Going vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of your favourite foods. Here I share with you my easy vegan swaps that are a great alternative to dairy. If you aren’t aware of the dairy industry and how inhumane and cruel it is to animals, take a look at the video ‘Dairy Is Scary’. Then, when you feel like giving dairy-free alternatives a go, check out my in depth list of vegan versions of your household favourites; milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt and even ice cream!
Types of Dairy-Free Milk
Who thought that there would be so many dairy-free alternatives to traditional cow’s milk. With so many on offer to suit all palettes and preferences, there is no excuse not to try something new.
Soya milk: aka the king of dairy-free milk. Whether you like it sweetened, unsweetened, chocolatey or organic there will be a variety for you. The most popular brand would be Alpro, followed by Provamel or supermarket own brand.
Oat milk: For satire, humour and great tasting oats, Oatly is the brand you should try. Others include Alpro and Oat Dream.
Nut milk: If you are nutty for nuts or simply love the taste of the roasted seed then you are in luck. Almond Breeze are great for Almond milk, Alpro is the go to for hazelnut and cashew and KOKO is a firm favourite for coconut milk.
Rice milk: Packed full of essential nutrients and carbohydrates to give you energy, rice milk is a great addition to any smoothie, porridge or cereal. Rice Dream shortly followed by Alpro are the go-tos for this delicious flavour.
Hemp milk: Don’t be misled by the name, there is no trace of the class B drug in this delicious drink. Packed full of healthy omegas and essential vitamins this creamy alternative is great in tea, coffee or any breakfast. Good Hemp are the go to company and can be found in most UK supermarkets.Going vegan doesn't mean you have to miss out on all of your favourite foods. Click To Tweet
Dairy-Free & Vegan Cheese
The biggest obstacle that deters people from switching to a vegan diet is that they do not want to give up cheese. Thankfully, there are many Vegan cheese companies as well as UK supermarkets that have created vegan varieties of most if not all of your favourite styles. Whether that is cheddar, parmesan, halloumi or even blue cheese, there is an alternative on offer that is cruelty-free and tasty.
Cheddar: Try Violife’s cheddar style block melted in a toastie or create a traditional sandwich with their cheese slices.
Mozzarella: Follow your heart offer mozzarella shreds that melt like the stringy cheese and taste great on pizza.
Halloumi: Violife was the creator of the Mediterranean block aka vegan halloumi. Tastes incredible toasted in a falafel and houmous wrap.
Parmesan: Take your italian pasta to the next level and grate Violife’s Prosciano block on top.
Cream Cheese: Sheese by Bute Island Foods are the kings of cream cheese. Try the original, chive, garlic & herb or sweet chilli flavour.
Feta: Sheese offer a Greek-style cheese that you can crumble over your favourite salad.
Cheese Board: Tyne Chease’s selection of 10 mini cheeses to twin with those crackers for any occasion.
In most UK supermarkets you will find a dairy-free alternative to traditional butter and vegetable spreads. The most delicious has to be Vitalite Dairy Free, Flora Freedom or Pure sunflower spread as they create a heavenly melt on toast or in a jacket potato. For an alternative spread why not try Tesco avocado spread or a coconut spread from KOKO.Switching to a dairy-free diet is neither difficult nor boring. Click To Tweet
Creams & Custards
Vegan or not, choosing a dairy-free alternative to cream will do wonders for your cholesterol and your waistline. Oatly are the leading brand in creating oat-based everything, and boy is it delicious. You can find Oatly custard in the refrigerated section of Tesco along with their single cream and tub of sour cream to add to your favourite Mexican dish. Alpro also do a single soya cream that can be found in the free-from aisle. For hot chocolate lovers there is a soya based squirty cream made by Schlagfix for you to eat to your hearts content.
The selection of dairy-free yoghurts available is fantastic, even for those with an allergy to soya. Love coconut? Try the tangy and not to so sweet Coyo or Coconut Collaborative for a tropical treat. Love almonds? Nush are new on the scene and again these are delicious and not sickly sweet. For those of you without a soy intolerance, Alpro have a wide range of yoghurts that range from plain, vanilla and oaty to fruity or chocolate for sheer indulgence.Vegan or not, choosing a dairy-free alternative to cream will do wonders for your cholesterol… Click To Tweet
Always leaving the best until last, the dairy-free ice cream industry is booming. If you didn’t know, Ben & Jerrys have released three non-dairy flavours that are incredibly indulgent and packed full of cookies, chocolate and peanut butter. For the traditional vanilla or chocolate, Swedish Glace by Walls have you covered as well as tubs from Alpro. Another firm favourite is the Almond Dream Salted Caramel variety; nutty, sweet and creamy! Tesco sell delicious free-from cornettos as well as dairy-free ‘magnums’. There are many more independent companies that sell delicious flavours, most of which you can find in a local health food store.
Switching to a dairy-free diet is neither difficult nor boring. There seems to be a dairy-free alternative to nearly every product and many of which are available in your local UK supermarket.
What are your favourite dairy-free alternatives?