(Closed) Lactose Intolerant Bees… what are your favorite dairy substitutes?

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
10572 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Most hard cheese have little lactose, so I try to stick to those if I’m going to have a decent amount.

Post # 4
4950 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Aw, I love diaya. It has to be melted really well though… and it took some adjusting. Silk for coffee is my favorite Dear Fiance item. Soy/rice milk in coffee.. boo. 

Post # 5
246 posts
Helper bee

Oh I LOVE this!

Tip – The daiya shreds are a bit oily but their block cheese is delicious!  Try the Havarti Garlic Jalapeno!

The SO DELICIOUS Brand is my go to for coffee cream and ice cream substitutes.  They use coconut milk for many of their products and they are fantastic.

Amande is a great brand for almond milk yogurt.

I typically buy Earth’s Own brand almond milk but I’ve occasionally made my own oat milk. It’s super easy/cheap.  A good base recipe can be found here:



Post # 6
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

You might want to give goat cheese/milk a try. I know people who can’t handle cow dairy but do fine with goat dairy. 

Post # 7
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hubs is vegan, so we are a dairy free house – for the most part. 

Daiya is actually pretty good when it’s completely melted. My first experience with it was on pizza – Tofurky pizzas use it and I think Amy’s does as well. If it’s not melted, yes, it’s very oily, but it works – and you get use to it.

We also love the SOy Delicious ice cream – in the pints and the ice cream sandwiches. We aren’t a fan of the coconut milk ones.

We drink a lot of Silk Light Vanilla – and I use it for baking as well.

We’ve tried the Almond Unsweetened Vanilla from Trader Joe’s and didn’t really like it. I may try the regular sweetened version just to give it a shot, but we do like the Silk products.


Post # 8
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I didn’t know I could still eat Goat cheese for 7 years after I found out I was LI! So I enjoy that occasionally. Not sure where you live, but I get this amazing white cheddar that is made from raw milk so it’s lactose free- L’Ancetre from Quebec. 

For milk we love Almond Breeze, and the Coconut Dreams ice cream made from coconut milk. Wow!!

Post # 9
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Am I the only one who cracks and just deals with the outcome? I bascially don’t eat dairy, and except for cheese, which is worth taking the four Lactaid pills to avoid stomach pain. I just can’t bring myself to substitute cheese! I eat it sparingly, and try to avoid soft cheeses, or goat’s milk cheeses. For milk I used to drink soy, but have switched to almond milk, which I also cook with. I looooove coconut milk, but I can get almond milk at Costco, so I usually just have that. Coconut milk ice cream is better than dairy milk ice cream!! I also like the almond milk ice cream bites covered in chocolate. Soooo goood. Overall though, I try to stay away from too many dairy overly processed dairy substitutes.

Has anyone else found that they can eat decent amounts of yoghurt with little to no sideffects? 

Post # 11
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@Paiger8:  That’s good to know! I don’t know any other lactose intolerant people, so once in awhile I’ll convince myself that because I can eat yoghurt, I must not be lactose interolerant after all, and that all of the symptoms I’ve had since childhood were make believe. This usually results in eating ice cream and large amounts of cheese pizza. MISTAKE!

Post # 12
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

My Fiance is lactose intolerant, so I’ve been trying to make sure he doesn’t have too much dairy.  It’s hard when cheese is like, his favorite food, and even hard cheeses hurt his stomach.  

What pills do you take?  He has the Costco kind right now, but claims they don’t really do anything.  And is the soy ice cream as good?  I promised we’d start trying some of the alternatives so he could keep eating yummy things!

Post # 14
4313 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Just to chime in…. I did all soy substitutes… I didn’t become LI til early 20s. Anyways too much soy can break down your uterine lining so be careful. Found out the hard way with 5 periods in 2 months and now I will only have soy on my cycle.

Post # 15
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m not completely dairy free, but I love this almond cheese:  http://holdthesulfites.com/?p=77  (if it doesn’t come up, just do a search on the site for cheese and it’s the recipe called Awesome Almond Cheese).

It’s so good, dairy free, and spreadable!  

Post # 16
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Cracker Barrell cheese has no lactose.

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