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Dairy Free Half and Half

Making your own dairy free half and half couldn’t be easier! All you need is two ingredients and you’re ready for your morning coffee.

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Have you ever wondered what half and half even is? Or why it’s even called “half and half”?

Half and half is half cream and half milk combined, which is where it gets its name from.

This gives a nice creamy consistency for coffee. However, since it is dairy, if you’re dairy free, it’s not much of an option for your morning brew.

However, this dairy free half and half is super easy to make and works perfectly in coffee!

Is half and half dairy?

Usually, yes. However, it could be made using a dairy free cream and dairy free milk. This recipe uses coconut cream and oat milk.

Choosing your Brand of oat milk

I have tried a handful of oat milk brands and I can tell you, not all oat milks are created equal.

Some brands taste like oats and have the consistency of water. Other brands have a milder taste and are slightly reminiscent of milk. Oatly and Alpro are my two go-to brands.

When I visit New York, I really like Oatly, which I find to taste like regular milk and to be a little extra creamy. I’d assume this is true in Canada too.

In Israel, I only use the barista version of Oatly, which is still more watery than the regular Oatly in the States. I expect it is the same in Europe because that is where it is imported from.

For Israel and Europe, I find the Alpro oat milk indistinguishable from the Oatly Barista. However, the Alpro “Not Milk” oat milk I find to be almost identical to milk but a little sweeter – which I like.

Can I use coconut milk instead of coconut cream?

Yes, that should work just fine. However, you may find your half and half to be a little thin.

Will using oat milk give my half and half an oat flavor?

Only if you use a strong flavored oat milk, which I do not recommend doing.

Does this half and half taste like coconut?

Depending on how strong a coconut flavor your coconut cream or coconut milk has, it may have a mild coconut flavor. I happen to like it.

Yield: 1 cup

Dairy Free Half and Half

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Making your own dairy free half and half couldn't be easier! All you need is two ingredients and you're ready for your morning coffee.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup full fat mild flavored oat milk


  1. Pour coconut cream and oat milk into a jar.
  2. Shake to combine.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 659Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 108gFiber: 2gSugar: 95gProtein: 4g

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Wednesday 30th of August 2023

If I make my own Oatmilk, will that work as a substitute?


Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Homemade oat milk tends to be very thin you likely would end up with a very thin half and half...

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