Finding a Sweet Alternative to Gluten- and Dairy-Based Desserts


Sweet Alternative by Ariana BundyUp to 75% of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant and this number is on the rise.* With food allergies and intolerances to gluten, dairy, wheat, and soy growing rapidly, more and more people are having to make adjustments to their daily diets. At the slightest hint of a food allergy or intolerance, the first casualty on the menu is the dessert. Sweets, cakes, ice-creams, and pastries are all considered to be “off-limit” to those suffering food intolerances and are an enjoyment that has to be denied.

Chef Ariana Bundy is determined to bring desserts back to the menu. A top pastry chef and intolerant to dairy herself, Ariana Bundy has conjured up more than 100 gluten-, soy- and lactose-free recipes for cakes, biscuits, desserts, truffles, ice-creams and more, in her book Sweet Alternative. Developed through years of research and recipe testing, this book is the first to reveal how to make professional-looking, mouth-watering desserts without using butter, cream, flour, or soy, and with ingredients easily accessible to the average consumer.

Delicious and inventive recipes featured in Sweet Alternative include creamy vanilla-studded ‘creme patissiere’ and flans made with rice or almond milk, deep chocolate muffins and chewy chocolate chip cookies made from rice flour, light fruity mousses made with coconut cream, fluffy pancakes made with chestnut flour and classic colourful macarons made with almond meal. Crucially all the recipes in the book are simple to make, allowing anyone to replicate this divine collection of irresistible treats.

Sweet Alternative by Ariana Bundy

Ariana Bundy proves that allergies and intolerances are no reason to compromise on taste by using wholesome available store-bought or homemade ingredients such as coconut milk, nut butters, trans-fat free margarines, natural food colourings, unrefined sugars, speciality flours, and excellent quality chocolates. Sweet Alternative also provides a detailed and invaluable explanation of ingredients to buy and also avoid, and with more than 75 scrumptious photographs to whet your appetite, this beautiful book proves that you really can have your cake and eat it.

Sweet Alternative by Ariana Bundy


Ariana Bundy was Head Pastry Chef at Ian Schrager’s ultra-fashionable Mondrian in Los Angeles. While living in Paris, Ariana obtained a Grande Diplome in Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu. She also trained at the renowned Ecole Le Notre and completed her apprenticeship at Fauchon in Paris. Ariana grew up and studied in New York, London, Boston, San Francisco, Vienna, Rome, Geneva and Singapore and now currently lives between Paris and Dubai, with her husband Paul, son Dara and dog Nougat.


Lisa Linder is a London-based photographer whose previous books include In My Kitchen and Up In Smoke. Her work is frequently featured in Condé Nast Traveller, Waitrose Food Illustrated, Glamour, The Sunday Times Style Magazine and Observer Food Monthly.

* Statistic taken from a study by Medscape.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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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