Milk Substitute: Almond vs. Rice

There are a million milk substitutes. Okay, not a million, but Whole Foods has seven shelves of milk substitutes, which seems like a lot to me. Last week I drank rice milk in my cereal all week and it tasted fine—a little watery, but I’m used to skim milk so it wasn’t that bad of a transition.

Then I decided to do a blind taste test. I started with Almond Milk vs. Rice Milk. I thought I’d like the Almond better hands down and that it would be an obvious decision, but it wasn’t. The Almond milk tasted good on impact, but left a bad after taste. The rice milk tasted bad at first, but then left a good, sweet aftertaste (both were sweetened). So maybe it depends on what you are using the milk substitute for. In that case, only time will tell.
I’d like to stay away from soy milk because I’m not a huge fan of soy, but I’m open to suggestions about anyone’s favorite milk substitute.


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  1. Jovita July 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Maggie,
    Both coconut milk and creamer taste good.The brand is “So delicious”. Their nutritional values are a bit funny though: a whopping 50% Vitamin B12 per cup (which you should only care about if you don’t eat ANY animal products) And only 10% of daily calcium. Clearly, that calcium % is not a problem if you consume other calcium rich foods daily.
    I prefer Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla. 1 cup gives you 50% vitamin E, 30% calcium and only 40 calories! You can always add some stevia or agave if you like it sweet.

  2. Maggie Downie July 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Jovita–thanks for the tips. Does coconut milk tast like coconut though? I just assumed it would have a strong flavor that might overpower things.

  3. Jovita August 6, 2011 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Hi Maggie, no, the coconut milk doesn’t have the same strong flavor as the coconut milk from the can.I don’t think it tastes coconut at all. It’s just creamy and smooth and VERY white (as no other milk). If you make vegan pancakes of waffles using the coconut milk, you’ll see how very white they’ll turn 🙂

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