Non-Dairy Homemade Formula (Recipe and Video How-to)

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nondairy homemade formulaA popular recipe on this blog covers how to make homemade milk based baby formula for your child when breastfeeding is not an option. This recipe plus video demonstrates how to make a non-dairy homemade formula if your child cannot tolerate a milk based formula even if it is made with fresh, clean, grassfed, organic milk.

This dairy free formula is based on homemade broth and a small amount of cooked, organic grassfed liver instead of milk as the source of protein. Traditional cultures sometimes used liver pre-chewed by the Mother as a baby first food. Liver is very easily digested and full of nutrition and cholesterol for baby’s rapidly developing brain.


Commercial nondairy formulas rely on soy as the protein source. Soy formula is a devastating food for babies as it is loaded with plant estrogens which wreak havoc with the baby’s developing hormonal system. In addition, soy contains some of the highest levels of phytic acid found in any food.  Phytic acid contributes to poorly developed, cavity prone baby teeth and poor bone structure (i.e., turned in feet, flat feet, crowded teeth, sunken chest etc) as it blocks mineral absorption.non-dairy homemade formula instead of soy formula

Whatever you do, if your child cannot drink a milk based formula, DO NOT use soy!

What a relief for a concerned parent that a safe, healthy, non-dairy homemade formula can be made at home with nutrient dense, whole food ingredients.

Most babies who cannot drink the homemade milk based formula THRIVE on this hypoallergenic homemade formula.

You will immediately notice that whey and lactose are used in this hypoallergenic recipe. The vast majority of babies will do fine with these milk derived ingredients as it is the milk protein (casein), not the lactose or whey that was causing the problems with the milk based formula. In the rare case that baby is not thriving on this homemade dairy-free formula, remove the whey and substitute GMO free dextrose or sucrose for the lactose.

Dairy Free Homemade Formula

Click here for where to source all the ingredients for the dairy free homemade formula such as gelatin, lactose, and acerola powder etc. See the dairy free baby formula video below for visual details.

If your baby is only allergic to cow milk, but not other types of dairy milk, this article provides a how-to for making homemade goats milk formula if you would like to try that first. Or, if you cannot get raw goat milk in your area, you can make homemade formula with raw camel milk, which surprisingly can be shipped legally anywhere in the USA, Canada, UK, and EU.

nondairy homemade formula
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Dairy-Free Homemade Formula

A nourishing, dairy free homemade baby formula that uses bone broth as the base instead of raw milk that was developed and tested by Dr. Mary Enig to match breastmilk as closely as possible.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 36 ounces
Author Sarah



  1. Simmer liver cut up into small pieces gently in the homemade broth until just cooked through.

  2. Liquefy the liver in the broth using a hand held blender or a food processor.

  3. Let the broth cool to room temperature, then stir in the remaining ingredients or blend for a few seconds in a blender.

  4. Store formula in glass jars in the refrigerator.

  5. To serve the homemade formula, pour into glass baby bottles and warm in a baby bottle warmer or in a pan of hot water. Never microwave baby bottles!

Recipe Notes

You may make bone broth yourself (most budget friendly) or buy it. Be aware that almost all bone broth on the market is not quality. Even if it is quality bone broth, it comes in toxic packaging. Watch out! The only brand I have found as of this writing that is worth purchasing is Epic bone broth (chicken, beef, turkey, or bison) packaged in shelf stable glass jars.

*Leave out liquid whey if baby shows signs of intolerance. DO NOT use powdered whey from the store or whey from making cheese.

Substitute nonGMO dextrose or sucrose if the baby cannot tolerate lactose.

If your baby has a true dairy allergy and is not just dairy sensitive, this infant probiotic is dairy free to use as a substitute.



Non-Dairy Homemade Formula Video How-to

The video below demonstrates how to make the nondairy homemade formula in your own kitchen. One batch of 36 ounces takes about 10 minutes.


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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