Thinking Of Going Dairy Free? Here Are My Go-To Substitutes

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If you're reading this, you likely are or are considering going dairy-free. You may have an intolerance, have been told to eliminate dairy, or just want to have less of it.

Either way, dairy is not an essential nutrient, and there are lots of things you can have instead.

These include not just milk, but also yogurt, butter, parmesan, and even pudding and ice cream!

Dairy-free products are becoming more and more popular. Nowadays you can easily find them in the grocery store. But read your labels! Some contain way too much sugar, or other ingredients you may not want to eat or drink.

I've put together some simple recipes to make delicious dairy-free foods right in your kitchen.

Delicious dairy-free milk

There are a number of milk alternatives out there, including almond, soy, coconut, rice, hemp, cashew, and flax milks.

Dairy-free milk is actually so easy to make and flavor yourself. You can make milk out of just about any nut or seed. You can even make alternative milk out of grains like rice, oats, or quinoa. And you can flavor them too.

It just takes a high-powered blender, some water, and cheesecloth to filter out any remaining bits.

For flavoring, you can add a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom, or vanilla extract. You can also sweeten your milk with soaked dates, maple syrup, or honey.

See my 3 favorite nutmilk recipes below!

If you want to make a dairy-free cream, just blend your nuts, seeds and/or grains with 1 cup of water instead of 2 for a thicker, creamier, dairy-free milk. Another recipe below!

Delicious dairy-free yogurt

Soy yogurt is probably the most common dairy-free store-bought yogurt available, followed by coconut.

Technically, with the right yogurt starter probiotic culture, you can make yogurt out of any dairy-free milk. The most common one to ferment into yogurt is coconut milk. But you can use almond milk or other nut or seed milk.

The trick here is with the fermentation. Follow the instructions on the label of the yogurt starter culture, and enjoy delicious dairy-free yogurt in a few days.

Delicious dairy-free butter alternatives

Nut and seed butter is a fabulous substitute for dairy butter. Plus, they have the bonus of fibre, protein, and other nutrients that real butter doesn't have.

Have you tried coconut oil? It’s a great dairy-free substitute for butter. You can fry with it, or even bake with it. You can even use it to pop popping corn in a pot on your stove.

I love the mild flavor of coconut oil in anything I bake with bananas. It tastes better than butter anyway.

Delicious dairy-free parmesan

If you haven’t tried nutritional yeast, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much it tastes like grated parmesan. Plus, it contains some B vitamins as well.

It’s a salty, cheesy, flaky powder that you can use wherever you want to add a pop of savoury flavour to any dish.

TIP: After you've popped your popcorn, sprinkle it with a bit of nutritional yeast for a salty, cheesy flavor.

Delicious dairy-free puddings

Did you know you can make a delicious and thick pudding without dairy? That's right; the plant kingdom has some natural thickeners that are full of fiber.

You can make a chocolate pudding with avocado. Take one whole avocado and blend it up with ¼ cup cocoa powder, ¼ cup dairy-free milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and honey or maple syrup to taste. Then add dairy-free milk to thin if desired.

For chocolate chia pudding, use ⅓ cup chia seeds and place in food processor with 1.5 cups dairy-free milk. Wait for 5-10 minutes until the seeds soak up the liquid. Then add ¼ cup cocoa powder, tsp vanilla extract, and honey or maple syrup to taste. Blend into a smooth pudding.

Delicious dairy-free ice cream

N’ice cream is another delicious dessert made with frozen bananas. I’ve included the recipe for this below.

Conclusion

Dairy-free is easy! Making delicious dairy-free yogurt, milk, butter, parmesan flavour, and even pudding and ice cream is simple.

Are you going to try any of these recipes? Do you have a great one to share as well?

Let me know in the comments below.

Chocolate Almond N'ice Cream

Serves 2

  • 2 bananas, chopped and frozen

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened

  • 2 tbsp almond butter, unsweetened

    Instructions

1 - Add chopped frozen bananas to a food processor. Pulse or lightly blend until almost smooth.

2 - Add cocoa powder and nut butter. Pulse or lightly blend until mixed.

Serve immediately & enjoy!

Tip: Try different nut and/or seed butter. Or instead of cocoa powder and/or seed butter, use just the bananas with a ½ cup of frozen berries. The recipe combinations are endless.

Homemade Hemp Milk

Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hemp seeds

  • 3 cups filtered water

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 1 or 2 dates, pitted (optional)

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:
In a high speed blender, blend hemp seeds, filtered water, salt, dates, and vanilla (if using) until smooth and creamy. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Homemade Brazil Nut Milk

Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brazil nuts, soaked overnight, then drained

  • 4 cups filtered water

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:
In a high speed blender, blend soaked brazil nuts and filtered water on high for about 2 minutes. Strain brazil nut milk through a nut milk bag. Rinse the blender pitcher, and pour in brazil nut milk. Add sea salt, vanilla extract, and blend to combine. Store in a large glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Homemade Almond Milk

Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight

  • 4 cups filtered water

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 2 or 3 dates, pitted (optional)

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

    Instructions:
    In a high speed blender, blend almonds and filtered water on high for about 2 minutes. Strain almond milk through a nut milk bag. Rinse the blender pitcher, and pour in strained almond milk. Add sea salt, dates, and vanilla extract (if using), and blend to combine. Store in a large glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

References:

https://www.thepaleomom.com/the-great-dairy-debate/

https://www.thepaleomom.com/5-easy-swaps-favorite-dairy-products/

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dairy-substitutes

https://yumuniverse.com/plant-powerful-dairy-free-milk/