The best vegan milk for tea?  I tried soy, oats, almond and coconut and one made me gag – Laura Nightingale

The best vegan milk for tea? I tried soy, oats, almond and coconut and one made me gag – Laura Nightingale

Aside from avoiding bacon and eggs, the next hardest thing to give up for many people when they go vegan is milk.

I found out I had a dairy intolerance 10 years ago and trust me when I say plant-based alternatives have changed a lot since then.

First, there are many more options, both in supermarkets and in cafes, and second, the taste has improved.

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However, when it comes to a good cup of tea, and I’m a bit of a teapot, some vegan milks were better than others.

Since it’s Veganuary this month, I tried a whopping nine different plant milks to find the best one for my beer.

From soy, oats and rice to coconut protein, hazelnuts and peas, there is now even a carton that combines some of them together.

Some brands also offer semi-skimmed and whole versions, sugar-free and sweetened beverages, and ‘barista’ style so you can create your favorite coffee at home.

I bought the following products from Sainsbury’s, they were all in the 1 liter size (except Innocent’s hazelnut drink) and found them in the fridge aisle.



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9. Combination

This organic semi-skimmed dairy-free ‘Mylk’ had a strange taste. It was made of coconut, cashew and oatmeal.

Dark yellow in color, it made my tea seem very strong, and I’m not sure if it was because I didn’t shake the carton enough, but there were pieces floating in my cup. Not well.

Brand I tried: Rebel Kitchen semi-skimmed

Price: £2

8. Pea protein

Although I picked it up from the fridge, when I got home I found out that it was actually UHT Long Life.

Nut and soy free, it’s made with pea protein isolate with added vitamins and calcium. The liquid was thick, creamy and dark in color.

It was very sweet and curdled when I poured it into my hot tea.

Brand I tried: Mighty Original

Price: £2

7. Soy

Most supermarkets sell soy milk, either refrigerated or UHT, and you’ll find it all over the world. It is probably the most famous and cheapest plant-based milk, but in my opinion it is not the best, in tea or not in tea.

It has a very distinguished flavor and an even more outstanding smell.

It has a rich cream color, but it will probably make you gag when you first try it.

Alpro sells a fantastic range of plant-based, coconut, almond, and cashew milks to name a few, but this one is my least favourite.

Brand I tried: Original Alpro

Price: £1.65



vegetable milks
Laura Nightingale tried a range of plant-based milks

6. coconut

Don’t get me wrong, I love coconut milk, especially with my cereal or drinking it straight from a glass, but it’s not as nice in tea.

It’s white, light, but the combination of flavors is too strange for me.

Brand I tried: Original Koko

Price: £1.60

5. Rice

When I poured the organic milk into my cup, it was thin in consistency and white in color, the lightest of any brand I tried.

I needed to use quite a bit of milk in my cup and it was surprisingly sweet.

Brand I tried: Linda McCartney Organic

Price: £2

4. Cashew

This was the most expensive milk of the bunch, probably because it’s made from cashews which can be expensive.

It was quite tasteless, making it ideal for use in tea. Besides, it was also an appetizing color.

Brand I tried: Plenish

Price: £2.50



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Soy, hazelnut, combined, cashew, almond, coconut, oats, pea protein and rice milk

3. Almond

Light in color and subtle in flavor, there was a slight hint of almond when I mixed it with my tea.

With 50% more calcium than milk, it is low in calories and contains no soy or gluten. I saw a Califia Farms vanilla flavored bottle in the supermarket that I am tempted to try.

Brand I tried: Califia Farms Sugar Free

Price: £2.

2. Hazelnut

Innocent isn’t just about fruit smoothies, the brand offers a range of vegan milks including hazelnut.

Brown in color, this drink will remind you of chocolate milk when you drink it straight from the bottle. It’s delicious.

However, once it’s in the tea, the Nutella vibe wears off and it has a delicious, luxurious creamy flavor that is a delight to drink.

Brand I tried: Innocent

Price: £1.75 (75cl)

1. WINNER – Oatmeal

It’s good to see that many coffee shops now offer oat milk alongside soy milk, as it is by far the best vegan milk on the market in my opinion.

It’s creamy, it’s rich, and it goes perfectly well in tea.

It may look thick and yellow when you take it out of the carton, but it looks normal when you stir it into your tea.

Oatly had a brilliant range including barista, whole, skinny and organic milk, plus chocolate oat milk which I have tried before and tastes amazing.

Brand I tried: Oatly Part Skim

Price: £1.80

You can buy Tesco’s Oatly milk here.

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