6 Fun Ways to Flavor Homemade Non-Dairy Milks

Time to get blending!

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Making your own dairy-free milks at home can be a fun project. Blending up your favorite beverages like oat milk or almond milk not only gives you the satisfaction of making it yourself, but it also gives you control over the ingredients you use.

You don't have to settle for plain milks though if you go the homemade route. With just a few additional ingredients, you can make fun flavors that the whole family will enjoy. For an easy step-by-step visual tutorial on making your own dairy-free milks, read our helpful guide before you get to blending with the suggestions below.

Note: Each of these flavors are meant for a plain non-dairy milk recipe (such as this homemade almond milk or this homemade oat milk) that makes two servings. Add the extra ingredients in during the blending step. If you're using a recipe that makes more or less, scale the additional ingredients up or down as needed.


Put down the Nesquick and instead use actual fruit to flavor your strawberry milk. If fresh strawberries aren't in season for your area, thawed frozen berries will work.

Additional ingredient:

  • 8 fresh strawberries


Rich cocoa powder adds a deep flavor to your milk, while agave or maple syrup balances out the naturally bitter taste with a hint of sweetness.

Additional ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon maple or agave syrup

Golden Milk

A traditional Indian beverage for when you're feeling under the weather, golden milk is often steeped with dry turmeric and other spices. Here though, fresh turmeric is used instead for an equally delicious drink.

Additional ingredients:

  • 1-inch piece fresh turmeric, peeled
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup


Blending an entire vanilla bean into your milk spreads sweet flavor throughout.

Additional ingredients:

  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon maple or agave syrup


A common smoothie ingredient, bananas also make for a tasty milk addition. Since they're a naturally sweet fruit, no extra sweetener is necessary.

Additional ingredient:

  • 1 medium banana

Pumpkin Spice

You don't have to wait for pumpkin spice lattes to come back into season to enjoy their flavor. The festive spice blend with a dash of real pumpkin and some sweetener is all you'll need to add.

Additional ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons canned pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend
  • 2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup
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