Good MOO-rning loves!! See what I did there?? LOL! Today I wanted to share a quick guide to dairy alternatives with you! I get asked on the daily about what my favourite vegan cheese it, which milk I use (soy/almond/cashew), whether or not I used eggs, you get the drift! So as I was rifling through my fridge the other week I started jotting down some notes to share with you in hopes to answer a good chunk of all of your burning dairy alternative questions!
One of the things I’ve actually found is replacing milk to be the EASIEST! And this is coming from a past milk fiend! I’m not kidding, I used to chug like half a two liter of milk on the daily. Crazy right? I know. Thankfully I grew out of that stage. Now it’s a half liter of Rose. LOL. Kidding. Honestly, it probably took me about a week to replace milk but once you get used to it it’s so easy to stick with. Especially replacing milk in cooking and baking, I always use almond or cashew milk for this! My favourite almond milk is So Fresh from Earths Own (no, this isn’t a sponsored post!).
Of course making your own almond milk is really easy, I tried out Erin Ireland’s recipe for Almond Milk, take a look at how it went here and of course for the full recipe! PLUS you can also make an amazing almond cream for your morning coffee!! Here’s a quick recipe for you! If you don’t have time to make your own, or if you’d rather just purchase it, I love Silk Soy Creamer!
For all of your nut milking needs … (click on the images below to shop)
So milk and cream have been easy for me to swap out but by far the EASIST of them all is BUTTER!! I literally didn’t notice a difference, to me, it tastes exactly the same!! My vegan butter of choice is Earth Balance’s Vegan Buttery Sticks!
I know (before you say anything … lol) that there has been a lot of chit chat about how much soy you should include in your diet! I’ve asked Doctor’s and Dieticians about this, and just like anything, it all about moderation!! I have soy in my coffee and I eat tofu about 4-5 times a week, so far I haven’t grown a third boob and I have just as much hair on my upper lip as I always have. LOL. For my favourite tofu recipes, click here! (Yes, my Crispy Buffalo Tofu recipe is also included!) …
Alright … moving on to the most difficult dairy-free replacement of them ALL … CHEESE!!! Just like milk, I have always loved cheese and we’ve pretty much cut it out of our diet but sometimes we give in and splurge on real cheese but we ALWAYS make sure it’s local and organic. I’ve STRUGGLED to find good dairy-free cheese some of them out there (I won’t name any names!) are crap and taste like plastic! YUCK!
But I HAVE recently found some amazing products which I’m really excited about! The Kite Hill line is AH-MAZING!! You can pick it up in the States at your local grocery stores, or online at Vegan Supply! We LOVE their cream cheese style products and they even have Justin AND Cassandra’s stamp of approval!! Cassandra even mentioned the other day that it tastes BETTER than real cream cheese!! WINNING!! Miyokos Kitchen also has amazing nut cheese, my favourite is their Aged English Smoked Farmhouse cheese!
My tip for you when looking for a great vegan cheese is to look for one that is nut based, not one that soy or pea-based! Also, Nutritional Yeast is also a great cheesy substitute, you can add it to pasta, salads, popcorn, etc! Speaking of Nutritional Yeast, you can also use this to make your own vegan parm cheese and it’s SO EASY!! Here’s the full recipe for you to try from Minimalist Baker!
Here is another great article that I came across that gives you the low down on all things vegan cheese such as the different types of vegan cheese and how to flavour!! Here’s the link to the full guide!
There you have it loves! I hope I was able to answer most of your questions. Now I have one for YOU!! Have you tried replacing some of your favourite dairy products to a dairy-free alternative? If so, have you tried any that you absolutely LOVE that I haven’t mentioned above?? If so, make sure to share them with us below so we can give them a try!
Also, below are some great cookbooks loaded with vegan and dairy-free recipes!! Click on the individual photos for details!