Soy milk – The range of soy milk is huge and brands differ markedly in taste, so shop around and if you find one you like, chances are there’s another you may like even more! There are also many flavoured soy milks that will satisfy any chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or iced coffee cravings. Our top picks are Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite, Sanitarium So Good, and Aldi’s Just Organic.
Soy-free milk – For those with soy allergies (or for those who simply prefer the taste) there’s also rice milk, oat milk or almond milk. These can often be found in the long-life milk aisle or the health food section of the supermarket.
As with dairy-free milk, these ‘cheeses’ vary in taste among brands, but whether you like cheddar, mozzarella, smoked, or with chives you’ll find one to your liking. TryTofutti Slices, (best for ‘cheese’ burgers), Redwood’s Melting Cheezly (for all occasions), Vegusto Mild Aromatic, Tofutti Cream Cheese (plain, French Onion, Herb & Chive).
Most dark chocolate is dairy-free, such as Whittaker’s Dark and Lindt 70%. Supermarkets also stock Sweet William blocks, bars and cooking pieces in white and ‘milk’ chocolate (in the ‘health’ food aisle). Often in the same aisle are LEDA’s* amazing chocolate rum balls and biscuits akin to Tim Tams and Mint Slices. And in health or wholefood stores Bonvita, Cocolo, and Tropical Source have so many different varieties of chockie treats, with GoMaxGo providing the mouth-watering dairy-free versions of the most popular chocolate bars.
* Note: some LEDA products do contain palm oil.
Marg & Cream
You can’t go wrong with Nuttelex for your toast or in your cooking. It looks like margarine but has a buttery taste and is available in varieties including lite and olive.
For all things creamy, we suggest Soyatoo. With topping, cooking or whipped creamin both soy and rice options, it’s hard to go wrong. For sour cream, try Tofutti’s Sour Supreme.
Coconut cream or milk can add richness and flavour to dishes like laksa, curries and mushroom sauce. It can be used in savoury or sweet recipes - check out this amazingly simple and yummy recipe for caramel sauce made with coconut milk and dates - and nothing else!
If you love yoghurt on your muesli or just as a snack, try Kingland Soy Yoghurt or Soy Life Yoghurt. Both come in a variety of flavours and are in the yoghurt section of the supermarket fridge. For a soy-free option, COYO coconut milk yogurt is delicious!
For delicious dairy-free ice cream try Sanitarium So Good, a Tofutti Cutie, or a refreshingly sweet sorbet (Weis sorbets can be found in the ice cream section of the supermarket). COYO coconut milk ice cream comes in several amazing flavours - we can’t go past the chocolate.
If you have trouble finding any of these items in your local supermarket, ask at the counter or try checking in organic or wholefood stores. Or you could order everything without even leaving your computer from stores like Vegan Online, Vegan Perfection orThe Cruelty Free Shop!
Keen to learn how to make easy dairy-free pancakes? What about a ‘cheese’ cake? Discover heaps of delicious dairy-free recipes at WhyVeg.com
What inspires you to shop and cook dairy-free? Is your favourite dairy-free product not yet listed here? Leave a comment!