Whether you’re trying to cut down on your consumption of animal products or whether you’re just looking for alternatives to dairy, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to give up on your weekly (ahem, more like daily) treat of dunking your vegan Oreos into a glass of cold, delicious milk. In fact, there are now so many plant-based milks on the market, but it’s safe to say that they can all get a little overwhelming. We’ve got you covered, though. This is the ultimate guide to plant-based milk. You can thank us later…
Best For Cooking
There’s no doubt about the fact that plant-based milk can be a minefield – especially if a recipe calls for some kind of milk. With so many different milk options to choose from, it’s easy to just grab the first one on the shelf, but this might not add to your dish. In fact, it could completely ruin it! When it comes to cooking, the go-to plant-based-milk will always be coconut. This milk has been used in various cultures for hundreds of years, and Asian cuisine wouldn’t be complete without it. It’s super easy to get your hands on some coconut milk, but that’s not the only plant-based milk that’s best for cooking. Unsweetened soya could always work as an alternative, but you need to ensure that it’s definitely unsweetened.
Best For Hot Drinks
If you’ve tried many of the plant-based milk on the market, you’ll probably know that some of them just don’t work in hot drinks. Sure, they offer a great alternative to dairy, but they can also curdle in your cup, they can make your tea undrinkable, and they just aren’t a tasty addition to your hot drinks. However, it may be that you’ve been trying the wrong milk. Although Oatly has found themselves in hot water recently (and not in a good way), most plant-based milk drinkers would agree that the Barista edition of their Oat Milk is the ultimate plant-based milk for hot drinks. In fact, some of the biggest coffee chains on the high street only use this oat milk, as it doesn’t split and can be foamed with ease – if that’s how you like your coffee. Plus, it tastes delicious!
Best For Cereal
There’s nothing better than a good ol’ bowl of cereal in the morning, right? But what plant-based milk tastes the best when it comes to your bowl of Cheerios? While this does come down more to taste, we would suggest that you don’t choose oat milk for this meal. After all, most cereals are made using oats anyway, so you don’t want to go too OTT with the oat. Many people find that nut milk are a great alternative to dairy in this situation. Nowadays, you can find everything from almond milk to hazelnut on the shelves, and when these guys are chilled to perfection, they will definitely set you up for the day.
Best By Itself
There are many people around the world who love to drink milk on its own – and some even drink straight from the bottle (or carton). If you’re one of those people, you’re probably wondering which plant-based milk tastes best by itself. Well, the truth of the matter is that this is completely down to personal preference. That’s because everyone has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to milk, and all of the plant-based milk on the market taste completely different. If you want our advice, try all of them and choose your favourite by the process of elimination.
Plant-based milk is now more popular than ever, but it’s fair to say that they all work best in certain situations. To make the most out of these non-dairy alternatives, it’s best to know their strengths and weaknesses, and where they perform best. So, whip out your Oreos and get dunking!