Recommended Dairy Free Milk Substitutes


Our family may be Cheeseheads from Wisconsin, but milk products do not agree with our bodies. All four of us experience negative symptoms if we consume dairy, so we’ve been trying different dairy-free milks for years.

Which dairy-free milk is best? Well, just like which sunbutter is best, our family cannot agree on one favorite milk either, so below are our favorites:

  1. Thrive Market Organic Oat Milk – Naturally sweeter non-dairy milk made from oats
  2. Tempt Hemp Milk – Unsweetened dairy free milk made from hemp seeds
  3. Elmhurst Cashew Milk – Just cashews + water, no dairy here!
  4. Almond Breeze Almond Milk – Almond milk made in a peanut free facility
  5. Native Forest Coconut Milk – Creamy canned milk from coconut

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Here are five dairy-free and soy-free milk options our family uses.

1. Thrive Market Organic Oat Milk

If you cannot have any nuts or seeds and like naturally sweeter milk, Oat Milk is a great non-dairy milk substitute. As long as you’re not allergic to oats!


We’ve tried a few different varieties of oat milk and Thrive Market Organic Oat Milk has the best flavor and cleanest ingredients. It’s unsweetened and only contains water and organic oats. The online label states it’s processed on shared equipment with soybeans, tree nuts, and wheat. We are Thrive Members and have this dairy-free oat milk on Subscribe & Save regular delivery.

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2. Pacific Foods Oat Milk

If you’d rather not join Thrive Market, Pacific Foods Organic Oat Milk is another plant-based milk we like. Their ingredients aren’t quite as clean and simple as Thrive Market’s oat beverage, but it’s another good dairy-free milk option that’s available on Amazon.

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3. Tempt Hemp Milk

Unsweetened Tempt Hemp Milk is another favorite non-dairy milk option for us. From smoothies to overnight oats, hemp milk is a great milk option that’s nut-free, peanut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.

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4. Elmhurst Cashew Milk

Elmhurst Milked Cashews is my favorite milk alternative. I add it to my coffee and overnight oats. At one time they made Peanut Milk, so I’m still unsure if this is safe cross-contact with peanut or not. Since our daughter likes hemp and oat milk so much and hasn’t had any reactions, we haven’t risked trying this with her yet. But as someone who can safely eat cashews but avoids dairy, this is a great non-dairy “milk” option.

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5. Almond Breeze Almond Milk

Tree nut milk like almond milk is a popular non-dairy option. However, when you need to avoid cross-contact with peanuts, almond milk can be tricky as almonds are commonly processed on shared equipment with peanuts. The Almond Breeze brand, however, verifies that its almond milk is dairy-free and processed in a peanut-free plant.

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6. Friendly Farms Organic Almond Milk

Aldi’s Friendly Farms Organic Almond Milk is another option if you need something at your local store. It contains extra ingredients, however, and I’m not sure it’s a peanut free facility. But if you don’t mind the extra ingredients, can tolerate almonds, and want to avoid dairy, Aldi Almond Milk is another option.

7. Native Forest Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is another popular milk alternative, but the liquid stuff in a carton doesn’t have much flavor, in my opinion. We use the milks above for drinking and when we need a liquid for cooking.

When we want to make something creamy, however, we like Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk. The Native Forest Simple Coconut Milk (available on Thrive Market) contains no guar gum, which is great for those who are sensitive to that ingredient. Both versions are unsweetened and dairy free.

If you haven’t used canned coconut milk yet, the top of the can is usually thicker and needs to be spooned out. The rest is liquid. It’s perfect for making creamy casseroles, curries, chowders, and mashed potatoes. It can be used for creamy oatmeal or smoothie bowls.

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8. Elmhurst Chocolate Oat Milk [BONUS]

Next on my list to try is the Elmhurst Chocolate Oat Milk. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have a feeling it’s going to be really good. It looks like a great non-dairy chocolate milk option.

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