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.

Updated April 2024! Panda Express is the largest Asian fast food chain in the U.S., specializing in American Chinese cuisine. They used to have some very odd menu labeling for milk, but we helped them get it fixed, so now every section of their menu is filled with dairy-free options. We’ve summarized them into a quick menu guide below. Panda Express Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes & Vegan Options This information is for the U.S., but their menu only varies slightly in Canada. Please note that not all menu items listed below will be available at each Panda Express…

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Updated April 2024! Dairy-free yogurt has seen a boom in recent years, and there are now dozens of brands to choose from (we think these are the best). With so much competition, manufacturers are squeezing into new markets, including dairy-free yogurt tubes and pouches! This round-up includes the options currently available, all of which happen to be vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and carrageenan-free, too. Note: This guide is for informational purposes only. All of the non-dairy products mentioned in this post were dairy-free by ingredients at our time of review. But ingredients and process are subject to change at any time, so…

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You might recall their first foray into dairy-free yogurt pouches back in 2020. Just like those refrigerated squeezies, the newer Once Upon a Farm coconut milk yogurt  pouches are plant-based, made for kids, organic, stocked with probiotics, and contain no added sugar. But they’ve swapped out the pumpkin seed milk for creamier, richer coconut milk and simplified the ingredients a touch. Once Upon a Farm Coconut Milk Yogurt comes in 3 Fruity Pouch Flavors There’s a lot to love about these dairy-free yogurt pouches. They’re nutritionist-approved  and have been Clean Label Project Purity & Pesticide-Free awarded. They were designed for…

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This garden-inspired, dairy-free barley salad is a great way to spring into the season. It’s made with whole grains, filled with vegetables, and dressed with a light but flavorful vinaigrette. I would describe it as a Mediterranean style dish that’s a bit like Greek salad, but with a few hearty and flavorful twists. It’s also highly versatile, and can be delicious with whatever’s in season. Dairy-Free Barley Salad with a Bowlful of Nutrition This dairy-free barley salad recipe was an entry in our Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest that we cohosted with So Delicious about a decade ago. It was created and submitted by…

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Updated April 2024! KFC (formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken) is the world’s second-largest restaurant chain by sales (after McDonald’s). They have nearly 20,000 restaurants globally. And they have a ton of menu items made without dairy! In fact, the majority of their fried chicken and many of their sides at North American locations are made without any milk. We’ve outlined them in our dairy-free menu guide below. KFC Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes & Vegan Options This menu guide includes dairy-free menu options first, followed by custom order components. Be aware of special order requirements in parentheses ()…

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Why try to mask the coconut? Celebrate it with this dairy-free coconut rice pudding. This is a traditional-style recipe, just like grandma used to make, that incorporates the natural richness and flavor of coconut in every bite. It’s not only non-dairy, but is also naturally free of eggs, nuts, and soy. For the perfect finish, it’s garnished with toasted coconut. Dairy-Free Coconut Rice Pudding with Toasted Coconut This recipe for creamy dairy-free coconut rice pudding was an entry in the March Recipe Madness Contest that we cohosted with So Delicious about a decade ago. It was created and submitted by Robin Batterson.…

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Last Update in April 2024! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Rhode Island that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state. We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure. Photo from…

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Honey Dijon is one of my favorite types of salad dressing, and it’s easily dairy free. But many blog recipes are muddled with yogurt, garlic, onion, etc. They have far too many distractions, taking away from the delicious, simple taste that honey and mustard offer together. So many years ago, I whipped up this healthy dairy-free honey dijon dressing. Over time, I’ve perfected my base recipe and have added many variations. Dairy-Free Honey Dijon Dressing made to Taste This is also the Sweet Dijon Dressing recipe that I shared in my cookbook, Eat Dairy Free. But since I’ve made so many…

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This naturally dairy-free and gluten-free asparagus, leek, and parsley soup recipe was submitted by Wai Leng for the March Recipe Madness Contest we held several years ago. I don’t consume dairy and I live in cold and windy Chicago which has many soupy days in a year. But ironically, I didn’t come up with this recipe during winter. It was actually born on a suddenly cold day last Spring. This savory soup has a mild leek taste complemented by the earthy flavor of asparagus and the fresh flavor of parsley….it’s a perfect partner for a piece of whole grain toast.…

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These delicious dairy-free strawberry filled cupcakes are made with tender vanilla cakes, fresh strawberries, and a lemony glaze. It’s the perfect flavor combination for spring and summer celebrations. And the recipe suits a variety of dietary needs. In addition to dairy-free, these single-serve desserts can be egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free, if you wish. Dairy-Free Strawberry Filled Cupcakes add Zest to the Dessert Table This dairy-free strawberry filled cupcakes recipe were an honorable mention winner in The Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest that we cohosted with So Delicious about a decade ago. It was created and submitted by Tina Coopman, but…

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Updated April 2024! A few years ago, Panera Bread announced the end of its dairy-free milk beverage upcharge. They were the third brand under the JAB Holding Company to give dairy-free coffee drinkers a break. The first two were Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Pret A Manger. The executives at Panera have also vowed to expand their plant-based offerings over time. They haven’t delivered on that latter promise. In fact, a big 2024 menu update has paired down their menu significantly. The goodness is, there are still many dairy-free options with basic custom orders, for breakfast and lunch. We’ve outlined them…

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One of the great things about pasta dinners is they are easily a complete dinner with protein, veggies, noodles, and sauce. Another big bonus is they are usually delicious and comforting. This dairy-free chicken pasta primavera checks both boxes. It’s loaded with healthy spring-inspired vegetables and finished with a light cream sauce – no cheese required! Dairy-Free Chicken Pasta Primavera in 30 Minutes or Less This recipe was a “15 minutes or less” entry in the Fast & Fresh Dairy-Free Time Trials Recipe Contest, we cohosted with So Delicious many years ago. It was created and submitted by Marisa Raponi. It took…

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Why stop with one type of citrus? This lemon orange bundt cake combines two zesty fruits into one delicious baked dessert. Using the juice and zest not only adds citrus flavor, it also helps to ensure a light and tender moist crumb without need for any dairy. Dairy-Free Lemon Orange Bundt Cake with Optional Glaze This recipe for lemon orange bundt cake was an entry in the Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest that we cohosted with So Delicious many years ago. It was created and submitted by Michelle Hendrickson. We’ve updated her recipe with more details and also have answers to…

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More often than I’d like to admit, I have a carton of eggs in my refrigerator that needs to be used up. And after Easter, it’s often a bowl full of hard-boiled eggs! This unique ethnic recipe for hard-boiled eggs in chili sauce is an easy and delicious way to solve either problem. It can be made ahead, and enjoyed as an appetizer, snack, or breakfast. You can even serve the eggs with chili sauce over rice with some seasonal steamed greens for an easy lunch. Asian-Style Eggs in Chili Sauce without Dairy, Gluten, Nuts, or Soy This unique recipe…

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Forget the gums, lecithin, phosphate, oils, and flavors. Forager Project Dairy-Free Creamers are made with a certified organic combination of oats, cashews, and coconut cream, and without the highly processed ingredients found in most other creamer brands. Yet, they’re formulated to have a rich and creamy consistency that blends seamlessly into both hot and iced beverages. Forager Project Dairy-Free Creamers are Lovably Unrefined We are smitten by the fact that Forager Project even uses organic coconut sugar rather than refined sugar, syrups, or alternative sweeteners. And for that vanilla cinnamon flavor, they use organic vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Imagine…

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In recent years, many companies have moved toward functional milk and cream alternatives, with emulsified proteins and additives. But one company is going in the opposite direction. Forager Project Dairy-Free Half & Half has been completely reformulated without oil, gums, and lecithin. It’s now made with a simple recipe of organic oats, cashews, and coconut cream. This new version is perfect as a coffee creamer, but is also unsweetened for use in sauces, soups, and even baking. Forager Project Half & Half is Cleaning Up the Dairy Alternative Aisle The old recipe for Forager’s Dairy-Free Half & Half included dates,…

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Tony and I recently traveled in Taiwan, and were amazed by the green spaces, including the Taiwanese bikeways and hiking networks. But we had a hard time acclimating to the cuisine. It wasn’t quite what we expected. But we did enjoy some of their light snack foods, like Taiwanese tea eggs. They are served ceremonial with tea, sold at night markets, and can even be found at convenience stores throughout Taiwan for snacking. These flavorful hard boiled eggs are high in dairy-free protein, and are also a great way to use up that carton of eggs in your refrigerator. Taiwanese Tea Eggs…

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Updated March 2024! Like many coffeehouse chains, Caribou Coffee is expanding their plant-based options. And this means more choices for dairy-free customers, too! They now offer almondmilk and oatmilk at all domestic locations, include dairy-free drinks in their seasonal features, and even offer vegan breakfast to go. This full dairy-free guide lists all of the details – both on the main menu and how to custom order. Caribou Coffee Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Vegan Options This menu guide includes dairy-free drink menu options first, followed by custom order drink components, and then the food menu. Be aware of special order…

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I love making hearty apple crisps. But when my grandma requested a traditional apple crumble for her birthday, I was happy to oblige. In fact, I decided to bake a recipe from her own collection! This delicious dairy-free apple crumble is filled with delicious baking apples and has that classic sweet and crumbly streusel topping. It makes me think of her every time I make it. That’s why it’s still a favorite for special gatherings, holidays, and enjoying a la mode when I’m craving comfort. Grandma’s Dairy-Free Apple Crumble is a Time-Honored Dessert I originally shared this beloved recipe about…

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Last Update in March 2024! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Oklahoma that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state. We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure. Photo from Chicken…

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