Not able to digest dairy? No worries. My carrot coriander dip is going to make your day, plus I’ve got some tips for dairy-free milk alternatives.

I’ve been livin’ in the non-dairy world since I was a baby and with these fun milky alternatives, there’s no need to shy away from adding them to your favorite bowl of cereal, baking recipe or straight up in a deliciously chilled glass.

Some of my favorite non-dairy go-to milky beverages are easily found in your neighborhood food store or health food store.

They’ve all got their own taste and most of these nutrient-rich non-dairy options reap just about as much calcium as their cow milk partner.

Not able to tolerate the cow’s choice?

Look no further.

Check out some of these options the next time you’re yearnin’ for a little Moo without the Cow.

What are the best dairy-free milk alternatives?

Almond Milk

High in vitamin E and cholesterol-lowering flavonoids, this slightly nutty beverage is best for baking and as an accompaniment to coffee or tea. Almond milk has less calories than skim milk and no saturated fat. I often use this milk in my oatmeal, muffins and smoothies.

Hazelnut Milk

Soaring with vitamin E and protein, this velvety smooth milk has a roasted aroma which tastes great with cereal, coffee and tea

Rice Milk

Enriched with vitamins A, B12 and D, Rice Milk has a mildly sweet taste which I love to use in desserts such as mousse, smoothies and oatmeal. Although this milk lacks the calcium and protein of regular cow’s milk, it’s still a delicious non-dairy alternative that can be used in many creative ways, especially around the holidays making fun desserts.

Hemp Milk

This milk lacks cholesterol, which is a plus and has all 10 essential amino acids, minerals, protein, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids. It gives off a nutty and grassy taste, which I enjoy in baked goods and curry dishes. This dairy alternative is quite popular due to its nutritional punch.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is often used in Thai recipes as it’s a good source of healthy fats and soaring with B12 and potassium, which is key for vegans.

Quick Tip: Make nut-milk ice cubes and use in place of regular ice cubes for a frothy, cool and extra creamy soup, smoothie or dressing recipe. You can also make your own milk alternative by combining 2 Tbsp. of nut butter with 8 oz. purified water, which is a delicious n’ fun way to enjoy a dairy-free milk in your cereal, oatmeal, baked goods and dressings.

And here’s a recipe I created last week using both hemp and almond milk. I whipped this carrot coriander dip up and enjoyed it all week long atop my salads, poached fish, tofu and even mixed into my Greek yogurt parfaits with gluten-free granola.

Carrot Coriander Dip
Serves: 4
Gluten-Free and Vegan
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 6 large carrots shredded
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup hemp milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. raw cashews
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender; pulse until smooth.
  2. Transfer to the stove top, cook on low heat for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Enjoy atop grilled tofu, eggs, fish or as a dressing on salads.

Nutrition Facts
Carrot Coriander Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 216mg9%
Potassium 390mg11%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 15669IU313%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What’s your favorite milk alternative?


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