My Favorite Dairy-Free Substitutes

On Tuesday, I posted my favorite dairy-free snacks! Like I mentioned in that post; I’m lactose intolerant. I’ve been straying away from dairy-filled snacks and experimenting with tons of dairy-free alternatives.

In my Recipe Reviews, you may have noticed that I never use dairy products… but sometimes, the ingredient list will say “butter” and I’ll put in parentheses that we used Earth Balance Butter:

Earth Balance – Vegan Buttery Sticks or Spread

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Substitute for: butter, oil

Blue Diamond Almonds – Almond Breeze Almond Cashew Blend

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Substitute for: milk

The Original Almond – Jalapeno Jack Style

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Substitute for: shredded cheese (tacos, salads, pasta topping, etc.)
Yes, you have to shred it yourself but this is the closest thing to real cheese. It definitely doesn’t melt in the oven like it claims to though. It gets hard and crispy the same way other vegan shredded cheeses out there do but, this one actually tastes GOOD.

Chao Slices – Creamy Original or Tomato Cayenne

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Substitute for: cheese slices (sandwiches, burgers, etc.)
I like both the creamy original and tomato cayenne flavors but, I think the creamy original is a little bit better because it tastes more like cheese. The tomato cayenne is spicy but I prefer The Original Almond (above) for that. It tastes great on a cold lunch meat sandwich but, it tastes even better when you pop it in the oven or on top of the stove. It’s the only fake cheese I’ve tried that even KIND OF melts. It doesn’t get stringy and sticky though, it just starts to fall apart in melty chunks. It also takes A LOT longer for this to happen than it does to melt real cheese.

Coconut Milk and Cashew Cream

 

Substitute for: creamy soup broths, creamy pasta sauces
Most dairy-free soups that are creamy or “chowder-y” call for a can of coconut milk (I like the Chaokoh brand). If it’s a good recipe, you won’t taste the coconut flavor at all (unless you’re supposed to), but you still get the creaminess. There are plenty of recipes for cashew cream on the internet and boyfriend and I have tried a few different ones. I’m not going to choose one as my favorite because he makes it differently every time, he is still in the process of perfecting it but we do like it. We know there’s a way to get it just right. If you find the perfect one, let me know!

See!! If you’re cooking at home, it’s not that hard to make delicious meals without dairy!! There are plenty of substitutes out there now, it’s just a matter of finding the right ones and I’ve just told you them all. 😉

XO, Hunida


Featured Image by Noemí Jiménez

25 thoughts on “My Favorite Dairy-Free Substitutes

  1. While I drink regular milk on some occassions, my landlady swears by Silk and Almond Breeze milks. I drink it a lot because that’s what’s in the house and it’s really wicked good. I love the vanilla and vanilla flavored with honey flavors . Very good and healthy. We use it for smoothies too along with coconut water.

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    1. Yes! The vanilla flavored ones are really sweet and delicious to drink on its own. The original, unsweetened is good for cooking and eating cereal. 🙂 haha.

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  2. I think I’m getting lactose I intolerant 😕 I’ve tried cutting milk out, and it got better. I’ll have to try it with cheese and butter too, but that’s going to be harder for me haha 😅 Thanks for sharing !

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    1. Ugh, being lactose intolerant is the worst thing ever. I promise you that Earth Balance butter is good enough to replace regular butter but CHEESE… oh how I miss it.

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  3. It’s so neat to know all these options for cooking dairy-free meals. Even though I’m not lactose intolerant, sometimes Joshua has greater sensitivity to dairy, so this is great to know! I had no idea there were so many options for substitutes, he would mostly just take Lactaid, lol.

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        1. Oh no!! We are actually disagreeing for the first time on food! I’m not a fan of Daiya at all. My favorites are the ones I listed in this post lol Chao and The Orginal Almond (Lisanatti)

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  4. Great substitutes lol. I’m wanting to make rice pudding with a milk substitute. I drink rice milk but I don’t think it would taste as good so I’ve been thinking coconut milk might be better. We’ll see. Lol. I want to find other alternatives to dairy as well since I don’t drink cows milk and a ton of recipes call for that

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