Dairy free References

Being allergic to dairy can be tough, but here's what is available in my experience.

Alternatives to Milk

There is a growing number of milk alternatives out there, here's the list:

  • Soya Milk
  • Rice Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Hazelnut Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Oat Milk
  • Hemp milk 
  • Coconut milk
All of these items have their ups and downs, for example, almond and hazelnut are no good for someone with a nut allergy. Xander prefers coconut milk, I've used oat, rice, hemp and coconut in my cooking in the past.

Some people also can be alelergic to soya, so it's worth keeping an eye out on it.

Alternatives to butter

The range of alternatives to butter, on the other hand, remains rather small, with many spreads containing at least part buttermilk solids. Xander's mother was dairy free before I met her in 2010 and her spread of choice was Vitalite. When he cut it from his diet the following year Xander voiced a preference to sunflower spreads over soya.

I've tried Vitalite and Pure Dairy Free's sunflower spread. The earlier comes out of the fridge softer than the latter, making it great for recipes where softened butter is called for. It's also usually the cheaper of the two. Pure is harder out of the fridge, which would theoretically make it better for some pastry recipes.

Pure has three dairy free spreads, based on sunflower oil, olive oil and soya.

In baking, it is possible to swap butter for the same weight in oil (I've used sunflower oil in my cookie recipe to great effect).


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