The Best Creamy, Froth-friendly Plant Milks for Morning Coffee
More people are using vegan milk in their coffee
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A turn-off for many potential vegans is the thought of having to give up dairy milk in their coffee. Will that frothy cappuccino ever be the same without milk? In short – yes.

There are a range of plant-based milks which are dairy-free and suitable for a vegan diet.

Although some options can taste a bit “off” or just plain wrong in coffees, many of these vegan milks are creamy and even froth like dairy milk, so your coffee can taste just as heavenly as you remember.

Just be careful and ensure you read the labels on store-brought milk products as some have nutrients that are derived from things such as lanolin (sheep wool), or bone. “Lactose-Free” doesn’t always mean dairy-free or vegan. If this is confusing or too much hassle, you can easily whip up a batch of your own plant-milk.

The 8 Best Vegan Milks for Coffee


1. Oat Milk

Oat milk is a popular dairy-free option | image/Minimalist Baker

Oats are high in protein and fiber and have properties that reduce stress, making them the perfect base for your next cup of joe. This option is probably the closest to dairy in terms of texture and taste, and it froths well. If you’re gluten-free, you may want to make your own using gluten-free oats as store-bought options will commonly contain gluten. Oat milk is also very budget-friendly and economical when made at home.

You can make your own with this recipe, or buy it here.

2. Pea Milk

Pea milk is vegan and can be used in coffee | image/iNourish Gently

This option may sound a little peculiar but it is a recent trend that is beginning to catch on. Brands such as Ripple are using peas to create plant-based milk due to their high protein content and nutritional benefits. It is said that pea milk is healthier than common dairy alternatives such as almond or soy, and closely mimics the taste of dairy milk. This milk uses golden peas so it isn’t the green liquid that you might expect.

You can make your own with this recipe, or buy it here.

3. Hemp Milk

Some people use vegan hemp milk in their morning coffee | image/Self

This milk is a growingly popular and healthy option for those ditching dairy. Similar to soy milk in terms of consistency (except creamier), and similar to almond milk in terms of flavor, this is a good combination of the two that delivers a whole host of nutrients. Despite popular misconception, hemp milk is not made from marijuana as it does not contain enough THC to have psychoactive properties.

You can make your own with this recipe, or buy it here.

4. Almond Milk

almond milk
Almond milk is one of the most well-known dairy-free milks | image/Medical News Today

Some say almond milk is better consumed on its own or in smoothies rather than in coffee, as sometimes this option can turn bitter in coffee thanks to a chemical reaction. But if a bitter coffee is your thing then how perfect! Alternatively, a hearty dose of sweetener will do the trick. Almond milk has a higher fat content than some plant-based options so it froths up well, like dairy milk.

You can make your own with this recipe, or buy it here.

5. Rice Milk

Nondairy rice milk has a neutral taste | image/Oatmeal With a Fork

This milk has a lower fat content than a nut or coconut milk, so while it doesn’t froth up as well, the taste is more neutral, less overpowering, and very pleasant. Unlike dairy milk, rice milk contains no lactose or cholesterol, however, it does have more carbohydrates. When comparing most rice milks with dairy milk, rice milk is lower in calories.

You can make your own with this recipe, or buy it here.

6. Soy Milk

Vegan soy milk is available at most cafes | image/Simple Vegan Blog

Soy milk is a great choice because it is very prevalent as a dairy-free option in cafes and eateries; it is quite rare for venues not to offer at least a soy option. This milk froths up well, is forgiving, and can complement different coffees nicely, however, not everyone is fan of the taste. Despite the criticism and bad reputation of soy, this shunned bean actually boasts some great health benefits.

You can make your own with this recipe, or buy it here.

7. Coconut Milk

Dairy-free coconut milk froths like dairy | image/Moan Out Loud

Due to coconut milk being high in fat, it froths up a lot, like cow’s milk. Cartons are generally better to use than canned coconut milk as the canned variety – often not created to be drank – is better for baking. However, buying a can of full-fat coconut cream and blending it with water to make your own coconut milk is an economical option.

You can make your own with this recipe, or buy it here.

8. Quinoa Milk

Vegan quinoa milk is rich in protein | image/Simple Vegan Blog

Quite possibly the most edgy and unusual milk so far, this option has a rather unexpected taste that is either loved or hated. Quinoa is a rich source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids, therefore, quinoa milk has a high protein content too. If making homemade quinoa milk, it is advisable to use cooked quinoa because raw quinoa has a saponin coating, and requires thorough washing to use.

You can make your own with this recipe, or buy it here.


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The Best Creamy, Froth-friendly Plant Milks for Morning Coffee
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