In the UK, you’re not allowed to drink plain, unsweetened milk as it is adulterated with other ingredients such as added sugar and cream, and you are forbidden to buy milk at the supermarket if it is not sweetened with milk powder substitute or condensed milk.
But that doesn’t stop people from trying to make their own milk alternatives, with people making a variety of milk substitutes out of whole ingredients like milk, honey and coconut.
These are sometimes referred to as ‘caveman milk’ or ‘crave’ milk, although some people are concerned about their health.
If you want to get the most out of your milk, it is best to go with one of these milk substitutes.
We’ve picked out a few of our favourites.
Sweetened condensed (sugar-free) milk A sweetened milk substitute is one that is made from a mixture of sugar, cream and condensed milk to give it a taste similar to that of plain milk.
It has a slightly sweeter flavour than other milk substitutes, but it is more nutritious and contains vitamins A and E. It is also more healthful, with the addition of Vitamin D. If your diet is low in vitamin D, this may be a good option to try.
You can make your own using baking powder or milk powder and sugar.
Sugar-free sweetened liquid milk This is a low-calorie milk substitute, made from low-fat milk and a small amount of non-caloric sweetener.
It can be used for a range of dishes, including smoothies, soft drinks and frozen desserts.
It may also be used to make homemade milk sauces and ice cream.
It comes in a variety that tastes similar to regular milk, but with fewer calories.
If the flavour is too sweet for you, you can add a little sweetener to it to give the milk a sweeter taste.
You could also add a small quantity of natural fruit juice to make it more nutritious.
Non-fat dairy-free milk If you are dairy- or egg-free, you could use this milk substitute.
It contains less fat than regular milk but still contains a healthy amount of vitamins A, D and E and other nutrients.
It does not contain milk proteins, which may be bad for your health.
It also contains milk proteins in the form of calcium and potassium.
It’s made with milk from cows who are raised on pasture.
It was first marketed in the US in the 1990s, and is now available in the UK as a milk substitute in the following areas: dairy products, yoghurts, yogurt, milk drinks and dairy products containing milk.
If it is your first time making milk substitutes and you don’t know how to make a good batch, it may help to try making a homemade version using a blender, blender bag or food processor.
Other non-milk alternatives This list contains some other options for your dairy-and-egg-free needs.
You’ll find many of these on our Milk Substitutes and Food Processors page.
There are other alternative milk substitutes available on the market, too, but these are not vegan and should not be used as a substitute for vegan milk.
All of these are good options for those who want to try their hand at making their own dairy milk substitutes without having to use a dairy-friendly alternative.