Have you ever wondered, hat dairy free milks are good for making lattes and cappuccinos? what dairy free milks will actually froth well? Whether you are living plant-based, or if you have a dairy allergy, you still crave a smooth and frothy dairy free or vegan latte or cappuccino.
And if you experience has been anything like mine, you’ve settled for many thin, watery, or bitter lattes. They just miss the mark!
About a year ago, I sent out on a mission to find the best milk to make the best dairy free latte!
With the plant-based revolution happening right now, there is a growing number of plant-based and dairy-free “barista” milks.
In general, those “Barista” milks foam better than the drinking milks. And actually, unsweetened vegan creamers foam really well, and give you more of the silky mouthfeel of a dairy latte because they are thicker and have a higher fat content (generally).
If you want a dairy free creamer, I have a recipe for a homemade dairy free sugar cookie cream and dairy free chocolate peppermint creamer I think you’ll love!
where to buy dairy free and vegan milk for lattes?
I went to Sprouts and Whole Foods, and scoured the internet and asked every vegan friend I had. And then I tried them ALL!
Generally, you can find many of the best dairy free barista milks online (and I’ve got links to them all below) but some can only be found at local stores and aren’t shipped. I’ve tried to note on each vegan barista milk where I found it.
Here are the ranked results of more than a year of testing dairy free milks.
All the Oatmilks
I decided that all the oatmilks deserve a list of their own. Oatmilk was the hot thing last year, but even though many are labeled gluten-free it can be tricky to know what their oat source is, and none that I have found are made from purity protocol oats, which means they are most likely made from mechanically sorted gluten-free oats. I've tried all of these, and oats are a great option so I wanted to include them. From my experience, they all foam similarily and I'm ranking them in my favorite order.