Everyone needs a little sweet now and then, but there’s no need to spend your day in the kitchen. These easy dairy-free treat recipes can be thrown together easily, and they’re made purely with non-perishable ingredients. No eggs or butter needed! In fact, all of these recipes are vegan-friendly, and your kids can even help make them.
25 Easy Dairy-Free Treat Recipes from your Pantry
I usually feature this recipe around the holidays, but truthfully, we’ve enjoyed them year round. The ones pictured are chocolate peppermint, but you can make them whatever flavor you like.
Not surprisingly, the bread pictured was baked by kids! But adults can’t resist the sweet nostalgia of this recipe either. Sarah’s family baked it in mini loaves, but you can make a full-size loaf or muffin-style cupcakes, if preferred.
Crackly Vegan Brownies
I love that this recipe uses aquafaba – an oft forgotten pantry ingredient. It’s the liquid from your cans of beans! Plus, these brownies really are dairy-free, egg-free, and yet, fudgy.
Horchata No Churn Ice Cream
Technically, you can make most of our dairy-free ice cream recipes solely with pantry ingredients. But this is one of the few that doesn’t even call for an ice cream maker! Just whip and freeze.
Cookie Dough Dip
Made with chickpeas, nut or seed butter, and oats, this is the ultimate plant-based pantry dessert!
Sweet Potato Cookies
I bet you weren’t expecting sweet potato cookies on this list! I use canned sweet potato puree to make these tender vegan cookies, but have also tested them with pumpkin puree. They might also work well with butternut squash puree.
Wacky Chocolate Cupcakes
This Depression era recipe is a staple in kitchens across the country. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and it’s timeless. If you don’t have buttery sticks on hand for the frosting, you can use shortening. Another option is to make a drizzly icing with powdered sugar and a little water or milk beverage. For less sweet, you can top it with some sweetened nut or seed butter, coconut whip, or the chocolate whip quick recipe that follows.
Chocolate Dairy-Free Whipped Cream
You can enjoy it as a topping, or by the spoonful – I won’t judge. We eat it straight up, or sometimes top it sundae-style.
Stovetop Rice Pudding
So you bought a 50 pound bag of rice – now what? Make dairy-free rice pudding of course! This version is also egg-free and vegan.
These are so much fun to make, and equally enjoyable to devour. It’s a fun little project that isn’t too difficult, and rewards you with treats that taste so much fresher than store-bought.
Baked or No-Bake Strawberry Macaroons
These dairy-less, egg-less macaroon are infused with freeze-dried strawberries for pure flavor. But you can use cocoa powder, another fruit, or make them vanilla-style. They work deliciously no bake (left) and baked (right) sweets. And did I mention that they’re even paleo-friendly?
Popular Moist Pumpkin Bread
I’m not sure why we relinquish pumpkin to the fall. Canned pumpkin puree is something that I like to keep stocked in my pantry year round. And this pumpkin bread tastes delicious, no matter what the weather’s like outside. If you need a gluten-free version, enjoy my Pumpkin Bread for All Recipe.
Homemade Dairy-Free Pop Tarts
These are made from scratch, but aren’t too difficult, and use only non-perishable ingredients. The recipe is for peanut butter and jelly, but you can use whatever fillings you like! It’s also a fun project to make with older kids.
Trail Mix Cookies
Don’t let the wholesome look of these cookies fool you. They definitely belong on this list of dairy-free treat recipes. They’re sweet, chewy, and loaded with leftover ingredients from your pantry.
Chocolate Granola Clusters
These crunchy chocolate cups are one of my favorite easy recipes. You only need three ingredients and a few minutes to make them, but I warn you that they are very addictive! If you don’t have granola on hand, try these Chocolate-Covered Raisin Clusters.
Vegan Spice Cake
This is a delicious classic “snack cake” recipe that is a cinch for anyone to bake, and it has no need for dairy or eggs.
S’mores Crispy Treats
Most crispy treat recipes call for refrigerated butter or margarine, but this butter-less version uses coconut oil!
Almost Classic No Bake Cookies
Most no bake cookies are made with butter, but these are butter-less, sweet, and delicious.
Perfectly Peanut Butter Oat Bars
These started out as a Clif Bar copycat, but they’ve become one of my favorite treats.
Silken Chocolate Mousse
This decadent dessert contains just four ingredients, including melted dairy-free chocolate. If you don’t have chocolate chips on hand, try this Silken Dark Chocolate Pudding instead. It uses cocoa powder.
Cookie Dough Popsicles
If it’s warming up where you’re at, then you’ll want to make this healthier treat. It was a recipe contest winner!
Healthy Raspberry Protein Brownies
You won’t believe the nutrition in these pantry brownies. They’re fruit-sweetened and made with black beans!
White Chocolate Crispy Bars
You wouldn’t guess it from all of these chocolate recipes, but I’m really a vanilla fan. Which is why I love making these from-scratch white chocolate bars. They do use food-grade cocoa butter / cacao butter, which is easy to order online if you don’t already have it on hand.
Sandwich Cookies with Homemade Fillings
Turn ordinary pantry cookies into decadent treats with these quick, homemade mint chocolate chip, lemon, raspberry creme, and maple fillings.
No Bake Chocolate Pecan Crumble Bars
This is a healthier, paleo-friendly dessert that’s made with pecans, dates, and maple syrup!