Coffee is a daily ritual for millions of us. The milk you use in your coffee matters. But dairy milk doesn’t work for all of us. Whether you’re looking to swap to plant-based milk alternatives for health, dietary or environmental reasons, we’re here to help you make the best choice you can when it comes to milk alternatives for natural coffee creamers so that we can keep you and the planet happy and thriving :-)
Types of Milk Alternatives
There are a whopping 17 plant-based milk alternatives currently available (and probably many more in the making)! So how do you tell the difference between each one? Here are the features of some of the most popular milk alternatives:
BAMnut Milk: slightly nutty flavor and creamy texture, low in fat, excellent source of protein and fiber, fortified with vitamins, made from only 3 natural plant-based ingredients with no nasties at all.
Almond Milk: slightly nutty flavor and creamy texture, low in calories and fat.
Soy Milk: creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor, good source of protein, often fortified with vitamins and minerals.
Oat Milk: mild, slightly sweet flavor and creamy texture, good source of fiber, often fortified with vitamins and minerals.
Coconut Milk: rich, creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor, high in saturated fat, rich in nutrients like potassium and magnesium.
Rice Milk: mild, slightly sweet flavor and thin, watery texture, low in fat, low in protein.
What to Consider When Choosing a Milk Alternative for your Coffee
Now you have an idea of what’s out there, but how do you make THE choice for the best plant-based coffee creamer? You should ask yourself these 4 questions when choosing a plant-based milk for your morning coffee creamer fix:
1. What Taste & Texture am I Looking For?
If your go-to is a hot coffee drink, you’re probably looking for a milk that is neutral in flavor, creamy, and froths beautifully.
If your go-to is iced coffee drink, a milk that is slightly nutty and sweet, and smooth in texture is best for you.
BAMnut Milk gives you the best of both worlds, with a super creamy yet slightly nutty flavour and smooth mouthfeel!
2. What Nutrients am I Looking For?
Plant-based milks can be a great source of important nutrients such as protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. But the exact composition of each milk differs by plant source.
For example, BAMnut Milk has a high protein content that is comparable to cow’s milk and the highest fiber content compared to other plant-based milks.
3. Do I have Allergies that I Need to be Wary of?
Some plant-based milks for coffee, such as nut milks, are more allergenic than others. If you are aware of any allergies, make sure to check the allergen warnings on each type of milk. Since BAMnut Milk is made from legumes called Bambara groundnuts, it is non-allergenic for people with nut allergies.
4. What is the Environmental Impact of the Production Process?
Generally speaking, plant-based milks have been touted as a greener option than traditional dairy milk, due to lower amounts of water use, carbon emissions, and land use. But within the category of plant-based milks itself, there are differences between the types. For example, almond milk needs excessive amounts of water compared to other milks. Each plant source also impacts soil health and farming communities differently.
For example, BAMnut Milk ranks the lowest in carbon emissions, land use, and water use compared to cow’s milk and other plant-based milks.
In a Nutshell ;-)
You can get the best of all worlds when you opt for BAMnut Milk! Made from the Bambara groundnut, a regenerative hardy legume that is rich in protein and fiber, our BAMnut Milks are the perfect addition to your coffees. They’re not just plant-based, but PLANET-based, as having just one cup of BAMnut Milk daily for a year can save 447 showers worth of water, reduce carbon emissions equal to driving 113 miles by car, and save 14 New York studio apartments worth of agricultural land! Our Barista Milk was specially created to give the creamiest and frothiest coffees, while our low-fat Airy Milk is a perfect replacement for skim milk.
What are you waiting for? Get your hands on a pack of BAMnut Milk today and say hello to a Better Better cup of coffee!
Read all about the mighty BAMnut and its journey to your kitchen here.
Learn more about the show-stopping nutritional profile of BAMnut here.
Discover how biochar plays an important role in reducing our carbon footprint here.
Find out how we create a Better Better with our partner farming communities here.