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Tasty Gluten And Lactose-Free Desserts

Butter, cream, milk and flour form the basics of baking. But not everyone can digest these ingredients. Whether you have an allergy, an intolerance or just a sweet tooth, the following gluten and/or lactose-free options won’t disappoint you!


1Black bean brownies

You could easily replace flour with a gluten-free mix in your favourite brownie recipe. But some people are using a completely unexpected ingredient to create a brand-new flourless version of this decadent chocolate treat: canned black beans! If you’re feeling especially daring, add some avocado-based chocolate ganache and a handful of toasted walnuts.


Pavlova is a light dessert made with meringue (egg whites whipped with sugar and then baked). Its form, colour and airy texture (crunchy outside and soft inside) make it an ideal replacement for vanilla cakes like angel food cake or shortcake. Decorate your pavlova with whipped cream, berries, some citrus or chocolate—whatever you’re craving!

3Almond tart or torte

Ground almonds do wonders for almost any dessert. With delicate flavour and dense texture, almond flour is great in cookies, flourless almond tortes or even pie crust made with ground almonds and coconut. As with black bean brownies, we recommend following recipes specifically designed for ground almonds (such as a torta caprese) rather than using ground almonds to replace the flour in a standard recipe, because the chemical properties of these ingredients are very different and the final result could suffer.


1Coconut milk panna cotta

Panna cotta, which means “cooked cream” in Italian, is a jelly-like dessert that can be flavoured with fruit, caramel or chocolate. Use coconut milk to make a non-dairy version that is both creamy and uniquely delicious. Make the most of its tropical notes by adding mango or passion-fruit puree.

2Non-dairy cheesecake

Avoiding cheese doesn’t mean you have to give up on deliciously creamy cheesecake! Soak cashews for four to eight hours, then blend the drained nuts with maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice and vanilla to make a seductively creamy mix. Then pour the mixture over a classic graham-cracker crust (or a “raw” version made with dates and nuts), let it set in the fridge for a few hours and serve it with a tasty garnish like blueberry coulis.

3Banana “ice cream”

This easy-to-make banana ice cream (also called “nice cream”) has just one main ingredient: bananas! Peel overripe bananas, cut them into chunks and freeze them. When you’re craving a sweet treat, blend the frozen bananas in your food processor with a few drops of vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon and a bit of coconut or other non-dairy milk to help soften it. The result is a velvety mixture that’s delicious eaten plain or as a garnish for black bean brownies (recipe above).


Luckily, gluten- and lactose-free dessert ideas are increasingly easy to find online. Do any of our six suggestions make your mouth water? Type the name into a search engine to find a recipe that strikes your fancy. Bon appétit!