10 dairy-free desserts for lactose intolerant wedding guests

05 Apr 2019

Give your lactose intolerant wedding guests something to set their tastebuds tingling

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Who says your lactose intolerant wedding guests have to give up rich, delicious desserts? Dairy-free desserts have become numerous with paleo, vegan, and raw diets rising in popularity. These 10 dairy-free desserts are a delight to the palate.

1. Fuchsia cookies

This vegan take on the classic South American cookie recipe includes a brilliant shade of fuchsia, because it is made with purple sweet potatoes. Coconut milkreplaces traditional cow's milk to create a healthy dessert.

Recipe for 20 servings

For the crust: 

  • 1.5 cups hazelnut meal/flour (or 2 cups raw hazelnuts-see below)
  • 1/2 cup of raw cacao nibs (can sub 1/4 cup of raw cacao powder)
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


1. Mix hazelnut meal, seal salt, and cacao nibs in a food processor, then add the dates and coconut oil and process until homogenous.

2. Pour into a 9-inch tart pan and place in the fridge for 10 minutes.

For the filling: 

  • 1 cup raw coconut butter/manna (can sub coconut oil)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. The ingredients go in the food processor in the order listed. Process until smooth.

2. Pour mixture into the chilled crust and let cool for half an hour.

3. Serve with fresh berries of your choice. 

2. Mini cinnamon muffins

The highlights of this dessert, which keep it from getting dry, are apple sauce and dairy-free milk. The muffins are a very welcome addition to your favorite cup of java.

Recipe for 24 mini muffins

  • 1.75 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • Half teaspoon salt
  • Half teaspoon all spice (you can substitute nutmeg as well)
  • Half teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dairy-free milk

For the cinnamon sugar topping:

  • Half cup melted dairy free butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


1. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and spices in a large dish using a fork. Combine the dairy-free milk, sugar, and apple sauce in another dish.

2. Combine the two mixtures and stir well.

3. Scoop your batter into tin cups. They should be about two thirds full.

4. Bake in an oven preheated to 350°F for about 20 minutes.

5. In the meantime, mix the sugar and cinnamon for the topping.

6. Melt the dairy-free butter in a separate bowl.

7. Remove the muffins from the oven. Dip their tops in the butter and the cinnamon sugar mixture in that order.

3. Chocolate mousse shots

These shots are a crowd pleaser dessert. The presentation is really neat because they are mini single servings, so your guests can enjoy them without feeling over-indulged. 

Ingredients for 20 shots

  1. 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  2. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  3. Half teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  5. Mini chocolate chips for topping


1. Open the chilled can of coconut milk and remove the thick cream. Place it in a mixer. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Mix on medium until smooth.

2. Spoon into double shot glasses. 

4. Tropical sorbet

No list of delicious dairy-free desserts would be complete without sorbets, which are maybe the healthiest and simplest alternative to ice cream. You need just three cups of ripe mango, peeled and diced, 3-4 tablespoons honey or agave syrup, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and an ice cream maker to make mango sorbet. 

5. Lime and strawberry granitas

This low-calorie, half-frozen Italian dessert is perfect for a summer wedding. You need 6 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, 1/3 cup of agave nectar, 450 grams of strawberries, and 120 ml of water to make this almost effortless treat. You can use liquid sweetener to fortify the taste.


6. Rhubarb and strawberry swirl

This is a paleo diet staple that your health-conscious wedding guests are sure to love. Hopefully you can find strawberries and rhubarb at your local farmer’s market as the wedding date approaches. This recipe sustains all the whiffs of summer thanks to the base of coconut milk, which replaces traditional milk.

7. Gingerbread cookies

A classic and eternal wedding favourite, particularly if you're hosting a festive Christmas theme. 

Ingredients for 24 servings:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Half teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup molasses


1. Mix the flour, cloves, ginger, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

3. Mix the margarine and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl until fluffy and light. Add the water and molasses.

4. Slowly, stir the flour mix into the molasses mix.

5. Make small balls and roll them in the remaining sugar. Place the cookies on an ungreased sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for nine minutes.

8. Blissful raw truffles

Another delight for fans of chocolate. Everybody will love these truffles, which are made from raw cacao instead of cocoa. What’s the difference, you ask? Cacao is an antioxidant-packed super food, and thankfully, its raw variety is available discounted on Amazon at a very affordable price. It’s also much healthier than alkalized cocoa.

According to experts, cacao promotes feelings of joy and love and opens up the energy of the chakra of the heart. This makes it indispensible at occasions like weddings. It contains anandamide, which is known as the 'bliss' neurotransmitter (in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism ananda means extreme happiness, one of the highest states of being).

Cacao contains anandamide inhibitors as well, meaning that the chemical won’t break down quickly, maintaining that happy rush lasting throughout the wedding.


9. Fruit salsa with cinnamon crisps

Ingredients for the salsa (20 servings):

  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup kiwi or finely diced melon
  • 1lb strawberries
  • 1/2 lb raspberries
  • 4 tablespoons preserves

Ingredients for the crisps:

  • 10 flour tortillas 10″
  • Cooking spray or olive oil Spray
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Combine sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

2. Spray both sides of the tortillas and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

3. Cut tortillas into wedges.

4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees.

5. Cut the apples into small pieces and mix with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Finely chop the kiwi/melon and strawberries. Combine all ingredients.

10. Blackberry brownies

The combination of blackberries, dark cocoa powder, and flax eggs makes this dessert impossible to resist. Just mix the products and put the mix in a preheated oven for 40 minutes.

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