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Ditch the dairy and try one of my 5 homemade, dairy-free milk recipes. These vegan milk recipes can be swapped into almost any recipe calling for milk (dairy or not) and are super easy to make. Plant-based milk for the win!

pouring homemade plant based beverage into a pitcher with cashew pieces scattered on the counter.

Dairy-free 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!

Table of Contents
  1. Dairy-Free Milk Options
  2. Vegan Milk Revolution
  3. Dairy-Free Milk Questions Answered
  4. Store-Bought Plant Milk Bands
  5. Using Plant-Based Milk in Smoothies
  6. Vegan Milk in Hot Drinks

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.

pouring fresh, homemade almond milk into a glass with a green straw.
How to Make Almond Milk
5 from 7 votes
A simple recipe for clean, delicious homemade almond milk. 100% clean, pronounceable ingredients with no fillers or gums with this diy recipe that always tastes great.
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How to Make Coconut Milk
4.9 from 20 votes
An easy homemade coconut milk recipe without any extra fillers or gums is here. This is the cleanest coconut milk you'll find.
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How to Make Hemp Milk
5 from 2 votes
This recipe is two ingredients and a super simple way to make your own hemp milk. Apply this method to sesame milk, flaxseed milk, pumpkin seed milk and more!
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How to Make Oat Milk
4.9 from 8 votes
This versatile oat milk recipe can be used in cooking, baking or with chocolate chip cookies. Deliciously creamy and free of gums and fillers.
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How to Make Cashew Milk
5 from 5 votes
This creamy plant-based milk is ready in just minutes with two ingredients. Turn raw cashews into a delicious beverage for smoothies, baking and more. It's so simple you won't by milk ever again!
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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.

different kinds of vegan 'milk' in glass jars on a counter.

Vegan Milk Revolution

Now that you’ve decided to give plant-based beverages a try, how do you know which is 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 Warm 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

Is there dairy-free milk?

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!

What are the best brands of dairy-free milk?

Depending on what kind of vegan milk you’re looking for, my favorite brands include Elmhurst, So Delicious, 365 and Simply.

What do vegans drink instead of milk?

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.

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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.

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:

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!

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  1. Is the nutrition data only for the hemp milk? Can you add other ingredients to boost the calcium, vitamins A, and vitamin D?

    1. Hi AP! Yes, the nutritional info is for the hemp milk recipe, as-is. We like adding this hemp milk to smoothie recipes to increase the intake of other nutrients like vitamins A + D and calcium.

  2. 5 stars
    This almond milk is absolutely incredible! By far the tastiest that I’ve ever tried! I almost swallowed my tongue with it haha!
    Thank you so much! Amazing recipe, so simple and yet so delicious!

    1. Oh mercy Tanya! Be careful! LOL So glad you’re enjoying this recipe – we love it too!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for these great suggestions! I like them all. Cashew milk is the lightest because I use almonds with skins on which makes the milk a bit darker. Hemp and coconut is the thinest since I don’t strain any of my milks… I like to keep the fibre, which works great for smoothies, although a little lumpy for coffee, unless I blend the coffee to make it frothy. I would recommend trying each one to find what works best for you. 🙂

  4. Is there anything you can do with the discarded pulp? I’m wondering if I can use it somewhere else. I hate to throw it away if I don’t have to. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Absolutely Maria! Cool question! We love using the pulp in our baked goods as a sub for some of the flour content. 🙂

    2. 5 stars
      Use it in the same way you would use almonds! Mix it into your morning porridge for example. Or what I did is blend that almond milk with chia seeds, 1 banana and cacao powder to make chia pudding and stirred the pulp of almonds in it. Delicious and healthy breakfast is sorted!

  5. 5 stars
    I was a little intimidated to try this recipe but it was a lot of fun to make with my daughter. We’ll make this again!

  6. 5 stars
    This was a great recipe. I was curious about making it sweeter for my kids but I didn’t have maple syrup. Would you recommend honey, or maybe even dates? What’s the better choice?

    1. Dates are a fantastic addition here for sweetness, Laura! We love Natural Delight’s organic medjool dates in this case. They are simply the best dates we’ve tried and are like a dessert all by themselves! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made almond milk before, yet not any of these kinds! This post pushed me outside my comfort zone and I just made a batch of almond, walnut, hemp milk. It was super tasty, and fun to make! Thanks for all the good tips.

    1. Thanks for giving these recipes a spin, Erin! We love it when new things are tried. Kudos to pushing outside the box on this one!

  8. I am wondering were the studies are done talking about milk lessening our bone density. I have never heard that before and would like to know where you received that information from?

    Thank you for your time.

    1. Hey there Tim – great question! Looks like the backup we had for that study was not the original source, so we’ve removed it from our post. We’ve added the original source to the fact about cow’s milk and acne, as it’s super important to us to cite things correctly and with trusted sources. We’re also working to update all of our blog posts to ensure our data is accurate, and even state when there is controversy. We did a bit more digging, and while there are studies to suggest the correlation between cow’s milk and lessening bone density, it looks widely divided in the medical community, so we’ll not be stating that as a fact at this time. Please def double check us any time about things like this – we want to be accurate!!!

  9. I made the oat milk with your instructions – is it usually very thick and sticky? Just curious. 🙂

    1. I haven’t made this recipe yet but I don’t think it should be either.

  10. 5 stars
    Super easy and great tasting. I used combo of cashews, almonds and hemp seeds! Adding the oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt gives it that perfect taste. So nice not having to buy more packaged food when it’s so easy to make at home.

    1. It really is so great when you don’t have to make that extra trip to the grocery store!! YUmmm I love all of that! So glad that it worked so well for you 🙂

  11. I am confused why you would make this when you can buy coconut organic milk… Less hassle and so good with smoothies!,,

    1. Hey El,

      We like to give the option for people who like to make their own version. I like to sometimes make my own because its fun and SO delicious!!

  12. 5 stars
    I’ve followed this recipe from your book using a mix of cashews and almonds and it was amazing! At first I wasn’t gonna add the maple syrup, coconut oil and other suggestions, but I’m so glad I did! It was the BEST nut milk I have ever had. I need to make this a priority to make again… this is so much better than anything in the store.

    1. That is awesome Dani! I am so glad that even though you weren’t sure about some of the ingredients you still went through with it and enjoyed it 🙂