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Whether you’re lactose intolerant or just want to try an alternative to traditional milk, non-dairy milks offer a wide variety of ways to add creaminess and flavor to your favorite coffee drinks. Omni Bev’s Coconut Cold Brew and Coconut Matcha Cold Brewfor example, are two such drinks which make use of coconut milk, a popular plant-based alternative. Here is our guide to some of the best non-dairy milks.

Oat Milk

A glass of oat milk.
A glass of oat milk. CC0.

By far the most popular alternative milk in recent years, oat milk is a creamy alternative to traditional dairy which is made by blending and straining oats with water. Because the alternative is made with a grain, oat milk is also nutrient dense—offering fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Likewise, oat milk has a certain level of creaminess comparable to regular milk, making the alternative perfect for use in lattes.

Almond Milk

Two glasses of almond milk.
Two glasses of almond milk. Amazing Almonds // CC BY 2.0.

A standard in the non-dairy coffee world, almond milk has been a staple in cafes around the world as a common option for non-dairy drinkers. Many almond milks are commonly fortified with essential vitamins and nutrients, making the dairy alternative a nutritious option for folks looking for a healthy addition to their morning coffee. Almond milk pairs great with most coffee and tea recipes.

Hemp Milk

A glass of hemp milk.
A glass of hemp milk. CC0.

A newcomer to the non-dairy scene, hemp milk is made using whole hemp seeds, yielding a dairy alternative rich in protein, healthy fats, and minerals. Compared with traditional milk, hemp milk is also lower in calories and carbohydrates. Hemp milk pairs well with your favorite hot coffee beverages as a nutritious dairy alternative.

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