A whopping one in three Britons now choose plant milk as their go-to tipple in a cuppa or for pouring over their cornflakes. It’s been a lifeline for vegans and lactose-intolerant people who in the past had to miss out on a brew. But for the uninitiated among us, the call to try plant milk is met with one crucial question – ‘but what would I put in my tea?’.
For those of us new to plant milk, it’s difficult to know which one will be our cup of tea (ba-dum ching).
Is rice milk nice milk? Is oat the G.O.A.T? Will soy bring you joy?
Read on to find out which plant milk tastes best in tea and why it’s worth giving it a go.
Why Try Plant Milk?
If you’ve considered using plant milk but you’ve got some reservations, here’s why we think you should give it a try.
Do your bit for the planet
While vegan milks vary in their carbon footprint, on the whole, they tend not to produce many greenhouse gases. If you’re looking to make your diet more eco-friendly, opting for the occasional oat milk latte isn’t a bad idea.
If you’re looking for other ways to be an eco-warrior, make sustainable swaps around the home.
Live a healthier lifestyle
There’s no denying that dairy milk is full of nutritional benefits, from calcium to all-important protein. But this doesn’t mean plant milk is lacking in nutritional punch. Soy, in particular, is a great source of protein, while oat is full of valuable fibre. Many oat drinks are even fortified with vitamins like calcium and B12, while sugar-free oat milk is low in calories.
Try something new
It’s never a bad thing to treat your tastebuds to something new. If you’ve never had plant milk before, why not grab a bottle and see what you think? It doesn’t mean you have to switch from dairy – you can enjoy both as and when you want.
Think being a vegan or lactose-intolerant means you can no longer enjoy a brew? Think again! Plant milk means people with dietary requirements or ethical beliefs don’t have to miss out on the treats we all enjoy.
The Best Plant Milk to Drink With Tea
Wondering which plant milk tastes best in tea? We’ve got the lowdown on all the big hitters.
Oat milk: Oat milk is an absolute classic in the world of plant milk and there’s a reason for that. Its smooth and slightly sweet (yet sugar-free) flavour makes the perfect addition to a cup of tea and its added vitamins pack a nutritional punch. It doesn’t tend to split, either, so it works really well in hot drinks.
Almond milk: Almond milk is perfect if you want to add a nutty edge to your tea, but it has a much more pronounced flavour than oat. Almond milk is one of the sweeter options, so it’s a great way to enjoy a sweet coffee without adding too much sugar. It’s also relatively low in calories but it does come with a heftier carbon footprint than other oat milks.
Soy milk: Gym-goers, this one is for you. Soy is packed with protein, so it’s great for building muscle and staying fuller for longer. It has a more pronounced flavour than oat while still being relatively neutral, but it can sometimes split in tea.
Coconut milk: If you’re the one who always reaches for a Bounty in the box of celebrations, you’ll probably like coconut milk on its own, over cereal, and maybe in a coffee. It’s not everyone’s favourite flavour in a cuppa, but if you’re a big fan of tropical tastes, this creamy plant milk could be right for you.
Rice milk: Rice milk is a great option for people with allergies and intolerances and its flavour is relatively mild. It can be a little harder to find than other options, though.
With plant milk on the up, there are plenty of other new types hitting the market, from pea milk to hemp milk. Ultimately, the best way to establish your fave is to try them!
What About Coffee?
Okay, okay, those of you who know your Colombian beans from your Ethiopian ones and your flat whites from your lattes. We get it. You want to know which plant milk will taste the best when stirred into your double shot.
In our opinion, oat is the best plant milk to enjoy with coffee. Its subtle flavour means it doesn’t overpower the taste of your cuppa – it perfectly complements it, instead. Plus, its nutritional benefits allow you to enjoy your cuppa guilt-free.
Soy is another good option for health benefits, but its stronger flavour means it will be more noticeable in your coffee.
Overall, oat is our winner for both coffee and tea. It’s neutral enough not to ruin the flavour of your cuppa, while being tasty enough to give your brew the perfect lift.
All Plants No Plastic
If you’re attracted by the environmental benefits of plant milk, there are plenty of other ways you can boost your eco credentials. Swap out plastic bottles for glass ones and save the carbon footprint of your drive to the shop by adding your address to our milk round.