Delicious alternatives to dairy products


Before I was diagnosed as having a sensitivity to dairy products, they were contributing to some very annoying digestive issues.  Thankfully, those issue cleared up as soon as I made some changes to my diet.

I’ve done a few posts in the past about what it is like to be dairy-free, but today I am going to share my favorite substitutes for traditional dairy products, such as butter, ice cream, certain desserts, cheese, and milk.

Delicious alternatives to dairy products from The Grass Skirt Blog

Instead of butter try: Earth Balance Buttery Spread

MT and I both love this stuff and seem to go through a lot of it.  It used to be sold primarily at health food stores, but lately I’ve seen it at Publix, Harris Teeter, Target, and Walmart. I promise that you’ll love it every bit as much as traditional butter- if not more!


Instead of ice cream try: Coconut or almond milk ice cream

Brands like So Delicious and Almond Dream have yummy alternatives to cow’s milk ice cream using coconut milk and almond milk.  I cannot even begin to tally up how much I consumed while pregnant!


Instead of TCBY’s frozen yogurt try: TCBY’s sorbet

I’m honestly not a huge fan of sorbet.  However, my friends like to meet up at TCBY quite often and having a dairy-free option allows me to join in on the fun.


Instead of using cream in desserts try: Avocado

I’ll admit that this substitute sounds a little strange, but trust me- you won’t taste the avocado at all. If you’d like to give it a try for yourself, check out 10 Delicious Avocado Desserts from Shape magazine.


Instead of cheese try: Daiya products or nutritional yeast

After a few bad experiences in the past, I just assumed that all non-dairy cheeses were disgusting.  But I recently discovered Daiya’s cheese style spreads, slices, and shreds, and I’m mildly obsessed.  Not to be too dramatic, but these products were kind of life-changing for me.  I’m still giddy over the fact that I don’t have to eat cheeseless pizzas anymore!

Nutritional yeast is another great alternative to cheese, but I’ll be completely real with you when I say that it only mildly tastes like cheese and certainly does not look like cheese.  However, it is loaded with vitamin B12 and can be sprinkled on salads, popcorn, sauces, and pasta (just to name a few things).  When used in certain dishes, it can actually add some creaminess.  MT and I both love a recipe for Quick & Easy Creamy Tomato Mushroom Pasta which calls for nutritional yeast.   If you’re a nutritional yeast newbie, I highly suggest starting with that dish.


Instead of cow’s milk try: Almond, soy, rice, or coconut milk

I’m personally not a fan or soy or rice milk, but I’d be absolutely lost without almond milk.  I use it every day in my smoothies and as a replacement for milk in all of the dishes that I make.  Some people claim that they can detect the almond flavor, but I find that it is very subtle.  And coconut milk is delicious in a Grass Skirt Smoothie!


Instead of mayonnaise try: Vegenaise

I started packing MT’s lunches a few years back and bought Vegenaise to make his sandwiches a little healthier.  I actually didn’t expect him to like it, but he loves it and says that it is better than real mayo.  Not only does it make for a great sandwich spread, but Vegenaise works really well in egg and tuna salads and in homemade salad dressings and dips.


Whether you are also sensitive to dairy or just want to decrease the amount of dairy in your diet, you might want to give some of these substitutes a try for yourself!

Do you replace any dairy products with non-dairy alternatives?

Have a great day!


(If you get the chance, head on over to Savvy Sassy Moms to read my recent guest post on natural beauty products.)

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  1. This is a great post. We’re lucky there are so many alternatives out there. I’m not dairy free, but I do love the options. I am obsessssed with my light vanilla soy milk by silk. It’s SO good in my cereal and coffee. 😉

  2. Great Post – Great Alternatives!!! My favorite is the dark chocolate almond milk – yum. I have a receipe for chocolate mousse with avocados – still have not made it though. Have a Great Day:)

  3. I want to try some almond milk. I’m slightly lactose intolerant, milk bothers me more than anything, not to mention it grosses me out. So I’ve gone milk free for many, many years. The chocolate almond milk sounds so yummy!

    • Chocolate almond milk is delicious, and I drink lots of the unsweetened vanilla too. I was never a milk drinker, but I absolutely love almond milk so much. Definitely try it!

  4. I am lactose intolerant but I love my dairy — In fact I binge on it on an almost every day basis lol. My SO is vegan though so we have alot of those products at home. If only I could make the switch and be a healthier person. If only lol

  5. Love this and love the little picture you put together. Love ALL of these things. I was SUCH a huge butter lover before I went vegan and I was such a tough cookie that I thought NOTHING would compare to butter…Earth Balance proved me oh so wrong 🙂

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