Author: Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

In case you haven’t noticed, fermentation is trending. Some of it is problematic for dairy-free consumers. But many innovators are using it to develop umami flavors in products made specifically for us, like Nature’s Fynd Dairy-Free Cream Cheese. Nature’s Fynd uses fermentation to grow their trademark product Fy, which is a fungi protein that contains all 9 essential amino acids. It’s the base for these allergy-friendly alternatives. Nature’s Fynd Dairy-Free Cream Cheese is Now in Stores Nationwide We weren’t able to find them in time for our best dairy-free cream cheese taste test, but Nature’s Fynd is now in two…

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This dairy-free eggplant lasagna recipe originally was shared with us by cookbook author Robin Robertson. It was a sample from her cookbook Vegan Planet, which is now in it’s second edition! These days, there are quite a few vegan lasagna recipes out there. But Robin keeps it simple, traditional, and healthy. She uses tofu instead of ricotta, which tastes much better than you would expect (we’ve made it this way many times)! Plus, the tofu adds a good dose of plant-based protein and dairy-free calcium. The dairy-free mozzarella or parm topping is optional, but it does add just the right…

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Updated for 2022! When I think of Halloween, words like fun, costumes, and of course, candy come to mind, even decades after my trick or treating years have come to a close. But when it comes to special diets (dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, etc, etc, etc), which seem to be scarily common these days, Halloween treats can represent fear and envy more than sweet smiles. Fortunately, something special began to happen over a decade ago. Companies popped up, one by one, offering sweets touted “for everyone.” Today we have a mighty top 20 list of very special dairy-free and vegan…

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At last, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is churning out some pure chocolate morsels, free of milk-based additives. Made with 52 percent cacao from sustainably sourced cocoa beans, the new Ghirardelli Non-Dairy Chocolate Chips are darker than your run of the mill semisweet without being too bittersweet. Ghirardelli Butters Up to Dairy-Free Bakers with Non-Dairy Chocolate Chips Though there is only one “Non-Dairy” label on Ghirardelli retail chocolate chips, the food service and retail 72% cacao dark chocolate chips are also made without milk ingredients. In fact, in food service, both the 52% an 72% cacao Ghirardelli chocolate chips were released…

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Perhaps you’ve seen Totally Bananas on vacation or at concession stands. They make dairy-free, chocolate-covered frozen bananas in several single-serve varieties, which are sold through food service. But Totally Bananas also offers retail frozen treats made with cool, creamy, dairy-free banana “ice cream.” These Dairy-Free Frozen Treats have gone Totally Bananas Formerly known as Chocolate Banana Dream Pops, Totally Bananas Pops have nearly doubled in size, and are dipped in dairy-free dark chocolate. They come in both Classic Banana and Banana-Strawberry flavors. The company also makes Totally Bananas “nice cream” sandwiches with chocolate wafers and their creamy Classic Banana frozen…

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Salad kits are one of those forgotten conveniences for dairy-free consumers. Aside from a token Asian variety in some grocery stores, salad kits are typically loaded with cheese, creamy dairy dressing, or other milk-containing add-ins. But one traditional produce company is changing that with their latest releases. All three of the new regionally-inspired Dole salad kits are dairy free! Global Dairy-Free Flavors are Trending with New Dole Salad Kits We have full ingredients and nutrition facts for the three new Chopped varieties of Dole salad kits, followed by a list of the other dairy-free salad kit options. Be sure to…

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Back before the dairy-free revolution, Tofutti provided dairy alternatives to an under-served population. Many of their products have persisted for decades, but the company decided they need a fresh look to keep up with the times. So their dairy-free cream cheeses, ricotta, sour cream, dips, cheese slices, ice cream pints, and even their adorable Tofutti Cuties ice cream sandwiches have received a makeover. But don’t worry, the treats inside the packages haven’t changed a bit! Tofutti Cuties are the Original Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches Since they’ve been around for twenty years or so, several flavors of Tofutti Cuties have passed…

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As the leaves begin to change, cravings turn toward comfort foods and warm autumn flavors. And Trader Joe’s is ready! Their shelves are filling up with pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, and maple goodies and a surprising number of them are made without dairy. To make your fall shopping a little easier, we’ve gathered the seasonal dairy-free items together below. Some are repeats from last year, but some are brand new. Trader Joe’s Dairy-Free Shopping List for Seasonal Fall Items The following Trader Joe’s fall items are primarily seasonal or in limited supply. They begin arriving in early September, and rotate…

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For one of our recipe contests in 2014, Pam Correll submitted this fun recipe for dairy-free ice cream muffins. It uses melted dairy-free ice cream for the fat, sugar, and liquid. We love this as a back up option for ice cream that accidentally melts, or that gets too icy in the freezer. Or the one that you didn’t love but don’t want to waste! Dairy-Free Ice Cream Muffins with just Two Ingredients! Pam used So Delicious Toasted Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream to whip up these dairy-free ice cream muffins, but that variety is no longer available. Fortunately,…

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Recipe creators have been whipping up homemade vegan “goat cheese” for over a decade. We even have our own favorite recipe. But it’s only been a couple of years since the first goat cheese alternative hit major stores. Those initial efforts came on quite strong, but Treeline Dairy-Free Goat Cheese rolled out more recently with a mellower take. Their base is more akin to thick, rich cream cheese with just a bit of pungency and tang in the taste. Treeline goes out on a Limb with 3 Dairy-Free Goat Cheese Varieties This goat cheese alternative is cultured to naturally achieve…

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January always seems to be hectic, time for getting organized after the holidays and serious about our goals. Unfortunately for me, this also means a little less time for creating in the kitchen. Luckily, we have some throw-it-together favorites that are fast, easy, and nutritious, like this 10 minute, dairy-free tuna couscous. Ten-Minute Tuna Couscous for a Healthy Dairy-Free Lunch I originally shared this dairy-free tuna couscous recipe many years ago on a separate blog. I’ve since updated it, and added some more options. It really is speedy, flavorful, and quite versatile. I tend to fiddle with the seasoning amounts…

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Several years ago, Sarah and her daughter Katherine shared their favorite peanut butter protein balls recipe. It’s a snack recipe that they rely on during the busy back to school and holiday seasons. They use dairy-free milk powder, but I recently tried the recipe with dairy-free protein powder, and it worked perfectly! I’ve updated the recipe with that option, and some additional notes. Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Protein Balls made Just for You Band camp, cross country, soccer, and dance descend on Sarah’s household in the fall. And tae kwon do? It’s year round, baby. To keep her team fueled, she’s…

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Chocolate and hazelnut get way too much attention. Vanilla is an amazing match to filberts, and it gives this granola a delicious warm flavor. I still remember the first time I tried vanilla hazelnut granola, from a local coffee shop that freshly baked it in house. It was unforgettably fragrant, and so comforting when doused with almond milk. Vanilla Hazelnut Granola with Almond Option Granola might not seem like the most exciting dairy-free recipe, but a lot of store-bought granolas do contain milk. And granola is one of those great staple foods. It’s hearty, energizing, easy to make from pantry…

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As we head into the cookie season, I want to make sure everyone can indulge, even kids in nut-free school zones. So I looked to Libby, the blogger behind The Allergic Kid, who is an expert allergy-friendly cookie baker. She created the award-winning recipe for a big FARE / Divvies cookie contest several years ago, and her Choco-lot Brownie Cookie actually made it to market! She also whipped up this fabulous peanut-free recipe for Vegan SunButter Cookies (aka Sunblossom Cookies) to share with us! These Vegan SunButter Cookies are School Safe and Ready for Sharing Libby originally passed this recipe…

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Malk Organics has announced a big U.S. distribution expansion of their organic oat milk line, and a new Chocolate flavor. Unlike most other brands, all Oat Malk varieties, yes even the chocolate, are unsweetened. They’re also made with just 3 to 5 ingredients and are free of oils, gums, and fillers. Malk Organics Expands Oil-Free, Gum-Free Oat Milk Line There’s no denying oat milk’s extreme popularity in recent years. However, there’s quite a bit of controversy about its nutritional merits. Most brands are heavily processed, high in sugars, and emulsified with oils and gums. But Oat Malk attempts to take…

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Not a raisin fan? Mix things up with these chewy vegan oatmeal apricot cookies. They’re not only dairy-free, but also naturally egg-free and nut-free, too. But don’t worry, these delicious cookies have a crispy chew that doesn’t taste free from anything. I think they’re perfect for an afternoon treat, or for school-safe lunchboxes. These Perfectly Chewy Oatmeal Apricot Cookies are Surprisingly Vegan Many years ago, my friend Linda Coss shared her recipe with us for apricot oatmeal chews. It was a sample from her then new cookbook, What Else is to Eat?. I recently made this recipe to take some…

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Back in our recipe contest days, Pam Georges submitted this vegan white chili recipe. It’s made lightly creamy with thickened milk beverage and a big dollop of sour cream. The beans also let off some starch as they cook, naturally thickening the soup. Vegan White Chili that’s Lightly Creamy and oh-so Comforting Here are some additional recipe notes and ingredient suggestions: Serving Tips: Dishes like this need to be served with vegan cornbread, crackers, or crusty bread to soak up the goodness. Or if your local grocer offers sourdough mini rounds, you can make your own bread bowls! Milk Beverage:…

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Last year, Bubbies announced the launch of their first vegan mochi, but the ingredients didn’t align with consumer preference at that time. Rather than push forward, their team decided to retool the recipe. Most notably, they replaced the coconut milk base with a trendier oatmilk formula. And here they are – Bubbies Dairy-Free Mochi, now made with oatmilk ice cream. Bubbies Vegan Mochi is a Cool Way to Enjoy a Hawaiian-Style Treat Despite the base change, Bubbies stayed true to the initial flavors of their plant-based line: chocolate, strawberry, and mango. They are available as single-serves (sold in the big…

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This easy, yet elegant Leek & Salmon Soup hails from Foods Matter, a website for special diets and allergies. They originally published it way back in November 2006, during their print magazine days, but we’ve since updated the recipe. It’s a favorite on cool summer and early fall nights, since it’s warm but uses fresh seasonal ingredients. Leek & Salmon Soup made Naturally Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free This simple soup suits so many dietary needs. But we have a few other notes and options within the following FAQs to help you choose the best ingredients, and customize it as needed. What…

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When a child has a milk allergy, the solution is usually clear: a dairy-free diet. But what about children who are lactose intolerant? Should they consume any dairy? The answer is always up to the parents and their child’s pediatrician, but the following information can help promote an educated discussion. Should Lactose Intolerant Children Consume Dairy? This might seem obvious, but it’s important to first confirm that lactose is the absolute issue. Parents and sometimes doctors are often quick to diagnose lactose intolerance, which isn’t extremely common in kids. Here’s why. Is it Really Lactose Intolerance? The symptoms of lactose…

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