The Three Best Milk Substitutes

by Sarah Drinks and Tonics, RecipesComments: 240

healthy milk substitutesMilk allergy affects approximately 2-5% of children from around the world.  Many times “milk allergy” simply masquerades as “pasteurization allergy”, which means that when a switch is made from processed store milk to farm fresh unpasteurized milk, the “milk allergy” suddenly disappears!

Why is this?

Because pasteurization denatures fragile milk proteins and renders them allergenic.  It also destroys lactase, the enzyme necessary for digesting lactose, the naturally occurring sugar in milk.     A simple switch to fresh from the farm raw milk solves both of these problems.

In those rare instances when a child is truly allergic to cow or goat milk – even the farm fresh variety – figuring out the best possible substitute can be a bewildering experience for a concerned parent.

Soy milk is clearly not a good option as high amounts of isoflavones (plant estrogens) disrupt the hormonal development of young children.   Commercial rice milk is high in sugar and low in nutrition with little to no protein or fats to stabilize the blood sugar.   Even store bought almond milk is not a good choice as it is also very low in protein and fat, high in sugar and is not made from almonds that have been properly soaked/dehydrated first to eliminate anti-nutrients such as phytic acid which block mineral absorption and cause digestive distress.

So, what is a Mom or Dad to do?

Fortunately, there are three excellent milk substitutes that are delicious, healthy and easy to make when there are milk allergies in the home or even just when you are traveling or temporarily have no access to farm fresh whole milk.

I hope you enjoy these three healthy milk substitutes for your child that will be both enjoyable and nourishing!   You may even wish to take a sip or two yourself!

*Please note that these milk substitutes are for a child older than one year old. A child younger than one that is not breastfed should be getting a formula and if allergic to milk, the homemade hypoallergenic baby formula is best.

Coconut Milk Tonic

From Eat Fat, Lose Fat

Makes 1 quart

This drink contains the same amount of calories and calcium as cow’s milk and is high in good fats to stabilize the blood sugar in those active toddlers and children who, without good fats in the diet, will constantly be clamoring for refined carbs.


14 oz whole coconut milk with no additives or  make it yourself (click here to watch video how-to)

2 1/4 cups filtered water

2 TBL Grade B maple syrup (use a pinch of stevia powder for sugar free version) (sources)

1 tsp vanilla extract (sources)

1 tsp dolomite powder (sources)


Mix all ingredients together in a medium saucepan over medium to low heat until all the dolomite is dissolved.     Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Traditional Rice Milk

From Nourishing Traditions Cookbook

Makes 2 quarts

If your child is also allergic to coconut, traditional rice milk works well instead of the sugar laden, nutritionless version from the store.


1/2 cup brown rice (sources)

8 cups filtered water

1 tsp sea salt (sources)

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar (sources)

1/4 cup raw honey (sources)

1 tsp cinnamon (sources)


Cook rice in water, covered, until rice is mushy.  This will take several hours.    Process rice and liquid together in a food processor or food mill.  Place liquified mixture in a glass jug with salt and lemon juice or cider vinegar.   Cover tightly and leave on the counter for 2-3 days.   Refrigerate.

To serve, blend with honey and cinnamon and dilute with enough filtered water to achieve desired consistency.

Homemade Almond Milk

From Nourishing Traditions Cookbook

Makes 2 quarts

While almond milk from the store is not a good choice, the homemade version is both delicious and nutritious.


2 cups skinless raw almonds (sources)

Filtered water

2 tsp sea salt (sources)

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar (sources)

1/8 cup coconut sugar, sucanat or raw honey (sources)

1 tsp vanilla extract (sources)

1 tsp almond extract (sources)


Soak almonds overnight in filtered water and sea salt.    Drain off soaking water and process almonds in a food processor until a smooth paste.  In a 2 quart glass jug mix almond paste with other ingredients and enough filtered water to fill the jug.   Cover tightly and leave on  the counter for 2 days.   Refrigerate.   Stir before serving.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Sources and More Information

Eat Fat, Lose Fat

Nourishing Traditions Cookbook

How to Make Fermented Almond Milk

Why Almond Milk and Coconut Milk from the Store Should Be Avoided

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Comments (240)

  • AL

    I’m so sorry. I was just skimming the post looking for a rice milk recipe, I didn’t read the rest. But I’m scared someone could be seriously harmed by bad rice milk (or bad almond milk): I think it is NOT SAFE to just leave it on the counter!!! (Some people say you shouldn’t even keep cooked rice, even in the fridge, for a few days because rice can be a very high risk for food poisoning even in a very short amount of time.)

    Please, please, please take care and keep safe. I’m sorry I don’t know more and am not explaining or reading better. I just don’t want to harm people. Please keep safe.

    March 9th, 2016 10:54 pm Reply
    • Sarah

      It’s left on the counter because it is fermenting .. I would recommend that you read up further on how beneficial bacteria prevent spoilage.

      March 10th, 2016 7:51 am Reply
  • Angie

    Hello! I started adding the almond milk version for my 11 month old in addition to breast milk. He’s really gassy. Any ideas? Maybe I should try one of the other alternatives. Just not sure which one…any thoughts?

    June 29th, 2015 4:31 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      As stated in the article, these recipes are ONLY for children over 1 year old. If your child is gassy, it’s likely because he is too young and his digestion too immature to handle it. A lot can change for a child in only a month or two.

      June 29th, 2015 6:00 pm Reply
      • Angie

        Thanks Sarah. Yes. Agreed that a lot can change in only a few weeks. I gave him probably 3-4 ounces total..spread throughout the day so not much but it was evident he was ‘off’… I pulled back today and he’s better. I’ll chill for a month or two and try again..;)

        July 3rd, 2015 8:54 pm Reply
  • milk substitute

    My baby got cow’s milk allergy. I was very worried. However i found that some substitutes can be given. I gave him substitutes and he is drinking them without any problem.

    February 19th, 2015 2:39 am Reply
  • Rachel Sturges

    A note to other mothers. Be careful about the coconut milk tonic for young children. The fluoride content in the Dolomite Powder is well above the daily recommended limit – even if only 1/3 of this tonic is consumed in a given day.

    February 4th, 2015 2:48 pm Reply
    • Jason Venckus

      In addition Dolomite can contain arsenic, aluminum, lead and mercury. Skip the dolomite and feed kids foods high calcium and magnesium such as leafy greens, beans and cruciferous veggies. Not cheetos, doritos and lucky charms.

      May 15th, 2015 2:53 pm Reply
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  • Gina

    Do you know the nutritional details of the homemade coconut milk from scratch so I can cover all my nutrients for my 1 year old?

    August 6th, 2014 6:15 pm Reply
  • mel

    here’s a question I thought the almond milk option sounded fantastic though it means I won’t get my usual almond flour out of making it so I gave it a go. I took 2 cups of almonds (skins on because I cannot find the skinless) soaked and then ground them which turned out to be a lot of work with my little blender and came out to ALOT of almond paste, then I added the other ingredients and left it on the counter. The next morning I heard hissing and found it was the almond milk jar I opened the lid to releave the pressure and prevent the impending explosion 😛 losing a bunch of it in the process when it came flying out of there like a black smoke snake in science class. When I came home this evening ditto, it happened again, this time I have separated it into 2 two quart jars, now is this supposed to happen??? … should I drink it??? (I might mention I found this post only after already soaking 1 cup almonds for 12 hours in filtered water then another 12 hours in water plus 1/4 tsp sea salt so I just threw that in the fridge and repeated to get the 2 cups could this be my problem?)

    July 7th, 2014 10:00 pm Reply
  • Debbie Eisa via Facebook

    The Healthy Home Economist, do you use the powder coconut that you have in the “sources”? I was confused because it said coconut milk, but when you click sources, it’s a powder. Thank you.

    May 7th, 2014 3:52 pm Reply
  • Dane

    What one is the highest in calcium? I didn’t know coconut, rice and almonds had calcium in them. Our 3 yr old can’t have dairy either.

    May 7th, 2014 12:37 pm Reply
  • Becky Kilgore Sopeland via Facebook

    A very long time ago..(in the 1950s) I was weaned from breast milk, only to have my mom realize I was allergic to cow’s very far from a city, I was given beef broth as a substitute. I have been blessed by exceedingly wonderful health….that’s my story, & I’m sticking with it!

    May 7th, 2014 11:10 am Reply
  • Karen Voisinet via Facebook

    I make cashew milk, I have found it to be the creamiest.

    May 7th, 2014 10:59 am Reply
  • Katie Paladino Pawlak via Facebook

    How long is it good for and can you cook with it?

    May 7th, 2014 10:25 am Reply
  • Julia Rud via Facebook

    Elena Svanberg, look at these dairy-free options (coconut drink is easy to make from H2G milk, I would add probiotics too!)

    May 7th, 2014 9:24 am Reply
  • Filia Christi via Facebook

    And please check out the GAPS or SCD diets, which could cure your child of their milk allergy…

    May 7th, 2014 7:25 am Reply
  • Gina Hense Newlon via Facebook

    I drink raw milk because I’m at the top of the food chain. No other animal can milk another animal to get their creamy, nutritious necter and if they could…they would.

    May 7th, 2014 5:21 am Reply
  • Kris Heather via Facebook

    Hi I would like to ask if this information can be sent to my messages as I can’t open it ??? And I feel this is very important for my son … Thankyou : )

    May 7th, 2014 5:20 am Reply
  • Annette Nelson via Facebook

    I make your coconut milk recipe and my little guy LOVES it! :) He didn’t a first….but after about 4 tries he now asks for it. :) I toss in his dose of probiotics too. :) Thanks so much for this!!!

    May 7th, 2014 12:59 am Reply
  • Keri Hessel via Facebook

    Or, you could just breast feed until the WHO recommended age of two. After that, do you really need milk?

    May 7th, 2014 12:29 am Reply
    • heather

      My intention was to breastfeed until two since I did that with my other children but I got pregnant sooner than expected and my milk supply sort of dwindled. Every day i worry about what I’m getting into his diet and what he might be missing. My other kiddos were just chunkier at his age.

      April 24th, 2015 11:32 am Reply
  • Whitney Fecker Gesch via Facebook

    Stefanie you mean applied kinesiology right?

    May 6th, 2014 11:53 pm Reply
  • Stefanie Jones via Facebook

    Have you ever tried kinesiology? My daughter had severe food allergies when she was a toddler including dairy, which ended up with her Doctor telling me she had to be on stool softeners, and zantag for the rest of her life due to her severe constipation and heart burn when she was eight years old. She went to my kinesiologist and after one visit. No pain, drugs or needles. All of her food allergies are gone and she can eat everything. She is now 14 and all is well. I am a true believer in kinesiology. Btw he has also cured me of my sever cat allergies and it has been eight years since. I have a cat that sleeps with me every night. No problems

    May 6th, 2014 11:22 pm Reply
    • Jennifer Starkey

      I would love o know more about your kinesiologist! My chiropractor uses it but I have not heard of it for allergies. I would appreciate their contact info…thanks!

      Jen :)

      August 21st, 2014 8:39 am Reply
  • Lynda Peterson-Owen via Facebook

    Or cow milk base formula

    May 6th, 2014 9:18 pm Reply
  • Chelsea Abendroth via Facebook

    Sarah Grace Quick

    May 6th, 2014 9:18 pm Reply
  • Lynda Peterson-Owen via Facebook

    Yes Sabrina Lindsay. And we are the only mammals that drink other mammal milk (cow milk) something wierd about that dont ya think?

    May 6th, 2014 9:18 pm Reply
  • Sabrina Elizabeth Lindsay via Facebook

    Did you know that humans are the only animal that continue to “nurse” off another animal. After 12 months of age your baby no longer requires “milk” you can continue to nurse until 2-3 years but really he does not “need” milk.

    You can start the entire family on a vegetarian or even vegan diet which contains no animal products. You will also eliminate extra estrogen that has the chance of young children to develop breasts.

    We switched to organic coconut milk which only contains coconut and guar gum. Amazingly the 6 & 3 year old don’t miss milk

    May 6th, 2014 9:13 pm Reply
  • Debbie Eisa via Facebook

    Is there an option besides the Dolomite in the Coconut version? I don’t know anything about it and other comments have said something about lead. Can it be made without it? Thanks.

    May 6th, 2014 8:54 pm Reply
  • Tanya Flanagan Hanshew via Facebook

    Shanna – my son had lots of tummy issues early in life and at 1 we tried to transition to milk or almond milk and he would have NONE of it. After trying several options and consulting with my Nurse practitioner, we decided not to force the issue. We served him whole milk yogurts and cottage cheese and other calcium rich foods and he is doing great at 4.5 yrs old. If you research you will find that children don’t need as much milk as we are told they do. Just another perspective for you to consider. :-)

    May 6th, 2014 8:50 pm Reply
  • Francesca Accardi Jackson via Facebook

    Sarah, why do you leave the rice milk and almond milk on the counter? Is that safe, bacteria wise?

    May 6th, 2014 8:37 pm Reply
  • Patty Mefford via Facebook

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    May 6th, 2014 8:33 pm Reply
  • Lee Ebbs via Facebook

    Get a second opinion before you make changes. Doctors are frequently wrong these days.

    May 6th, 2014 8:25 pm Reply
  • Justin Melissa Narine via Facebook

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    May 6th, 2014 8:09 pm Reply
  • Fe Fandreyer via Facebook

    My kids were also ‘allergic’ but had no issues with raw milk.

    May 6th, 2014 8:08 pm Reply
  • Ellen Boss Kelsch via Facebook

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    May 6th, 2014 7:53 pm Reply
  • Vivi Sinaga via Facebook

    I drink kefir of 2-3 day fermentation every day,, very sour n delish! :)

    May 6th, 2014 7:40 pm Reply
  • Kristi Slavens Simmons via Facebook

    Ron Melissa Ketchum…check this out!

    May 6th, 2014 7:31 pm Reply
  • Tania Jurekie via Facebook

    I also have tested an allergy to cows and goats milk. I started buying coconut milk, rice milks, etc.. But when you read the ingredients on the packets you will ditch them quickly. Making your own milk can be time consuming – especially when you are making everything else (your own stocks, yogurt, muesli, kefir, etc). I know it’s not hard, but it’s just another thing to do. So I went without for a long time. About 2 months ago, I introduced raw milk into my diet ..the rest of my family had been having this for ages. Firstly through homemade yoghurt and now I drink it in a smoothie. I have not had any adverse reactions and/or symptoms.

    May 6th, 2014 7:27 pm Reply
  • Beverly Kurts via Facebook

    NAET works, even if you don’t understand it. It is based on Chinese medicine. I was cleared of tons of allergies. My son was cleared of tons of food allergens as well. It does work, and is non invasive. It does eliminate allergies.

    May 6th, 2014 7:26 pm Reply
  • Kim Muskovin via Facebook

    Yes, thanks Stacy!

    May 6th, 2014 7:23 pm Reply
  • Stacy Moran via Facebook

    Kim Muskovin! I just saw this… didn’t I see you post something about this earlier?

    May 6th, 2014 7:17 pm Reply
  • Janine Hopkins Forbes via Facebook

    Chia seeds: 10 times more calcium than milk.

    May 6th, 2014 7:16 pm Reply
  • Joan Bishop via Facebook

    Any idea how long you can keep the coconut version in the fridge?

    May 6th, 2014 7:11 pm Reply
  • Wendy Gruskoff Levy via Facebook

    Hemp milk is a great choice for moms not giving their kids nuts.

    May 6th, 2014 7:11 pm Reply
  • Peggy Summy via Facebook

    Almost all the commercially prepared nut milks contain carrageenan. ICK!!

    May 6th, 2014 7:06 pm Reply
  • Brooke Music-Jackson via Facebook

    Since the kid is 2, how about just water? My 2 kiddos are happy with just that. Kids can get all their nutrients from food (and veggie smoothies!).

    May 6th, 2014 7:05 pm Reply
  • Ashley Krout via Facebook

    Daphne, thought you might find this helpful :) There’s a link to a hypoallergenic formula recipe for kids under 1 year in the article.

    May 6th, 2014 7:00 pm Reply
  • Elisha Gettmann via Facebook

    We do an unsweetened almond coconut blend by Silk fortified w/ calcium

    May 6th, 2014 6:55 pm Reply
  • Rebecca K. Agner via Facebook

    I thought you would like this Chelsea

    May 6th, 2014 6:54 pm Reply
  • Robert Zimmerman via Facebook

    hemp milk

    May 6th, 2014 6:51 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Gill via Facebook

    If one is just too busy to make your own, which of the commercially available Almond Milks are better? Unsweetened, of course.

    May 6th, 2014 6:50 pm Reply
  • Hee Huey Hoh via Facebook

    Homemade raw almond milk sweeten by organic dates.

    May 6th, 2014 6:46 pm Reply
  • Melisa Hills via Facebook

    We have dairy allergies in our house. When the children were done (and before as they desired since 3 of them were approaching age 2 when they self-weaned…and the last one over 3+ys), we simply gave them water. They do like rice, almond, & coconut milk, but those are not regular staples around here. But then, as a child, we did not drink gallons of milk a week either. We drank….water!

    May 6th, 2014 6:42 pm Reply
  • Beverly Kurts via Facebook

    I also suggest NAET to elongate the allergies. Naet. Com

    May 6th, 2014 6:34 pm Reply
  • Michelle Lubbers via Facebook

    I make almond milk for my one yr old. 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight and drained, then blended with four cups water in a high powered blender (I use a vitamix) and strained through a nut milk strainer bag. Drink up!

    May 6th, 2014 6:34 pm Reply
  • Jaye Ewing Procure via Facebook

    For those for whom this is an option, I recommend breastfeeding as long as you can manage it.

    May 6th, 2014 6:30 pm Reply
  • Betty Jackson via Facebook

    We do Almond milk here. Love the chocolate!

    May 6th, 2014 6:30 pm Reply
  • Andrea Verner via Facebook

    Coconut milk has more calcium than milk. You can supplement vit d & be sure your little one is eating salmon andor avacado to replace good fats and dark leafies like broccoli and spinach for folic acid. Milk according to my pediatrician is only necessary up to 2 yrs.

    May 6th, 2014 6:25 pm Reply
  • Amanda

    Hi, just made the coconut version but its still kinda pulpy/frothy even though I ran it through our juicer afterwards. I tasted the finish product and it must be the coconut I used (the mature brown one I scraped the insides out myself rather than use the frozen shredded product) and it taste kinda detergenty. Thats the best way to describe it, it has a soapy after taste.Waiting till my son comes home but he’s a picky toddler I don’t think he’s gonna go for it. I was wondering If I could make milk from coconut cream which I’ve found at WF organic in wrapping not cans (so its non BPA)

    April 28th, 2014 4:37 pm Reply
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  • Eczema Diet

    Great post! I used to have really bad eczema and did a 30-day program to help me find what was causing it. Through the program I found out my “eczema triggers” were dairy and gluten. After just 15 days into the program my skin healed up SO fast, I decided to cut dairy and gluten for good :) My favorite one to buy is coconut milk, but this is a great recipe for rice milk. I never buy the ones in the store because they put tons of sugar and other stuff in it (sometimes soy), that isn’t really good for my eczema diet. I’m going to try this one this weekend! Thanks :)

    March 21st, 2014 3:17 pm Reply
  • Jen Daoud via Facebook

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    March 12th, 2014 10:15 pm Reply
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    March 12th, 2014 12:13 am Reply
  • Chrissy Loera via Facebook

    Can you also freeze almond milk?

    March 11th, 2014 11:42 pm Reply
  • Michelle Beeson via Facebook

    How long does the coconut milk substitute last in the refrigerator? Can you freeze it for later (in other words, do large batches on Sunday).

    March 11th, 2014 2:40 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    My kids (4&1) LOVE my homemade almond/coconut mylk. I sweeten it with a few dates and if still not sweet enough a drop or two of liquid stevia. 1 c. soaked almonds overnight with young thai coconut meat. We love it! BTW, I lost my milk supply at 5 mo. and my daughter did awesome on the homemade raw milk formula!!! Since raw milk is too pricey for our food budgetwe have switched to non-dairy homemade mylks and I have to say we all do great on it! Another variation I do that my kids and I LOVE is to add fresh green juice to the mylk. They LOVE the green mylk and they are sooooo powered up to play and have amazing focus! Perfect for ST. Patrick’s day too!!!

    March 11th, 2014 12:22 pm Reply
  • Lisa Allen

    Researching Dolomite a bit, I read that it can contain lead and other heavy metals…what are your thoughts on this?
    Thank you!

    March 11th, 2014 11:37 am Reply
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    March 11th, 2014 11:00 am Reply
  • Julie M.

    Do you have to put the calcium into the Coconut Milk Topnice?
    Thank you,

    February 11th, 2014 12:53 am Reply
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  • Andrea

    Ok I wanna try the coconut milk recipe but im so confused on which coconut milk to use… please help me out if you could.. email me. My son is allergic to raw cows milk, we drank it and he had terrible reactions to it :( – hes 13 mo old. I was unable to nurse due to my milk never letting down, :( – so this has been a battling since birth. We did homemade formula too but it made him very sick and he had to be hospitalized… lets just say ive had so many issues with homemade recipes that im leary of ever trying another… but would love to find a milk replacement for him .. he has done ok with goat milk but it does constipate him some.

    October 29th, 2013 8:10 pm Reply
  • Kendra

    So concerning making your own whole coconut milk for the coconut tonic recipe, I have a question – Would it be ok to just use store-bought natural coconut water mixed with the raw fresh coconut? I’m just trying to simplify things for myself so I can make this on a regular basis for my daughter…Thank you!

    October 11th, 2013 3:00 pm Reply
  • Christina Maldonado

    With the coconut milk tonic, how long does it stay good in the fridge after making it?

    September 2nd, 2013 1:23 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    I am on day two of the fermented almond milk. I used the apple cider vinegar. I doubled the recipe and stored it in four glass containers. When I unscrewed the first lid it bubbled out everywhere. When I tasted it there was a very strong vinegar taste. Does this sound right? I have not refrigerated it yet, but I figured we could drink it before it was refrigerated. Thanks, Michelle

    August 27th, 2013 2:28 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    My one year old is allergic to cows milk. I have been making the coconut tonic for the past few weeks and she loves it. How long does it stay good for?

    July 18th, 2013 5:14 pm Reply

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    July 18th, 2013 12:05 pm Reply
  • Andrea Wise

    We’ve been seeing a holistic pediatrician for our son. Our son will be 12 months in a couple weeks. He gets severely constipated when he has dairy in his system (even through my breast milk). I just started him on the coconut milk tonic you have posted for milk substitutions. Doctor says that plain coconut milk is fine. In fact, after 1 yr they can get all they need with a healthy, balanced diet, that there is no need for milk at all if baby cannot tolerate dairy. Do you agree with this? I have a lot of respect for this doctor and his knowledge but I’ve never heard this before.

    July 8th, 2013 3:29 pm Reply
  • Carolyn

    Soaked Brown Rice Milk: Your recipe uses cooked rice. There are recipes out there using uncooked rice. As a novice I tried it both ways preferring the uncooked method as it is much less time consuming and not so much messing around trying to get the ratio (rice to water) to get a good consistency end product. Is there nutritional or digestive reasoning behind the cooked method vs uncooked?
    Also, I have searched the web for a good quality nut milk bag and have found some rather discouraging comments. Any suggestions?
    Perhaps I should have mentioned at the beginning that I am a celiac, my younger son is a celiac, as is his daughter. Both my son and I have other food allergies and sensitivities. One of his is dairy (& eggs, pnuts, nuts, apples)…he and his family will be arriving soon (US Army) for a visit and I have literally spent hours researching substitute ingredients. It’s not that I am completely unfamiliar…just out of practice.
    Enjoy learning new ways of coping with my health journey through your website. Thanks, C

    July 5th, 2013 10:47 pm Reply
  • Donna Kempster

    Hi. I am wondering how much of the coconut milk tonic a 14 month old should drink it a day. Thank you.

    July 2nd, 2013 9:59 pm Reply
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  • sarah

    Soy milk while pregnant can cause you to have a Hemophodrite, use of it after birth for the child can cause a boy to be more “girlish” .

    March 28th, 2013 11:15 am Reply
  • Gina

    Thanks for the recipes. My daughter developed allergies to several things including milk while on raw milk. I don’t blame the raw milk for being raw but I question what exactly the cows are fed. As a baby she was sensitive to milk (diarrhea, eczema), I had to switch to goat milk just to nurse. She seemed to grow out of it and it would only occasionally occur and we switched to raw milk. Problem went away. However after maybe 3-4 years she became allergic to milk, beef, eggs, yeast, soy, wheat, among others (she gets big hives). We live in AZ and the raw dairy here does not pasture their cows (no pasture just desert). Their alfalfa is supplied to them by someone else and I believe they also give them oats and other feed to supplement. They also started giving the cows enzymes. (my husband claimed it started tasting different) We switched to raw goat – same thing, but not quite as severe. Now I truly believe it’s due to the gm soy and /or wheat they put in most animal feed. Soy was in the goat feed. It’s next to impossible to find it without. We have chickens and she can’t do our eggs because of the feed. We found soy free feed and she could eat the eggs (she can also eat emu and ostrich eggs), but the feed was mash not pelletized and the chickens didn’t like to eat it and weren’t laying as much. She can eat sheep milk yogurt with no problem, but it’s impossible to find raw sheep milk that we can drink and make our own stuff from.

    any thoughts?

    March 6th, 2013 3:43 am Reply
    • Maria

      Gina, I wrote the previous comment. In our case it definitely is raw milk and, like you, I don’t question raw milk itself as my baby was thriving on it before but I do question what farmers are feeding their animals with. I know that the cows of my second source were fed corn among other things – the farmer’s son was really surprised when we told him that cows GRAZE instead of eating grains…… – so I will do the homemade liver formula today and try it. I will say how it went in a couple os days/weeks. Hoping for the best here!

      March 7th, 2013 6:30 am Reply
      • Maria

        My baby did not like the taste of the liver formula… I will have to try the homemade almond milk..

        March 12th, 2013 10:13 pm Reply
  • Maria

    I know that this is an old post but I really hope someone can give me a good help!

    My baby was thriving with homemade raw milk formula but during a trip I had to buy raw milk in another place that was supposed to be a trusted source. Turns out my baby developped a strong rash eczema and it doesn’t go away no matter what I do (I tried to rub – in different times – shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil + 2 drops of tea tree essential oil, castor oil on her skin and the patches don’t go away). I removed the egg yolk (it is now maybe 2 weeks or more) and it’s not this that triggers the eczema, it is the raw milk (even though we are already at home and with our previous source of good raw milk). My baby cannot stand the liver, so I thought about doing almond milk. However I have doubts and worries… where will she get her minerals from (namely calcium as well) not to mention fat? I have vanilla extract that I made with vodka… I am not going to add vodka to my baby’s milk!

    What are the benefits of the vanilla and almond extracts (homemade almond milk)?
    Can please someone help with this?

    March 3rd, 2013 6:03 am Reply
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  • Brittany

    What about homemade hemp milk?

    February 16th, 2013 9:29 pm Reply
  • Martha

    Hi, My children all have digestive problems. We have found the thing that helps them the most is having them take a supplement of digestive enzymes and probiotics. We didn’t learn about them though until my boys were ages 1 and 3. They were on acid reducer meds and ate no dairy. They are now able to eat dairy as long as they take one of their supplement pills.

    With my daughter I took the supplements while pregnant and nursing and it made a huge difference. I nursed her to 8 months and then she did fine with regular formula. At a year (3 months ago) I switched her to fresh dairy milk and she did ok with it until we went on a trip at Christmas and forgot the milk at home. We tried her on store bought milk and she got very fussy and constipated. Although we still give her the digestive enzymes and probiotics and she is still MUCH better than my boys, I am trying to figure out what to do to get her back on track with her digestive system. She has never been the same since Christmas. A week ago while on a trip I started her on store bought coconut milk and she improved but when we got home we couldn’t find coconut milk so started her on almond milk. Now she seems worse again. And is having some constipation.

    I found this site when searching for whether almond or coconut milk is better. Sorry for the long post but my question is… is there any reason that I can’t give her store bought coconut milk in a carton? Or why is the homemade stuff better? With my sons I tried soy, rice, and goat milk and they couldn’t tolerate any of them. Finally they just drank water. I think I tried almond once but either they didn’t like it or it was just too expensive for us. I don’t remember ever seeing coconut milk for sale.


    If anyone is interested, I have created a blog that tells about what all we went through with our childrens digestive problems and what we’ve found to help.

    February 5th, 2013 2:14 pm Reply
  • Tat

    I’m Asian and know many many other Asians who swear by soy and soy milk (freshly made) and we hardly ever eat manufactured soy products. Our history of eating soy is millenium old.

    I agree with Dr. Weil the and Journal of Nutrition.

    “When you consider that millions of men in China, Japan and other Asian countries have had soy foods in their daily diets from earliest childhood, you can appreciate that the plant estrogens they contain have no discernible effect on male sexual development, and no feminizing effects at all. Given the huge populations of Asian countries there’s no reason to think that soy affects male fertility, either.” – Dr Weil MD

    November 24th, 2012 1:46 am Reply
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  • Pamela B

    My rice milk tastes very bitter and lemony. I only put a 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Does this mean I didn’t do it right? or that it has gone bad?

    September 26th, 2012 12:03 pm Reply
  • Jessica White

    I tasted the almond milk right before I covered it on the counter for 2 days. It was so delicious! Then after 2 days + chilling, it tasted completely rotten/sour. Is it necessary for the milk to sit on the counter for 2 days?

    September 17th, 2012 9:28 am Reply
  • Katie

    Well apparently you are evil for offering alternatives to breast milk and not writing in caps that breast milk is best. I just don’t get people. My milk dried up when my son turned 1 bc I got pregnant, then with my second I was so depressed and out of it by the time she was 10 months old that if I didn’t stop nursing I would expose her growing brain to anti-depressants and my rage and issues. 10 days after I stopped nursing it was like a heavy fog lifted from my brain. I assume it was hormones. I was a mess and a terrible mother for a while there. I wish I was still nursing just so I didn’t have to figure out an alternative to milk bc of a dairy allergy, but that ship has sailed. I’m grateful for info like this. All people saying breast is best over and over does is make me feel guilty for being a messed up person. I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t no matter what my choice. I can’t afford the best and homemade ing either, but sometimes I’m just grateful to live in a place where the water is clean, the food is the best I can afford and I have a resource like the internet to get info.

    September 9th, 2012 5:56 pm Reply
  • Serina

    Hi, great post. I’m only 18 and unable to purchase a food processor. Is it necessary to use that or will a blender be able to work just as good with the same results? I was also wondering how long each homemade milk can be stored for? Thanks!

    September 2nd, 2012 1:13 am Reply
    • Katie

      She answered previously about the almond milk lasting a week : )

      September 9th, 2012 5:40 pm Reply
  • Cory

    Except that, milk from other animals is yummy…

    I wanted to posit, for those who can’t get raw milk, in my personal experience, it was the homogenization that caused problems. Any problems I had with milk previously (heavy on the stomach, caused acne) disappeared when I got the non-homogenized, low temp pasteurized grass-fed milk. So there can be homogenization allergies too.

    August 10th, 2012 4:14 pm Reply
  • Amanda Cook Elliott via Facebook

    There is no need at all for milk beyond weaning, which should occur between the ages of 2 and 7, depending on the child. Why such a huge push for dairy on this page? These aren’t “modern eating fads” it’s just the way it is. We don’t need milk from another species our whole lives.

    Remember that at some point in human history someone had to look at the cow and say hey, let’s drink that thing’s milk. They didn’t wander up to the first humans and just offer it.

    August 8th, 2012 3:34 pm Reply
  • SZ

    What about breastfeeding beyond a year, a trusted wet nurse, milk sharing? I think these are great options, but the article never mentions the best option–breast milk.

    August 4th, 2012 3:22 pm Reply
  • Katy Dornberger Waldrop via Facebook

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Buying “real” milk is illegal where I am, so until we get our own cow or goat, I’ve got to do something for my son!

    August 4th, 2012 12:23 am Reply
  • Renee Kelcey via Facebook

    I think you’ve missed the point Sarah. I wasn’t making a judgement about, or questioning the way you fed your children. What I am deeply concerned about is that you wrote this post to position yourself as somewhat knowledgeable about infant & child nutrition and yet you stated that the best food for those under one is formula, and the best milk for those over one is raw cow’s milk. This is utterly incorrect as in both cases the best choice is breastmilk. I agree with Alisa that this discredits anything you have to say on the topic of infant & child nutrition.

    August 3rd, 2012 8:06 pm Reply
    • Katie


      September 9th, 2012 5:37 pm Reply
  • Ty-Megan Gross via Facebook

    What’s the reasoning behind leaving the almond milk on the counter for 2 days?

    August 3rd, 2012 6:07 pm Reply
  • Kari Carlin Aist via Facebook

    I know, it’s just, as I said in a comment on your website:
    I loved the article right up to the point where you said something about these recipes being meant for a child over one, because under one year of age the child should be receiving…formula?! You lost me there! Why oh why would you not have said “breastmilk or formula”? Or preferably, “breastmilk or a suitable Artificial Baby Milk substitute”?

    I don’t know your baby-feeding history [well, now I do–thanks], and I didn’t read through all the many comments here to know if there’s a reason you would exclude breastfeeding as an option, but coming from someone who calls herself the Healthy Home Economist I feel disappointed with regard to this omission.

    Please understand: this is NOT an attack on people who can’t/don’t breastfeed, rather a plea to help support breastfeeding in a world in which formula companies have the upper hand in tweaking the cultural norms to make formula seem normal and breastfeeding optional. Seeing as this is World Breastfeeding Week 2012, I had to say something.

    August 3rd, 2012 12:36 pm Reply
    • Katie

      Yeah, we get it. She added her comment about not giving the substitutions to a child under one bc enough people were asking her about giving them to a child under one that she wanted to make it clear that if you were using a substiution for a child under one the ones she listed were not approriate and formula was the better option (as a substitution). Believe it or not not everyone breast feeds for a year or more and are looking for the best substitute.

      September 9th, 2012 5:36 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    I breastfed all 3 of my children for 2-4 years but many women need alternatives if this is not possible and there is a dairy allergy once the child is weaned.

    August 3rd, 2012 12:11 pm Reply
  • Stijn Amundsen via Facebook

    Or simply no milk, the only milk a human needs is mother’s milk for the first year or so.

    August 3rd, 2012 11:45 am Reply
  • Earth Friendly Goodies via Facebook

    ^she mentions they should be over a year of age in the post, a lot of people do not breast feed that long, which is why this is a good alternative to those of us who have dairy intolerance. Also it’s good information for adults too.

    August 3rd, 2012 11:41 am Reply
  • Renee Kelcey via Facebook

    There was no mention in this post that the suggestions are only for those small percentage of children who cannot be breastfed. It’s in total contradiction to the WHO guidelines that children should be breastfed till at least two years old.

    August 3rd, 2012 10:51 am Reply
    • Katie

      If you look through the comments several people were asking about using these substitutions for their babies under 1. She said she would add to her original blog not to use them for a child that young. These were people who were looking for alternatives. Calm down.

      September 9th, 2012 5:31 pm Reply
  • Kari

    I loved the article right up to the point where you said something about these recipes being meant for a child over one, because under one year of age the child should be receiving…formula?! You lost me there! Why oh why would you not have said “breastmilk or formula”? Or preferably, “breastmilk or a suitable Artificial Baby Milk substitute”?

    I don’t know your baby-feeding history, and I didn’t read through all the many comments here to know if there’s a reason you would exclude breastfeeding as an option, but coming from someone who calls herself the Healthy Home Economist I feel disappointed with regard to this omission.

    Please understand: this is NOT an attack on people who can’t/don’t breastfeed, rather a plea to help support breastfeeding in a world in which formula companies have the upper hand in tweaking the cultural norms to make formula seem normal and breastfeeding optional. Seeing as this is World Breastfeeding Week 2012, I had to say something.

    August 3rd, 2012 10:50 am Reply
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  • Anne Marchal via Facebook

    Thanks but we have the milk issue and a coconut allergy on top of that makes our options very limited.

    August 3rd, 2012 10:43 am Reply
  • Lyndsey Stang via Facebook

    Ladies, not every mother can breastfeed. I never could. My first was on formula because I didn’t know better and couldn’t afford to make my own. My second was on raw goat milk because I found a local dairy farm that serves raw, grassfed dairy. I’m blessed to have the farm but not everyone can breastfeed, not everyone has a farm nearby and not everyone can afford organic ingredients to make their own natural formula.

    August 3rd, 2012 10:21 am Reply
  • Lyndsey Stang via Facebook

    I found that when people came over to try my raw milk, they always said they had allergies or lactose issues and didn’t want to try it. So they tried the raw yogurt and kefir with no issues.

    August 3rd, 2012 10:17 am Reply
  • Laura Reiner Brady via Facebook

    I have been following this blog for a long time now and really she is a huge supporter for BF so stop attacking! For women who can’t BF (not by choice) she present a healthy natural alternative with raw milk formula. Sadly my #5 didn’t thrive no matter what I tried so I am thankful to have a homemade alternative. Now for after 1 yr – I still make the formula and I would testify that there is such a thing as pasteurized milk allergy. People miss this & go right for soy or rice. For true raw milk casein allergies I would avoid rice & soy from personal research and other comments stated above.

    August 3rd, 2012 10:15 am Reply
  • Alisha Wilkins Roseleip via Facebook

    Formula?! Normally LOVE Your blog, but I think you have totally missed the mark with this article unfortunately and have discredited yourself for this topic with just this one error. Breastmilk is always the best choice for a baby, even over one, if it is available.

    August 3rd, 2012 10:13 am Reply
    • Jessa

      I think she is saying that you use the formula if your child is younger than a year and has milk allergies and you need to have a substitute. Just bc you breastfeed it doesn’t mean that it will magically erase allergies. My son was hospitalized for 2 weeks for things I was eating while nursing him. She has said in videos and blog posts that breastfeeding is best numerous times! She has never advocated that her formula was better than breast milk. She is not doing that now. Of course breastfeeding is best, but it’s not always what is possible. I am currently breastfeeding my 16 month old who has severe food allergies. She is allergic to milk, even raw goats milk. I have to be on a special diet so I can breastfeed her, but I am having to wean now. There are no milk options for her, so this post gives wonderful options!

      October 4th, 2012 3:53 pm Reply
  • Lauren Sturm via Facebook

    Thank you. My babies and myself have milk allergies.

    August 3rd, 2012 10:10 am Reply
  • Renee Kelcey via Facebook

    “Please note that these substitutes are for a child older than one year old. A child younger than one should be getting a formula” I can’t believe you said this!!! Shouldn’t a real food advocate be advocating breast feeding?!

    August 3rd, 2012 10:05 am Reply
  • Ann Dickinson Degenhard via Facebook

    I too would say that breastfeeding past age 1 is the best form of milk for little ones.

    August 3rd, 2012 9:43 am Reply
  • Natalie D’Anella Minervini via Facebook

    Breastfeeding past 1 year is also a healthy option

    August 3rd, 2012 9:39 am Reply
  • Tami Hallam via Facebook

    I would suggest to try milk with the A2 casein protein before giving up on milk for your allergic child as well. If it’s the A1 protein he or she is allergic to, it just might be the solution to being able to drink milk again for them.

    August 3rd, 2012 9:36 am Reply
  • Stephanie DiCesare via Facebook

    How much should a toddler drink? How much is too much?

    August 3rd, 2012 9:35 am Reply
  • Sarah Reddick via Facebook

    We have been drinking raw milk for short of a year now, however this summer my 2yo began no tolerating it. :( Thanks for the article!

    August 3rd, 2012 9:30 am Reply
  • Gary Ayres via Facebook

    Oh…LOL Well either way it is good to see that someone is not drinking the Kool-Aid. 😉

    August 3rd, 2012 9:29 am Reply
  • Janice Fuentes via Facebook

    This wasn’t my post.

    August 3rd, 2012 9:28 am Reply
  • Gary Ayres via Facebook

    Janice it makes me really glad to see so many people replying to your post with intelligence. Thank you

    August 3rd, 2012 9:28 am Reply
  • Alison Westermann via Facebook

    what about bone broth or grassfed liver? i kind of disagree with this list…..

    August 3rd, 2012 9:23 am Reply
  • Janice Fuentes via Facebook

    It’s sad that it’s illegal in so many places. I don’t have the ability to buy it and I can’t afford a cow share.

    August 3rd, 2012 9:21 am Reply
  • Amy Jo via Facebook

    Thank you!

    August 3rd, 2012 9:19 am Reply
  • Elizabeth Leitch-Devlin via Facebook

    Won’t cooking the brown rice destroy the phyatase though? Shouldn’t it be soaked first?

    Why is dolomite only used in the coconut milk?

    August 3rd, 2012 9:18 am Reply
  • Martin Mytas via Facebook

    I would say breast milk is optimal for a child after 1. Raw grassfed cows milk is a better choice than somethings, but not breast milk.

    August 3rd, 2012 9:14 am Reply
  • Helen Kyriacou Rainey via Facebook

    My daughter’s eczema disappeared, overnight, once we made the switch to raw milk about 8 years ago now!

    August 3rd, 2012 9:13 am Reply
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  • Dixie

    Where would one find dolomite powder? I have no idea what it is or what it wold provide to coconut milk.

    May 10th, 2012 5:56 pm Reply
  • Andrea

    Is there a substitute for the dolomite powder? This web site lists dolomite supplements as a source of lead exposure:

    April 27th, 2012 10:56 am Reply
  • Codie

    Update, my son doesn’t like it! I will give it a few more tries. He is used to store bought vanilla almond milk. He is a very picky eater. Any tips? Thanks!

    March 13th, 2012 10:26 am Reply
  • Codie

    Just made the coconut milk for my son! I didn’t have enough milk in my coconut so I added a little water. Everything is organic except the coconut…the packaged kind that I found here isn’t organic and I searched all day yesterday for some. Anywhere I can buy it online? I love the taste and was able to find the Dolomite powder at the store. When it cools I am going to see if he likes it, I love it. The heat was on 4 and even with stirring the Dolomite clumped up a bit, so I am going to try a lower heat. :)

    March 13th, 2012 10:07 am Reply
  • Susie Foster

    I am going to make the home made almond milk. As much as I love, love, love cow’s milk, it doesn’t love me. I’ll report back when I’ve make a batch. Gluten and dairy free is the way I do best.

    February 22nd, 2012 1:16 pm Reply
  • Jacqualine

    I do but it didn’t work :( just left them in chunks

    February 20th, 2012 12:21 pm Reply
  • Jacqualine

    Hey there! My son has had a milk protein problem since birth. We discovered what the problem was when he was 6 months. Since I nurse him, I have been off all dairy since. He will turn 1yr on March 8th which is just about 3 weeks away. My supply has been slowing decreasing and I am not successful with pumping much. Do you think it would be fine if I added in one of the above “milk” recipes to supplement (like at meal time with his food) it would be ok? I think purchasing the stuff needed to make the homemade formula when he is only 3 weeks away from a year kinda silly. I still plan on nursing him until he weans himself so he would still get mama milk for a while. Also-I make the almond milk for myself and cannot get the almonds into a paste. Any suggestions? Thanks so much-learning lot’s about my health in relation to what I eat.

    February 17th, 2012 10:37 am Reply
    • lilyput

      Jacpualine, do you have a good food processor?

      February 17th, 2012 10:35 pm Reply
  • lilyput

    Also, the new reports say something about arsenic in brown rice!
    how do I know the brown rice is safe?
    I am waiting on the doloimite powder for the coconut milk to try.
    thanks so much

    February 16th, 2012 8:53 pm Reply
  • lilyput

    goodness! I forgot to filter the water!
    what does that mean?
    thanks so much, hope to hear back soon as I have the rice milk sitting and waiting :)

    February 14th, 2012 8:07 pm Reply
  • Julianna

    Thank you for the post Sarah. I just found your website a few months ago and have shared several of your posts with friends. I’m always looking for information to improve the way we eat. I tried the rice milk recipe with apple cider vinegar and the taste was way too vinegary for me or my 3 year old daughter. I’ll try it with lemon juice and see if we like that better. Thank you for all the great information!

    February 1st, 2012 11:05 am Reply
  • AnHonestMomSteph

    Hooray! I’ve done some searching around for Weston Price leaning mom bogs and I hit the jackpot today. So I’m not all knee deep in WP stuff, but lived w/ a family in New Zealand who were and a lot of it made sense to me. I incorporate it in various ways…fermented veggies, cooking with lard, coconut oil, etc. And I have a 2.5 year old and we’ve just fallen into giving him cow’s milk as part of the nighttime ritual. Mostly so that I could get a break. I’m still breastfeeding happily, so it just seemed that we should replace my breastmilk with something and I also wanted a break from pumping. Anyhow, its been in the back of my mind for ages that I want to stop the milk. I just really feel that its not a good source of nutrients for him, esp. since its pasteurized. So I’m thinking of just going off the milk altogether. And I love your recipes for the milk alternatives. FINALLY. My question: What do you think is the ideal beverage other than water to offer children? I’m thinking that don’t really want to replace the milk with an alternative. If anything, I’m thinking of herbal tea or lemon juice with water and stevia or maybe a homemade kefir…? Just curious what the nourishing traditions take is on this. I’m guessing most tribal diets don’t have much emphasis on giving children some other animal’s milk after they’re weaned…is that true? I’m just curious what other traditions are in this regard, so I can start envisioning what a milk free life looks like for a toddler. THANK YOU!

    January 31st, 2012 6:23 pm Reply
    • Anne

      I would watch the lemon juice with water only because the acid can be harmful on their teeth.

      August 3rd, 2012 10:48 am Reply
  • Nicole

    Thank you for the information. I would like to also know, how long does the homemade Coconut Milk tonic last when refrigerated? Also, which brand contain NO BPA in the cans of Coconut milk? Thank you!

    January 19th, 2012 1:44 pm Reply
  • Belle

    How much soymilk does it take to cause the detrimental effects?

    January 18th, 2012 5:41 pm Reply
  • Jerian Pahs

    I have made the Nourishing Traditions Almond milk before but I did not take the time to blanch my almonds and just used them with the skins on. I am curious if this it is harmful to leave the skins on or if it is just a matter of taste/texture? I do strain in a nut milk bag so I would assume the majority of the skin stays out, am I wrong?

    By the way, I have also just recently found your website and I am loving it, thank you for all you do.

    January 17th, 2012 10:32 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Jerian, leaving the skins on is not a problem as long as the almonds are soaked first to eliminate the anti-nutrients :)

      January 17th, 2012 10:38 pm Reply
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  • Kendra

    I stumbled upon your website last night and I must say I’m really enjoying it! Im still breastfeeding my 12 month old, but have had to supplement with Baby’s Only dairy formula and wanted a new alternative. I’ve have been learning a lot about raw milk and other nourishing foods & the ways to cook them (inspired by the Eat Fat, Lose Fat book) & I am excited to share these with my son. I was planing on making the coconut tonic for myself, so I’m glad to see he can enjoy it, too.
    Thanks again & I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    Many blessings,

    September 19th, 2011 9:15 am Reply
    • Kendra

      Sorry for the editing mistakes. I think I’m running on about 4 hours of sleep and trying to type while trying to hold on to a wiggly baby :)

      September 19th, 2011 9:19 am Reply
  • Heather Brandt

    What is the reason canned coconut milk is used as opposed to other coconut milks? Is it considered less processed? Is it possible to use other forms of coconut to make the recipe as I’m trying to figure out what will be the most frugal for our family? Not sure about powdered coconut milk or coconut cream?

    August 29th, 2011 9:06 pm Reply
  • Angie

    I just mixed up the coconut milk tonic. It’s delicious! I am confused, however, about the total fat content. I definitely don’t watch my soon to be 1 year old’s fat – but according to my calculations the total fat per cup is about 18 grams.

    There are 77 grams of fat per can of pure coconut. The total amount of liquid in the recipe is about 34 ounces. Divide the two and you end up with 2 1/4 grams per ounce – multiplied by 8 and that equals 18. I could be mistaken? Whole milk has about 8 grams.

    Any thoughts on this? I would think adding more water might not be a good idea b/c it would lessen the other nutrient totals – but – that is a lot of fat.

    August 28th, 2011 3:14 pm Reply
  • Angie

    Hi Anne,

    I have a 10 month old and will be starting homemade almond milk in a couple of months w/ added coconut for fats. Not sure if I’ll add the dolomite powder? Your babe can get calcium from food sources such as kale or even blackstrap molasses. I believe almonds do as well – but I’m not sure if the calcium comes through after making the nut milk. Have you thought about making almond milk? I may go to coconut – not sure yet – whatever she tolerates!

    I haven’t researched enough as to whether her having dark leafies everyday will be enough. So hard without dairy at this point! Curious to hear other thoughts on your question.

    August 7th, 2011 2:16 pm Reply
  • Anne

    I am looking for a coconut milk recipe for my 14 month old as a milk substitute. I was interested in this until read that dolomite powder is a high source of lead. Are there other calcium supplements that can be used that do not contain lead?

    August 5th, 2011 3:19 pm Reply
    • Belle

      Geez! The world is making it pretty hard to do the right thing! Let’s all move to the woods.

      January 18th, 2012 5:45 pm Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        KAL brand is clean .. they test for lead from what I understand.

        January 18th, 2012 6:06 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    How long does the coconut tonic last?

    July 26th, 2011 11:35 pm Reply
    • Shannon

      Oops… just read above that it lasts about one week. :) Thanks!

      July 26th, 2011 11:46 pm Reply
  • Daryl

    I made the almond milk and it didn’t come turn out very good. It tasted more vinegary than almond. I can’t drink it. What did I do wrong? Or is it suppose to taste like vinegar? I am so disappointed. I was looking forward to drinking it.

    July 18th, 2011 4:42 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Perhaps you would like the taste better if made with lemon juice.

      July 18th, 2011 6:56 pm Reply
  • Angie

    …I forgot to add, I second Gem’s question regarding why the dolomite powder isn’t added to the rice/almond milks? I know almonds have natural calcium…but…just curious to hear your thoughts.

    June 17th, 2011 8:31 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      You can certainly add it if you like.

      June 17th, 2011 9:02 am Reply
  • Angie

    Hi Sarah,

    Do you have an opinion on which of these three is the best? I’m leaning towards the coconut or almond milk version but I’m not sure. I have a few months to think about it – just researching for now. Perhaps rotating?

    June 17th, 2011 6:54 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Coconut milk tonic would be my choice.

      June 17th, 2011 8:31 am Reply
      • Angie

        Thanks, Sarah. Just seeing this now after a couple of months:)

        August 7th, 2011 5:15 pm Reply
  • Angie

    Very helpful article, Sarah. Thank you.

    April 27th, 2011 4:48 pm Reply
  • Gem

    I’m curious as to why you don’t add dolomite to the rice and almond milk recipes? I am weaning my 1 year old off of a dairy based formula. I have had great results using raw coconut oil for his eczema and with all of the radiation being found in milk I am looking for milk alternatives (better safe than sorry). Is it possible to let the coconut milk ferment as well for the added nutrients and enzymes? Which recipe is the do you think is most similar to whole milk. I love your blog and thanks for all the info.

    April 26th, 2011 6:06 pm Reply
  • Andrea

    What do you think of the commercially available refridgerated coconut milk that is available now? We have been using

    March 26th, 2011 5:54 pm Reply
  • Christine Kaiser

    Hi Sarah,

    I just found your blog and I just want to say YOU ARE AWESOME. I can’t wait to learn more and more and more from you. Thank you for what you do and what you share! Keep up the wonderful, wonderful work :)


    March 5th, 2011 5:38 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Welcome Christine!! So glad you found me! :)

      March 5th, 2011 5:45 pm Reply
  • Sheri Hartnell

    Hey!!! I am going to try the coconut tonic when my daughter turns a year old, which will be in 2 months. How much of this drink can I give her a day? Is it the same as how much I would give her whole milk if I was giving her that? I just want to make sure I don’t overdue it and upset her sensitive tummy!! Thanks

    March 3rd, 2011 2:37 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Sheri, a couple cups a day would be fine. More than about 2-3 cups would be displacing the good food she should be eating as well.

      March 3rd, 2011 3:33 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Sheri –

      How is it going for your daughter? I’m right where you were a few months ago as my daughter is 10 months old. I’m going with homemade almond or coconut milk – not sure yet.

      Thanks for any tips!

      August 7th, 2011 5:11 pm Reply
      • Katie

        Angie, did you ever figure this out? She stated a few times not to use this for a baby under 1 years old.

        September 9th, 2012 5:16 pm Reply
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  • Cheryl

    I wondered why you don’t add whey to the almond milk recipe? I have the big Nourishing Traditions book and it calls for whey. I have been wanting to make almond milk and came to your site to see how you do it.

    February 16th, 2011 1:35 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Cheryl, whey doesn’t work for kids allergic to whey and this article is about substitutes for kids with milk allergies, so I used lemon juice or apple cider vinegar instead. If you don’t have milk allergies, use whey – that would work great too.

      February 16th, 2011 5:42 pm Reply
      • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

        Oops, allergic to milk I mean.

        February 16th, 2011 5:42 pm Reply
  • Sarah M.

    Thank you so much for the coconut tonic recipe. My 15 month old daughter is allergic to milk (we’ve also tried raw goat’s milk). I do have one question – how long is the coconut tonic good in the fridge?

    February 14th, 2011 9:43 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Sarah, it will last about a week.

      February 14th, 2011 9:46 pm Reply
      • Sarah M.

        Thanks for the quick response! I have one more question. I’ve noticed that after the milk has set in the fridge overnight, there are large chunks that have formed. When I shake the milk up, they don’t dissolve. What is causing this and can I avoid it? Thanks again!

        February 15th, 2011 5:46 pm Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          Coconut milk fat solidifies below 76F so when you refrigerate, chunks will naturally form. A gentle warming in a pan of warm to hot water will allow the coconut fat to liquify pretty quickly.

          February 15th, 2011 7:31 pm Reply
          • Sarah M.

            Great, thanks so much!

            February 16th, 2011 4:26 pm
    • Angie

      Hi Sarah!

      Our daughters are several months apart, I’m just now starting the coconut milk tonic. How much does LO drink per day – or did she drink when she first started it?

      Also, I posted below about the richness of it. I’m diluting with bone broth in each bottle and she is taking it very well albeit a strange combination! Perhaps I shouldn’t be too concerned with it – but she is still taking in about 24oz per day. At about 18 grams (If I’m calculating correctly) per cup – it seems pretty heavy? Maybe not a big deal, though.

      Hope you are still having success with this! It’s yummy!

      August 30th, 2011 9:29 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Hi Sarah, thanks so much for this great site! I’m excited to try these.

    I live in Florida, where my kitchen is warm enough that my ghee and coconut oil are usually liquid instead of solid, and there’s lots of mold potential everywhere. Should I still ferment the almond and rice milk for two days?


    February 4th, 2011 9:16 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Yes, it should be fine. I ferment for 2 days all the time and I’m in hot, humid FL as well.

      February 4th, 2011 9:37 pm Reply
  • Chris

    Maybe a dumb question, but just curious why there are no added ingredients to these recipes like there is for the real milk substitutes–like whey, bifidus, sunflower oil, etc.

    February 4th, 2011 10:03 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Chris .. EXCELLENT QUESTION. I should have addressed this in the blog and I think I will make a change to indicate this. These are substitutes for a child older than one year who is allergic to milk. An infant still needs a formula and for a child allergic to milk, the hypoallergenic formula would be best:

      February 4th, 2011 11:46 am Reply
  • felicia

    thank you SO much for these recipes! my sons (3 and 5) are anaphylactic to dairy so they’ve been drinking commercial rice milk with coconut milk (about 1 Tb rice milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk a day). once i get the dolomite powder and bpa canned coconut milk , i’ll give this recipe a try first!

    btw, you wouldn’t know of a non-dairy yogurt starter would you? i’ve heard of GI Health and Cultures for Health but not sure if they’re safe for people with life-threatening allergies to dairy. i’d really like to try to make coconut yogurt for my kids but at a lost!!

    January 22nd, 2011 3:29 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Felicia, try Cultures for Health and call the customer service line and ask. I believe the cultures should be fine but it is important to double check directly with the company since your boys are both so milk allergic.

      January 22nd, 2011 9:07 am Reply
  • Andrea

    Great post ! Exactly what I needed to know. Even if on isn’t allergic to milk it’s not really healthy anyway.

    January 21st, 2011 10:39 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    Is there a way to make pasteurised milk safer to drink? Here in B.C. it’s illegal to sell raw milk, but I start to feel sick and get headaches and such if I don’t drink any milk for extended periods of time. I know you’ve mentioned low-temp pasteurised milk in other posts, but I’m not sure if I’d find the same brands you mention, plus I’d rather support the local farms around me…

    January 20th, 2011 4:21 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Ashley, unfortunately, pasteurized milk has already been damaged to the point where it is not of benefit to drink it in my opinion. Is there any way you could perhaps barter for some raw milk in your area from a local farm .. this way there is no sale going on, only an exchange of services. Or even a cow-share program perhaps?

      January 20th, 2011 9:12 am Reply
      • Ashley

        Mm, if I had a vehicle I would consider it, but I don’t, and it takes way too long to get anywhere near the farms that here. I guess I’ll just have to cut down how much I drink, or only drink it during stressful periods like exams…(I dunno, I find it helps, but that may just be from always drinking it while de-stressing during such times) :(

        I wonder if there’s any groups lobbying for the legalisation of raw milk that I could help out with..

        January 21st, 2011 1:36 am Reply
        • Summer Seana

          Hi I read your post and there is a farmer in Ontario who is at the front heading the battle to legalize raw milk in Canada. His name is Michael Schmidt and so far he’s won the first leg of a supreme court battle, I’m sure he could use any support on the side of raw milk. Check him out on facebook and good luck :).

          January 20th, 2014 7:38 pm Reply
  • Irene

    What brands of canned coconut milk are BPA free?

    January 20th, 2011 1:18 am Reply
  • Amy

    Hi! Thanks for the info! All 4 of my kids have some degree of milk allergy. I’m wondering how what age a child can be before they can consume one of the recipes (i.e. coconut milk) listed above? My youngest is 8 months and still reacts to his lactose-free formula (for medical reasons, I am unable to breastfeed).

    January 20th, 2011 12:53 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Amy, at 8 months – if the child is not breastfed – the hypoallergenic homemade formula is the best choice if there is a milk allergy. I have a video on this blog on how to make it:

      January 20th, 2011 9:10 am Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Amy!

      Did you ever try one of these recipes for your youngest? Hopefully you see this reply as your comment is from January. Thank you!!

      August 7th, 2011 5:01 pm Reply
  • christel king

    wish they had explored hemp as it’s SO nutritous but so less known! it’s way more healthy for you then rice milk.

    January 19th, 2011 10:17 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Christel, thanks for the comment. I am a bit concerned about hemp milk and have been wary of it as it was never used traditionally as a food except during periods of starvation. Here is a snippet from an article I read on the subject from

      “Hemp was not traditionally used as a food except during periods of starvation as seen in the book, The Year 1000: What Life was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium — An Englishman’s World, by Robert Lacey. In a chapter called “July: The Hungry Gap,” he writes about the period of near starvation that would occur every summer for poor people before the August harvest was ready. You’ve probably heard of the LSD-like mold that grew on rye. But he also writes, “This hallucinogenic lift was accentuated by the herbs and grains with which the dwindling stocks of conventional flour were amplified as the summer wore on. Poppies, hemp and darnel were scavenged, dried and ground up to produce a medieval hash brownie known as ‘crazy bread.’ So even as the poor endured hunger, it is possible that their diet provided them with some exotic and artificial paradises. ‘It was as if a spell had been placed on entire communities,’ according to one modern historian.” (p.102)”

      January 19th, 2011 10:47 pm Reply
      • Andrea Wise

        I’m SO glad you commented on the Hemp Milk…we were wondering about whether it was good stuff or not… So many good things said about it online but I trust you more than any of the others.
        Doing the Coconut Milk Tonic for our 12 month old who can’t have dairy. So glad I checked your posts before “settling” for something else. THANK YOU!

        July 3rd, 2013 1:59 pm Reply
  • C

    Hi Sarah,

    Great article with recipes! As for the coconut milk, would the powdered kind (with no additives) make a good substitute for the BPA-free canned ones? The canned ones are hard to find locally…


    January 19th, 2011 10:05 pm Reply
  • Christa

    I have also found that adding a little Liquid Chlorophyll helps too.

    January 19th, 2011 12:27 pm Reply
  • Reality

    I don’t think this makes sense. The study that this theory comes from dealt with mostly cooked milk. It was pasteurized in that sense, but the kids lived on the farm (hence “fresh farm milk”). I wouldn’t give raw milk to a child if I were you.. that’s gambling with their health. Raw milk is much more likely to make them very sick.

    January 19th, 2011 11:41 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Reality, there are two raw milks .. the raw milk from unhealthy, confined cows eatig unnatural feed that is destined for pasteurization which is the one you speak of in your comment. I would never drink this milk raw.

      The other raw milk is the one produced from healthy cows on unsprayed green pastures that is actually much safer than pasteurized milk. This is the raw milk I drink and my family drinks and has safely consumed to the incredible betterment of our health for 10 years.

      January 19th, 2011 11:53 am Reply
  • Jen @ Eating My Vegetables

    My DD doesn’t tolerate my raw farm fresh milk, but as her gut heals I imagine that will go away. In the meantime, I’m nor worried about her being able to have “milk” She can drink homemade stock! Great post though, the store options all have so many additives.

    January 19th, 2011 11:04 am Reply
  • Kelly

    There is no comparison in flavor with storebought and homemade almond milk. I’ve only made a one day soaked, strained version but I’d be keen to try the fermented kind. I like the coconut tonic too. Coconut milk also makes fabulous smoothies. A coconut milk and lime juice smoothie with a tiny hit of B maple syrup and ice cubes makes practically a dessert drink. Only healthy!

    January 18th, 2011 8:15 pm Reply
  • Bethany

    I love how the rice and almond milks are fermented, in attempt to imitate raw milk, not pasteurized! It’s great! Also some people maybe could tolerate raw goats milk, I heard.

    January 18th, 2011 5:49 pm Reply
  • Tim Huntley

    Have you tried any of these substitutes without the sweetner?

    January 18th, 2011 5:20 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Tim, the coconut tonic is great with a pinch of stevia powder as mentioned in the post. There is a comment above by a lady who makes almond milk with no sweetener and her daughter loves it. I have not tried the other two with no sweetener, just the coconut tonic.

      January 18th, 2011 5:24 pm Reply
      • Tim Huntley

        Thanks Sarah! I will give the coconut tonic a try (sans sweetner for sure).

        January 18th, 2011 5:50 pm Reply
        • Julianna

          Tim, have you ever tried agave as a sweetener. It has a low GI index (30-35). It is considered a carbohydrate for labeling purposes, but is actually a fiber that, when consumed, is absorbed in the lower intestine aids in digestion and stimulation of the growth and activity of the good micro flora in your body, due to the inulin it contains.

          I’ve had problems with my blood sugar in the past and found this worked for me. Just thought I’d send the information your way in case it could help.

          February 1st, 2012 10:56 am Reply
      • KIm

        I make almond milk from raw nuts with the skin on & no sweetener and it is a little sweet and just a little more beige in colour but very nice.

        March 12th, 2014 12:00 am Reply
  • Mike Lieberman

    I’ve been making lots of brazil nut milk of the chocolate variety lately. Damned good.

    January 18th, 2011 4:01 pm Reply
    • christel king

      you have ot be careful with that one however as more then 2 brazil nuts a day will meet your selenlium requiment, more then that would be toxic. so beware!

      January 19th, 2011 10:18 pm Reply
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  • Beth

    Normally I soak the almonds in water/salt overnight; drain (rinse and drain again); blend in the blender with the ratio of 1 C almonds:4 C filtered water; and strain through unbleached muslin. We don’t add any flavoring or sweetener and dd likes it fine. Is this method okay? Is the ACV adding something or just making it last longer? I guess I’m trying to figure out the benefit of the acid and leaving out for 2 days vs just making it and refrigerating it. Also… is leaving the whole almonds in there (through the paste) making it a more complete protein or is straining it fine? I don’t think dd would like all of that ‘pulp’ mixed in her almond milk but we’ve never tried. We save and dehydrate the almond ‘mush’ left after straining it to use as almond meal in other recipes.

    Thanks so much!

    January 18th, 2011 1:30 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Beth, that sounds lovely. You would get a bit more nutrition/enzymes if you fermented like the recipe in the post, but you are certainly doing your daughter huge favors with your careful preparation of her almond milk.

      January 18th, 2011 2:27 pm Reply
      • Athalia Critcher

        Hi Sarah – I just finished the three-day process for almond milk. It turned out effervescent and sour tasting (but smells fine; just fermented). Knowing the nutritional benefits, I am determined to acquire the taste for it. What are your thoughts on helping my family adjust to the taste of the fermented almond milk from the store-bought, sweetened stuff? Are there any intermediate steps I can take to make it more palatable for them? I am working hard and making strides to kick the sugar habit for myself, my husband and our three year old.

        July 12th, 2012 11:52 am Reply
        • Athalia

          Great news – I renamed it as “almond kefir” for my husband and as “creamy kombucha” for my kid – Everyone is happy.

          July 13th, 2012 5:19 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Beth!

      How old was your dd when you began almond milk?

      I’ll be starting it in the next couple of months for my 10 month old.
      I would love to connect and ask you a few questions if possible!

      August 7th, 2011 5:04 pm Reply
      • Beth


        She didn’t start on almond milk until I learned how bad soy milk was… I think she was 6 or 7 years old by then (yikes!!).


        August 11th, 2011 11:14 am Reply
        • Angie

          Thanks for the reply, Beth! Never too late – that’s awesome you made the switch!

          August 24th, 2011 3:20 pm Reply
  • Nancy

    Thanks for the great milk alternatives. Question: For the almond milk how do you get skinless almonds? Normally I blanch the almond and then the skins slip off, is that OK or does that ruin the almonds for the soaking process??

    January 18th, 2011 11:45 am Reply
  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    Nourished Kitchen a post on how to make coconut mik at home. We are trying that soon!

    January 18th, 2011 11:42 am Reply
  • Lucy

    Almonds are easy to sprout for a boost in nutrition. Soak 24 -48 hrs. in filtered water, with one change of water. At this point the skins usually slip right off. If not, blanch them for about 10 seconds and plunge into cold water to cool quickly. Slip off skins and blend up your milk with the other tasty additions mentioned above. We often strain through a nut bag for a super smooth milk. This technique is a raw vegan gem. Enjoy.

    January 18th, 2011 12:27 pm Reply
  • Alexis D

    Thanks for posting this! My DD doesnt have any issues with milk but my husband does so this is helpful for him.

    January 18th, 2011 9:53 am Reply

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