While veganism is a dietary choice that works for plenty of people, whether they’ve gone that route for moral reasons or health ones, it’s not always easy for non-vegans to imagine a diet void of things like ice cream and cheese. But while dairy-free substitutes for dairy-full products like whipped cream and yogurt tend to fall painfully short for the most part, there’s actually a number of make-it-yourself vegan “dairy” products that make for a curiously viable replacement for your biggest dairy favorites. Which means, of course, that if you’re looking to make the plunge into a vegan lifestyle – again, this could be for moral reasons, or it could be because you suspect it might be a good option for you health-wise – you’ll be happy to know that you might not have to give up a ton in the process, after all.
REPLACE PARMESAN CHEESE WITH:
CASHEW PARMESAN CHEESE
While it may be hard to rip yourself away from the parmesan come pasta night, this blend of ground up cashews is an easy replacement for the cheesy topper thanks to nutritional yeast, which is surprisingly cheesy in flavor for being, well, not cheese.
Get the full recipe from Simple Vegan Blog.
REPLACE WHIPPED CREAM WITH:
COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM
As hard as it may be to imagine any substitute for whipped cream that’s quite as delectable, mark our words when we say this whipped coconut alternative, which you can sweeten with coconut sugar for a cream that is coconut through and through, will have you falling in love with it in no time.
Get the full recipe from Tastes Lovely.
REPLACE MILK WITH:
Okay, there are plenty of non-dairy milk options out there that you might already love, whether it’s almond milk, soy milk, or cashew milk. But for the sake of adding another seriously delicious option to your list, we give you the possibility of oat milk, which we can only imagine is especially yummy over a bowl of warm oatmeal, right?
Get the full recipe from The Conscientious Eater.
REPLACE NUTELLA WITH:
VEGAN CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SPREAD
Even if Nutella is more of an occasional indulgence than a regular for you, the chocolatey spread does have the potential to give you a good dose of protein thanks to it’s many, many hazelnuts. At least, that’s the case when you whip up the spread yourself and ensure that nothing but the good stuff is going into the spread. And to make your homemade “Nutella” vegan, all you have to do is make sure to snag dairy-free chocolate at the store. Done, and done.
Get the full recipe from Minimalist Baker.
REPLACE BRIE CHEESE WITH:
CASHEW AGED CAMEMBERT CHEESE
As you could expect from a true brie or camembert cheese should be, this cashew-based substitute is a little firm on the outside and super soft on the inside. And while the process of whipping it up is a bit intensive, to say the least, it will be well worth it when you try a wedge for yourself.
Get the full recipe from Full of Plants.
REPLACE ICE CREAM WITH:
COCONUT MILK ICE CREAM
Since this ice cream is made with coconut milk, you can’t really escape the coconut flavor of the substitute for your favorite frozen dairy treat. But, once you’ve tried it for yourself, you’ll realize that you probably wouldn’t really want to escape it, anyway.
Get the full recipe from The Kitchn.