Miles was diagnosed with a dairy allergy via skin test in May of 2018. Within a week of taking him off dairy, his ever-runny nose dried up and his ever-present cough finally went away. I was so thankful! A later bloodiest revealed he may not actually be allergic to dairy (or perhaps outgrew the allergy?), but within of week of letting him have cheese/yogurt/etc, the runny nose and itchy cough came back.
So, allergic or not, Miles is definitely sensitive to dairy and I’m trying my very best to keep him dairy-free.
Those of you who are in the same boat know that it can be challenging to find dairy-free foods that actually taste good. I’m sure there are many more options out there, but here are some of our favorites! *some affiliate links included*
BEARITOS VEGGIE PUFFS
These are as close as you can get to dairy-free Pirate’s Booty! Miles loved that stuff in his cheese-eating days and he happily snacks on these corn puffs.
KITE HILL YOGURT TUBES
Kite Hill is one of my very favorite brands of non-dairy products. Their yogurts are great but they really won me (and Miles) over when they added yogurt tubes to their lineup. These are perfect in Miles’s lunchbox or on-the-go. We freeze them for a fun treat!
KITE HILL CREAM CHEESE SPREAD
While on the Kite Hill train, I’ve got to include their cream cheese spreads! They are every bit as good as real cream cheese. I love the chive and jalapeño flavors but plain is perfect for Miles. He LOVES macaroni and cheese so I toss hot cooked noodles with a couple tablespoons of the cream cheese. It gets melty and Miles is perfectly happy with his “Mac and cheese.”
Ok so I haven’t tried a TON of dairy-free cheeses because the first couple I tried were SO BAD. I picked up the Violife “Just Like Mature Cheddar” slices on a whim at Whole Foods the other day and they are so good. Miles begs to have slices all the time. I haven’t tried cooking them into eggs or anything, so not sure how well they melt. But so far, so good!
In case you didn’t know America’s favorite cookie was totally and completely 100% dairy-free, now you do! There are no milk-based ingredients in the cookies themselves, but Oreo claims they may cross-contact milk, FYI. I’m fine giving products like that to Miles, but if you have a SEVERE allergy, just wanted you to be aware.
CHOCOLATE ALMOND MILK PUDDING
Recently discovered these from Everyday 365 at Whole Foods and all the kids love them!
ENJOY LIFE PANCAKE AND WAFFLE MIX
Jason loves making big Saturday morning breakfasts, so this waffle and pancake mix is perfect for Miley man. I like to make a double or triple batch then freeze for easy weekday breakfasts.
NATURES BAKERY ORGANIC APPLE CINNAMON HONEY AND OAT BARS
Miles loves anything apple cinnamon. I put one of these in his school lunchbox every single day and he’s yet to complain about them. I’ll take it as a win.
OUTSHINE NON-DAIRY BANANA BASED “ICE CREAM”
I love making my own banana “Froyo” but this store-bought version is pretty dang good! I love the tart strawberry with the sweet, creamy banana. Best part is that my dairy-free kiddo loves it, too. It comes in handy when the other kiddos are having ice cream.
Other favorite foods and snacks:
edamame (Miles LOVES shooting the beans out of the pods, haha)
hummus with crackers
gummy fruit snacks
deli turkey roll ups
turkey hot dogs
What are your favorite dairy-free foods?