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Everything You Need to Know About Rice Milk

If dairy foods bother you or you’re following a plant-based diet, like our Bible-based Hallelujah Diet to achieve optimal health wellness, you might wonder if rice milk is a good alternative to cow’s milk or other plant milks. Knowing the facts about rice milk helps you make an informed decision about your health!

Unsweetened Rice Milk Nutrition

The following is the macronutrient nutrition breakdown of a 1-cup portion of unsweetened rice milk:

  • Calories: 113
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 22 grams
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram

Vitamins and minerals abundant in rice milk include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorous, and vitamin A. While many of these nutrients aren’t naturally found in rice or its milk, many rice milk manufacturers add vitamins and minerals during processing to make rice milk comparable to cow’s milk nutritionally.

Homemade Rice Milk Recipe

If you prefer making your own rice milk at home, try this Hallelujah Diet homemade rice milk recipe! The ingredients in it are:

  • 3 cups of distilled water
  • 1 cup of organic brown rice (soaked overnight and drained)
  • Ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Vanilla (optional)
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Simply soak raw rice in water overnight in the refrigerator, drain the rice, and blend it with water until it reaches a milk-like consistency. Add your favorite flavoring if you’d like, chill, serve, and enjoy your rice milk!

rice drink in containers

Rice Milk vs. Cow’s Milk

The main difference between rice and cow’s milk is the protein and lactose content. Rice milk doesn’t contain lactose, so it’s easier to digest than cow’s milk if you are sensitive to this natural sugar. Cow’s milk provides about 8 grams of protein per cup, while rice milk contains just under 1 gram of protein in the same portion. Rice milk is higher in carbohydrates. Cow’s milk nutrition information (for 1% cow’s milk) is as follows:

  • Calories: 105
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 12 grams
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Pros and cons exist for rice and cow’s milk, but both are rich in calcium, vitamin D, and other essential vitamins and minerals.

Rice Milk vs. Other Plant Milks

Rice milk varies slightly from other popular plant milks. Almond milk is typically lower in calories and carbohydrates than rice milk, while soy milk contains more protein and healthy fat. The nutritional breakdown of various plant milks is as follows:

Unsweetened Almond Milk:

  • Calories: 39
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 3 grams
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram

Unsweetened Soy Milk:

  • Calories: 80
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 4 grams
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram

Unsweetened Coconut Milk:

  • Calories: 40
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 1 gram
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Unsweetened Cashew Milk:

  • Calories: 25
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 1 gram
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Unsweetened Hemp Milk:

  • Calories: 60
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Protein-Fortified Nut Milk:

  • Calories: 130
  • Protein: 10 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 3 grams
  • Fat: 8 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Each of these non-dairy milks is usually rich in calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin A, or phosphorous. Except for soy milk and protein-fortified plant milks (such as protein-fortified almond milk), many plant milks contain much less protein than cow’s milk.

health smoothie with produce and protein powder

What About Rice Protein Powder?

Plant protein powders containing rice and pea protein (plus extra fiber, vitamins, and minerals) make excellent additions to vegan meal plans. Mix these powders with water or plant milk to add extra protein and other essential nutrients to your diet. The nutrition breakdown of one scoop of Hallelujah Diet pea and rice protein powder is as follows:

  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 25 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 6 grams
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams

Rice protein powder is a more concentrated source of nutrients. It’s much higher in protein and fiber (with fewer carbohydrates) than traditional rice milk.

Should I Choose Rice Milk?

Switching from cow’s milk to rice milk can eliminate symptoms of lactose intolerance if you have it and lower your intake of hormones or antibiotics used in farming. Rice milk is a good source of carbohydrates, healthy fats, calcium, vitamin D, and other essential micronutrients, but if you’re seeking a better source of protein comparable to what’s in cow’s milk, consider protein-fortified plant milk or add plant protein powder to traditional rice milk.

If you’re ready to take control of your health and prevent diseases naturally the way God intended, try the entirely plant-based Hallelujah Diet! You’ll discover all the health and wellness benefits this diet offers. Get started for free with the Hallelujah Diet planner today.


  1. Connie June 21, 2019

    I appreciate all the information about the non-dairy milks. I have made almond milk, but I have never made rice milk. Many people find the non-dairy milks easier to digest.

  2. I have heard that there may besome question about the way rice is grown and how that affects the ultimate product used to make rice milk. Is there a problem with the way rice is grown – the finished product? True or not?

    • Melody Hord July 2, 2019

      I have read that arsenic is found in rice. Some growing areas are worse than others.

  3. Jennifer July 5, 2019

    Thanks for the information. I have tried almond milk for my daughter but never rice milk. Definitely something to try.

  4. TBlack July 11, 2019

    Thanks for giving us the information on Rice Milk and helping us make the comparison between it and other plant milks vs cow’s milk. That helps us make better decisions when choosing what type to use for ourselves and our families.

  5. CAROLYN B CALHOUN July 20, 2019

    Thanks for this blog. Have not tried rice milk but it has been proven to be much healthier for your diet. Time to try it.

  6. Brenda Anderson August 19, 2019

    That was nice.

  7. Annette Whitworth October 22, 2019

    This is great information about milk. I have heard talk about Almond milk but never Rice milk. This part of the article stood out the most to me. “Almond milk is typically lower in calories and carbohydrates than rice milk”. Thanks for sharing that information and I will past it along to others that do not know about Non dairy milk.

  8. I also have a concern about arsenic in rice and rice products when using them daily.

  9. Thanks for the information there is always a question about the difference in almond milk and rice milk.

  10. Jennifer April 28, 2021

    Thank you for the information. It’s so nice to have dairy alternatives.

  11. Audrey Law May 7, 2021

    Thank you for sharing.
    Wonder Tigernut milk benefit?

    • Melody Hord May 7, 2021

      Hi Audrey, I have never tasted a Tiger Nut. They are nutritious, being a root vegetable. Have you tried making nut milk with them?

  12. I have tried almond milk and coconut milk. I still tend to lean toward almond milk, but might try the rice milk just to see just how much of a difference there is. Thanks again for providing the numbers for comparison.

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