Perhaps you, a member of your family or even your child has been found to have a milk intolerance. It has been estimated that over 7.5% of the USA population now live dairy-free. If you are one of the statistics, don't worry as there are lots of delicious alternatives to dairy that you can use instead although you should avoid soy as this is largely produced from GM sources.
Look out for soy when checking ingredients on labels
- You can buy rice milk from a health store for every day use.
- You can use coconut oil instead of butter. My grand daughter has a milk intolerance and when we were switching her over to new things instead of dairy, we called the coconut oil “magic butter” because it disappeared when we spread it on her toast or her bread. She was tickled pink to watch this happen and quickly ate up all her food!
- You can buy delicious organic, raw chocolate when you have a craving for a chocolatey treat. You can use this to make homemade healthy chocolate spread or in fact any recipe that calls for chocolate. Substitute any sugar with stevia and you will have a much healthier dessert, confectionery and other chocolate treat.
- Another suggestion is to use raw nut milk made from almonds or cashews instead of dairy milk.
To make 6 cups of nut milk you will need these ingredients and equipment
- 1 cup raw almonds or cashews.
- 2 cups of filtered water for soaking.
- 6 cups filtered water for blending.
- 1 quarter cup of honey, some dates or some stevia (as an optional extra if you feel the need for sweetening).
- A fine mesh filter for a smoother consistency.
- A blender.
- Soak the almonds or cashews in 2 cups of filtered water overnight or up to 24 hours before draining them under water.
- Blend the nuts plus the 6 cups of water on high until you get a smooth mixture.
- Add your optional sweetener and blend for a further few minutes.
- Pour the liquid through a mesh filter into a jug for storage in the refrigerator for up to a week.
You can ring the changes with these extra flavors
- A few tablespoons of carob or cacao power for a delicious chocolate nut milk drink.
- A cup of strawberries.
- Some vanilla beans.
- A couple of bananas for a banana milk shake.
- Or bananas and raw cacao for a banana chocolate nut treat.
One word of warning: nut milk is so delicious, you may well become addicted, so ration your intake! Although it is quite high in calories, nut milk does have a very high nutrition value so is a wonderful food for a growing child either with cereal or as a drink on its own. For a hot chocolate dairy free recipe go here
There is a helpful guidebook available called Dairy Free Made Easy
by Alisa Fleming which has recently been updated and expanded in paperback format at a very reasonable price of $10. Within this complete dairy-free living resource, you will discover over 225 different dairy-free recipes with numerous options to satisfy dairy cravings, while focusing on naturally rich and delicious whole foods. In addition, there is a comprehensive guide to dairy substitutes which explains how to purchase, use and prepare alternatives for butter, cheese, cream, milk and much more - from scratch.
Grocery shopping Information is in another section to give you suspect ingredients lists and label-reading assistance as well as food suggestions and money-saving tips. A detailed calcium chapter identifies calcium-rich foods and supplements while helping you to understand other factors involved in building and maintaining strong bones.
Finally, an in-depth health section explains dairy, details the signs and symptoms of various dairy-related illnesses, and thoroughly addresses protein, fat, and nutrient issues in the dairy-free transition.
Please be aware that some people only find they have a problem with pasteurized dairy and not with unpasteurized (or raw) dairy. So this is worth investigating.