Hidden gems for the lactose intolerant

Ice Cream Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash
Ice Cream Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Approximately 65% of humans develop a reduced ability to digest lactose (the principal sugar in milk and dairy) after infancy. Yet many people, myself included, persist in consuming the occasional (or even regular) pizza or ice cream. Luckily, nowadays there exists plenty of dairy-free alternatives to satisfy the lactose intolerant’s dairy cravings. Lactose-intolerant and vegan folks can rejoice. Thanks to these coconut and tree-nut based dairy products, the fear of missing out on dairy is no more.

1. Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Topping

It is with great pride that I recommend this coconut whipped cream. This whipped topping goes well over a hot coffee drink or waffles.

Coconut Whipped Topping via Gaylea
Photo by Gaylea

2. NadaMoo! Ice Cream

So many ice cream flavors, so little freezer space. NadaMoo offers incredibly dairy-free ice cream in a variety of flavors. My personal favorite is probably the mint chip, but I’ve also tried Birthday Cake, Chocolate, and Vanilla. Feast your imagination on the full, mouthwatering list of flavors: Seasonal Peppermint Bark, Pistachio Nut, Rockiest Road, Banana Caramel Crunch, Peach Cobbler, Strawberry Cheesecake, Birthday Cake Cookie Dough, Cookie Dough Fudge, Caramel Cold Brew and Cookies, Marshmallow Stardust, Organic Chocolate, Maple Pecan, Cookies & Crème, Organic Vanilla Bean, Organic Mint Chip, and Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter. When it comes to flavors such as Peppermint Bark or Marshmallow Stardust, I certainly appreciate the creativity.

NadaMoo Ice Cream Photo via NetSuite
Photo by NetSuite

3. Ghee

Unlike butter, ghee won’t take up refrigerator space and can be stored at room temperature. Keep in mind, though, that ghee won’t always work as a direct substitute, especially if you’re baking pastries. However, it’s great for sautéing vegetables, onions, and mushrooms, as well as flavoring potatoes. You can find Ghee at almost any supermarket.
Photo by WholeFoods

4. Almond Mozzarella-Style Cheese

If you sprinkle these almond mozzarella shreds over your own homemade pizza, you won’t even taste or spot the difference between this and real cheese. Who ever said being dairy free couldn’t be easy?

Almond Mozarella Photo by Trader Joe's Reviews
Photo by Trader Joe’s Reviews

5. Talenti Dairy Free Sorbetto

Do I ever need to justify including two ice cream brands on a list? Yes, yes, I know it’s winter and ice cream probably isn’t the seasonal dessert of choice for most, but I’m sure that won’t stop dedicated ice cream lovers.

Dairy-Free Talenti Sorbetto Photo by VegNews
Photo by VegNews

6. Violife Cream Cheese

Missing out on bagel and cream cheese consumption? No more! A variety of dairy-free cream cheeses awaits for the choosy lactose intolerant.

Violife Cream Cheese Photo by Whole Foods
Photo by Whole Foods

7. Cheddar Styled Sliced Cheese

Like Trader Joe’s Almond Mozzarella Shreds, these dairy-free cheddar slices melt extremely well and taste exactly like the real thing, minus the upset stomach. I’ve used these in grilled cheese sandwiches and quiches with great results. Although Daiya makes its cheese out of tree nuts, I can’t really detect a nutty taste or texture. Nut-based cheese can pass as dairy almost any day in my book.

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Photo by Whole Foods
Photo by Whole Foods

8. Yogurt Coconut Milk Vanilla Unsweetened

For quick meals and snacks, I love whipping up a quick yogurt parfait. Over the years, I’ve been happy to notice a great increase in the selection of dairy-free yogurts.

Coconut Yogurt Photo by Whole Foods
Photo by Whole Foods

With that being said, I hope all the lactose intolerant and vegan folks out there find increased enjoyment. Now, please excuse me so I can go finish eating my NadaMoo chocolate ice cream.

Thumbnail Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash


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