Soy Milk vs. Rice Milk vs. Hazelnut Milk

February 12th, 2009 by NashVeggie Leave a reply »

Go out to get a coffee and you’ll most likely have the options of whole milk, 2% milk, skim milk and soy milk.   Why do you never find rice milk, almond milk, or goat milk for that matter,  as a choice in your coffee?  I decided to get out of the soy milk rut at home with my coffee and picked up some rice milk.  I used Trader Joe’s Rice Drink from the refrigerated section to try first.  I always found rice milk to be watery and this was no exception.  It is also a bit on the sweet side which isn’t a bad thing considering a like my coffee sweetened, usually with a vanilla syrup I make myself.   Steaming rice milk doesn’t seem to work well if you like foam.  You seem to get a good foam started but it all breaks down to nothing as soon as it gets heavy.  The rice milk lends no flavor to the end drink, so for me it doesn’t work.  No foam, no flavor, no worky.

I also tried hazelnut milk from Pacific Foods.   The consistency is the same as rice milk but the flavor is a bit better.  Still, if you like foam this one doesn’t work.  I’m sure the watery formulas of these two are what lends to the lack of foam production during the steaming.

For now I will stick with soy milk but I will be trying others.  Oat Milk?  Hemp Milk?



  1. Alicia says:

    I like to use rice milk in my tea because of the sweet factor but I like soy better for coffee. I think it’s the thickness factor.

  2. Tara says:

    Try almond milk! It’s the creamiest of them all, and not too sweet. I’m trying to transition fully to hemp milk but it has a very strong taste…for now, I’m sticking to the vanilla flavor. Hemp is great for you, though – and I believe it’s a complete protein all by itself!

  3. MelanieBhagat says:

    Hemp milk is awesome! It’s delicious and so nutritious. It contains Omega 3s, which as you know, are sometimes difficult to get on a vegan diet.

  4. Suzanne says:

    The best I’ve found is hazelnut and unswetened almond milk in equal proportions. (I use my own sweeteners)
    This is actually my preferred (even over dairy) for hot chocolate.
    But alas, I am having issues w/ almond milk and am looking for other things to mix w/ my hazelnut

  5. Nashveggie says:


    Never tried mixing. What brand almond milk do you like?

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