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28 Organic Milk Alternatives Without Carrageenan

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I’m a dairy girl for the most part, since I truly believe that organic, pasture-raised cow’s milk is the most nutritious milk you can buy. But sometimes it seems like everyone else I know is into almond, coconut, soy, grain, rice and other alternative milks.

Though these milk alternatives are a great option for people with allergies or special diets, most don’t provide much nutritional value in terms of naturally-occurring protein (except soy) and calcium. They also frequently contain a potential harmful additive called carrageenan, which is better to avoid whenever possible.

For those of you who buy non-dairy milks, I thought I’d put together a list of organic options that don’t have carrageenan, so you could taste them and find your favorites.

Almond Milk

  • Homemade – it’s easier than you think 🙂
  • 365 (Whole Foods private label)
  • Beber
  • OMilk NYC
  • Westsoy Organic (the conventional line may contain carrageenan)

Soy Milk

  • Earth Balance* (Older formulations containing carrageenan remain on shelves. Watch ingredients!)
  • Eden Soy
  • Natur-a
  • Organic Valley
  • Pacific Foods (organic unsweetened original)
  • So Nice (Natural flavor only)
  • Soy Dream (Shelf Stable: classic vanilla and enriched chocolate; Refrigerated: classic original)
  • Sunrise Soya (all except light fortified sweetened)
  • Tofu Shop
  • Trader Joe’s Unsweetened in shelf-stable package (refrigerated does contain carrageenan)
  • Twin Oaks
  • Westsoy (original, unsweetened, lowfat)

Chocolate Soy Milk

  • Organic Valley
  • Tofu Shop
  • Organic Soy Dream (enriched chocolate)

Rice Milk

  • Kirkland Signature
  • Natur-a
  • Nature’s Promise
  • Rice Dream – shelf-stable (organic classic original, organic enriched original)
  • Trader Joe’s (Check labels, as their private labels vary)

Other Milk Alternatives

  • Pacific Foods Oat Milk
  • Pacific Foods Hemp Milk
  • Pacific Foods 7 Grain Milk
  • Pacific Foods Coconut Original or Vanilla

Any other organic brands you like that I’ve missed? Please share your favorites in the comments!

*Some of this information sourced from Cornucopia Institute 

54 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz S.
    April 16, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Silk is definitely my favorite brand for carrageenan-free milk alternatives (I especially love their almond milk and cashew milk).

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      April 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      They do have yummy milk alternatives! They are not organic though, which is why they’re not on the list. Silk’s organic versions DO have carrageenan.

      • Reply
        Liz S.
        April 17, 2015 at 5:41 pm

        Ah, so sorry! I stupidly included my favorites that weren’t organic. I appreciate the list you shared, since I definitely/actively avoid carrageenan.

        • Reply
          Amelia Winslow
          April 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

          Don’t worry, Liz! I’m sure we all want to hear about other available carrageenan-free products!

          • Mary
            June 21, 2016 at 9:59 am

            It was good that Liz mentioned silk. I was wondering about that brand

          • Amelia Winslow
            June 23, 2016 at 8:56 am

            Keep in mind this post is only about Organic milk alternatives, not conventional. The Silk products don’t have Carrageenan but they also aren’t organic.

      • Reply
        Giovanna Nease
        February 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm

        Pacific milk has “milk products” like hemp milk that has carageenan and other fillers.

        • Reply
          Amelia Winslow
          February 7, 2017 at 10:49 am

          I’ve listed the carrageenan-free types here. It’s hard to find a dairy-free beverage with no emulsifier/filler — even the carrageenan-free ones have other emulsifying agents. Unless you make your own, or buy the fresher high pressure pasteurized versions (HPP) in the refrigerated section, you won’t find a nut/alternative milk with no fillers.

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    Erika
    April 16, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Trader Joe’s refrigerated almond milks do not have carrageenan. They also recently came out with a new Trader Joe’s boxed almond milk without carrageenan, but I only spotted it a couple of weeks before it disappeared.

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      April 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Erika. I think Trader Joe’s brand milk alternatives vary by region (some of the time) so I didn’t include these in the list. The ones in your area may not have carrageenan but some others may.

      • Reply
        Lisa
        May 25, 2017 at 2:01 am

        I checked TJ soymilk in refrigerated area today. It has carrageenan on the list of ingredients.

        • Reply
          Amelia Winslow
          May 26, 2017 at 10:41 am

          Hi Lisa, was it organic? When I wrote this article, the organic soymilk did not have carageenan, but the conventional soymilk might.

          • Elizabeth Capuzzo-Peixoto
            September 17, 2017 at 4:35 am

            can you please clarify again about what does or not contain this filler?
            Better I will just read the labels…

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    Samantha
    April 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you. I enjoyed reading this post. I have been just grabbing any of these milks from the supermarket shelves without looking at the ingredients for the last few years. I have now decided to switch back to organic cows milk as i don’t have any special dietary requirements. I also watched a television program about the recent studies from the university of Copenhagen about how good dairy can be for us. So I’m keen to reintroduce these foods. But this is one of the reasons i love your blog as you cater for all dietary requirements.

    • Reply
      Karen
      August 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      If you think cows’ milk is healthy for humans, please watch the documentary “What the Health” on Netflix, read “The China Study” (the largest running, most comprehensive and peer reviewed nutritional study ever conducted in the history of the planet), read the article “21 leading sources on the breast cancer/dairy connection”
      and watch “Dairy is Scary” on youtube by Erin Janus.

  • Reply
    vanessa
    June 18, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I think Flax Milk is one of the best tasting that’s carrageenan free…

  • Reply
    Serena
    July 26, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Great article! With some trepidation I checked my carton of Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk today and didn’t see carrageenan on the ingredient list.

    INGREDIENTS: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum.

    Did they change their ingredients? Should I be worried about those gums?

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      July 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Hi Serena,
      This article is only about organic soy milks, and Silk almond milk is not organic. That’s why it’s not listed 🙂

      • Reply
        Serena
        July 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm

        Eek! Sorry, blonde moment. 😛 Whole Foods 365 here I come… Love the blog by the way!

        • Reply
          Amelia Winslow
          July 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

          No worries, Serena – it’s hard to keep track of all these products!!

  • Reply
    karen
    August 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I was interested in Pacific Coconut Milk until I read the ingredients-they have two synthetic isolated vitamins A and D2. http://thehealthcoach1.com/?p=1640

  • Reply
    Kelley
    September 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I buy So Nice, that doesn’t contain carageenan. It’s delicious.

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      September 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

      I haven’t heard of So Nice, I’ll check it out.

  • Reply
    Ted Robb
    September 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Hi All – our almond milk (The New Barn) doesn’t have any carrageenan, natural flavors, or many other necessary ingredients. We are in the process of launching across the country at Whole Foods Market, so it will start to be more widely available. We would be honored if you gave us a look. Thanks and take care! Our website is http://www.thenewbarn.com.

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      September 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Great to know! I love that there’s no natural flavor – as this seems to be present in many organic foods, though it’s not usually an organic ingredient and very hard for the consumer to know exactly what it means. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    sb
    December 20, 2015 at 9:56 am

    365 (Whole Foods) Almond Milk doesn’t have CARRAGEENAN, but it DOES have a LOT of ADDITIVES, including Vitamin A Palmitate (not Good).

  • Reply
    Allistarr
    April 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    The Pacific Foods hemp milk that I found online DOES have Carrageenan in it.

  • Reply
    Rena
    April 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Pacific oat milk also has Carageenan. I’m trying to find an oat milk without it, but no luck yet.

  • Reply
    Sandeh
    April 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Yes, most all the Pacific Foods milks have carrageenan in it, except the Oat Milk and was it the Chocolate Hemp milk?

    Tempt Hemps do not, and neither do many of the new coconut and almond creamer pints in the fridge section.

    Sadly, many new innovative products do have carrageenan, and potato starch, so looking for nightshade free alterna-cheeses.

    Thanks for the article.

    • Reply
      S. Watts
      September 22, 2018 at 7:35 am

      Tempt hemp milk DOES contain carageenan. It states so on the ingredients on the website.

  • Reply
    Cynthia
    May 7, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Do they actually list carrageenan as an ingredient or is there a “hidden” ingredient like flavor we have to look out for. I buy the silk original cashew. Thnx

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      May 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Carrageenan would be listed in the ingredients list.

  • Reply
    Kati R.
    July 31, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Califia Farm almond milk is also carrageenan free

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      July 31, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      But it’s not organic, and this post is only a list of organic almond milks.

  • Reply
    Collette Turner
    September 1, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Does anyone out there know of a brand of canned condensed milk that doesn’t contain carrageeban? I’ve searched everywhere. I realize you can make your own, but I would love to find it in a can.
    Thanks!
    Collette

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      September 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      I didn’t know any of them did contain it, to be honest. There are a few kinds at Whole Foods, perhaps check there?

    • Reply
      Carrie
      April 8, 2018 at 9:28 am

      ha! Carrageeban! Love it!

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    September 5, 2016 at 5:52 am

    I have Pacific Foods Hemp milk (unsweetened vanilla) and it does contain Carrageenan! Maybe depends on the flavor?

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      September 7, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      I think flavor does matter, and I only listed flavors that I knew didn’t have it, but this is good info to have and I’ll make sure I’m reporting correctly. Thanks, Stephanie!

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    Harriet
    October 9, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Costco recently discontinued the Blue Diamond-Almond Breeze Almondmilk. I use to buy the UNSWEETENED VANILLA. They replaced it with their brand- Kirkland Signature Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. Can anyone tell me how it compares and if it is the healthier choice.
    Thank you,
    Harriet

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      October 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Harriet, I’m not familiar with the Kirkland Signature brand of almond milk. However, in my experience, Costco sources high quality products for their private label. I’ll check it out next time I’m at Costco.

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    Jack B
    October 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I have stage 3 kidney disease, thus I must limit if not eliminate dairy products. My renal diet says rice milk is the best alternative. But finding alternative milks without carrageenan, low in potassium , phosphorus & sodium. Still looking. Can you help?

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      October 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Jack, I would recommend consulting a clinical RD – you may find one in a directory on eatright.org – because I am not an expert when it comes to clinical nutrition-related conditions. Best wishes to you though.

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    Diana
    February 26, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Soy Dream Enriched DOES have carrageenan, which I think should be highlighted even with the parenthetical list of Soy Dream products that do NOT have carrageenan. The packaging for various Soy Dream products is almost identical across their line, so buyer beware.

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      March 21, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Diana. I am specifically referring to Organic lines only – but I’ll give Soy Dream another look!

  • Reply
    Bex
    May 18, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    I am searching for an organic dairy alternative that makes a good foam–is this even an option? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      May 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      I like Califia Farms “barista” almond milk – it foams really well. Look for the word “barista” on the carton – it’s a different shaped carton than the regular almond milk.

  • Reply
    S. Watts
    September 22, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Interesting read, and informative about the alternative milks. However, Pacific hemp milk *does* include carageenan, at least it is listed in the ingredients on their website.

    Also, just an f.y.i. most people who choose alternative milks don’t do it for allergy reasons. They choose to consume alternative milks because the dairy industry is cruel, vicious, and unnecessary. Plus in all honesty, dairy milk (animal milks) are not good for the human body as they were not meant to be consumed by humans.

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      December 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Thanks for sharing your opinion. I don’t necessarily agree. While some dairy industry practices are horrifying, many organic pasture-raised brands produce milk and dairy products in a way I feel very comfortable with. As is true with every food/beverage category, one story doesn’t apply to all.

      I totally understand why some people avoid dairy, and don’t find forcing cows to produce milk for human consumption to be ethical. However, the history of dairy consumption is very interesting, and a look into it reveals there were specific protective reasons humans started drinking milk. You might enjoy reading about the history. Check out a book called “All Natural” by Nathaneal Johnson which explores this and other health/diet topics.

  • Reply
    tasha
    September 27, 2018 at 6:08 am

    does homemade almond milk contain carrageenan

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      December 7, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Only if you add it! (which is unlikely – it’s not usually an ingredient consumers can source and use)

  • Reply
    Danielle Witt
    November 8, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Our 14 month old is transitioning off of breastmilk and I wanted a fortified soy milk that’s organic and non-gmo and carrageenan-free which has proven to be quite difficult! Silk Organic Unsweetened Soy Milk has no carrageenan AND is fortified more than the other organic milks without carrageenan that I’ve seen! Target seems to be one of the only places that carries it around me (Rochester, NY).

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      December 7, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Good to know, Danielle. I think many brands have gotten rid of carrageenan since I initially wrote this post. I appreciate your update!

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