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The Ultimate Guide To Plant Based Milk

The Ultimate Guide To Plant Based Milk

Tuesday 25th January, 2022

What is plant-based milk, and how does it differ from regular milk? Plant-based milk is a water-based extract made from nuts, seeds, and other ingredients. Plant-based milk functions similarly to cow's milk in terms of drinking and cooking, but without the animal component. Non-dairy milk substitutes are ideal for vegetarians and vegans, and non-dairy beverages have a considerably lower environmental impact than cow's milk production. 

Today, these plant-based milk and dairy substitutes are found worldwide and are used daily by millions of people. Here are our top picks and why we recommend them. 

 

Almond milk

Because of its thick and even consistency, almond milk has a pleasantly creamy and mildly nutty flavour comparable to cow milk. It's silky smooth, incredibly adaptable, and readily available worldwide. 

Almond milk is delicious straight from the carton, on cereal, in smoothies, and cooking and baking preparations. Almond milk is a strong source of vitamins E and D and is high in calcium.

 

Cashew milk

Cashew milk is thick yet light and has no discernible nut flavour, making it one of the most popular tasting and creamiest plant milks. Because cashew milk is so creamy, it's often compared to whole cow milk. Cashew milk is delicious, flexible, and widely available from various brands. Cashew milk is high in vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

 

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is the lightest and most pleasant of all plant-based milks. It's silky smooth, slightly creamy, and has a delectable sweet coconut flavour. 

If you like coconut, you'll enjoy coconut milk, which is sometimes known as coconut beverage, to differentiate it from the thicker, canned milk. Coconut milk is delicious on its own, in smoothies and a variety of coffee beverages. 

Coconut milk is gluten-free and devoid of soy, and it's high in calcium and vitamins D and B12.

 

Flax milk

Flax milk is excellent in terms of consistency, colour, and flavour. It's light and refreshing, with no discernible taste or aftertaste. 

Flax milk is delicious on its own, but it's also fantastic in coffee, smoothies, and cereals. It's also a great ingredient for cooking or baking, especially vegan cheeses and creamy sauces. Flax milk is a comprehensive nutrition powerhouse with 1200 milligrams of omega-3s per serving and is free of soy and nuts.

 

Hazelnut milk

Hazelnut milk, like almond milk, has a light, delightfully sweet taste with a slightly nutty flavour. Hazelnut milk is ideal for cereals and recipes that call for lighter milk or froth.  If you like a small bit of nut flavour, it's also good to drink by the glass. Hazelnut milk is free of soy and high in calcium, as well as vitamins D, B2, A, and E

 

Hemp milk

Hemp milk, made from hemp seeds, is very light, not exceptionally creamy, and has a little odd flavour character typically described as gritty or grassy. 

Hemp milk can be consumed straight from the bottle and is best used in cereals and dishes that call for a lighter milk. It’s is high in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin D, and all of the essential amino acids.

 

Oat milk

Oat milk is slightly deeper in colour than the other plant milks but lacks flavour. It's light and airy, with a very similar texture to fat-free skim milk. You can consume oat milk straight from the bottle or in cereals, oatmeal, and baking preparations. Vitamins D, 2, and A are abundant in oat milk. 

 

Peanut milk

Peanut milk is thick and creamy, with a flavour reminiscent of creamy peanut butter. It has a texture similar to low-fat milk yet is still light enough to drink. It’s is delicious in coffee, smoothies, and baking dishes like cookies that call for a nutty flavour. Peanut milk contains no gluten and is high in potassium and calcium.

 

Rice milk

Rice milk is extremely light milk with a nearly liquid texture, similar to ultra-light skim milk. Rice milk is ideal for sweet-toothed milk drinkers. It's sweet even if it's not sweetened, and it's considerably sweeter if it's vanilla flavoured. 

Rice milk devotees swear by it because it's a terrific, easy-to-drink alternative for individuals who are lactose, soy, or nut intolerant. It works well in smoothies, cereals, and baking. Calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 are all in rice milk.

 

Soy milk

Soy milk is the original plant milk, and it's available all around the world. It's been around for a long time and is the ideal staple because of its versatility. 

Soy milk has a creamy texture, is light and refreshing, and comes in various flavours, including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and seasonal flavours like pumpkin, mint chocolate, eggnog among others. 

Soy milk is milk that you may use in various ways, including by the glass, in coffee drinks, cereals, smoothies, and all culinary and baking dishes. It’s is high in calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B2. 

You can have a look through Doorstep Organics best plant-based milk alternatives here and have them delivered right to your door!

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