Five Favorites

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We’ve made it through another week friends! We’ve seen more signs of Spring here in New England, although it’s currently 19°F outside (insert eye roll).

A photo of the Boston Skyline I took recently.

Here are my favorites this week:

Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso From Starbucks

Starbucks added this new dairy-free option to their menu recently and I just had to try it. The drink is made using blonde espresso, oatmilk, ice, and toasted vanilla syrup. I thought it was absolutely delicious. Here are the ingredients according to the Starbucks website:

Ice, Oatmilk [Oatmilk (Water, Oats), Canola Oil, Contains 2 Or Less Of Dipotassium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D 2, Vitamin B 12], Brewed Espresso, Toasted Vanilla Flavored Syrup [Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Preservative Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid]

I wanted to try to recreate a similar, healthier version at home, so I’m currently enjoying this Brown Sugar Almondmilk Iced Coffee:

almond milk iced coffee

I really love this drink, and it’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Which brings me to my next favorite thing this week:

Almondmilk Barista Blend from Califia Farms

Ingredients: Ingredients: Almondmilk (Water, Almonds), Cane Sugar, Calcium Carbonate, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Natural Flavor, Gellan Gum, Potassium Citrate.

I really enjoy the milk foam that comes with Italian coffees, and this barista blend does foam up pretty well in my Nespresso Aerrocino. The flavor is slightly sweet, and it adds a nice creamy feel to your coffee. I buy this at Whole Foods, and you can also find it at Walmart, Thrive Market, Amazon, and Vitacost.

Paleo Running Momma

I’ve been following Michele from Paleo Running Momma for a few years and I love the recipes she posts. She posts lots of great dairy-free and healthy recipes that always come out delicious and aren’t overly complicated. My favorite recipe is the Chicken Burrito Casserole pictured above, which is creamy, filling, and so tasty. It’s a great option for meal prepping because it makes 8 servings and heats up beautifully. Just look how creamy it is:

I’ve been making this one for a couple of years and although it takes a bit of time to prepare, it is so worth it. I like to serve this with a side salad and some fresh avocado.

Simple Mills

Simple Mills produces delicious gluten and dairy-free products with an almond flour base. They make all sorts of products such as baking mixes, pizza dough, breakfast bars, frosting, cookies, and the crackers shown here. These are much healthier options compared to other processed foods, and the brand’s focus on regenerative agriculture has a more positive effect on the environment. They make a Farmhouse Cheddar cracker that tastes similar to a Cheez-it, but it’s made without dairy. I buy Simple Mill products at Whole Foods, Amazon, and Target. You can also find their store locator here.

Jay Shetty’s Think Like A Monk

I listened to this book on Audible a few months back and I find myself referring back to it again and again. Jay is a former Hindu monk that spent three years living at an ashram in Mumbai. His book and other work includes stories and teachings from his time at the ashram, and I find it to be very grounding and helpful during these crazy times. He also hosts the podcast “On Purpose“, and runs an ultra popular Instagram account with over 10 million followers . His book offers advice on reducing stress, improving focus, and living a more meaningful life. If audio books aren’t your style, you can also find hardcopies at local bookstores, Barnes & Noble, in the Kindle app, and at online retailers.

New Dairy-Free Recipes You Might Have Missed:

vegan single serve french toast bake
Baked Blueberry French Toast Casserole
An easy french toast casserole for 1 that can be made gluten free and/or vegan! It's easy to make with lots of fresh blueberries and bright lemon.
Check out this recipe
Polish Style Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Polish Style
A simple delicious stew that has all the flavors of a Polish Roulade without all the work. Smoky bacon, earthy mushrooms, tender beef, and a rich sauce simmer slowly to create a decadent dish.
Check out this recipe

Other Dairy-Free Products On My Radar:

What do you think of my favorites this week?

Please let me know in the comments! Love ’em, hate ’em, or do you want to see something else on the site? Leave a comment below with your feedback. I appreciate it!

Be sure to snap a pic if you try any of these! Tag @milkfreemom on Instagram and hashtag it #milkfreemom

Have a beautiful week!

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