21 Dairy-Free Desserts: Ice Cream, Cookies & More

Our favorite dairy-free ice creams and sodas:

1.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

If you thought this list would start with anything other than vanilla ice cream, surprise! This simple no-pigment recipe is vegan, old-fashioned, and keto-friendly. It’s made with real vanilla beans, coconut milk, and a thickening agent (your choice of tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, xanthan gum, or gelatin).

Get the full recipe here.

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2.

Cold Cream Ice Cream

If you are a coffee lover, this is for you. It’s made by steeping coffee in coconut milk overnight and then mixing it in agave, maple syrup, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt, and it requires an ice cream machine, but it’s worth it.

Get the full recipe here.

3.

Pineapple and basil sorbet

More of a summertime dessert, this sorbet is made with just four ingredients: frozen pineapple, canned pineapple, agave, and basil. You can try other herbs if the basil is not attractive.

Get the full recipe here.

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4.

Choco Caddo Pops

What’s better than regular ice cream? Ice Pop! These creamy chocolate balls use avocado primarily to replace dairy and are naturally sweet thanks to dates.

Get the full recipe here.

5.

Cute Banana Sundae

Nice Cream is a standout staple when it comes to easy-to-make dairy-free ice cream. This recipe also gives you instructions on how to make a dreamy (dairy-free!) chocolate sauce to layer with savory cream, for a delicious sundae.

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Dairy-free chocolate treats:

6.

Dark chocolate truffles

Perfect for when you just want a bite, these three-ingredient chocolate truffles offer subtle benefits thanks to MindbodyGreen Organics, a blend of 31 powerful ingredients that’s easy to add to any dessert.

Get the full recipe here.

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7.

Almond Butter Chocolate Bars Without Bread

As treat nut butter as they are treated with chocolate, these five-ingredient bars remind us of one of our favorite childhood desserts.

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8.

Hazelnut Fudge Brownies

No-bake brownies are the best chocolate treat. These use ground hazelnuts in the mix so that they taste almost like the creaminess of a classic, delicious chocolate.

Get the full recipe here.

9.

Keto-friendly chocolate mousse

Double the dairy-free ingredients, this recipe from functional medicine practitioner Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, DC, uses avocado and coconut milk.

Get the full recipe here.

Dairy Free Cookies:

10.

Chocolate chips and blueberry cookies

Don’t let the exotic addition of blueberries to these chocolate chip cookies intimidate you – it’s actually an amazing flavor combination that takes plain chocolate chip cookies to the next level.

Get the full recipe here.

11.

Chocolate oatmeal slices

If you’re looking for a more classic setting for chocolate chips, this chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe from the creator of Sweet Loren’s will fit the bill.

Get the full recipe here.

12.

macadamia nut cookies

Another classic flavor, these simple cookies are technically entirely vegan and use a blend of coconut oil and apple juice to bind the dough together and get the perfect texture.

Get the full recipe here.

13.

pumpkin pie cookies

Pumpkin seasoning may be popular in the fall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also enjoy the flavor in an “incomplete” season. Simply choose coconut oil for the fat in the recipe (your choice calls for that or ghee) and you’ll have a dairy-free recipe with fall flavor.

Get the full recipe here.

Other dairy-free desserts:

14.

passion fruit pudding

There are simple desserts, and then there is a very simple pudding. This pudding has only three ingredients, and it’s packed with protein because the base is made with silken tofu.

Get the full recipe here.

15th.

Key lime pie without bread

At first glance, this recipe may not seem dairy-free, but keep scrolling—registered dietitian Jess Cording, MS, RD, CDN, shares exactly what needs to be changed to make it so. Simply replace ghee with coconut oil and use dairy-free yogurt.

Get the full recipe here.

16.

guava coconut slabs

Keeping the tropical fruit theme, these gluten-free bars are also dairy-free because they use vegan butter and a touch of olive oil for the fat, plus plenty of almond and oat flour, too.

Get the full recipe here.

17.

Three berries crumble

Many crumbs require butter for this satisfying texture, but this three-berry dessert is completely vegan (and therefore completely dairy-free). Feel free to switch up berries, if you so choose — even if it means using one favorite variety.

Get the full recipe here.

18.

Salted Vanilla Fudge With Cashew Butter

Skip the butter in fudge for nut butters instead, and you’ll be rewarded with more flavor and a better end product for you, that’s dairy-free and vegan, too.

Get the full recipe here.

19.

trifle tiramisu

Usually, tiramisu has layers of mascarpone cream. To make it vegan, this recipe uses firm tofu, plant milk, some vanilla, and sweetener instead, and of course includes the desired coffee flavor as well.

Get the full recipe here.

Plus some dairy-free staples:

20.

Salted Maca Caramel

If you’re looking for a slightly fancier dairy-free favorite, this five-ingredient caramel gets that gooey texture of a lovely dairy-based caramel, without the obvious ingredient (he uses nut butter instead!).

Get the full recipe here.

21.

Flaky dough with olive oil

If you’re looking to cut the dairy out of a fruit pie or other pastry-based dessert, the main ingredient is often the crust (which uses butter for the signature chips). This recipe uses an essential Mediterranean olive oil, instead, for the perfect dairy-free exfoliation.

And if you prefer to buy sweets only.

We get it: Sometimes you don’t want to have to cook to get the sweet fix. With these 15 bars of dairy-free ice cream or a bar of oat milk chocolate, you don’t even have to think about turning on the oven.

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