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.

This ingenious dairy-free chocolate zucchini bread recipe was the Runner-Up Winner in a recipe contest that we hosted in 2017. It won for some of the special ingredient touches – like an infusion of spices – and it’s unique usage – as the bread for dairy-free ice cream sandwiches. But of course, you can enjoy a slice of this delicious bread straight up. Chocolate Zucchini Bread that’s Moist, Rich, and Dairy-Free This recipe was created by personal trainer Andie Thueson of Maybe I Will., but we’ve recently updated it with more details, ingredient notes, and options. What is Natural Cocoa…

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This recipe for dairy-free zucchini fennel cream soup was originally shared with us by Levana Kirschenbaum, but it has since been updated. Levana combines an amazing array of healthy vegetables into this nourishing soup, and simmers it with white wine for more depth in flavor. This Dairy-Free Zucchini Fennel Cream Soup is Seriously Plant Powered We have a few quick ingredient tips with substitution suggestions, should you need them. White Wine: Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc tend to be great dry white wines for recipes like this zucchini fennel cream soup. If you don’t stock white wine in your home,…

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Whenever we hear the prefix “lact” our brains automatically make a connection to dairy. But many compounds like lactic acid, lactates, and lactylates are usually dairy free. So that makes some of us wonder, is lactoferrin dairy free too? Unfortunately, it is a dairy ingredient, but it might not be what you expect. In this post, I’ll explain lactoferrin, and who it is most concerning for. Understanding Lactoferrin for People with Milk Allergies and Lactose Intolerance Lactoferrin has moved into the supplement spotlight in recent years for its potential ability to protect against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. In fact,…

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Sometimes, the simple things in life can be exactly what we need. In this case, it’s super-easy, budget-friendly, dairy-free ice cream sandwiches. I love that I can mix and match the flavors and toppings, how well they store, and that they are portioned nicely, so I can have just a treat rather than a full-blown dense dessert. The Easiest Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches with Gluten-Free Options This pseudo-recipe is really is about mixing things up. So I have several options and quick answers to common FAQs. Why Graham Crackers? For several reasons. They’re just the right thickness for Eskimo-style sandwiches.…

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This recipe was shared with us by Kristen Doyle during her days with Kids Cuisine. “A couple of years ago, Family Fun magazine posted a snack recipe that caught my eye. It is a recipe for s’mores quesadillas that I make several times a month now for snack. It is simple, the kids can help to make it, we always have the ingredients on hand, and it is a tasty snack that they love.” S’mores Quesadillas made Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Vegan We originally posted this recipe way back in 2007, but have since updated this post. You might have seen…

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Several years ago, Cheryl Snavley submitted a dairy-free coconut cream pie recipe for a spring contest that we held. Today, we’re giving this phenomenal dessert post an update. The pie is infused with coconutty goodness at every level. There’s coconut oil in the crust, coconut milk and coconut in the filling, and coconut whip and toasted coconut on top. If you like coconut, you’re going to love this pie! Dairy-Free Coconut Cream Pie made the Old-Fashioned Way Cheryl’s original dairy-free coconut cream pie recipe was a little sweet for our testers, so we recently updated it with a more balanced…

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Many years ago, a blogger named Jenn shared this very cool recipe for dairy-free banana coconut ice cream bites with us. She kept a blog called The Left Over Queen, which has unfortunately been closed. But her frozen treat recipe lives on and today, we’ve updated it! We have more tips, options, nutrition notes, and more. Dairy-Free Banana Coconut Ice Cream Bites are Nice Summer Treats You can eat these bites out of hand, but Jenn also recommends putting them in a bowl and I drizzling with peanut butter and dairy-free hot fudge to truly make them special. Here are…

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This rich, dreamy chocolate chocolate chip ice cream recipe is not for the faint of heart. It’s churned with melted chocolate and creamy coconut milk for the most luxurious taste and finish. And instead of full-size chocolate chips (which can be too hard when frozen!) it’s spiked with straciatella-style flakes that melt in your mouth with each bite. Dairy-Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for True Chocoholics My friend Hannah Kaminsky is the foremost vegan ice cream expert. She often gets a bit exotic with flavors, but this dairy-free chocolate chocolate chip ice cream plays on her continued love for…

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Need a delicious way to use up some zucchini? Enjoy this recipe for dairy-free pesto zoodles. It’s a classic adapted from an old issue of Vegetarian Times. The pesto is actually made with sage and parsley, but you can certainly substitute basil if you have it on hand. The recipe makes enough pesto to cover additional vegetables and your favorite protein. It’s perfect for lunch bowls or a light dinner. And the zucchini noodles offer a grain-free break from pasta. We originally shared this recipe way back in 2006, but have since updated it with more options. Dairy-Free Pesto Zoodles…

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For years, people have asked me who makes the best dairy-free cream cheese. I used to have an easy answer, but formulas change, new products come out, and reader opinions are all over the board. So I decided to host a formal dairy-free cream cheese taste test. I gathered every brand I could find and seven willing participants, which included both dairy-free and dairy eaters. Surprisingly, the winner was unanimous. But we have tasting notes and rankings for all of the spreads we tested. The Best Dairy-Free Cream Cheese: 8 Vegan Brands Compared We worked our way through the brands…

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Back when it was released, we asked Nicole, a prolific cook and guest blogger, to test out The Conscious Cook, by chef Tal Ronnen (of Oprah fame). She sampled the Split Pea Soup, Whole Grain Penne with San Marzano Tomatoes, and Vegan Blackberry Shortcake with Cashew Cream. And according to Nicole, “This cookbook is great. It really, really impressed me!” But she was particularly enamored by the shortcake recipe, which we were given permission to reprint. Today, we’re updating that recipe! Vegan Blackberry Shortcake with a Chef’s Special Touch Chef Tal Ronnen is known for his innovative use of ingredients.…

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This recipe for vegan coconut payasam was originally shared with us by Chef Jason Wyrick of The Vegan Taste. Payasam (or kheer) is a traditional South Asian pudding that is made by boiling rice or broken wheat with milk, ghee (butter oil), and sugar, and flavoring it with cardamom, raisins, saffron, pistachios or almonds. Though it’s often served with a meal, in Southern Bangladesh payasam is made with glutinous rice and coconut milk for a creamier, dessert-type dish. Chef Jason used this as his inspiration to create a delicious dairy-free and egg-free dessert that is optionally gluten-free and quite low…

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Although I’m not a big mashed potato fan, I do love these buttery dairy-free smashed potatoes. They’re boiled until tender, and smashed while pan frying. The result is a crisp and flavorful outside, with a soft and naturally creamy middle. The presentation is a bit rustic, but the taste is truly elevated. Buttery Dairy-Free Smashed Potatoes made on the Stovetop This recipe was originally shared with us by the potato company Tasteful Selections many years ago. They grow and bag baby potatoes, which you’ve probably seen in the produce selection. After enjoying this recipe several times, I have some updates,…

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Did you hear about the new Enjoy Life Lentil Chip flavors? They recently launched in Barbecue, Salt & Vinegar, and Dairy Free Cheddar. We grabbed some bags to try, and I can confirm that they are seriously good. Each crunchy variety is bold enough to stand alone, but they also pair well with accompaniments, like our dairy-free caramelized onion dip recipe below. We had the honor to partner with Enjoy Life Foods for this recipe post. But we only share honest opinions and experiences. We seriously love these chips! The photos are by Hannah Kaminsky.  The Best Lentil Chip & Dairy-Free Dip…

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As you might know from my other recipe for strawberry watermelon smoothies, I think strawberries and watermelon are an under-appreciated combination. And it seems author Cathe Olson agrees! She shared her version with us. Strawberry Watermelon Smoothies to Refresh on a Hot Summer Day Cathe adds a little dairy-free yogurt when making strawberry watermelon smoothies, which makes this blend just a little creamier and tangier. It also adds some probiotics, depending on the brand you choose. Cathe uses a plain dairy-free yogurt, but you can choose a vanilla or even strawberry variety. Either would be delicious. We like coconut milk…

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This lovely vegan lavender almond cake recipe was created by Maiah Miller for one of our recipe contests. It’s infused with delicate floral flavor and complementary hints of almond. But if you aren’t a fan of almond, don’t worry. The nutty addition is easy to omit. Since her original submission, we’ve updated this post and added that option. Vegan Lavender Almond Cake with Dairy-Free Buttercream In the first step for this recipe, Maiah recommends letting the sugar and lavender comingle “for a while.” This is a great make-ahead step. If you are planning ahead, go ahead and pulse the two…

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I’ve been on a bit of a protein bite kick lately. They’re great for energizing snacks, but I also like a handful of them for breakfast with tea. They fulfill my morning carb cravings, but in a more balanced and less heavy way than toast or a bowl of oatmeal. Molasses protein balls are my staple, but I decided to mix things up this week with these dairy-free oatmeal raisin protein bites. Dairy-Free Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bites with Options for All I originally shared this recipe more than a decade ago, on my old blog. It was buried in our…

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Could you use a cool and creamy treat that’s healthier, inexpensive, and doesn’t involve an ice cream maker or freezer molds? Try these peanut butter nice cream sandwiches. They’re made with simple, nutritious, blended banana “nice cream” that’s sandwiched between chocolate graham crackers. The recipe can even be adapted to suit almost any dietary need. Peanut Butter Nice Cream Sandwiches are So Easy and Customizable This recipe for peanut butter nice cream sandwiches was originally shared with us by Jif. It was a winner in their “Most Creative Sandwich” recipe contest. But we have updated it, and now have alternatives…

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This recipe for dairy-free strawberry cheesecake ice cream was submitted by Mary Shivers for a recipe contest that we cohosted with So Delicious. Mary also adds fresh blueberries to this recipe as it churns, but we find them a little icy when frozen, so we’ve kept her recipe simple. She also makes 5 quarts at once! We’ve halved the batch, so it fits in most ice cream makers. Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Ingredient Options Mary’s original recipe used a few products that are no longer readily available, so we have modified it and also have these options to help…

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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…

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