Every so often, you can count on the fact that you’ll run into a miracle. There’s the person who never used a lanyard freshman year, or the kid who doesn’t like any animals, not even baby ones. And then, there are people who don’t like chocolate.
I know. Take a moment. I certainly had to.
It may be hard to believe, but they do exist. Two close friends of mine are openly anti-chocolate, and because I love them, I have (mostly) accepted that it’s not a passing phase. Luckily, the world of non-chocolate desserts just keeps getting bigger, and these recipes are so good, even the most ravenous chocoholic will love them.
1. Hot Vanilla
First up, the alternative to hot chocolate you’ve always wanted.
Bring all the boys to the yard.
3. Rainbow Cake
Perfect for every occasion and one hundred times more Insta-worthy than that monochromatic chocolate cake.
You heard me. Imitate this fancy bakery’s signature in your microwave and impress all your friends.
What’s better than cake batter? Nothing. These bars are like brownies, but for people who hate brownies.
Time to get a little more creative with your cupcake ingredients, folks. Bacon cupcakes are where it’s at.
Let’s put bacon on everything. The nectarines make this a balanced meal, right?
8. Apple Crisp
Better than apple pie and so much easier, this will let you pretend you’re eating a healthy dessert.
So good, you’ll forget the reasons why you’re eating alone tonight.
10. Apple Pie Cups
An American classic, in a cup? Sign me up.
Maybe you don’t like your pies in a cup — I respect that. Try these mini pies instead.
Amp up the classic flavor combo of apple and caramel with sea salt, and these candies will blow you away.
Hate apples? Try bananas. I’m totally on board with cake for breakfast. #BreakTheNorm
If you’re afraid to commit to cake, try this bread. It might actually be healthy.
I have it on good word that this recipe may make dreams come true. Peanut butter is the surefire way to make anything better.
Banana + Cinnamon = Bae.
Comfort your chocolate-hating-heart with these pillowy rolls. Perfect for a lazy sunday morning.
Bread pudding is the most underrated dessert to ever exist, and if you ever doubted it, I’m sure this recipe would put your fears to rest.
The only thing better than a cinnamon roll is a cinnamon roll with caramel poured over it.
Get a taste of fall on a hot day.
Autumn in your mouth, basically.
Penuche – (n.) a fudge-like candy made with brown sugar, butter, and milk. Make these cookies and you can explore the mysterious penuche yourself.
The autumnal dessert of champions made with only four ingredients.
Put these two seasonal faves together for a truly magical combination.
It’s never too early to become the hero of Thanksgiving dinner. Once you start combining types of dessert, you know you’ve won.
The most beautiful type of pie there ever was. Gooey and sweet, this slice is not for the faint of heart.
I’ll take pralines over chocolate any day of the week.
Take the chocolate chips out and you’re good to go. Is there anything peanut butter can’t improve?
You know what they say: when life hands you lemons, make pie…
…and cupcakes work too.
Do Fruity Pebbles qualify as produce? Close enough.
32. Margarita Bars
Turning up for dessert is the way I want to live my life.
Take strawberries to the next level.
Eat this cake and ride out a nice toffee high.
All this baking is so strenuous. Kick back and relax with some popcorn and Netflix.
Maybe a world without chocolate isn’t such a bad one after all.