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Nov 25, 2012 02:35 PM

dairy-free Christmas goodies

My 7-year-old nephew has just been diagnosed with an allergy to casein, a milk protein. As I prepare to do my Christmas baking, I'd like to have several dairy-free options that are safe for him, and don't leave him feeling singled out as the "special needs kid".
I'd love recipes for cookies, cakes, candy - whatever you've got that is a consistent favourite with everyone & just happens to be dairy-free!

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  1. poke around this website: http://www.theppk.com/recipes/

    There are many vegan baking books out there but Post Punk Kitchen will get you started.

    1. As a general rule, milk in cake/cookie recipes can easily be replaced by soy or nut milks. You can generally sub in margarines for butter, but this is most successful in recipes that have something else to provide flavor (chocolate or spice cakes/cookies are great, 'butter' cakes made with margarine are less so).

      1. to be clear, they don't need to be veg or vegan, just dairy-free...correct? if so, you'll have a lot of luck with Kosher parve recipes. you can also use standard baking recipes and sub coconut oil or Earth Balance for butter, and almond or soy milk for cow's milk.

        some ideas off the top of my head:
        - meringues
        - brownies
        - corn muffins
        - pudding made with coconut milk
        - sorbet (David Leibovitz has terrific recipes on his site)
        - ice cream sandwiches made with coconut milk ice cream and dairy-free cookies
        - pretzel rods dipped in dairy-free chocolate & garnished with sprinkles/candies

        Go Dairy Free has a TON of great recipes:

        1. Paleo primal is really popular lately, and they have a lot of recipes for treats using coconut butter instead of dairy...http://www.dessertstalker.com/photo-t... Also, this book, if you sub coconut butter (or use as written) for the margarine called for has some great ideas using nut flours a lot, though I know gluten isn't his problem: http://www.amazon.com/Fabulous-Flourl...

          1. This blog is totally parve i.e. dairy free. I've made several of her recipes and they turned out great.


            The other place you should check is Pinterest. There's an absurd number of dairy-free/parve recipes there.