Fortunately for anyone reading this, we are no longer living in the noughties when plant-based milks consisted of just soy or rice milk. I remember how sad my cups of tea used to look with this weird white rice liquid swimming around on the surface, never quite fully blending into the hot tea.
Most supermarkets and grocery stores now stock shelves worth of plant-based milks, both in the fridge section and in the long-life area.
So, the question is no longer, “are there any good plant-based milks out there?!”, but actually “what is the best plant-based milk for me?”
I’m afraid the answer isn’t simply one plant-based milk, because I have found it depends on what you are using it for. Oh, and it depends on your taste of course. The trick is to try different ones out and see what works for you. But first of all, you can start by reading my favourite plant-based milks based on their use, whether that is for your morning cup of coffee, or for that vegan cake you are baking this weekend.
What is the best plant-based milk?
There are so many incredible plant-based milks out there so let me take you through my top picks. Each plant-based milk that I have chosen has one specific use that I have found it works perfectly for. However, if you are looking for a good all rounder then I recommend an oat milk, like Califia Farms or Oatly.
Califia Farms Oat Milk Barista Blend
This is the ultimate plant-based milk when it comes to coffee and tea. I’d go as far as to say that this is better than Oatly’s Barista milk, which is the one you’ll see being used in most coffee shops.
It mixes really nicely into hot drinks and has a really creamy mouthfeel. I also recommend giving it a go with your next vegan hot chocolate.
Rebel Kitchen Organic Whole Mylk
This is the best plant-based whole milk alternative. Made up of cashews, oat, rice, and hemp, it is really thick and has a really creamy feel to it. Which is why I think it works really nicely with cereals.
You could also just drink this plant-based milk by the glassful.
Oatly Original Oat Milk
You can use it just like you would use cow’s milk to make a bechamel sauce. Or you can blend it up with some silken tofu and cream cheese for a cheat’s white sauce.
Sproud Pea Protein Milk
This isn’t the best tasting plant-based milk alternative, but it is one of the milks with the most protein whilst also remaining low in calories.
I love using this plant-based milk in my protein shakes. The other shake ingredients help to add taste and the milk helps to boost the protein levels.
Koko Coconut Milk
This is the best coconut milk due to the fact that it is one of the least coconutty tasting coconut milks. I find many of them taste really artificial, but this is much more natural tasting.
It doesn’t overpower anything and I find it works really well with fruit smoothies.
Alpro Soya Milk
Many recipes for baked goods call for milk. Luckily for vegans, we can replace like-for-like with soya milks. And some of the best soya milks come from the OGs, Alpro.
Soya milk binds really well in baking due to its really high protein content (the highest of all the plant-based milks). It allows your bakes to maintain good structure.
Plant-based milk is often fortified with vitamins and minerals that you also find in dairy products, like calcium. This is important for your health and wellness.
Moreover, the dairy industry causes mass suffering for animals. Plant-based alternatives are kinder to animals and the environment.