Good old cow’s milk has been a staple in many peoples diets for centuries. Whether it’s on your cereal or in your cuppa, milk is everywhere. However, in recent years, more and more people have been turning their back on dairy products, whether it’s for dietary reasons or their own personal moral code, this has led to milk becoming one of the first dairy products to be cut out of diets up. A consequence of this desertion of dairy is the rise of the non-dairy milk alternative.
Still delicious, still milk, but no dairy. Other than making your coffee order more complex than ever before, it’s a win-win if you’re looking to cut out dairy from your diet, without compromising the integrity of your cup of tea or your breakfast in the morning.
Which non-dairy milk is the best?
Here at Groceries2Go, we’ve been a fan of milk alternatives for a long time, and our available range of vegan and vegetarian-friendly dairy free milk has never been better.
We’ve picked out some of our favourites that we think you should try.
In a hurry? You can view our full range of milk products by clicking here.
Vegetarian and Vegan milk alternatives
Probably the most recognisable and arguably the first real milk alternative to become mainstream, soy – or “soya” – milk is one of the dairy-free milk options that is closest in nutritional value to traditional dairy milk.
It is a purely plant-based drink that is made by first soaking soy beans, then blending or grinding them, then straining the liquid from the remaining pulp.
Alpro Soya Orignal Milk
If you haven’t heard of soya milk, chances are you have heard of almond milk. Championed by hipsters in every cool coffee shop in the last decade, almond milk has a light and silky texture, with a slight nutty flavour, making it perfect if you’re looking to take your first step into non-dairy milk as it is similar in texture to cow’s milk.
We stock a range of almond milks including traditional, unsweetened and specially formulated almond milks for professionals – this just means that it was created with baristas in mind, making it slightly easier to create microfoam and pour a beautiful piece of latte art.
Here are some of our favourite almond milks that we currently have in stock.
Alpro Roasted Almond Original Milk
Alpro Roasted Almond Unsweetened Milk
Alpro Almond Milk for Professionals
Next up on our whistle-stop tour of milk alternatives is oat milk. It’s high-fibre content means it helps you feel fuller for longer, a little like porridge does (given that they’re both oat-based, it shouldn’t be a surprise).
It’s also on the coffee bar of any discerning coffee shop, thanks to its texture and being easier to use compared to other vegan-friendly milks. If you’re looking for a delicious milk that you can use in smoothies, on your cereal, creating Tate Modern-worthy latte art or a family-friendly milk alternative that is readily available, oat milk might just be the one for you.
Here are some of our favourites.
Oatly The Original Oat Drink
Oatly Oat Drink Barista Edition
Alpro Organic Oat Milk for Professionals
Unlike other kinds of milk on this list, which are relatively neutral in flavour, coconut milk breaks the mould. Most coconut milks are made using water and coconut cream, which results in them having a noticeable tropical hint compared to your regular glass of milk, however, they still maintain a deliciously creamy texture and they’re irresistible when you use them for the right recipes. We particularly love them in our morning smoothie or with a bowl of fresh fruit and oats.
Here are some of our favourite coconut milk options.
Alpro Professional Coconut Milk
Koko Dairy Free Original Coconut Milk
Whether you have allergies that prevent you from trying other types of milks on this list, or you want to try something new, rice milk could provide another non-dairy milk alternative to traditional cow’s milk.
Rice milk is made by blending rice and water. It isn’t usually as creamy in texture as other kinds of milk on this list. Whilst its more watery texture might not lend it to using as frequently in tea or coffee, it is delicious to drink on its own, in a smoothie or as part of a vegan milkshake.
Alpro Rice Milk
Try a plant-based milk!
We’ve highlighted some of our favourite plant-based milk on this list, but we’ve got plenty more available to purchase. If you can’t find what you’re looking for above, click here to view our full range of milk options.