Can’t Have Dairy?

Goat Dairy Recipes

Diarrhea, asthma, bloating and irritability got you down? (Classy way of introducing a blog post… but I got your attention, didn’t I?)

If so, you may be suffering from the most common food allergy known to man… cow’s milk.


But not really!

Although goat milk, like cow’s milk and human milk, contains lactose, many people with lactose intolerance can drink goat milk. Why? It has been hypothesized that the reason lies in goat milk’s superior digestibility. Goat milk is more completely and easily absorbed than cow’s milk, leaving less undigested residue behind in the colon to quite literally ferment and cause the uncomfortable symptoms of lactose intolerance (source).

Basically, if cow’s milk has you clenching your gut in pain, I think that you should try goat’s milk.

And I have 4 yummy new recipes that will (hopefully!) persuade you.

Sweet Potato & Feta Coins (9)

Sweet Potato and Feta Coins: You’ll have a hard time sharing this plate of sweet potato coins with melted feta and toasted pine nuts with anyone.

They’re sprinkled with thyme and parsley for a delicious, herb-infused treat. Seriously, these guys are out of this world!

Dairy-free alternative: replace the feta with an equal amount of vegan cheese.

Watermelon Salad (22)

Watermelon Salad: 4 ingredient salad, perfect as a mid-morning treat.

This salad is fresh, light and cooling. Pair with some cooked chickpeas or strips of chicken and you have yourself a nice, light meal!

Dairy-free alternative: this salad would be great with little chunks of smoked tofu.

Almond Flour Mozzarella Sticks (17)

Almond Flour Mozzarella Sticks: Gluten-free goat milk mozzarella cheese sticks best served hot, right out of the pan.

So these guys aren’t the healthiest… but when you’re craving a little mozzarella stick action, they’re far healthier than the sticks from your local pub.

Dairy-free alternative: replace the cheese with jicima or potatoes. Yes, it’s not cheese… but it’s still delicious!

Cake Batter Dip (10)

Cake Batter Dip: All of the ingredients of white cake made into an irresistible fruit dip, sprinkles included.

When you want cake and don’t want to a) make one or, b) wait for everything to bake, and cool… make this dip instead.

Dairy-free alternative: replace the cream cheese with my vegan cream cheese recipe, and the yogurt with a non-dairy yogurt of your choice.


Totally unrelated to diarrhea (thank goodness!)…

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you may have seen my CRAZY update from last Tuesday. While we were in Las Vegas (and I was checking out the special suite Kevin surprised me with)… he got down on one knee and proposed!

I’ve been dreaming of marrying this man since before I knew him. He is everything I could have dreamed of, and then some. He is my everything, my love, my best friend.

We’re spending today and tomorrow touring the city for a cute little place to say “I do”, meeting with photographers,  tea shops, restaurants and the like. I can’t wait to share some of the details with you as it starts to come together (including the allergen-free menu that we’re working on!)

Have a glorious weekend ;)

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. Congrats!!! I always anxiously anticipate your emails. I love your delicious recipes and sunny outlook on life. I know you are helping a lot of people. Congratulations on this next wonderful chapter of your life. There is nothing better than marrying your best friend.

  2. As I was scrolling thru my emails wondering which one to read I thought how you seemed much happier now you’ve both moved.
    Then I thought I wonder what is next for you. Something big is hovering around you. So, even tho I didn’t much feel like cheese I chose this post to read – Hurrah! I have discovered your next big thing :-D
    I know you are already brimming over with happiness, but I would like to wish you -both of you- More!
    Congratulations :D

    • Thank you so much, Lisa. You are quite intuitive! Thank you for your wonderful words of support and love. We both very much appreciate you! Have a beautiful day :)

  3. Can’t wait to try the cheese stick recipe on my boys and the recipe for sweet potato rounds blew my mind… Congratulations to you and Kevin – so happy and excited for you both!!

  4. oooh thats great news! and isn’t it so cool to call him your fiancee now? or did you secretly already got married over there? big hugs

    • Bahaha nope, no secret marriage! I’m pretty sure my parents would kill me (or him)!

  5. Mazel tov, as we say!! :). That’s wonderful news, I’m so excited for you both. Wishing you lots of health, happiness, peace, success, blessings and joy. !

  6. I just found Goat’s Milk, and I love it. I am allergic to cow’s milk, and have not been able to have it for better than 25 years now. I have tried everything, but nothing beats a hunk of cheese with an apple and a hunk of French bread. So now, I am starting to substitute it in every recipe that calls for cheese. Another wonderful alternative to milk is Almond Milk Ice cream. If you look, you can certainly find things. But thank you for putting this stuff out there and for being aware that there are a lot of us with a lot of food allergies, and knowing someone cares is wonderful.

  7. Leanne,
    It’s so strange how you have become a part of my life without ever meeting you. I love trying your recipes and listening to your adventures in life and cooking. I am so happy for you and Kevin! I think you should write a post about how you met and when you knew he was the one and about the upcoming wedding planning– of course, tying food to it somehow. Congratulations!