BY SHREE JAYAKRISHNA '25 & ELSA LEWIS '25
Did you know a carton of non-dairy milk went to the moon? Of course you did, it was legen-dairy. We are here to tell you that normal milk is overrated. For anyone who is lactose intolerant (or simply wants to try something new), get ready to explore the non-dairy milk options in existence, all of which can be found in the dairy aisle of your local grocery store. Whether it be almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk, we’ll help you find your non-dairy soulmate.
Even dairy drinkers have heard of this popular plant-based drink: almond milk. Almond milk obviously tastes like almonds, and it perfectly substitutes milk in cereal, coffee and baked goods. This beverage is watery, so it’s better paired with food items like cookies, oatmeal, or brownies instead of drinking it plain. Despite its thinner texture, its versatility has earned this simple non-dairy staple a spot in many people’s refrigerators. Thus, we rate almond milk a 9/10.
Oat milk is definitely one of the most reliable non-dairy beverages. Grab any drink with oat milk instead of regular milk at your local coffee shop, and you will see that its light texture and satiating qualities are unbeatable. We recommend using oat milk in a cup of coffee or as the solid base for a smoothie. One of our favorite variations of oat milk is the abundance of ice cream flavors that come from it. Some fan favorites include coffee, oreo, and mint. Oat milk’s taste and versatility bring it to a solid 9/10, with one point deduction for the occasional inconsistency of its taste.
The heavy, creamy, texture of this amazing beverage rivals that of regular whole milk. Coconut milk is used mainly for cooking due to its rich creaminess—it’s a perfect addition to soups and baked goods. However, this drink is a bit too sweet and is, at times, questionably chunky. Alone, coconut milk is not temperature friendly, and warm coconut milk has a very off-putting taste. Coconut milk is good but not great, so we give it a 7/10.
We hope you found this article not only informative but also amooooosing. Many people agree with the fact that normal milk just doesn’t hit the spot like a nice, cold glass of iced coffee with a splash of oat milk or a delicious bowl of cereal with almond milk. Some even go as far as saying that cow’s milk is just gross. Non-dairy beverages are udder-ly amazing, and will always, without a doubt, be the superior type of milk.