Want to end your meal in style without worrying about stomach issues after? Whip up a batch of dairy-free dessert and watch your whole family smile.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite recipes that skip the dairy but still offer plenty of fun and flavor.
We’ll also introduce you to oatmeal on a mission and let you in on how you can be a part of our unique community effort to supply servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.
Dairy-Free Dessert Recipes
1) Raspberry Crumble Bars
Note: Hold back ⅓ cup of the base for the final topping.
- 1½ cups of gluten-free flour
- ⅓ cup of cane sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 8 tablespoons of dairy-free butter (nut butter, soy butter, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons of packed brown sugar
- ⅓ cup of finely chopped pecans
- ¼ cup of rolled oats
- ¾ cup of raspberry preserves
- ¾ cup of fresh raspberries
- 2¼ teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line an eight-inch square baking pan with parchment paper in such a way that you can lift it out of the pan when the bars are done
- Base: Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, add flour, cane sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl and combine on low speed for about 5 seconds
- Add butter and continue mixing until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl (about 2-3 minutes)
- Measure and set aside ⅓ cup of the dough, which will be used in the crumble
- Using your hands, press the remaining dough into an even layer in the prepared baking pan
- Bake for 14-16 minutes or until edges begin to brown
- Rotate pan halfway through baking
- Raspberry Filling: While the base bakes, combine preserves, raspberries, and lemon juice in a small bowl and mash with a fork until well combined but some berry pieces remain
- Crumble Topping: After you’ve finished the raspberry filling, add the reserved dough, brown sugar, pecans, and oats into the mixing bowl used for the base
- Using a mixer, pastry cutter, or your hands, mix until combined and "crumbly" and set aside
- Pour raspberry filling over the hot cookie base and spread evenly
- Sprinkle with crumble topping pinching crumble with fingers to create tiny crumble "clumps" (do not press crumble into the filling)
- Bake for 22-25 minutes or until filling bubbles and crumble topping turns a golden brown
- Let bars cool completely in the pan
- When cooled completely, lift the parchment paper out of the baking pan and onto a cutting board
- Cut into your favorite shape and enjoy!
- Store in the refrigerator for several days
Like the idea of breakfast bars for dessert? Check out this article from The Soulfull Project blog for even more recipes: Simple No-Bake Oatmeal Bars The Whole Family Will Love.
2) Toasted Coconut Granola Cookies
- 1 cup of room temperature nut or soy butter
- ⅔ cup of brown sugar (light or dark)
- ¼ cup of granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 3 cups of The Soulfull Project Toasted Coconut Crispy Granola
- ⅔ cup of dried cranberries
- ½ cup of chopped almonds
- ½ cup of chopped cashews
- ½ cup of shredded sweetened coconut
- ½ cup of mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking liner; set aside
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy (about 1-2 minutes)
- Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until the batter is light in color (about 1-2 minutes)
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined
- Stir in the granola, cranberries, almonds, cashews, coconut, and chocolate chips until combined
- Scoop balls of dough (about two tablespoons) onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about two inches apart
- Press down lightly with your fingers to flatten the granola cookies just a bit
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
- Remove cookies from the baking sheet and place on a cooling rack
- Store in an airtight container
Want to ensure that your dairy-free dessert is also gluten-free? Check out this article from The Soulfull Project blog: Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies For A Healthy Snack Anytime.
3) Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 1 cup of steel-cut or rolled oats
- 1 ⅓ cup of non-dairy milk (coconut, almond, or soy work well)
- 1 tablespoon of white or cider vinegar
- ¼ cup of applesauce (nut butter, oil, and mashed banana are also options)
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- ½ cup of sugar
- 1 cup of flour (we like oat flour for its gluten-free properties)
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¾ cup of chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Stir together oats, milk, vinegar, and applesauce in a large mixing bowl
- Let sit for 10 minutes (don’t skip this step)
- Measure in remaining ingredients and combine to form a batter
- Pour into a lined muffin pan
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean
- Let cool completely in the muffin pan
We don’t usually have a problem with storing these because they disappear so fast, but they’ll last three days covered on the counter or up to a week in the refrigerator.
If you’re looking for more vegan recipes, take a few minutes to peruse this article from The Soulfull Project blog: Delicious Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Recipes And Tips
More Nutrition In Your Dairy-Free Dessert
When it comes to dairy-free dessert, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for nutrition. You can keep the sweetness you crave while still packing plenty of vitamins and minerals into the recipe.
How? By substituting hot cereal into the mix. Hot cereal makes everything healthier thanks to all the hearty grains it contains.
The Soulfull Project hot cereal, for example, offers a wide variety of whole grains for maximum nutrition, including:
Mixing hot cereal into any of the dairy-free dessert recipes on this list is an easy way to add a bit of healthy into your family’s diet without them even knowing.
If you haven’t got time to whip up a dessert from scratch, try The Soulfull Project Crispy Granola instead. These treats come in three delicious flavors: Toasted Coconut, Maple Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Cherry.
And if you’re looking for more gluten-free, nut-free desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out our Don’t Go Nuts soy spreads and chewy granola bars.
Plus, remember that for every serving of hot cereal you purchase, The Soulfull Project will provide a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area.
You can have an impact on the health and happiness of your family and your neighbors when you include The Soulfull Project hot cereal in all your dairy-free desserts.
For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out our delicious hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.