Lattes are awesome — even if you are on a dairy-free diet. There are so many options, but here are the best plant based milks for coffee and lattes and teas and whatever your favorite cuppa is…
Lattes are a real treat. There’s something about a hot, creamy drink that’s just so satisfying.
But, you’re dairy-free. Or you’re vegan. Or you’re lactose intolerant. Or, you just want to be healthier…
And yes, I do nudge most of my clients toward a dairy-free lifestyle because it really will keep you feeling healthy on the inside and looking younger on the outside. If you haven’t tried this way of life, you can learn more about it here: Delicious Easy Ways To Go Dairy Free.
Do you need to sacrifice taste and texture and creaminess because you want to be healthier? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Sometimes I make my own lattes and bulletproof coffees. And sometimes I buy them from my favorite coffee shops when I’m out. But either way, I make sure I use the best plant based milks for coffee and latte and there’s no way anyone will ever convince me that I am missing out on anything. In fact, when you try these milks, I think you’ll find that the taste and texture and creaminess are even better than if you use more traditional dairy based milk or cream.
I live in New York City. I feel lucky to live here for many, many reasons. But, really, the fact that I can walk out the door and find any number of cafes with these milks, is one of my favorite things, especially on a cold winter day. There are a few places right in my neighborhood that make the best lattes!
If you live in an area where some of these plant based options are not readily available, don’t fret because you can purchase some of these milks online and make your own delicious lattes. Or, you can make your own (they are easy and I’m happy to provide you with recipes and instructions — just comment below!)
These Are The Best Plant Based Milks For Coffee And Lattes
1. Oat Milk
If you haven’t tried oat milk yet, you’re really missing out. It has a nutty taste and a creamy texture. It’s vegan and you get all of the nutritional benefits of oats — iron, calcium, and vitamin D. This means it’s good for lethargy and anemia, and it can help strengthen your bones. Oats are also good for reducing cholesterol, so they are a heart healthy choice. If you are on a gluten free diet, make sure your oats/oat milk is also gluten free.
Oats are great for the digestive system — they make you feel better if you are feeling bloated or have indigestion. This ancient grain can also help reduce some types of swelling in the body and, a little known tidbit: they can be eaten to help stop lactation.
I love oat milk. But, I like to make sure my oat milk is organic. Oat crops are very heavily sprayed with chemicals, so it’s important to use organic oats. I’ve found that here in Manhattan, most of the places that use oat milk are pretty conscious of this and their products are organic. You can easily make your own oat milk at home by blending up rolled oats with water. The folks over at Minimalist Baker have a great recipe for a healthy sweetened oat milk that I intend to try.
2. Cashew Milk
Cashew milk is amazing! It’s one of the creamiest plant based milks that’s become available in many markets. Here in New York, I get mine at the Whole Foods market in my neighborhood. My favorite brand is Malk. If you can’t find this brand in your neighborhood, go to their web site, you can learn where to buy it.
Cashews are really a multi-tasking nut. I use them all the time so I say it all the time: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts. Most of the fat in cashews is unsaturated and is made up of oleic acid; this is the same acid that is found in olive oil, making these nuts a heart-healty choice.
3. Hemp Milk
I also really like hemp milk. It doesn’t have too much flavor, but it does give my latte the creaminess I crave and the health benefits are amazing.
You can make your own help milk by blending up hemp seeds and water and then straining it into a jar. Or, you can buy one of the ones that come in boxes in the supermarket. This milk isn’t as creamy as oat or cashew milk, but sometimes it just hits the spot.
Hemp seeds are a superfood. They are high in protein, easily digestible, and contain a full complement of amino acids. They contain disease-fighting phytonutrients that are good for your blood, immune system, tissues and skin. Hemp contains a specific fatty acid that acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It also helps balance hormones, making it a great choice to fight the symptoms of PMS. This super seed is also good for your liver and your brain.
Several years ago, I treated myself to a nut milk maker. It’s really a non-necessity, because nut milks can easily be made in my Vitamix, but this makes it so easy… If you’re deserving of a gift and you can’t decide what it should be, this is a good one!
If you eat and drink the right foods and herbs for your unique body and circumstances, you can keep yourself healthy. All you need is the correct information. And I’m here to give it to you. If you want to learn more about healing whatever your specific concerns are, I’d love to customize a food plan specifically for your unique needs, so sign up for a free phone consultation and we can chat about it. I’ve got so many great ideas for dairy free and plant based foods and I’d love to share them with you!