Diets that exclude dairy, but include plant-based sources of calcium can be perfectly healthy and nutritionally adequate alternatives. (Read more information about health here).
Milk – a wide range of plant-based milk such as soy, almond or rice milk, are available in most supermarkets. We recommend trying a few different kinds and a few different brands as they all have a different taste.
Butter – dairy free margarine spreads are available at most supermarkets, including brands such as Nutellex.
Cheese – there is a growing variety of dairy-free cheese available – some dairy-free cheese will melt really well, some is good with sandwiches or crackers, and other types go well with cooking. Supermarkets already stock some dairy-free cheese such as BioCheese, but for a wider range of vegan cheeses, try your local health food stores or specialty vegan stores (see below). You can also make your own vegan cheese at home – read more and find recipes here.
Chocolate – most supermarkets have some dairy-free chocolate available – Green & Blacks 70 or 85% dark chocolate, Lindt 70% or 85% dark chocolate, Sweet Williams dairy free chocolate (Coles & Woolies), Whittakers – some varieties (Woolies). Check out our list of delicious chocolate here!
Ice Cream – most supermarkets stock dairy-free ice cream such as Sanitarium So Good available at Coles & Woolies. You can also find a range of dairy-free sorbets in the ice cream section of most supermarkets. Many health food stores also stock a range of delicious coconut ice creams such as Cocoluscious and Over the Moo.
Yoghurt – A range of coconut and soy-based yoghurt available in most supermarkets and health food stores, such as Co-yo, Kingland, and Soy Life brands.
If your local supermarket doesn’t have the alternatives you want, don’t forget to ask them! Supermarkets are slowly responding to consumer demand and stocking a greater variety of alternatives.
Specialty stores and markets – large variety of specialty dairy-free products including cheeses, sweets, ice cream, etc.
- Cruelty Free Shop – Open 7 days at 2/165 Melbourne St, South Brisbane. You can also shop online.
- The Green Edge – Open 7 days at Shop 2b 229 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor. You can also shop online.
- Vegan Markets – 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, Russel St, West End.
For more information, check out this comprehensive list of alternatives (download PDF) compiled by Melbourne Cow Save.