Allergy Free Baking Substitutions

One of the laboratory tests we provide at Lococo Wellness Clinic is checking for an individual’s food sensitivities. Although at the beginning, the process of eliminating certain foods can seem daunting, all of our patients have told us what a difference it makes in their lives once they begin to eliminate their specific sensitivities.

Many patients have asked us for substitutions for commonly used ingredients in cooking and baking, and we have complied all of them into one easy to read table. Just look down the column on the left for what the recipe calls for, and on the right, you will find an allergy substitution for that ingredient.

If you are struggling with one of your substitutions, and you do not see it on the list, leave a comment and we will be happy to find a substitution that is right for you!


Baking substitutions

Milk  – 1 cup Soy milk – 1 cup

Almond Milk – 1cup

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Brown rice milk  – 1 cup

Oat milk – 1 cup

Heavy cream – 1 cup Fatty coconut milk – 1 cup

Coconut cream – 1 cup

Sweetened Condensed Milk Simmer any quantity of soy or rice milk in a pan until it reduced by 60% to get evaporated milk.

Approximately 3 cups of rice or soy milk will leave 1 cup of evaporated milk left at the end.


For sweetened condensed milk, mix one cup of evaporated milk with 1-1/4 cups of sugar. Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cool. It will yield 1-1/2 cups of evaporated milk substitute. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

Buttermilk – 1 cup 1 TSBP lemon juice + 1 cup non dairy milk
Egg – 1 egg Flax Egg – 1 TBSP ground flax + 3 TBSP water, let sit for at least 5 minutes


Chia Egg – 1 TBSP chia seeds + 3 TBSP water, let sit for at least 5 minutes


1/2 of a medium banana, mashed
1/4 cup of applesauce (or other pureed fruit)


Vinegar – 1 TBSP Lemon Juice – 1 TBSP
Wheat Flour – 1 cup rice flour – 7/8 cup
garbanzo bean (chick pea) flour – 7/8 cup
cup potato starch —  ¾ cup
ground rolled oats – 11/3 cup
tapioca flour – 1 cupcook for longer and a slightly lower temperature 
Baking powder (has cornstarch) – 1 tsp


Purchase aluminum free baking powder and baking soda from your local health food store

1 tsp baking soda + ½ tsp cream of tartar (yeast)
Cornstarch – 1TBSP 1 ½ tsp arrowroot starch

1 ½ tsp potato starch

Vanilla Extract (corn) 5 vanilla beans + 8oz of hard liquor 35% or more.


Place in jar and let sit for a month.  Can use vodka (mildest flavor), rum, brandy.

Make sure to check for allergens in the alcohol, most vodka is made from potatoes or wheat for example.

Gluten free flour – 1 cup 1 cup almond flour + 1/3 cup starch ( arrowroot, potato, tapioca)


Coconut flour -2/3 of cup but double liquid on recipe


Quinoa flour – 1 cup


Sour Cream – 1 cup 1 cup dairy free yogurt + 1 TBSP lemon juice
Yogurt – 1 cup 1 cup coconut milk yogurt
1 cup soy milk yogurt



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