I’ve talked about how difficult I’m finding it to stop eating dairy products, so today I’m going completely the other way — I’ve made a list featuring five of the everyday substitutes I’ve found so far.
All of them are easy to get hold of in supermarkets, which is for the best. Mostly because I can’t really justify weekly trips to my local Wholefoods (I just end up spending too much money on snacks. All the snacks).
Chippa May-O, £1.50 for 280g
I found this vegan mayo in Morrisons by accident — it tastes pretty similar to regular mayonnaise, albeit with a thinner texture and less of a strong smell. I use it in sandwiches and to make homemade lime slaw (find the recipe here). My dad has been known to take this from the fridge and use it without noticing a difference, so make of that what you will!
Coconut Dream Original + Calcium Rice Milk with Coconut, £1.70 for 1L
There are so many dairy-free milks out there, which is wonderful (check out Sarah’s comparison video for a taster) and my personal favourites are those with coconut in them, because I like the taste of, well, coconut. This milk is thinner and lighter than regular cows milk, with a sweet, nutty taste. I use it to make overnight oats — the ultimate lazy breakfast — and it also tastes good in a vegetable curry.
Sacla Free From Basil Pesto, £2.30 for 190g
Including pesto on a list of everyday foods is probably the most middle class thing I’ve ever done in my life, but I always have a jar in the kitchen. Pesto pasta with roasted vegetables is one of my favourite comfort foods, plus adding pesto to food just brightens it right up. This one contains tofu instead of cheese but it tastes exactly the same as the regular version, and I mean exactly. If you did a blind taste test then you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two.
VitaLite Dairy-Free Spread, £1 for 500g
VitaLite tastes like your standard margarine. It’s pretty good on toast (it melts right in) and can be used as a base for white sauce while cooking, although I’d suggest adding spices to get rid of the margarine flavour.
Tesco Free-From Chocolate Buttons, 25p per pack
Who says chocolate buttons are only for kids? Certainly not me! These packs are a good size if you need to satisfy a craving for something sweet (and fruit won’t cut it). They don’t taste exactly like chocolate — although the texture is pretty similar — but they’re not half bad, a bit like the cheap chocolate you buy for baking. I know there are plenty more free-from chocolate ranges out there, but Tesco is where we do our weekly shop so I tried their version first (and I think I may have their selection box in my stocking this year…)
What are your favourite dairy-free substitutes? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.