Alisa Fleming ~ I wish that I had the time to review every product that I come across, but there are just too many great dairy-free foods these days! To address this issue, I’m starting a monthly post of our “new dairy-free product finds” for those foods that I want to share, but we aren’t able to do a full review for. Some will truly be brand new products, while some may just be new to me. Either way, I hope you find some tasty items that appeal to you.
Please note that this list isn’t a product endorsement and I haven’t trialed all of these products. If you have tried any of them, please feel free to comment on this post with your feedback!
Charm School Chocolates – Now this is one I HOPE to try in the future. This little dairy-free chocolatier churns out soymilk chocolate, white chocolate (swoon!), dark chocolate, and bon bons. Definitely worht a look, and oh yes, they are completely vegan, too. Gluten-free, Vegan
Trader Joe’s Canned Coconut Cream – Wow, is this stuff thick! The price point is great, and it definitely gives you more cream for your buck than canned coconut milk. In terms of quality, I didn’t think it was the best on the market, and still prefer some of the other coconut milk brands for their luxurious cream, but this one is great in a pinch. Gluten-free, Vegan, Allergy-Friendly* (if coconut is not a concern for you)
Erewhon SuperGrains Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal – This is without a doubt a new favorite cereal in our house. I know the words “buckwheat” and “hemp” may not entice some of you, but I promise, this stuff is really tasty! Thus far, we’ve enjoyed the lightly sweet and uber-crispy flakes as breakfast cereal (this new treat actually made me want to have a bowl of cereal – something I hadn’t done in well over a year!), in bars, and ground for a crunchy coating in this Zucchini Fries Recipe. Most people don’t realize that Erewhon cereals are made in a dairy-free facility, too – another reason that I love them. Gluten-free, Vegan, Allergy-Friendly*
NuNaturals Flavored Stevia Extract - I know that I don’t talk about stevia a lot, but I do love NuNaturals stevia and use it often when my food needs just a little sweet hit and I’m not craving a sugar rush. Their latest deal is creating flavored stevia drops, including orange, lemon, chocolate and (yum!) peppermint. Gluten-free, Vegan, Allergy-Friendly*
Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-minute meals without gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and sesame – Cybele Pascal’s new cookbook delivers dozens of doable dinner recipes ranging from comfort food to easy gourmet. Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking is attractive and enticing, yet not intimidating in the least bit. A sampling of the recipes includes: Homemade Gnocchi; Roasted Chicken with Rosemary, Kalamata Olives, and Lemon; Buffalo Wings with Ranch Dressing; Garam Masala Lamb Chops with Cumin Quinoa; Fettucine Alfredo with Bacon; and Out-n-In Burgers. My good friend at Lexie’s Kitchen already did a full review of the book, testing out the gnocchi recipe (pictured below). You can see her thoughts here. Gluten-free, Allergy-Friendly
Rudi’s Gluten-Free Tortillas – Available in three flavors (plain, spinach, and fiesta), these new tortillas are dairy-free, gluten-free, and perfect for Mexican food and lunchtime wraps. See Heather’s photos at Gluten-Free Cat for a demonstration of their bendy-ness. Gluten-free, Vegan, Allergy-Friendly*
Popcorn Indiana All Natural Kettle Corn - This is more of a “new to me” product that we found at our local drugstore on sale. The ingredients of the cinnamon variety (the one we trialed) are simple (popcorn, sugar, canola oil, cinnamon, and salt); the kernals are light, fluffy, and crispy; and the flavor is just lightly sweet with generous hints of cinnamon. We expected more of a dessert-like rush, but it was good nonetheless. Gluten-free, Vegan, Allergy-Friendly*
Health Warrior Chia Bars - Even though I’m not a daily “bar” eater, I’m always intrigued by new ones on the market. This new product line comes in Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut, and Acai Berry flavors, thus far. They boast a good dose of omega 3′s from chia sees. In fact, the first ingredient is chia! Gluten-free, Vegan
Elianni Veggie Cutlets – This meat replacement is made with soybean and pinto bean flours, and is touted as extremely versatile. Each serving contains a whopping 19 grams of protein, a definite plus for vegans! I did review the Elianni Veggie Rolls, which you can see here. Gluten-free, Vegan
Fig Food Soups – Riding the coattails of the plant-based movement, Fig Food has crafted a line of vegan, certified organic, kosher soups for healthy eating in a hurry. They offer both condensed and heat & eat soups with a strong focus on vegetables, beans, and whole grains. I don’t remember where I spotted these products, but I am intrigued! Vegan
*Note: Allergy-friendly refers to the top eight allergens, and on an ingredient basis only. ALWAYS consult the manufacturer to inquire on processes whenever cross-contamination of an allergen is a concern for you or a loved one. Also, ingredients are subject to change at any time. I’m providing this merely as baseline information, ALWAYS read the packaging and ingredients prior to consumption to ensure that the product is still suitable for your dietary needs.