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Dairy Substitutions


Cooking milk-free may seem impossible at first.

But since we began our strict dairy-free diet 12 years ago,

SO MANY wonderful products have come to market!

The vegan and food allergy communities now have a plethora of options.

Here are some of our favorite dairy-free substitutes.

As always, check all labels yourself as ingredients can change at anytime.

Almond Milk
Soy Milk
Rice Milk
Coconut Milk
Flax Milk
Hemp Milk
Pea Protein Milk

Buttermilk  (1 cup dairy-free milk plus 1 Tb white vinegar or lemon juice set for 5 minutes)

Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine Sticks (contains soy)
Parkay Squeeze Butter (contains soy)
Earth Balance Buttery Spread (soy version and non-soy version)
Melt Buttery Spread (soy-free)

So Delicious

Follow Your Heart

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Chunks, Candy Bars
Nestle Chocolate Chips: semisweet, dark, and white allergy-friendly
No Whey Chocolate Candy
Amanda’s Own 

So Delicious

So Delicious Coco Whip
Reddi Whip Coconut or Almond 


Hope these dairy-free substitute ideas are helpful!

If you have more to add, please leave a comment and let us know.


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Friday 7th of December 2018

I'm living in Kenya and I'm not able to find any of the butter replacements. I can find coconut oil, coconut milk/cream, almond milk (some days), and soy milk. What should I use when making cookies? I want to make some yummy Christmas cookies but most have butter. Thank you!

Jamie Kaufmann

Sunday 9th of December 2018

Hi Becky, I would go for the coconut oil.


Saturday 8th of July 2017

Jamie, all this help means a lot .Thanks a lot for being there always.

Jamie Kaufmann

Saturday 8th of July 2017

Our pleasure, Ginny. :)


Thursday 6th of July 2017

I have tried every milk replacement on the market and my toddler is allergic to all of them she has dairy, egg, and nut allergies. Most recently we've tried hemp, ripple, and oat milk. Either she likes it but has a reaction to it or it tastes bad. Do you have any ideas. I think we've almost run out of options.


Saturday 8th of March 2014

We love the Earth Balance Buttery Spread, but are careful now to get the one without pea protein as our 1yo is also allergic to green peas.


Sunday 2nd of March 2014

Thanks for this post. Super helpful!!!

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