Dairy free milk options are everywhere today. I love going to the store and seeing the ever-growing selection of plant-based milk brands. Did you know that you can easily make this kind of milk at home? I've got five stellar homemade vegan milk recipes that will wow your tastebuds and have your wallet thanking you too.
Depending on your preference, you can turn almost any nut, seed or grain into milk in minutes. So click on the recipe you want and get blending!
Dairy Free Milk Options
All you need to make milk at home is a blender, cheesecloth (or a tea towel) and the ingredient of choice. Depending on the type of milk, I might recommend soaking the nut or seed to soften it up before 'milking it.' There is no need to do that for hemp or coconut.
Which one are you going to try first? I can't wait to see your results. Once I started making my own plant-based beverages it was hard to buy anything from the store again.
Vegan Milk Revolution
Now that you’ve decided to give dairy free milk a try, how do you know the best option? The great part about this new craze is there are endless plants to ‘milk.’ Depending on the meal, smoothie or baked good I want to make, there is plant-based milk for it!
Cashew milk is super creamy and a great addition to cold brew coffee. Almond milk is full of calcium and delicious on a cold night in my incredible Spiced Almond Milk. Hemp milk is full of protein and also provides energy in a post-workout smoothie. The number of options makes me dizzy!
Dairy Free Milk Questions Answered
Yes! Try any plant-based milk option if you want to ditch the dairy. I've got recipes to easily make almond, oat, cashew, coconut or hemp milk. You can also find rice and soy milk (along with the other types mentioned) in the milk section of the grocery store. The possibilities are endless!
Depending on what kind of vegan milk you're looking for, my favorite brands include Elmhurst, So Delicious, 365 and Simply.
There are many options for vegans in the milk department. Almond is the most popular, yet you can find a variety of nut-free versions as well including hemp, pea, soy, rice and oat. If you try one kind and aren't in love, keep searching! There is vegan milk out there for you.
Store-Bought Plant Milk Bands
If making milk at home won't work for you then that's okay! My team has done the work to bring you the best of the best in almond, oat and coconut milk from a variety of grocery stores. Shop informed so you can easily get the best vegan milk out there.
Why Say No to Dairy?
While we know not everyone has an issue with dairy, what doesn’t kill you doesn’t always make you stronger. Dairy does have some nutritional value, yet it seems to do more harm than good.
- 65% of adults around the world develop lactose intolerance.
- Dairy increases instances of acne and eczema.
- Daily consumption of milk may increase the chance of prostate and ovarian cancers.
Simple Green Smoothies has a manifesto that starts with “I eat real food to fuel my awesome life.” While we understand dairy milk is real food, we like to fuel our bodies with foods that energize and give us longevity, not food that slows us down.
Using Plant-Based Milk in Smoothies
If you want a smoothie recipe for that fresh batch of homemade, dairy free milk then check out this list:
- Mocha Coffee Smoothie
- Vanilla Matcha Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Vanilla Protein Shake
- Chocolate Banana Smoothie
- Avocado Smoothie
- Caramel Protein Shake
- Almond Smoothie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Butternut Squash Smoothie
- Hot Chocolate Smoothie
- Flaxseed Smoothie
- Red Velvet Smoothie
- Almond Butter Smoothie
- Acid Reflux Smoothie
- Banana Smoothie
- PCOS Smoothie
- Strawberry Smoothie
- Chocolate Protein Shake
- Shamrock Shake
And remember, just because a recipe has one kind of milk doesn't mean you can't swap in what you have on hand!
Vegan Milk in Hot Drinks
I also love using dairy free milk in my lattes, teas and more. Here are a few of my favorite recipes to help you make the switch:
What's your favorite dairy free milk? Do you make your own or buy it at the store? Drop and comment and let me know!