Looking for some comfort food recipes that will warm you up on cold winter nights - without the dairy? We've compiled 60 delicious dairy-free winter recipes.
From appetizers to desserts, and all sorts of main dishes and side dishes in between, this is sure to be a collection of recipes you go back to again and again!
Dairy-Free Cooking and Baking
If you're new to dairy-free cooking and baking, I highly recommend you check out this super-sized post all about being dairy-free first. It's titled The Best Dairy-Free Cooking and Baking Products, but it goes in-depth into what the different labeling terms mean.
I also share some helpful hints on where to find some of these dairy-free products in the grocery store. A more and more stores stock their shelves with dairy-free products, you may still find them all throughout the store in different sections.
My Favorite Dairy-Free Products
As a start, here are some of the main products that I cook and bake with in these dairy-free recipes.
- Coconut Milk
- Nutritional Yeast
- Dairy-Free Cheddar Style Shreds
- Vegan Parmesan Style Grated
- Dairy-Free/Vegan Mayo
- Dairy-Free Sour Cream
- Vegan Butter Sticks
- Dairy-Free Chocolate Chunks
- Lactose Free Cream Cheese and Dairy-Free Cream Cheese
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And now, here are 60 delicious dairy-free winter recipes to enjoy during these chilly months ahead!
Dairy Free Winter Recipes
60 Dairy-Free Winter Recipes
Winter Appetizer and Side Dish Recipes
Dairy-Free Gougeres are delicious bite-size appetizers that you can make ahead of time! These pillowy soft appetizers are sure to warm up your next winter get together.
These flaky, tasty appetizers are made with crab meat, mushrooms, green onions, garlic, dill, and lemon juice. The filling is then cooked in a white wine sauce. They pair perfectly with a fruity white wine!
Easy to make and full of pesto and sundried tomato flavors, these delicious bites also use plant-based cheese for added element. Serve them at your next holiday party or dinner with friends!
Take your meatballs to the next level with this tangy, slightly tart appetizer recipe. Easy to make and comfortingly delicious, they make the perfect holiday party treat. We've got cooking instructions for the slow cooker, Instant Pot/Ninja Foodi, and stovetop.
Winter Soup Recipes
The wontons in this soup are filled with ground pork, garlic, ginger, and green onions, swimming in a warm, comforting broth. This delicious soup is wonderful for chilly days.
This Vegan Pumpkin Soup made with pumpkin puree and coconut milk is creamy without the dairy, and full of flavor. Topped with roasted pumpkin seeds for a satisfying crunch, this dish is warm, comfort food at its finest.
Italian Bean Soup
This satisfying soup is made with a vegetable broth and tomato paste base, along with 3 kinds of beans, along with potatoes, barley, spinach, and carrots. It's the perfect cozy soup to cook up when the weather gets colder.
Caldo de Res (Mexican Beef Soup)
Caldo de Res, or Mexican Beef Soup, is made with big chunks of vegetables and a robust, warming broth. Loaded with flavor, this hearty soup is satisfying and delicious.
This rich, creamy soup is packed with nutrients and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Using a base of coconut milk and vegetable stock -- and a cauliflower, carrot, potato puree -- it's dairy-free and oh so delicious.
Dairy-Free Seafood Chowder
This dairy-free chowder is smooth and creamy with a cashew cream base and plenty of seafood! It’s pure comfort food and will definitely satisfy your chowder craving!
Coconut Carrot Lentil Soup
This delicious, nutrient-rich soup is packed with ginger, turmeric, and carrots to help boost your immune system and fight off illness. The creamy soup comes together easily and is perfect for those cold winter days.
Sometimes, only slow-cooked soup will do. Combining Italian meatballs, pasta, and veggies, this flavorful, hearty soup makes for a satisfying meal that will warm you right up!
If you love lasagna and you love soup, get the best of both with this cozy dish. It has all the pasta and veggie goodness of lasagna without the lengthy bake time. Done in just 30 minutes, it's the perfect comfort food recipe at the end of a long day.
Tom Yum Goong Recipe (Thai Lemongrass Soup)
This Thai lemongrass soup is made with shrimp and a base that's infused with Thai chillies and herbs. The result is a light, tangy, flavorful dish with a bit of heat to warm you up this winter.
Packed with healthy green lentils, carrots, celery, and tomatoes, this hearty lentil soup is thick and rich, and will fill you up in the best way. It's an ideal soup dish for those chillier winter nights.
Whole30 Creamy Chicken Soup (AIP)
This dairy-free creamy chicken soup is the perfect winter comfort food! It is smooth, creamy and so cozy; packed with chicken, coconut milk, carrots, and celery.
This hearty soothing comfort food is loaded with tender chicken and immunity boosting turmeric and ginger, to make this a delicious feel-good (or feel better!) soup for kids and adults alike.
With ground turkey meatballs, orzo, carrots, and kale, this Italian Wedding Soup features a marriage of delicious flavors. Hearty and oh so satisfying, especially on a chilly night.
Made with ground Italian sausage, veggies, and broth, this Sausage Tortellini Soup is warm, comforting, and filling. Great for cold-weather days or nights!
Winter Chicken, Pork, Turkey Recipes
This dish is created with just a few ingredients but packs some serious smoky flavor thanks to the paprika. And making it in the air fryer results in a crispy chicken skin that will have you craving more. It's a fast, easy chicken dinner recipe the whole family will love!
Thai Pumpkin Curry with Chicken
Some chilly days just call for a comforting curry. Loaded with chicken, veggies, and pumpkin in a creamy, flavorful coconut red curry sauce, this dish makes for a satisfying winter meal.
Healthy Tuscan Chicken (Whole30, Dairy Free)
This Healthy Tuscan Chicken is all kinds of delicious and super simple to make in just one skillet. It’s loaded with veggies and is dairy-free, Whole30, and Paleo.
This hearty turkey chili made with coffee chocolate stout and farro is also packed with veggies. It's the perfect comfort food to warm up any winter evening!
This satisfying dish is made with chicken thighs and chickpeas and packed with robust spices and flavors. Done in just 30 minutes, it's a great quick dinner option for those cold winter nights.
This fragrant traditional Filipino dish is made with a combination of chicken thighs and drumsticks and has a satisfying tanginess thanks to the vinegar and garlic base. Serve it with rice to complete this hearty, tasty meal!
Using three kinds of peppers, this turkey pasta is both colorful and satisfying. Substitute half & half for coconut milk to make it dairy free. Great for busy weeknight dinners and also hearty Sunday suppers.
Turkey pumpkin chili
This tasty turkey pumpkin chili is packed with flavor thanks to pumpkin puree and aromatic spices, and it’s lightened up by using ground turkey instead of beef.
Crockpot Asian Sesame Chicken Thighs
Made with bell peppers, onions, ginger soy dressing, and Teriyaki sauce, everything cooks in the crockpot. Serve over rice for a great winter dinner or use it in meal prep lunches.
This dairy-free pork pasta is coated in a delicious mushroom herb sauce. Make it with pre-marinated pork loin to shorten the cook time even more. This elegant yet easy dinner is perfect for any night of the week!
Using just a handful of ingredients, this simple, rustic dish packs a ton of flavor. And the apple cider lends a satisfying tanginess to the chops. Make it in under 30 minutes for a quick meal during the hectic holiday season.
This citrusy dish is cooked in bacon fat instead of butter to make it rich and satisfying. Garlic and rosemary round out the familiar, comforting flavors -- an ideal dinner option for chilly winter weather.
This flavorful dish is sweet with honey, has a bit of spice, and chicken that's coated with an umami bomb sauce. It's a delicious, easy dinner for busy winter weeknights.
Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggie Dinner
Made simply in just a single sheet pan, this maple balsamic chicken with veggies is the perfect feel good, comfort food for those cold winter nights.
This dairy-free is creamy, flavorful and made in under 30 minutes in your pressure cooker. Made with skinless chicken breasts and sundried tomatoes, this hearty dish is the perfect winter weeknight comfort food.
Featuring chili garlic sauce, ramen noodles, ground pork, and ginger, this better-than-takeout dish is fast, inexpensive, and is a spicy flavor explosion!
Winter Beef Recipes
Classic Beef Bourguignon is a quintessential winter weather meal. This rich, hearty comfort food with tender chunks of beef, carrots, and mushrooms is the perfect dish for a winter dinner party or a just cozy night in.
American Goulash Recipe (One-Pot)
This easy, one-pot, comfort food is made with ground beef, tomatoes, and macaroni noodles. It's a satisfying, warm, hearty dish for when the weather turns cold.
Beef Carbonnade (Slow Cooked Beef and Beer)
Made with beef, mustard, and onions that are slow cooked in beer for a tender, oven-baked melt-in-your-mouth stew, this is a dish that you'll want to eat all year round!
Dairy-free with a tomato and coconut cream base, this rich, creamy ground beef pasta is a hearty, satisfying, 30-minute meal that the whole family will love!
Lazy Slow Cooker Steak Chili
This delicious and hearty recipe uses tender pieces of pulled beef, beans, and tomatoes all slow cooked together with just the right spices for to make for the perfect, cold-weather, one-bowl meal.
Balsamic Short Ribs Recipe
For this tangy recipe, the ribs are slow-cooked in balsamic vinegar to infuse them with flavor. The result is a mouth-watering, tender short rib that works great over gnocchi or paired with vegetables like brussels sprouts.
Who needs take-out? This Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef is a hearty, flavorful dish packed with yummy veggies and spices. It's easy to make at home - perfect for busy weeknights and fancy weekend dinners alike!
Irish Beef & Guinness Stew
This beef stew simmered with potatoes and vegetables is a classic one pot comfort meal. The addition of Guinness infuses the stew with an extra punch of flavor. A perfect satisfying meal for when the weather turns chillier.
Winter Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes
This creamy vegan pasta using unsalted vegan butter and coconut milk is rich, hearty, and super satisfying. The crispy mushrooms add a tasty, crunchy texture. Done in under 30 minutes, it makes for a delicious winter weeknight dinner.
It may be vegan, but this Alfredo sauce is just as rich and creamy as the original. Coconut milk gives it a bit of a nutty flavor and Dijon mustard adds just a hint of a tanginess to the sauce. It's the perfect pasta dish for cooler wintry nights.
Love risotto but short on time? Made with arborio rice, cremini mushrooms, and dairy-free parmesan, this Instant Pot vegan mushroom risotto is fast, easy, and full of hearty deliciousness.
Rich, creamy, and flavorful, this vegan carbonara is loaded with oven baked Portobello bacon, vegan Parmesan, fresh basil, and smothered in a creamy sunflower seed based sauce. It’s ideal for winter weeknights or fancy dinners!
Made with plant-based ground beef in an Instant Pot, this quick vegetarian Bolognese sauce is both hearty and full of flavor. It's a great dish for a family dinner or a dinner party with friends!
This vegetarian tortellini recipe is light and flavorful, full of the savory essence of the sage. Made with just a few ingredients and swapping butter for olive oil, it's a satisfying winter meal that won't weigh you down.
Vegan, dairy-free, and done in under 30-minutes, this flavorful Thai-inspired dish is perfect for Meatless Mondays – and every other day of the week!
Winter Dessert Recipes
Dairy-free, gluten free, and vegan, this delicious chocolate mousse comes with a twist: avocado! The avocado lends a smooth, silky texture while taking the place of heavy cream and eggs.
Vegan Oatmeal Cream Pies
This simple vegan oatmeal cream pie recipe features spiced oatmeal cookies with a fluffy and creamy vanilla frosting in between. They're soft, sweet, chewy and delicious!
Dairy Free Tres Leches Cake
Tres Leches Cake is a simple to make but it's always impressive. This version uses coconut milk instead of dairy for a delicious coconut twist. It's perfect for the holidays or anytime.
Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies
These maple chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy, and full of maple syrup and brown sugar flavors. The walnuts are optional, there's no chill time and they're ready in just 20 minutes!
Persimmon and Almond Crumble Recipe
A comforting crumble recipe made with persimmon which is in season during the winter from October to January. This vegan recipe is packed with hearty flavors like cinnamon and maple syrup -- and makes a lovely winter dessert with custard.
Almond Milk Rice Pudding (Vegan, GF, DF)
This almond milk rice pudding is a low-sugar recipe made with unsweetened almond milk, and served with pistachios, fresh fruit and maple syrup. Serve it hot for a comforting twist on breakfast when the weather turns colder.
Vegan Pumpkin Donuts (maple glazed)
This easy baked vegan pumpkin donuts recipe is filled with warm spices along with maple and vanilla flavor. Each donut is topped with a rich wintery maple cinnamon glaze!
This easy cheesecake bites recipe replaces the dairy filling with a creamy almond milk, vanilla, and hazelnut blend. A vegan graham cracker crust results in a nutty, sweet treat with a satisfying cookie crunch!
Eggless Banana Bread
Nothing says comfort food like banana bread! This vegan version includes walnuts and cinnamon for an extra crunch and punch. Serve it warmed up with a hot drink for a comforting winter snack.
Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles
These soft snicker doodles are dairy-free and delicious. Lemon juice is substituted for the traditional cream of tartar, giving them a bright tanginess. Then they're rolled in cinnamon sugar for a sweet finish!
Wines to Pair with Dairy-Free Winter Recipes
As you might guess, wintery dishes often pair beautifully with red wine. Some of my favorite winter wine pairings include:
Beef Roast - pair with Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Merlot
Hearty Tomato-Based Winter Stews and Soups - in general, pair winter soups like Beef Bourguignon and Beef Stew with Syrah, Rioja, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Malbec.
Salmon and Chicken Dishes - these generally pair perfectly with Pinot Noir or a fuller-bodied, lightly oaked Chardonnay.
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