7 gluten-free, dairy-free dessert recipes you'll love


Coconut Cream Chocolate Mousse

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We all know that gluten and dairy don't get along with everyone. We're looking at you, people with celiac disease and the lactose intolerant. And, of course, many of us are watching our figures — especially now that it's summer.

But one thing most of us have in common? We love dessert!

In an effort to satisfy your sweet tooth — without the gluten or dairy, or ruining your diet — we rounded up some delicious desserts from HellaWella's network of cooks and friends.

1. Coconut Cream Chocolate Mousse

Recommended by Amy Myers, MD

Coconut Cream Chocolate Mousse

This delectable mousse is made with coconut milk, cacao powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon and fresh berries for a healthy, gluten- and dairy-free option.


2. Dairy-Free Meyer Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Recommended by Lindsey Johnson, freelance recipe developer, food photographer + stylist and writer

Dairy-Free Meyer Lemon Curd Ice Cream

You won't even miss the dairy from this lemon curd ice cream from Johson's blog, Cafe Johnsonia. Imagine pairing this up with a chocolate-based, gluten-free dessert.  


3. Gluten & Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Sauce

Recommended by blogger Georgianna Dolan-Riley, LMSW (Licensed Masters of Social Welfare)

 Gluten & Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Sauce

If you love mint, this refreshing mousse from Celtic Celiac will do the trick for those sweet, minty cravings.


4. Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

Recommended by Romila "Dr. Romie" Mushtaq, MD, neurologist and an expert in the field of mind-body medicine

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

Nothing says dessert like cheesecake, especially when it's chocolate-flavored. This recipe from Living Without's Gluten Free & More offers the ingredients for making a dairy- and gluten-free version.


5. Lemon-Lavender Meringue Tarts

Recommended by Zoë François, author and blogger

Lemon-Lavender Meringue Tarts

Zoe Bakes' twist on a dessert classic flips the script and puts the meringue on the bottom. And of course, these treats are free of gluten and dairy.


6. Creamy Pumpkin Dip

Recommended by Cara Lyons, blogger and recipe developer

Creamy Pumpkin Dip

Celebrate fall early with this pumpkin dip from Cara's Cravings, which calls for raw cashews, vanilla unsweetened almond milk, lemon juice, liquid vanilla stevia, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup and coconut oil.


7. Black Velvet Apricot Upside-Down Cake

Recommended by Zoë François of Zoe Bakes

Black Velvet Apricot Upside-Down Cake

Another great choice from Zoe, the brains behind Zoe Bakes, this upside-down cake looks almost too beautiful to eat — almost.

BONUS. Gluten-Free Apple-Blueberry Crisp

Recommended by Carey Jane Clark

"We have been eating gluten-free for almost three years now, since we discovered the difference going gluten-free made in our health. Specifically, the choice to eat gluten-free has helped my youngest daughter with digestive issues, and my oldest with focus and behavior. The change has been so positive, we're certain there's no going back. At first, however, switching to gluten-free meant cutting out a lot of things my kids loved to eat. I've had to learn to be much more creative in the kitchen. But we've also reaped some wonderful rewards.

One of those rewards is this family-favorite dessert. We enjoy it whenever we can--sometimes even for breakfast. And why not? Packed with fruit, gluten-free oats and light on natural sweeteners, this gluten-free dessert is the perfect way to start a day. It's delicious just as it is, but our favorite seasonal substitution is to replace the apples with peaches. Enjoy!"


If you are looking to create any of these desserts, feel free to visit our friends' websites. These desserts are absolutely delicious and can truly serve as great alternatives for people who are cutting back on gluten- or dairy-based foods.