Dairy Alternatives

Are you interested in giving up dairy but not sure where to start? Here is a list of some of the amazing dairy alternatives that are available in your local supermarket or online!

Want to learn why people are giving up dairy? Check out our blog “Is dairy ethical?”. We unpack the industry, looking at the animals, the environment, and the health impacts.

Milk

There are far too many brands to list here. You can find them in your local supermarket in both the fridge and long-life section! 

TypeAbout
SoyHigh in protein, creamy, can be used in anything!
OatHigh in protein and fibre, excellent in coffee and baked goods
CoconutCreamy, sweet, great for cooking, icecream, and in coffee
AlmondGreat for cooking, cereal, and coffee
HempHigh in nutrients (calcium, vitamin D, protein, omega-3), better in savoury dishes
PeaHigh in protein, calcium, and omega-3, great for smoothies and cooking.
RiceLight, neutral flavour, not good for anything that needs to be creamy.
CashewCreamy, rich in protein, great for ice cream!
MacadamiaNutty flavour, great for matcha lattes, mochas, and baked goods.
Milk alternatives

Butter

  • Naturli – 100% Plant-Based Butter (Coles, Woolworths)
  • Nuttelex – Buttery Table Spread, Original, Pulse Buttery, Olive Table Spread (Coles, Woolworths)
  • Flora Plant – Dairy Free Vegan Spread (Coles, Woolworths)
vegan butter

Cheese

You won’t be saying “but cheese” with this epic range of alternatives.

Cream Cheese

Schmear it on a bagel, use them in a frosting or in a cheesecake!

Cheddar

These cheddar blocks, slices, and shreds are perfect with crackers, nachos, mac and cheese, or in toasties!

Mozzarella

Fulfill your gooey needs with these mozzarella alternatives. They are great for pizza, lasagna, toasties, or with crackers.

If you’re game enough to make your own, try It Doesn’t Taste Like chicken – Best Vegan Mozzarella, it grates, melts, stretches, and tastes delicious, making it perfect for pizza, grilled cheese, and lasagna!

Parmesan

Halloumi

Make your own vegan halloumi skewers, with this recipe from Exceedingly Vegan.

Feta

Cheese boards

Love a cheese platter? So many brands are bringing out vegan cheeses perfect for any occasion.

vegan cheese board dairy free

Sour Cream

Yoghurt

Make your own homemade Greek yoghurt, with this recipe from Darn Good Veggies, or pick one up on your next grocery shop!

  • Coyo – Natural Coconut Yoghurt Vegan (Coles, Woolworths)
  • Cocobella – Vanilla, Passionfruit, Coconut, 
  • Nakula – Plant Based Probiotic, Mango, Natural, Passionfruit, Unsweetened (Woolworths)
  • Activia – Probiotics Dairy Free (Woolworths)
  • So Delicious – Dairy Free Vanilla, Strawberry (Woolworths, Coles)
  • Coles – Dairy Free Coconut Yoghurt
vegan yoghurt dairy free

Mains

For any mains that ask for dairy products, simply use one of the replacements listed under the alternatives above. With the list above you can recreate your favourites, from burgers to pizzas, lazagne, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Sweets

If you have a favourite recipe, you can always switch out the cow milk for one of the alternatives listed above. If you’re looking for some inspo, here are a few recommendations.

Ice-cream

Make your own:

Or leave it to the experts who have perfected the creamy goodness without the cow!

  • So Delicious – Creamy Chocolate, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Cookies n Cream, Snickerdoodle, Salted Caramel Cluster, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Banana (All About Empathy, Cruelty Free Shop, Woolworths)
  • So Delicious – Coconut Sandwiches, Dipped Salted Caramel Ice Cream. 
  • Pana Organic – Peanut Butter & Raspberry, Banana & Caramel, Passionfruit Ripple, Toffee Pecan, Boysenberry Cheesecake, Double Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean (Coles, Woolworths) 
  • Ben & Jerry’s – Chocolate Chip Cookiee Dough, Unfudge our Future, Chocolate Caramel Cluster, Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter & Cookies
  • Magnum – Dairy Free Classic, Almond (Coles, Woolworths, All About Empathy)
  • Streets – Cornetto Vegan Vanilla (Coles, Woolworths)
  • Coles – Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Peanut
  • Sanitarium – So Good Vanilla Bliss Frozen Dessert Tub (Coles)
  • Plantitude – Frozen Dessert Cookies and Cream, Vanilla, Chocolate (Woolworths)
  • Fropro – Singles Vanilla Dipped, Dairy Free Chocolate Frozen Dessert (Woolworths)

Custard

Make your own!

Or use one of these custard powders: 

  • Just Whole Foods – Vanilla Custard Powder (Online)
  • Foster Clarks – Original Custard Powder (Woolworths)

Cheesecake

Yep – even vegans can have cheesecake!

Chocolate

Find these and more at the Coles, Woolworths, IGA Cruelty Free Shop, All About Empathy, and online at Flora and Fauna.

  • Vego – Hazelnut Bar, Spread, White Chocolate, Nuts & Berries, Vegolino Pralines (All About Empathy, Cruelty Free Shop)
  • Go Max Go – Cleo’s Peanut Butter Cups, Twilight Candy Bar, Jokerz (All About Empathy, Cruelty Free Shop)
  • Clarana – Candy Coated Choc Buttons (All About Empathy, Cruelty Free Shop)
  • Loving Earth – Salted Caramel, Nutty Mr Maple, Very Buck ‘N Berry, White (All About Empathy, Cruelty Free Shop)
  • Pana Organic – Salted Caramel, Macadamia, Vanilla (All About Empathy, Cruelty Free Shop)
  • Kresho – Almond Nougat Bar (All About Empathy, Cruelty Free Shop)
  • Treat Dreams – Caramel Chocolate Bear, Strawberry Chocolate Bear, Peppermint Chocolate Bear, Cookies and Cream Bar, Dark Chocolate Dream Egg, Berries & Cream Bar (All About Empathy, Cruelty Free Shop)
  • Pico – Salted Caramel, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Hazelnut Milk, Super Dark, Mint Crisp, Sea Salt
dairy free vegan chocolate

Mousse

Pancakes

These fluffy pancakes don’t need dairy or eggs! 

Did we miss something?

Do you have a favourite recipe you’d like help vegansing? Leave it in the comments below and we will help you out!


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