Whether you’re lactose-intolerant, vegan, have to cut out dairy for a health reason or while nursing a baby, or just looking to reduce the amount of dairy in your diet, these 10 shake recipes are the perfect dairy-free snack or meal to support your healthy weight loss journey. Plus these fall-themed recipes are just in time for pumpkin spice season, screaming cinnamon, spice, and everything nice!
Read on for dairy-free fall recipe inspiration along with our favorite lactose-free smoothie ingredients. Plus, instructions on how to blend it all together!
5 Best Dairy-Free Meal Replacement Shake Ingredients
While our 10 recipes below are all dairy-free, most of our over 100+ meal replacement shake recipes are also free from dairy! They all feature some or most of these amazingly delicious dairy-free ingredients that are easy to add to your next recipe:
1) Plant-Based Milk Alternatives
Substitute dairy milk or yogurt with these creamy and delicious dairy-free options instead!
- Almond milk
- Coconut milk (in a can or a carton!)
- Cashew milk
- Oat milk
- Coconut water
- Banana milk (the liquid and dairy-free version of banana bread!)
- Or even just plain water!
Looking for an extra blend of rich and creamy minus the dairy? Our sweet and savory Golden Milk blend offers five immune-supporting herbs, only 20 calories per serving, and zero grams of sugar. Perfect for blending into your dairy-free shake along with these other plant-based milk alternatives.
2) Nut Butters
Nut butters add a creamy consistency, and deliciously nutty taste to your drink. Plus, they also offer essential healthy fats to help keep you feeling full and satisfied while supporting your brain health and more. And, they come in a variety of types, so feel free to experiment. You can find a “butter” for pretty much any nut out there!
Here are some of our favorite options:
- Peanut Butter
- Almond Butter
- Cashew Butter
- Pecan Butter
- Pistachio Butter
- Hazelnut Butter
- Macadamia Nut Butter
Psst… Want to get the scrumptiously-nutty taste of peanut butter without the high calorie count, sodium or sugar? Then try a peanut butter powder in your next smoothie instead.
3) Nuts & Seeds
As an alternative to nut butters, try tossing in the whole nuts and seeds instead! It’ll add a delightful crunch to your smoothies and provide a plethora of nutrients. Since nuts and seeds contain plant-based protein, fiber and healthy fats, they also support enhanced energy, satisfaction, and overall health.
Here are some great options:
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
4) Plain, Unsweetened Non-Dairy Yogurt
Next, in case you didn’t know this, you can actually swap out your usual dairy yogurt for a yummy non-dairy alternative - and there are lots of options! Yogurts can be made with all different types of plant-based milks including almond, cashew, coconut, soy, oat and more.
Here are some specific dairy-free yogurt options to get you started:
- Califia Farms Probiotic Dairy-Free Yogurt
- Ripple Vanilla Creamy Dairy-Free Yogurt
- Almond Breeze Dairy-Free Vanilla Almond Milk Yogurt
- Kite Hill Plain Unsweetened Artisan Almond Milk Yogurt
- Silk Plain Dairy-Free Almondmilk Yogurt
P.S. to avoid unnecessary added sugar make sure to choose plain or unsweetened dairy-free yogurt!
5) Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and veggies supply a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, fiber and more. In fact, you may not realize this, but they also can provide an added boost of protein! Not to mention that they bring great texture and consistency to your smoothies, especially if you choose frozen options.
Get creative with this category! There are so many fruits and veggies out there, many of which you may not be utilizing, and they can offer exciting new flavors along with nutrients that you may be lacking.
Here are some great options to add to your next smoothie:
How to Make a Dairy-Free Meal Replacement Shake
1) Start With a Liquid Base
Start with the liquid of your choice at the bottom of the blender! As we mentioned above, some great dairy-free options include almond, coconut, cashew, or oat milk; coconut water; or even just plain water depending on the recipe.
2) Protein Powder and/or Collagen
Next, add in the protein powder or meal replacement shake powder of your choice. Choose your flavor based on the recipe! If you want extra protein, try adding a scoop of collagen powder as well, which can help support healthy joints, a healthy gut and more, while increasing satiety.
3) High-Protein Fruit & Veggies
After that, add in your choice of nutritious fruits and veggies, choosing some higher-protein options if desired. For this part, you can use fresh or frozen! Both will give you invaluable nutrients, but frozen will give you a thicker, more icy texture.
4) Flavor & Texture Boosters
Here's where you can add those additional dairy-free ingredients such as nuts and seeds, dairy-free yogurt, or even peanut butter powder – for a smooth and nutty flavor with no sugar or unhealthy additives!
Blend up all your ingredients, sip, and savor!
10 Yummy Dairy-Free Fall Meal Replacement Shake Recipes!
1) Vanilla Chai Banana Shake
This Vanilla Chai Banana Shake Recipe utilizes creamy, smooth 310 Organic Vanilla, mixed with yummy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg to give it that unmistakable chai taste. The frozen banana and almond butter in this recipe also make the texture thick, creamy, and ultra-enjoyable. It’s a wonderful fall shake recipe that’s versatile enough to savor as a meal, snack, or dessert.
2) Salted Caramel Apple Shake Recipe
With the fall season rolling in, you may have apple picking on your to-do list. And why not put those freshly-picked apples to good use? This Salted Caramel Apple Shake Recipe has all the sweet and salty taste of a Salted Caramel Apple – without all the added sugar. Instead, it contains nutritious and wholesome dairy-free ingredients to help give your body energy while keeping you full and satisfied.
3) Chocolate Pumpkin Shake Recipe
This indulgent shake is the perfect mix of chocolaty and pumpkin spice goodness, all together in one healthy treat that tastes delicious. The combination of 310 Organic Pumpkin Spice and 310 Organic Chocolate creates a flavor explosion that can only be described in one word: Decadent! While the recipe calls for Greek Yogurt, there are plenty of dairy-free yogurt alternatives you can try instead, like the options we mention above!
4) Chocolate Gingerbread Shake Recipe
If you’re ready for a non-dairy recipe that can kick start the magic of the holidays this fall season, this Chocolate Gingerbread Shake is it. With warm gingerbread mixed with creamy frozen banana, spicy cinnamon, chocolaty cacao, and inviting 310 Organic Gingerbread, this is a shake that will bring a smile to your face every single time.
5) Low-Carb Chocolate S'mores Frappe
Nothing says fall quite like sitting around a campfire roasting some marshmallows! Only you can skip the added sugar and hassle of building a fire by blending up this delicious and dairy-free recipe instead. In just minutes you can both satisfy your sweet tooth and balance your health. Plus the addition of cold brew makes it the perfect breakfast smoothie or afternoon pick-me-up to uplift your mood and energy while fueling your body with nourishing foods.
6) Apple Cinnamon Shake
Cinnamon and apple are the perfect fall flavors for a deliciously spiced drink that will make you feel extra cozy. Although every sip resembles a bite of apple pie, it provides your body with the proper fuel it needs to help you feel good from the inside out. Plus it’s made with all vegan and dairy-free ingredients!
7) Creamy Carrot Smoothie
This Creamy Carrot Smoothie tastes like a slice of carrot cake! Only it's made with nutritious whole food and vegan ingredients instead, satisfying your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Although carrots are more commonly used in savory dishes, they pair well with sweet ingredients for a nutritious and tasty dessert that you can enjoy as a snack or meal. Plus the orange color makes for the perfect Halloween recipe!
8) Keto Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Pass on the sugar-laden, ultra-processed hot chocolate mixes and grab four simple, whole food ingredients to create this incredible Keto-Friendly Gingerbread Hot Chocolate! This hot shake contains 20g of plant-based proteins and 16g of healthy fats from 310 Organic Gingerbread and almond butter, offering a variety of nutrients to fuel your body and help keep you full. And on top of being keto-friendly, it’s also completely vegan for a yummy drink that will fit into an array of different lifestyles.
9) Warm Green Chai Smoothie
Craving a Chai Tea Latte? Try this Warm Green Chai Smoothie instead! Made with nutritious dairy-free ingredients, this shake has no added sugars and is full of flavor for a simple healthy swap. And although it might not look like other chai lattes, it has the same taste as your favorite spiced tea but with an extra boost of nutrition and fiber.
10) Warm Snickerdoodle Smoothie
Put a healthy twist on the classic dessert with this Warm Snickerdoodle Smoothie. Perfect for the colder fall and winter months, this flavor-packed, comforting shake will satisfy all your dessert and dairy-free cravings! Packed with 20g of plant-based proteins and 14g of health-supporting fats, this warm smoothie helps keep you full with whole food ingredients like 310 Organic Vanilla and almond butter.
Craving more? Check out our over 100+ nutritionist-approved shake recipes for more delicious inspiration.