Creamy Zucchini Corn Chowder


It amazes me to see how many cookbooks focus on almonds! That said, most aren’t dairy-free, and the bulk of them revolve around almond flour and baking. Enter The Almond Milk Cookbook: Over 100 Delicious Recipes. This new title, by Chef Alan Roettinger, is completely dairy-free and vegan, and focuses on the creamy potential of almonds. I haven’t had the chance to peruse the full book, but the publisher shared this sample recipe with us for creamy zucchini corn chowder.

Creamy Zucchini Corn Chowder - a naturally dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan recipe filled with flavor and summer's bounty!

Naturally, The Almond Milk Cookbook contains a homemade almond milk recipe that you can use throughout, but the recipes also work with store-bought almond milk, in a pinch. And for those of you who are all about the fat, calories and other nutrient profiles, nutrition facts are reportedly included with each recipe. And oh yes, the recipes … smoothies, hot and cold soups, sauces, dressings, pasta, frozen desserts and other sweet treats. Some sample titles include:

  • The Almond Milk Cookbook - a dairy-fee & vegan title by Chef Alan Roettinger Ginger-Pear Smoothie
  • Cappuccino
  • Cinnamon-Cardamom Rolls
  • Blueberry-Buckwheat Pancakes
  • Zucchini Corn Chowder (recipe below)
  • Cream of Tomato Soup
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Vegetable Pot Pie
  • Chocolate Almond Ice-cream
  • Caramelized Figs with Almond Cream
  • Chocolate-Orange Truffles

To note, Alan Roettinger has been a private chef for over 30 years. In addition to The Almond Milk Cookbook, he is also the author of Omega-3 Cuisine, Speed Vegan, and Extraordinary Vegan, and co-author of Paleo Vegan.

Special Diet Notes: Creamy Zucchini Corn Chowder

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. If you consider potatoes paleo, then this zucchini corn chowder can also be Grok-friendly.

Creamy Zucchini Corn Chowder
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Squash and corn are not only made for each other, but in the American Southwest, they’re also often grown together (along with beans). Their flavors and textures meld nicely while magically remaining distinct. This is definitely not the same old corn chowder you might be used to, although it should hit all the familiar notes.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 medium zucchini, diced
  • 2 small potatoes, diced (peeling optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups no-salt-added vegetable broth or water
  • 4½ cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk (store-bought or homemade)
  • ½ teaspoon hot smoked paprika, plus more for garnish
  • 1 roasted red pepper, diced
  • 8 scallions, thinly sliced
  1. Put the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the zucchini, potatoes, garlic, and salt and cook, stirring constantly, until the vegetables begin to stick, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and stir well. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the corn and add the remainder to the pot. Return to a boil, decrease the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed and the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Scoop out about half the vegetables and put them in a blender. Add the almond milk and paprika and process on high speed until smooth. Pour back into to the pot.
  5. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the roasted red pepper, add the rest to the soup, and stir to combine. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the scallions and stir the rest into the hot soup.
  6. Garnish each serving with some of the reserved corn, roasted red pepper, and scallions, and sprinkle with a few pinches of smoked paprika. Serve at once.
Recipe reprinted with permissions from The Almond Milk Cookbook by Chef Alan Roettinger. Copyright 2015. Book Publishing Co.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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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  2. I’m neither dairy-free nor vegan but I have started using Almond Milk a lot, both to replace dairy milk in my cooking and even in my smoothies, coffee, etc. I’ve never been able to tell a difference and I love the flavor. I am genuinely going to check out this cookbook. I’d love to learn more ways to use it!

  3. This soup looks phenomenal! As soon as I’m back in soup mode, I’m making this recipe! Btw, I think Grok would be more likely to pass this soup up because of the corn as I believe more paleo folks take a pass on that than those who take a pass on potatoes, but that just means more for us. 😉

    Thanks for this recipe!

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