best milk alternatives

There are 5 types of non dairy milk I want to outline here.

These are 5 of the most popular options that will meet most people’s needs.

Whether you’re looking to replace dairy for your coffee, smoothies, or baking, these are the best options you have.

  1. Almond Milk
  2. Coconut Milk
  3. Hemp Milk
  4. Soy Milk
  5. Rice Milk

Almond Milk

I think almond milk is probably the most popular out of these alternatives, and it’s the one I personally use on a daily basis.

I use it mainly in my smoothies. I add water, frozen fruit, vegan protein powder, flaxseed, and almond milk. I also add it to my oatmeal which is a great combination for a healthy breakfast.

Almond milk is made with water and crushed almonds and it comes in a few different flavours.

What’s great is that this substitute for milk is low in calories, and contains a healthy amount of calcium.

Coconut Milk

It seems like everyone is always talking about coconut.

I know at one point it was a huge trend, and to be honest I don’t think it’s going anywhere soon.

Obviously you have to like coconut do consider this alternative, but keep in mind that it’s not only used to replace the milk in your cereal. This is very popular for Thai dishes, baking and desserts, and of course with smoothies.

Hemp Milk

Hemp has a very natural taste, and grainy texture.

That’s usually code words for “it tastes like crap”. But that’s simply not true in my opinion.

Hemp milk has a grass and nutty taste which is ideal for baking or again using in your smoothies and oatmeal.

Some of the flavour options to contain higher amounts of calories than the other options above, so just be aware of that.

Soy Milk

Soy milk is a great option as a replacement for cow’s milk.

It’s made from water and soy, and this is very popular for replacing your coffee cream, and is used in smoothies and protein shakes due to its healthy amount of protein.

If you’re baking with it, you can easily replace 1 cup of cow’s milk with the same amount of soy milk.

Rice Milk

Rice milk is great for those with allergies to soy and nuts.

If you don’t have allergies, it’s probably not preferred as it does have lower amounts of protein and calcium when compared to the other options.

It has a bit of a bland taste, however if you’re cooking a recipe that calls for rice milk, it’s probably best to stick with it as it doesn’t substitute well with the other options while baking.

Keep in mind there are enriched versions which have added calcium and vitamin D so those with allergies can still benefit with this option.