Top 3 Dairy-Free Alternatives

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Just because you lead a dairy-free lifestyle, doesn’t mean you should miss out on life’s simple indulgences. Try these top three dairy-free alternatives.

Milk

From almond to soy, choosing a plant-based milk can feel overwhelming. We’ve put together a little cheat sheet about these shelf-stable milks and included how we would use each one—ranging from bowls of cereal to substitutes when cooking. Learn more about the different options available to you here!

Glass of milk and bowl of almonds

Cheese

Before you bid farewell to pizza or grilled cheese, use one of these stand-ins:

  • Daiya Cheese is free from dairy, soy and gluten. Their products are available in shreds and slices.
  • Nutritional yeast, found in our grocery aisles, is perfect for sprinkling on top of dishes—think of it like parmesan cheese but with more zing!
  • Cashew cheese is a creative alternative. Try the below recipe!

Cashew Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cashews soaked in 3 cups of water
  • 2 tsp. Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup Water

Instructions

  1. Soak cashews for at least 1 hour.
  2. Drain and rinse cashews.
  3. Place in a food processor with lemon juice, salt and black pepper.
  4. Pulse for 1 minute to combine ingredients.
  5. Add water and process until completely smooth.

Source: Clean Food Dirty Girl

Frozen Desserts

Brain freeze from sweet treats are unavoidable. Brain freeze from not knowing what to eat can be avoidable.

  • Sorbet is usually dairy-free. Always look at the ingredients to make sure it meets your dietary needs.
  • Ice cream alternatives give traditional ice cream a run for its money. Try them all! You can find frozen desserts made from soy, coconuts, almonds and cashews.
  • The sweets found in the Sprouts Frozen Department offer great bases for dairy-free milkshakes. All you need is your favorite ice cream alternative, a blender and a dash of creativity! Bananas, dates and nut butters make for great add-ins!

With these dairy-free alternatives, you don’t have to think twice before enjoying a “cheese” slice!