Even though I generally prefer savory to sweet, I have a real soft spot for creamy desserts. A pint of ice cream has no chance of survival around me and a strawberry milkshake is my ultimate weakness. When I say it’s my weakness, I’m not kidding. Since I’m lactose intolerant, those dairy-filled treats I so crave are basically my kryptonite. But even though I know they’ll destroy me, I can’t seem to stop seeking them out.
I used to think the only way to satisfy my creamy cravings was with actual dairy, but after dabbling in vegan desserts I’ve come to find that isn’t true at all. Thanks to a growing vegan population, it’s easier than ever to find creamy substitutes that taste nearly identical to the real stuff. Things like coconut cream and nut milks help the classic desserts you know and love taste just as good if not better than their dairy-filled counterparts.
If you’re not sure how to use these ingredients on your own to make the desserts you desire, let these 17 recipes show you the way. They include all the creamy treats you could want, from cheesecake to banana cream pie to rice pudding, and they’re all completely dairy-free. Even if you’re not interested in cutting out dairy, they’re still worth making.