Gluten AND Dairy-Free Baking
A lot of us gluten-free bakers are also faced with the challenge of baking dairy-free. Lactose is the biggest culprit (did you know that 60% of the adult population is lactose intolerant? Did you know that number is much higher for the celiacs amongst us?!) Want to know more about dairy and why it might be bothering you? Read my post all about it! If you’re looking to bake dairy and lactose-free, I have a few recommendations for you.
Making the switch from butter
If you’re used to baking with butter and really crave that buttery flavor in your baked goods, there is really only one dairy-free solution: Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks. This product contains soy but no dairy, and works seamlessly as a substitute for butter in recipes calling for butter. I try to avoid unhealthy fats, hydrogenated oils, unnatural preservatives, emulsifiers or trans-fat, and this product works for me in everything.
If your family needs to avoid soy and dairy, I suggest palm oil shortening. Products like Spectrum® Palm Oil Shortening are a great substitute, although they lack the butter flavor. Straight up coconut oil is another option for you. Coconut oil brands like Kelapo® Coconut Oil (coconut oil is a solid at room temperature) is a great baking alternative to shortening, or even butter. Another option is Earth Balance® Coconut Spread. It acts a lot like shortening, but has a really nice flavor that is lacking in most shortenings. It’s also soy and dairy-free, as well as free from trans-fats or hydrogenated oils.
Other Dairy-Free Substitutions
When confronted with recipes calling for milk, yogurt, sour cream or even whipped cream, don’t despair. There are loads of dairy-free alternatives that will make your gluten-free, dairy (or lactose-free) baking delicious!
Dairy-Free (soy, almond, coconut or other-based) milk, kefir, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, sliced cheese, shredded cheese, whipped toppings, and more are readily available for recipe substitutions. Look to brands like Daiya™, So Delicious®, Follow Your Heart®, Teese™, Tofutti®, Lisanatti®, MimicCreme™ and others for every conceivable dairy-free ingredient need. Dairy-based, but lactose-free options are also springing up with more frequency. If the products suit your needs, brands like Green Valley Organics® offer organic, humane, hormone-free and lactose-free dairy-based products. Even Yoplait® has now introduced a lactose-free yogurt!
More ingredients, products and recipe substitutions for dairy (and nearly every other conceivable food allergen) can be found in my newest book, Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy.
Don’t ever let dairy stand in your way of having healthy, safe gluten-free recipes!