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, 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! [I have not tried with rice or coconut milk, but assume it’s the same!] Also~don’t forget to check labels! Dairy hides in unexpected places, such as chicken broth!
BUTTER– Earths 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.] 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, 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 CREAM– Tofutti 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.
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 prepacked slices of Rice Cheese contained dairy, and the soy versions were-well,- just gross!
CHOCOLATE– Bakers 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 available- their brand is free of the top 8 allergens ~ HOORAY! and they also have chocolate bars! 🙂 available at Whole Foods etc.