Rice milk
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Rice milk

Delightfully sweet and completely free of lactose and gluten.

Rice milk is a grain-based milk substitute made from its popular namesake: rice. It is vegan, gluten and lactose free and has a hint of sweetness to it. 

Rice Milk – General and Nutritional Information

If you find other milk alternatives too viscous or their flavour too strong, rice milk is ideal for you. However, it must be noted that, strictly speaking, rice milk is not milk – although it is commonly referred to as such. Rather, it is a “rice drink” in the same way that almond milk is also actually an “almond drink”. Rice milk has a sweet taste and thin consistency, making it ideal for sweet dishes and desserts. The thin consistency makes it easier for the rice milk to pass through automatic coffee machines. Compared to other milk alternatives, rice milk is relatively high in carbohydrates, making it a good source of energy and a great addition to a filling breakfast. However, rice milk provides hardly any nutrients. 

Food Facts

Rice Milk


48 kcal per 100ml


9g carbohydrates, 0.5g fibre, 2.5g fat, 0.5g protein per 100ml


available year-round


store in the fridge

Shelf life

approx. 1 week

Rice Milk – Production and Characteristics

Brown rice is used to produce rice milk. It is ground and then boiled in water. Once cooked, the rice is milled, converting the starch in the rice into sugar. The result is a creamy mass that is then fermented and finally filtered, enriched with plant oil and emulsified. Some manufacturers mix sugar and salt into their rice milk. As rice milk contains very little nutrients, it is often fortified with vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium.

Its low nutrient content makes rice milk unsuitable for babies. For vegans and vegetarians on the other hand, rice milk is perfect for baking and cooking as it lends a pleasantly sweet note. It is also a good milk substitute for people who suffer from gluten or lactose intolerance. Rice milk has the least allergens out of all cow milk alternatives, making it suitable even for those who experience allergic reactions to the soy protein in soy milk.

As rice is cultivated almost everywhere across the world, rice milk is widely available. The rice milk available in Switzerland is usually from Spain or Italy and it is available almost everywhere. Pure rice milk without additives has roughly 48 calories, while varieties containing added sugar have significantly more. 

Rice Milk – Ideal for Those with a Sweet Tooth

The sweet flavour of rice milk is enticing, smells faintly of rice and provides the perfect base for many delicious treats. When preparing meals, simply use rice milk in the same way as you would cow’s milk. If you are making something like a vanilla pudding, which requires a slightly more solid consistency, try adding some coconut fat or margarine. Rice milk is best combined with other ingredients that are not as sweet. Whether coffee, unsweetened muesli or unprocessed cocoa – the sweetness of rice milk wonderfully underlines their natural flavour. Why not try some of our rice milk recipes. 

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