My definitive list of vegan-friendly milk alternatives

….scored by the attributes most important to me: price, nutrients, taste in tea, taste in porridge. Simple.

 

Please note: I always opt for unsweetened variants where possible (excluding my weakness for chocolate variants) – always check the label for pesky added sugar!

 

1. Alpro Soya Chocolate

alpro-soya-choc

Price: £1.40 / on offer for £1

Nutrients:

– GOOD: Fortified with calcium, vitamins D, B2 & B12, high in protein, low in fat & saturates

– LESS GOOD: Added salt, added sugar (but we’ll let it off as its chocolate)

Taste in Tea: Not recommended…unless you like chocolate tea?

Taste in Porridge: 9.5 / 10 – by far the best in my opinion, (see recipe for overnight oats here) yummmm!

Overall verdict: Best for porridge (Oatly Chocolate  is also great tasting)

 

2. Oatly

oatly

Price: £1.50 / on offer for £1

Nutrients:

– GOOD: Low fat & saturates, low total sugars and no added sugar, simple ingredients

– LESS GOOD: Not fortified, added salt, not a source of protein

Taste in Tea: 7 / 10 – not bad at all!

Taste in Porridge: Undetectable due to oat on oat action.

Overall verdict: Best for tea

 

3. Almond Breeze

almond-breeze

Price: £1.50

Nutrients:

– GOOD: Fortified with calcium, vitamins D, E & B12, source of protein, low in fat & saturates, low in sugar & no added sugar

– LESS GOOD: Added salt

Taste in Tea: 6 / 10

Taste in Porridge: Very slightly nutty, otherwise undetectable

Overall verdict: Second choice for tea, arguably the best nutritionally

 

4. Coconut

cocnut

Price: £1.70

Nutrients:

– GOOD: Fortified with calcium, vitamins D & B12, low in fat & saturates, low in total sugars & no added sugar

– LESS GOOD: Added salt, not a source of protein

Taste in Tea: 4 / 10  (but 7 / 10 in coffee)

Taste in Porridge: 8 / 10 – pretty darn delicious, especially with a more subtle tasting fruit such as blueberries (my boyfriend’s favourite)

Overall verdict: A close second for porridge

 

5. Rice Dream

rice-dream

Price: £1.40

Nutrients:

– GOOD: Fortified with calcium, vitamins B & D12, low in fat & saturates, no added sugar

– LESS GOOD: Higher sugar than other varieties (7g / 100g), added salt, contains oil which is kinda gross

Taste in Tea: Not bad, but slightly oily mouthfeel – this might be psychological since reading the ingredients list but all the same…I’m not a fan

Taste in Porridge: Kinda ‘meh’ – not offensive tasting but, like its name, not exciting either

Overall verdict: Pass

 

Vegan-friendly milks use less land and water and generate less CO2 than dairy milk so a simple switch can do a lot of good.

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