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Simple Dairy-Free Strawberry Tofu Ice Cream

Tofu-based ice cream is a little different from ice cream made with cream. The texture is not as creamy, and the flavor is slightly “beany.” Don’t be discouraged though, you’ll like it, especially this [more…]

Dairy-Free Perfect Peach Ice Cream

This dairy-free ice cream tastes especially good made with fresh, locally grown peaches when they’re in season. Experiment with this recipe by using other seasonal fresh fruits, including equal amounts [more…]

Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This recipe for dairy-free mint chocolate chip ice cream is made with rice milk, which balances well with the minty flavor. Serve a dish of this nondairy treat with sliced bananas or inside a cantaloupe [more…]

Delightful Dairy-Free Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

This cool and refreshing nondairy smoothie provides a blast of vitamin C while the strawberries and kiwi fruit give it a beautiful color. Let the pretty rose color show through by serving it in a tall, [more…]

Very No-Dairy Cranberry Smoothie

The tart cranberry flavor of this delicious nondairy smoothie is complemented by sweet strawberries and plump blueberries. Make a trip to your local farmer’s market and use fresh, locally grown fruit in [more…]

Dairy-Free Italian Ice Cream Pie

This recipe for dairy-free Italian ice cream pie is a modern variation of an old Italian recipe for tortoni, a creamy semi-frozen dessert. A mix of cherries, chocolate, and rum gives this rich nondairy [more…]

Quick and Easy Dairy-Free Tofu Cherry Cheesecake

This cheesecake recipe uses tofu as a nondairy replacement for cream cheese used in traditional cheesecake. The cherries add a touch of sweetness and look pretty on top. To save time you can use a ready-made [more…]

Dairy-Free Island Upside-Down Cake

This dairy-free cake is so moist and has such a wonderful soft, springy texture that you won’t be able to tell the difference from versions made with cow’s milk. In this recipe, the blend of bananas, pineapple [more…]

Dairy-Free Tapioca Pudding

This recipe for homemade dairy-free tapioca pudding is sure to be hit at your house, so make a big batch. Before cooking, soak the tapioca so it has time to absorb some of the nondairy milk. Soaking helps [more…]

Dairy-Free Mucho Nachos

This tasty nacho recipe uses nondairy cheese and nondairy sour cream, but you won’t notice the difference between this version and one made with dairy-based ingredients — especially when you use traditional [more…]

Dairy-Free Bruschetta

A popular Italian appetizer, bruschetta is made with sliced rounds of bread that are brushed with olive oil, toasted, and topped with a variety of ingredients. [more…]

Dairy-Free Country Cornbread

This recipe for cornbread uses nondairy soy yogurt to keep the bread moist, rich-tasting, and dairy-free while bits of corn add texture. The bread crumbles easily and melts in your mouth. Serve your cornbread [more…]

Dairy-Free Multigrain Crescent Rolls

This recipe for multigrain crescent rolls uses nondairy soymilk instead of traditional cow’s milk. These rolls have a soft, slightly chewy texture and a fun shape. They will keep in an airtight container [more…]

Dairy-Free Greek Style Pizza

This pizza recipe starts with a simple, homemade crust, uses a nondairy mozzarella-style cheese instead of dairy cheese, and tops it off with ingredients popular in many Greek dishes- spinach, red onions [more…]

Dairy-Free Pizza

Believe it or not this pizza is made without cheese, so it’s dairy-free! The sauce and toppings add so much color and flavor that you may not even notice the cheese is missing. Experiment with your favorite [more…]

Creamy Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Enjoy this classic comfort food — dairy-free! This recipe uses unsweetened cocoa powder to give this chocolate pudding a mild chocolate flavor and smooth finish, so you may want to double the recipe. [more…]

Creamy Nondairy Rice Pudding with Cardamom and Raisins

This dairy-free pudding recipe is simple to prepare and doesn’t require much time at the stove. The pudding thickens in the pan as the rice absorbs the liquid. The result is a rich, creamy pudding with [more…]

Velvety Dairy-Free Chocolate Tofu Ice Cream

This recipe for chocolate tofu ice cream is simple and delicious. The texture of this nondairy ice cream is soft and creamy, somewhere between chocolate mousse and smooth gelato, and the flavor is all [more…]

Dairy-Free Poppy Seed Cake

In this recipe for poppy seed cake, cow’s milk is replaced with nondairy soymilk. A simple dusting of confectioner’s sugar adds a touch of sweetness to this delicate dairy-free cake that’s light in texture [more…]

Dairy-Free and Breastfeeding: How to Meet Your Nutritional Needs

Pregnancy and breastfeeding change your dietary needs, and when you’re dairy-free, you need to be aware of the changes and how best to meet them. From the start, all that babies can tolerate is an easy-to-digest [more…]

How Dairy-Free Mothers Can Meet the Nutritional Needs of Newborns

Newborn babies have vital and specific nutritional needs when in a stage of such rapid development, so dairy-free moms should do their research before breast or bottle-feeding their little ones. The most [more…]

Environmental Reasons to Be Dairy-Free

Just as aesthetics may motivate some people to avoid dairy, the thought of how the dairy industry affects the environment compels others to act. They avoid dairy products as a way of making an individual [more…]

Ethical Reasons to Give Up Dairy Products

Some people avoid dairy out of a strong sense of ethics and compassion for animals. If you’ve ever shared your life with a dog or cat — or even a rat — you know that animals have feelings. They express [more…]

How to Relate Dairy-Free Life to Vegetarianism

The ethical, environmental, and health reasons that some people go dairy-free apply just as well to the practice of eating meat. In fact, most people who go dairy-free for these reasons are already living [more…]

How Politics Can Affect Dairy Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is charged with protecting and promoting American agriculture, which includes the meat and dairy industries. At the same time, the USDA also has the primary responsibility [more…]

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