While low-cal ice cream is a weeknight go-to, it's not exactly hosting material (although, I, for one, wouldn't turn down a pint of Halo Top or Yasso if it were sent my way). All you hosts and entertainers know that when all of your energy is spent on the main meal, you can be easily tempted to take the store-bought route for dessert. Sasha Swerdloff of helps us resist that urge with these seven dairy-free dessert recipes that do all the creative work for us. From revamped rice crispy treats to peanut butter pie, these dairy-free recipes use surprising ingredients that will shock and satisfy even your toughest critics.

rose cheesecake

If this vibrant, rose-topped cheesecake doesn’t say spring, nothing does. Don’t let the flower and herb powders scare you: Most health food stores carry everything you need to make this photo-worthy cheesecake ASAP.

pecan butter bites

These nut butter bites are great to have on hand if you’re looking for something sweet but small (aren’t we always looking for that?). This recipe calls for Chyawanprash, a nutritional jam made from herbs, spices, ghee, and honey. If you’re looking to try something new with a ton of digestive benefits, go for it! If not, you can leave it out because the remaining ingredients still make for a naturally sweetened treat.

chocolate torte

While olive oil may not be the first thing our minds jump to when we think dessert, it seriously works with the coconut sugar, almond meal, egg yolks, and vanilla that make up the filling of this decadent tart. With a light and fluffy consistency, thanks to whipped egg whites, and a topping of crispy pear slices and hazelnuts, you won’t believe that it’s also gluten-free.

peanut butter pie

If you’re an eat-from-the-jar kind of peanut butter lover, this recipe is right up your alley. Coconut cream makes this recipe vegan-friendly but brings all the flavor and creaminess we love. With a cashew-date crust and crispy puffed rice and chocolate topping, you’ll feel like you’re eating pie, mousse, a rice crispy treat, and a peanut butter cup all in one bite. Drooling yet? Us too.

strawberry lavender popsicles

What’s more refreshing than a fruity Popsicle? A flowery fruity popsicle. If you've been a flower food skeptic like us, just wait until you try lavender-flavored ice cream (it will become your new obsession). With whole fresh or frozen strawberries, lemon, water, coconut sugar, and lavender buds, say hello to your future go-to snack for those hot summer days.

rice crispy bars

If you’re looking for an old-school classic with a new-school healthy twist, these homemade rice crispy bars are poppin’… literally. Using hazelnut butter, toasted hazelnuts, semi-sweet chocolate, and cocoa powder, this chocolaty, nutty treat will make you feel like a kid again.

cocoa tahini shake

Yes, tahini is used for something other than hummus, and we’re loving every sip. This five-ingredient shake is made with tahini, cocoa powder, dates, vanilla, and coconut milk for a dairy-free drink you can whip up in minutes. Get ready for a serious chocolate hangover.

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