by Laura Barns
Plant-based milks are soaring in popularity, and we are so here for it. Here’s our pick of the best based on value, taste and how easy it is to get your hands on it.
Creamy and all-round dreamy, this edition from Oatly features Swedish oats (fancy) and is packed with fibre and protein. AKA your coffee’s new best friend.
A good source of protein with zero nasties, this m*lk tastes great in smoothies, meaning it’s the ultimate gym buddy. Not the easiest to find in stores just yet, you may be best ordering online.
Smooth, rich and satisfying, this coconut milk is thicker than other ones we’ve tried. So we love it in porridge, adding some oomph to vegan bakes/cooking, and Pina Coladas, of course.
Let’s call this one the ‘gateway’ vegan milk, because although some of our team are Oatly ‘til they die, soya is the most popular choice on the market, and Alpro is one of the most recognised brands. It’s also the most nutritionally-similar to cows’ milk.
Almond is named the worst plant-based culprit in terms of sustainability. However, by switching from cows milk, you’re still onto a winner. This is our favourite of almond milks, made with rice and a dash of cold-pressed sunflower oil.
A popular favourite in the allplants kitchen, Minor Figures has a background in coffee. Add to any roast, and enjoy the natural sweetness, density, balance and silky micro-foam when steamed.
The least allergenic of all non-dairy milk alternatives, rice milk is made from milled rice and water and is naturally sweet and creamy. This one is also gluten and wheat-free.
This dairy-free alternative uses coconut cream as its base, with full-fat, semi-skimmed and skimmed varieties on offer. Find it in the milk aisle of bigger supermarkets or health stores.
Stay tuned for the next instalment in our Vegan Shopping Basket series.
Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way.