12 ways to make plant-based dairy products at home


People are reducing their consumption of dairy products for a variety of reasons, such as health benefits, ethics, and environmental sustainability, but the demand for plant-based dairy products may be partly due to the increased availability of alternatives. . Not to mention, food bloggers regularly come up with creative ways to make plant-based dairy foods.

A combination of desire, technology and creativity has enabled food manufacturers and home cooks to create almost every version of dairy imaginable without using animal products – and consumers are interested. According to the Plant Based Foods Association, sales of plant-based foods increased 27% in 2020, with milk substitutes being the best-selling.

Below, Meatless Monday has created a Complete Guide to Making Plant-Based Dairy Products at Home is here to help you recreate your favorites the vegan way. Say “see you soon” to plain bagels and nachos without cheese! So don’t miss 15 Amazing Vegan Comfort Food Recipes.

Courtesy of Foodie With Family

Add richness, depth and creaminess to any dish with this Magic All Purpose Cauliflower Sauce recipe from Foodie with Family. This easy-to-make sauce pairs beautifully with Alfredo-style pasta sauce, cookies and gravy, and macaroni and cheese. You can also mix in spinach and diced artichoke hearts for a quick and creamy vegetable dip.

vegan butter
Courtesy of Nora Cooks

Making vegetable butter is quick and easy with this recipe from Nora Cooks. Using ingredients like coconut oil, soy milk, apple cider vinegar, and coconut cream creates a smooth, creamy, and spreadable product (at room temperature).

vegan buttermilk
Courtesy of Shane and Simple

Buttermilk is a wonderful ingredient that can find its place in everything from cookies and brownies to mashed potatoes and coffee cake, but there are very few non-dairy versions available for purchase. Fortunately, you can make your own vegan buttermilk with this recipe from Shane and Simple.

vegan condensed milk
Courtesy of Love It Vegan

Many cuisines take advantage of condensed milk, using it in cakes, fudges, caramels, cookies, and coffee. Vegan options aren’t plentiful, but you can create your own take on sweet foods with this nifty vegan condensed milk recipe from Loving It Vegan.

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vegan cream cheese
Courtesy it doesn’t taste like chicken

Plant-based eaters need something to spread on their bagels, and although non-dairy cream cheese has been around for a couple decades, this Cashew Cream Cheese recipe from It Doesn ‘ t Taste Like Chicken is particularly delicious. Add fresh herbs or berries for more variety.

vegan heavy cream
Courtesy of The Simple Veganista

Another essential ingredient, heavy cream brings a silky richness to sweet and savory dishes. The Simple Veganista has an awesome plant-based heavy cream recipe that you can use in soups, coffee, ice “cream”, or anything else you think needs a bit of decadence. And the best part is that it only requires two ingredients.

vegan ice cream
Courtesy of Kind Earth

Creating guilt-free dairy free ice cream in under five minutes is easy when you’re not using dairy. This beautiful blueberry blender cream recipe from Kind Earth requires just three ingredients: frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, and a hint of vanilla extract. Throw them all into the blender and stir until creamy and smooth.

vegetable milk
Courtesy of Meatless Monday

Thanks, Food Matters, for creating this easy-to-use guide to making your own plant-based milk. With five different options, you’ll be sure to find the one that matches your taste preferences. Once you’ve picked a favorite, add it to oatmeal, coffee, or this banana date smoothie.

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Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

The creamy texture and mild flavor of ricotta cheese make it a perfect addition to dips, pizzas and ravioli; and you’ll be happy to know that you can make a plant-based version of ricotta cheese with just five ingredients, thanks to the creativity of Minimalist Baker.

vegan sour cream
Courtesy of Veggies Don’t Bite

This vegan take on sour cream from Veggies Don’t Bite uses both cashews and blanched flaked almonds, lime juice and vinegar to create a creamy and tangy condiment. Add a spoonful to your favorite nacho recipe or use it as a garnish on high protein lentil soup.

vegan whipped cream
Courtesy of Meatless Monday

This is one of Meatless Monday’s favorite cooking tips! By refrigerating (refrigerate, don’t freeze) a can of coconut cream, you can easily recreate the chewy delight of whipped cream, completely dairy-free.

vegan parmesan
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Parmesan elevates everything from pasta and risotto to soup and roasted vegetables. Recreate the tangy umami flavor of Parmesan with Minimalist Baker’s combination of nutritional yeast, walnuts (or cashews!), Salt and garlic powder. Give the mixture a few pulses in the food processor and you are good to go. Nutritional yeast is also a good source of protein, antioxidants, and vitamin B12.

To learn more, be sure to check out 11 Plant-Based Diet Misconceptions You Shouldn’t Believe.

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