6 Best Alternatives To Milk In Coffee For A Smooth Cup Of Joe

Looking for the next best thing to complement your morning cup of Joe? Read more to learn what are the best alternatives to milk in coffee!

Best alternatives to milk in coffee
Find out the best alternatives to milk in coffee

A few weeks ago, I accompanied a colleague to look for non-dairy substitutes. She was looking for something that complements her cooking, but I thought this was the perfect chance to look for a milk alternative for my coffee. I love experimenting with my coffee, and I’m growing tired of milk.

So, if you’re aiming to acquire a new taste for your cup of Joe and still want to retain that creamy and smooth texture, I’d like to share what I think are the best alternatives to milk in coffee! 

1. Coconut Milk

Best alternatives to milk in coffee: Coconut Milk
This substitute is suitable for those who are lactose-intolerant or vegan

I’ve been a coconut milk advocate since my brother had me try this. Its natural thickness and creamy features are perfect for those who have a tropical taste. It’s great for either hot or iced coffee, so you’re covered for whatever you're craving.

This substitute is suitable for those who are lactose-intolerant or vegan. I recommend So Delicious’ Coconut Milk for first-timers. If you’re looking for another coconut drink to brighten your day, how about making yourself a coconut coffee by following our step-by-step recipe?

So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconutmilk Beverage, Original, 32 oz (Pack of 6)
  • This delicious beverage goes great over cereal, in coffee, mixed into recipes and poured into a tall glass.
  • 32 fl oz (Pack of 6); Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Certified gluten-free, soy-free
  • Certified vegan
  • Made with organic coconut

2. Ice Cream

It’s Friday night, and you feel like staying up and binge-watching. Instead of diving into that pint of ice cream, how about putting a scoop in your coffee instead?

It all comes down to the flavors. Of course, you can never go wrong with chocolate but if you want to double the dose, go for coffee-flavored ones! If you're going to try something more exotic, I recommend looking for a taro flavor as its earthy taste blends well with coffee. 

Here’s a tip – try snacking on ice cream cones while enjoying this homemade affogato. You won’t regret it.

3. Soy Milk

Best alternatives to milk in coffee: Soy milk
The downside of soy milk is that it tends to curdle once poured into your hot beverage

This is one of the most challenging substitutes on the list but still worth trying. Soy milk has a naturally sweet flavor that goes well with coffee. If you’re looking to transition to something healthier, this is the alternative for you since soy milk is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and potassium!

The downside is that it tends to curdle once poured into your hot beverage. I suggest putting soy milk first, then slowly incorporating the coffee and stirring so it blends well.

I recommend trying Pacific’s All-Natural Soy Milk for newbies Pacific’s All-Natural Soy Milk since its texture and creaminess closely resemble your regular milk.

Pacific Natural Foods Barista Series Soy Blenders, Plain, 32-ounce Containers (6-pack)
  • Pacific Barista Series Original Soy Beverage (Formerly Plain Soy Blenders)
  • Consistent, smooth frothy foam
  • Withstands the high heat of steaming
  • All natural non-dairy beverage
  • 6-32 ounce containers, 192 ounces total

4. Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is a common milk alternative made from heavy cream. Regardless, I’ll still include it on my list of alternatives to milk in coffee because it gives your drink a richness, that milk can’t offer. Top it off with some cocoa or cinnamon powder.

If you’re still not convinced, check it out for yourself if you can use whipping cream for coffee.

5. Almond Milk

Best alternatives to milk in coffee: Almond milk
Almond milk is packed with vitamins and minerals, most especially Vitamin E

Almond milk is another dairy-free beverage ideal for lactose-intolerant or those going vegan. You have two options – sweetened or unsweetened – to complement your beverage, but I recommend going for the former for a more natural sweet taste. It doesn’t curdle compared to soy milk, and the nutty flavor it provides goes well with your drink.

Like our other non-dairy alternatives on the list, it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, most especially Vitamin E. Additionally, it contains Vitamin D, calcium, and protein, which makes this substitute closely resemble the nutritional value of your regular milk.

For those who want to try this alternative, I recommend going for 365 Whole Foods Market’s Organic Almond Milk or my personal favorite Califia Farms’ Vanilla Almond Milk which contains coconut cream.

365 by Whole Foods Market, Almond Milk Unsweetened Organic, 64 Fl Oz
  • Brought to you by Whole Foods Market.  The packaging for this product has a fresh new look. During this transition, you may get the original packaging or the new packaging in your order, but the product and quality is staying exactly the same. Enjoy!
  • Excellent source of vitamin D
  • Good source of calcium
  • USDA organic

6. Whiskey

I hope I didn’t catch you too off guard! If you’re not of legal age, then stop reading. 

This is a hot take since whiskey is not a direct substitute for milk in coffee, but if you’re looking for a kick during the weekend, then this is something you should try! It isn’t a unique concept since a prominent brand has already released whiskey coffee for its patrons.

You’d be surprised that it’s pretty flexible, as well. If you want something strong, you can mix it directly with your cup of Joe and enjoy the robust flavor. If you’re unsure yet, feel free to add some cream or any non-dairy milk substitutes above and make yourself a good old-fashioned Irish Coffee.

You can check out our guide on which cream is best for Irish coffee.