You don’t have to be vegan or lactose-intolerant to benefit from dairy-free recipes and ingredients. And yes, it is possible to craft a creamy, decadent dessert without butter and cream!
As long as you have the right ingredients on hand, you can enjoy everything from yogurt and whipped cream to cheesecake and chocolate ganache, all without a hint of dairy. These creative substitutes also offer nutritional benefits, including vitamins, minerals and calcium. Keep reading for some of our favorite plant-based offerings, plus recipes that make it easy to indulge in dairy-free goodness.
Rethink Your Milk
With more calcium than a regular glass of milk—plus vitamins E, D and A—The Fresh Market Almond Milk is a tasty, good-for-you dairy alternative and can be used as a one-to-one substitute for cow’s milk. We also have organic, non-GMO coconut oil that you can add to baked goods for a boost of good cholesterol or use as a better-for-you substitute for butter or shortening.
If you’re interested in organic coconut milk and cream, Native Forest offers both. Coconut milk works beautifully in everything from lattes and yogurt to sweet and satisfying desserts, while coconut cream can be whipped into a flavorful dessert topping or blended into recipes for added richness and density.
For a different kind of nut that’s just as delicious, nutritious and versatile, raw cashews are a must. Soften them by soaking overnight in water, then drain, rinse and blend into desserts to add a buttery creaminess that’s 100% dairy-free! Ready for a taste test? See our recipe below for Dairy Free Blueberry Cheesecake.
What if we told you that you could whip up a creamy dessert topping, rich, velvety chocolate ganache and super-smooth blueberry cheesecake, all without milk, butter or cream? Try our recipes below and experience the dairy-free decadence for yourself!
Savory, Creamy & Dairy-Free
Dairy alternatives also work wonders in your favorite savory cream-based dishes. Nutrient-rich, raw cashews are one of our favorite innovative ingredients. Soak them overnight to soften, then drain them and grind on high speed with water until a creamy, silky texture develops. Blend this mixture into soups to add a creamy texture and buttery flavor that’s 100% dairy free. You can also stir in lemon juice, fresh dill and garlic for a delectable veggie dip or topping for smoked salmon.
Cauliflower is another increasingly popular vegetable used in plant-based recipes. When steamed, its soft texture and neutral flavor add creaminess that you’d normally achieve with dairy cream. Simply steam fresh florets until they’re soft and puree until a thick, creamy sauce is formed. Its mild flavor can be seasoned with fresh herbs and garlic. Substitute this cream sauce in any dish where a dairy-based cream sauce would be used. Think scalloped potatoes or mashed potatoes, or try our recipe for Linguini with Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce.
Nothing but Nuts
Who knew that nuts could make such a sumptuous substitute for dairy? These yogurts and creamers are so satisfying, you’ll forget they’re made with plant-based ingredients.
1Kite Hill Yogurt
This silky-smooth yogurt is made from premium, heart-healthy almond milk. Probiotic cultures are aged with the milk during production, creating a delicate texture and well-balanced flavor. Kite Hill then churns their yogurt until it reaches the perfect consistency. Whether you savor the subtle almond notes of their plain yogurt or opt for fruit, you’re sure to love what you taste.
Meet pili nuts: hardy, incredibly nutritious nuts from the Philippines used to make Lavva Yogurt. Rich in vitamins, minerals and eight essential amino acids, pili nuts make a healthy and delicious dairy alternative. They have the highest magnesium content and the lowest carbohydrates of any nut and are paleo, gluten-free and probiotic. Talk about a superfood!
3So Delicious Dairy-Free Creamers
These rich, tasty coconut milk and almond milk creamers are made from organic, non-GMO nuts and come in a variety of flavors. Almond milk creamers are available in Caramel, Hazelnut and French Vanilla flavors, while coconut comes in French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Barista Style. Try them in your morning cup of coffee for a sweet, dairy-free treat.