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.

Dairy alternatives don’t always hit the mark, particularly when something cheesy is the goal. But vegan cashew cheesecake is one of those decadent treats that many people proclaim is better than classic dairy cheesecake. And this is a favorite no-bake version. It has a remarkably rich dairy-free consistency, perfectly sweet and tangy flavor, and all the indulgence you could hope for. This Vegan Cashew Cheesecake is a Truly Decadent No Bake Dessert Many years ago, there was a wonderful little company called Laughing Giraffe. They made healthy raw macaroons and granola. We loved their products, but like so many small…

Read More

Kebabs are a wonderful dairy-free entree, especially in summer. Not only are they healthy and naturally allergy-friendly, they’re also easy to customize with different proteins, produce, and seasonings. These grilled Asian tofu skewers are also vegan and plant-based, and threaded with grapes for a seasonal twist. But don’t worry, if you’re timid on the grapes, we have other options! Grilled Asian Tofu Skewers to Keep Your Summer Menu Fresh This recipe for grilled Asian tofu skewers was originally shared with us by the California Table Grape Commission. We originally shared it about six years ago, but have since updated the…

Read More

I’ve always been amazed by how many restaurants put dairy in their fajitas. And I’m not just talking about cheese and sour cream on the side. I’ve come across dozens of restaurants that grill with butter, or use a seasoning that contains milk. That’s why I appreciate this recipe for grilled steak and pepper fajitas. It’s easy and delicious, and healthier than restaurant versions anyway. Plus, it’s naturally dairy-free, optionally gluten-free, and all around allergy-friendly. Easy Grilled Steak and Pepper Fajitas made Allergy-Friendly This recipe was originally shared with us by Laura’s Lean Beef, but we’ve updated the recipe with…

Read More

Usually, I’m not a fan of fruit with savory. But there is something about strawberry spinach salad that simply works. In the past, I’ve enjoyed it with a lemon poppy seed dressing, but this recipe is made with a unique and delicious almond vinaigrette. Dairy-Free Strawberry Spinach Salad made Fresh for the Season Over a decade ago, I featured this fresh strawberry spinach salad from A Century of Flavors. It’s a cookbook by the family-run producer of pure extracts, Nielsen-Massey. Today I’m doing a full update on this recipe post, and I’ve added a few options. Make it a Meal…

Read More

We’ve been waiting for Trader Joe’s to make the official announcement, but it seems they’re letting this dairy-free product release linger for a while. Trader Joe’s Vegan Sour Cream is already in stores, and waiting to top your enchilada casserole. We have all the details for this savory new condiment below. Photos from Big Box Vegan. Trader Joe’s Vegan Sour Cream is a Cool Coconut-Based Alternative It’s not dairy, but it is a little tart, a touch tangy, adequately thick, and quite creamy. And we think it will work well as a sour cream substitute on your favorite Mexican dishes,…

Read More

This recipe was a runner-up in a contest we co-hosted back in January 2011, but we’ve updated the post. It was created by a blogger named Liz, who has since retired from the blogging world. But her recipe for these indulgent vegan chocolate banana brownies lives on! Vegan Chocolate Banana Brownies that are Moist, Dark, and Delicious We have a couple notes to share in terms of options for this vegan chocolate banana brownies recipe. Cocoa Powder Options Liz uses “unsweetened” cocoa powder, which can also be labeled as “natural” cocoa powder. It tends to be more bitter, and is…

Read More

This dairy-free gluten-free chocolate pudding cake recipe was submitted by Erin for a recipe contest that we held back in 2011. We’ve since updated this post. The recipe is a family favorite that her mom created for her, based on a classic dessert. Pudding cake is a magical treat that separates into a cake on top, and a chocolate fudge sauce like pudding on the bottom. Gluten-Free Chocolate Pudding Cake that’s Deep, Dark, and Delicious This version of gluten-free chocolate pudding cake is very chocolaty, with a high ratio of cocoa powder and chocolate chips, too! We do have some…

Read More

Our favorite allergy-friendly snack company just doubled down on one of their popular product lines, and we’re all smiles. Enjoy Life Lentil Chips now come in six varieties, including new backyard Barbecue, Salt & Vinegar, and Dairy Free Cheddar. The Scoop on Enjoy Life’s New Lentil Chip Flavors To see what the hype was about, we popped open a bag of each new flavor. I had a hunch they would be delicious, but didn’t expect us to feel quite so nostalgic. Barbecue – This was my favorite chip flavor as a child, and Enjoy Life brought the good memories rushing back.…

Read More

Charlie Trotter wasn’t dairy-free, and he certainly wasn’t vegan. But his fanaticism for fresh ingredients led him to partner with raw food chef, Roxanne Klein, to create the cookbook Raw. This dairy-free maple pecan ice cream recipe was a sample from that collection, which we shared on its release in 2007. Today, we’re updating this post and recipe, which is just a tiny piece of his enduring legacy. Maple Pecan Ice Cream that’s Naturally Dairy-Free with Just 2 Ingredients Yes, according to Charlie Trotter, pecans and maple syrup are really all you need, not counting water. But we do have…

Read More

When it comes to quick bread, I’m really not a fluffy kind of person. I prefer loaves that are rich, hearty, and fulfilling – like this spelt banana bread. It’s 100% whole grain and low fat, yet wonderfully tender and lightly moist. And to make it fun, I use leftover dairy-free creamer for the liquid. It adds sweetness, richness, and flavor. Dairy-Free Spelt Banana Bread to Pair with Your Coffee If you’ve been taste testing dairy-free creamers, this spelt banana bread is a great way to use up the overflow. But it’s also a delicious use for your favorite creamer,…

Read More

This recipe was an entry in our Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest, submitted by Kaitlyn Groan. To enter, she needed to use a So Delicious product. But Kaitlyn went above and beyond, using So Delicious creamer, milk beverage, ice cream, and whipped topping to make this very decadent recipe for dairy-free carrot cake milkshakes. She chose their coconut-based versions, because coconut and carrot go extremely well together. But you can substitute other alternative types, if preferred. For some ideas, see our guide to the Best Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream and our Dairy-Free Whipped Cream Guide. Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Carrot…

Read More

I know, you’ve heard it before. Kale is a great source of dairy-free calcium. But it’s also dense in vitamins A, C, and K, and is a good source of various other minerals that support strong bones and health in general. And this dairy-free kale fruit smoothie is a fast, easy, and tasty way to infuse this super green into your diet. It’s naturally made without top allergens, has no added sugars, and yes, unlike most kale smoothies, it’s banana-free. Dairy-Free Kale Fruit Smoothie that’s also Banana-Free This dairy-free kale fruit smoothie recipe was originally shared with us by Linda…

Read More

For decades, Chinese chicken salad has been one of my go-to orders at restaurants. Oddly, I rarely, if ever, order it at Asian restaurants. But it’s often a good dairy-free option on American-style or chain menus. We eat out a lot less these days, so I recently started craving this flavorful dish. Fortunately, it’s very easy and inexpensive to make! This particular recipe is also great for gluten-free and nut-free dietary needs. Chinese Chicken Salad on Budget for Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Dinners I originally shared this recipe back in 2009, but since I’ve started making it again, I’ve decided to update…

Read More

This peach yogurt dip recipe is fast, easy, and a fun healthy snack for kids and adults. I love how it’s served in single portions, so everyone can safely “double dip” if they wish. And the simple cinnamon tortilla chips are such a tasty and clever idea. Scoop Up this Peach Yogurt Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips This whole recipe was created and shared with us by registered dietitian Deanna Segrave-Daly back in 2014. But we’ve recently adapted and updated it, and have a few ingredient tips, should you need them! Can I Substitute Other Fruit? Definitely! You can…

Read More

I do love those dense, dairy-free cashew cheesecakes, but they are heavy! This vegan chocolate cheesecake is lighter in calories and fat, even when generously sliced.  It’s a baked cheesecake, and does some patience. It’s quick and easy to prep, but it bakes for roughly 2 hours and then chills for another 8 hours. So be sure to plan ahead! Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake that’s Deliciously Light and Fulfilling This vegan chocolate cheesecake originally came to us from Vegetarian Times Magazine. We’ve adapted it ever so slightly, but stayed true to their timeless formula. We also have some answers to common…

Read More

It’s not always easy to balance nutrition, flavor, and satisfaction, but this dairy-free hummus mac & cheese is quite successful. The recipe uses a rich, creamy blend of cashews and extra-virgin olive oil, but is grounded by a big dollop of hearty hummus. Overall, it’s a gratifying meal that is high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Plus the sauce takes minutes to make. The lengthiest step in this plant-based recipe is cooking the pasta! Dairy-Free Hummus Mac & Cheese that’s Rich, Creamy, and High Protein This recipe was originally shared with us by Hope Foods, but we’ve made some…

Read More

Once in a blue moon, I crave a thin sippable smoothie. But most of the time, I prefer a thick, rich blend, like this dairy-free chocolate peanut butter smoothie. It’s nutritious, but can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a satisfying afternoon shake. It’s both post workout and dessert worthy! This Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Doubles as a Healthy Shake This recipe was originally in the first edition of my flagship book. I removed it in the 2nd Edition of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook, to make room for some new smoothie recipes. But I want to…

Read More

Several years ago, we shared this fresh dairy-free blackberry crisp recipe. With time, it became buried in our news section. So today we’re re-featuring it with some updates and tips. It’s a healthy dessert from the plant-powered cookbook, Blissful Basil by Ashley Melillo. Dairy-Free Blackberry Crisp that’s Blissfully Butterless & Allergy Friendly Ashley infuses healthy, simple, but oft forgotten ingredients into many of her recipes in Blissful Basil. We have some substitution suggestions for this dairy-free blackberry crisp, just in case you don’t have one of the ingredients on hand. Will this Crisp Recipe Work with Other Fruit? Of course!…

Read More

Many, many years ago, Sarah Smee shared a honey dijon salmon recipe with us that she discovered on a pamphlet from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Association. It was easy to adapt for dairy-free needs, and we love the one-pan concept, roasting the fish and asparagus together. This honey dijon salmon is also great for company with additional special diet needs, since it’s naturally gluten-free, soy-free, and can even be nut-free. We’ve included options! Dairy-Free Honey Dijon Salmon with Asparagus is a One-Pan Meal This dairy-free honey dijon salmon is a wonderful light meal as is, but we also have some…

Read More

This fun tutti frutti smoothie recipe was  a 5 minute Runner-Up in the Fast & Fresh Recipe Contest we hosted several years ago. The recipe was originally created and submitted by Tiffany Aaron, but we have made a couple updates, and have also added some more information and notes. This Dairy-Free Tutti Frutti Smoothie is Layers of Delicious Fun Tiffany’s recipe was a strong contender in our contest, but the risk of lackluster fruit kept if from the top spot. It was delicious when all of the fruit was very ripe and sweet, but lackluster berries or mango lead to…

Read More