Plant Based Milk
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When it comes to plant-based milk, there’s a big world out there to explore. Everything from pistachios and walnuts to hemp seeds and rolled oats can easily make a creamy drink to enjoy. But first things first, plant-based milk isn’t actually milk, at least according to the dictionary. That’s because milk comes from mammals, and the trendy milks used for modern day lattes are made from nuts and seeds. But let’s not get hung up on the details. You’re welcome to continue referring to your favorite plant-based beverages as milk. To expand your horizons, Thrive Market stocks a variety of options for you to enjoy.
How to Make Plant-Based Milk
Once you know the basic recipe, the sky’s the limit when it comes to homemade nut milk. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
- Pick your ratios: The standard ratio is 1 cup nuts, seeds, or oats to 4 cups water. For a thicker consistency, use 3 cups water, and for a thinner consistency, up the liquid to 5 cups water.
- Blend with abandon: A nice, frothy, plant-based milk needs a good 1 to 2 minutes of blending time to make things extra rich and creamy.
- Choose your add-ins: There’s nothing wrong with a batch of plain plant-based milk made with a pinch of sea salt, but there are so many ways to make things more interesting! Add sweetness with honey, dates, or maple syrup, or add favorite flavors like vanilla, turmeric, and cinnamon.
Top Plant-Based Milk Brands
If you’re looking to swap out your dairy milk for something plant-based, these are the brands to get on board with.
Not only will the beautiful packaging spruce up your refrigerator, but the milks from Milkadamia deliver on nutrition, too. Made on the eastern coast of Australia, the macadamia nuts are grown in a region with ample sunshine, water, and nourishing soil.
Plant-based milks, broths, and ready-made cranberry sauce are all favorite products from Pacific Foods. This brand has been in business since 1987 and prides itself on using natural and organic ingredients. It also sources from family farms.
Good Karma is all about having a positive ripple effect in the lives of its customers—and the world. This brand started with one flaxseed milk product and has grown to offer a variety of ways to enjoy this beverage—from chocolate to unsweetened.
Best Non-GMO Plant-Based Milks
Oats, macadamia nuts, or pea protein? Instead of choosing, try all three!
Milkadamia Original Macadamia Milk
Here's the milk that started it all. Made from macadamia nuts grown on family farms in Australia, this drink delivers added nutrition like 45% of your daily recommended serving of calcium, along with vitamin A, dietary fiber, and iron.
Ripple Barista Style Pea Milk
Yes, this plant-based milk is made with pea protein, and yes, it’s spectacular in your morning coffee. This barista blend froths just like dairy milk, making it perfect for starting your day with a creamy latte. It also boasts six grams of pea protein per serving.
Thrive Market Organic Oat Beverage
This plant-based oat milk comes in a convenient four-pack and is made from only two ingredients: fresh spring water and organic oats. That’s it! Naturally sweet and lactose-free, you can use it in place of dairy milk in your recipes and drinks.
Top Gluten-Free Plant Based Milks
No need to worry about gluten with these plant-based beverages.
Good Karma Flaxmilk + Protein, Chocolate
If you loved chocolate milk as a kid, here’s the next best thing that happens to be plant-based so it’s easier on the digestive system. Cold pressed flax oil is the key ingredient in this creamy drink that delivers 10 grams of plant-based protein, plus calcium and iron.
Pacific Foods Original Unsweetened Coconut Milk
Give this a try, and it might become the non-dairy beverage of your dreams. Made with raw and organic coconut milk for its signature creamy texture, there are no fillers, sugars, or additives inside. It’s perfect for paleo diets, vegans, and more.
Certified Kosher Plant-Based Milk
Keeping kosher? Here are the plant-based milks you need.
Califia Farms Cold Brew & Oat Barista Blend Combo
Take the guesswork out of your morning coffee routine with the perfect combination of cold brew and a plant-based milk to swirl inside. The cold brew concentrate makes eight cups of coffee, and the creamy oat milk is the perfect pairing.
Pacific Foods Non-GMO Hemp Beverage, Unsweetened Original
Keep things simple with the nutty flavor of hemp milk that offers plant-based nutrition to fuel your day. The creamy beverage delivers calcium, iron, and riboflavin with every sip.
Thrive Market Organic Rice Beverage
Not just for pilafs, rice makes a terrific plant-based beverage, too. With four containers per pack, you don’t have to worry about running out of this milk that’s made with organic rice, fresh spring water, sea salt, and sunflower lecithin.
Plant-Based Milk Recipes and Tips
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With so many milk alternatives available these days, how do you decide which one to try next? This guide has info on everything from cashew milk to macadamia nut milk.
Gluten-Free Superberry Oat Muffins Recipe
This batch of muffins is sure to make big fans of everyone in your family. The batter is made with a trio of berries (like goji and goldenberries), plus almond milk, coconut oil, honey, and GF flour.
Purple Cow Milkshake Recipe
Even though cow is in the title, you can still make this milkshake with non-dairy milk. This treat uses vegan ice cream, almond milk, and fresh grapes for a beautiful and satisfying sip.