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I've rounded up over 20 of the best dairy free thanksgiving desserts to make this season. These desserts are perfect for large or small gatherings, and can be at Christmas time too!
What's on this list
In order to make this list, all of these desserts had to meet certain criteria. Here is what you'll find on this list:
Dairy Free or Vegan: All of these recipes are, at the very least, dairy free. Many of them are also vegan or even gluten free. We've got cakes, tarts, you name it - all completely free of dairy ingredients!
Easy to make: To make this list, these dairy free holiday desserts also had to be fairly simple to make. No super complicated ingredients, kitchen tools, or baking techniques. If I can make these, so can you!
Perfect for small, medium, or larger gatherings: Many people might be having smaller gatherings this year, so I made sure to include a few dairy free desserts for smaller portion sizes, like puddings, mini-tarts, and bars. No matter what you've got planned, there's something for everyone.
Whether you're vegan, dairy-free, lactose-intolerant, or just looking for something delicious to make this holiday season, you're sure to find something to add to your baking list!
Dairy Free Thanksgiving Cakes and Loaves
Dairy Free - This chocolate pumpkin cake is unlike any cake you’ve had! It has a deep, rich chocolate flavour with hints of pumpkin spice. Topped with a thick layer of fluffy coconut whipping cream, this decadent cake is the perfect dairy free holiday dessert.
Dairy Free/Vegan - Made in one bowl, this vegan apple cake is soft, fluffy, filled with fresh apples, and topped with a delicious cinnamon streusel! No mixer required and perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
Dairy Free - This is the BEST chocolate orange cake to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas! It's chocolatey, and full of natural orange flavor. It’s so easy and a guaranteed hit!
Dairy Free - These cupcakes are warm-spices, naturally sweetened, and perfect for a smaller gathering! Topped with a whipped cream cheese buttercream, these cupcakes are sure to make your holiday menu extra special!
Dairy Free - This pumpkin sheet cake is soft, fluffy, and full of fall flavours. The spiced cream cheese frosting is so creamy, no one will ever know it’s dairy free! A great choice for a dairy free Thanksgiving dessert!
Dairy Free/Vegan - This creamy chocolate cheesecake has a smooth, chocolatey filling and a buttery oreo crust. It's topped with chocolate coconut whipped cream and it's the perfect holiday dessert for chocolate lovers!
Dairy Free and Gluten Free - This Orange Almond Flourless Cake is a super moist, lightly sweet gluten-free Spanish cake made with whole oranges and orange peel. A beautiful dessert to serve at a Christmas dinner!
Dairy Free/Vegan - Welcome winter with this fun Vegan Gingerbread Layer Cake! It’s flavored with powdered ginger, fresh ginger AND crystallized ginger for a triple threat of deliciousness.
Dairy Free - This apple cake loaf is filled with delicious apple chunks. It's a perfect holiday brunch addition and it's so easy to make! No mixer required and topped with an optional cinnamon cream cheese icing!
Dairy Free Holiday Pies
Dairy Free/Vegan - This double layer dairy-free pumpkin cheesecake is lightly spiced, creamy and rich, and super easy to whip up! Make it a day or two ahead and serve it cold for a wonderful holiday dessert that pleases any palate!
Dairy Free/Vegan - Pumpkin Pecan Pie is a flavorful egg-free and dairy-free dessert made with a simple homemade crust, best caramel sauce filling and a crunchy Pecan topping. Surprisingly easy to make and outrageously delicious!
Dairy Free/Vegan - The easiest four ingredient vegan chocolate pie recipe with a soft mousse, pudding filling. So creamy, delicious and dairy free. A chocolate pie that is perfect to serve at a holiday gathering!
Dairy Free/Vegan, and Gluten Free - This Swedish apple pie is similar to a crisp and has an amazingly easy topping. It’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert!
Dairy Free Holiday Cookies
Dairy Free/Vegan - Cookies are the perfect dessert to feed a hungry crowd! These pumpkin cookies are soft, chewy and full of warm spices and gooey chocolate chips! Ready in just 16 minutes too!
Dairy Free - Snickerdoodles are a holiday classic, and a crowd favorite! They are soft, chewy, easy to make, and ready in just 25 minutes!
Dairy Free/Vegan -These vegan ginger cookies are another holiday classic! With no chill time and ready in under 30 minutes, they are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
Dairy Free Holiday Puddings and Crisps
Dairy Free/Vegan - A show-stopping dessert for your celebration feast, this British Sticky Toffee Pudding is rich and moist - a date sponge with hot toffee sauce poured over top. Even better topped with dairy free ice cream!
Dairy Free/Vegan and Gluten Free -This Pear Cranberry Apple Crisp is naturally sweetened with pears, apples, and cranberries under a delicious, crispy oat topping!
Dairy Free/Vegan and Gluten Free -This Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding tastes like pumpkin pie in a jar! It’s so delicious and only requires 6 simple ingredients and just 5 minutes of prep time.
Dairy Free Holiday Bars and Mini Tarts
Dairy Free/Vegan - These millionaire bars combine shortbread, chocolate, and vegan caramel for a perfect holiday dessert for a crowd!
Dairy Free/Vegan and Gluten Free- These vegan sweet potato pie bars are the perfect easy Fall recipe. They’re made with fresh sweet potato, coconut milk and have a healthy gluten free shortbread crust.
Dairy Free/Vegan and Gluten Free - These bars are made with a gluten free shortbread crust, a delicious oat streusel topping, then drizzled with vegan salted caramel sauce. These gooey bars are filled with warm, cozy spices.
Dairy Free/Vegan and Gluten Free - These no-bake vegan pumpkin pie tarts are easy to make with just a few ingredients and make the perfect Fall dessert, holiday treat or alternative to pumpkin pie.
Dairy Free/Vegan - This holiday twist on 7 layer bars has all the holiday flavours! It starts with a melt-in-your-mouth buttery base, then a sweet pumpkin sauce, a rich dark chocolate blanket, and topped with nutty coconut and pecan layers.
There you have it! I hope you found something delicious on this list to bake this holiday season. If you give any of these dairy free holiday desserts a try, let me know how it went in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you! 🙂
You can also tag me on Instagram @cookiedoughdiaries so I can check out and share your creation!
Happy Holiday Baking!