7 Essential Dairy-Free Baked Goods

updated May 19, 2023
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If you’re dairy-free, indulging in baked goods may seem out of the question. That’s far from the truth, however, since there are a whole slew of ingredients that can be used in place of butter and milk that mimic what they do in our favorite cookies and cakes.

Here are seven essential recipes to know if you follow a dairy-free diet.

Essential Dairy-Free Baked Goods

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4-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies
These banana-coconut cookies are the easiest snack option for those 3 p.m. munchies. Hold on to those brown bananas — they're just what this recipe needs.
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Olive Oil Carrot Muffins

Since these muffins are made with olive oil, applesauce, and grated carrots, they’re ridiculously moist. They’re one of the few muffins that will stay fresh-tasting for days.

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Vegan Meringue Cookies
Harness the egg-replacing power of aquafaba (aka chickpea water) to whip up easy vegan meringue cookies.
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Chocolate Wacky Cake

Leave off the chocolate chips or use vegan ones to keep this retro cake dairy-free. Even though it doesn’t use any dairy, it bakes up moist and tender, thanks to a combination of baking soda and vinegar.

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The World's Easiest Cookies
You just need four ingredients and a little elbow grease to make macaron-flavored cookies that are crisp on the edges and chewy in the center.
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Vegan Banana & Chocolate Coconut Pie

Coconut butter not only makes the crust here dairy-free, but it also adds an extra dose of rich coconut flavor to the chocolatey pie.

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie & Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

Aquafaba strikes again to help make a marshmallow-like fluff. If you’re short on time, though, the peanut butter cookies are good enough to serve on their own.

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