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20 dairy-free desserts that everyone will love

Living with a dairy intolerance is easy when you've got these recipes up your sleeve. Whether you want fruity or chocolatey, light or oh-so-decadent, there's bound to be something here for you. Some are gluten- or egg-free too - bonus!

By Harriet Keown
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    Vegan berry and lemon cheesecake

    Berries and lemon are a great match in this vegan take on an old classic. A chocolatey, gluten-free base pairs with a silky coconut cream and cashew butter filling and berry topping to make one all-round knockout of a dessert!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 2

    Italian lemon and olive oil cake with rosemary

    This cake is so simple to make but bursts with wonderful flavour - perfect for whipping up as a light afternoon treat. Drizzle with lemon and sugar syrup and top with rosemary twigs for a gorgeous finish.


  • 3

    Gluten-free spiced banana and strawberry loaf

    This loaf is perfect for anyone craving a spot of weekend baking, as it does equally well both as a breakfast option (toasted and slathered in butter) or a sweet snack beside a cuppa. Plus, it's free of both gluten and dairy!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Chocolate surprise cake

    The surprise is that this cake is full of health-giving beetroot as well as almonds and hazelnuts! Enjoy a slice of moist deliciousness guilt free thanks to this protein and fibre-packed concoction.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 5

    Raw lemon meringue pie

    Raw, refined-sugar free and oh-so-delicious, this lemon meringue pie is a superstar. Transforming the classic pie by using fresh coconut flesh and coconut cream instead of meringue, this indulgent dish will blow you away!


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    Vegan banoffee pie

    Calling all Banoffee Pie lovers! This rich, indulgent banana and maple pie is fully vegan and absolutely delicious!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

  • 7

    Chocolate date mousse

    Medjool dates are the key to making this chocolate date mousse recipe pop. The caramel undertones and naturally sweet flavour of these dates also means this dessert contains no refined sugar


  • 8

    Watermelon and pomegranate granita

    It couldn't be easier to whip up this frozen treat! The sweetness of watermelon and tanginess of pomegranate are the perfect combination, creating an delicious icy cool dessert for warm evenings.


  • 9

    Dairy-free blueberry and almond cake

    Cut yourself a piece of this gorgeous blueberry and almond cake for morning tea or dessert. It's beautifully moist and ideal for dairy-free cake lovers!


  • 10

    Berry and chunky chocolate slice

    Not too sweet but super fudgy, this slice is like a flour-free brownie except that it’s packed with nut protein for goodness! All the berries and bits of chocolate make this an irresistible treat.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 11

    Doughnuts with caramel sauce

    Whip up a batch of these while your guests hover to gobble them up! Make the batter and sauce ahead of time, then it’s a quick cook to serve them up freshly fried.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Gluten-free beetroot cake with chocolate drizzle

    Nici Wickes' beetroot cake recipe has been fed to young fussy eaters and they’ve devoured piece after piece, little realising it contains beetroot! This cake is gluten and dairy-free, so it's perfect for sharing

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Chocolate wacky cake (egg-free and dairy-free)

    This chocolate cake recipe is ideal if you need to cater for egg or dairy allergies or a vegan diet. It is so quick and easy and results in a soft cake that keeps well. You can also use this recipe to make mini muffins for lunch boxes. Win win!


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    Dairy-free strawberry mousse cake

    Don't let dietary needs stop you from enjoying dessert! This strawberry mousse cake recipe is dairy-free, so it's perfect for sharing at your next sweet occasion. Serve in thick, silky slices

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 17

    Olive oil and honey cake (gluten-free and dairy-free)

    Nici Wickes' olive oil and honey cake recipe is scrumptious and the hero is the seed-spice sprinkle on top! Gluten and dairy-free, this cake is perfect for just about everyone to enjoy for dessert

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 18

    Vegan-friendly banana bread with walnuts

    Nici Wickes' banana bread recipe is moist, sweet, slightly sticky and keeps well. It’s also dairy and egg-free, so it's vegan-friendly. Try serving with orange butter and honey if you don't have dietary requirements

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 19

    Dairy free almond and sticky strawberry ice-cream

    Indulge in this sweet and sticky almond and sticky strawberry ice-cream! Delicious, dairy-free and full of natural ingredients - this is an ice-cream you can feel good about eating!

    Woman's Day|

  • 20

    Raw raspberry, vanilla and macadamia cake

    Nici Wickes' raw raspberry, vanilla and macadamia cake is an indulgent dessert made for special occasions. Punctuated with tart raspberries and topped with crunchy macadamias, this recipe is so luxurious yet incredibly simple to make!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|