A Guide to Dairy Free Alternatives

17 January 2018

Whatever your reason for being dairy-free, it can be hard to find safe options. This guide is designed to help you fill your pantry with dairy free products available online and at our stores.


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Creamy chia pudding with coconut yoghurt and almond milk - all dairy free, all delicious!


Please note: products that do not list dairy ingredients may still have been manufactured on equipment that is also used for processing milk products. If you have extreme sensitivity to dairy we recommend contacting manufacturers to check for possible residual dairy content that may not be listed on the label. Please be aware that the ingredients of a particular product may change without notice. While we take care in producing this guide, Commonsense accepts no liability for any error or omission in the information provided.


Lower lactose/lactose-free 

Some people who are allergic to cow's milk are able to tolerate sheep, goat and buffalo milk.  Seasonally, we are able to offer a variety of milks, yoghurts and cheeses from these animals in store.


Milk alternatives

Yoghurt alternatives


Cheese alternatives


Icecream alternatives

General Creaminess

  • coconut cream (you get the best whipping results if you put the can in the fridge overnight, then use only the cream that has thickened on top the next day)
  • avocado (use in smoothies or sweet treats like this chocolate mousse)
  • kumara (in savouries, desserts, or even juiced!)


  • Gluten-free baking mixes
  • Milk and yoghurt dairy alternatives are great replacements for with dairy in most recipes.
  • Need dairy free icing?  Try melting dark chocolate and mixing with runny tahini for a nutty dairy free 'ganache'.


Sweet snacks


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 Dairy free cream cheese spread on dairy free crackers.

Savoury snacks




Breakfast foods



  • Beer, cider and wine is often dairy-free, but some wines do use dairy products in processing. Look for those labeled "vegan" in our stores. 

Health Supplements

Many of our large range of health supplements are dairy free. Talk to one of our instore Health Practitioners about your needs, they're always happy to help.

You can discover more dairy free products in our online Paleo section. Do you have suggestions or questions about buying dairy-free from Commonsense? Email us at hello@commonsenseorganics.co.nz