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Dairy-Free Party Recipes


Most celebrations--whether holidays, birthdays, weddings, going-away parties, or other festive get-togethers--are often centered around food. Food, after all, is a way that we celebrate with friends and family, so it's difficult for persons with allergies or intolerances to dairy, as well as those who cook for them! If you're throwing a party where dairy-free diets will be present, browse through some of these resources to find the perfect way to make your celebration spread a special one that everyone can enjoy.  

Dairy-Free Appetizers

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Most of our traditional appetizer recipes, from cheese dips to pigs-in-a-blanket, are prepared with dairy ingredients, but this collection of Dairy-Free Appetizer Recipes will give you some ideas on ways to make your favorites without the dairy.

Store-bought Dairy-Free Crackers and Cheese

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Once of the easiest appetizers to serve at both adult and kid parties is the classic crackers with cheese. If you don't have the time to make your own dairy-free crackers or dairy-free cheese, browse through this list of my favorite Dairy-Free Cheese Substitutes and then pick up one of these easily accessible popular cracker varieties:


  • Kashi Heart to Heart Whole Grain Crackers (Original and Roasted Garlic)
  • Kellogg's Keebler Toasteds Wheat Crackers
  • Nabisco Ritz Crackers (Original and Whole Wheat)
  • Nabisco Triscuits
  • Nabisco Wheat Thins
  • Old London Melba Toast
  • Wasa Whole Wheat Crispbread

    Homemade Dairy-Free Crackers and Pretzels

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    If you're like me and you often like making things yourself, here are a few of my favorite homemade dairy-free cracker and pretzel recipes:

  • Dairy-Free Saltine Crackers
  • Olive Oil Crackers
  • Onion & Thyme Crackers
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Soft Pretzel Bites
  • Vegan Saltine Crackers
  • Dairy-Free Dips

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    Dips and spreads are an easy way to entertain for both large and small groups, and they can easily be casual or elegant. This collection of Dairy-Free Dips contains twelve of my favorite recipes, from mushroom pate to roasted garlic hummus.

    Dairy-Free Candy Recipes

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    Homemade candies are elegant treats for cocktail parties and holiday festivities, and most are easier to make than you might think. This collection of Dairy-Free Candy Recipe contains a variety of favorites that have been made dairy-free, from homemade marzipan to vegan peppermint patties.

    If you're in a pinch for time and looking for store-bought sweets, check out this list of Store-Bought Dairy-Free Candies for ideas!

    Dairy-Free Cakes

    © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Nothing sales celebration quite like a cake. This collection of Dairy-Free Cake Recipes contains dairy-free versions of classics, from chocolate to carrot to white cakes.

    If you're time-short or just looking for something easier to transport, these Dairy-Free Cupcakes are great for kid and adult parties alike, and they're easier to serve than whole cakes.

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