Other low fat milks, such as 1/2 percent or 1 percent milk, can be substituted for skim milk with little noticeable difference. To avoid dairy milks altogether, there are many skim milk alternatives such as rice milk, coconut milk drink, almond milk drink and soy milk that can be used.
Use any of these substitutes in equal proportions to the skim milk they replace in a recipe. While all the dairy milks have a similar taste and texture to skim milk, the non-dairy milks all have a unique flavor based on what they are made from. While one may taste good in cereal or for drinking, it may impart unwanted flavors in other dishes or desserts.