Dairy-free dessert recipes

Enjoy our favourite dairy-free dessert recipes that taste delicious and are super easy to make.
Published 21 January 2018

Dairy-free desserts and baking


Desserts are one of those things that can frequently contain dairy ingredients making it hard for people who need to eat dairy or lactose-free due to allergies and intolerances. It's not impossible though to enjoy dairy-free desserts.


Dairy foods to exclude

The problem for people who need to avoid dairy in their diet is that it is found in many manufactured foods. It may be hard to buy ready-made foods from the shelves and you will need to pay extra addition when reading food labels to ensure products are dairy-free. Eating dairy-free means not consuming any product containing cow's milk.


Foods to exclude:

  • Butter
  • Cows milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Milk solids (food additive found in manufactured foods)
  • Whey and casein (proteins found in milk)
  • Cheese
  • Cream
  • Ice- cream


Adapting recipes for dairy-free baking

Common substitutes for dairy in desserts including nondairy milk alternatives like soy or almond milk, apple puree, coconut oil, avocado and olive oil. Adapting regular desserts that include dairy to dairy or lactose-free yourself can often take a bit of trial and error, so the easiest approach is to cook fully tested diary or lactose-free recipes.

We have an array of delicious tried and tested dairy-free baking dessert recipes to enjoy for you. Looking for something sweet to go with your morning coffee? Try our banana and date biscottit with a twist on the classic Italian biscuit using mashed banana and dates. Or try our dairy and gluten-free chocolate and walnut brownie using olive oil and mashed sweet potato that may sound usual but trust us you won't even know you are eating vegies under the rich chocolate flavour.