5 Great Dairy Alternatives

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In 2020 we decided to decrease our dairy intake as a way to be kinder to the environment. After watching this TED-Ed video about which milk is the healthiest for you and the environment, we discovered that oat milk was the best overall, followed by almond milk.

We decided to give it a try and one thing lead to another and suddenly we were finding other dairy alternatives that we liked. 

Now don't get me wrong, I still love milk, and we still buy milk, but we lessen our impact by buying fewer dairy products. I personally believe one only sets themselves up for failure by trying to switch cold turkey. I believe it is better to do a gradual change. Every little bit counts!

Here are some switches we tried, along with our favorite brands.


1. Oat Milk

Oat milk was the first one we tried. I originally was worried that it would be hard to find, but I was pleasantly surprised at how many brands of oat milk there were! Target even had their own Good & Gather brand, but I strongly do not recommend it. It was sickeningly sweet with 12 grams of added sugar. We, of course, didn't give up at the first attempt and tried other brands. 

Our favorite ended up being Plain Silk. It only has 5 grams of sugar and tastes a hundred times better than the Target brand. Silk also has a 0 sugar variety which on its own tastes bland, but it works perfectly fine in cooking. If Silk is not available, our back up is Oatly Original Oat Milk, which has 7 grams of sugar. 

It's important to keep in mind when making this switch that nothing will ever taste the same as cow's milk, so you might as well give up if you're hoping to find non-dairy milk that tastes like dairy milk. However, I did discover that cow's milk can easily overpower the taste of oat milk, so I do halfsies in my bowl of cereal. 

We use oat milk for everything cooking related as there really is no difference, but for drinking, we still prefer a glass of cow's milk.



2. Oat & Almond Creamer

This switch was easy as I used to use Coffee Mate French Vanilla Creamer, so I just looked for another vanilla flavored creamer and found So Delicious Creamy Vanilla Oat Creamer, which I thought was good until I tried Silk Sweet & Creamy Almond Creamer. I usually don't like almond milk as it has a weird nut taste, but in this case, the almond creamer was better than the oat creamer. Definitely not going back to dairy creamer though.




3. Almond Milk Cream Cheese

I discovered Kite Hill Original Almond Milk Cream Cheese Spread at Target when I was looking for cream cheese. I had not expected there to be dairy-free cream cheese and this was the only brand available, so thinking it is newer, so it may be hard to find, but I really liked it. It's also not as thick as dairy cream cheese, so it has the added bonus of being easier to spread. For me, this switch was really easy as it tasted pretty much the same, if not better!



4. Almond Milk Sour Cream

Like almond milk cream cheese, this may be hard to find as Kitehill is the only brand available. I originally found it at our co-op but noticed Target has recently started stocking it as well, so it must be newer. 

As of this post, I am still on the fence as to whether or not I will stick with almond milk sour cream. It is good as its own thing, but if you're really craving that true sour cream flavor, then this may not be a good switch. However, as its own topping, it's good on tacos and nachos!


5. Coconut & Almond Milk Yogurt

I originally tried the Silk Almond Vanilla, but on its own, it wasn't great as it had that almond taste I don't like. It was fine for baking purposes though. Then I thought maybe a flavored yogurt would be easier to switch to, and tried SoDelicious Strawberry Coconut Milk Yogurt, which I thought was really good, but our daughter could still taste the difference. It also was high in sugar, 14 grams!

The main issue with non-dairy yogurt was that I could not find a brand that was low in sugar, besides the Silk Almond, which we did not like. I looked online for other options, but they just were not available in our stores. 

For us, taste and the amount of sugar was a problem, so we decided to stick with our current dairy brand, Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt, which only has 5g of sugar and tastes great. 

However, I would not hesitate to switch in the future, so long as there are more non-dairy yogurt options with less sugar, including large amounts of fake sugar (aka artificial sweeteners), or stevia. I can't stand the taste of these wannabe sugars.


Side note: Two Good Greek Yogurt is disgusting, more like "Two Good to be true." It claims to have 2 grams of sugar, but they jack up the fake sugar, so it's still sweet, but the disgusting sweet.



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18 Comments

  1. We love our Silk coffee creamer and our Silk Dark Chocolate milk.

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  2. I literally just started doing this recently. I wasn't as excited about Oatmilk as I wanted to be lol but I know almond milk is one that we enjoy.

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  3. I've always been curious about almond milk, I will have to pick some up the next time I go to the store.

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  4. Interesting article because there are sooo many options these days. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I tried making the switch to almond milk a few months ago and struggle with it. I love coconut milk and having read your post is quite interested in trying oat milk.

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    1. I'm not a fan of almond milk, which is why we went with oat milk. I still do half oat and half cows milk when having cereal as cows milk really over powers the oat milk, so even I'm not able to make a full switch yet when it comes to cereal. It's great for baking though!

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  6. These are all great alternatives. We love using so delicious products.

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  7. Great alternatives. Thanks for sharing

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  8. I've never tried any of these, but I'm super interested to try it out!

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  9. I was born allergic to milk so I use a lot of these options when I bake!

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  10. These are definitely a great dairy alternatives that we can use in our cooking. Especially the coconut and almond yogurt as my preference, anything with coconut in a recipe will be a great food to eat.

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  11. All great alternatives! I did not know there was almond milk cream cheese or sour cream!

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  12. Definitely interested in trying different types of dairy!

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  13. We actually by almond milk now. I agree with you that it is healthier and thus, the switch. This is the first time I have seen an almond milk cream cheese and would love to try it.

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  14. With the way things going right now, it is important we look after ourselves.

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  15. Thank you for sharing! I am so curious about oat milk, and I want to try it.

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  16. There are lots of options these days! That's great. We drink a mix of cows milk and rice milk.

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  17. I have tried a couple of these, but not all. It is nice to have so many alternatives!

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