The Best Milk Alternatives

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If you are lactose intolerant, vegan, or don’t enjoy cow’s milk—consider giving a milk alternative a try. Below are some of the tastiest options to choose from.

Soy, Coconut, Almond, Rice, Cashew, Hemp, And Hemp Milk

Most standard grocers have milk, ice cream, and yogurt made from soy, coconut, or almond milk—right in their standard dairy isles. You may have to head to health food aisles or a health food store to find rice and hemp milk. Try at least two brands of each before you make your final decision. As a general rule:

  • Soymilk is the easiest swap for all recipes
  • Almond milk has a mild nutty profile, especially when heated
  • Coconut milk is naturally sweet, but you can find it in almond/coconut blends
  • Rice and hemp milk are thin
  • Flax milk may be more of an acquired taste

Don’t Forget Goats

According to Food Beast, 65% of the world drinks goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk? While you may not find goat’s milk in your local grocer, you might find goat’s cheese. Check your local farmers and health food stores for other goat’s milk products. Remember that goat’s milk is richer than cow milk and has a distinct (and yummy) flavor profile. Many with a lactose intolerance can drink goat’s milk, but since it is rich, start in moderation.

These milk alternatives give you easy access to milk for drinking, cooking, and baking—even for skincare and beauty products!


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