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5 Soy-Free Milk Alternatives

5 Soy-Free Milk Alternatives

A whopping 91 percent of the soy grown here in the U.S. is genetically modified, and the easiest way to ensure that a soy product isn’t GM is to stick with organic. USDA certified organic foods, by definition, cannot contain GM ingredients.

Do you have a tough time finding organic soy milk in the store? Does the recent hubbub over Silk soymilk have you concerned that the carton of soy milk at the grocery store might not actually be organic? Here are some milk alternatives that skip the soy while staying dairy free.

1. Nut Milks

Almond is the most common nut milk that you’ll find in the grocery store, but there are others out there. I’ve seen hazelnut and cashew milks on the shelf. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make nut milks at home without too much effort. This recipe for raw almond milk from Happy Foody is simple and delicious.

2. Rice Milk

Rice milk is a bit sweet, so it’s probably best for cereal or baking. It’s normally made by processing brown rice, and the sweetness comes from the grain and usually not from added sugar.
oat milk

3. Oat Milk

Like rice milk, oat milk is slightly sweet. It’s on the thin side, so it’s not great for coffee unless you like your coffee a bit dark. For cereal and for cooking, though, this is a great alternative. You can even make your own oat milk at home, if you like!

4. Hemp Milk

Thick and creamy, hemp milk holds up really well in coffee and cooking.

It can have a mild hemp aftertaste, but it’s something you get used to, much like soy milk’s aftertaste. Hemp milk can vary quite a bit from brand to brand. I’ve had friends tell me they can’t stand the stuff while others swear by it. If your first taste of hemp milk doesn’t do it for you, you might look into trying a different brand before giving up.

5. Coconut Milk

For cooking and baking, plain old canned coconut milk is a delicious soy-free dairy alternative. My favorite use for coconut milk is in the ice cream maker.

If you’re looking to lighten your coffee or pour something onto cereal, brands like So Delicious make boxed coconut milk that you can use just like regular milk.

Do you have a favorite non-dairy, soy-free milk that you purchase or make at home? Share away in the comments!

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Image Credits:
Cashew Milk. Creative Commons photo by elana’s pantry
Making Raw Oat Milk. Creative Commons photo by sweetbeetandgreenbean

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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5:45AM PST on Jan 14, 2015

Thanks for the info

9:55AM PST on Dec 28, 2014

Thanks :)

2:56PM PST on Dec 24, 2014

Thank you :)

12:44PM PST on Dec 23, 2014

Thank you!

2:08PM PST on Dec 22, 2014

It seems that the key ingredient to making things called milk is the colour white, so, you could add oil to eggs and water to make mayonnaise milk.

Or even cutting fluid to water to make a lovely white emulsion.
In spite of the taste of engine oil it still tastes better than soy milk.

2:01PM PST on Dec 22, 2014

Cow's milk?
Goat's milk?
Asses milk?
Sheep milk?

12:22AM PST on Dec 22, 2014


12:21AM PST on Dec 22, 2014


9:39AM PST on Dec 21, 2014


8:42AM PST on Dec 21, 2014

Just about the only use I have for milk is a tiny amount I m coffee. I have one travel mug of coffee per day, except for the occasional (3 - 4 times per year) cup in a restaurant. I don't like cream or dairy alternatives in my coffee. Also, I use super-pasteurized milk because, after a quart is open or two weeks, I still have t throw a tird of it away due to spoilage.
I have tried rice milk, soy mil ad almond milk, I found each one more offensive that the one before it.
For the amount that I consume, I'm sticking with real milk.

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