Milk is great for breakfast, on its’ own or poured over cereal.
It also goes well in recipes and baking whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. And it’s a nice, quick drink to have on hand when you’re thirsty.
But the milk you drink doesn’t have to be dairy-based.
There are plenty of reasons why more and more people are turning to non-dairy milk.
And companies are listening.
At this point, soy milk is pretty well known. But there are many other types of non-dairy milk that you can now enjoy, whether store bought or homemade.
Types of non-dairy milks to check out include:
- flax seed
A combination of any of these ingredients can also be used to create non-dairy milk blends.
So there’s lots of variety.
Worried about calcium?
Many people depend on milk as a good source of calcium. So, if you cut out dairy where do you get calcium?
In actual fact, calcium is present in many plant-based foods. In particular, almonds and soybeans are good sources of calcium.
Eating a balanced vegan diet with an assortment of colourful plant foods including leafy green vegetables should help ensure you get all the calcium you need.
However, some non-dairy milks are also fortified with calcium in case you’re still concerned about getting enough.
Many non-dairy milk brands are also gluten-free, checking the carton or contacting the company directly is the best way to confirm which ingredients are in their products.
As for sugar, oil, salt, preservatives, or the like, the ingredients vary from one brand to another as well as the different types of non-dairy milks. Always check the carton to be sure as ingredients can change from time to time.
Here’s a list of 10 non-dairy milk brands:
Ingredients in Almond Breeze Original Almond milk:
Filtered water, almonds, evaporated cane juice, calcium carbonate, potassium citrate, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum, vitamin a palmitate, vitamin D2, d-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitamin E).
Per 240mL: calories 60; total fat 2.5g; sodium 130mg; potassium 170mg; total carbohydrate 8g; protein 1g; calcium 45%; vitamin D 25%.
There are many non-dairy milk options from Dream, including: Rice, soy, almond, cashew, coconut, and Dream Blends.
Ingredients in Rice Dream Organic Classic Original:
Filtered water, organic brown rice (partially milled), expeller pressed high oleic safflower oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, sea salt.
Per 240mL: calories 120; total fat 2.5g; sodium 100mg; total carbohydrate 24g; protein 1g; calcium 2%.
Eden Foods’ Edensoy organic soymilks are available in original, unsweetened, vanilla, chocolate, and carob.
Ingredients in Edensoy Organic Original Soymilk:
Purified water, organic soybeans, naturally malted wheat and barley extract, calcium carbonate, kombu seaweed, sea salt.
Per 240mL: calories 140; total fat 5g; sodium 105mg; potassium 440mg; total carbohydrate 14g; protein 11g; calcium 10%.
With almond, hemp, oat, rice, soy, seven-grain, and even hazelnut non-dairy milk options in original and vanilla, and some coming in chocolate flavour too, Pacific Natural Foods has quite the selection.
Ingredients in Pacific Natural Foods Organic Almond Original:
Water, organic almonds, organic dried cane syrup, potassium citrate, sea salt, carrageenan, riboflavin (B2), vitamin a palmitate, vitamin D2.
Per 240mL: calories 60; total fat 3g; sodium 150mg; potassium 150mg; total carbohydrate 8g; protein 1g; calcium 2%; vitamin D 25%.
Silk has lots to choose from, with soy, almond, coconut, and cashew-based non-dairy milk varieties. And they even have an almond-coconut, non-dairy milk blend.
Ingredients in Silk Almond Original:
Filtered water, almonds, cane sugar, sea salt, locust bean gum, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum. Vitamins & minerals: Calcium carbonate, zinc gluconate, vitamin a palmitate, riboflavin (B2), vitamin D2, vitamin B12.
Per 250mL: Calories 60; total fat 3g; sodium 160mg; total carbohydrate 9g; protein 1g; calcium 30%; vitamin D 45%; vitamin B12 50%.
6. So Delicious
Ingredients in So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Beverage:
Water, organic coconut cream, organic dried cane syrup, carrageenan, organic guar gum.
Per 240mL: Calories 70; total fat 5g; sodium 10mg; total carbohydrate 8g; protein 0.4g.
7. So Good
Soy-based milks from So Good come in different flavours as well as fat-free or no sugar added.
Ingredients in So Good Original:
Filtered water, isolate, whole soybeans, cane sugar, canola oil, tricalcium phosphate, potassium citrate, natural flavours, dipotassium phosphate, magnesium phosphate, salt, carrageenan, zinc gluconate, vitamin c, niacin, pantothenate, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin A, thiamine, folacin, vitamin D2, vitamin B12.
Per 250mL: Calories 110; total fat 4g; sodium 110mg; potassium 380mg; total carbohydrate 12g; protein 7g; calcium 30%; vitamin D 45%; vitamin b12 15%.
8. So Nice
So Nice makes organic almond and soy non-dairy milk beverages in original, vanilla, unsweetened, and chocolate varieties.
Ingredients in So Nice Organic Soy Original:
Filtered water, organic whole soybeans, organic cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, salt, natural flavour, carrageenan, sodium bicarbonate, ascorbic acid, niacin, pantothenate, riboflavin, vitamin A palmitate, thiamine, vitamin B6, folacin, vitamin D2, vitamin B12, zinc gluconate.
Per 250mL: Calories 90; total fat 3g; sodium 110mg; potassium 300mg; total carbohydrate 8g; protein 6g; calcium 30%; vitamin D 45%; vitamin B12 50%.
Made by Living Harvest, Tempt non-dairy milk comes in different flavours with a hemp-base or coconut-hemp based blend as well as unsweetened options.
Ingredients in Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk Original:
Filtered water, shelled hemp seed, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, sunflower lecithin, tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, gellan gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, riboflavin, vitamin B12.
Per 240mL: Calories 100; total fat 7g; sodium 110mg; total carbohydrate 8g; protein 2g; calcium 30%; vitamin D 25%; vitamin B12 25%.
10. West Soy
West Soy makes a variety of soy non-dairy milks including: Low fat, non-fat, unsweetened, soy milk cappuccino and more.
Ingredients in West Soy Organic Original:
Filtered water, whole organic soybeans, organic brown rice syrup, sea salt.
Per 240mL: Calories 130; total fat 3.5g; sodium 125mg; potassium 240mg; total carbohydrate 18g; protein 8g; calcium 4%.
Keep your eye out for these and other flavours and varieties of non-dairy milk.
Homemade is often best
When you have a bit more time, or you’d like to have more control over the ingredients, you can make your own non-dairy milk.
Some of the ingredients you may need to make non-dairy milk are:
- a non-dairy milk base, such as: almonds, cashews, or coconut
- a strainer, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag
- a touch of salt
- flavours you’d like to add such as cinnamon or vanilla
- natural sweetener, whether dates, maple syrup, cane sugar, or other sweetener
Make your own non-dairy milk with these recipes for:
Update: Or try out sesame milk!
Making your own plant-based milk is a great way to ensure it’s oil-free. But, homemade or store bought, non-dairy milks can be a useful addition to a vegan diet.
So, try out a few non-dairy milk brands and see which one you like best.
Once you have your favourite non-dairy milk you can have it with cereal, poured over oatmeal, and in baked goods. Or, just enjoy it on its’ own!
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