Adults aren’t the only ones who can have difficulties with lactose intolerance. Dairy can be a downer for kids as well!
Kids who are lactose intolerant may experience excess burping, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Preparing a meal for yourself while lactose intolerant can be challenging enough, but kids are notoriously picky.
Finding foods to please their palettes isn’t easy.
Fear not! There are many things that you can make using Lactaid milk.
Lactaid is real deal dairy from cows, so it is 100% milk and tastes like regular milk.
Here are 21 recipes your kids will love – all made with Lactaid:
Breakfast Recipes for Kids made with Lactaid Milk
#1 Milk and Cereal – Kids Classic, but made with Lactaid!
Milk and cereal are a go-to for many parents trying to get their kids out the door in the morning. However, it may be challenging to do when you have a lactose-intolerant child. With Lactaid, your kid can enjoy milk and cereal again!
#2 Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits and Gravy are the ultimate comfort food, but not if you’re lactose-intolerant. Lactaid to the rescue! You can replace the devilish dairy in this Taste of Home recipe for a delicious home-cooked meal sure to please your kids.
Waffles are quick, easy, and versatile. They’re a blank slate that can please almost anyone. While many recipes do call for milk, don’t break a sweat. You can swap in Lactaid. Here’s the Daily Meal’s “only waffle recipe you’ll ever need.”
This French classic has a world of possibilities. You can make both sweet and savory meals with JennyC819’s basic crepe recipe. Just replace the half cup of milk with Lactaid, and you’ll be good to go. Your family will love them!
Starter Recipes for Kids made with Lactaid Milk
#5 Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cream of mushroom soup is an excellent base for a lot of meals or tasty on its own. While most recipes call for milk, you can get around that by using Lactaid. This delicious recipe from Spruce Eats is a good start.
#6 Spinach Artichoke Dip
This spinach artichoke dip from Tastes Better from Scratch is a great recipe to have on hand or at a party. While it does call for sour cream, you can make your own using Lactaid’s sour cream swap recipe.
Main Dishes Recipes for Kids made with Lactaid Milk
#7 White Chicken Pizza
It’s well-known that kids LOVE pizza, but it’s usually laden in lactose, making it unfriendly for lactose-intolerant kids. There’s a solution to this dilemma! This Lactaid white chicken pizza is sure to please both your kids and their tummies.
#8 Mac and Cheese – Kids Classic, but made with Lactaid!
Mac and cheese is another crowd pleaser! Unfortunately, it is usually a double whammy with the milk AND the cheese. If you substitute the milk with Lactaid and use cheddar (naturally lactose-free) cheese, your kid will not miss out on anything!
#9 Lasagna – Kids Classic, but made with Lactaid!!
Lasagna is a weeknight staple in many households but can pose problems for lactose-intolerant kids. With Lactaid’s lactose-free lasagna recipe, you’ll be dishing up delicious lasagna that will not upset any tummies. That is a win for the entire family!
#10 Fettuccine Alfredo
Fettuccine Alfredo is a creamy and dreamy dinnertime favorite. Kids love this dish, but lactose-intolerant youngsters can’t always eat it. Swap out the milk in Geoffrey Zakarian’s recipe, and you’ll be good to go because parmesan and pecorino cheeses are naturally lactose-free!
#11 Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken fried steak is a mouthwatering southern dish with a jaw-dropping amount of milk. Luckily, Lactaid can replace both the milk and buttermilk in Norah’s recipe on All Recipes. You can find how to substitute buttermilk on the Lactaid website.
#12 Chicken Pasta with White Sauce
Somewhere between mac and cheese and alfredo lies chicken pasta with a white sauce. This delicious pasta dish is sure to please. With Lactaid, you can serve this creamy dish from Pepper Delight to your kids without worrying about their tummies.
Side Dish Recipes for Kids made with Lactaid Milk
#13 Scalloped Potatoes
A delicious co-star to your family meal is scalloped potatoes. With Lactaid, you won’t have to worry about the 1 ½ cups of milk in Kim’s recipe. Even better, the cheesy goodness comes from swiss cheese, another naturally lactose-free cheese.
#14 Mashed Potatoes – Kids Classic, but made with Lactaid!
Mashed potatoes are best friends with so many meals. Sadly, many recipes have tons of milk! No worries, Lactaid can replace the milk in these recipes at a one-to-one ratio. You can try Esmee Williams’s basic mashed potato recipe with Lactaid.
Dessert Recipes for Kids made with Lactaid Milk
#15 Hot Milk Cake
Kids love cake, and this hot milk cake recipe from Taste of Home is sure to delight them. With the help of Lactaid, even your lactose-free child will be able to enjoy this simple but tasty recipe. It will soon be a birthday staple!
#16 Ice Cream – Kids Classic, but made with Lactaid!
I scream you scream; kids love to eat ice cream! Lactaid has a collection of lactose-free ice cream you can serve your kids if you want to buy some. Try this Food Network recipe using Lactaid for a homemade version.
#17 Ice Cream Sandwiches – Kids Classic, but made with Lactaid!
Take your sweet treat one step further by turning it into a delicious ice cream sandwich your kids will love. Lactaid’s tasty tummy-friendly cookie dough ice cream sandwich recipe will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth in your family.
Pudding is a super delicious treat usually “made with real milk.” While that is generally great, it isn’t if your kid is lactose-intolerant. You can add Lactaid to your favorite pudding mixes or make your own using Rosemary’s recipe.
Drink Recipes for Kids made with Lactaid Milk
#19 Chocolate Milk – Kids Classic, but made with Lactaid!
Chocolate milk is typically a no-no for lactose-intolerant kids. Do not worry! Lactaid has worry-free chocolate milk that is ready-to-go. You can also make your own from scratch using Spruce Eat’s recipe, swapping out regular milk for Lactaid milk.
#20 Hot Chocolate – Kids Classic, but made with Lactaid!
Hot chocolate warms your heart, but it might do more than that if you’re lactose-intolerant. With Lactaid, your kids don’t have to worry. Swap out the milk and add your favorite cocoa brand or use Girl Heart Food’s recipe.
#21 Milkshake – Kids Classic, but made with Lactaid!
Milkshakes are a tasty drink that makes any meal better! As its name implies, it’s usually a nightmare for lactose-intolerant people. However, just a simple Lactaid swap will make it safe for your kid to eat. Here’s a basic recipe from Bobby Flay.
It seems as if dairy is in everything that kids eat these days. Kids are well-known for being picky eaters, and it can be hard to avoid everything that has dairy in it.
However, with Lactaid, you don’t have to worry about this.
A simple one-to-one swap will make you a dinnertime hero!
Bonus: Kids love marshmallows, but are marshmallows dairy free? Find out today.