3 Luscious Lactose-Free Desserts to Relish

EEliza September 13, 2023 6:27 PM

For those who are lactose intolerant or purposely avoiding dairy products, dessert can often be a tricky area. It's a common misconception that dairy-free equates to flavorless or less delicious. But don't fret! We've gathered three luscious lactose-free desserts that you can relish without a worry in the world. You'll soon realize that these desserts are not just 'good for dairy-free,' but they are simply 'good.'

Lactose-free chocolate lava cake

First up, the ever-popular and truly tempting lactose-free chocolate lava cake. Who can resist the warm, gooey, heart-melting center of a lava cake? Here's how to make it lactose-free.


  • 1 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of dairy-free margarine
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips and margarine together in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and sugar before mixing in the melted chocolate.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the batter into the muffin tin and bake for 12-14 minutes.

Dairy-free strawberry shortcake

Nothing screams summer like a dairy-free strawberry shortcake. It's fresh, light, and absolutely delightful. Here's the lactose-free version of this classic dessert.


  • 1 quart of fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of dairy-free margarine
  • 2/3 cup of dairy-free milk
  • Dairy-free whipped cream


  1. Hull and slice the strawberries before mixing them with sugar. Set aside to macerate.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the margarine until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in the dairy-free milk to form a dough.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet and bake at 425°F for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Let the shortcakes cool before splitting them open and filling with the strawberries and whipped cream.

Lactose-free lemon bars

Finally, let's not forget the tangy, sweet, and wonderfully refreshing lactose-free lemon bars. They're the perfect dessert for any time of the year.


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of dairy-free margarine
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine flour, powdered sugar, and margarine until it forms a dough. Press into a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking, beat together the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, flour, and baking powder.
  4. Once the crust is ready, pour the lemon mixture over it and bake for an additional 25 minutes.

All of these recipes prove that lactose-free baking doesn't have to be a compromise on taste or texture.

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