Other Milks & Blends
Whether you’re ditching cow’s milk for dietary reasons or just want to mix up your beverage routine, there are loads of milk alternatives on the market these days. And while we love to sip a glass of pistachio milk on its own, there are lots of applications for milk alternatives that can make it easy to swap out milk in a recipe, too.
Best Milk Alternatives for Baking
Just because a recipe calls for milk or buttermilk doesn’t mean you can’t swap in your favorite milk alternative. Here are some tips to ensure your baking experiments turn into dairy-free delights.
- Almond milk: This popular nut milk works in a variety of dishes. It’ll shine in pancake or waffle batters, and is also ideal for rice puddings.
- Soy milk: The protein content in soy milk (plus the fact that some brands fortify it with additional nutrients) makes this plant-based milk the closest option to cow’s milk.
- Oat milk: In small amounts, oat milk is a great option to loosen a thick batter. (We recommend adding a few tablespoons to cookie dough to achieve the ideal texture.) It’s starchier than cow’s milk, so if you use more than half a cup in your recipe, it may alter the consistency of the finished product.
- Rice milk: Rice milk is an easy 1:1 swap in most baked goods, just be sure to choose an unsweetened variety or the finished dish could end up tasting too sweet.
Top Milk Alternatives Brands
When you’re looking to swap out cow’s milk, enjoy these top milk alternatives brands.
Milkadamia milks definitely make a good first impression. The elegant packaging is a beautiful addition to any pantry, and the creamy drinks are a big favorite among Thrive Market members. The milks are made with macadamia nuts grown off the Australian coast.
You’re right to assume a brand like Good Karma is interested in making a positive impact around the world. Its signature flaxseed milks come in a variety of flavors like the O.G. and chocolate.
Have you ever brought home a gallon of milk because a recipe called for a small amount? Modest Mylk wants to make sure that never happens again. Each powder (choose from options like cashew or macadamia) transforms into a luxurious milk that is shelf-stable for 12 months. Eco-conscious consumers will appreciate saving the equivalent of 11 cartons from the landfill.
Best Plant-Based Milk Alternatives
It’s easy to stick with a plant-based diet when you have these milk alternatives at the ready.
Milkadamia Unsweetened Vanilla Macadamia Milk
If you normally reach for almond or cashew milk, give macadamia milk a whirl. The buttery texture makes for a smooth sip straight from the carton, or you can add a splash to your morning coffee.
Pacific Foods Unsweetened Cashew Non-Dairy Beverage
Made with cashews and fair trade certified cashew butter, this drink adds creaminess to everything from smoothies to oatmeal. You can also use it as a base for vegan sauces.
Good Karma Flaxmilk + Protein, Lightly Sweetened Vanilla
It’s easy to whip up next-level smoothies with a base of Good Karma Flaxmilk. This option delivers 8 grams of plant-based protein and has a hint of vanilla.
Organic Milk Alternatives
Stick to organic milk alternatives with these top choices.
Modest Mylk Unsweetened Cashew Mylk Base
This jar is filled with a concentrated “mylk” base that makes it easy to whip up homemade nut drinks in one minute flat—no soaking required. Just add a scoop of the base to a blender along with water and blend until creamy.
Good Karma Flaxmilk Protein + Chocolate
With less sugar than dairy milk, flaxmilk is a great alternative to enjoy plant-based protein on the go. Made with pea protein and cocoa powder, it’s sure to become your new on-the-go drink of choice.
Good Karma Flaxmilk + Protein, Unsweetened
For smoothies, batters, and even coffee, this unsweetened flaxmilk is the perfect addition to your line-up of breakfast ingredients. Enjoy 8 grams of protein per serving, plus calcium.
Recipes Using Milk Alternatives
From almond milk to macadamia milk, it’s easy to make your favorite recipes using milk alternatives.
Milk Alternatives: Which One Is Best For You and Your Family?
Curious about which milk alternative is best? This guide takes a closer look at all the options, and rounds up some easy recipes too.
Gluten-Free Superberry Oat Muffins Recipe
Make this batch of muffins on Sunday to enjoy all week long. It’s made with loads of berries, almond milk, and gluten-free flour.
Cashew Chai Milk Recipe
There’s nothing wrong with plain cashew milk, but we know you’ll love this spiced-up version made with cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.