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
Substitute for: butter, oil
Blue Diamond Almonds – Almond Breeze Almond Cashew Blend
Substitute for: milk
The Original Almond – Jalapeno Jack Style
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
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. 😉
Featured Image by Noemí Jiménez