownies
Photo: Andy Lyons

Yes, mouthwatering dairy-free dessert recipes are absolutely possible. These sweet eats are proof. If you're avoiding dairy, eating lactose-free, or just need inspiration, these ideas for brownies, sorbets, cakes, and dairy-free cookie recipes are what you need.

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Chocolate-Marshmallow-Peanut Clusters

chocolate marshmallow peanut butter clusters
Karla Conrad

These no-bake cookies are dairy-free but full of chocolatey, gooey marshmallow goodness. We also love that this five-ingredient dessert comes together with 10 minutes of hands-on time and makes 45 clusters. (That'll feed a crowd!) It is one of our go-to easy dairy-free dessert recipes. Remember to check the ingredient list on your chocolate to make sure it's dairy-free.

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Vegan Ice Cream Base

coconut ice cream with chocolate chips
Blaine Moats

This nondairy dessert recipe is customizable to whatever flavor you desire. Start with the creamy coconut milk base, then add your favorite dairy-free stir-ins. Can't decide? Try bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped fruit.

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Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies
Andy Lyons

These indulgent-tasting brownies are hiding an unexpected twist: almost a full cup of vitamin- and fiber-packed sweet potato. This secret ingredient makes the dairy-free chocolate dessert look and taste like a butter- and egg-filled classic brownie.

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Pumpkin Pie white plate dollop whipped cream
Katlyn Moncada

You'll be amazed by how close this nondairy holiday dessert tastes to a traditional one. Instead of evaporated milk, this vegan pumpkin pie gets its rich and creamy custard base from coconut milk. A dollop of dairy-free whipped topping and you'll be set.

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Matthew Clark

We took this cookie recipe all the way to vegan-dessert level, so no one ever has to be deprived. Put it at the top of your dairy-free cookie recipe collection because no one can turn down a warm-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookie. No one.

Buy It: Wilton Cookie Sheet Set ($18, Target)

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Dessert Pizza with Banana Ice Cream

Dessert Pizza with Banana Ice Cream
Blaine Moats

Banana ice cream (aka nice cream) is a magical dairy-free dessert recipe made simply from bananas, nondairy milk, and a hint of vanilla. Served atop a no-bake dairy-free crust, you've got delicious sweet pizza slices to pass around.

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Canned Apple Pie Filling with Maple and Cinnamon

Canned Apple Pie Filling with Maple and Cinnamon
Jacob Fox

This dairy-free dessert filling tastes so rich that people will think it has dairy in it. So use it to fill desserts that traditionally call for dairy fillings. Fill a dairy-free pie crust (buy one or make one with vegetable shortening). Use it on your favorite dairy-free ice cream recipe for a gluten-free dessert. Or wrap it into egg rolls for dairy-free Apple Pie Egg Rolls.

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Cranberry-Vanilla Cereal Drops

Cranberry-Vanilla Cereal Drops in jar and stacked
Blaine Moats

Even though it only has five ingredients, this recipe turns out 60 dairy-free clusters. Make sure the vanilla-flavor candy coating you use is dairy free. Fortunately, major baking supply companies sell allergen-free versions, so it should be easy to find.

Buy It: Great Value Organic White Baking Chips ($3, Walmart)

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No-Bake Peanut-Apple Balls

No-Bake Peanut-Apple Balls
Blaine Moats

These peanut-apple balls were originally created as an appetizer recipe, but these no-bake bites also pull double-duty as easy dairy-free cookies. Chances are you've got the ingredients in your pantry. Easy dairy-free dessert recipes don't get much simpler.

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Coconut-Chia Oat Crisps

Coconut-Chia Oat Crisps
Brie Passano

These crips look healthy (and they are), but they're also a delicious sweet treat. Enjoy the dairy-free dessert as is or drizzle them with a dark (and nondairy) chocolate or slightly sweetened and thinned nut butter of your choosing.

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Healthy Energy Bars

Healthy Energy Bars in glass bowl
Tracy Benjamin

This dairy-free dessert can easily become a sweet snack to get you through a midafternoon slump. Just be sure to use dairy-free or vegan chocolate. Most 70% and higher dark chocolate varieties are naturally dairy-free, but check those labels.

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Pear-Honey Sorbet

Pear-Honey Sorbet
Justin Coit

Here's a pro dairy-free tip: Sorbet is, by definition, made without milk, making it one of the ultimate dairy-free dessert recipes. This sorbet comes together with only a saucepan, blender, and—of course—your freezer.

Buy It: NutriBullet Blender ($110, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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