In order to find as much amazing dairy-free food as possible for you, I probably gained a pound or two, or three at Expo West this year. It was worth it though. In fact, I wish I was a foot taller so I could have packed in more samples at this enormous natural food trade show! We didn’t hit up too many simple snack foods, beverages, or superfoods, but rather stuck close to things like dairy substitutes (milks, ice creams, cheeses and more), meal makers, and craving cures (rich nut butters, desserts, etc) since those tend to be tougher finds when dairy free. Truth be told, we really enjoyed far more than you see here (they will be added to our product listings!). But to keep this post reasonable, I narrowed it down to the top 10 new dairy free products to watch for this year (I’ve included notes on availability):
Miyoko’s Creamery European Style Cultured VeganButter – winning a well-deserved Nexty Award at the show, I enjoyed a huge slather of this spread atop a slice of bread. Heaven, pure dairy-free heaven. Available online now and I just spotted it in Whole Foods this week.
Enjoy Life ProBurst Bites – Healthy, allergy-friendly truffles! You think I jest, but these big chocolaty bites are completely free of dairy, nuts, gluten and other top allergens, yet taste divine and have 6 grams of plant-based protein (sustainable algal protein!) per serving. Thus far I’ve only tasted one flavor, but once these hit the shelves this summer, I’m going through the whole line-up!
So Delicious Cashew Milk Ice Cream: New Flavors – When cashew milk ice cream was first released, I was singing it’s praises from every mountain top. And what’s this, new flavors you say? They didn’t disappoint. Just be prepared for HUGE cookie chunks in the Chocolate Cookies ‘n Cream (we weren’t complaining). Other new flavors are more simplistic but equally delicious: Very Vanilla and Creamy Chocolate. These are already hitting store shelves. Keep an eye out in places like Whole Foods and Walmart, seriously.
Violife Prosociano with Parmesan Flavour – This isn’t a new product, but this brand is at last making it to North America! We sampled their slices, too, which were quite yummy, but this totally grateable Parmesan look-and-taste-alike seriously won us over. They are still figuring out which products to export to the U.S. this year, but we are clamoring for this one to make the cut.
Wholesome Organic Frostings – Believe it or not, there was more than one dairy-free frosting maker at the show, but Wholesome took the cake with their incredibly rich Vanilla and mousse-like Chocolate. We’ve yet to try the Strawberry, but my guess is, it’s also a winner. Sure, it’s still sugar, but if you’re going to indulge, why not go Non-GMO, Fair Trade, gluten free, vegan, and avoid corn syrup, artificial colors and preservatives? They will start shipping these new dairy-free products nationwide this summer.
Clif Bar Nut Butter Filled Energy Bars – Whether Clif Bars fit your diet or not (though all flavors are dairy-free!) you have to admit that this concept is pure genius. Soft, tender, bakery-style energy bars wrapped around a rich nut butter filling. Several flavors to choose from (my favorite was the peanut butter, naturally) … once they are released. This is the only product I had trouble getting information on (hence our darkly lit show photo below). They’re not out yet, but they should be in the near future … we hope. If they don’t start selling them soon, I can guarantee a homemade variation will be coming out of my kitchen!
Nona Lim Soup and Broth Cups – This amazing from-scratch company debuted last year to rave reviews, but this was my first taste of their soups (Nona proudly pouring the samples herself!), and oh-my-word was it an earth-shattering experience. The idea that something so full-bodied and rich could come from a package was seriously unbelievable. Everything they make is dairy-free, most is gluten-free, and though they focus on paleo bone broths, their vegan broth is also phenomenal. The “new” part is the release of mobile soup cups in varieties like Carrot Ginger Soup, Vietnamese Pho Bone Broth and Miso Ramen Vegan Broth. We didn’t get an exact date on when the cups will hit store shelves, but they will be rolling out this year and may be in the soup OR beverage aisle!
Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Burgers and Bites: New Flavors – I’ve actually got a review in the queue for Hilary’s Eat Well, which are my new favorite brand of veggie burgers. Truth be told, the texture really won me over (firm and nutty – but nut-free!), however, one flavor I loved, while a couple others were a little flat in flavor. Well Hilary upped the ante with several new well-seasoned flavors, including Spicy Thai, Kimchi, and Curry. The burgers have all been officially released, and should start hitting stores soon. But if you don’t see the flavor you want to try, put in a request at your local store – odds are they only have space for a few skus, and your feedback will help them decide what to carry!
Sambazon Acai Sorbets – I typically balk at tasting sorbets. I mean, fruity blends that are naturally dairy-free, what’s interesting about that? But when I first tasted acai sorbet a couple of years ago, my opinion of frozen whipped fruit forever changed. And this year, Sambazon rocked my world yet again with two new sorbet-meets-ice cream flavors. Both varieties tasted a little odd at first – they are indeed unique – but with each cool, creamy bite Tony became addicted to the Açaí Chocolate + Chocolate Chip and I definitely warmed to the rich Açaí + Coconut. Both of the new organic sorbets should be widely available by May.
Malk Organics Pecan and Cashew Milks – Creamy non-dairy beverages led the pack in the release of new dairy-free products this year; there were oodles of “milked” almonds, pistachios, tigernuts, and cashews. So why aren’t their more in my top finds? To be honest, most were quite good – I’d enjoy them in smoothies, over granola, in recipes, etc – but I was looking for that ground-breaking option. I listed Malk here a couple of months ago, but had yet to trial it. Boy was I missing out. The pure ingredients and clean taste are a refreshing option for those who crave the simpler things in life (no additives at all!). The Unsweetened Cashew Milk offers versatility, but if you have a sweet tooth like me, don’t miss the Maple Pecan Milk, err Malk. Malk is a new brand, so it is available now, but slowly making it’s way into distribution. Put in a request at your store if interested, as they should be able to order it in.