When my doctor first told me that I needed to eliminate dairy from my diet, I thought Oh no! What am I going to eat? It was a lot of learning, experimenting and trial and error. I now prefer my non-dairy alternatives as they’re just as easy to cook with and they don’t cause any of the issues that dairy caused me. Below are my favorites…
Alternatives to milk:
Almond milk-this is my favorite alternative to milk that I would use in a smoothie. There are a lot of good boxed brands that you can buy, look for unsweetened and read the ingredients to make sure that there isn’t a lot of unnecessary fillers in there. I make my own; it’s easy and quick! The recipe is below.
Cashew milk-this is my favorite alternative to dairy called for in recipes such as quiche that calls for a richer, creamier half and half type of consistency. I make my own, it’s quick and easy! The recipe is below. I also use cashews to make a delicious “ricotta” to use in lasagna, manicotti, on a white pizza or any other recipe that calls for ricotta, it’s also very easy to make and also to make sour cream for dips, dressing and topping on fajitas. A rich and cream ice cream can also be made with cashews. I always keep lots on hand!
Coconut milk–I buy the canned, full fat variety and use it in vegan dishes such as “dairy-free/gluten-free macaroni and cheese”. It’s also a favorite of mine in desserts. It makes a rich and creamy caramel sauce and is my favorite alternative to real whipped cream! The recipe is below.
Other good dairy substitutes are rice milk, hemp milk and sunflower milk.