Are you wondering how to replace dairy in your diet? In this list, you will find 5+ dairy-free recipes for cheese, milk, butter, and more. All recipes below are yummy, super easy, and quick to make! Give them a try!
In case you’ve adopted a vegan diet or you simply want to ditch dairy (or eat less of it), I fully support your decision! And I want to encourage you by assuring you that replacing dairy in your day-to-day meals is, in fact, a very easy task. I’ll tell you all about it in the following article!
There are, in fact, many health-related reasons to ditch dairy. I’ll list some of the most important ones below:
- If you’re lactose intolerant, consuming dairy means dealing with bloating, nausea, cramps, and even diarrhea. The only way to eliminate these symptoms is to avoid all dairy products.
- Cow milk is closely linked to anemia, allergies, and even diabetes.
- Store-bought milk is not as clean as you’d think – it contains quite a lot of chemicals such as additives, steroids, antibiotics, and more.
- Milk and dairy don’t, in fact, help you have stronger bones. That’s just a myth!
- Casein (milk’s main protein) might promote cancer and it definitely acts like a drug. In short, casein makes you addicted to milk and dairy, so the more you eat it, the more you’ll crave it.
Other than these, milk production is an industry that pollutes greatly, and, let’s face it, not all human bodies can properly digest dairy. In fact, around 70% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant – and most of them don’t even know it. We ignore the symptoms without even noticing them just because we love the taste! And lactose intolerance makes all the sense in the world: animal milk is meant for baby animals, not humans, so it shouldn’t be normal to consume it on a daily basis.
Last but not least, why consume dairy when plant-based milk tastes SO good? Just like all the other vegan alternatives to dairy products out there such as yogurt, sour cream, butter, and even ice cream.
In conclusion, you have all the reasons in the world to ditch dairy, you just need a bit of courage and lots of research to understand the true advantages and disadvantages of consuming dairy products.
Okay, so let’s say you decided to ditch it. Now comes the next question: how to replace dairy in your diet? Heh, the answer is pretty simple and you actually have TWO different options here. First, you can consume store-bought dairy alternatives. There are dozens of types of plant-based milk and lots of brands that make delicious dairy alternatives.
The second option (and the one I’m recommending the most) would be to make your own vegan dairy alternatives at home. Sure, this is time-consuming at times but very rewarding in the end. And very healthy, too! Making your own vegan dairy products at home means you’ll know exactly what goes into each of them and you won’t have to deal with nasty additives and preservatives. Healthy living at its best!
In case you’re curious to give this a try, I’ll tell you right from the start that it’s possible to make anything at home, from vegan butter to nut milk, vegan cream cheese, vegan yogurt and vegan sour cream as well. And it’s not as hard as you would think! 😉
In order to encourage you and help you out, I have prepared the following list with my favorite recipes that will help you to replace dairy in your diet. All recipes below are created and tested numerous times by myself, so I can vouch for each and every one of them. Are you ready to try some healthy dairy alternatives?
Click on the linked titles in order to access these dairy-free recipes. Give them a try!
Here we go:
How To Replace Dairy in Your Diet – Recipes
Vegan Butter Recipes
How to make vegan butter at home
Let’s start with one of my all-time favorite recipes for vegan dairy – vegan butter at home! The process is really simple and the end result is a creamy, subtle vegan butter that goes perfectly on a slice of fresh bread.
Vegan Sour Cream and Yogurt Recipes
Vegan Sour Cream – cultured / with probiotics
Making vegan sour cream at home is easy if you use probiotics! I’ll explain the entire process in the recipe (just click on the title), but please don’t get discouraged right from the start. Make it for yourself and you’ll see just what you were missing on!
Vegan Yogurt with fruits – cultured / with probiotics
Making vegan yogurt at home is one of my favorite activities lately. I’ve tried different combinations, but this vegan yogurt with fruits remains my favorite option. Of course, you can use any fruit you prefer!
Vegan Milk Recipes
Rice milk | How to make rice milk at home – 3 flavors
Rice milk is the perfect option for coffee – it has a neutral taste and it’s incredibly easy to make. And it’s super cheap too. After all, it’s made with rice – who doesn’t already have that at home?!
Oat Milk | How to make the best oat milk every time – 3 flavors
Except for rice milk, oat milk is one of my favorites out there. This recipe will show you how to make 3 different oat milk recipes – a vanilla oat milk, a version with turmeric, and one with cocoa. I just can’t choose, I love all of them!
Vegan Cheese Recipes
Vegan Mozzarella Recipe | How to make vegan mozzarella that melts!
Ah, one of my most popular recipes. The day I discovered how to make vegan mozzarella at home that actually stretches and melts was the day I realized that ditching dairy is, in fact, possible. Give it a try, maybe it’ll convince you too! Then you can try making a pizza with it – it’ll blow your mind!
Best Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
Last but not least, this vegan nacho cheese sauce still remains one of my favorite cheesy dips after all this time. It’s like cheddar – only better! 😉