What can I substitute for powdered milk? (7 alternatives)

In this article, we will answer the question “What can I substitute for powdered milk?”, and what is powdered milk?

What can I substitute for powdered milk?

Powdered milk has plenty of dairy and non-dairy substitutes. Dry milk is frequently added to bakery and confectionery products like caramel and chocolate candies, soups, sauces, and ice-creams. 

Powdered milk or dry milk is quite-shelf stable because of low moisture levels. It is prepared by removing water from pasteurized milk by removing the water by vacuum evaporation. Following substitutes can be used if you ran out of milk powder or if you are allergic to dairy products.

Regular milk

For each ¼ cup of milk powder, use 1 cup of regular milk instead. Using fresh milk contributes the same flavor to the end-product as the dry milk. Any type of milk including reduced, non-fat, and whole fat milk can be used. The more the fat, the richer and creamier the texture. The following table shows a comparison of the nutritional profile of dry milk powder and fresh milk.

Whole milk(g/240ml)Whole fat milk powder (g/32g)
Calories 149159
Fat 88
Protein 88
Carbs 1212
Calcium 20% of the DV(Daily Value)22% of the DV(Daily Value)

Coconut milk powder 

Coconut milk is lactose-free and has a higher fat content than whole milk powder. It can be substituted with whole dry milk powder in a 1:1 ratio. It provides a creamy consistency to soups, sauces, and curries because of the rich fat content.

Coconut milk is prepared by spray-drying coconut milk or coconut cream. 32 grams of coconut milk powder contains 240 calories, 20g fat, 4g protein, and 8g of carbs. 

Soy milk powder

Soy milk powder is closely related to milk powder than any other non-dairy milk alternative, in terms of its nutritional profile. Only 19g of soy milk powder contains 90 calories, 3.5g fat, 8g protein, 6g carbs, and 4% of the DV for calcium. It can be substituted for milk powder in a 1:1 ratio. 

When added to smoothies, baked goods, and granola bars, soy milk provides a protein-boost to the end-product.

Rice powder

If you are allergic to both soy and dairy, rice powder or rice flour is a good option. This shelf-stable alternative can be substituted with milk powder in a 1:1 ratio in desserts, granola bars, smoothies, shakes, and baked goods. Rice powder has a mild sweetness to it. It is often used as a coffee creamer. Rice powder, unlike soy and whole milk powder, has a lower content of protein and calcium. 39 grams of rice flour provides only 140 calories, 3g protein, 31g carbs, and 1% of the DV for calcium. It is fat-free.

Cashew powder

Cashew milk powder can be substituted for dry milk in sweet and savory dishes alike. It imparts a sweet, mildly nutty, and creamy texture to smoothies and shakes. 26 grams of cashew milk contains about 140 calories, 6g fat, 3g protein, and 20 grams of carbs.

Potato milk powder

Potato milk powder is an unconventional substitute for milk powder. It can be extracted at home and can be used in sweet and savory dishes alike by mixing with milk and sweetener. If you are allergic to dairy, mix it in water.

Potato milk powder is gluten and casein free.on top of that, it does not contain any fat, cholesterol, and soy. It is the perfect substitute for dry milk for baked goods and curries if you have severe allergies.

Almond milk powder

Almond milk powder has a sweet and nutty flavor and can be used in place of dry milk in a 1:1 ratio. It works best for baked goods.

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Liquid non-dairy alternatives

Instead of using powdered alternatives, you can also use non-dairy substitutes for milk in liquid form. Liquid substitutes should only be used in recipes that require liquid ingredients like some baked goods, soups, smoothies, shakes, and curries. These include coconut, rice, oat, soy, or almond milk. Use 1 cup of a non-dairy milk alternative in place of each ¼ cup of dry milk. add 1 cup of liquid to adjust the consistency.

You can use buttermilk powder in recipes that call for buttermilk. If you do not have any of the two products. Make your own buttermilk at home by adding 1Tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Wait for 5-10 minutes until the milk develops a grainy texture.


In this article, we answered the question “What can I substitute for powdered milk?”, and what is powdered milk?