20 of the best plant-based milk ideas, from homemade milks to using it in curries

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To celebrate all of the amazing milk-substitutes out there, here are 20 incredible plant milk recipes for you to enjoy.

plant-based milk recipes

Worldwide sales of plant-based milks are rising worldwide as more and more people turn to non-dairy alternatives. Now that there are so many healthy (and delicious) alternatives to animal milk on the market, further animal suffering is unnecessary. Here are 20 plant milk recipes to inspire you!

Homemade Plant-Based Milk

Coconut Milk by Tori Avey

This simple recipe teaches to you how to make your own coconut milk. Using only 4 ingredients, you can create a dairy-substitute used in dishes from cake to curry!

coconut milk

Vanilla-Cinnamon Almond Milk by Oh She Glows

Why not put a new spin on classic almond milk? This plant-based milk has an intense vanilla flavour. It is perfect for dipping cookies in or adding to cereal or smoothies.

vanilla-cinnamon almond milk

Homemade Rice Milk by Don’t Waste The Crumbs

Create this incredibly simple milk with only two ingredients and a blender. It’s a good idea to blend the mixture more than once for a smoother consistency.

Rice milk in a glass

Oat Milk by A Virtual Vegan

You can make this oat milk in less than 20 minutes! Once again, it requires few ingredients and doesn’t even need a nut milk bag. Great for when you have no milk in the fridge.

Oat milk being poured over cereal

Soy Milk by Rasa Malaysia

Soy milk has definitely gained popularity over recent years. This soy milk is made with organic and non-GMO soybeans, making it an even healthier alternative.

soy milk in a bowl

Drinks made with plant-based milk

Vegan Strawberry Coconut Milkshake by Beaming Baker

This milkshake not only looks divine, but is gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo too! Made with coconut milk and frozen fruit, it is the ultimate refreshment on a hot day.

Two vegan strawberry coconut milkshakes

Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Shake by Simple Vegan Blog

Somewhat surprisingly, this rice milk drink can actually be quite healthy! The recipe is packed with substitutes and recommendations, so it can be tailored to your tastes.

two ultimate vegan chocolate shakes

Vegan Instant Coffee by Archana’s Kitchen

Start your day off right with this soy milk instant coffee. It’s energising and rich in essential proteins. Best of all, it can be prepared in 5 minutes or less.

cup of vegan instant coffee with biscuits

Cold Brew Caramel Frappuccino by Minimalist Baker

Date caramel, almond milk ice cubes and cold brew coffee – what a combination! With 3 ingredients, 1 blender and 5 minutes, you can whip up an indulgent, creamy homemade brew.

Caramel frappuccino with almond milk ice cubes

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte by Detoxinista

We’re all waiting for the Pumpkin Spice Latte to reappear at Starbucks, but in the meantime, use some almond milk for an easier, cheaper way of enjoying the worldwide favourite.

2 cups of dairy-free pumpkin spice latte

Decadent Vegan Hot Chocolate by Loving It Vegan

Its name doesn’t lie – this warming drink is definitely decadent! Use soy or almond milk to create this rich beverage, and top generously with vegan whipped cream.

2 glasses of vegan hot chocolate

Vegan Energy Boosting Smoothie by Kara Lydon

Jumpstart your day with this amazing smoothie! In this drink, almond milk, silken tofu, frozen fruit and walnuts work together to combat fatigue and fight dehydration.

Pale purple energy boosting smoothie

Food made with plant-based milk

Homemade Vegan Yoghurt by Naturally Nina

Learn to make your own healthy vegan yoghurt with this simple recipe. Use organic soy milk to create a yoghurt that is full of probiotics, fibre, calcium and plant protein.

Bowls of vegan yoghurt topped with fruit

The Ultimate Vegan Cheese Sauce by Chocolate Covered Katie

Craving cheesy pasta? This vegan cheese sauce takes a mere 5 minutes! Experiment with different unsweetened plant-based milks to find your favourite.

Vegan cheese sauce with pasta

Creamy Coconut Milk Vegan Korma by Connoisseurus Veg

Coconut milk is perfect in curry! This recipe takes very little prep and swaps out heavy cream for coconut milk, claiming that it makes the dish taste even better.

vegan korma, plated with rice

The Best Vegan Buttercream by Gretchen’s Vegan Bakery

Approved by a bakery owner, this buttercream recipe uses plant-based milk to create a light, fluffy buttercream that keeps its shape and pipes incredibly well.

vegan buttercream being mixed

Perfect French Toast Recipe by Add A Pinch

Breakfast and brunch will never be the same! Add coconut or almond milk to the dipping mix to give the bread a sweet taste. Then top with syrup for a real treat!

French toast with fruit and syrup

Dairy-Free Cranberry Almond Bread Pudding by Homemade Interest

This aromatic, sweet and nutty dessert is easily made with almond milk and is full of cranberries and almonds. It can be served warm or at room temperature.

Tray of dairy-free cranberry bread pudding

One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta by Yup … It’s Vegan!

Fans of fettuccine alfredo will go wild for this recipe. Plain, unsweetened plant milk is used to give this dish its creamy texture. It’s ready in 30 minutes and perfect served with veggies.

One pot creamy garlic pasta

Paleo and Vegan Acai Bowl by The Movement Menu

Acai bowls are all over the internet right now. Everyone is giving them a try! This one contains all kinds of nutrient-dense ingredients, and tastes as good as it looks!

2 vegan acai bowls

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