Substituting Almond Milk for Milk in Baking

Almond milk is fast becoming the substitute for cow’s milk, as many people are making the connection between cow’s milk and allergies. As the nation becomes more health conscious, more people are seeking to replace cow’s milk in their cereal and while baking. Almond milk can be found along side the regular milk and is comparative in price.


Almond milk is an alternative to dairy. Many people are lactose intolerant and cannot consume cow’s milk because of the lack of lactase–an enzyme needed to breakdown lactose–in the body. Almond milk is the answer because it is lactose free. It also offers the same nutritional value as cow’s milk without the pain.


Almond milk tastes nothing like cow’s milk, but does a superb job replacing it. Almond milk comes in original, vanilla and chocolate flavored. The original flavor has a nutty taste, and the vanilla favor taste sweeter and is good when sweeter is the objective. Add to your cereal or coffee for a light milky alternative.


For baking, almond milk can replace regular milk. When the recipe calls for milk, simply use almond instead. There aren’t any differences in measurement.

Make Your Own

Consider making your own almond milk, as it is easy to do. The ingredients required are almonds, and spring water. You can also use a sweeter like agaves or honey. Add one cup of almonds to four cups of spring water. Let soak overnight. Place content in a blender and mix until smooth, strain, and enjoy.


Almond milk should not be used to replace baby formula.


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  • john niebuhr

    would like recipes for baking with almond milk:biscuits, pancakes, quick breads, etc.

    thank you,

    [email protected]

  • Mary

    I switched to Almond milk about a year ago. I love not having cow’s milk in my diet. However, I have tried baking with it twice in place of cows milk. Once in a peach cobbler & the other in oatmeal cookies. Both times the desserts came out really hard & crunchy. I even tried under cooking the 2nd batch of cookies but they are really crunchy (normally they are chewy). Have you ever experienced this? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.

  • Maureen

    Actually, you can’t substitute almond milk directly for cow’s milk in baking because it is alkaline, and cow’s milk is just a tiny bit acidic. That means that they will not have the same effect on baking soda and baking powder, so you won’t get the same crumb, rise, or texture. I’m trying to figure out how to adjust the almond milk (adding a squeeze of lemon?) to approximate the pH of cow’s milk to fix this problem.

  • Sandie

    Can you use almond milk for things like boxed macaroni and cheese mix or other boxed side dish mixes?

  • pat

    I tried to make bana
    na bread with almond milk, it turned out like rubber!! I was not impressed.

  • Sarah

    Great post! Really helpful in all areas! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Kristen Taylor

    YAY!!! I love almond milk so I’m glad it can be used in place of cow’s milk with no side effects or alterations. Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

  • Colleen Baker

    I’m baking a custard pie and used almond milk. It will not set up. I’m baking it at 350 and it’s been in the oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes so far!! I think I’m going to have to throw it out. Any suggestions?

  • Bobbie

    I read on another post that you should use some cornstarch or flour to thicken when using almond milk

  • Mariza Cervantes

    Almond milk does not have the acidity and fat needed to be an exact substitute. Consider adding Greek yogurt, using coconut milk, or adding vinegar or lemon juice to the almond milk. Research helps when looking for healthier alternatives.

  • debbiebickhart

    Just found this link on necessary additives for cooking and baking with almond milk.