Nondairy milks like coconut milk and almond milk can work in all kinds of recipes.
Carnival Squash Soup with Fresh Turmeric
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Add almond or coconut milk to this soup recipe. Boxed coconut milk is typically fortified with 50 percent of the daily value for vitamin B12 per cup, and many almond milks contain 25 percent of the daily value for vitamin D.
Get the recipe: Carnival Squash Soup with Fresh Turmeric
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Vegan Mandarin Orange Creamy Coconut Smoothie Bowl
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This creamy smoothie bowl combines coconut milk and coconut milk yogurt with Wonderful Halos, seedless mandarin oranges that are an excellent source of vitamin C. The breakfast doesn't contain any added sugar (it's sweetened with just a touch of vanilla extract!) and is topped with shredded coconut, chia seeds, and pistachios. The pistachios provide a trio of fiber, protein, and good fats to help keep you fuller for longer.
Get the recipe: Vegan Mandarin Orange Creamy Coconut Smoothie Bowl
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Strawberry Almond Milk
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"Made with only four healthy ingredients, this strawberry almond milk is the ideal sweet treat," says Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D.N., C.F.T., coauthor of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure. "Packed with fiber and antioxidants, it's a perfect milk alternative for those who avoid dairy, since the almond milk provides calcium and vitamin D for a healthy start to the day," adds coauthor Lyssie Lakatos, R.D.N., C.F.T.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Almond Milk
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Cinnamon Spice Muffins
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Make a few dozen of these cinnamon spice mini muffins, and you have delicious, portion-controlled treats on hand. The muffins are made with unsweetened almond milk, which helps to keep the muffins moist, and plain low-fat Greek yogurt is used to reduce some of the butter content. Top with an additional dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and enjoy! (See also: 10 Healthy Recipes Using Greek Yogurt)
Get the recipe: Cinnamon Spice Muffins
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Avocado Frozen Hot Chocolate
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"The avocado gives this drink a creamy texture and adds some great healthy plant-based fats," says Mary Ellen Phipps, R.D., owner of Milk & Honey Nutrition. "And using unsweetened almond milk instead of cow's milk helps keep the sugar and carbohydrate content lower."
Get the recipe: Avocado Frozen Hot Chocolate
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Mango Banana Almond Overnight Oats
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This overnight oats recipe uses unsweetened almond milk and protein-rich plain Greek yogurt to moisten the oats. The mango and banana add so much sweetness that you don't need a ton of added sugar—just a teaspoon of honey. Slivered almonds on top add a fiber-filled crunch. (Also try: 16 Savory Oatmeal Recipes)
Get the recipe: Mango Banana Almond Overnight Oats
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Vegan Roasted Peach Ice Cream Sundae
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"Rich, creamy, and indulgent tasting—you wouldn't know this ice cream sundae is dairy free!" says Kara Lydon, R.D., R.Y.T., author of Nourish Your Namaste. "Made with coconut milk, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean, the ice cream is delicious enough on its own—but the roasted peaches and toasted hazelnuts take this dessert to the next level."
Get the recipe: Vegan Roasted Peach Ice Cream Sundae
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Vegan Coconut Banana Bread
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"This banana bread is brought to life with the rich, flavorful taste of coconut milk," says Emily Kyle, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Emily Kyle Nutrition. "The coconut milk helps to create the perfect, moist consistency while remaining plant-based so that everyone in the whole family can enjoy a warm and delicious loaf straight from the oven."
Get the recipe: Vegan Coconut Banana Bread
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Blueberry Lemon Pancakes
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"These pancakes are made with a blend of almond and coconut milk, so they're dairy-free but still fluffy!" says Shannon A. Garcia, M.D.S., R.D., with KISS in the Kitchen. "Packed with juicy blueberries and a hint of lemon, they're the perfect fast and healthy breakfast to whip up for yourself or the whole family."
Get the recipe: Blueberry Lemon Pancakes
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Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Vegan "Cream Cheese" Frosting
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"This healthier frosting uses smaller amounts of fat and added sugars," says Christy Brissette, M.S., R.D., president of 80 Twenty Nutrition. "Sweeten to taste with maple syrup so you get the added benefits of some minerals, too."
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Salted Caramel Mocha Swappuccino
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"This caramel swappuccino is a lightened-up version of everyone's favorite frosty coffee drink," says Abbey Sharp, R.D., blogger at Abbey's Kitchen. "Made with almond milk and a homemade coconut sugar caramel, you can have your morning buzz and dessert at the same time."
Get the recipe: Salted Caramel Mocha Swappuccino
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PB Banana Breakfast Chia Pudding
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"This vegan, gluten-free recipe packs 17 grams of plant-based protein and a whopping 18 grams of fiber, which equals almost 75 percent of your recommended daily fiber," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Nutrition Starring YOU. "You'll also benefit from 50 percent of your daily calcium requirement, thanks in large part to the almond milk."
Get the recipe: PB Banana Breakfast Chia Pudding
Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N., is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition. She's also a member of the Wonderful Health Consumer Advisory Board.
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