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A Few Options When Going Vegan, Dairy, Caesin, &/or Lactose Free


Any dairy alternative will work – rice, soy, oat, hemp, etc. – check the sugar total! If it higher than 8 reduce the sugar called for in the recipe by a ¼ of the original
Pureed tofu 1/2 to 1
Use fruit juice – but reduce the sugar by at least a ¼
Mashed Potato – one part potato to ½ part milk alterative or water (or more for thinner ‘milk’) (you may be able to use potato flakes!)
You can always make your own alternative milk at home – 5 parts water to 1 part nut, oat, rice, etc. boil, blend, and strain in a cheese cloth for lumps (or not, if the lumps don’t matter to your recipe) – save nut mixture in cheese cloth for nut cheese!

Oils – light oils such as extra light virgin olive, canola, ‘vegetable’ oil, nut oils, etc. – 3/4 to 1 cup
Margarine – check to make sure the one you selected is dairy free – cup for cup
Shortening – check to make sure the one you selected is dairy free – cup for cup
Coconut Oil – 3/4 to one cup
Purees – apple, pears, apricots, plums, sweet potatoes, beets, etc. – 3/4 to one cup and reduce sugar by about 1/8 – 1/4
Nut cheese – cup for cup

Sour your alternative milk by substituting 1 Tablespoon of every cup of ‘milk’ with 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar

Sour Cream:
Yoghurt – soy or other variety, watch for the sugar content – the lower the better! If it is more than 2 reduce the sugar in the rest of the baking recipe, (you can make your own yoghurt too, but. . .) 1 part nut cheese plus 1/8 part lemon juice

Sweetened Condensed Milk:
Use a 3 parts milk alterative to 1 part sugar (or honey or agave) then boil and simmer until reduced to a third of its start amount

Heavy Cream:
Coconut Cream
Pureed drained firm tofu 1 to 1
Start with powdered alternative milk and use less water
2 parts of a liquid milk alternative to 1 part oil (or other butter alternative)

Blend one part coconut cream with one part unsweetened alternative milk
Blend one part tofu with one part unsweetened alternative milk
1 part nut cheese plus ½ part alternative milk

Powdered Milk:
Same as above, just use the powdered version of the milk alternative – most common are rice, potato, and you can even use super fine oat flour or coconut flour as the powdered part of powdered milk


Susan Weissman said...

I LOVE your blog. While I don't write about cooking around my son's allergies, it is a huge part of my life. You cover so muc, so effeciently...love the flour comparison and the mashed potato idea...

Nicole -- Benevolent Baker said...

thank you so much Susan! Please share your ideas here too! If I can be of any assistance let me know!