In a market slated to reach $35.6 billion by the year 2024, It is no wonder the dairy alternative market has a huge demand for alternatives to cow milk. A market so huge, with no signs of slowing down, It was only a matter of time before people ventured outside of soy and almond as their alternative milk of choice.
I, for one, am one of those people. I use to be a cow milk drinking, whole milk only, buttermilk in my pancakes, half & half in my coffee, kefir yogurt drinking motherrrrfucker! Then, I made the switch. I became almond milk gang. I did tons of research and allowed myself to learn, unlearn and relearn about milk and the role it plays in the woman’s body, in my body.
But honestly, I didn’t too much like the taste of almond milk. It was either the brands I tried or my mind not being made up that I was ready to give up cow’s milk (It worked though, I’m off that heifer) that was making me not so interested. I wasn’t ready to give up my new quest for the right alternative milk. Though that search took me to finding tons of alternatives and tasting them all. From milking pecans to hazelnuts, oats and even bananas (yes love, bananas)—I was able to compose a list of alternatives for you to try and maybe even love. Maybe you’re allergic to tree nuts and you also want to try an alternative milk, there’s one listed here for you too! Continue below to see lactose, dairy, soy and gluten free alternatives to enjoying a glass of milk.
We’ll start with one of my favorite milks’ of choice, cashew. This option has a creamier and thicker consistency that’s very close to regular milk. Cashew milk is high in tryptophan, which increases levels of serotonin (happiness hormone) to help fight depression! Although this milk is low in protein, it’s also low in calories, carbs and sugar (I consider this kind of a win).
Coconut milk has a very rich, thick and creamy texture (I’m not talking about the can cooking kind, please don’t pour Goya in your cereal). The MCT’s (medium-chain triglycerides) in coconut milk may reduce appetite, increase metabolism and help you lose belly fat. Swapping out for coconut milk may help your body to reduce inflammation, and fight viruses and bacteria that cause infection.
Though a good option for people with nut allergies, this milk lacks protein and is high in fat. (High fat? low carbs? Keto friendly!)
The beautiful milk! This milk is rich in vitamin A which helps your body produce collagen and maintain a healthy glow. In addition to vitamin A, this milk is high in vitamin D (strengthen hair & nails), vitamin B12 and vitamin E. You’re basically drinking much needed vitamins and minerals plus all 9 essential amino acids with this alternative. Want to strengthen your bones AND heart? Try hemp milk.
NO YOU WILL NOT GET HIGH. Hemp milk is made from the seed of the marijuana plant. The seeds do not contain the psychoactive component of weed.
I’m a true Texan so I LOVE pecans. From candies, to ice cream to the pies, I’m a PECAN LOVER. So it’s no surprise at how much I love this milk.
Pecans contain oleic acid as well as phenolic antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease. These nuts are also packed with tons of fiber to promote colon health and helps to clean out the gastrointestinal system. Though not as thick and creamy as other options, the taste paired really well in cereal!
I have become obsessed with the Texas (Houston to be exact) Maple Pecan Milk by Malk and you can try it here.
If you’re a coffee lover, this milk pairs well in an espresso and baristas can’t seem to keep it in stock. Though this milk did not pass my cereal test, it did however taste amazing in my latte.
Oat milk is extremely low in fat which is a good choice for people watching their weight. If you have any nut allergies or have a gluten intolerance (please double check label, may be processed on equipment containing gluten) then this is the milk for you. Oat milk has a soluble fiber that can lower cholesterol and aid gut healing.
This milk has been creeping up in popularity and now even the makers of your (well, depends) favorite oatmeal is joining in.
Anyone else anemic? Well here’s an option for you! This milk alternative is rich in folic acid which helps to produce red blood cells and carry oxygen around the body. Hazelnut milk is full of Vitamin B (B1, B2 and B6) which helps turn food into energy. This milk paired well in cereal and the flavor added a delicious kick to a cup of coffee.
Beware peanut allergies—peanut milk is a thing! This alternative has more protein than almond milk and has a rich, thick flavor. (WARNING: This milk is best served cold-cold). Though I loved this milk in smoothies and oatmeal, it isn’t the best choice with a bowl of cereal—to me. Though high in fiber which helps lower cholesterol, I wouldn’t make this an everyday go-to due to it also being high in calories.
Rice milk is stated to taste similar to real milk (to each their own) and mimics its consistency. This milk was not so tasty to me, at all. If you have any allergies, this is a good option but there are little to none nutritional values (you’re drinking a starch). This alternative is naturally sweet and has very low protein.
Bananas are my favorite fruit, so when I found out banana milk was a thing, I immediately had to try it. Thanks to Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves—we know bananas are loaded with potassium and also you will get a dose of vitamin E, B12, C, D, riboflavin and calcium. This milk passed my kid test—my very picky nephew loved it and it paired well in my cereal. Though high in sugar, this milk is awesome to enjoy in moderation.
Now you know I wouldn’t leave you hanging here is a coupon for a discount on my favorite banana milk.
If you drink cow milk, soy milk or almond milk—I challenge you to take 1-2 weeks off and try something new! Have you tried any of these alternative milks? How was it? What’s your favorite?