Expo West 2012: Best New Dairy-Free Products – Part 1


New Dairy-Free Products - Expo West 2012Alisa Fleming ~ You might recall last year’s round-up and how I had to break it down into parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 to fit all of the new products in! I’m not yet sure if we will have as many new dairy-free products for 2012, but I can promise you that there is still a ton to get excited about. So let’s jump right into the first ten awesome new (or new-to-me) dairy-free products featured at Expo West …

Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spread – After recently adding a coconut-based buttery spread and a line of peanut butters to their products, Earth Balance decided to marry the two into one great product. Earth Balance’s new spread gives peanut butter a creamy frosting-like upgrade with the addition of rich coconut oil and a touch of sweet agave nectar. It's available in both creamy and crunchy varieties. Company website: www.earthbalancenatural.com

So Delicious Almond Milk Ice Creams and Bars – So Delicious has added an almond-based line to their monsterous dairy-free ice cream collection. The ice creams are available in five flavors (vanilla, butter pecan, cherry amaretto, chocolate, and mocha almond fudge), and the chocolate covered ice cream bars can be found in vanilla and mocha almond fudge. Stay tuned, as we’ll be reviewing these on Go Dairy Free soon! Company website: www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com

So Delicious Almond Plus Milk – I mentioned this one in a press release prior. The new “plus” almond milk has an extra dose of protein, is soy-free, and comes in two flavors, original and vanilla. Again, I will be taste-testing and reviewing this new product line soon. Company website: www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com

Udi’s Gluten-Free Muffin Tops – Attempting to give a new “slim” definition to the muffin top, Udi’s has released their Hearty Blueberry Oat Muffin Tops and Chocolate Chia Muffin Tops with just 140 and 150 calories, respectively. Both options are described as dairy-, soy- and nut-free. Company website: www.udisglutenfree.com

Pamela's Products New Mixes – Talk about taking a show by storm; Pamela’s launched nine new gluten-free products at Expo West! I was unable to confirm (yet), which ones will also be dairy-free, but thus far we do know that the following new products from Pamela’s are dairy-free by ingredients and can be prepared without dairy: Artisan Flour Blend, Biscuit & Scone Mix, Oatmeal Cookie Mix, Pizza Crust Mix, and Sugar Cookie Roll & Cut Mix. Company website: www.pamelasproducts.com

Turbana Plantain Chips – Plantains, or what I like to call banana’s cousins, are a high-fiber, potassium-rich alternative to ordinary potato chips. These are lower in fat, and virtually allergen-free with just a few non-GMO ingredients: sliced plantains, vegetable oil, salt and spices. They are available in five flavors, and all appear to be dairy-free, but double check the ingredients to be certain, as we couldn't locate all of the ingredients statements. Company website: www.platanicious.com

One Degree Organic Bread – Working to change the tradition of “packaged” foods, One Degree has emerged with what they call “veganic” breads. According to the company, “Every grower who helps make One Degree foods uses veganic [without animal products or byproducts]growing methods only. But that commitment is just the first step for us. We know and frequently visit the the small family farms that contribute to our products. We’ve learned their stories, walked their fields. We know first-hand their dedication to providing pure, healthy food.” The company also has a code on every loaf so that you can even track where the ingredients came from. Company website: www.onedegreeorganics.com

Rice Bliss Creamy Brown Rice – Available in three varieties – Corn, Sweet Peas, and Cocoa – Rice Bliss is a kettle-cooked brown rice porridge that they say can be enjoyed hot or cold. The company uses natural and organic ingredients that are gluten-free, non-GMO, and dairy-free (they use soymilk for the creamy part). Company website: www.ricebliss.com

Qrunch Quinoa Burger – Qrunch veggie burgers are free of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, eggs, corn … and yes, they are even vegan! In fact, the company even manages to pack a fair amount of veggies into these millet- and quinoa-based burgers. Company website: www.qrunchfoods.com

Plentils Chips – Heading off into new territory, Enjoy Life Foods has released their first line of chips. Plentils are a lentil-based chip, available in four all-natural dairy-free flavors: Light Sea Salt, Margherita Pizza, Garlic & Parmesan (pictured below), and Dill & Sour Cream. Like all Enjoy Life products, Plentils are made in the company’s dedicated nut- and certified gluten-free facility, and are free of the top eight allergens, including milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, and shellfish. Company website: www.plentils.com


Article by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org, blogger at Alisa Cooks, and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications and recipe creator for the natural food industry, with an emphasis on special diets.

New Dairy-Free Products - Expo West 2012

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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.

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