Nut-Free Dessert Recipes

Rachel Garner
Dec 12, 2023 By Rachel Garner
Originally Published on May 11, 2020
Child eating a homemade nut-free cupcake.
Age: 0-99
Read time: 6.1 Min

Baking at home is so much fun, but can sometimes get slightly tricky when you or someone else in the family may not be able to eat nuts.

Have no fear - there are tons of desserts out there that you can make with different ingredients. We've rounded up our top nine delicious nut-free cakes, cookies, and other scrumptious dessert recipes that you can recreate at home, take a look!


Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy, gooey, and chocolatey - these bakery-style chocolate chip cookies make for a perfect nut-free dessert that you and the kids can easily bake together.

Ingredients: 380g all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 225g softened butter, 100g granulated sugar, 245g light brown sugar, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 eggs, and 340g chocolate chips.


1) Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan, and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

2) Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.

3) In a separate large bowl, beat together the butter and two sugars until creamy and fluffy. Then, add the eggs and vanilla extract.

4) Sift in the flour mixture bit by bit, and carefully beat it all together. You can then mix in the chocolate chips.

5) Optional: If you have the time, leave your mixture in the fridge for 24 hours - this will make the cookies slightly chewier and more flavourful. Allow the dough to sit at room temperature until soft before you attempt to shape them.

6) Shape your dough into medium-sized balls with a spoon, and place these on your baking tray. Place in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies appear golden brown.

7) Allow your cookies to cool, and enjoy immediately!

Homemade Jam Doughnuts

Everyone loves a good old jam doughnut - but did you know that they're also incredibly easy to make at home? (And super delicious!)

Double Chocolate Cake

If you've got little chocolate lovers in your family, then this cake will go down an absolute treat - and makes for the perfect dessert.

Ingredients: 225g plain flour, 350g caster sugar, 85g cocoa powder, 1.5 tsp baking powder, 1.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 eggs, 250ml milk, 125ml vegetable oil, and 250ml boiling water. (For the icing: 200g plain chocolate, and 200ml double cream).


1) Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan, and line two 20cm cake tins with parchment paper.

2) Place all of your ingredients apart from the boiling water into a large bowl, and beat well until the batter is smooth and lump-free.

3) Little by little, pour your boiling water into the cake mixture, stirring until smooth.

4) Split the mixture between your two cake tins, and place in the oven for around 30 minutes - or until the cake is firm to the touch or a knife comes out clean.

5) Take the cakes out of the oven and allow them to cool down completely, before carefully removing them from their tins.

6) In a saucepan, melt your chocolate together with the double cream over low heat, stirring gently until the mixture has melted together.

7) Remove the saucepan from the heat and use a whisk to thicken up the mixture. It should now appear smooth and shiny.

8) Carefully spread some icing on top of one of your cakes, and then place the other on top of that. Use the remaining icing to spread all over the top and sides. Take a moment to marvel at your chocolate cake creation, and then dig in!

White Chocolate No-Bake Cheesecake

no-bake cheesecake

Who doesn't love cheesecake? This recipe is super tasty, easy to make - and can even be substituted for milk chocolate or drizzled with a fruit coulis if you'd prefer.

Ingredients: 175g plain digestive biscuits, 50g butter, 200g white chocolate, 300g cream cheese, 300ml double cream, 1 tsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.


1) Break up the biscuits and put them into a food processor, blending until you have crumbs.

2) Melt your butter and pour this into the processor, blend again until the mixture is clumping together.

3) Using the back of a spoon, press the biscuit mixture down firmly into a cake tin and place in the fridge.

4) Melt your chocolate in a bowl over boiling water, stirring gently until there are no remaining lumps.

5) Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

6) In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until soft, and then fold in the melted white chocolate.

7) In a separate bowl, whip the double cream until it has thickened up, and then fold this into the cream cheese mixture.

8) Stir in your lemon juice and vanilla extract, and then pour the mixture carefully on top of your biscuit base.

9) Smooth the top with either the back of a spoon or a spatula, cover with clingfilm and then place in the fridge for at least 10-12 hours to allow the mixture to set.

10) Finally, after all of that waiting - have a slice!

Carrot Cake

Finding a carrot cake that's not sprinkled or baked with pecans, walnuts, or almonds can be an incredibly tough thing to do. Thankfully, with this easy recipe - you can bake one at home and enjoy the delicious nut-free dessert!

Ingredients: 300g sugar, 100g light brown sugar, 4 eggs, 350ml canola (or vegetable) oil, 6 medium-sized carrots (peeled and grated),  300g all-purpose flour, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt.

(For cream cheese icing: 150g icing sugar, 225g cream cheese, 5 tbsp of butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract,  and 1 tbsp sour cream.)


1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan, and line and grease a cake tin.

2) Beat together both sugars and your eggs until light and fluffy.

3) Slowly pour in your canola oil as you continue to beat the mixture.

4) Stir in your grated carrots, mix, and then add the flour and fold this in until it's no longer visible.

5) Add your cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, soda, and salt into the batter and mix everything together.

6) Pour the mixture into your cake tin and smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Place this in the oven for 35-40 minutes.

7) Remove from oven and leave to cool.

8) For the icing, blend or whip all ingredients together until thick and smooth. When done, spread over the top (and/or middle) of your cake and enjoy!


Hungry for more delicious desserts?

Apple Crumble

A warm apple crumble makes for a delicious dessert, and is super easy to bake at home.

Check out the recipe to get started!

Vanilla Cupcakes

Not only is this tasty recipe nut-free, but it also makes for a dairy-free cake that the whole family can enjoy!

Take a look at the recipe here.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Fudgy, moist, gooey, and crispy - these chocolate brownies are definitely one of the best ever dessert creations to exist!

What are you waiting for? Follow the recipe here.

British Trifle

A traditional British dessert that never goes out of style, this layered trifle is both sweet and refreshing.

You can check out the recipe here to get started.

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Written by Rachel Garner

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism

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Rachel GarnerBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism

Growing up in Switzerland, Rachel developed a love for exploring new places and trying new foods. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of the Arts London. She currently resides in Northwest London and enjoys discovering trendy spots around the city. Rachel is also passionate about planning fun activities for her family, particularly her little cousins. When she has some downtime, she can be found indulging in hobbies such as attending concerts, baking, or visiting her family in Essex. Her love for travel takes her beyond the UK, where she meticulously plans and researches each adventure before setting off to explore new places across Europe and beyond.

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