Bake These Kid-Friendly, Allergy-Free Desserts for Your Next Party
With so much awareness around food sensitivities and allergies, it's important to serve dishes that everyone can enjoy when you host a party. Whether you know of guests that have specific dietary restrictions or you'd just rather be on the safe side, the allergy-friendly desserts here are sure to be a hit. We've included a variety of vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free recipes; in some cases, the recipe is free from all three major allergens. These recipes are just right for a kid's birthday party, but we also think they're well-suited to other occasions when relatives and friends gather to celebrate a significant milestone.
What's a birthday party without a spectacular layer cake? Our Vegan Chocolate Cake is perfect for anyone who has dairy sensitivities or chooses to avoid animal products. It's filled with an outstanding mocha buttercream and topped with silky chocolate ganache. Your little one will want to dig their hands right in (and we don't blame them!).
If you're hosting a bash in the middle of summer, then refreshing frozen desserts are in order. Nothing wins kids quite over like popsicles, and our colorful Melon Milk Pops are sure to give them heart eyes. They're dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free—so what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch for your next warm-weather celebration. Another recipe that'll cool your guests off are these nutritious and wholesome Carrot-Ginger Ice Pops, which are sweetened naturally with fresh strawberries and orange segments (no added sugar!).
Serve these sweet, allergy-free desserts without fear at your child's next next birthday party.
Vegan Chocolate Cake
This is the ultimate layer cake that both kids and adults will fall in love with. A teaspoon of instant espresso powder makes the chocolate frosting taste even richer (and the kids will never know!). The cake is dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free, so everyone at the party can enjoy a slice.
Melon Milk Pops
If you're hosting a summertime bash, these tie dye-inspired pops are sure to be a hit. Refreshing watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are blended individually with condensed coconut milk and lime juice. The icing on the cake is that they're free from dairy, nuts, and gluten.
Macaroon Sandwich Cookies
These four-ingredient cookies are super simple to prepare and totally customizable. Fill with whatever flavor of jam you please—raspberry, apricot, strawberry, or peach would all be delicious. These cookies contain egg whites, but are free from butter, milk, gluten, and nuts.
Vegan Blueberry Crisp
Carrot-Ginger Ice Pops
Gluten-Free Baked Coconut Donuts
Apple Sundaes with Cider Caramel Sauce
The thing that makes these sundaes so special is the creamy, spiced sauce and baked apple slices. They're gluten-free and nut-free (serve with non-dairy ice cream and you'll hit the trifecta!).
Pecan, Oat, and Dark-Chocolate-Chunk Cookies
Vegan Avocado Ice Cream
Even kids who are afraid of all things green will dig into this sweet treat (because who doesn't love avocados?). Coconut milk, sugar, mashed avocados, and lemon juice are blended together, then churned in an ice cream maker until smooth and creamy.
Vegan Baked Banana Donuts
Almond-Coconut Chewy Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Semifreddo with Caramel Corn
Can't decide between a cake or ice cream? Make this gluten-free, swirly-twirly frozen dessert that looks super impressive but is totally kid-friendly. Both the semifreddo and caramel corn topping can be made in advance, which cuts down on day-of party prep.