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 Best soy/rice/almond etc milk substitute?

I need to eliminate dairy from my diet for a little bit so I need a milk substitute. Do you have a favorite? Do you prefer one for drinking, cereal etc and something else for cooking/baking?
TIA
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 31 Mar 2012 3:50 PM
 2 Aug 2008
The_Momma
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I love almond milk. We use a dark chocolate to go in the coffee (delicious) and my kids drink the vanilla, regular or chocolate they love it. I think it's one of the best, we've tried coconut, but the kids hated it.
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 31 Mar 2012 3:57 PM
 24 Jun 2004
 Calgary
can't wait
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We also use almond milk here. We had to eliminate dairy from my daughters diet at 22 months. Milk is not hard to substitute the tough one I find is cheese.
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 31 Mar 2012 4:32 PM
 8 May 2009
 Alberta, Canada
CDNSmurfette
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Love unsweetened almond milk here.

I've also had a fabulous coconut milk ice cream.
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 31 Mar 2012 5:19 PM
 10 Apr 2009
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Anonymous135
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Add me to the almond milk club - it's my favourite of all the alternatives I've tried. Still not as good as real milk IMO, but a bit more subtle in taste and close in texture/thickness compared to the other alternatives.

Best cheese alternative I've found so far is called Daiya - it's shredded so it's good for things like nachos and pizzas. Not 100% fantastic texture-wise but pretty close considering it's made using tapioca. The taste is good too. And I think they have blocks (wedges) now as well.

Oh yes, and the AMAZING coconut milk ice cream - Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss. A lot of health food stores carry it!
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 31 Mar 2012 5:21 PM
 3 Sep 2006
rosedale
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We are dairy free in our house and use PC Organic Soy Milk. Our favorite is the vanilla.
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 31 Mar 2012 6:46 PM
 27 Apr 2006
 Kitchener
Teacher_Wife
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I use Silk organic unsweetened soy milk. There's a bit of an after taste with almond milk that I don't love and soy has protein. It if weren't for that, I would use almond milk.
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 31 Mar 2012 6:56 PM
 2 Feb 2011
Lior
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Good Earth Almond Milk. The chocolate one tastes like chocolate almonds.
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 31 Mar 2012 7:41 PM
 22 Mar 2012
Smileygirl
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So Delicious brand coconut milk in the carton. I like it much better than almond milk. We've even been able to make "cream" sauces with it. It's great in coffee because it doesn't separate the way almond milk can.
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 31 Mar 2012 8:35 PM
 22 Jul 2010
 USA
AmericanSplendor
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I'm not a fan of soy milk because of the hormones so we drink almond or coconut milk. I like Almond Breeze Almond Milk. I can taste the almonds in it. I also make cashew milk. So delicious coconut milk is really good as well.
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 31 Mar 2012 9:32 PM
 29 Dec 2008
 Calgary
CateFace
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So good soy milk is freaking gross...so is their ice cream
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 31 Mar 2012 10:08 PM
 30 Jun 2007
 Victoria
Tropical777
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I avoid soy for the hormone issues too.

I drink Almond Breeze vanilla (sweetened) or chocolate (sweetened). The unsweetened stuff tastes like feet to me and I can't drink it.

For things like mashed potatoes I use plain, unsweetened rice milk. Doesn't add any flavour so it works well for that.

I haven't found a cheese that tastes good. I use the daiya stuff but I don't really like it but some food just isn't the same without some attempt at cheese.

Coconut Bliss ice-cream! I haven't found a flavour I don't like.

Earth Balance margarine. There is a spread and blocks that you can use for baking. I find that the spread stays a bit too hard in the fridge so I leave small amounts out to soften for toast or something like that.
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 31 Mar 2012 10:36 PM
 8 Jun 2006
 BC
CharMac
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Unsweetened So Delicious Coconut is my usual Dairy sub.
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 1 Apr 2012 2:31 AM
 4 Feb 2005
~Jessica~
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Silk organic soy. We were drinking almond for a few years but DS developed an almond allergy (after drinking it with no issues for 2 years!) so we're back to soy.
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 1 Apr 2012 8:41 AM
 22 Nov 2011
MissN
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I also enjoy unsweetened almond milk. For a yogurt replacement, coconut milk yogurt it is sooooo good.
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 1 Apr 2012 11:58 AM
 14 Feb 2007
 North Delta, BC
SBee
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I enjoyed the sweetened aka "original" Silk Almond milk the most in terms of flavour.

For texture, COCONUT milk all the way. Much thicker. I only tried an unsweetened one though, so it was basically like thick water. I took our kid off our dairy-free diet at 3 weeks because it wasn't working for him, but had I continued, a sweetened coconut milk would have been my next try. It now comes in a carton just like almond, soy, and rice milks at the same price point.
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 1 Apr 2012 12:09 PM
 2 Aug 2009
Nuke
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Unsweetened almond milk

Check out the amount of sugar in the sweetened
Varieties
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 1 Apr 2012 12:15 PM
 25 Feb 2009
 Ottawa
bridetobe2709
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Another vote for Almond Breeze - unsweetened most of the time. Vanilla as a treat. We're used to it now and for us it just "milk".
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 1 Apr 2012 3:01 PM
 25 Sep 2010
First_Wife
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I'm allergic to almonds so I've never had almond milk. I drink Silk Organic Soy milk. I like the original (available at Costco in the cold milk section), but I love the vanilla for a special treat. I've tried So Nice brand and I found it chalky and watery. I also hated So Good brand. Silk is rich and creamy.

I didn't know Coconut milk was readily available though. I might have to hunt some down.
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 2 Apr 2012 12:24 AM
 13 Dec 2006
MPsGirl
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DH also prefer's the Silk to any of the others.
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 2 Apr 2012 10:12 AM
 8 Nov 2008
BabyG
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Sorry to post-jack but has anyone seen the so delicious coconut milk in Ottawa? What about the yogurt?
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 2 Apr 2012 12:04 PM
 9 Aug 2006
 Ottawa
Irish
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BabyG - Natural Food Pantry carries it. They had the yogurt in but it hasn't been in stock now for a couple of weeks (since we first tried it).
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 2 Apr 2012 1:07 PM
 8 Nov 2008
BabyG
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Good to know - thanks Irish! Yoso yogurt isn't the best and I've heard the so delicious is great.
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 4 Apr 2012 11:32 AM
 20 Oct 2009
kahicpep
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another vote for So Delicious Coconut milk. I don't like the natura coconut as much. i love rice milk for its thin consistency (best for drinking!) and drink natural pressed soy as a treat at my parents' house, but i avoid avoid avoid almond milk. i can't even use any good describing words. it just ... GROSS.
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
 buzzle.ca
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