There’s nothing quite like the combo of cookies and milk, but what if you’re avoiding dairy? Sure, there are plenty of tasty off-the-shelf varieties to choose from at the grocery store, but there are so many more options if you mix up your very own. These 14 awesome alternative milk recipes, featuring an assortment of nuts, seeds, sweeteners and flavors, will surely hit the spot, even if you’re cool with cow’s milk. Beyond cookies, try adding a splash of these tasty blends to your morning coffee or pouring them over a bowlful of cereal.

Iced Almond Macadamia Milk Latte

1. Iced Almond Macadamia Milk Latte: Pour a cupful of date-sweetened almond and macadamia nut milk into a few shots of espresso to make this creamy, dairy-free latte. (via The Bitten Word)

Pumpkin Almond Milk

2. Pumpkin Almond Milk: This milk is equally vibrant in color and flavor. A host of spices and pumpkin puree infuse the raw almond and pepita blend just right. (via Salt House)

Nutella Milk

3. Nutella Milk: This may be on the pricier end of the homemade milk spectrum, but if you can make room in the budget we highly recommend it. Once you enjoy a glassful of this three-ingredient, Nutella-inspired sip, you’ll be glad you did. (via Imma Eat That)

Rich Cashew Milk With Coffee Ice Cubes

4. Rich Cashew Milk With Coffee Ice Cubes: Whether you enjoy this vanilla-bean-infused cashew milk on its own or plunk in a few coffee ice cubes for a reverse iced coffee concoction, you can’t go wrong. (via Feedfeed)

Brazil Nut Milk

5. Brazil Nut Milk: With more protein, calcium and unsaturated fat than cow’s milk, but a very similar taste, this is a great first-timer’s nut milk. (via ROAR Food)

Strawberry Macadamia Nut Milk

6. Strawberry Macadamia Nut Milk: Frozen fruit also works brilliantly in this springy, kid-friendly drink. Powdered strawberry-flavored mixes have nothing on this homemade version. (via JJ Begonia)

Homemade Soy Milk

7. Homemade Soy Milk: Simple to make and with a smoother flavor than the pre-packaged stuff, this homemade soy milk is a worthwhile venture. The only ingredients you need are soybeans and water. (via Savory Simple)

Homemade Almond Milk

8. Homemade Almond Milk: This is a terrific basic recipe that you can tailor to your tastebuds by varying the sweetness levels and blend-ins. Use agave in place of honey to keep things totally vegan. (via Brit + Co)

Vanilla Coconut Oat Milk

9. Vanilla Coconut Oat Milk: Without harder nuts like cashews and almonds, this milk doesn’t even need a cheesecloth to yield a super smooth blend. Just pour it through a strainer and enjoy — all in less than 30 minutes. (via Running to the Kitchen)

Homemade Hazelnut Milk

10. Homemade Hazelnut Milk: A touch of vanilla adds a sweet flavor to this sugar-free milk. Prefer things chocolatey? Simply blend in a pitted date plus a spoonful of cocoa powder. (via Blogging Over Thyme)

Edamame Milk

11. Edamame Milk: What a fun way to serve up naturally green-colored milk on St. Patrick’s Day. With a fresh taste similar to soy milk, it’s a great way to shake things up. (via Daily Cooking Quest)

DIY Walnut Milk

12. DIY Walnut Milk: The secret to making this milk’s flavor sing: a single pinch of salt. (via Favorrd)

Maple Vanilla Hemp Milk

13. Maple Vanilla Hemp Milk: This seed-based milk doubles down on two hot flavor trends for 2015, featuring both maple and vanilla. (via SheKnows)


14. Horchata: Technically an agua fresca (fresh water), this Mexican classic combines rice, nuts, cinnamon and sugar to make a fiesta-worthy brew. (via Laughing Over Spilled Milk)

Have you ever made your own alternative milk? What are your favorite flavor blends? Share your faves, tips and tricks with us below!