Dairy Allergy

A Dairy allergy is NOT the same thing as being lactose intolerant! Let me just get that out of the way here! That being said, A dairy allergy is inconvenient, but also one of the easiest to get around! ~ as long as you don’t have allergies to Soy,  Coconut, or Rice. If you are wondering about infant formulas, or supplementing calcium, and nutrients, there is hope! Many infant formulas are now available in soy, or allergen free- such as Ele-Care, available on Amazon.com or from a nutritionist or doctors office. If your child has allergies to Soy and Dairy, the Ele-Care is for you!~ You can also buy over the counter, liquid infant multivitamin drops, to be added to juice, etc.

Some Great substitutions are:

MILK– Rice Milk, Hemp Milk,  Soy milk, or Coconut Milk, [and if no nut allergies- Almond milk], Please NOTE-Silk Soy Milks now have food allergen warning that they may contain Almonds, and there have been reports of anaphylactic reactions as a result! SO, if a nut allergy- be warned! The store brand soy milk did not contain the warning- so should be safe- but check your labels!~All are available at most grocery stores, and even at BJs, Walmart, etc. They come in the half-gallon cartons, and also are available in quart sized shelf-versions, and in small lunchbox type single serve sippy style- BJs carries Silk Vanilla and Chocolate to-gos of the soy milk~ and I even found an 8 pk of coconut milk to-gos at Whole Foods-granted those were $9, but if I was out and about, I would be willing to pay $1-2 to give my son something that was “His safe”! 🙂  NOTE: You can NOT make instant pudding with soy milk. it will NOT set!

BUTTEREarths Balance is soy based, it comes in tubs or sticks for baking, Canoleo comes in a tub, [and is soft right out of the fridge, which is nice for toast etc.READ LABELS- I believe the Canoleo now contains dairy warning too!]  NOTE~ IF your child is allergic to Soy and Dairy, there is NO butter alternative available [unless you wanted to find and try goat? or yak? or something more exotic] For baking you CAN use applesauce, banana, Canola oil [1/3 cup = 1/2 cup butter] or , Spectrum brand Organic Shortening, [Whole Foods or Local grocery chain]-a palm based shortening; 1 cup= to 1 cup of butter, also new to stores is Sunsweet Brand Lighter Bake, butter and oil replacement, it is made from plums and apples, and it is fat-free!

ICE CREAM– There are a few brands of Coconut milk or soy milk based ice cream treats.  SO DELICIOUS brand is great! and available at most grocery stores They also have ice cream sandwiches, chocolate covered ice-cream bars, etc.~ and Larry and Lunas ice cream@ Whole Foods is very good too.

CREAM CHEESE & SOUR CREAMTofutti brand of both is good, and can be used in baking.

WHIP CREAM & CREAMERS~there is a soy canister whip cream, [I haven’t tried it myself yet].  For Creamers, there are coconut and soy based coffee creamers available. I have not found anything to use for heavy cream, or whipping cream~[you CAN whip up the ‘fat’ part in a can of coconut milk- for a nice whip cream-].

YOGURT, BUTTERMILK, ETC.– There are soy and coconut based yogurt available. For buttermilk, you need to make your own simply by adding 1 TBSN of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of milk, and let sit for about ten minutes to sour.  NOTE- You can make your own evaporated milk by boiling down your alternative milk,-[but I haven’t tried it!] and I think we are out of luck for Sweetened condensed milk, let’s say I haven’t found anything yet, so if you know of something, let me hear from you! I know I have seen allergy safe recipes for Pumpkin pie that use silken tofu in them.

CHEESE– I have basically given up on cheese. The prepackaged slices of Rice Cheese contained dairy, and the soy versions were-well,- just gross! Update- there is a new product out called Daiya Cheese. It is dairy/soy/gluten free! it comes in cheddar, pepper-jack and mozzarella flavors, and is better than any of the other ones we have tried! It stretches and cooks like real cheese.  We have made Mac and Cheese with this!

CHOCOLATEBakers Brand block style chocolates are soy based, found in most all grocery stores, and good for baking. [I do not know if they still make their brand of chocolate chunk chips- they were great for cookies!] also ENJOY LIFE have wonderful mini chocolate chips, and larger baking chunks available- their brand is free of the top 8 allergens ~ HOORAY! and they also have chocolate bars! 🙂 available at Whole Foods etc.

Here are a few blog/sites you can check for Dairy-free recipes~ http://frugalfoodallergies.com/

Go Dairy Free  http://www.godairyfree.org/ “Your Information Resource for Dairy-Free Living!  Go Dairy Free is updated daily with recipes, product reviews, cooking tips, and food news.  We cater to milk allergies, lactose intolerance, vegan cooking, gluten-free / casein-free diets, and general milk-free and non-dairy living with a wealth of information, useful tools, and our popular No Dairy Product Lists (available for soy-free, gluten-free, and egg-free consumers too!) for your grocery shopping needs. ”

Also please check out Chemurgy and Allergens for a list of non-food products with dairy- From my Valentine’s Day post, Anaphylaxis Campaign sites to beware of condoms as some contain dairy!