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Choosing The Best Vegan Milk For You!

Choosing The Best Vegan Milk For You!

After Veganuary this year, we’ve realised so many of our new fellow vegans ask about the best vegan milk to use for a variety of situations. Dairy milk is on the decline and plant based milks are on the rise!

The dairy industry is barbaric and I think more and more of the younger generation are coming to realise this through the power of social media!

With more vegan activists taking centre stage, people are seeing what the dairy industry is REALLY like and so many people are turning to the plant based option.

The only issue is there are absolutely tonnes of alternatives! As a newbie, it can be hard to pinpoint your favourite one since there are so many options to choose from.

In your honour, I have put together this guide to the best vegan milk out there and what you may want to use it for.

We will all have different health needs, taste preferences, not to mention factors such as allergies and intolerances. I have touched on all of these points for each milk listed here.

Best Plant Based Milk For You

best vegan milk

Oat Milk

We are huge fans of Oatly milk and it general it’s available in the USA, UK and many other European countries. It originates from Sweden and this brand have been through the mill (literally) with Swedish farmers taken them to court for using the name ‘milk’.

They have some really awesome marketing campaigns that makes evert person question their use of dairy.

Interestingly this milk has to be one of the most popular plant based alternatives on the market. Most vegans highly rate this milk brand as it has the barista range which is really good in coffee.

A lot of vegan alternative milks split in hot drinks and also don’t always taste that good. Most people say coffee is the hardest thing to get right, but Oatly Barista is absolutely the best in my opinion for coffee.

The Barista range is a fee cents more expensive than their standard carton of milk as it’s more creamier. The Standard carton is ideal for cooking, smoothies and cereals.

Oatly is also an ideal option for those with nut and soy allergies.

In summary:

  • Creamy
  • Great in coffee
  • Available in multiple countries
  • Can be used in cooking and everything pretty much
  • B12 enriched

Out of all the milks, Oatly gets our best vegan milk for coffee award!!!!

Soya Milk

Soya milk was probably one of the first alternative vegan milks on the market back in the day. With more and more options now coming out, it does seem less popular than nut and oat milks.

Silk Shelf-Stable Organic Soy Milk, Unsweetened, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified,32 Fl Oz(Pack of 6)
  • ADD ORGANIC SOYMILK TO YOUR PANTRY: Certified organic Soymilk is delicious whether poured over cereal, added to coffee, or enjoyed on its own
  • SHELF-STABLE: Comes in special packaging for convenient, non-refrigerated storage
  • DELICIOUSLY WHOLESOME: Dairy-, lactose-, and casein-free; absolutely no carrageenan, gluten, egg, peanut, MSG, or added sugar
  • A NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE: A good source of heart-healthy soy protein; low in saturated fat; zero cholesterol
  • NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED, VEGAN-FRIENDLY Soymilk with no artificial colors or flavors

That said, if you are gluten intolerant or have a nut allergy, soya milk could be ideal for you. it can be used in cooking, smoothies and on cereals, however in general I do find it splits in hot drinks.

Soya milk can be found almost everywhere in the world. Even in the most far flung corners, when I have asked for alternative milk, I can usually always get my hands on soya milk.

I find some brands can taste far too sweet and have additives, in general I advise sticking with unsweetened soya milk

in summary, soya milk is:

  • Widely available
  • Suitable for those with nut allergies

Hemp Milk

Have you tried Hemp milk? If you have heard of hemp before it comes from the cannabis family but hemp is not from the drug part of the plant. Don’t worry you are not going to get high off drinking this milk!

Pacific Foods Hemp Original Plant-Based Beverage, 32 Fl Oz (Pack of 12)
  • Smooth and creamy texture with a nutty flavor
  • Made from the hemp seed, it’s a great source for plant-based nutrition including Omega 3 ALA
  • Good source of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D
  • Lactose, carrageenan, and cholesterol free; soy-free, and vegan
  • Convenient shelf-stable BPA-free cartons preserve the flavor of our simple recipes. Refrigerate after opening.

Hemp has a tonne of health properties and is very popular amongst naturalists. The plant based omega 3 fatty acids is thought to regulate blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

This milk has more of a nutty taste and is comparable to almond milk. If you are both gluten and nut intolerant / allergic, hemp is a great option for you. In summary:

  • Amazing health benefits
  • Contains vital nutrients
  • Perfect alternative milk of anyone that can’t have gluten, soy or nuts.
  • Tasted good!

Almond Milk

Almond milk is probably up there with one of the most popular alternative milks. It’s widely available in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and NZ.

Almond Breeze Dairy Free Almondmilk Unsweetened Original 32 Oz Boxes, 6 Count
  • Contains 6 – 32-ounce boxes of Almond Breeze Dairy Free Almondmilk, unsweetened original
  • Made with real California almonds
  • Free from dairy, soy and lactose
  • Excellent source of vitamins D & E, 50% more calcium than milk
  • Non-gmo Project Verified

I am not personally a big fan of almond milk from a taste perspective but I know a lot of vegans and non-vegans for that matter love it.

It’s considered a good source of vitamin E, calcium and low in calories. It is considered the healthiest of all the nut milks.

One thing that really put me off almond milk recently is the effect it is having on the bee population. Bee’s are essential to the growth of the almond industry but they are dying in the process.

This article gives a full overview of the devastating impact the almond industry is having on the bee population. Many are being wiped out by pesticide exposure.

In summary:

  • Popular widely available milk alternative
  • Healthy ingredients
  • Great in smoothies and over cereal
  • Unfortunately, not great for the environment

Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is less commonly seen on every supermarket shelf and is probably considered one of the more premium milks on the market.

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Pacific Foods Cashew Unsweetened Original Plant-Based Beverage, 32 Fl oz (Pack of 6)
  • Delicious mild and creamy flavor makes it refreshing by the glass and ideal for recipes
  • Made with Organic and Fair Trade Certified cashews – supports safe working conditions and sustainable growing practices in the farming communities
  • Carrageenan free, dairy free soy free, and gluten free; vegan
  • Convenient shelf-stable cartons preserve the flavor and freshness of our simple recipes. Store in your pantry, and refrigerate after opening
  • Unsweetened Original

Similar to other nut milks cashew milk is considered to have incredible nutritional and health properties.

In particular it supposedly aids blood clotting and contains magnesium. It’s also rich in antioxidants and zeaxanthin which is good for eye health.

In summary;

  • Cashew milk is considered a premium alternative milk
  • May cost more
  • Has a tonne of health properties

Rice Milk

Rice milk is another popular alternative milk. It is generally widely available and does not contain much in the way of protein. However, in general it is fortified with calcium.

Rice Dream Organic Rice Milk Drink, Unsweetened Original, Vegan Dairy Alternative, Lactose Free, Shelf Stable, 32oz (Pack of 12)
  • GREAT TASTING: Dream Ricemilk Unsweetened Original has a deliciously light and refreshing flavor with sweetness from the rice. Great taste and texture that walks and talks like real dairy!
  • EASY TO USE: Dream Ricemilk Classic Original is great to drink by the glass, make your cereal shine, or add it to your favorite smoothie.
  • PLANT-BASED INGREDIENTS: Lactose free, dairy free, Vegan, Gluten Free, Certified Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified.
  • VITAMINS & MINERALS: Excellent source of Calcium and Vitamin D.
  • SHELF-STABLE: Convenient shelf-stable packaging to stock your pantry and use when needed. Reminder: must be refrigerated once opened.

Rice milk is quite starchy so it’s not ideal for anyone trying to maintain a healthy glucose range, I am thinking of diabetics here. It does have antioxidants and is a good source of vitamin B.

In summary:

  • Not suitable for diabetics
  • High in antioxidants
  • Widely available
  • Nice over cereal

Hazelnut Milk

We can go on and on with even more nut milks but let’s finish off with hazelnut milk. Hazelnut is higher in calories than other nut milks so could be helpful for someone looking to bulk up.

Have you seen our high calorie meals post?

Elmhurst 1925 Milked Hazelnuts Unsweetened Hazelnut Milk, 32 Ounce (Pack of 6)
  • Unsweetened Hazelnut Milk: Made from just hazelnuts and water, this creamy, dairy-free milk alternative is delicious creamy and nutritious without added sugar; Enjoy with coffee, cereal, oatmeal and smoothies and in sauces, soups and baking recipes
  • Simple Ingredients: Vegan, gluten-free nut milk made without gums or emulsifiers; Crafted with HydroRelease method; Good source of Vitamin E; Carrageenan-free; Kosher; Non-GMO Project Verified; Shelf stable until opened
  • Unique Varieties: From nuts to grains, unsweetened to barista, our selection of delicious plant-based milks, lattes and creamers are available in so many nutritious varieties; Try Unsweetened Almond, Cashew, Oat, Walnut and Hazelnut
  • Delicious Versatility: Pour a glass, add to coffee, or enjoy Elmhurst’s non-dairy milks in cereal, hot chocolate, cooking, smoothies, soups and baking; Best served chilled; Do not require refrigeration until after they are opened
  • Elmhurst Milks: We believe that plant-based milks should be as tasty and nutritious as whole grains, nuts and seeds; That’s why we only use a few simple ingredients in each carton; It’s Simpler, Better

Hazelnut milk has the highest content of antioxidant properties and also contains vitamin E and calcium like almond milk. It’s also incredibly rich in protein.

In summary:

  • Hazelnut milk is highly calorific
  • Ideal for someone wanting to gain weight
  • High concentration of antioxidants
  • Rich in protein, calcium and vitamin E

Making Your Own Vegan Milk

If you are in a rural area or maybe a country that doesn’t manufacture alternative milks, your options may be limited. In this case, I can highly recommend making your own vegan milk, it’s a lot easier than it sounds.

I have made oat milk in the past and I promise it only take a little bit of time.

You can see some recipes here:

Oat milk

Cashew milk

Rice milk

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Izzy

Thursday 19th of March 2020

Hi,

I definitely agree Oatly Barista is the best and soya is my second choice.

I have noticed you mentioned about the split with using soya milk. I found that if you heat the milk and then add to coffee/tea then it doesn’t like curdle. I hope this helps ?

Nava

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Thats a great tip - Ill try that out next time, thanks!