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.

These coconut almond apricot bars were first made popular by a cookbook called Robin Hood Home Baking. A version has since been featured on Fine Cooking, and another adaptation was shared with us by Jen Maharaj-Stott when she wrote for Just Baking. We further adapted them to work a better with dairy-free ingredients. The bars have a wonderfully buttery crust and a chewy, sweet, apricot filling. The apricots are soaked in water, but Jen says you can soak them in orange juice for even more flavor. And the folks at Fine Cooking like to add a touch of apricot jam to…

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In my opinion, the best foods are naturally dairy free. Case in point: roasted vegetables. Something about the sweet caramelization of vegetables that happens at high temperatures is positively magical. And this simple roasted asparagus recipe is a perfect example. Roasting takes a woody vegetable and turns it into something tender and delicious that even kids love to eat. Perfect Roasted Asparagus with Additional Flavor Options We originally shared this recipe way back in 2008, but I’ve since added some ingredient notes and flavorful options to help you mix things up. Roasted Asparagus Ingredient Notes Oil: You can use any…

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Nothing says summer like grilled fish tacos. This particular recipe uses white fish that’s lighter than mahi mahi in flavor and texture, but still firm and hearty. It’s topped with an easy, homemade slaw, but we think some avocado slices would perfect it! Grilled Fish Tacos Topped with Easy Pickled Slaw Have you heard of paiche (pronounced PIE-chay)? Paiche (otherwise known as arapaima) is similar to sea bass in flavor (mild) and texture (firm), but costs less, making it an excellent choice for grilled fish tacos. Plus, since paiche is relatively moist and doesn’t easily burn or dry out, it is great for…

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For more than 120 years, Marzetti has been pleasing customers with salad dressings and dips. Their dressings have always included a few naturally non-dairy options, but this is their first dairy-free foray into dips. Marzetti Simply Plant Based Dips are made with oat milk, and are now available in classic Ranch and a spicy Buffalo flavor. Marzetti Simply Plant Based Dips arrive in Dairy-Free Ranch and Buffalo Once you get the chance to buy and try these dips, be sure to leave your unbiased rating and review below! It helps others make informed purchasing decisions. Ranch Ingredients: oat milk (water, oat…

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Dairy-free food producers are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to oat milk. This trendy grain beverage is making it’s way into nearly every dairy-free food category, from cheeses to ice cream products. And thanks to an iconic American brand, we can now list salad dressing in these credits. Marzetti Simply Plant Based Dressings are emulsified with oat milk for a creamy finish, and have launched in three varieties. Marzetti Simply Plant Based Dressings are the First Made with Oat Milk We expected the Ranch and Caesar varieties, but the Lemon Basil is an interesting surprise. Unlike the other…

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We’ve heard the claims before, but Klimon is adamant that their dairy-free ice cream is every bit as good as the real thing. They use a proprietary, almond-based recipe to create the rich consistency and creaminess of traditional ice cream, without a drop of dairy. And some store buyers seem to be convinced. Walmart and Gelson’s Markets have begun selling all five Klimon pint flavors. Klimon Dairy-Free Ice Cream Churns Almond Milk into Decadent Pints The founder of Klimon shies away from basic ice cream flavors. Instead, he’s opted for a mix of trendy and nostalgic blends. Be sure to…

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French toast can seem tricky without eggs, but this flavorful coconut banana vegan French toast works well. It’s more moist than your average eggy recipe, but has a crisp exterior and a wonderful naturally sweet flavor. The recipe was originally shared with us by Jackie of the Vegan Diet. She adapted it from what is now Spruce Eats. Coconut Banana Vegan French Toast that’s Moist and Flavorful If you are worried about it being too moist, you can add a little starch, about 1 tablespoon, to the batter. Also, if you prefer less coconut flavor, you can add a teaspoon…

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This easy grilled Asian peanut chicken recipe was originally shared with us by Cate O’Malley of Sweetnicks many years ago. She originally found it on AllRecipes, and made it as is. But we’ve since adapted it to have extra sauce for serving. We also prefer to use regular peanut butter, rather than reduced fat, for full flavor, and to make the chicken as moist and tender as possible. This is a great outdoor grilling recipe, but you can also cook it on a grill pan, or even bake it, if needed (400°F for about 25 minutes, or until cooked through).…

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We came across this brownie bites recipe years ago, and it was so wonderfully easy to make dairy free! These mini treats are very rich, to satisfy any seasoned chocoholic. But they’ve also received top marks from young chocolate fans too. Rachael Ray’s Brownie Bites made without Dairy, Nuts, or Soy This recipe was buried in our archives, so we decided to give it a big update. I also have a few notes and tips to add. Butter Alternative: We like to use dairy-free buttery sticks, often labeled as plant butter, rather than a spread, since they have a better…

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This wonderfully easy grilled pineapple dessert is a bit like bananas foster, but without butter, with more spices, and with fresh pineapple instead of bananas. We originally shared this recipe over fifteen years ago, but have given it an update. It’s a naturally dairy-free, gluten-free top allergen-free, and vegan-friendly, treat for adults! If preparing for kids, you can substitute fresh pineapple juice for the rum, and perhaps add a little buttery spread to the sauce as it simmers, to bring the flavors together. Special Diet Notes: Allergy-Friendly Grilled Pineapple Dessert By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free,…

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What would you do for a dairy-free Klondike bar? No, they haven’t come out with one yet. But Goodpop Ice Cream Squares offer a similar frozen dessert experience without dairy, soy, and gluten. And yes, of course they’re made with oatmilk! Move Over Klondike, Dairy-Free Goodpop Ice Cream Squares are Here Their first flavor is a classic pairing, with creamy vanilla oatmilk ice cream coated in a chocolate fudge shell. See below for the full ingredients, nutrition facts, and other pertinent information. And don’t forget to leave a review once you buy and try them! Fudge n’ Vanilla Ingredients: frozen…

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Believe it or not, they aren’t the first oatmilk ice cream sandwiches, but Goodpop Ice Cream Sandwiches are the first to be made both dairy-free and gluten-free. They’re also lighter and lower in sugar than your average frozen treat. Goodpop Ice Cream Sandwiches are another First for Dairy-Free Oatmilk These frozen desserts are launching in the most nostalgic flavor first, vanilla oatmilk ice cream sandwiched between chocolate wafer cookies. Once you’ve had the change to buy and try them, be sure to leave your unbiased review below! Chocolate Vanilla Ingredients: frozen dessert: oatmilk (water, gluten free oats*), cane sugar*, coconut oil*,…

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This raw vegan Chocolate Cream Pie recipe was shared with us by Manitoba Harvest many years ago, but we’ve given it an update! It was created by Kristen Suzanne, author of numerous raw food cookbooks. She infuses each naturally dairy-free and gluten-free bite with real cacao, fresh coconut, healthy hemp seeds, and the perfect amount of natural sweeteners. Raw Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie made with Allergy-Friendly Superfoods Unlike most raw recipes, this one is free of tree nuts! It uses other fresh ingredients, like avocado, for a creamy consistency. The recipe includes an optional strawberry coulis. It isn’t pictured here, because…

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Squeezable dairy-free yogurt can be hard to find. But Forager Project is making it a little bit easier with their latest product release. Forager Kids Cashewmilk Yogurt pouches are made specifically for tots, age 3 and up, and are now available nationwide in three fruity flavors. Forager Kids Cashewmilk Yogurt Pouches Squeeze onto Store Shelves Parents will be happy to hear these yogurt alternatives are organic, sweetened just a touch, and are stocked with probiotics, calcium, and essential vitamins. See below for the ingredient lists and nutrition facts, followed by other pertinent information. Berry Berry Ingredients: cashewmilk (filtered water, cashews*), cane…

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I have a surprise! Enjoy Life Foods has baked up three exciting new allergy-friendly cookie varieties: crunchy Birthday Cake, soft baked Monster, and soft baked Sunseed™ Butter Chocolate Chip. These sweet treats are certified gluten free, free from 14 allergens, and perfect for nearly every occasion. Yes, Enjoy Life Cookies are school-safe for lunchboxes, but they’re also ready to travel on vacations, rescue hunger on outings, and share at social gatherings … This post is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, but we only share honest opinions and experiences. The photos are by Hannah Kaminsky.  New Enjoy Life Cookie Flavors are…

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The creamy white wine sauce in this dairy-free pasta recipe is one that I’ve enjoyed for nearly two decades. It’s a simple riff on classic béchamel from my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. I love how this recipe uses everyday ingredients, and can be quite inexpensive. Yes, I’ve made it with various cheap wines (just make sure it’s dry, not sweet!) with tasty results. Dairy-Free Creamy White Wine Sauce on a Pasta Dinner Budget This creamy white wine sauce is perfect over pasta with steamed vegetables. You can enjoy it as a light dish, add some…

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So you bought a bunch of lentils when pantry stocking and aren’t sure what to make? If they’re brown or green lentils, try a one-pot rice dish or even a Mediterranean-style salad. But if you have some quicker-cooking red lentils, there are other types of options, like tomato-based soup and this flavorful red lentil dal. Peter Singer’s Red Lentil Dal for a Cheap, Easy, Healthy, Plant-Based Meal Not all dal is dairy-free. Some types can contain butter, ghee, yogurt, or even cream. But red lentil dal is often a naturally vegan dish that’s simple to make. It uses primarily pantry ingredients,…

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This Louisiana inspired dish was shared with us by Denise Hall from her days writing with Fit Fare. It’s a dairy-free and gluten-free version of crawfish etouffee made without dairy butter or wheat flour. We’ve since updated the recipe with more notes and clarification. Crawfish Etouffee made without Dairy, Gluten, or Soy (Shrimp Option) We’ve added a few tips for adapting this recipe to taste. Denise skips the celery, due to personal taste, but you can add 1/4 cup minced celery with the onion and bell pepper, if preferred. For a richer finish, double the butter alternative to 1/4 cup.…

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In recent years, quite a few dairy-free ranch dressings have hit the market from Daiya, Follow Your Heart, Litehouse, Tessamae’s, and others. But Organicville Non-Dairy Ranch was the first. It landed in stores about fifteen years ago, long before most brands were even thinking about vegan options. And their dairy-free ranch is still around. But now they have a whole line of Organicville Salad Dressings, including some very flavorful vinaigrettes. And they have a new look! Which is why we’re completely updating this post! Organicville Salad Dressings in Non-Dairy Ranch, Caesar, and More Over the years, their formula has changed…

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Breaking all the rules, this vegan crème brûlée is completely free of dairy and eggs. It’s even made without gluten and soy! Yet the recipe results in a creamy custard-like dessert with a crusty, sugary topping. It’s the perfect make-ahead dessert for special occasions. Vegan Crème Brûlée made without Dairy, Eggs, Gluten, and Soy We originally posted this recipe about a decade ago, when shared with us by So Delicious. They adapted it from Pure Ella. It uses a mix of coconut milk beverage, full fat coconut milk, and cashew butter for the creamy texture, and a combination of starch…

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