Non-dairy Milks & Creams

almond milk

Look for this in aseptic containers. Shake well before using!

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coconut cream

Don't confuse this with cream of coconut.

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coconut milk

This is available in liquid form (in cans or aseptic containers), frozen, and as a powder. Don't confuse coconut milk with coconut water, which is the liquid found in the center of a fresh coconut, or with the sweetened cream of coconut powder used in mixed drinks.


Varieties: Light (or "lite") coconut milk has less fat and about a quarter of the calories of the regular version, but doesn't taste nearly as rich. You can reduce the fat (and calories) in a can of regular coconut milk by letting it settle, and then skimming and discarding some of the thick coconut cream off the top. Lighten what's left even more by diluting it with water or chicken broth.


Where to find it: Asian foods section of many supermarkets.

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coconut water

This is the liquid found inside a coconut.

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cream of coconut

Don't confuse this with coconut cream, which is used in Asian dishes. Cream of coconut is thick and very sweet, and commonly used in mixed drinks.


Where to find it: liquor stores, available in liquid and powdered forms.

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horchata

This is a Spanish beverage made with rice, almonds, or chufa. Horchatas sold in markets are often flavored with chocolate, cinnamon, or fruit.


Varieties: Hispanic stores often carry almond horchata = horchata de almendra, chufa horchata = horchata de chufa, the traditional Spanish version, and rice horchata = horchata de arroz.

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non-dairy topping

Cool Whip and Dream Whip are popular brands. Some of these products may include casein.

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oat milk

This comes in aseptic containers. A fortified version is available that supplies many of the nutrients normally found in cow's milk. Shake well before using.

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rice milk

Look for this in aseptic containers. Some varieties are gluten-free; others are not. A common brand is Rice Dream. Shake well before using!

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soy milk

Made from soybeans, soy milk is sweeter and darker than dairy milk, and it has a distinctive beanlike flavor. It comes refrigerated, or in aseptic containers (either full strength or concentrated), or in powdered form, with varying percentages of fat. A fortified version is available that supplies many of the nutrients normally found in cow's milk.


Flavored versions are best for drinking, unflavored for cooking. Shake well before using.

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