We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but having a satisfying breakfast can be challenging if you’re following a lactose-free diet. Some of the tastiest breakfast dishes usually require milk, but you can still enjoy them by following these two excellent dairy-free breakfast recipes.
Dairy-free strawberry smoothie
A thick, creamy smoothie is an excellent start to your day, but many breakfast smoothies require milk. However, using a milk-like beverage like almond milk or soy milk allows you to make fruit and vegetable smoothies for breakfast. The secret to keeping them rich and creamy is using frozen bananas.
For instance, this recipe for a creamy banana smoothie from Mel of A Virtual Vegan is a great example of how you can enjoy flavorful nutrients on the go. She recommends mixing the following in a blender: 1 large peeled and frozen banana, 1/3 cup of oats, 4 tablespoons of walnuts, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, a pinch of salt, a couple dates, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and a cup of nut milk. Once the contents are smooth, you’ll have a delicious vegan smoothie.
Vegan banana bread
For a filling breakfast on the go, a slice of banana bread is a must-have in your kitchen. Julie of The Simple Veganista has this easy way to make vegan banana bread using a single bowl.
In a bowl, mash 3 large, soft bananas with 1/3 cup of oil or applesauce and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. When blended, stir in 1 3/4 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt. If you want to make the bread gluten-free, just use a gluten-free flour.
Make sure the batter is thick and somewhat lumpy, which is ideal for baking bread like this.
Pour the batter into a loaf pan that’s sprayed with oil. After an hour of baking in the oven at 350 degrees, the bread should be ready to slice or store for future breakfasts.
Dairy-free cinnamon roll pancakes
Cinnamon rolls are an indulgent treat to serve with breakfast, but store-bought tubes use milk in the dough. To make your own without dairy, follow this recipe that Alisa Fleming shares on Go Dairy Free.
In a large bowl, whisk together two eggs, 1 1/4 cups of milk substitute, 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, 4 teaspoons of baking powder and ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the larger bowl until it gradually becomes a semi-thick batter.
Use this batter to make pancakes on a hot griddle. Two minutes after pouring the batter, squeeze cinnamon icing in a swirl on the center (You can make your own by blending 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup of dairy-free butter and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a plastic food storage baggie.). Let the pancake continue to cook, flipping it after a couple more minutes. When a couple pancakes are ready to serve, stack them in pairs and drizzle them with more cinnamon icing to give them the delightful appearance of giant cinnamon buns.
To make the recipe gluten-free, you can use a flour without gluten. For a vegan version, use an egg replacement.
Eating a dairy-free breakfast can still be delicious and satisfying when you follow creative recipes like these.