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 hard not to love roasted asparagus. Those hearty green stalks nearly melt under high heat to take on a fork tender texture and rich flavor. So it’s no surprise that we fell for this dairy-free creamy roasted asparagus soup. It’s a relatively simple soup that’s enhanced with the depth of roasting, a dash of dairy-free milkiness, and the beloved flavors of garlic, onion and olive oil. And it’s completely free of butter and cream! Dairy-Free Creamy Roasted Asparagus Soup with Everyday Ingredients This recipe for dairy-free creamy roasted asparagus soup was an entry in the Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe…

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What’s better than an instant mug cake? One that includes it’s own single serve ice cream! This dairy-free funfetti mug cake is a delicious single-serve vanilla cake with sprinkles, that’s topped with a speedy dairy-free raspberry ice cream. It’s a complete dessert worth celebrating a party of one! We’ve Topped Dairy-Free Funfetti Mug Cake with Single Serve Raspberry Ice Cream This recipe for vanilla dairy-free funfetti mug cake was an Honorable Mention Winner in The Spring Fling Dairy-Free Recipe Contest that we cohosted with So Delicious Dairy Free. It was created and photographed by Mary Frances, who used to run…

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For years, I struggled to find that perfect, crispy on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside fish recipe. This dairy-free oven fried fish is it. It won over my picky husband and quickly turned into a weeknight favorite. Unlike other crispy baked fish recipes, these crunchy fillets have a quick four-layer technique that double seals the moisture while adding flavor. Dairy-Free Oven Fried Fish – Get Your Chips Ready! I originally shared this dairy-free oven fried fish recipe on my side blog, about fifteen years ago. I later moved it to Go Dairy Free, but it’s been buried…

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I know many of you are wondering, “Does cocoa butter contain dairy?” It’s actually one of the most common questions that I receive. Fortunately, I have good news. Cocoa butter is plant-based and naturally dairy-free, and so are many other “butters.” Does Cocoa Butter Contain Dairy? No! Cocoa Butter is a Naturally Dairy-Free Food from Plants. Learn more … Does Cocoa Butter Contain Dairy? No, It’s Dairy-Free! Pure cocoa butter, sometimes referred to as cacao butter, is the fat extracted from cocoa beans. Yes, beans, that grow on trees! It has absolutely no relation to cows, or any other mammals…

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Last Update in March 2024! Uno Pizzeria & Grill has been top rated by our friends at Allergy Eats for years, and for good reason. They offer not only allergen information, but also detailed ingredients on their website in the Nutrition information and on request. Customers frequently report their well-trained management of allergen orders, too. And believe it or not, they have dairy-free and vegan pizzas, right on the menu! We first reported on Uno’s over a decade ago, but now we’re giving this post a big update with all current options. Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Uno Pizzeria & Grill…

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For years, Daiya has remained steadfast as the lone dairy-free boxed mac and cheese with a prepared liquid sauce – no additional ingredients needed. Don’t worry, that cheesy product line isn’t going away. But they are finally joining the masses with a classic Kraft-style collection. Daiya Dry Dairy-Free Mac & Cheese is hitting shelves in three flavors: Cheddar, White Cheddar, and a dairy-free first, Aged Cheddar. Each shelf-stable box contains gluten-free pasta and vegan powdered cheese mix. Daiya Dry Mac & Cheese is All Boxed Up in 3 Dairy-Free Flavors Like Kraft, these convenient boxed meals require light preparation and a couple…

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Brownies don’t truly need dairy. But we know that many of you have both dairy-free and egg-free needs. And if you’ve ever tried baking egg-free box brownies, then you know what a disaster it can be. Omitting the eggs or using a typical egg substitute often results in a stout chocolate cake or a greasy mess. But we have the quick and easy solution for how to make box brownie mix without eggs and dairy! It’s simple, but requires strict adherence to a few little tweaks. How to Make Box Brownie Mix without Eggs or Dairy This easy recipe for…

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Salads are not only a wonderful way to add nutrition, they’re also a great way to experiment with flavors. They’re easy to toss together with a myriad of ingredients, and all types of dressings can be whipped up, sans dairy, in minutes. This light sesame orange salad dressing has Asian influences, and it pairs well with a big range of greens, other vegetables, and proteins. I’ve included three delicious ways to enjoy it. 3 Easy Salads with Dairy-Free Sesame Orange Salad Dressing One of the reasons I love this dressing is that it incorporates fresh orange juice. Oranges are not…

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These allergy-friendly chocolate chip cookies are made without dairy, egg, gluten, nuts, and soy, but they don’t require any fancy ingredients. They’re even gum-free and completely butterless. Despite their simplicity, they’ve still been dubbed the “People’s Choice” cookies for their perfectly sweet flavor and lightly chewy texture. Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies with No Need for Special Ingredients This recipe is from Cookies for Everyone! by Leslie Hammond and Betsy Laakso. These ladies skip substitutions, and instead rely on baking basics to create sweet treats. They shun dairy alternatives, egg substitutes, and gluten-free baking blends. For the flour, they keep it simple with…

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Updated March 2024! Here it is! Our complete dairy-free menu guide for Sonic. This nostalgic fast food chain offers the classic drive-in experience, complete with carhops on roller skates. And we were pleasantly surprised by all of the options they offer without dairy! This guide includes menu items, custom order options, top allergen notes, and even a separate vegan menu. Sonic Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes & Vegan Options As with all of our guides, make sure you read all of the information and reference any custom order notes in parentheses! For example, if it says (no cheese), you…

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Updated March 2024! Playa Bowls was founded by two surfers from Jersey Shore with a passion for nourishing eats. Robert Giuliani and Abby Taylor traveled to Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, California, and Hawaii in pursuit of big waves, but they also discovered many local variations of acai and pitaya bowls. Abby and Rob started blending their own bowls at home, and eventually began selling them at a pop-up stand in front of a pizza shop in Belmar, NJ. From those humble beginnings, they’ve since expanded to an empire of counter-serve restaurants, with a rather lengthy menu. Playa Bowls…

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This dairy-free mushroom barley soup has been loved by thousands of people over the past fifteen years. No exaggeration. It has wonderful depth in flavor, a comforting stew-like richness, and is generously stocked with mushrooms and barley for more satisfaction than your average soup. This recipe is also quite versatile. It’s positively delicious as is, but almost invites you to toss in leftover vegetables or herbs. The Dairy-Free Mushroom Barley Soup that Everyone Loves I originally featured this mushroom barley soup on my old blog, where it received dozens and dozens of raves from readers. It was so popular, that…

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Updated March 2024! Oh how Starbucks has evolved over the years. When I first posted about this mega coffee house chain, it was to share the dairy-free versions of their “new” Vivanno Nourishing blends. Those have since vanished from the menu. And sadly, their wonderful Tazo tea menu has also been replaced by an overly sweet, floral Teavana line-up (IMHO). However, for dairy free Starbucks coffee drinkers or a quick vegan nosh on the go, the options have actually expanded. Scroll through our guide, or use these jump links to get ahead: What’s New at Starbucks Dairy-Free Drinks at Starbucks…

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I was recently asked about my favorite recipes for dairy-free nutrition. And I forgot one of my favorites, simple steamed or sautéed broccoli. This powerhouse vegetable is not only a good source of calcium, it’s also rich in potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, and several other essential micronutrients. And, I think it’s pretty tasty. But even if you aren’t a big broccoli fan, I think you’ll like this flavorful dairy-free lemon broccoli sauté. This Dairy-Free Lemon Broccoli is a Simple Side for Any Meal This dairy-free lemon broccoli was inspired by a Barefoot Contessa recipe. She…

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It finally happened in 2023, Reese’s created their first dairy-free chocolate confection. Reese’s Plant-Based Peanut Butter Cups were crafted with the brand’s classic peanut butter filling, but are enrobed in a milky oat- and rice-based chocolate. The full-size vegan cups have been quite successful, so this year, they decided to make miniature plant-based cups, too! Reese’s Plant-Based Peanut Butter Cups are Unapologetically Dairy Free Some keen online shoppers spotted these treats on Rite-Aid’s website, but it looks like they were prematurely posted. Nevertheless, they are expected to be in stores soon, and we do have some details already, like the…

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A couple of years ago, Hershey’s test marketed dairy-free versions of their iconic chocolate bars, and called them Oat Made Chocolate. The trial was hugely successful, so they rereleased the bars with broader distribution, and gave them a new name, Hershey’s Plant Based Chocolate. We were still skeptical about the longevity of this product, but this time around, it looks like Hershey’s is playing for keeps. How do we know? They just doubled down with the launch of Hershey’s Miniature Plant Based Chocolate Bars. Milky Dairy-Free Minis join Hershey’s Plant Based Chocolate Collection Based on the ingredients and nutrition facts,…

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Updated for 2024! We are now 15 years into our annual Dairy-Free & Vegan Chocolate Easter Bunny Round-up, and have about THIRTY chocolatiers to share. We started this post with dairy-free chocolate bunnies as the focus, but chocolate eggs have been overtaking the Easter chocolate scene lately. We also have chocolate chicks, lambs, and truffles to share! And these days we get to pick between dark, semi-sweet, “milk,” and white chocolate options. Aren’t we spoiled? Vegans, gluten-free / casein-free dieters, lactose intolerant consumers, and even those with multiple food allergies and gluten-free needs can literally choose from dozens of cute and tasty…

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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 Ontario 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. Dairy-Free Ontario: Recommended…

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Last Updated in March 2024! Most of our dairy-free listings are done by state, but this federal district stands alone. Washington DC is dense with dining and shopping establishments, and tends to be quite special diet friendly. So we’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in the capital city 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…

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Updated March 2024! I spotted Ripple Half & Half in the non-dairy case at Target when it first launched, and I couldn’t resist buying a bottle of each variety to try. At that time, they offered both Original and Vanilla varieties. Unfortunately, the Vanilla was discontinued a few years later. But the Unsweetened Original has persisted, and is still a staple in many kitchens. Ripple has recently updated the packaging and the formula a touch. Their latest iteration is reflected in the ingredients, nutrition info, and product shot in the information below. Ripple Half & Half for Dairy-Free Cooking and…

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