Gluten Free Dairy Free Dirt Cake Recipe


For the Dirt:

  • 1 (14 ounce) package gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies (like Kinnikinnick K-Toos or Glutino Oreos)
  • 3 tablespoons dairy-free butter substitute (such as Earth Balance), melted

For the Pudding Filling:

  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix (make sure it’s dairy-free and gluten-free)
  • 2 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk (almond, soy, coconut are all good options)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container dairy-free whipped topping (such as So Delicious CocoWhip), thawed

Optional Decorations:

  • Gummy worms
  • Fresh mint leaves (for a fun, garden-themed look)


Make the “Dirt”:

  • Place the gluten-free sandwich cookies into a food processor and pulse until they are finely ground into crumbs.
  • Add the melted dairy-free butter substitute and pulse a few more times to combine.

Make the Pudding Filling:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding mix with the dairy-free milk for about two minutes or until thickened.
  • Gently fold in the thawed dairy-free whipped topping until well-combined.

Assemble your Dirt Cake:

  • Choose a serving vessel: you can use a large trifle bowl, individual serving cups, or even small terracotta flower pots for a whimsical look.
  • Start layering: add a layer of the chocolate cookie crumbs to the bottom of your dish.
  • Spoon a layer of the pudding filling on top of the crumbs.
  • Repeat the layering process, ending with a final layer of chocolate “dirt”.

Decorate and Chill:

  • Before serving, add some gummy worms “crawling” out of the dirt. You can even add some small mint leaves if desired.
  • Cover and refrigerate the dirt cake for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight, to allow the flavors to meld and the crumbs to soften.


  • Customization: Feel free to get creative with variations in your pudding flavors. Chocolate pudding would be another delicious option!
  • Make-Ahead: This is the perfect make-ahead dessert. Assemble it and store it in the refrigerator for a convenient and satisfying treat.
  • Individual servings: For a party or a fun presentation, layer the ingredients in small mason jars or glasses.


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