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Beyond Tofu: Four Tasty, Vegan Alternatives to Soy

Nuts and Seeds

Soy milk is another vegan staple that’s really simple to replace. Almond milk is available almost as readily as soy milk in supermarkets. Not only does almond milk match soy milk in consistency and availability, it doesn’t have that beany aftertaste that can be off-putting to a lot of folks. It’s easy to whip up some home-made milk from almonds, cashews, or even sunflower seeds! Here’s a great recipe for cashew milk from Elena’s Pantry to get you started.

Milk isn’t the only area where nuts can replace soy options. There are non-dairy ice creams available made from almonds, and you can even find nut cheeses out there! The latter is a little harder to come by, but it’s another area where it’s not too hard to make your own.

Coconut Milk

Talk about decadent! Like almond milk, coconut milk works 1:1 in place of soy milk in recipes. A word of caution: coconut milk will definitely give foods a distinct coconut flavor. So Delicious makes cartons of coconut-based milk that are lower in fat and are a bit more mellow-tasting, but definitely make sure a hint of coconut will go with the dish before making this substitution.

The area where coconut milk really excels is in ice cream and yogurt! There are pre-made varieties of both available at most health food stores, or, like many of these other alternatives, you can make it at home. You just need a yogurt or ice cream maker. Coconut milk ice cream is incredibly rich and creamy – even the most die-hard omnivore won’t complain!

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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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11:13PM PST on Feb 18, 2015

soaked almonds

5:29AM PST on Feb 14, 2015

Thank you

5:39AM PST on Feb 13, 2015

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11:44PM PST on Feb 10, 2015

Thank you. There is something out there for everyone. - A whole world of tasty vegan food.

7:51PM PDT on May 9, 2014

If seitan comes from a box...isn't that then a "processed food"!? & wheat gluten causes a lot of sensitivities in the gastrointestinal tract...I think I'll stick to tempeh & miso

2:58AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Good to know

12:17AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013


12:09AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

For many who are allergic to soy, this is a great alternative

8:04PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013


12:25PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

thanks so much for this, as a vegan with celiac and a soy allergy I definitely have problems finding a substitute when a recipe calls for tofu! I'll have to check on a rice version of seitan (if such a thing exists! ) .

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