Are eggs dairy free?

Since I started sharing dairy free recipes, I have received endless comments questioning whether or not eggs – and products made with eggs, such as mayo – are dairy free. So, I think it’s time I address this not-so-controversial issue – are eggs dairy?

Are eggs dairy?

The answer is no. But, if you thought eggs were a dairy product, you are not alone. It’s common misconception that stems from the fact that eggs are sold in the dairy section at the grocery store. They also need to be refrigerated (although that’s technically not true and eggs aren’t commonly refrigerated in other countries), which is something we often associate with dairy.

But the bottom line is, eggs are dairy free.

What is considered a dairy product?

For something to be considered a dairy product, it must be made with milk. Foods like butter, cheese and ice cream are all dairy products because they start out as milk and are turned into a new milk-based product.

Since eggs come from a chicken, they can’t be a dairy product.

What category of food are eggs?

Eggs actually fall into the protein category on the food pyramid, and they are most definitely an animal product (which means they are not vegan).

Can you eat eggs on a dairy free diet?

Yes. If you are only eliminating dairy (milk) from your diet, you can definitely eat eggs. This also means that you can eat mayonnaise.

Are eggs dairy free?

Yes. Here are just a few recipes you can make with eggs that are dairy free.

Olive Oil Brownies (One Bowl, Dairy Free)

Eggs make these dairy free brownies extra dense and fudge-like.

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The Best Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

This recipe requires an egg to make a thick and creamy mayonnaise base for a dairy free version of everyone's favorite dressing.

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Extra Fluffy Dairy Free Pancakes

Make them with your choice of dairy free milk, but these extra fluffy pancakes contain egg.

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Easy Baked Meatball Recipe

Eggs act as a binder with breadcrumbs to make the best dairy free Italian meatballs.

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Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie

Eggs are 100% necessary to make a creamy custard base for this dairy free pumpkin pie.

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Dairy Free Asparagus Bacon Quiche

This quiche recipe has no cheese, but it's filled with eggs, asparagus and bacon.

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The Best Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

You might dip these dairy free cookies in almond milk, but you still need eggs to make them.

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Thai Tuna Cakes with Sriracha Aioli

These tuna cakes won't hold together without egg, and eggs even make the Sriracha aioli creamy and flavorful.

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