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I mentioned before, but our family has food allergies. The list isn’t huge, but a lot of people are mortified to find that popular ingredients are on the list. Among the items on the list is dairy. Dairy is milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream and in a lot of “natural flavorings”. It is a common allergy though, so it is required to be disclosed on labels which helps make avoiding it a lot easier.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t actually have that hard of a time finding snacks that don’t have my allergens in them, though it is easier for me to shop at health food stores. In the interest of helping other allergy sufferers, here are a few options for awesome snacks for a dairy allergy.
#1 Banana Dessert
It is no secret that I have a major sweet tooth (my husband thinks this may even be an understatement). I used to work at an ice cream store when I was younger and I got a discount on their ice cream. It is quite possible that I tried every single flavor it that shop. Unfortunately, that was around the same time that my food allergies set in and I wasn’t able to eat ice cream any longer.
This is one of my alternatives to ice cream (there are some I can have now). It is pretty simple really, all you need is a banana, Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels (basically the most amazing dark chocolate chips on the planet) or Ahlaska Organic Chocolate Syrup and Soyatoo! Soy Whip Rice Topping. Mix them up and prepare for a carb coma. 😉
#2 Salted Avocado
This is actually my toddler’s favorite snack, he loves avocado. Avocados are very cheap at Aldi’s, so this is actually a really simple and frugal option for us. And since it’s basically just avocado and salt (although garlic powder is really good too), unless you are allergic to avocados it is hard to go wrong with this one! Not super fancy, but it works.
#3 Granola bars
I have a confession.
I like granola bars. Just kidding…
I’m a granola bar addict.
Do you hear that?
It is the sound of my husband and best mommy friend screaming “Yes she is!”
Seriously, it’s kind of a problem. Some people are addicted to drugs, some Starbucks, but me? Granola bars.
I have so many that I love, but here are my favorites:
LÄRABAR Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – This one literally tastes like raw cookie dough (but without the gluten and dairy)!
KIND Bars Dark Chocolate Almond Mint – It is not an exaggeration when I say that I love this flavor. Right now I have a box of these sitting next to my computer. If you are a chocolate or peppermint fan, these are for you!
KIND Bars Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut – Do know those awesome Samoa Girl Scout cookies? This tastes exactly the same, but in granola bar form. Nuff said.
#4 Plantain Chips
I had never tried a plantain until I married my husband, but now I love them! However, I am too lazy to cook them 98% of the time. 😉 Plus I still can’t figure out how to make the slices thin enough to mimic my favorite store-bought chips. So for now, I get Inka Crops Roasted Plantains and Turbana Plantain Chips. The Inka chips are a little bit thicker and slightly less salty than the Turbana ones. The Turbana ones are my favorite but they are hard to find around here!
#5 So Delicious EVERYTHING
So Delicious is one of my favorite dairy-free brands. They have literally every alternative product to normal dairy product: ice cream, coffee creamer, milk…everything! I most frequently buy their ice cream (especially the salted caramel one). I really can’t recommend them highly enough. Check their website for coupons if you decide to try anything because unfortunately dairy free alternatives can be expensive.
Okay, so this one really is actually not pie, it’s a tart. But whatever, it looks like a pie to me. 😉
Amazing Hail Mary Pie Thingy (yes, I did name the link that) is my favorite dessert ever! It is basically chocolate and almond butter made into a tiny heavenly tart. Awesomeness! I actually ate a bunch of these early on when I was breastfeeding my son because they are full of good fat and were effective at upping my milk supply.
#7 Krave Jerky
This is actually a new addition to my favorite snacks. My husband bought this jerky for me on a road trip and now I’m hooked. My favorite flavor is Citrus Basil (and the only one I’ve checked to make sure it is dairy-free). I really wish I would’ve known about this when I was pregnant and constantly being told to eat more protein (cooked meat smell made me sick)!
#8 Apples and Almond butter
This is a really easy and simple snack! I tend to get low blood sugar in the afternoon and my husband (who is a clinical dietitian) is always telling me, “You need to eat something, with protein.” So this is my go-to, organic apples and Maranatha Almond Butter. I do have to cycle this snack though, because it is easy for me to develop new intolerances and allergies (particularly to nuts and grains).
#9 Potato Chips
A lot of potato chips have dairy in the “natural flavoring”. I was able to tolerate what little bit of milk was in that during the end of my pregnancy, but shortly after began having allergic reactions so I had to stop. I was sad, especially since I had really enjoyed eating “normal” food for awhile. We were able to find an alternative with Boulder Canyon Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. While I am not able to eat all of the kinds they make (sensitivity to cooked olive, canola and safflower oil), I do love their avocado ones. 🙂
#10 Lunch meat and Onion Chips
We don’t buy these very often, but I love Applegate lunchmeat and Dang Crispy Caramelized Onion Chips. I just recently tried onion chips and they are really good! Not really filling though, hence the lunchmeat. 😉 I didn’t even know onion chips were a thing until my husband found them at our local health food store. Among the weird things I’ve tried since developing allergies, this is definitely one of the taste tests I am thankful went well (I mean, onion chips sounds a little ominous to me)!
That’s my list. Writing this has made me realize I might be in love with food…hmmm. I think I need to go contemplate this while eating ice cream!
Drop me a comment and tell me what your favorite dairy free snacks are!
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