25 Easy Dairy-Free Treat Recipes to Make from your Pantry


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 - butter-free, egg-free, dairy-free simple desserts using non-perishable ingredients.

25 Easy Dairy-Free Treat Recipes from your Pantry

Fudge Bites

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.

Dairy-Free Fudge Bites Recipe with My Perfectly Peppermint Option! Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Easy, and Everyone Loves Them!

Gumdrop Bread

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.

Dairy-Free Gumdrop Bread Recipe with Vegan Option - nut-free and optionally soy-free too. Baked into mini loaves. Kids can cook treat.

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.

Crackly Vegan Brownies Recipe that's Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free and made with Melted Chocolate (a sample from Wait, That's Vegan!?)

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.

Vegan Horchata No-Churn Ice Cream Recipe - Dairy-free, Soy-free, Egg-free and easy to whip up!

Cookie Dough Dip

Made with chickpeas, nut or seed butter, and oats, this is the ultimate plant-based pantry dessert!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip Recipe - dairy-free, gluten-free, healthy snack or treat

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.

Vegan Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe adapted from the Maple Spice Pumpkin Cookies Recipe in Go Dairy Free, The Guide and Cookbook

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.

Wacky Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes - The World's Easiest Pantry Recipe (also known as Crazy, Joe, or WW II Cupcakes)

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.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Whipped Cream Recipe - vegan, soy-free and easy!

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.

Vegan Stovetop Rice Pudding Recipe - easy, classic, gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free

Peppermint Patties 

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.

Homemade Dairy-Free Peppermint Patties - so easy, delicious, and naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, free of top allergens and vegan!

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?

Strawberry Macaroons Recipe - Decadent, delicious, and amazingly healthy - with Paleo, Vegan and No-Bake Options

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.

Popular Pumpkin Bread that's Super Moist and Naturally Dairy Free

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.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Tarts - Better than Pop Tarts! Recipe is vegan and dairy-free.

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.

Trail Mix Cookies Recipe - naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly! A snack-worthy, breakfast-worthy treat

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.

Chocolate Granola Clusters Recipe! These addictive, 3-ingredient treats are almost too easy! Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and top allergen-free if you wish.

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.

Vegan Spice Cake Recipe that's Butterless, Eggless, and Low Fat

S’mores Crispy Treats

Most crispy treat recipes call for refrigerated butter or margarine, but this butter-less version uses coconut oil!

Smores Rice Crispy Treats Recipe - dairy-free, gluten-free, optionally vegan and delicious!

Almost Classic No Bake Cookies

Most no bake cookies are made with butter, but these are butter-less, sweet, and delicious.

Chocolate No Bake Cookies Recipe (Naturally Vegan & Dairy Free! Optionally Gluten Free & Nut-Free)

Perfectly Peanut Butter Oat Bars

These started out as a Clif Bar copycat, but they’ve become one of my favorite treats.

Perfectly Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars Recipe - naturally vegan, gluten-free and nutritious treat (spiked with cinnamon and raisins)

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.

Dairy-Free Tofu Chocolate Mousse Recipe with Raspberry, Mint, and Mocha Options - Just 4 Simple Ingredients - so easy and delicious!

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!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Popsicles

Healthy Raspberry Protein Brownies

You won’t believe the nutrition in these pantry brownies. They’re fruit-sweetened and made with black beans!

Healthy Raspberry Protein Brownies Recipe (Dairy-Free and Vegan!)

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.

Homemade Dairy-Free White Chocolate Crispy Bars - yes, from scratch! The recipe is naturally vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, easy, and SO yummy!

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!

chocolate pecan crumble bars

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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