6 Substitutes for Milk in Cereal (Including Non-Dairy Options)

The morning routine is going and you are getting a bowl of your favorite cereal ready. Quick and easy right? Opening the fridge reveals you are out of cereal’s friend, milk.

What do you do? People have been using cereal in milk for a long time to keep the original Corn Flakes to make them just a bit softer. After all, cereals are often crunchy and hard, and softening them is important.

So you are of milk or have a dairy milk allergy? What should you use instead? There are a few options for getting that little bit of sogginess into your cereal, including other kinds of milk.

Other kinds of milk to substitute for cereal

Milk doesn’t just come from cows. We’ll review several options for different kinds of milk that achieve the same effect.

1. Soy Milk

Soy milk is the product of the soy plant. Soy is good for you and often has added calcium and minerals to make it as good for you as enriched 1% milk. Soy milk has an important addition for some with fiber, which isn’t especially present in dairy milk.

Soy milk is also commonly available in grocery stores and comes in a variety of flavors.

Ever thought about pairings between milk types and cereals? Kind of like pairing wine with cheese and meat, only for breakfast. Try soy milk with the otherwise fairly boring Lucky Charms or add it to Trix – you won’t regret it.

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2. Rice Milk

Want to avoid glucose, lactose, and cholesterol? Rice milk is a great choice! Rice milk is a lower protein and fat content version of dairy milk and is produced from brown rice.

Rice milk has a small downside – it’s not recommended for regular use for kids under 5 as milk is considered an important protein source for them. That said, they can have rice milk on a less frequent basis.

3. Almond Milk

In addition to being a good snack, almonds made really good milk. Almond milk has fewer calories then dairy milk and has calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B12.

Like Rice Milk, almond milk has little protein and fiber but makes it up for that with vitamins. Almond milk is also commonly available at grocers and comes in a variety of flavors too.

Add almond milk to chocolate cereals like cocoa puffs. Almonds have slightly higher salt content that makes chocolate cereal extra good. It even works in macaroni and cheese.

4. Coconut milk

Coconut milk is made from coconut cream. The result produces a good amount of vitamins, including calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin A. 

A fruit based milk pairs well with fruit based cereals like Fruit Loops. Also try it with Cap’n Crunch with Berries.

5. Oat Milk

Oat milk can be a really good alternative to dairy milk. Oat milk also has fiber and is creamier than previously suggested milk alternatives. This alterative has many of the features of dairy milk and is good for those who are lactose intolerant. 

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The downside? If you have a gluten allergy, you shouldn’t use oat milk. Otherwise oat milk is quite healthy for you – healthier than dairy milk.

Not Milk – but other options for milk substitutes

6. Juice

This sounds odd, but hear us out. Juice does work with cereal though not as well. Juice can overpower the cereal and make it soggy.

You should also carefully select the kind of juice you use. Some juices are rather sugary can make healthy cereal less healthy – our unhealthy cereal really sugary.

Try a lower sugar content orange juice with frosted flakes. It’s actually pretty good and adds a tangy flavor.

You might want to eat the cereal with a bit more urgency if you can’t tolerate it soggy.


Not having dairy milk is not the end of the world. Trying something different might actually open a new world of possibilities for considering for breakfast. You might also have health considerations and in some ways improve your health by changing a common habit.

The next time you are at the grocery store, check out the milk and natural aisles and see what other options are out there. You might find yourself seeking an alternative to add some variety to your breakfast and other meals that use milk.