It used to be that if you wanted an alternative to dairy milk, you had to go to the health food store. Not anymore. Most supermarkets have a pretty decent selection to choose from, particularly if you're looking for almond, rice, or soy. But no one can beat the mind-boggling selection on Amazon, where you can usually get great deals when you buy in bulk.
Here are the best shelf-stable, non-dairy milks with the highest scores and most glowing reviews from fellow Amazon shoppers.
- Silk Soymilk Unsweetened Plain, $17 for six, 32-ounce cartons: With more than a thousand reviews, most of which are 5 stars, Silk seems to own the soy milk category.
- Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla, $24 for 12, 32-ounce cartons: Blue Diamond is a co-op of California nut growers that specializes in almonds. So who better to get your almond milk from? It's almost always ranked at the top of review lists.
- Milkadamia Macadamia Nut Milk, $23 for six, 32-ounce cartons: When Los Angeles café Go Get 'Em Tiger (and its sister outpost, G&B's), started offering macadamia nut milk in its coffee, it sparked a national buzz that even the New York Times couldn't ignore. Milkadamia lets you recreate it on your home turf. Amazon customers love it, and Food & Wine says it's "pleasantly thick and smooth" and that you'll "you'll want to try breaking it out every day."
- So Delicious Coconut Milk Unsweetened Vanilla, $2 for a 32-ounce container: It's definitely not as overtly coconut-y as those cans of coconut milk we use in cooking, and even less coconut-y than some other brands of "non-dairy coconut beverage." This is a good thing, because it means it's more versatile.
- Rice Dream Organic Original Enriched, $3.50 for a 64-ounce container: Rice milk is one of the easiest non-dairy milks to digest, and its extremely neutral flavor makes it compatible with just about anything. Keep in mind it's not as thick as some alternative milks, like soy.
- Veggemo Plant Protein Milk, $18 for three, 32-ounce cartons: Plant-protein milks made from peas are gaining a strong foothold among non-dairy milks, especially for those who have to avoid nuts and soy. Ripple brand seems to be the one most frequently found in stores, but so far Amazon customers seem to prefer Veggemo.
- Bonus! Nutpods Creamer Original, $14 for four, 11.2-ounce cartons: We weren't evaluating coffee creamers, but we couldn't help noticing the cult-like popularity of this brand. It's received nearly 5,000 reviews and almost all are 5 stars. Nutpods is made with coconut cream and almonds, along with water and thickeners like acacia gum, sunflower lecithin, and gellan gum. Because it's shelf-stable until opening, it's easy to keep this on hand, so you're never caught without creamer for your coffee.
Do you also love any of these options? Have a few others to add? Discuss in the comments below!