Dairy alternatives? Is there such a substitute?

After my epic dairy post, I wanted to followup with some ideas, just in case any of what i said resonated with you.

As far as beverages, does anyone really drink a glass of milk anymore? Unless you have a stack of double stuffed Oreos, or a mouthful of brownie? As an adult, the only "glass" of beverage I am having is water, coffee, beer or wine. But, if i do need a boost to my smoothie, or creaminess to a recipe, or a boost to my oatmeal, (or the kids breakfast cereal) I use unsweetened Almond Milk.  It has 0 gms of sugar.



As for cooking or baking, I love to use coconut milk as a Vegan substitute. It doesn't have an overpowering coconut taste, so it does very well in curries, soups, smoothies and baking. Also the solid part of the coconut milk is great as a butter/ shortening substitute as well. It's has zero SUGAR!

If you are very concerned about additives, this is a great brand sold at Whole Foods. New Barn  unsweetened almond milk is the first Whole30 Approved Almondmilk ever, with only four simple, organic ingredients. Perfect during a Whole 30 or any day, our unsweetened almond milk is just like you would make it at home.

I have not tried it myself, but everything I have been reading has raved about it. I will check it out next time I brace myself for price-shock, win the lottery and head to my local WF.


I love the fact that it tastes great, is all natural (it's ALL PLANT BASED), and it was over 50% MORE calcium that regular 2% milk. Think about that for a minute, while it blows your mind.

If you want to dive into one of these delicious drinks, but need a healthy treat to dunk, here you go!

P.s. I love these!!! but cannot seem to eat all of them before they go bad. So, after i put a few aside, I freeze the rest in a ziplock bag, and whenever I want one, I leave it on the counter for 2-3 minutes and it's softened and delicious.



Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
2 cups almond four
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup grapeseed oil (or olive)
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 cup dark chocolate chips (I use the “Enjoy Life” dairy, nut and soy free)
1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional but necessary!)

Directions:
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix w/a fork to combine together.
  2. Stir together the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. (Don’t over mix).
  3. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix together.
  4. Add chocolate chips and pecans.
  5. Form small balls (i used a fork to smooch them) and press onto parchment paper lined baking sheet or a silicone baking sheet.


Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes.  Cool and serve!
Makes 24 cookies
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