Delicious Dairy Free Recipes for Toddlers

Updated on May 05, 2010
C.M. asks from Los Angeles, CA
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When my son turned 1years old. His doctor had him take a blood test for allergies. We found out the he is highly allergic to milk. I had to learn how to cook with out using any dairy products, and up to now my son has been ok with it. Now my son sees other children with cookies or cakes at birthday parties and I feel so bad that he cant eat any of that because of the dairy. I know that some people might think that no cake or cookies is a good thing because of the sugar but I believe part of being a kid is sometimes having a little sugar. Can anyone give me some yummy recipes that my toddler will eat that is dairy free or can be used with soy?

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answers from San Francisco on

Hi C.,
For cookies,or pies try using Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in place of butter or shortening. It has no trans fats, and is very healthy. You can order it online from VitaCost for a really good price(ok, a good price is $20 for 54oz as compared to $15 for a 16oz jar in the health food stores). Most cookie recipes don't need milk, the only milk product would be the butter. Hope this helps. By the way, is this something he might grow out of?

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answers from San Francisco on

Hi C.. There are tons of great dairy free dessert recipes on the internet. Just do a google search for "lactose free recipes" or "dairy free recipes". If you are willing to try some desserts that are not cookies and cake, you will find many delicious sweet treats for your son in Asian cookbooks. Many asian desserts do not involve dairy. For example Thai rice pudding and Thai sticky rice with mango both use coconut milk. Both are easy and so delicious that you won't feel the least bit deprived. I've noticed that my kids adopt whatever attitude I have about food. In other words, If I feel that they are being deprived, they will do the same. If I get excited about something that they are being fed, they get excited. Good luck.

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answers from San Francisco on

Hi C.,
My mother-in-law has a great recipe that has no dairy or eggs & taste really good.
1 1/2 C flour, 1C sugar, 1tsp baking soda, 3TBSP cocoa,
1TBSP vinager, 1tsp vanilla, 6TBSP canola or vegtable oil,
1C water. Mix all dry ingredients together & in a seperate bowl mix all wet ingredients together. Combined the liquid mix into the dry mix. Grease an 8x8 pan. bake for 30min at 350. recipe can be doubled if you want a layered cake. For the frosting can be what ever you like to use.
J. D.

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answers from San Francisco on

My family is vegan, so we don't use dairy, eggs, cheese, etc. Anything that can be made with milk can be made with soymilk (or rice, almond, hemp, or other milk). Also, most anything that can be made with sugar can be made with sucanat which the body can process much better than refined sugar.

For a cake recipe that doesn't call for milk at all, google search "wacky cake".

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answers from Fresno on

Hi, you dont necessarily have to cook without dairy products. My daughter is 9 years old and severely lactose intolerant. Shes on soy milk and takes lactaid pills for the lactose intolerance. She cant have a glass of regular milk but she is able to have Pasta Roni noodles made with regular milk. and so forth. UM with his age i am more reluctant to tell you that the pils work great. The pediatrician i have wanted me to wait till she was 2 years to start the pills. Ithink it was more so because he wanted tofind out what shecan have and the tolerance level. If you are wondering on how sever it is. I had a test doen at the childrens hospital. Here they have her drink some liquid, then blow into this baloon type thng then they examine how much of a certin chemical isin her breath. It is a very easy test, painless. Just bascially a mild stomache ache that milanta can handleor jsut a bit of sleep. I would suggest talking to the doctor about Lactaid Pills. They are a life saver forme. My daughter loves ice cream and can handle a kids scoop of it. wiht one pill and can eat a normal size slice of pizza. SO she leads a pretty normal life. SHe even understands the problem she has wiht it.... SO you need to talk to the doctor about lactaid pills. See what he suggests.

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answers from San Francisco on

Hi C.,

I totally understand what you are going through. My 17 months old baby is allergic to milk, dairy, rice, gluten, etc, so it's been challenging. However I have found that there are a lot of products out there that your baby can have. It's a matter of doing research.

If you go to whole food, they have cookies that are gluten free that don't have any dairy. My son loves snicker doodle cookies by "enjoy life" brand. He loves them. I would encourage to try those. YOu can look at websites for gluten free products and they usually dont have milk. Hope that helps. J. :)

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answers from San Francisco on

My son has multiple food allergies, including dairy. You can substitute soy milk in almost any recipe. Certainly cakes, cookies, pancakes, etc. Puddings might not set right, but that's the only thing I can think of that might not work.

I highly recommend this online support group for parents: They are a great resource for recipes and much more...

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answers from San Francisco on

There are many substitutes, like applesauce instead of butter. Or there is a great non dairy butter sub, I get it a Trader Joes, Organic Earth Balance. And a great cream cheese sub is Tofutti Immitation Cream Cheese. We use that in recepited that call for cream cheese or pastas that we want to be creamy. The one w/ the yellow lable that you can get a whole foods is better than the one at rader Joes. Good luck!

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answers from San Francisco on

Hi C.,
My son is 13 months old and still either sensitive or allergic to dairy and eggs. In fact, we're going in to the allergist for testing on Tuesday to see what all he's allergic to, and to what extent.

Meanwhile, I did a lot of research in order to have a cake for his birthday. Here's a recipe for a tasty dairy and egg free cupcake:

Devil's Food Cupcakes With Fluffy White Filling and Chocolate Icing

Adapted from "Vegan With a Vengeance," by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Marlowe, 2005)

Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
3 tablespoons black cocoa powder (see note) or more Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain soy milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup nonhydrogenated margarine, such as Earthbalance
1/3 cup nonhydrogenated shortening
2-1/2 to 3 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the chocolate icing:
1/3 cup plain soy milk
4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or confectioners' sugar

For the royal icing:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons plain soy milk.

1. For the cupcakes: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-muffin pan with paper liners, and spray lightly with nonstick spray. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and
salt. In a mixer, combine the soy milk, oil, syrup, sugar, vinegar and vanilla. Mix at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add half the dry ingredients and mix to blend. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix for 1 minute.

2. Use a standard ice cream scoop to fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

3. For the filling: In a mixer, beat margarine and shortening until combined. Add 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and beat until very fluffy, about 10 minutes. Taste for sweetness and add remaining 1/2 cup sugar if
desired. Add vanilla and beat for 1 minute more.

4. For the chocolate icing: In a small skillet, bring soy milk to a simmer. Reduce heat to very low and stir in the chocolate and maple syrup, stirring until just melted. Turn off heat.

5. For the royal icing: Using an electric mixer or by hand, sift sugar into a bowl and add 1 tablespoon soy milk. Mix, adding up to 1 more tablespoon soy milk until consistency is like stiff toothpaste.

6. To assemble: Prepare two pastry bags, one fitted with a large plain tip, and one with a small writing tip. Fill large-tipped bag with filling, and the small-tipped bag with royal icing. (Instead of pastry bags, thick resealable plastic bags may be used. For filling, cut off one corner of bag so the opening measures a scant 1/2 inch across. For icing, opening should be just large enough to pipe a thin line.)

7. Using your pinkie, poke a hole in center of each cupcake top about an inch deep. Push tip of pastry bag with filling into each hole, firmly squeezing in filling and slowly drawing tip up and out. When all cakes
have been filled, wipe off any excess that sticks out from holes; tops of cupcakes should be flat.

8. Place cupcakes on a baking sheet or tray that fits in refrigerator. Rewarm pan of chocolate icing over low heat if necessary, stirring constantly. Dip top of each cupcake into icing, swirling to coat completely. When all cupcakes are dipped, refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes to set. When set, use royal icing to make squiggles across center of each cupcake. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve, up to 1 day.

Yield: 12 cupcakes.

Note: Black cocoa, which gives the cake its characteristic dark color and bittersweet flavor, is available from King Arthur Flour, (800) 827-6836

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answers from Los Angeles on

My kids are allergic to dairy also. I replace milk with either rice or soy milk in recipes. Rice or soy milk is a safe milk substitue in all recipes including mashed potatoes, cakes, etc. You can also search this website

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answers from Colorado Springs on

I have a couple of resources for you. First, try If you sign up with them, you can set your profile to exclude all recipes that use dairy. They'll have a few options. Also look at They have a few free recipes and you can join for a fee and get access to their whole database. I never joined so I don't know what is there other than the freebies.

Aside from that, have a look at Here you will find information about an allergy elimination technique that can help your son. Just make sure that whichever doctor you choose clears all of the basic 15 whether they show up as positive or not. Some practitioners cheat and only do the positives and it decreases the effectiveness of the treatment as a whole. Feel free to conect with me if you have more questions. Oh, and by the way, once you're finished with your nursing degree, I think you can learn the technique yourself and help others (as my husband did - he's a chiropractor!). :)

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answers from Los Angeles on

My daughter was allergic to dairy & soy as an infant. I was nursing so I couldn't have any dairy or soy either. So while I don't have any recipes for you Whole Foods has alot of premade desserts that do not contain dairy. Fab's has really good cookies. Trader Joe's carries some breads that don't contain dairy too. Hope that helps.

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answers from Denver on

I alos have a toddler who is highly allergic to milk. I have found cake, frosting, lemon and sugar cookies that do not have milk in them. You just have to read ther back of all the boxes you would be surprised how much food your toddler will be able to have. I have made oatmeal cookies as well I just use his dairy free butter and soy milk instead of cows milk. I have found him pizza and mac and cheese with soy cheese and soy yogurt and ice cream. so that he can have a lil of the good things that all kids should try. A good place to start if you have one near your area is Harmons they have a section just for that kind of thing.



answers from San Luis Obispo on

Dear C.,

Boy are you lucky ! I saw a great way to make cakes and cookies using fruit puree or even veggie puree in them instead of milk and oil.

Just use a cake mix to try it out - 1/2 cup of say canned pumpkin puree and water for the rest of the liquid, you can put in a little bit of oil, and it makes a great cake, or cookie.

Jerry Seinfeld's wife demonstrated it on Oprah's show. So go on Oprah's website or Jessica or Jennifer Seinfeld I do not remember which is her name. Anyway, you will find a lot of great recipes. She tells all about how she goes about it in lots of other recipes too.
C. N.



answers from Modesto on

or even RICE MILK but almond milk has more nutrients and less starch!!! Al recipes just subtitute the dairy with almond milk!!! or go to Yahoo groups and Join the GF/CF group ment for celiacs and AUTISM...they do casein free (milk free) Gluten free (oats, wheat, barley)BUT NEVER USE SOY MILK!!! unless it states it is from a NON GMO SOY BEAN!!!Dagerous and kills brain cells!!! Love, G.. :0)

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