There is a good number of people who have other food intolerance’s or allergies in addition to being Celiac or having Gluten Intolerance. Dairy is one of the most common food allergies/intolerance’s. And some people can are lactose intolerant, but can still have things like cheese or yogurt. Dairy free living can be challenging, but it is doable. Dairy Free Guide offers tips to incorporating dairy free alternatives in gluten free baking. If you have a tip that isn’t listed here, Mama would love to hear it and maybe we will add it to our list.

When a recipe calls for butter, milk, sour cream, buttermilk, or cheese, do you just discard the recipe and think you can’t make it? Well you don’t need to discard the recipe at all. Nearly every recipe calling for milk or butter can easily be substituted. Recipes calling for cheese or sour cream you will need to know your options and make necessary adjustments when necessary. All you have to do is know a few basic dairy free substitutes. Find the substitute below and measure out 1 for 1 replacement in recipes calling for dairy. Now you can make nearly any recipe dairy free! Here is Mama’s easy guide and below you can see some suggestions for different products.

Easy Dairy Free tips
Butter Alternatives

Earth Balance Buttery Sticks
Two Versions Regular and Soy Free, Both are non-hydrogenated, GMO free, Vegan and of course gluten free.01174_EB_VeganSticks_lg


Earth Balance Buttery Spread
Four Versions Regular, Soy Free, Olive Oil, and Organic-Each are non-hydrogenated, GMO free, Vegan and of course gluten free.

This you would measure out using a dry measuring cup. 1 stick of butter = ½ cup butter, so you would spoon butter into a ½ cup measuring cup and level off with a back of a rubber scraper to equal one stick of butter.


Spectrum Butter Sticks

Soy free, and made with Palm and canola oils.

Spectrum Buttery Shortening
Non-hydrogenated, made with Palm oil, soy free

For making Pie Crusts and if you want to keep that flaky texture use the Spectrum Buttery Shortening for the amount of butter called for in the recipe. Then use the regular Spectrum Shortening for the shortening called for. Or use all shortening.


Smart Balance – Spread Margarine/Butter Substitute
Non-Hydrogenated, Palm Oil Free
This you would measure out using a dry measuring cup. 1 stick of butter = ½ cup butter, so you would spoon butter into a ½ cup measuring cup and level off with a back of a rubber scraper to equal one stick of butter.

Fleischmann’s – They have a Dairy Free Margarine that uses Soybean Oil (I contacted the company and am waiting to hear the name of the actual product and ingredients)

Blue Bonnet -They have a Dairy Free Margarine that uses Soybean Oil (I contacted the company and am waiting to hear the name of the actual product and ingredients)

Nucoa Margarine– Dairy Free, Contains Soy, Partially Hydrogenated, some of their ingredients are derived from Corn, so if you are Corn Free avoid this margarine.

Note: Recently they changed their packaging which has started a controversial debate. They removed Dairy Free and Whey free from the packaging, confusing consumers on whether they still are dairy and whey free. The company says that it was only a labeling change and the product is STILL dairy free and whey free.

Bread Recipes calling for butter, you can substitute, dairy free butter/margarine, olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil, or shortening

Disclaimer: It is important to always check labels even with brands you are comfortable with, as we do not know when manufacturer’s make changes to their ingredients. In addition, if you have other food allergies, it is also important for you to check for those on the labels. This is just a list of what is currently available that is Dairy Free.
Shortenings and Coconut Oil

Shortenings or Coconut Oil can sometimes be used as a replacement for butter. In recipes such as pie crusts, quiche crusts, muffins, cookies, and gluten free breads you can use these. Coconut oil is best for frying vegetables. If you add it to baked goods you will need to melt it in the microwave before use, except for when adding it to pies, just partially melt. When adding coconut oil to baked goods like cakes or brownies, add 2 Tbsp. of extra water.

Spectrum Shortening
– Mama’s Recommendation versus Crisco. Spectrum uses Palm Oil instead of Soybean oils, and it is Non-Hydrogenated.



Coconut Oil– Brands Tropical Traditions, Spectrum, Nutiva, Natures Way


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Milk Substitutes

A lot of baking recipes call for milk. In recipes calling for milk you can use any milk of your choice. Use the same amount called for 1-1.
Almond Milk, Soy Milk, Rice Milk, Coconut Milk, Hemp Milk. Flax Milk. Goat Milk (Many people who have dairy allergies or intolerance’s, can have goat milk. Ask your doctor if this is a good option for you.)



Buttermilk Substitute

If you are dairy free, you can still make recipes calling for buttermilk.
Add 2 tsp. cider vinegar to your choice of milk. Allow to rest on counter for 2-3 minutes.

Cream Substitutes

Some recipes calling for cream you can use milk of choice. For example in scones, recipes call for heavy cream. You can use milk of choice, the only difference is the scone won’t have the exact texture using regular milk. The scone will be a little flatter, but the taste will still be fine. Or use the substitutes below.

Coconut Cream
Coconut Cream comes in a can and usually can be found in the baking section, or the Ethnic Foods Section. Or just buy coconut milk in the can. Gently shake it and then use the top half of the milk that is thicker in your recipes calling for cream. To make whipping cream with Coconut Milk you can find recipes online.




Tofu & Soy Milk

Blend tofu with unflavored soy milk until the mixture is smooth. This is a healthy alternative to heavy cream and vegan.
Yogurt Substitutes

Coconut Milk YogurtSo Delicious, Silk , Trader Joes


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Soy Yogurt – Silk, Trader Joes, Stoneyfield

Sour Cream

Use Mayonnaise. Sometimes in recipes calling for Sour Cream, such as cakes, you can use mayonnaise.

Tofutti Brand Sour Cream
Vegan Gourmet
Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet

Dairy Free Sour Cream Recipe

1 can Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp. Vinegar (White Vinegar, or Coconut Vinegar)

Refrigerate full can of coconut milk for two hours (Do not to shake).
Open can and scoop out the hardened coconut cream on the top (about a 1/2 cup).
Add the vinegar to the coconut cream and stir with a spoon to combine. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Stir before serving.


There are a variety of cheese substitutes available these day. Many of them are soy cheeses. You can find these at some grocery stores that also sell health foods, and health food markets. Below are some other brands you might consider.

Daiya Cheese (soy free)

Types include Cream Cheese Style Spreads, Mozzarella/Cheddar/Provolone Style Cheese Slices, Havarti/Cheddar/Jack Style Wedges, Mozzarella/Cheddar/Pepperjack Style Shreds









Go Veggie Cheese (soy free)
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Cream Cheese, Cheese Slices, Cheese Blocks, Cheese Shreds, grated toppings

Toffuti (Contains Soy)

Cream Cheese, Slices, Ricotta and Sour Cream

Follow your Heart (Contains Soy)

Mozzarella/Cheddar/Monterey Jack Cheeses, Shreds, Cream Cheese, Sour Cream

Other Milks and Cheeses

Some people who are allergic or intolerant to dairy can have milk and cheeses made from Goats, Sheep and Water Buffalo. Check with your doctor to see if these would be a good option for you.

Dairy Free Chocolate Chips

Carob Chips
Enjoy Life
Chocolate Dream

chocolate chips
I am sure there are other brands of all these items listed on this page. This is a just a list of ones we know about. If you have a favorite brand you use, email us and we will add it to our list. Hopefully, this dairy free guide will help you as you bake gluten free and dairy free!

In recipes that call for butter, most often you can still make these recipes. Just substitute the same amount of butter called for in the recipe with a Dairy Free Butter Substitute.

There are some recipes where this will not always work, like cream puffs, caramel, and a few others.

Will using a butter substitute change the flavor or texture to my baked goods? It depends on the recipe, most often, the answer is no. In pie crusts, it may make the crust a little crispier and less flaky, depending on the substitute you and dairy free!