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Plant-based (Vegan) Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream and Yogurt

Many people have shifted towards a plant-based diet and the market has responded!

You can now find an abundance of delicious dairy-free beverages, cheeses, ice creams and yogurts at most grocery stores.  It can be almost overwhelming at the beginning with so many new vegan dairy products to try, so we are sharing a list of favorite “no-sacrifice” vegan dairy substitutions.

Plant-based, (vegan) milks can be made from nuts or grains and vary in flavor and texture.  Common non-dairy beverages are made from rice, soy, oat, hemp, coconut, cashew and almond.  Some are sweetened, some aren’t.  Some have added flavors like chocolate or vanilla.  Some nut milks are organic, some are conventional.  It is actually very exciting to see that are so many available brands and choices!

If you can’t find nut milks at a store near you, you may be able to purchase online.  You can also use a Vita-Mix or food processor to make nut milks at home.  Some people soak their nuts before making nut milk for easier digestion.  Try it both ways and see how you feel your best.

We found a great video to show you how to make your own nut milk at home.

There are also many non-dairy yogurt, cheese and ice cream products available.   The common bases for these plant-based products are soy, rice or coconut milk.  Although we have seen a new raw vegan ice cream made from a cashew nut base!   When you’re buying non-dairy cheese, be sure to check the label, as some of the rice cheeses still contain casein, a milk protein that can trigger an inflammatory effect for some people.  Common  brands for good-tasting vegan cheese that actually melts are Teese Cheese and Daiya.

Whether you are dealing with lactose intolerance, cholesterol issues or moving to a 100% vegan diet, the good news is that there are plenty of delicious plant-based dairy options out there for you!

9 Responses to “Plant-based (Vegan) Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream and Yogurt”

  1. [...] Vegans eat a zillion different kinds of fruits and veggies, nuts and nut creams, nut butters, plant-based milks and vegan dairy products (like coconut milk yogurt, non-dairy butter, cashew nut milk ice cream and vegan cheese), beans and [...]

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  3. [...] use the Vita-Mix to make everything from the “live” pie crusts and homemade nut milks to super creamy seasonal soups and yummy hummus. You’ll see a Vita-Mix in all of the recipe [...]

  4. Brooke Grant says:

    Dear Rebecca,

    You are doing a wonderfully creative job with YummyPlants Site. I enjoy reading and learning from the
    great information and recipes that you provide.

    Love and laughter,


  5. Amanda says:

    Kicking the dairy habit was the best thing I’ve ever done for my health! No more persistent digestive upset, chronic acne, or upper respiratory issues! And I feel so much better knowing that I’m not contributing to the horrific cruelty associated with factory-farmed dairy cows. with so many delicious options, I never feel deprived. Daiya vegan cheeses, Nacho Mom’s vegan queso, Healthy Top whipped cream, and So Delicious coconut milk drinks, yogurts, and ice cream are all incredibly delicious!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Thanks Deb! I agree – I became totally pain-free when I gave up dairy. Thanks for sharing your tips! :)

  7. Deb says:

    I have been using Rice Dream rice milk for many years. Although I don’t really drink it, I use it on my cereal and for cooking. It is great. I don’t really like the taste of soy milk.

    My husband LOVES Silk soymilk. We’re tried other brands, but he always wants Silk.

    We use the Tofutti products. They are just like the real thing. We’ve happily served Toffutti ‘ice cream’ to many guests and they often remark on how delicious it is. The ‘Sour Supreme’ sour cream substitute is delicious. You won’t even notice the difference on your tacos. I’ve never tried to cook with it though. Their ‘cream cheese’ product is good too, although I find it to be a little firmer and harder to spread than ‘real’ cream cheese.

    Kick the dairy. You won’t be unhappy. I feel SO much better when I avoid dairy and my cholesterol is good too.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Helena, I totally agree!!! After I found their products, I never felt like I was sacrificing. Btw, did you see that they’re giving away a trip to Thailand on their FB page?? Check it out!

  9. Helena says:

    I love So Delicious coconut milk beverages, coffee creamer, and ice cream. They are the most delicious vegan alternatives to dairy I’ve ever tasted, and they make it easy for anyone to kick the dairy habit!

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