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Dairy-Free Vegan Milk Brands Review

Dairy-Free Vegan Milk Brands Review

As much as you begin to love the taste of various non-dairy vegan milk brands, it is also a great way to complement your nutrition especially as a vegan or anyone who has ditched dairy. Vegan milk can be a source of vitamin B12, calcium, protein, vitamin D, etc.

Since these milk brands are plant-based, there are no concerns with hormones [1], antibiotics resistance [2] and GMO feed associated with dairy milk.

There is a wide range of flavors and sensations to appreciate and different types to use with certain meals and recipes when it comes to vegan milk.

With a bit of experimentaion we are confident you would realize which flavors or brands you would prefer the most and know the best combinations for your meals and recipes.

For this dairy-free vegan milk brands review, we have chosen some of the best brands and shows you consumer ratings while discussing taste, texture & consistency, quality, combinations to use them with, and nutrition.

Edensoy Organic Extra Vanilla Soymilk Review


Edensoy Organic Extra Vanilla Soymilk Review

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (from 71 consumer ratings)

Edensoy Organic Extra Vanilla Soymilk is made with original vanilla extract. The quality nutrients that come with this fortified milk are valuable to vegans. It is also ideal for people with lactose intolerance/sensitive digestive system or anyone that has ditched dairy

Product Details

  1. Non-GMO and certified organic
  2. Provides beneficial nutrients for vegans such as protein, vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D, omega 3 and antioxidants such as vitamin A & E!
  3. Low fat and heart-healthy
  4. Free from cholesterol, saturated fat, trans fat, and lactose
  5. Recyclable packaging
  6. Eden Foods was rated a top brand among sixty-two organic brands in a study carried out in North America [3]

Nutrition Per Serving (8oz/240ml)

  • Protein –  7g (14%)
  • Vitamin B12 –  50%
  • Calcium – 20%
  • Vitamin D – 10%
  • Omega 3 – 215mg
  • Omega 6 – 565mg
  • Omega 9 – 205mg
  • Vitamin A (antioxidant) – 30%
  • Vitamin E (antioxidant) – 25%
  • Iron – 6%
  • Zinc – 4%

Taste Test

Flavor: Extra Vanilla

As we noticed the color and consistency are quite similar to dairy milk. Compared to certain other soy brands the thickness and sweetness were just right and tempting.

It smells nice, delicious and refreshing, the amount of vanilla was spot on. This is not a surprise considering that it comes with pure vanilla extract from vanilla beans.

We tried with oatmeal as well and it complemented really well!

Recommended with:

Other than drinking it plain, can use with oatmeal, cereals, smoothies, and for baking  

Silk Pure Almond Milk Review


Silk Pure Almond Milk 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (from 2016 consumer ratings)

Enjoy this popular vegan milk brand which comes with smooth & creamy goodness of almond milk with a touch of vanilla and the nourishment of almond. You can simply chug it straight off the carton or add to your favorite breakfast cereals, or any other meal/recipes you fancy. To get the best taste of vanilla, chill it before serving.

Product Details

  1. One of the most popular brands (15 years)
  2. Good choice for vegans, followers of weight loss diets or ditched dairy
  3. 50% more calcium compared to dairy milk
  4. Non-GMO* Project Verified
  5. Good source of vitamin D, E
  6. No cholesterol or saturated fat compared to dairy milk
  7. Free of trans fat, artificial colors and flavors
  8. No soy, lactose, gluten, and casein
  9. Shelf-stable cartons (stays fresh kept in the refrigerator for 7-10 days, after opening)

Nutrition Per Serving 1 Cup (240ml)

  • Vitamin B12 – 50%
  • Calcium – 45%
  • Vitamin D – 25%
  • Iron – 2%
  • Vitamin A (antioxidant) – 10%
  • Vitamin E (antioxidant) – 20%

Taste Test

Flavor: Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla

The taste we got with the initial sips was somewhat alien to us. But once we got used to it, we started to develop a liking. Guess it’s only a different taste that we’re not accustomed to and nothing disagreeable or unpleasant about it. 

The sweetness was well balanced with a hint of almond and subtle vanilla flavor. No artificial & bitter taste.

The consistency is not as creamy as dairy milk, but slightly thicker.

We also tried it with a smoothie, which was flavorful and filling! No spoiling of the original smoothie taste due to its unsweetened flavor.

Recommended with

Other than drinking it plain, can use with cereals, coffee, shakes, smoothies or even for sorbets

Pacific Foods Hemp Original Non-Dairy Milk Beverage Review


Pacific Foods Hemp Original Non-Dairy Milk Beverage ReviewRating: 4.4 out of 5 (from 169 consumer ratings)

This rich nutty-flavored Pacific Foods Hemp Milk is created with the goodness of hemp seeds and it’s a healthy choice for protein which comes with essential amino acids and omega 3 & 6 to boot. Shake well before using for best taste and refrigerate after opening that will last 7-10 days.

Product Details

  1. Great nourishment with protein (with essential amino acids), calcium (more than almond or soy milk), vitamin B12, vitamin D, fiber plus omega 3 & 6 as well
  2. Majority of the ingredients are certified organic
  3. Non-GMO Project Verified
  4. Good choice for vegans and those who have ditched dairy
  5. Free of cholesterol, trans fat, gluten, lactose, soy, additives, and preservatives
  6. Recyclable packaging

Nutrition Per Serving (8oz/240ml)

  • Calcium – 50%
  • Vitamin B12 –  25%
  • Protein –  3g
  • Iron – 6%
  • Vitamin D – 30%
  • Vitamin A (antioxidant) – 10%
  • Vitamin E (antioxidant) – 20%

Taste Test

Flavor: Original

No doubt, this hemp milk is the closest we’ve found to dairy milk in terms of texture, and consistency. Thicker than almond milk which gives its resemblance to dairy.  

The ‘Original’ flavor is not overly sweet and has its own sweet nutty taste. The sweetness was enough to compliment cereals.

Overall, we liked it, the thicker consistency and the delicious nutty flavor with a hint of vanilla.

The only off-putting factor for some could be the slight earthy taste. In case if you don’t like it right off the bat, just give it a few more tries, and you may just get an acquired taste to it.

Recommended with

Other than drinking it plain, can use with cereals, and coffee.

Organic Original Enriched Rice Dream Rice Milk Drink Review


Organic Original Enriched Rice Dream Rice Milk Drink ReviewRating: 4.5 out of 5 (from 277 consumer ratings)

Organic Original Enriched Rice Dream Rice Milk has a tasty, light and fresh flavor with a hint of sweetness coming from brown rice. Fortified with many nutrients and whether you have it chilled or warm this plant milk will not disappoint you!

Product Details

  1. USDA certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified
  2. Good source of calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and vitamin A
  3. Free of lactose, saturated & trans fat, cholesterol, artificial ingredients, preservatives, and soy
  4. A lighter plant milk easier on your system and digestion
  5. Shelf-stable cartons (stays fresh for 7-10 days after opening, kept in the refrigerator).

Nutrition Per Serving (8 oz / 240ml)

  • Calcium – 30%
  • Vitamin B12 –  25%
  • Vitamin D – 25%
  • Iron – 4%
  • Protein –  1g
  • Vitamin A (antioxidant) – 10%

Taste Test

Flavor: Enriched Original

Dream rice milk is certainly one of the sweetest vegan milk products.

The consistency is quite thin compared to other vegan milk beverages and we found it to be refreshing when it’s cold.

Though you can easily drink it alone, it compliments well when you combine it with cereals as well.

If you’re looking for a light & sweet non-dairy vegan milk then this is for you!

Recommended with

Other than having the plain goodness of a rice drink glass, can use with cereals, oatmeal, smoothies, sweet recipes, fruits, or for baking.

So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Milk Beverage Review


So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Milk Beverage Review

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (from 890 consumer ratings)

So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk is made from organic coconuts and this vegan milk gives you an alternate plant milk experience altogether. Another brand that shows the diversity of plant milk available and it can go a long way with your other meals/recipes as well! Shake well before using.

Product Details

  1. Certified vegan, certified organic, certified gluten-free, and non-GMO Project Verified
  2. Good source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), vitamin B12, vitamin D and fiber
  3. Free of cholesterol, trans-fat, lactose, gluten, artificial flavors, colors, sodium, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts
  4. Recyclable packaging
  5. Ideal if you’re on a weight loss diet–low in calories (80 per serving) and carbohydrates (10g /3% RDI*)
  6. Shelf-stable cartons (stays fresh for 7-10 days after opening, kept in the refrigerator)

*Recommended Daily Intake of Nutrients

Nutrition Per Serving 1 Cup (240ml)

  • Vitamin B12 –  50%
  • Calcium – 10%
  • Vitamin D – 30%
  • Vitamin A (antioxidant) – 10%
  • Zinc – 4%

Taste Test

Flavor: Unsweetened Original

As expected it has a coconut flavor but quite subtle and not overpowering at all. Therefore you don’t have to be afraid of mixing it with anything you fancy, since the original taste will not be spoiled. That’s one advantage you get with this So Delicious Coconut Milk.  

Further, it has a balanced texture & consistency where the thickness is somewhere between almond milk and rice milk. The flavor is great whether you drink it alone or mix it with cereals, tea/coffee or smoothies!

Recommended with

Other than drinking it plain, can use with cereals, tea/coffee/lattes, smoothies and recipes


We hope this dairy-free vegan milk brands review helped you to know the top quality plant milk brands available and see the variety of options you’ve got. Keep trying different brands according to your taste, nutrition, meals, and recipe requirements!

Dairy-Free Vegan Milk Brands Review

 

References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16125328

[2] http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/health-concerns-about-dairy-products

[3] https://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=130

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