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.

It’s been a few years in discussions, but the founders of Fronen finally decided to shift from a banana-based nice cream to a rich and pure coconut cream base. Their goal has always been to create a dairy-free ice cream line that’s easy on the stomach and made with pure natural ingredients. The reformulation stays true to this mission, but brings more attention to the flavors and consistency. Frönen Dairy-Free Ice Cream Keeps it Simple with a Big Reformulation Every flavor of Frönen still features 7 ingredients or less, with no additives, sugar alcohols, or other funny business. It boasts…

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Back when Kelly Brozyna released her Dairy-Free Ice Cream book, she shared this sample recipe for dairy-free Sunbutter fudge ripple ice cream with us. It’s a rich, yet remarkably healthy frozen dessert that’s made with a luxurious blend of sunflower seed butter and coconut milk, and swirled with decadent dairy-free chocolate. We’ve recently updated this post. Sunbutter Fudge Ripple Ice Cream that’s Decadent, Dairy-Free, and Nutritious Kelly is known for infusing healthful ingredients into all of her recipes, and for using natural sweeteners, like coconut sugar, apple juice, honey, agave nectar, or dates. That said, you might want to make…

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I’ve tried so many variations of oatmeal cookies, but these, these are the ones. They’re spot on with dessert-worthy sweetness, and boast just the right balance of cinnamon and vanilla. And yes, these tender dairy-free oatmeal raisin cookies have a great soft and chewy texture. Perfect Soft & Chewy Dairy-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies There are a few things about the ingredients that make these dairy-free oatmeal raisin cookies so awesome. But that doesn’t mean the recipe isn’t flexible. Here are some notes and tips on the ingredients I use, and answers to common substitute FAQs. Will these Work as Bigger…

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I often use cashews or other nut butters to thicken salad dressings, but once in a while I crave something a little lighter. So when I stumbled upon the Open Sesame Salad Dressing recipe in Blissful Bites, I knew that I had a winner. As I make it, it’s more of a creamy ginger miso salad dressing with a hint of sesame. Creamy Ginger Miso Salad Dressing You Can Lay on Thick I originally shared this recipe over a decade ago, when Blissful Bites was released. But I pulled it from my archives for lunch, and decided to update the…

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When I was growing up, mile-high mud pie was on almost every dessert menu. It was a favorite frozen indulgence of many friends and family members. But you’d be hard pressed to find a vegan version at your local restaurant. Which is why I think a good dairy-free mud pie recipe is essential! This chocolaty coffee dessert takes some time, because each layer is frozen, but it’s actually very easy to whip up. Dairy-Free Mud Pie that’s Layered with Coffee and Chocolate Many, many years ago, a reader named Kaitlyn Groene submitted a wonderful vegan mud pie recipe for a…

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This ingenious dairy-free chocolate zucchini bread recipe was the Runner-Up Winner in a recipe contest that we hosted in 2017. It won for some of the special ingredient touches – like an infusion of spices – and it’s unique usage – as the bread for dairy-free ice cream sandwiches. But of course, you can enjoy a slice of this delicious bread straight up. Chocolate Zucchini Bread that’s Moist, Rich, and Dairy-Free This recipe was created by personal trainer Andie Thueson of Maybe I Will., but we’ve recently updated it with more details, ingredient notes, and options. What is Natural Cocoa…

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This recipe for dairy-free zucchini fennel cream soup was originally shared with us by Levana Kirschenbaum, but it has since been updated. Levana combines an amazing array of healthy vegetables into this nourishing soup, and simmers it with white wine for more depth in flavor. This Dairy-Free Zucchini Fennel Cream Soup is Seriously Plant Powered We have a few quick ingredient tips with substitution suggestions, should you need them. White Wine: Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc tend to be great dry white wines for recipes like this zucchini fennel cream soup. If you don’t stock white wine in your home,…

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Whenever we hear the prefix “lact” our brains automatically make a connection to dairy. But many compounds like lactic acid, lactates, and lactylates are usually dairy free. So that makes some of us wonder, is lactoferrin dairy free too? Unfortunately, it is a dairy ingredient, but it might not be what you expect. In this post, I’ll explain lactoferrin, and who it is most concerning for. Understanding Lactoferrin for People with Milk Allergies and Lactose Intolerance Lactoferrin has moved into the supplement spotlight in recent years for its potential ability to protect against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. And it…

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Sometimes, the simple things in life can be exactly what we need. In this case, it’s super-easy, budget-friendly, dairy-free ice cream sandwiches. I love that I can mix and match the flavors and toppings, how well they store, and that they are portioned nicely, so I can have just a treat rather than a full-blown dense dessert. The Easiest Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches with Gluten-Free Options This pseudo-recipe is really is about mixing things up. So I have several options and quick answers to common FAQs. Why Graham Crackers? For several reasons. They’re just the right thickness for Eskimo-style sandwiches.…

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This recipe was shared with us by Kristen Doyle during her days with Kids Cuisine. “A couple of years ago, Family Fun magazine posted a snack recipe that caught my eye. It is a recipe for s’mores quesadillas that I make several times a month now for snack. It is simple, the kids can help to make it, we always have the ingredients on hand, and it is a tasty snack that they love.” S’mores Quesadillas made Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Vegan We originally posted this recipe way back in 2007, but have since updated this post. You might have seen…

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Several years ago, Cheryl Snavley submitted a dairy-free coconut cream pie recipe for a spring contest that we held. Today, we’re giving this phenomenal dessert post an update. The pie is infused with coconutty goodness at every level. There’s coconut oil in the crust, coconut milk and coconut in the filling, and coconut whip and toasted coconut on top. If you like coconut, you’re going to love this pie! Dairy-Free Coconut Cream Pie made the Old-Fashioned Way Cheryl’s original dairy-free coconut cream pie recipe was a little sweet for our testers, so we recently updated it with a more balanced…

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Many years ago, a blogger named Jenn shared this very cool recipe for dairy-free banana coconut ice cream bites with us. She kept a blog called The Left Over Queen, which has unfortunately been closed. But her frozen treat recipe lives on and today, we’ve updated it! We have more tips, options, nutrition notes, and more. Dairy-Free Banana Coconut Ice Cream Bites are Nice Summer Treats You can eat these bites out of hand, but Jenn also recommends putting them in a bowl and I drizzling with peanut butter and dairy-free hot fudge to truly make them special. Here are…

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This rich, dreamy chocolate chocolate chip ice cream recipe is not for the faint of heart. It’s churned with melted chocolate and creamy coconut milk for the most luxurious taste and finish. And instead of full-size chocolate chips (which can be too hard when frozen!) it’s spiked with straciatella-style flakes that melt in your mouth with each bite. Dairy-Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for True Chocoholics My friend Hannah Kaminsky is the foremost vegan ice cream expert. She often gets a bit exotic with flavors, but this dairy-free chocolate chocolate chip ice cream plays on her continued love for…

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Need a delicious way to use up some zucchini? Enjoy this recipe for dairy-free pesto zoodles. It’s a classic adapted from an old issue of Vegetarian Times. The pesto is actually made with sage and parsley, but you can certainly substitute basil if you have it on hand. The recipe makes enough pesto to cover additional vegetables and your favorite protein. It’s perfect for lunch bowls or a light dinner. And the zucchini noodles offer a grain-free break from pasta. We originally shared this recipe way back in 2006, but have since updated it with more options. Dairy-Free Pesto Zoodles…

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For years, people have asked me who makes the best dairy-free cream cheese. I used to have an easy answer, but formulas change, new products come out, and reader opinions are all over the board. So I decided to host a formal dairy-free cream cheese taste test. I gathered every brand I could find and seven willing participants, which included both dairy-free and dairy eaters. Surprisingly, the winner was unanimous. But we have tasting notes and rankings for all of the spreads we tested. The Best Dairy-Free Cream Cheese: 8 Vegan Brands Compared We worked our way through the brands…

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Back when it was released, we asked Nicole, a prolific cook and guest blogger, to test out The Conscious Cook, by chef Tal Ronnen (of Oprah fame). She sampled the Split Pea Soup, Whole Grain Penne with San Marzano Tomatoes, and Vegan Blackberry Shortcake with Cashew Cream. And according to Nicole, “This cookbook is great. It really, really impressed me!” But she was particularly enamored by the shortcake recipe, which we were given permission to reprint. Today, we’re updating that recipe! Vegan Blackberry Shortcake with a Chef’s Special Touch Chef Tal Ronnen is known for his innovative use of ingredients.…

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This recipe for vegan coconut payasam was originally shared with us by Chef Jason Wyrick of The Vegan Taste. Payasam (or kheer) is a traditional South Asian pudding that is made by boiling rice or broken wheat with milk, ghee (butter oil), and sugar, and flavoring it with cardamom, raisins, saffron, pistachios or almonds. Though it’s often served with a meal, in Southern Bangladesh payasam is made with glutinous rice and coconut milk for a creamier, dessert-type dish. Chef Jason used this as his inspiration to create a delicious dairy-free and egg-free dessert that is optionally gluten-free and quite low…

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Although I’m not a big mashed potato fan, I do love these buttery dairy-free smashed potatoes. They’re boiled until tender, and smashed while pan frying. The result is a crisp and flavorful outside, with a soft and naturally creamy middle. The presentation is a bit rustic, but the taste is truly elevated. Buttery Dairy-Free Smashed Potatoes made on the Stovetop This recipe was originally shared with us by the potato company Tasteful Selections many years ago. They grow and bag baby potatoes, which you’ve probably seen in the produce selection. After enjoying this recipe several times, I have some updates,…

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Did you hear about the new Enjoy Life Lentil Chip flavors? They recently launched in Barbecue, Salt & Vinegar, and Dairy Free Cheddar. We grabbed some bags to try, and I can confirm that they are seriously good. Each crunchy variety is bold enough to stand alone, but they also pair well with accompaniments, like our dairy-free caramelized onion dip recipe below. We had the honor to partner with Enjoy Life Foods for this recipe post. But we only share honest opinions and experiences. We seriously love these chips! The photos are by Hannah Kaminsky.  The Best Lentil Chip & Dairy-Free Dip…

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As you might know from my other recipe for strawberry watermelon smoothies, I think strawberries and watermelon are an under-appreciated combination. And it seems author Cathe Olson agrees! She shared her version with us. Strawberry Watermelon Smoothies to Refresh on a Hot Summer Day Cathe adds a little dairy-free yogurt when making strawberry watermelon smoothies, which makes this blend just a little creamier and tangier. It also adds some probiotics, depending on the brand you choose. Cathe uses a plain dairy-free yogurt, but you can choose a vanilla or even strawberry variety. Either would be delicious. We like coconut milk…

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