25 gluten-free dairy-free 5-ingredient or less chocolate recipes: including chocolate candy, fudge, brownies, pudding, mousse, dips, and ice cream

When it comes to dessert in my house, I am in the camp of – if it’s easy and suits my gluten-free dairy-free diet, I’ll try it. My husband is in the camp of – if it’s chocolate, he’ll eat it. And my son is in the camp of – if it’s sweet, it’s in his mouth 5 minutes ago.

I don’t make a ton of desserts in my house, but throughout this past winter, I’ve gotten into more of a habit of trying to make more of them at home. But of course, when I make them – I give myself a few criteria to go off of:

  1. It must taste good
  2. It must be remotely healthy for me – if I’m going to eat more than one serving, even over the course of a few days
  3. It must not take a long time to put together
  4. It must not require 100 ingredients to make

Since the holiday season, I decided that if I was going to stay on track with my gluten and dairy-free diet, one of the easiest ways for me to do that was to make sure that I wasn’t feeling deprived at all. That’s a big deal when you have food intolerances and a limited diet. I never feel like I’m going without the things that everyone else is having. It sucks to be the outsider – or worse, be the insider and feeling terrible.

I’ve made a dessert about once a week or once every two weeks since then. It’s been working out really well. I’ve actually noticed that I’m eating a lot LESS sugar when I make sure that what I make has some nutritional benefit for me. My son seems to be self-regulating his sugar consumption a lot better. Plus, it gives my family something to do on the super rainy days where we don’t want to venture out to the park and get soaked.

I wanted to put together this list of 5-ingredient or less gluten-free dairy-free desserts not only for you – but as a handy reference for myself. It’s actually funny, when I started working on this post – I was going to make it any and all kinds of desserts that were 5 ingredients or less. But it got so massive that I decided that since we mainly eat chocolate desserts around here, that this post was going to be narrowed down to the chocolate category only. I’ll get to those cookies and fruit desserts another day!

Of course, since these recipes are dairy-free, you’ll want to be sure that any time a recipe calls for chocolate chips that you choose dairy-free chocolate chips, like the Enjoy Life chocolate chips that I usually reach for. They are super versatile and taste just like any other semi-sweet chocolate chips out there!

With that in mind, here are the top 10 ingredients you’ll want to make sure you have on hand in your gluten-free dairy-free pantry so you can whip up these chocolate desserts any night of the week:

  1. Dairy-free chocolate chips
  2. Cacao powder
  3. Cocoa powder
  4. Coconut oil
  5. Coconut milk
  6. Almond butter
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Vanilla extract
  9. Honey
  10. Peppermint Extract

I’ve found 25 awesome gluten-free dairy-free 5-ingredient or less chocolate recipes just for you. I’m dividing them up into five sections: brownies, candy, fudge, ice cream, and pudding, mousse, and dips (that’s all one section). There’s some amazing recipes here – and if you’re a huge chocolate lover like me, I hope you find something quick, tasty, and healthy in this roundup!

Alright, enough chatting – let’s get to the recipes!

Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Candy Desserts

Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Candy Desserts

1. Paleo Chocolate Cashew Butter Bars

These paleo chocolate cashew bars are so simple to make – all you need is cashew butter (you can buy this or make your own at home), coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, and chocolate. Be sure to get dairy-free chocolate – like Enjoy Life chocolate chips for this one so it’s 100% dairy-free.

2. 3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Mint Cups

These dark chocolate mint cups are super simple and easy to come together with coconut butter, dairy-free chocolate chips, and peppermint extract. This recipe comes together in two parts – the peppermint filling, then the chocolate that surrounds it. Get some super cute mini silicone molds to make these any time you get a sweet tooth.

3. 3-Ingredient Salted Chocolate Haystacks

With only 20 minutes to make these salted chocolate haystacks, you’ll love that these come together with just 3 ingredients: sliced almonds, dairy-free chocolate chips, and salt. Best of all, these are naturally gluten-free and nutrient dense from the almonds. You can feel good about eating this homemade treat!

4. 3 Ingredient Homemade Keto Cups

Okay, so if you know me, you know I love chocolate and peanut butter anything… but this idea of chocolate coconut (instead of peanut butter) cups really caught my eye. They’re meant to be keto-friendly, but I think anyone could enjoy this treat if you love eating healthy fats and chocolate. All you need is coconut butter, dairy-free chocolate chips, and a sweetener of your choice – I usually like maple syrup or honey in my homemade desserts.

5. 3 Ingredient Paleo Vegan Peppermint Patties

These paleo vegan peppermint patties are a healthier version of a popular candy bar you can buy – and they just happen to be one of my husband’s favorites. This recipe is similar to the homemade keto cups above – but with the addition of peppermint extract, they become their own brand new thing.

Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Brownie Desserts

Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Brownie Desserts

6. Healthy 3 Ingredient 1 Minute Flourless Brownie

If I told you that you could make a gluten-free dairy-free brownie dessert that only required 3 ingredients? Yep, it exists – and you’ll definitely want to bookmark this easy and tasty recipe for later. This recipe uses just 3 – an optional 4th – ingredients: bananas, nut butter, and cocoa powder (the optional option is a sweetener like maple syrup or honey). Best of all, it only takes two minutes in the microwave! I can vouch for this super simple dessert – I’ve made it a few times when I’m craving something quick, sweet, and easy.

7. 3-Ingredient Brownies

These 3-ingredient brownies are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free too. With only bananas, cocoa powder, and crunchy almond butter, these super simple brownies are a treat you can feel good about snacking on any time of day.

8. 4-Ingredient Fudge Protein Brownies

4-Ingredient Fudge Protein Brownies are great when you want your dessert to count! If you’ve had a dinner that didn’t quite fill you up, these are a great one to try. With the addition of protein powder, you’ll definitely get filled up with some nutrient dense sweetness you can feel good about.

10. Flourless Brownies

Flourless brownies come together with raw cacao powder, eggs, honey, coconut oil, and sea salt. They couldn’t be easier – or quicker at just 20 minutes. Enjoy these ones when you want a little extra protein punch, without having to worry about any gluten or dairy.

These pumpkin brownies are amazing, because they have no refined sugar, dairy, eggs, or gluten. I don’t love the idea of “sneaking” veggies in where they don’t belong – but in this case, I’d eat pumpkin a hundred different ways and not complain. Give these brownies a try for a healthy treat to satisfy your chocolate craving!

Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Fudge Desserts

Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Pudding, Mousse & Dip Desserts

11. 3 Ingredient Dairy free Fudge

With just coconut milk, dairy-free chocolate chips, and confectioner’s sugar, this dairy-free fudge is super simple to whip up. This recipe only take 10 minutes to make and 30 minutes to firm up in the fridge. You could wait until the very last minute to make this recipe and still enjoy a sweet dessert before bedtime!

12. Dairy Free Chocolate Fudge

I’ve never come across sweetened condensed coconut milk in my local store, but with this 2 ingredient dairy-free fudge, I might just be up for ordering some. Made with just this condensed milk and dairy-free chocolate chips, you can make your own fudge in the microwave in under two minutes!

13. Rich 3 Ingredient Chocolate Keto Fudge

With quick prep and only 3 ingredients, this chocolate keto fudge is awesome, because it’s sweet without needing any refined sugar. This recipe calls for stevia sweetened chocolate chips, but if you’re okay with a little refined sugar, you could easily swap this ingredient out for dairy-free chocolate chips instead. Either way, this recipe looks super chocolatey and easy!

14. 2 Ingredient 5 Minute Homemade Fudge

I love how simple this recipe is with just two ingredients: almond butter and dairy-free chocolate chips. My favorite thing about it though is that it only takes 5 minutes to whip up. This seems like a much healthier (and cheaper) alternative than buying fancy dairy-free chocolate at the grocery store!

15. 3 Ingredient Chocolate Walnut Fudge

If you’re a fan of nuts in your fudge, then this one is for you. Just like the 2 ingredient fudge above, this one adds chopped walnuts to give this dairy-free fudge some texture and flavor. Enjoy this delicious chocolatey treat and feel good about all the healthy fats you’ll get from it!

Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Pudding, Mousse & Dip Desserts

Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Ice Cream Desserts

16. Healthy Chocolate Mousse

This healthy chocolate mousse is super rich and decadent, but only has 5 ingredients – and healthy ones at that! This recipe is very similar to the one that I make with avocados, cacao powder, honey, vanilla extract, and a little bit of almond milk. Enjoy this plain or with some fresh berries on top!

17. 2-Ingredient Fruit Dip

If you love fondue or dipping fruit into chocolate, you’ll love this. This 2-ingredient fruit dip is made with coconut yogurt and cocoa powder. Slice up some fruit and feel good about how easy – and healthy – this dessert is!

18. 3-Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Mousse

People talk about how chocolate and peppermint are just for the holiday season, but my husband would beg to differ. He orders peppermint mochas from our local coffee shop year round (even with my cringing at all the sugar!)! This super simple 3 ingredient peppermint chocolate mousse calls for dark chocolate, but be sure yours is dairy-free before you get to cooking.

19. 3-Ingredient Double Chocolate Mousse

This chocolate mousse comes together with full fat coconut cream, confectioner’s sugar, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Whip the coconut cream until it’s fluffy, then fold in the sugar and cocoa – enjoy as is or pop in the fridge to firm up a little before serving.

20. 5-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Pudding

Here’s another avocado chocolate pudding that you’ll love! Replace the dark chocolate with dairy-free chocolate – or double check yours doesn’t have any dairy in it. Mix together chocolate, avocados, coconut milk, honey, and cocoa powder for a naturally gluten-free dairy-free dessert that’s healthy too!


Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Ice Cream Desserts

Gluten-free Dairy-free 5-Ingredients or Less Fudge Desserts

21. Healthy 3 Ingredient No Churn Blender Chocolate Ice Cream

This paleo chocolate almond butter ice cream is made with full-fat coconut milk, honey, gelatin, almond butter, and cacao powder. This recipe is a little more involved with time and needing an ice cream machine, but it’s not complicated. Try this one if you’re eating gluten-free dairy-free diet and love chocolate ice cream like I do!

22. Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Ice Cream

This paleo chocolate almond butter ice cream is made with full-fat coconut milk, honey, gelatin, almond butter, and cacao powder. This recipe is a little more involved with time and needing an ice cream machine, but it’s not complicated. Try this one if you’re eating gluten-free dairy-free diet and love chocolate ice cream like I do!

23. Dairy-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Okay, I’m sneaking in a 6 ingredient recipe in here, but this chocolate peanut butter ice cream seems very worth that extra ingredient. To make this recipe, you’ll want to plan ahead and have an ice cream maker. But you’ll love this gluten-free dairy-free treat that reminds you of peanut butter cups… yum!

24. Chocolate Ice Cream

This gluten-free dairy-free chocolate ice cream only needs coconut cream, dairy-free milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sugar. Combine all the ingredients then load it up into your ice cream maker for 30 minutes – voila! A delicious chocolatey ice cream easy and done – perfect as a decadent treat on warm day!

25. Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Chocolate coconut milk ice cream can be made with or without an ice cream maker! All you need is full-fat coconut milk, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, and salt. If you don’t want to use an ice cream maker, you can easily mix this up in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix and transfer to a container to freeze until it firms up.

I hope you loved this post! Any time you’re in need of a quick chocolate fix on your gluten and dairy-free diet, be sure to come back to find some inspiration here. And if you try any of these recipes, I’d love to hear in the comments if you found a new favorite!

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