Who loves breakfast? traditionally that means eggs, bacon, and pancakes that are piled high with syrup and a huge pat of butter. If you going indulgent, you might add whipped cream and chocolate chips. If you’re going the healthier direction, eggs are still a big part of breakfast. You might have juice along with a glass of milk. Or coffee with cream.
What to do if you have an allergy or intolerance to both eggs and dairy?
I’ve been dairy and egg-free for about 6 years now. Figuring out what to eat for breakfast was one of the hardest meals for me to figure out. It’s also what I get asked most about when talking with other people with allergies or intolerances. Going out for breakfast can be difficult – you scan the menu and there’s usually a huge column of egg dishes and another column of pancake and waffle entrees. Now two of my favorite foods are bacon and berries – so just give me both and I’m a happy person.
- Chia seed pudding – Chia seed pudding is an easy and healthy breakfast option. Bonus – you can make ahead so it’s all ready to eat in the morning. I’ve included my favorite easy recipe at the end of this post.
- Avocado toast – toast a piece of bread and top with smashed avocado. For additional flavor mix in lemon juice, salt or add some seasoning for a bit of kick (chili, paprika, or tajin).
- Smoked salmon & roasted veggies – Steam asparagus and serve with smoked salmon
- Roasted potatoes and veggies with a side of bacon – Roast chopped red potatoes with onions and peppers (chop, drizzle with oil and roast at 400 degrees until tender and lightly browned) and serve with bacon or sausage.
- Apple slices and nut butter – Very simple but tasty breakfast. Slice up an apple and dip in your favorite nut butter.
- Cereal and nondairy milk – Many kinds of cereal are dairy and egg-free. If you like milk in your cereal, use a non-dairy variety.
- Nondairy yogurt topped with fruit and granola
- Toasted bagel with non-dairy cream cheese
- Smoothie – made a dairy-free breakfast smoothie with your favorite fruits and veggies. Use non-dairy yogurt or banana to thicken.
- Vegan pancakes and breakfast sausage – Whip up a batch of these easy vegan pancakes and saute some breakfast sausage. If you really want to indulge, add some non-dairy whipped topping and dairy-free chocolate chips (Enjoy life baking chips).
- Vegan muffins and a side of fruit
- Almond butter toast – toast a slice of bread (We love Dave’s Killer Bread ), spread with almond butter, and sprinkle with a bit of pink salt.
The BEST dairy-free substitutes
There are so many options for dairy-free substitutes. They’re made from a variety of substitutes including soy, coconut, almond, cashew, and oat. Try a variety of types and brands to pick your favorites – I definitely have preferences based on different flavors and consistencies. If you haven’t searched for new products in a while, you need to look. There are so many new tasty products. My favorite places to shop for allergy-friendly foods are Trader Joes, Sprouts, and Whole Foods but even regular grocery stores have lots of great options these days. You can even make some yourself. I’ve made homemade almond milk and it’s so easy! Also great because you can control the ingredients that go into it.
I’ve listed a few of my favorites below:
- Milk – Pacific Almond Milk, Trader Joes Unsweetened Coconut Beverage, Trader Joes Unsweetened Almond Beverage
- creamer – Nut Pods Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer
- butter – Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread, Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, Melt Organic Dairy Free Butter
- yogurt – Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt, Trader Joes Creamy Cashew Yogurt Alternative
- cream cheese – Kite Hill cream cheese
Always read the ingredient label. There are some nut milks that still have dairy in them. There are some that are only lactose-free but still have the milk proteins (casein and whey).
Dairy-Free Chia Seed Pudding
- 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Non-dairy Milk
- 1/2 Teaspoon Honey
- Sliced Almonds
- Mix chia seeds with non-dairy milk. Stir well until there are no remaining clumps.
- Add a touch of honey and mix in.
- Cover and store in fridge for 2 hours (up to 5 days)
- Top with almonds and berries. Enjoy!
I’m always looking for more healthy and easy breakfast ideas. Have one to share? Let us know.