Creative Uses for Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

 

Almond milk in your cereal is “so yesterday.” With so many non-dairy milk options, it’s no longer a novelty to have a dairy free option for your breakfast cereal or morning coffee.

However, there are some things that those with dairy allergies or sensitivities aren’t able to readily access. Today, I’m going to provide some ways to enjoy foods that are traditionally dairy-heavy.

The use of non-dairy milk alternatives in these recipes also decreases the amount of fat and overall caloric content as well!

Healthier Ranch Dressing:

Ranch isn’t the first thing that pops up on the dairy-free radar but it does contain buttermilk. Here’s how to make your own: In a blender mix Add 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew or other non-dairy milk,1 tsp garlic powder,1 tsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, 2 Tbsp finely chopped green onions, 1 tsp dill, salt and pepper to taste with 1/2 cup of regular or vegan mayonnaise. Blend until smooth. Add additional milk for a thinner consistency. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Dairy Free Vanilla Custard:

You’ll never miss the dairy or sugar in this recipe from Thewholejourney.com. Keep it simple with almond milk or venture outside of the box with hazelnut milk. Whatever you choose, this recipe cuts out the added sugar and replaces it with stevia. Thick, creamy and satisfying—even your dairy-eating friends will love it.

Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives

Dairy Free Ice Cream:

You don’t have to spend $6+ dollars for a pint of dairy-free ice cream. Make yours at home and tweak it to your liking. Use this recipe from the minimalist baker for a guideline. This isn’t exactly healthy…but it is allergen friendly

Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce:

This is a MUST try. Using cauliflower as the base, you get a serving of veggies without even realizing. Nutritional yeast is used to provide a “cheesy” flavor while also adding protein and B Vitamins. Use plain unsweetened non-dairy milk in lieu of heavy cream. Check out the full recipe from ohsheglows.com. Serve with spaghetti squash or pasta of choice.


Just because you can’t have dairy doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on your favorite things. Think outside the box!

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About Danielle Sikorski

Danielle is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Personal Trainer residing in Anchorage, Alaska. She received her B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics and Foods Science from California State University at Northridge. As an athlete, Danielle was initially drawn to Nutrition because she desired to learn how to best fuel her body for optimal performance. However, after becoming a Dietitian, her focus has broadened. After a Lyme and autoimmune disease diagnosis, she has learned the role that food can play in healing the body. She now works with clients with a variety of goals ranging from sports performance, Food Intolerance, Autoimmue, to Weight loss. ******In her spare time she loves running to clear her mind and also enjoys cooking with her husband. ---------------EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: • B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science • Internship at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV specializing in Medical Nutrition Therapy in the ICU, Pediatric ICU, Cancer Center, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Education • Internship at W.I.C. specializing in pre and post-natal Nutrition • RD, RDN by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics