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Soy vs. Hemp? Rice vs. Cashew? Here's the Ultimate Guide to Non-Dairy Milks
Whether you're lactose intolerant, vegan/vegetarian, or simply just not into the idea of drinking dairy milk, we are fortunate to have tons of options when it comes to alternatives these days. So much so, that when I'm checking out what milk I want to buy at Whole Foods, I'm a little bit overwhelmed by the variety. Sure, by now, we're all aware of soy and almond milk, but now there's a growing number of other milks being offered - from hemp milk to even flaxseed!
But which of these milks are best for baking? How about as a flavorful cereal milk, in coffee, or as a base for a creamy homemade ice cream? I've decided to do a little bit of homework for all of you in hopes of potentially introducing you to your new favorite combinations!

Soy Milk

- High in essential fatty acids, proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals
- Creamy texture makes it extremely versatile as a dairy substitute
- Promotes weight loss by inhibiting your intestinal absoption of fat with its high amount of monounsaturated fatty acid
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Almond Milk

- Thick texture makes it perfect for cereal, coffee, or straight from the glass
- Nutritious source of calcium, iron, vitamin D, and omega fatty acids
- Doesn't need to be refrigerated so it's also great for travel and packed lunches
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Rice Milk

- Plain and sweet flavor
- Watery texture makes it suitable for cereal, smoothies, and creamier mashed potatoes
- Least likely to cause allergic reactions out of all non-dairy milk alternatives
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Coconut Milk

- Thick and creamy texture is the perfect consistency for sauces and ice cream
- Bakes extremely moist cakes and cookies
- Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous
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Hemp Milk

- Thick and creamy texture perfect for cereal and coffee
- High in omega fatty acids, calcium, and all 10 essential amino acids
- Improves circulation, inflammation, and hair and nail growth
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Oat Milk

- Thick and grainy texture makes it perfect for baking cookies recipes
- Mild, slightly sweet taste
- Used as a nervous system 'tonic' in Western medicine to stabilize anxiety, depression, and mental lethargy
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Hazelnut Milk

- Strong nutty flavor and aroma makes it perfect for coffee
- Thin texture
- Makes for a greater source of protein than most other non-dairy milk substitutes
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Flaxseed Milk

- A rich source of omega-3 fatty acids
- Creamier and with a more mild flavor than a lot of other milk alternatives
- Great in smoothies or fluffy pancakes and waffles
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Cashew Milk

- High in unsaturated fats and protein
- Helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of chronic diseases
- Creamy and mild flavor makes it perfect for coffee, puddings, and oatmeals
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7-Grain Milk

- Consistency makes it the best non-dairy substitute for buttermilk (add 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar)
- One cup has 50% of the recommended daily value of Vitamins B6 and B12
- Perfect for smoothies and cereals
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I've tried coconut milk and it taste is too creamy for me.
2 years ago·Reply
Chocolate almond milk is always my sweet reward after a workout!
2 years ago·Reply
@nannysally I know what you mean! I remember trying an Almond Breeze brand almond/coconut milk mix once, and it was MUCH too rich! I think coconut milk is much better for cooking and baking than it is for regular daily consumption.
2 years ago·Reply
The only kind of milk I can drink straight is almond milk, don't try it in a cup of tea though, it just doesn't work, that was the worst cup of earl grey I have ever had XD
2 years ago·Reply
@MattK95 Yeah, almond milk is my favorite to drink straight too. Although I really did like hemp milk when I was getting a bit more *experimental* with my milk choices. It was really good in cereal, but almond milk is MUCH easier to find!
2 years ago·Reply
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