Best Dairy-Free Recipes

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If you’re on a dairy-free diet, it can be hard to find foods that you love that don’t contain ingredients that you can’t have. I’ve pulled together some of our favorite and best dairy-free recipes from our kitchen that we love. It’s true–eating dairy-free can be delicious!

My son is deathly allergic to dairy so we've been cooking and baking dairy free for a long time. Here are some fabulous dairy free recipes that we love including yummy dairy free cheesecake filled cupcakes!

If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you may have noticed the plethora of dairy-free recipes on my site.
I don’t have a “thing” against dairy, per se, but my son has a life threatening dairy allergy that showed up when he was an infant.

For more on the messola that food allergies caused in our family, you can read Eczema and Food Allergies–from Despair to Healing.

As a result, we’ve been using dairy-free alternatives for a loooong time now.

It was a bit tough at first, but over the years we’ve found more and more ways to make adapt recipes to be dairy-free, and have found loads of new recipes that didn’t need adjusting at all. I decided to share with you some of our best dairy-free recipes to help others who are in the same dairy-free boat as well.

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Dairy-Free Appetizers

Nut Butter Fruit Dip

This dip is a super-healthy alternative to those caramel dips that are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and such.  We love it for dipping fruit (of course), but it’s also a great drizzle for cakes, cookies, pancakes, or fabulous eaten just off the spoon :).

hand dipping strawberry in dairy-free fruit dip in white bowl, surrounded by fresh fruit

Almond Feta

Almond Feta Cheese - vegan, paleo, keto, low carb, dairy free

Dairy-Free Main Dishes

Pakistani Kima

ground beef curry (Pakistani Kima) in pan with spoon

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Chopsticks picking up some egg roll from the bowl

Baked Chicken Nuggets

These Gluten-free Chicken Nuggets are super easy and taste amazing.
You’ll never want to get frozen or take out nuggets again!

homemade chicken nuggets with dipping sauce on white plate.

Thai Green Chicken Thigh Curry

Easy Curry Chicken Thighs in Baking Pan with spoon

Dairy-Free Desserts

Chocolate Chip “Cheesecake”-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are filled with a rich cheesecake-y filling that’s dairy-free.  Delectable. My youngest asked for these made into a cake for his birthday.

vegan cupcakes

Chocolate Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

I like my ice cream with lots of chunky stuffola in it.  This dairy-free ice cream fits the bill.

chocolate almond chip ice cream in a pile of bowls with spoons

Dairy-free and Egg-free Baked Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal not only tastes great, but it’s super simple to make.  Just mix the ingredients together the night before, soak overnight and bake in the morning. You’ll never believe that it’s made with no flour!

vegan oatmeal cake with berries on top in white pan with spatula

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Yes, you can have Chocolate Pudding for Breakfast, when it’s THIS chocolate pudding, that is. We seriously have this for breakfast often in our home.  We have the carob version as well and have fun adding loads of topping.

keto chocolate chia pudding in glass jars

It gave me a great reason to pull out some of my “oldy but goody” dairy-free recipes and share them with you all again!

Which dairy-free recipe is your favorite?

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  1. have you tried raw milk? we have quite a few customers that are ‘lactose intolerant’ but actually it’s more like ‘pasteurization intolerant’. they are fine on the raw milk. you can check out more at

    thanks for the gluten-free recipes

    1. My son has a life threatening allergy which is different than lactose intolerance. He would die. I wish it weren’t true, but it is. Have you heard of anyone who thought they had a life threatening allergy but it was just pasteurization. Thanks!

  2. Ooh all these delectable and healthy recipes are making me hungry!I would really love to try that Oatmeal Cake. Looks and sounds amazing!Pinned 🙂

  3. Such healthy ingredients and easy recipes. Going to try the chocolate chia pudding. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful healthy day. Sharing on Pinterest!

  4. What great recipes, pinning to my healthy eating board, and sharing, sharing, sharing. If you remember I would love for you to share this, this week on Real Food Fridays.