4 New Recipes and Dairy-free Alternatives


We’re at it again with 4 new (healthy) goat dairy recipes and their dairy-free (vegan) counterparts.

This is post #3 of a yearlong project that I hope showcases – whether you’re dairy-free or dairy-lovin’, any recipe can be adjusted to fit your eating style.

If there’s someone in your home that doesn’t like dairy, or is allergic to it, you can make a bit of dairy-free goodness for them, and a bit of goat dairy-packed goodness for you. Either way, these recipes that I developed for Happy Days Dairies are simple, wholesome and downright easy to whip up and customize to suit your needs.

Hungry for more examples on how to make dairy-based recipes dairy-free or see how easy it is to cook with goat dairy products? Check out part 1 and part 2 of this series.

Chili Cheese Spread (13)

Chili Cheese Sandwich Spread: A sweet and slightly spicy cream cheese spread that’s perfect for any weekday sandwich.

Dairy-free (vegan) alternative: replace the goat cheese with an equal amount of pureed chickpeas.


Spinach and Goat Cheese Soup: Ultra smooth soup made with caramelized onions, spinach and soft goat cheese.

Dairy-free (vegan) alternative: remove the soft goat cheese and increase the sweet potato by 100 grams. Add 2 tablespoons of full-fat coconut milk for creaminess.


Popeye Banana Smoothie: Refreshing smoothie made with just 5 ingredients and loaded with protein and healthy greens!

Dairy-free (vegan) alternative: replace vanilla goat dairy yogurt with vanilla almond yogurt, non-GMO soy yogurt or coconut yogurt.

Carrot Salad (23)

Carrot and Feta Salad: Light and refreshing salad with carrots, dill and goat feta. Simple and delicious!

Dairy-free (vegan) alternative: swap out the feta with the homemade walnut cheese I used in this recipe.

So many choices, so many ways to adjust to make these recipes work for you!

I’d love to know…

Do you have multiple allergies or eating styles in your family?

Do you find it challenging to juggle everyone’s preferences?

You never know how much your words could drastically improve another woman’s life. Sharing your wisdom in the comments below will help others that may be struggling with these issues!

This post was sponsored by Happy Days Dairies. All opinions expressed herein are those of Healthful Pursuit Inc. and are not indicative of the positions or opinions of Happy Days Dairies. Thank you for supporting the brands that I believe in and choose to feature here.

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  1. Leanne all these receipes look great. I really want to try the popeye smoothie first. My question is where can I find Almond Yogurt? I can find and like coconut yogurt but would like to find an alternate to coconut. I really like the greek coconut yogert. Before I gave up dairy, I was hooked on Oikos plain greek fat free yogurt.

    • Hi Kenda – I purchase my almond yogurt at Loblaws, many health food stores have it as well. I hope that helps!

      • Thanks Leanne! We don’t have a Loblaws here in the DFW area of Texas but I will check some of the health food stores in Fort Worth as well as Whole Foods. I’ve never seen it there but who knows, maybe they will start carrying it.

  2. I fell in love with goat cheese this week after picking some up from a local farmer’s market. Spinach and goat cheese soup? That would be insane! In a good way. They also had goat yogurt which I didn’t buy because I wasn’t sure what to do with it–the homemade version was pretty runny. Hmm, soup would probably be a good option there too!

  3. Hello–Good to open my mind to easy ways to substitute things in a recipe. I was vegetarian for 2 years until I met Matt–now my husband. I gave it up because I was fed up with trying to cook 2 different meals. Sometimes he lets me slip in a meatless monday. But not often. :) Would like to get back to more veggies–and these recipes have some simple switches to get my brain thinking that direction. Thanks! Though I have resigned myself to the realization that cooking healthy unprocessed foods does take planning and time–no way around it. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing this! We’re a household of four and i feel like I have to cook four different meals to make everyone happy. My husband looooves meat, while I eat a more veggie based diet. I’m also gluten free and my picky eater two year old is dairy free. Thankfully my three year old will eat almost anything! Thanks for making me realize I can make a few substitutions and make everyone happy…or at least try to :)

  5. P.S. Leanne – these recipes all look awesome and we are going to try them all!

    • P.S Heather – Thank you!!

  6. Does anyone have any suggestions what would be a good substitute for sweet potato? We can’t get it locally. Maybe butternut squash?

    • Hi Heather – yes, butternut would work PERFECTLY!

  7. Hi, Leanne!
    Two quick questions:
    1) how much banana goes into the Popeye smoothie (it isn’t currently in the list of ingredients, though it is pictured) and,
    2) how much chopped, frozen spinach can I sub for the 2 handfuls of fresh? It’s all I have right now.

    • Hi Jo-Anne – thanks for catching that. 1) smoothie gets 1/2 a banana. The recipe has been updated. Good eye. 2) Make sure you thaw the spinach, then it should be about 1/3 cup of the thawed spinach. Enjoy!

  8. Leanne you are a blessing! I was recently told by my Ayurvedic doctor that I can’t drink coconut milk because it is too heavy for my type & she said goat milk was better for me. But then I was so thrown off by this because it is dairy but I have been taking her advice and feel a difference within my body. Now I see from your blog I can do so many other things with goat milk! I noticed in your photo you had goat milk yogurt for the smoothie, can you please tell me what brand that is. I like yogurt (especially coconut yogurt) but now have to find a goat yogurt to eat when I can. Thank you again for posting this and giving me hope!

    • Aw thanks, Michelle. All of the goat milk recipes that I make use Happy Days Goat Dairy. It’s the BOMB. They’re such a fantastic company. So great that you’ve found a doctor that’s helping you make healthy changes for yourself (and that you’re so open to it all!) Enjoy the journey…. be sure to check in and let me know how the goat dairy consumption is going!