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 true that no food will meet everyone’s needs. But Wayfare is doing their best to accommodate as many customers as possible. They’ve released a yogurt line that’s not only free of top allergens, it’s also made without sesame, coconut, gluten, oils, and proteins. As an added bonus, Wayfare Dairy-Free Yogurt ships right to your door! They’ve partnered with online retailer GTFO it’s Vegan to deliver chilled orders throughout the contiguous United States. Wayfare Dairy-Free Yogurt Launches in 4 Free-From Flavors Their single-serves are launching first, with multi-serve tubs coming out soon. The personal Wayfare dairy-free yogurt cups are available…

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Before we dive in, it’s important to dispel a common myth. There is no such thing as hormone-free dairy milk. Just like human milk, cow milk and other mammal milks naturally contain small amounts of hormones. However, some farmers use synthetic hormones to help increase the milk output of dairy cows. These hormones are often referred to as rBGH or rBST. To be certified organic, dairy products must come from cows that are partially pastured, have feed that meets certain standards, and that aren’t treated with antibiotics or hormones such as rBST. But many non-organic brands also carry labels like…

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When I was creating our Dairy-Free Target Guide, I was reminded how certain unsuspecting foods typically contain dairy, like meatballs. Most store-bought brands and recipes contain milk, cheese, and sometimes butter. But dairy isn’t necessary for making this meaty classic. Just whip up this delicious recipe for dairy-free Italian meatballs and you’ll see! They’re even baked in the oven for cleaner, no fuss cooking. And they’re a great budget option that freezes well. Dairy-Free Italian Meatballs that are Fork Tender and Flavorful I adapted these dairy-free Italian meatballs from a well-loved recipe by Chef John on Allrecipes.com. Chef John uses…

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Earlier this year, Philadelphia brand ironically launched their first plant-based cream cheese alternative in the U.K. Well, I’m happy to say that Philadelphia dairy-free cream cheese has come home, and is now available in the U.S. However, it’s quite different from the version across the pond. The packaging looks similar, but the shmear on the inside has a recipe all its own. Thanks to Knoxville Vegan Grocery for posting this! Photo from Knoxville Vegan Grocery. Philadelphia Dairy-Free Cream Cheese is Spreading Across the U.S. This information is from the packaging, and based on local sightings of Philadelphia dairy-free cream cheese.…

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Unlike most recipes for sweet potato muffins, this one uses grated raw sweet potato instead of cooked mashed sweet potato. This allows the muffins to have a better rise, while maintaining just enough moisture. They’re a bit like carrot cake muffins, but with sweet potato. And there’s no pre-cooking required! Dairy-Free Sweet Potato Muffins adapted from a Restaurant Favorite This dairy-free sweet potato muffins recipe was shared with us by Denise Hall back when she wrote for the blog, Fit Fare. We’ve since updated it! While scanning through one of my favorite old cookbooks, Enola Prudhomme’s Low Calorie Cajun Cooking,…

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This recipe for cereal snack clusters is super easy, but it still went through many batches of testing to get the flavors just right. Not that we minded. All 6 batches that I made in one day, were polished off in just a few days. It’s a great way to turn leftover plain cereal into a grab-and-go snack or healthy treat. Easy Cereal Snack Clusters made with Pantry Leftovers When my niece lived with us, it was a struggle to get her to eat breakfast before school. It had to be sweet and portable, which previously meant Pop Tarts. Fortunately,…

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This Indonesian-style warm bananas in cinnamon-coconut milk recipe hails from the The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Kitchen by Donna Klein. It’s a naturally dairy-free dessert that is simple and free from fuss. And it’s even quite versatile. You can customize it if you prefer a different sweetener, or if you only keep regular coconut milk on hand. Indonesian-Style Warm Bananas in Cinnamon-Coconut Milk We originally posted this recipe back in 2007, but have since updated it! And we have a few quick ingredient tips, should feel like mixing things up. Sweetener – Brown sugar or coconut sugar would also be delicious sweetener…

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Before you clamor, I’m going to repeat our mantra. Being dairy-free isn’t just about alternatives. It’s mostly about enjoying what is dairy free. And this chicken barley soup offers a lot of naturally dairy-free comfort in the cooler months. When I first made it, my husband asked, “Where did you learn to make such good soup?” I wasn’t sure whether or not it was a compliment, but I did take it as a firm nod of approval for this soup. The Best Dairy-Free Chicken Barley Soup I first shared this easy recipe back in 2010. It has made many repeat appearances in…

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Updated in 2022 with More Candy! Several years ago, a milk allergy mom wrote in and asked, “What dairy-free Halloween candy can my child enjoy?” Halloween is one time of year that many parents let their children splurge on sugar highs. But most of the popular, individually-wrapped treats contain dairy. So I’ve taken the time to compile this big dairy-free candy resource for you! This post includes over 75 dairy-free Halloween candy options (small, individual packages) that you can find in stores. But it also includes sneaky dairy-containing candy to avoid, trick-or-treating tips, and homemade candy bar recipes. And we’ve…

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More than a decade ago, fire fighter Rip Esselstyn turned the diet world on its head. In the midst of a meat-heavy, high-protein fad, the former professional athlete began promoting the “plant strong” diet. His very fit physique helped to normalize what was essentially the vegan diet. He released his first book, The Engine 2 Diet, which included plant-heavy recipes, like this vegan sweet potato lasagna. Vegan Sweet Potato Lasagna that’s Seriously Plant Strong Indeed, Rip’s recipe contains more vegetables than I’ve ever seen in a lasagna! Consequently, if you’re missing one, it’s not a major loss to the taste…

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When you first go dairy free, it can be shocking how many foods contain dairy. On the flip side, there are some fun surprises – like frosting. There are actually quite a few dairy-free frosting options in the baking aisle at nearly every grocery store. We’ve covered the ones from Duncan Hines and Pillsbury, and this post details all of the dairy-free Betty Crocker frosting and icing options. The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free Betty Crocker Frosting & Icing All of these items are dairy-free by ingredients! Be sure to see our may contain information if the labels are causing confusion.…

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We have Dairy-Free Pillsbury and Dairy-Free Duncan Hines guides, but now it’s time to cover the oldest brand of them all! I’ve put together this complete post on Dairy-Free Betty Crocker Baking Mixes, and a separate one on Dairy-Free Betty Crocker Frostings & Icings. I think you’ll have fun discovering the 50+ dairy-free baking mixes this iconic company has to offer. The guide below includes a good selection of wheat-based and gluten-free mixes. Plus, we’ve listed vegan options and allergen notes. The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free Betty Crocker Baking Mixes All of these items are dairy-free by ingredients! Be sure…

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Soups are such an easy comfort food without dairy. They’re warm, nourishing, and can be made creamy with a myriad of natural ingredients. This dairy-free rich and creamy Thai tomato soup, for example, uses tomato sauce, lite coconut milk, and comforting Thai-inspired flavors. Creamy Dairy-Free Thai Tomato Soup that’s Simply Delicious This creamy Thai tomato soup was a very happy accident. I was in pursuit of the perfect Thai lettuce wraps. It was my fifth round of attempts. All prior recipes were okay, but not quite there, so I decided to go with a different inspiration, one with a tomato-y…

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These chocolate-free brownies, otherwise known as flourless dairy-free espresso bars, were shared with us from Almost from Scratch: 600 Recipes for the New Convenience Cuisine by Andrew Schloss way back in 2006. And today, we’re giving this post and unique but timeless recipe an update! Although his cookbook isn’t exclusively dairy-free, it offers many recipes and ideas for those who are interested in cooking with convenient ingredients. Homemade Flourless Espresso Bars made with Wheat Germ In addition to updating the recipe, we also have some answers to ingredient FAQs. Can I Bake these Espresso Bars Sugar Free? We haven’t tested…

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This vegan curry pot pie recipe was a “main course” entry in a recipe that we held several years ago. It was submitted by reader Vanessa Burnum. She uses a mixture of lite coconut milk and broth to keep the filling light and flavorful, and chooses whole grain flour for the bulk of the biscuit topping. Whip Up this Vegan Curry Pot Pie for a Healthy Weeknight Meal We originally posted this vegan curry pot pie recipe in 2014, but have since updated it with nutrition facts, some more details, and answers to some ingredient FAQs. Can I Substitute Ground…

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Box puddings simply don’t measure up to homemade pudding. And making it yourself is almost as easy. This  dairy-free dark chocolate pudding is a simple whisk and cook treat. It’s made with a generous helping of cocoa, and has a creamy finish, despite the lack of dairy, eggs, and soy! Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Pudding Whisked Up on the Stovetop This deep, dairy-free, dark chocolate pudding recipe was originally shared with us by cookbook author jae steele, back when she kept her blog, Domestic Affair. She has since moved on to another career path, but some of her vegan recipes, like…

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Many years ago, Nancy Diana submitted this dairy-free coffee custard recipe for one of our recipe contests. Unlike most other submissions, which were specifically created for the contest, Nancy leaned on an old favorite that she’s enjoyed for quite some time. Today, we’re updating her classic stove top recipe with some more notes and options. Coffee Custard for a Light Dessert, Parfait Layer, or Trifle Crema Nancy says, “this pudding is such a simple dessert low in calories and is a great pick me up on it’s own, but I make large batches and use it in trifles too. I…

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Ashley Melillo of Blissful Basil knows that crisp is in season year round. That’s why she shares both warm and cool weather versions in her vegan cookbook Blissful Basil. In summer, we posted her Dairy-Free Blackberry Crisp Recipe. And now that fall is in full swing, we’re updating her recipe for butterless, gluten-free, dairy-free Almond Apple Crisp. Almond Apple Crisp that’s Naturally Sweetened and Plant Based In both of her crisp recipes, Ashley shuns butter alternatives and uses wholesome ingredients. Which means there is quite a bit of flexibility in her formula. I’ve included some tips and substitution notes to…

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Updated October 2022! Did you know that many Pillsbury ready-to-bake products, mixes, and frostings are dairy free? In fact, quite a few of them are vegan, too! We’ve put together and updated this quick guide of biscuits, crescent rolls, pie crusts, cookie dough, cake mixes, icings, and more for dairy-free needs, and have included details for egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, and vegan consumers, too. Because everyone can use a little convenience some times! Dairy-Free Pillsbury Products: Dozens of Ready-to-Bake Goods All of these items are dairy-free by ingredients! Be sure to see our may contain information if the labels are causing…

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Should you find yourself in a curry bind, or simply prefer homemade, this quick and easy Indian style Curry Powder is for you! It’s a sodium-free blend that uses individual spices, to elevate your meal. Whenever possible, I make my own spice blends. Pre-packaged versions often contain additives, which sometimes includes dairy. Plus, homemade versions have amazing depth of flavor and a fresher taste. Homemade Curry Powder and 20 Dairy-Free Recipes to Use It I first used this curry powder to make the Lentil Curry in a Hurry recipe in my book, Go Dairy Free. But it’s also perfect for…

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