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6 Deliciously Dairy-Free Recipes for Shavuot

6 Deliciously Dairy-Free Recipes for Shavuot

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Shavuot is typically known as a dairy-heavy holiday, even though the tradition's origins are largely unknown. There are, however, also plenty of delicious, dairy-free recipe Shavuot options for vegans, lactose-free folks, and others who would simply prefer not to indulge in so much dairy - but still want to enjoy the culinary spirit of the holiday. 

  1. Dairy-Free Cream Cheese TartletsWrites Jewish cooking expert Tina Wasserman, "I created this recipe for people who are sensitive or allergic to dairy products and gluten. If you do not have those food intolerances, this tartlet is also delicious made with regular cream cheese, dairy cream, and a graham cracker crust. Either way, enjoy!"
  2. Vegan Lokshen Kugel Just Like Mom's: Lisa Dawn Angerame shares her favortie recipe for noodle kugel, adapted from the dairy version her mom made. This recipe, which includes tofu cream cheese and raw cashew butter, makes a big, casserole-dish-sized kugel. 
  3. Vegan Coconut Rum Raisin Tapioca Pudding: Kenden Alfond, founder of the website Jewish Food Hero, says she's updated her tradition of eating animal-based dairy on Shavuot to meet her health goals and dietary preferences. "The added rum-soaked raisins makes the dessert fancy and may remind you of the ice cream flavor rum raisin," she says of this recipe. 
  4. Mango-Cardamom Sweet Brown Rice Pudding: Personal chef Katie Simmons shares a dairy-free, gluten-free Shavuot alternative that uses short-grain sweet brown rice as the base for a rich pudding. "Sweet brown rice takes on a creamy texture, yet keeps its chewy texture after simmering for awhile, ideal for a satisfying rice pudding," she says.
  5. Vegan Blueberry Blintzes: Chef Mark Reinfeld, co-founder of Vegan Fusion, says blintzes evoke childhood memories of special meals with his family. "To make them from scratch, and to make them vegan, was a true revelation," he says. 
  6. Strawberry Ice CreamThis easy yet elegant recipe includes only three ingredients: sugar, egg whites, and fresh strawberries. Says the chef, Paula Shoyer, "I was skeptical about the simplicity of the preparation, but it really works and results in a light, refreshing, frozen dessert."

Looking for dairy recipes for the holiday? Check out "13 Recipes for a Delightfully Dairy-Full Shavuot."

Kate (Bigam) Kaput is the digital communications manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, serving as a content manager and editor for She is a proud alumna of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Eisendrath Legislative Assistant fellowship and also served as the RAC's press secretary. A native Ohioan, Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University. She lives in Cleveland with her husband, Mike. 

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