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Milk Substitute For Cooking/baking

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I had my first successful dairy free baking today. I made the Betty Crocker gluten free choc. chip cookies with oil in place of the butter. They turned out great. I am so thankful that the choc. chips are dairy free!!

I now need to find a safe NUT free milk alternative for my pancakes and mashed pot. etc.

I know that Rice Dream is out. What are some safe rice milks? I can't have any nut or coconut milks so rice would be best. I found Pacific Foods rice beverage. I wonder if it's good for cooking.

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What about Hemp? I say that because I bought some (haven't tried it, I'm chicken) since it doesn't have carageenan in it (trying to reduce iodine).

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There is also hemp milk. I use unsweetened coconut milk (drink not canned) for my mashed potatoes and for baking, however before I discovered coocnut milk I would just substitute chicken broth for the milk in mashed potatoes and water worked fine for most pancake recipes. For butter I use light olive oil, palm shortening or Earth Balance (I just recently discovered tghe one that is soy free and dairy free and it's yummy).

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Hemp milk sounds like it might be good. Any certain brand to look for that is safe?

Coconut milk makes me sick with digestive issues. I think it has a laxative effect on some people.

Where can I get palm shortening? Brand?

Thanks! ;)

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Hemp milk sounds like it might be good. Any certain brand to look for that is safe?

Coconut milk makes me sick with digestive issues. I think it has a laxative effect on some people.

Where can I get palm shortening? Brand?

Thanks! ;)

I use Spectrum brand: http://www.spectrumorganics.com/?id=87

I use it for greasing pans mostly but it also works well for making frosting or in baked goods.

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What are some safe rice milks? I can't have any nut or coconut milks so rice would be best. I found Pacific Foods rice beverage. I wonder if it's good for cooking.

When I was dairy free, I used Pacific Rice Milks--both the plain and the vanilla. It cooks up well--the vanilla is great for homemade puddings and things like that. I never had a problem subbing either one for milk.

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I just use water in pancakes. With the buckwheat flavor, other seasonings and the toppings, expecting milk to add any extra flavoring that you'd notice doesn't happen.

I have put water, olive oil, garlic and a splash of vinegar in potatoes. (I am not dairy free now, but sometimes I do stuff that way anyway, because I don't do lactose in regular milk)

You can try Vance's Dairy free powder if the other things don't appeal to you or you cannot eat them. It is potato starch based.

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