What You Need to Know About Plant Based Milks
Plant based milks are all the craze right now, with their ever-growing popularity seeing cow’s milk drop in demand. Cow’s milk is a staple for many in their fridge, and on their shopping list, but plant milk is changing the game. With many people now placing a carton of Oatly into their trolley instead of their normal semi-skimmed cow’s milk.
Plant milk alternatives:
- Oat milk
Have you ever wondered what oat milk tastes like? Well… Surprisingly, a lot like cow’s milk, but with a slightly oat-y taste. Oat milk is typically a lot thicker and naturally sweeter than other plant based milks. This makes it the perfect cow’s milk alternative for drinks, and cereals. It is made by blending whole oats, or steel-cut oats with water, which is then strained to create a creamy, smooth liquid. You can find it in almost every supermarket, within pre-made cartons under the name of well-known brands like Oatly, Alpro, and Minor Figures.
- Almond milk
Nutty deliciousness is how we’d describe almond milk, with its smooth and glossy texture you’ll find yourself wanting to add it to your shopping basket. Almond milk is typically one of the thinner plant milks, but don’t let this put you off, as it makes a delicious drink. We find almond milk is great in iced drinks, as it is lighter in texture, and perfect on a warm summers day over ice and a shot of espresso. There are many varieties of almond milk; sweetened; unsweetened; roasted; un-roasted. However, depending on your taste buds you’ll want to pick whatever one fits you best.
We suggest trying Nutty Bruce’s Organic Unsweetened Activated Almond Milk. This milk is deliciously creamy, made from easy to digest almonds, and contains no thickeners or gums. Nutty Bruce milk is made with simple and organic ingredients; better for you and the planet.
- Coconut milk
Coconut milk is one of the more flavoursome plant milks, with its strong coconut flavour, and nutty taste. It makes for a tasty addition to any hot drink, cereal, or meal; however, coconut milk for drinking is a lot different to canned coconut milk, as its thinner in texture, and not as fatty as its canned counterpart. Coconut milk is highly nutritious, and rich in fibre, as well as an array of vitamins. It is naturally lactose-free, vegan, and is a tasty cow’s milk alternative. Drinkable coconut milk is made by grating coconut flesh and soaking it in hot water. This causes the coconut cream to rise to the top, which is used in curries, and so on. The remaining liquid is squeezed to extract coconut milk, which is repeated over and over to create drinkable coconut milk.
We love Koko Original Coconut Milk, due to its light and refreshing taste. It makes for a great alternative to dairy milk, and other plant-based milks, with its added calcium and vitamins D2 and B12. Koko milk has only a subtle hint of coconut, meaning it is terrific in tea, and coffee, superb on cereal, delicious in smoothies, and brilliant on its own. For those of you lockdown bakers, why not try Koko milk when baking, or cooking.
- Soya milk
There is no question about it, that soya milk was of the first mass-produced plant based milks, with its great flavour, and affordability it makes sense why. However, in recent years people seem to have forgotten about soya milk in favour of oat milk, but we want you to realise that soya milk is a good alternative to all milks. Soya milk is made by soaking and grinding soy beans, which creates soya milk. Did you know that originally soya milk was made from the by-product of the manufacture of tofu. Soya milk is the most similar plant-based milk to cow milk, with it being a good source of potassium, and is typically fortified with vitamins A, B- 12, and D, as well as calcium. In fact, soya milk contains as much protein as cow’s milk, yet is lower in calories than whole milk, and contains very little saturated fat.
We suggest trying Plenish Dairy Free Soya Milk, due to its simple use of ingredients, with it being made with just soya and water. Plenish is made with your taste in made, but without compromising on the ingredients. They only use organic soya beans of the highest quality, sustainably sourced, from small growers in the South of France.