I have found myself on a dairy-free diet (insert huge sigh here). This is particularly difficult since my previous menu was mostly cheese, milk, yogurt, and ice cream. I have managed to find my way around most things, but dessert is tricky. I have yet to go to a (non-vegan) restaurant and find a dairy-free dessert option (how rude!). At home, I’m equally at a loss because so many choices require a million pricey ingredients and stuff that’s not so easy to find. Luckily, I’ve found some like-minded bloggers who appreciate some actually easy dairy-free desserts with accessible ingredients and simple instructions. Extra bonus…most are vegan if you’re into that sort of thing. For me, I’ll have my coconut milk with a side of bacon…
I can’t have a dessert post without peanut butter. And these Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies from The Rising Spoon fit the bill. Even without flour, gluten, and dairy they still pack a bunch of flavor – with only 6 ingredients that you probably already have!
When you want to feel like a kid again, go for this awesome twist on a classic treat. Brown Rice Crispy Treats w/ Strawberries are all about the crispy chewy texture and pop of strawberry flavor. From Veggie Inspired.
When you can’t have dairy, candy bars kind of hit the bricks as well. Although, it’s not such a loss when you look at that ingredient list – yikes! Instead, grab some dairy free chocolate and make your own Salted Coconut Almond & Chocolate Bites from Pinch and Swirl.
And if a homemade candy bite isn’t enough chocolate – go all out and whip up (literally) these Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Shots from Urban Bliss Life. These require just 5 ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store so it’s one of the ultimate easy dairy-free desserts.
While it can be fun to try and replicate traditional dairy-laden choices without the milk, sometimes it’s not quite the same. So, I also like to celebrate desserts that never had a dairy component to begin with. This easy Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips (from Spend with Pennies) is a bright, refreshing burst of flavor (and there was never any dairy to miss). And after you try this berry/melon mix, you can also try my Stone Fruit Dessert Salsa!
From dessert chips and salsa, to Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter and Chocolate from Trial and Eater. This easy dairy-free dessert is as simple as slicing an apple and drizzling the topping of your choice. This is bound to go over well with any dairy-free kids!
Luckily the frozen aisle has been stocking more dairy-free ice cream choices (don’t get me started on Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy…mmmmm). Allergy Free Alaska makes use of the So Delicious offerings with this Vegan Salted Caramel Frappuccino. I’ve tried a Starbucks Frappuccino with Almond Milk, and this homemade version looks SO much better!!
And then there’s the popsicle trend. Popsicles are everywhere, and for good reason. They’re refreshing summer treats that are usually easy to make. And luckily for me, there are thousands of dairy-free options out there. My favorites are:
If you prefer to eat your frozen treats with a spoon, then opt for this bright, refreshing Honeydew Sorbet from I Heart Vegetables. And for the grown-ups, replace that dairy with a little bit of rum in the chilly Watermelon Mojito Mule Sorbet from Fried Dandelions.
So, even though many restaurants haven’t caught on just yet, there are some great and easy dairy-free desserts out there. You no longer have to go to a specialty market, or shell out your entire paycheck or weekend just to make yourself a sweet treat.
What are your favorite easy dairy-free desserts?