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15 Shelf-Stable Dairy-Free Milks and Creamers You Need to Check Out


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When it comes to dairy-free milk, there are more choices than ever. The shelves are filled with milk made from soy, rice, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, hemp, coconut, oat, and more! Considering that more and more people are looking to leave dairy off of their plates (and out of their glasses), it makes sense that every month new dairy-free options seem to be popping up. There are even creamers now, for making your coffee as velvety and smooth as you would with condensed milk or dairy cream.

While there are a number of different ways that dairy-free milk has a leg up on cow’s milk, one that most people might not think of immediately is the fact that dairy-free milk is capable of being shelf-stable! That’s right. No need to run to the grocery store every week anymore. Nowadays, there are dairy-free milks and creamers that can stay on your shelves for up to two years before you decide to crack them open. And they come in all of the flavors and varieties you usually see in the refrigerated section. Here are 15 we think you should check out.

  1. Imagine Foods Rice Dream

    It’s pretty amazing what you can make milk out of nowadays. Imagine Foods Original Rice Dream, for instance, is a 99 percent fat-free dairy-free milk made with filtered water, partially milled organic brown rice, expeller-pressed high oleic safflower oil, and sea salt. This product is non-GMO, kosher, and the number one best-selling product in Amazon’s Rice Milk category. Each eight-ounce serving of this milk is 120 calories, has 11 grams of sugar, and the original variety in this posting has two percent of your daily calcium intake (Rice Dream also offers vitamin enriched varieties). Reviewers are saying that this milk is tasty, convenient, is similar in consistency to skim milk, and is healthy. You can get a pack of 12, 32-ounce containers for $34.


  2. So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk

    So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk is a dairy-free beverage made primarily from coconut cream, water, vanilla flavor, calcium phosphate, magnesium phosphate, guar gum, and xanthum gum. It also contains vitamin D2, folic acid, and vitamin B-12. Each 1 cup-serving has 45 calories, 10 percent of the  daily requirement for vitamin A, 30 percent for vitamin D, and 50 percent of vitamin B12. Reviewers are reporting that this product is tasty, has a nice coconut flavor, and is a great option for consumers who want their milk to be soy-free in addition to dairy-free. You can get one 32-ounce container for about $5. 


  3. Pacific Foods Organic Vanilla Oat Milk

    Oats have a natural sweetness that lends itself beautifully to non-dairy beverages. Pacific Foods Organic Vanilla Oat Milk, for example, is made with filtered water, organic oat groats, organic oat bran, natural vanilla flavor, tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, guar gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan, carob bean gum, riboflavin (B2), vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin D2. Each eight-ounce glass is 130 calories and provides 130 milligrams of potassium, 30 percent of your daily calcium and vitamin B2, 25 percent of your vitamin D, and 10 percent of your iron and vitamin A. Reviewers are saying that this milk is tasty, somewhere between skim milk and regular in terms of creaminess, and is versatile. There are a few reviewers that have received milks that do not contain carrageenan while others said the packages they received did. If you’d still like to try it, you can get a pack of 12, 32-ounce packages for about $38.


  4. Laird Superfood Creamer

    Laird Superfood Creamer combines some pretty nutritionally-impressive ingredients. Specifically, this dairy-free and non-GMO product is made with coconut milk powder, organic dried coconut nectar, aquamin (calcified marine algae), organic extra virgin coconut oil, and sustainably harvested organic red palm oil. One serving of this creamer is 25 calories and provides six percent of your daily calcium intake. Reviewers are saying that this creamer is tasty, works excellently in smoothies, and is a natural alternative to other creamers which use white sugar. Some reviewers have pointed out that a blender is needed to adequately mix the creamer into coffee while others have shared that they were able to do so with a spoon. To try it out, you can get one 16-ounce bag (50+ servings) for $22.


  5. Califia Farms Barista Blend Almond Milk

    For decades now, milk has been touted as one of the richest sources of calcium and vitamins. Well, as Califia Farms Barista Blend Almond Milk proves, non-dairy milk is just as impressive in this department. In fact, one serving of Califia almond milk (eight fluid ounces) has 45 percent of the daily recommendation for calcium. Pretty impressive! It is also non-GMO, soy-free, carrageenan-free,  and has only 70 calories per serving. Reviewers are saying that this almond milk blend is tasty, has a great, creamy consistency, and doesn’t have any chemical aftertaste like some other brands on the market. To see how you like it, you can get a pack of six 32-ounce containers for about $40.


  6. Living Harvest Hemp Milk

    Fan of hemp milk? If so, consider checking out Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk. This particular hemp milk is made with many of the same ingredients as other hemp milks – hemp nut, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, sunflower lecithin – but is also fortified with vitamin A, vitamin D2, riboflavin, and vitamin B12. Specifically, this milk provides 25 percent of your daily vitamin B12, 30 percent of your daily calcium, 25 percent of your vitamin D, and other vital nutrients. Reviewers are saying that this milk is delicious, good quality, and an excellent alternative for people who may get an upset stomach from soy or almond milk. You can get one 32-ounce container for a little over $3.50.


  7. Coconut Cloud Creamer

    Coconut Cloud Creamer keeps things pretty simple. The product is made from four ingredients: non-GMO coconut cream, tapioca syrup, less than 2 percent of dipotassium phosphate, and non-GMO rice starch. One tablespoon of this creamer is 60 calories. Reviewers are saying that this creamer is tasty (provides a nutty but not ultra-coconutty taste), is way healthier than other powdered creamers, and is convenient since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. You can try one eight-ounce bag for $9.


  8. Cashew Dream Enriched Cashew Milk

    If you’re in the market for an ultra-creamy beverage, consider trying Cashew Dream Enriched Cashew Milk. This non-dairy milk is made primarily with filtered water, organic cashew butter, organic tapioca starch, calcium carbonate, and sea salt, and is infused with vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, and vitamin B12. Each eight-ounce serving of this milk provides 50 percent of your daily vitamin B12 intake. Reviewers are saying that this milk is very creamy (more so than almond milk), is very nutritious, and goes great with everything from coffee to cereal. To try it out, you can get a pack of six 32-ounce containers for a little bit more than $18.50.


  9. Better Than Milk Rice Powder

    Better Than Milk Rice Powder is a non-dairy product that is versatile and allows you to choose just how thick you’d like your end result to be based on how much powder you use. This kosher product is made with brown rice syrup solids, maltodextrin (from organic rice, corn, tapioca), organic evaporated cane juice, natural vanilla flavor, natural flavors (no MSG, no dairy), calcium carbonate, sea salt, and some other ingredients and vitamins. This powder provides 30 percent of your vitamin B12, 25 percent of your daily calcium, and 20 percent of your daily vitamin C, among other things. Reviewers are saying that this product is a “pantry staple,” and is great for use when traveling since it does not need to be refrigerated even after opening. Some reviewers felt it was too sweet. To see how you like it, you can get one 21.4-ounce canister for about $14.


  10. Pacific Foods Hazelnut Milk

    Made with Oregon hazelnuts, Pacific Foods Hazelnut Milk have a subtly nutty and subtle flavor. Specifically, this product is made with ground roasted hazelnuts, brown rice sweetener, tricalcium phosphate, gellan gum, sea salt, carrageenan, riboflavin (B2), vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin D2. Each eight-ounce serving provides 30 percent of your daily calcium and riboflavin, 25 percent of your vitamin D, and 10 percent of your vitamin A and iron. Reviewers are saying that while this milk is tasty, it contains a bit too much sugar at 14 grams per serving. You can get one 32-ounce container for about $10.50.


  11. Milkadamia Macadamia Milk

    While there are several different brands that make coconut, soy, almond, and hemp milk, there are only a couple that make non-dairy milk from macadamia nuts. Milkadamia Macadamia Milk is a non-GMO dairy-free milk that is made with filtered water, macadamia nuts, calcium phosphate, pea protein, natural flavors, locust bean gum, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, and vitamin B12. The nuts used in this product are sustainably farmed in Australia. Reviewers are raving about this milk saying that it is one of the creamiest non-dairy milks on the market and very healthy. To try it out, you can get a pack of six, 32-ounce containers for $30.


  12. Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder

    If you’ve enjoyed Native Forest coconut milk from the can, you should give Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder a try. To make this product, the company actually “spray-dries” their coconut milk to achieve the powder consistency. The product also includes tapioca syrup and plant-based sugar esters. Reviewers are saying that this product is convenient, as good as the liquid version, and tasty. You can get six 5.25-ounce packets for about $27.50. There are 18 servings in each packet.


  13. Pacific Foods Organic 7-Grain Milk

    While a large number of non-dairy milks are made from nuts, Pacific Foods also makes one from a blend of grains. Pacific Foods Organic 7-Grain Milk is made with a blend of grains – oats, brown and white rice, triticale, wheat, barley, spelt, millet – oat bran, vanilla extract, flax oil, and a few other ingredients and vitamins. One eight-ounce serving of this milk is 140 calories and provides a notable number of vitamins including B12, B6, D, B2, and calcium. Reviewers are saying that this milk is tasty, great for creating dense baked goods, and works well in cereal although it does flake when put in coffee. To try it out, you can get a pack of 12, 32-ounce containers for $60.


  14. Nutpods Unsweetened Dairy-Free Creamers

    Nutpods Unsweetened Dairy-Free Creamers are the number one best seller in Amazon’s non-dairy creamer section. This variety pack comes with three flavors: French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Original. Each one is made primarily with four ingredients: purified water, coconut cream, almonds, and natural flavors (which differ based on the flavor). This product is free from carrageenan, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, and sugar alcohols. Reviewers are saying that these creamers are extremely healthy, creamy, and smooth, and even froth like regular milk. To try them out for yourself, you can get three 11.2-ounce containers for $14.

     


  15. Nature's Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk

    If you find yourself scrambling for an alternative when a recipe calls for condensed milk, Nature’s Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk may be just the product you’re looking for. This product is made with coconut cream, filtered water, cane sugar, and salt. One serving of this milk (eight teaspoons) is 150 calories. Reviewers are saying that this condensed milk is a “pantry staple,” is an easy way to add sweet creaminess to oats, and is excellent for making custard, frozen desserts, and caramel. To try it out, you can get a pack of six 11.25-ounce cans for about $28.

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One comment on “15 Shelf-Stable Dairy-Free Milks and Creamers You Need to Check Out”

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Laila Semeen
1 Years Ago

I knew about this 10 years back.


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Ines Chubrich Ex Lojen
1 Years Ago

Unfortunately in Australia we still don't have this creamers at least I didn't see any so far


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Kristen Addix
23 Oct 2016

I was in Perth last year and most of these are available

Joe
1 Years Ago

15 is too many to try! Also, it seems like several of these actually don\'t have great reviews overall, when clicking on the links. Could you write a follow-up article where you try them yourself and recommend only the best? Then I might know where to begin! Thanks!


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