Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or you just enjoy a dairy-free lifestyle, cutting dairy out of your diet can be a challenge. There’s no doubt that dairy is added into most recipes and can even be found in the most unlikely places. While it can be overwhelming to think about going dairy-free at first, it’s not as hard as you think. And, honestly, it can be downright delicious as long as you know what you’re doing.
That’s why we’re breaking down the dairy-free diet to help you out.
There are plenty of plant-based milk options. You can enjoy everything from soy milk to almond, coconut, hemp, hazelnut, cashew, rice, and even oat milk. You can substitute any plant-based milk for cow’s milk with decent results. We recommend trying a variety of milk and seeing what you prefer. Remember that coconut milk, in particular, can come in two different ways. It can be used to substitute milk in cereal, or canned coconut milk is much thicker and fattier (perfect for Thai curries or other baking needs).
Cheese is one of the hardest things for most people to give up when they decide to eat dairy-free. That’s because not only is cheese delicious, but there’s evidence that suggests it’s mildly addictive. While not all vegan varieties of cheese taste like cow cheese, there are some options. Look for block cheeses at the store. Two popular options are BioCheese (great all-around cheese) and Vegusto Mild Aromatic (perfect for crackers). You might have to try a couple of packages to see what you like best, but there are options at many natural food stores.
Plant-based butter is easy to find and delicious. There’s soy butter, coconut-based butter, palm oil butter, and more. You can get everything from soy-free butter sticks to spreadable palm oil butter that’s perfect for swiping on your muffins. We like Nuttelex, which is made from sunflower and vegetable oils. It’s perfect for baked goods. You can also substitute coconut oil for butter in most recipes with fantastic results.
When a recipe calls for cream, you can’t just choose any plant-based milk product. You need something rich and creamy. That’s why we love Sunburst and Nuttelex for a margarine-like consistency. For a whipped cream topping, try Soyatoo and use Tofutti’s Sour Supreme for sour cream. Finally, for your bake goods, you can change out cream for coconut cream in most recipes without any issues.
Dairy-Free Ice Cream
We’ve talked before about making banana ice cream, which is a great alternative, but there are other options that you can pick up at the store. COYO coconut milk ice cream comes in a variety of flavours including cookie dough and peppermint chocolate chip. Or you can try Sanitarium So Good ice cream, which can put you into a chocolate coma.
Yoghurt is so healthy for you and packed full of probiotics, and just because you want to eat dairy-free doesn’t mean you have to give it up. There are plenty of soy and coconut milk yoghurts on the market. We like Soy Life Yoghurt, which comes in flavours like boysenberry, apricot mango, and blueberry. However, for a soy-free option, we enjoy COYO coconut milk yoghurt.
What are your favourite dairy-free products? Let us know in the comments.