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Favorite Dairy Substitutes

pile of dairy substitutes

Living without dairy felt impossible 16 years ago when my son was first diagnosed. 

Back then, we had one soy cheese, one rice milk, and two dairy-free butters to choose from.

But today, the dairy-free, plant-based food products abound! 

From chocolate to yogurt to even frozen pizza…dairy-free life doesn’t feel so hard anymore.

Because we get asked so often, I’ve listed our top favorite dairy substitutes below. 

And they are mostly based on our taste preference over the past many years. 

Of course, check labels and make sure these products and brands work for your food allergies. 

We’ll just list the basics like dairy-free milk, butter, yogurt, cheese, chocolate, ice cream, whipped cream, and pizza. 

You can find our other favorite dairy-free foods and treats throughout this website. 

Hope you’re inspired! 

PLEASE NOTE: Here at Milk Allergy Mom, we simply share products that work for our family. Please consult your own doctor before trying food, supplements, or other products. Also read all labels and call companies for the latest, most accurate product information.

MILK

Silk Coconut Milk
Silk Chocolate Almond Milk
Almond Breeze Almond Milk
Ripple Pea Protein Milk
Aldi Oat Milk

BUTTERMILK

1 cup plain dairy-free milk plus 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice set for 5 minutes

BUTTER

Melt Buttery Spread 
Country Crock Plant Based

Dairy-Free Butter Post

YOGURT

Silk
So Delicious

SOUR CREAM

Tofutti
Unsweetened Plain Dairy-Free Yogurt

CHEESE

Daiya
Toffuti
So Delicious
Aldi Shreds

CREAM CHEESE

Tofutti

CHOCOLATE

Enjoy Life
Pascha
No Whey
Amanda’s Own 

ICE CREAM

So Delicious
Tofutti
Oatly

WHIPPED CREAM

So Delicious Coco Whip
Reddi Whip Coconut
Aldi Coco Whip

FROZEN PIZZA

Daiya

 

Hope these dairy substitute ideas are helpful.

Here are more favorite dairy-free foods posted on our website.

 

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Becky

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.

Ginny

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. :)

sheenae

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.

Anonymous

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.

Lisa

Sunday 2nd of March 2014

Thanks for this post. Super helpful!!!

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