12 Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes Recipes

Posted on November 22, 2016August 19, 2017Categories Cooking/Recipes, dairy freeTags ,   Leave a comment on 12 Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes Recipes

Do you love mashed potatoes as much as I do? I know mashed potatoes are one of my favorite Thanksgiving and really anytime recipes. Yet ever since I had to give up dairy products, I’ve had to experiment with various ways of making dairy free mashed potatoes. Here are 12 of either my own recipes, or of those I’ve found online.

1. Mash potatoes with a pinch of salt, 1 cup of coconut milk per 2 cups of potatoes and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

2. Use the same recipe as number 1 only use almond milk.

3. Mix and mash potatoes with coconut oil and a pinch of salt. You want to use just enough to get the coconut flavor without overdoing it. Usually about 1 tablespoon per 2 large potatoes is a nice amount.

4. Mix and mash potatoes with olive oil and 1 teaspoon of nutritional yeast per 2 large potatoes. This makes for a nice twist on a “cheesy” dish of dairy free mashed potatoes.

5. Use cauliflower instead of potatoes and blend them in a blender with a pinch of salt and coconut or almond milk.

6. Use half potatoes and half cauliflower and make the same recipe as in number 5.

7. Mix potatoes with olive oil and garlic spice mix. You can use a straight garlic one, or one that has garlic and a few other spices.

8. Make a rosemary and thyme version by mixing the potatoes with coconut or almond milk, a pinch of salt and some sprinkled rosemary and thyme herbs.

9. Make a version of dairy free mashed potatoes with chicken broth.

10. Use vegan butter with black pepper and chives.

11. Combine garlic, thyme and almond milk in these dairy free mashed potatoes.

12. Mix potatoes with olive oil and herbes de provence herb mix.

Got a favorite dairy free mashed potatoes recipe that I forgot? Please share in the comments below.

How to Make Great Tasting Dairy Free Popsicles

Posted on June 13, 2016August 19, 2017Categories dairy freeTags ,   Leave a comment on How to Make Great Tasting Dairy Free Popsicles

It’s Summer and Summer can only mean one thing it’s time for ice cream and popsicles. While many of these have milk in them, there are ways to make some great tasting dairy free popsicles that you can enjoy in the hot weather. Here are some ways to make them without all of the hassles.

1. Make fruit popsicles only from fruit juice or real fruit. Have you ever frozen a banana with a popsicle stick in it? If not, you really must try it. Frozen banana popsicles are very yummy. You can also pour fruit juice either one kind such as apple, or a combination such as apple and grape juice into a popsicle mold and enjoy. For example these ones look like great ones to use to make your dairy free popsicles. Best Popsicle Molds The Kitchen Paradise TM, 100% BPA FREE & Dishwasher Safe Tupperware Quality 6-piece Repeat Use Green Plastic Ice Pop Mold Set. Includes Stable Tray & Drip Guard

2. Make creamy popsicles with dairy free milks such as coconut, almond or cashew milks. To make these dairy free popsicles, you first need to use a blender to blend the milk with banana, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, orange or whatever fruits you desire. Then pour the mixture into a mold as mentioned above and then freeze for about 1 day. Personally I really like banana and coconut milk, banana, coconut milk and pineapple, almond milk with strawberry and raspberry, and almond milk with banana and blackberry. You can experiment and see which combinations you like best.

Here’s to some great summer dairy free popsicles. Got a favorite recipe? Share it with me below in the comments.

Subzero Dairy Free Ice Cream

Posted on June 5, 2016Categories dairy freeTags ,   Leave a comment on Subzero Dairy Free Ice Cream

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Have you ever tried Subzero dairy free ice cream? If not you should consider trying it. Here in Northern Utah, we have several locations. The one I went to is at about 5600 South and 900 East in Murray. There are also stores in Sandy, Draper, Provo, Ogden, Layton and down in St. George in Southern Utah. There are also SubZero ice cream stores throughout California Idaho, Washington and Oregon. I’m not sure what other states have them although I did try searching my old zip code in Indiana and couldn’t find any close by. So if you leave so you would have to search the store locator on their website to see if there is one near you.

I have only been to Subzero once and this was just a few days ago. I really liked and for sure will be going again. If you are vegan or dairy free because of a milk allergy or for any other reason then you are aware that finding dairy free ice cream at ice cream shops can be a challenge. While TCBY and a few other chains do usually have one soy milk version it usually is just the plain version and doesn’t taste as good. Subzero has a vegan option with either soy or almond milk as well as a lactose free but not vegan option. I added agave since the clerk recommended it. He said that the vegan ice cream is less sweeter than the cow milk based kind. I also added in raspberries, pineapple and mango flavoring. It was really delicious. The ice cream freezes from a complete liquid into ice cream in about 15 seconds. You can see the process in the picture above.

This diary free ice cream was really good. The taste was nice and creamy and it was quite a bit less sweeter than regular ice cream but I still really enjoyed it. I started eating it inside and it stayed frozen, however, once I did step outside it seemed to melt faster than normal ice cream. So if you are looking for a dairy free or vegan ice cream that tastes good, is reasonably healthy for you, and is different than the usual stuff you find at the grocery store, give Subzero a try. You won’t be disappointed.

How to Make Kid Pleasing Gluten Free Dairy Free Meals Without Breaking the Bank

Posted on February 22, 2016February 20, 2016Categories Cooking/Recipes, Gluten FreeTags , ,   Leave a comment on How to Make Kid Pleasing Gluten Free Dairy Free Meals Without Breaking the Bank

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Do you struggle to make healthy meals that your child will actually eat? This is one of the biggest challenges that all moms face and it’s even harder when you have to make those meals gluten free and dairy free. Furthermore you want to them to be inexpensive. Here are some tips to actually make gluten free and dairy free meals your child will want to eat and that won’t break your bank.

1. Plan ahead. This is a must with any kind of healthy meals but it’s even more important with gluten free and dairy free meals and when you are cooking for children. You can watch my video on my post that I did on How to Create a Gluten Free Shopping List for ideas on how to plan ahead and be ready with the right foods in your kitchen for cooking these meals.

2. Shop store sales. This is a must for saving money and even more so on gluten free and dairy free foods since you cannot easily find coupons for these foods. Although there are discounts available and I talk about how to find them with this post. How to Find Discounts on Gluten Free Foods.

3. Buy in bulk. This is another way to save and also have these foods on hand for cooking meals that your child will want to eat.

4. Check Amazon. This is another great way to save that many people don’t even think about. I’ve even bought some of the basics I use to make a lot of delicious gluten free and dairy free meals such as quinoa and millet on amazon and found it to be cheaper there.

5. Use fruits and vegetables in season. All vegetables and fruits have a season of the year when they are more readily available and on sale. For example trying to buy peaches in Winter will cost more and many stores won’t even have them available. Learn what fruits and vegetables are in season and therefore on sale when and buy them then. It also helps to be able to can and freeze them while they are in season so you will have some available for cooking when they are off season.

6. Use herbs and spices for adding flavor. This is a very cost effective and effective way of making gluten free and dairy free meals that taste good and that your child will want to eat. You can use things such as sea salt, herbes de provence blend, black pepper and lemon, thyme, basil and other spice blends to make quinoa, brown rice, millet, vegetables, chicken, fish and more taste better and have more flavor.

7. Involve your child in the cooking. Children as young as 4 years old can help with some basics. You can also ask your child to help you chose the foods and meals that he or she wants to eat. Instead of making it an open ended question. Show your child 5-10 gluten free and dairy free foods that you can use to cook a meal and ask him or her which ones he or she prefers. You can also do this with vegetables. For example show your child some broccoli, cabbage and green peas and ask him or her to chose which one he or she wants to eat.

Top 10 dairy free ice cream recipes that will leave your child begging for more

Posted on October 29, 2015November 18, 2015Categories dairy freeTags ,   Leave a comment on Top 10 dairy free ice cream recipes that will leave your child begging for more

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Do you want your child to be able to have ice cream but he or she can’t have dairy products and you don’t want to spend $6 a pint on the store bought dairy free ice creams? Here are 10 of my favorite dairy free ice creams that will leave your child begging for more. They are so delicious that your child and you will have no idea that they don’t have any cows milk in them.

Note: before you begin making dairy free ice cream recipes you will need one of the following:

1. (This is what I have and use and I love it)

2. Vitamix 5300 Blender, Black

3. Conair Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker (White)

4. Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker – 100% Fruit Soft-Serve Maker (Black and Silver) (The least expensive but also the least flexible as you can really use this one only for ice cream and frozen deserts whereas the others can be used to make soups, smoothies and other recipes.)

Tips for all of the dairy free ice cream recipes:

Buy bananas in bulk when they are less expensive and freeze them. This is the basic foundation for all but one of my recipes.
You can use coconut milk or almond milk in all of the recipes although coconut milk is my personal favorite. You can buy it at the store or make your own by using one of the blenders listed above and blending coconuts and water, or almonds and water. I do not recommend you use rice milk or soy milk. Soy milk is not as good for you as it can mess around with your hormones and those of your child and most people who are on gluten free and dairy free diets eat a lot of rice without the need to also drink rice milk. You combine all ingredients in your blender or frozen dessert maker and blend using the ice cream setting. It’s very simple.

1. Frozen banana and coconut milk. This is the basic recipe. You simply blend frozen banana with coconut milk and enjoy. If your child doesn’t like the plain flavor you can also add in 1-2 drops of vanilla or other flavored stevia. This is my favorite kind. Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme Flavored Liquid Stevia, 2 oz

2. Frozen banana, strawberries and coconut milk. This is another great favorite and works really well if you have a child that you know loves strawberry ice cream.

3. Frozen banana, and almond milk-again other classic version that you can also add a few drops of vanilla stevia or even vanilla extract to if your child doesn’t like the flavor.

4. Frozen banana, coconut milk and raw cocoa powder- This is personally one of my favorites because it tastes just like ice cream.

5. Frozen banana, coconut milk and pineapple- This is a great way to create a pina colada type of ice cream.

6. Frozen banana, coconut milk and peaches- A great refreshing summer recipe for when peaches are in season.

7. Frozen banana, coconut milk and raspberries- another great summer refresher recipe, you can also try mixing strawberries and raspberries.

8. Frozen banana, coconut milk and blackberries- another great one that works well in the summer but sometimes year round if you can find blackberries that aren’t too expensive. You can also try combining raspberries and blackberries.

9. Frozen banana, coconut milk and peanut or almond butter- If your child isn’t also allergic to nuts then this can be a great recipe to try.

10. Avocado, frozen banana and raw cocoa- This one is a bit different than the others but is a great one that creates more of a pudding type of dairy free ice cream. You want to make sure that the avocado you use is very rice but without being so ripe it is rotten.