Oatly Oat Milk carton and mug

Beginner’s Guide to Milk Alternatives

Being dairy-free can be difficult, especially when looking for alternatives. It is getting easier to find alternatives that fit specific dietary needs. In my sister’s case, she needs alternatives that also don’t contain soy. She’s also had some trial-and-error with milk alternatives that don’t taste very good. Here’s a beginner’s guide to milk alternatives that she recommends.


Oatly Low-Fat Oatmilk Chilled

Oatly Oat Milk carton and mug
This milk alternative is free of gluten, soy, nuts, & GMOs.

As you can probably tell by the name, Oatly is made with oats. This vegan, plant based alternative is made with gluten-free oats (and while oats are gluten-free, they can be cross-contaminated when processed). Oatly is also free of soy, nuts, and GMOs.

Oatly was created in Sweden in the 90s and they later opened headquarters in North America. I recommend reading their FAQ page for very in-depth information about their products and process. Some of their milk alternatives do contain rapeseed oil, so if you can’t have certain oils, be sure to double check the ingredients.

By the way, Oatly also has ice cream alternatives.

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Rice Dream

Rice Dream carton

Rice Dream Original Rice Drink is another plant based milk alternative that’s certified organic, gluten-free and NON GMO Verified. It’s dairy-free, lactose-free, and cholesterol-free.


Ripple Vanilla

Ripple Vanilla milk alternative
Plant-based milk alternative with less sugar

Ripple is a plant-based milk alternative that has 40% less sugar than flavored milk. It also has 50% more calcium than milk. Ripple Vanilla is vegan, lactose-free, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free and GMO-free.

Ripple also has half & half, yogurts, and sour cream. Their website has recipes, healthy living and environment info, and real-time stats (#rippleeffect) on carbon, sugar, and plastic saved among others.

Fun fact: One of the founders also created Method cleaning products (I didn’t know that until just now; we’ve been using Method for several years).


Silk Oat Yeah Oatmilk

Silk Oat Yeah
This milk alternative is oat-based and dairy-free.

As you can gather by the name, Silk Oat Yeah is oatmilk. This milk alternative is dairy-, gluten-, soy-, and nut-free. It’s also free from cholesterol, carrageenan, artificial colors and flavors. Silk Oat Yeah is also NON GMO project verified.

Besides The Vanilla One, Silk also has The Plain One, The Chocolate One, and The 0g Sugar One. Along with oatmilk, Silk has almondmilk, soymilk, coconutmilk, and cashewmilk options.

Silk Original Almondmilk

Silk Original Almondmilk
courtesy of silk.com

As mentioned about, Silk has a variety of dairy alternatives. Silk Original Almondmilk was one of the first milk alternatives that Nikki tried.

This almondmilk is like the Oatmilk in that it’s free of all of the same things. There are a variety of Silk Almondmilk flavors.


Planet Oat Oatmilk

Planet Oat Vanilla oatmilk
courtesy of planetoid.com

Planet Oat Vanilla Oatmilk is an product that Nikki really liked. It’s free of dairy, soy, peanut, gluten, treenuts, lactose, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

In addition to Vanilla, Planet Oat also has Original, Extra Creamy, and Dark Chocolate.


Califia Farms

Califia Vanilla Almondmilk
courtesy of califiafarms.com

Califia Farms Vanilla Almondmilk is dairy-, gluten-, soy-, and carrageenan-free. Along with having no GMOs, it’s also kosher and vegan. They’re made from non genetically engineered almonds. Califia also makes a point to reduce sugar in all of their products.

You can also find creamers, yogurt, juices, cold brew coffees, and pantry staples.

Nature’s Promise Almondmilk

Nature's Promise Almondmilk
Nikki’s favorite milk alternative

Nature’s Promise Vanilla Almondmilk is Nikki’s favorite milk alternative. It’s a brand from a regional grocery store, Food Lion. It’s sweet and doesn’t have a strong almond taste.It is free of gluten, dairy, and soy.

There are many milk alternatives available today. These are the brands that Nikki has tried. Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these or another brand.

If you liked this guide, you might also like guides to ice cream alternatives, cookies, snacks, and yogurt alternatives. By signing up for my mailing list, you’ll receive a FREE Beginner’s Guide to Dietary Restriction Friendly Essentials Checklist.

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