• michellepugle

6 Dairy-Free Products That Are Actually Delicious

Updated: Aug 27, 2018

Growing up, some of my favourite things to eat were poutine, mozza sticks dipped in Ranch dressing, creamy Caesar salad, and melted cheddar cheese on a bagel. I was also hooked on International Delight French Vanilla coffee creamer.

Funnyish thing is, I didn't know I was allergic to dairy. I mean, sure, I had my suspicions, but nothing concrete enough to make me forgo the whole food group... Until I did. Turns out, allergy testing is good idea (and lactose pills are irrelevant in my case).

At the time, the dairy-free market was basically beginning its experiments: soy milk, casein-laden soy cheese, "cream cheese" made from ground soybeans. Everything was a gamble.

Almond, cashew, and coconut milks, cheeses, spreads, ice creams, etc. wouldn't hit my city limits for a few years yet. But as allergies increased, so too did the market for alternatives.

Today, there's dairy-free mac and cheese in a box, coconut milk at Starbucks, and dairy-free pizza delivery in a click of a button. I can even have dessert that doesn't taste like cardboard.

But with more options comes the pricey gamble of picking something you'll actually enjoy eating. That's why I compiled this list of tried-and-true delicious dairy-free treats: to help you save money and calories by buying products you'll easily love.

1. Gluten-free Fair Trade Espresso Cheesecake

from Sweets from the Earth

What it'll cost you: around $13

What you get: a creamy, coffee-infused layer of subtle sweetness poured over a crunchy, cookie crust and topped a caramel drizzle—complete with intense cravings for more.

2. Cutting Board Shreds from

Daiya Foods Cheese

What it'll cost you: around $7

What you get: a dairy-free cheese that's actually worth eating. It's still pretty new to the market, so if can you find it, buy it. Buy it all.

I first tried Cutting Board Shreds at a pizza place, expecting regular ol' Daiya, and I actually sent it back because it looked so legit. When it came back—confirmed dairy-free—I was so impressed, I ate the entire pizza in one sitting. True story.

3. Non-Dairy Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry's

What it'll cost you: between $4-8 depending on store

What you get: are you serious? You get to experience Ben & Jerry's! For me, that was a big enough deal on its own. I mean, the product placements for this brand are insane. I've wanted to try their famous ice cream for as long as I can remember, and when I did? I was not disappointed. The hype extends to their new dairy-free line for sure. It's better than any other dairy-free ice cream I've ever had.

Personal favourites: Cherry Garcia and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.

4. XX Espresso Cold Brew Coffee

from Califia Farms

What it'll cost you: around $8

What you get: a perfectly balanced cold brew double caffeine shot with cane sugar and almond milk. It's refreshing, light, and worth missing out on the Starbuck's stars for.

5. Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt

from Yoso

What it'll cost you: around $5

What you get: think Greek yogurt. Think thick and creamy and slightly tangy and perfect for everything from parfaits to curries. Think probiotics without pills.

My only qualm is that I haven't found it in a larger tub size.

6. Vanilla Almond Coffee Creamer

from Silk

What it'll cost you: around $3

What you get: a dairy-free coffee creamer that stays silky as you stir it in to your hot coffee. Other creamers (looking at you, soy) tend to separate and curdle and gross everyone out. They ruin coffee. This? Well, let's put it this way: I actually love black coffee. I think the brewed bean water is awesome on its own, so it takes a lot to venture out and pour something else in my mug. This is worth it. So worth it.


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