Dairy Free Explained and Cauliflower Revealed (25 uses)

If there is one responsibility that I have as a mom, its a duty to my son to help him eat good, and learn what food is good for him and not. As he is dairy free and barely eats any dairy products, I tell him God made him special and he can only eat the best foods in the world, so dairy and gluten are unnecessary.

Eating fruits and veggies are his favorite. Ever since he was a baby, he has had the most open mind when it comes to how we eat our veggies. We have tried the most unlikely things together and ended up both loving them; Avocado brownies and Popsicles, butternut squash noodles, black bean noodles, beet cake and even squash muffins, have been a few of my favorites.

I have come up with some creative ways to incorporate more nutrition into our diets. Greens are snuck into every meal, (shhh!) sugar is replaced with natural fruit sugars and more importantly I have figured out the best dairy free replacements any mom can ask for. Cooking dairy free for me is a breeze.

I have figured out the best dairy free substitutes for cooking as follows.

  • Milk- Almond milk, Cashew milk, Hazelnut milk, coconut milk, soymilk
  • Butter- Coconut oil, olive oil, shortening
  • Cheese- Cashew cheese, almond cheese and Cauliflower.
  • Buttermilk,Sour cream and yogurt,Mayo; Cauliflower puree, almond milk and lemon juice-

Once I discovered Cauliflower was so unique I had to learn more about it. I came to figure out that cauliflower is more versatile then you would expect. With recipes in both the savory and sweet side, there is more to cauliflower then you may have realized.

When you steam cauliflower, and puree it, It magically transforms into a dairy free butter mix for baking, an unlikely addition to mashed potato and even can be pureed into a dairy free frosting. Another one of my favorites is blending it up as a pasta sauce.

Here are a few different recipes proving that the king of the veggies, has to be the cauliflower. And best of all most of the recipes are dairy free~~!!

  1. Cauliflower Alfredo: Blend steamed cauliflower into a puree with the addition of olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and some grated Parmesan cheese (optional and you can always use cashew or almond cheese instead or some nutritional yeast here for a dairy free sauce.) This yummy sauce can be served over noodles, or even spread on a pizza dough for a dairy free white sauce.http://detoxinista.com/2013/05/creamy-cauliflower-alfredo-dairy-free-nut-free/?utm_source=feedly
  2. Cauliflower Frosting : I got the idea from a dairy free cashew frosting recipe. You blend up the steamed cauliflower with a little melted coconut oil,shortening, or olive oil, add powdered sugar and some vanilla and blend up until smooth. Refrigerate for ½ hr and you can spread it better on baked goods.http://www.food.com/recipe/deceptively-delicious-cream-cheese-icing-259436http://sweetlifebake.com/2010/02/27/chocolate-avocado-cupcakes-with-cauliflower-frosting/#axzz3Ntt8IsVX
  3. Cauliflower with mashed potato: Steam cauliflower and potatoes together. Mash together, add some dairy free milk and coconut oil to make smoother. You can use this mash over Shepherds pie or by itself. http://www.asweetpeachef.com/sides/cauliflower-mashed-potatoes/
  4. Cauliflower Coffee Cake: Replace a traditional dairy-full dessert with cauliflower. For the coffee cakes that call for sour cream or yogurt inside, you can replace that with some cauliflower puree (steamed blended cauliflower), with a slight zest of lemon juice and a dash of dairy free milk inside of it, you can even achieve a bit of the dairy ‘sour’ taste. http://84thand3rd.com/2012/11/19/cinnamon-cauliflower-coffee-cake-caramel-sauce/
  5. Feta/Cheese replacement: When making a yummy artisan pizza at home and you have a dairy free eater, try using cauliflower Alfredo instead of pizza sauce, and or using steamed individual cauliflower flowerettes and smashing them on top of the pizza for a “false” feta.
  6. Cauliflower Brownies and Cake: recipes here. Replace traditional baking butter-cream mix with cauliflower puree instead.http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/06/18/cauliflower-chocolate-cake/
  7. Cauliflower Fried Rice: Recipes here. Shred your raw cauliflower into rice size pieces. Fry with an egg and veggies and you have a carb free, dairy free yummy dinner.http://www.everydaymaven.com/2013/how-to-make-cauliflower-rice/
  8. Cauliflower Fritters/Pancakes: Fried Cauliflower patties resembling potato latkes. Recipe here.http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2014/03/caramelized-cauliflower-frittata.html
  9. Cauliflower Tater tots: recipe here: you can blend puree up with some gluten free breadcrumbs and make tater tots.http://empoweredsustenance.com/cauliflower-tater-tots-paleo/
  10. Cauliflower bread replacement: You can see a few recipes here. You can make your cauliflower into bread for bread sticks, pizza dough or even bagels. http://www.theluckypennyblog.com/2013/05/the-best-dairy-free-cauliflower-pizza.html?m=1http://www.paleomazing.com/paleo-recipes/paleo-pizza-gluten-free-nut-free-cauliflower-crust-pizza/ http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2383772 http://lexiscleankitchen.com/2013/07/30/everything-bagel-cauliflower-rolls/
  11. Cauliflower Hash: Like potato hash. Recipe here. Do note that Cauliflower cooks a little faster then potato.http://paleoleap.com/cauliflower-bacon-hash/
  12. Cauliflower Tortillas: Recipe here.http://slimpalate.com/cauliflower-tortillas-paleo-grain-free-gluten-free/
  13. Cauliflower Hummus: A bean free version of hummus. Recipe here http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-roasted-cauliflower-hummus/
  14. Cauliflower “Oatmeal”: I just found this recipe. So if you try it do let me know if it works.http://thehealthyfoodie.com/apple-cinnamon-noatmeal/
  15. Cauliflower Cookies: I have found two amazing recipes for cauliflower cookies and you can see them both here.http://thesmartcookieblog.com/flourless-oatmeal-cookies/ http://www.nomeatathlete.com/vegan-thumbprint-cookies/
  16. Cauliflower Soup: there are so many recipes out there for this that I will only include my favorites. http://elanaspantry.com/roasted-cauliflower-soup/ http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/creamy_vegan_cauliflower_soup
  17. Hard Cheese for grating: wow, I just discovered this recipe by my one of my favorite bloggers, the spunky coconut. You have to check out some of her amazing recipes and start with this one.http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2014/09/autoimmune-paleo-diet-dairy-free-cheese/
  18. Cauliflower Cheesecake: I know crazy right! But it works, here are a few recipes I have found.http://thehealthyfoodie.com/non-dairy-paleo-strawberry-cheesecake/ http://www.eatabeet.com/2009/05/foodie-fights-cauliflower-and-raspberry/
  19. Cauliflower Quiche: Eggs, veggies and cauliflower make for a yummy quiche thats dairy free. Recipes here.http://freshaprilflours.com/2014/06/25/cheesy-vegetable-quiche-with-cauliflower-crust/
  20. Cauliflower noodles: move over sphegetti squash and zuchinni we have a new noodle in town. Recipe here. http://www.theironyou.com/2014/09/cauliflower-noodle-lasagna.html
  21. Cauliflower burger: Make a veggie burger with mostly cauliflower, recipe here.http://thecozyapron.com/crispy-cauliflower-burger-and-for-everything-there-is-a-season/
  22. Replacement chicken: Use cauliflower in place of chicken in orange chicken here and in hot bbq wings here. http://jessicainthekitchen.com/cheesy-buffalo-cauliflower-wings-2/ http://www.forkandbeans.com/2013/04/03/crispy-orange-cauliflower/

here are a few photos of how I have used cauliflower lately.

cauliflower carrot fruit cake
cauliflower carrot fruit cake
cauliflower carrot cake frosted
cauliflower carrot cake frosted
cauliflower
cauliflower “snow-rice”
making cauliflower snow-rice
making cauliflower snow-rice
cauliflower rice and veggies
cauliflower rice and veggies
cauliflower rice and veggies
cauliflower rice and veggies
cauliflower tortillas
cauliflower tortillas
masa cauliflower pizza
masa cauliflower pizza
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Naturally Sweet #2

Naturally sweet #2

I feel so forgetful, I made a whole blog post on how to sweeten things naturally and I forgot some of the major players in fruits and veggies. I mentioned dried fruit and bananas and date paste but you’ll be super surprised that the following fruits and vegetables can be helpful in baking also.

https://momsorganicbohofoodfun.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/naturally-sweet/

I just love hiding things like beans, veggies and even special flavors into my cooking. Even if not all of these things may be sweet, they are nutritious and good to eat, so why not add them to your dessert.

It tastes incredible steamed with carrots and mashed into baking as you would applesauce.

http://www.vegancookingwithlove.com/2013/03/vegan-applesauce-cake/

red and yellow beets
red and yellow beets
steamed carrots and beets
steamed carrots and beets
  • Berries fruit and or natural flavors: blackberries and rosehips shown below both provide a naturally sweet taste to baking, and are great to find locally if you have some. Bake berries into baked goods folding in after mixing your dry and wet together. For rosehips dry powder use in the dry mix, for natural flavors such as lemon or vanilla use in the wet mix.
blackberries and fresh rose hips
blackberries and fresh rose hips
dried prunes raisins and oranges are all naturally sweet
dried prunes raisins and oranges are all naturally sweet

Chocolate prune cake recipes:

http://godfoodlifesplat.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-prune-cakecake-balls_20.html?m=1

http://theyogivegetarian.blogspot.com/2012/02/sticky-prune-cakevegan-no-added-sugar.html?m=1

http://www.food.com/recipe/raw-vegan-german-chocolate-cake-418169

http://forkbelly.com/veganchocolate-cake/

camu camu flavored gelatin candys
camu camu flavored gelatin candys
banana blueberry bread
banana blueberry bread
applesauce chia blueberry pie
applesauce chia blueberry pie
  • I recently made a rosehip and hibiscus flavored lemon meringue pie and it was really different and tasted extra fruity from the extra flavor, and even added some color. For berries and natural flavors do note that the color and taste of your baked goods will significantly change, the more you add.
rosehip and hibiscus lemon meringue pie
rosehip and hibiscus lemon meringue pie
apple pie and ice cream (great with cinnamon)
apple pie and ice cream (great with cinnamon)

here are some tips and recipes on rosehips if your interested.

http://gardening.about.com/od/rose1/f/RoseHips.htm

http://www.natureskills.com/wild-foods/rosehip-honey/

http://thevanillabeanblog.com/2013/05/meringues-with-rhubarb-curd-and-rosehip.html

http://www.essentialcuisine.com/recipes/elderflower-mousse-with-wareings-rosehip-meringue-violet-syrup-thyme-gel-little-town-dairy-yoghurt-sorbet-fresh-seasonal-lancashire-flowers/

Rhubarb and cranberries-

Rhubarb and cranberries are both naturally very sour, so you will have to cook them. cranberries are excellent in baking, but do remember to sweeten them up. Rhubarb is excellent to bake with check out my favorite step by step recipe for rhubarb cobbler here.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/rhubarb-cobbler/

close up Rhubarb
close up Rhubarb
lots of chopped Rhubarb
lots of chopped Rhubarb
cranberries and rhubarb
cranberries and rhubarb
carrot cake with cauliflower frosting
carrot cake with cauliflower frosting
  • Squash/butternut and zucchini steamed/roasted squash is great baked into muffins and bread.
deseeding butternut
deseeding butternut
butternut squash
butternut squash
yellow squash muffins, can also make with beet mash
yellow squash muffins, can also make with beet mash
pumpkin pie
pumpkin pie
squash blueberry muffin
squash blueberry muffin
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butternut squash salted biscuits
  • AvocadoI recently made the most fudgy amazing vegan chocolate brownies with avocado and date sugar.. recipe below.
avocado brownie
avocado brownie

And while you are there you better check out @chocolate covered katie cause she is Queen of blending veggies into desserts and my new baking idol.  http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/