Dairy Free Alternatives
I'm dairy free but the rest of the family are not. I would like them to be but that is of course their choice. That said, I do the majority of shopping and cooking so they - by default - are pretty low dairy at home.
Here are a few of my current favorite dairy alternatives:
@nutiva organic coconut manna - this stuff is the sh*t. Granted it's main use is more of an alternate to nut butters but I use it wherever I would have used butter - smeared on toast, baking, a dollop on rice etc but also where you might have used milk, cream or yogurt to thicken sauces, add punch to smoothies and make soups creamy. It's also fantastic as a homemade coconut milk base. The taste is definitely coconut so if that's not your thing - this may not be for you.
@edenfoods organic apple butter - ok so not just a dairy replacement but also a sugar replacement. I put this on the wee girls waffles instead of butter and syrup, use it in place of jam/jelly on toast and pb&j, on rice cakes, in crepes.... You name it. Sweet without being sugary.
Homemade coconut, almond or hemp milk. All are so easy to make and the best part is that you get to skip ingredients like carrageenan, sodium citrate, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, gellan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, rice starch etc etc - I'm not saying all of these are pure evil but if given the choice I'd rather not consume things I can't pronounce nor really know what they are. Sure the homemade stuff only lasts a few days but it's cheaper and far yummier!!!
@rubyrockets - my girl loves yogurt tubes but even the organic ones are filled with so many questionable ingredients and SO much sugar. Ruby Rockets makes awesome ice pops made of fruit and veg but recently introduced their Non-Dairy Fruit & Veggie Blend tubes which my girl loves. They're shelf stable but we keep ours in the fridge - each tube has only 5g of sugar and that is 100% fruit and veg derived. Creamed Coconut is the base. Great in lunch boxes!!
Homemade Vegan Parmesan - got to admit - this was a little bit of a hard one as I really do love good Parmesan cheese. I have really been missing it since going dairy free but this recipe is so easy and has brought such joy back into simple pasta dishes. Added bonus there's no wood pulp in it!! 3/4 cup raw cashews, 3 tbsp @bragg nooch, 3/4 tsp sea salt and 3/4 tsp garlic powder. Pulse in the food processor until a fine meal is achieved. Recipe courtesy of @minimalistbaker.
Bonus round - even my husband can't get enough of the vegan horchata @rorisicecream
I do not see any of these as sacrifices. In fact I see them as vastly improved options that ultimately bring more benefit, flavor and well-being to your life.
Do you have a great "alternative" that you love - if so, please share below!!