Best Dairy Free Substitutes

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If you need to be gluten free AND dairy free, don’t despair! There are some truly amazing vegan and lactose free cheeses, yogurts, creams, desserts … to choose from! 

For more information on reasons why you may want to try going dairy-free, hop to my article on lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy and casein.

From ricotta to cream cheese to yogurt to artisanal cheeses, mac & cheese and ice cream … you can find just about anything you need now, dairy-free! I’ve linked to a ton of our family favorites, but more are being added every day — lucky us!

I update this post regularly, as I attend trade shows and find new products to share. Some photos below are from trade show floors and depict products that are coming to market soon, so be on the lookout! Follow along on my Instagram Stories and Highlight reel with my favorite brands and products as I share!

What are your favorite dairy-free products? Leave a comment and let me know!


Some of my favorite dairy-free &/or lactose-free & gluten-free products & ingredients*:

(check ingredients to ensure they suit your particular dietary needs)


Dairy-Free Cheese

Follow Your Heart® Slices (Gouda; Pepperjack; Provolone)

Miyoko’s Kitchen™ Vegan Mozzarella; Artisanal Cheeses

Kite Hill™: almond milk cream cheese, yogurt, ricotta, soft-ripened artisanal cheeses

GO Veggie!® Lactose Free or Vegan shredded cheese, cream cheese, blocks, bars, parmesan, slices

GO Veggie® Vegan Parmesan; Parma! Vegan Parmesan;

Follow Your Heart® shredded vegan ParmesanDaiya

Field Roast® Vegan Chao Slices

Daiya™ Cheddar and Mozzarella-Style shredded & sliced dairy-free cheese (*note: my family only likes the “Cutting Board” Style shreds) and vegan cheeze sticks

Good PlanEt Foods cheese slices and shreds

Lisanatti Foods® Almond Mozarella or Cheddar-Style Shredded Cheese; Rice Cheeze Sticks (only lactose-free, not dairy-free)

Tofutti® Better Than Cream Cheese (soy)

Daiya™ Cream Cheese Style Spread (soy-free)


Follow Your Heart® Cream Cheese Alternative (soy)

earth balance buttery sticksRiot Eats vegan butter

Dairy-Free Butter Substitutes

Earth Balance® Vegan Buttery Sticks & Soy-Free Buttery Sticks

Earth Balance® Coconut Spread (vegan & soy-free)

Melt Organic Butter sticks and spread (Jules note: DO NOT USE FOR FROSTING!)

Miyoko’s Kitchen™ vegan butter

Riot Eats plant-based, soy-free butter 

Country Crock Plant Butter

Country Crock plant butter

Dairy-Free MilkOWYN

So Delicious® Almond, Cashew or Coconut Milk Beverage

Coconut Milk Powder

OWYN Protein Drinks, Vanilla Milk and Chocolate Milk 

Silk Almond, Cashew, Coconut or Soy Milks

Svelte™ Protein Drink (soy)

Orgain® Protein Shake

Ripple Vegan Milk

Dairy-Free Yogurt

So Delicious® Coconut or Oat Yogurt (their oat yogurt is certified GF but not everyone can tolerate gluten free oats)

Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt and Kids’ Yogurt Tubes

Silk Almond, Soy or Oat Milk Yogurt (note: this oat yogurt not certified gluten free)

Green Valley Organics® Lactose Free Yogurt

Ripple Vegan Yogurt


Dairy-Free Creamer and Nog

So Delicious® Coconut or Almond Milk Creamer

So Delicious® Vegan Holiday Nog 

Silk® Vegan Nog 

Bhakti® Holiday Spiced Nog -vegan

Silk Almond or Soy Creamer (they even have Pumpkin Spice!)

Ripple Barista Vegan Creamer

PicNik Vegan Creamer

Dairy-Free Sour Cream & Ricotta

Vegan Gourmet-SourCream

Follow Your Heart® Sour Cream Alternative (soy)

Tofutti® Better Than Sour Cream (soy; non-hydrogenated)

Vegan Gourmet®/Follow Your Heart Sour Cream (soy)

Green Valley Organics® Lactose Free Sour Cream

Kite Hill Almond Milk Ricotta Cheese

Ripple Vegan Sour Cream

rippl plant-based sour cream

So Delicious Minis

Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese

Annie’s® Homegrown Vegan, Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Healthy Vegan & Gluten Free Mac and Cheese recipe

Dairy Free Dessert Options:

So Delicious Coconut Milk, Cashew Milk, Almond Milk or Soy Milk Ice Cream

Luna & Larry’s® Coconut Bliss ice creams 

So Delicious® MinisCocoWhip

So Delicious® CocoWhip Coconut Whipped Cream


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Best Dairy-Free Products & Ingredients curated by gfJules

From vegan butter to dairy-free milk, yogurt, creamer, cheese, desserts and more — links to the best gluten-free and dairy-free products, as curated by gfJules


*some items may include affiliate links. If you choose to purchase an item through one of these links, your cost remains the same but I may receive a small portion of the price to use to fund this website. See my full disclosure policy here. As always, all opinions are my own.



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6 thoughts on “Best Dairy Free Substitutes

  1. Dear Jules,

    Thank you so much for the list, is a big help!

    Jules, I have a question. All your bread recipes can be done in a Bread Machine and what circle should I use?

    Please advice,