Becoming dairy-free is tough. Whether it’s because of an intolerance or for health purposes you have to be on the look out. Many everyday household foods have dairy in them and so it’s important to know what to switch out in your fridge and cupboards. We’ve strung together a list of six of our favourite substitutes to make your eating easy and tasty too!
Butter is one of those multi-purpose foods; you use it for cooking, eating, baking… the lot. There isn’t just one foolproof way to substitute butter unfortunately; you’ve got to pick and choose depending on what you want to replace. If you’re looking for a spread, dairy-free margarine is the way to go – it’s the closest you’ll be able to get to taste like butter. Use coconut oil to cook with or to substitute butter in baked goods. It tastes great and is a bit healthier!
Sometimes a touchy subject when talking about being dairy-free, cheese is a difficult one to substitute. Most of the alternatives have a bit of a different texture and taste, but there are some great ones out there. If you aren’t too bothered about the taste and just want to replace the texture of cheese, veggie cheese is a great idea. There are many different recipes out there from zucchini cheese to cauliflower cheese (not the usual dish). Look out for a recipe soon on the Honest Eats blog.
Luckily there are lots of dairy-free alternatives to milk on the market. Here are a few:
- Rice milk
- Soy milk
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Potato milk
- Hemp milk
- Oat milk
It’s best to check which types you can and can’t have; for example those with nut allergies should not go near almond or nut based milks. Did you know, many consider coconuts to be a tree nut? Also, some may have a soy allergy as well as a dairy intolerance, so should stay away from soy based milks and foods. Soy is not always listed in food and drink products so double check just to be sure!
A staple in many diets, this is a popular product that has a lot of alternatives available. The most favoured of the bunch are soy, almond and coconut. It’s virtually impossible to tell the difference in flavour and texture with these yoghurt substitutes. If you’re looking to try something a bit different, chia pudding contains a lot of healthy benefits. Whilst it doesn’t taste like a lot of yoghurts on the market it contains a great amount of protein and fibre for your diet. Simply soak chia seeds in water, non-dairy milk or juice. The chia’s will soak up the liquid and create a gelatinous pudding. Yum!
Here at Honest Eats, we’ve got quite a sweet-tooth. That’s why we understand if you want to get your chocolate fix. You can find many chocolate bars that are marketed as dairy-free. They’ll most likely include soya and sometimes rice powder. Many health store products use carob to flavour their bars; a member of the pea family that contains many vitamins and minerals and is caffeine free.
If you’re looking to branch out from chocolate bars, try stubbing your craving with sweet fruits. Medjool dates are a favourite amongst vegans but strawberries, blueberries and melon can also hit the spot.
An after-dinner treat is often well deserved, but ice cream is a no-go for our dairy-free friends. Many brands have recently brought out dairy-free soya ice creams, however we love to experiment with different options. Try banana fro-yo; made by freezing ripe bananas and blending with vanilla, cacao powder and any other goodies at a later date. It creates a tasty ice cream that’s good for you too!
Browse our full range of dairy-free products here!