So many of us now choose to limit our diary intake or simply avoid it altogether. This has caused a surge in the variety of plant based alternatives on the market (hooray!) but with so many options at our fingertips, how do we decide which to add to our basket? Today we're diving into some of the most popular choices and how they work best.
This is perhaps the most readily available option and the most economical too. It tends to work well as a dairy replacement in hot beverages, with a similar consistency to traditional cow's milk. Unfortunately, some claim that soy has undesired health effects (digestive and hormonal) and choose to avoid it for those reasons.
These days it's not just almond milk that we're limited to, but you can also find hazelnut, cashew, macadamia, hazelnut and even pistachio milk on offer. These can vary quite a bit depending on the brand and ingredients.
In general, nut milks tend to have a thinner consistency than their soy or dairy counterparts, and are a safe bet for everyday use in smoothies, drinks and baking.
Oat milk has gained huge popularity and for a good reason. It tends to have a creamier consistency than nut milks, making for a more indulgent tasting beverage (particularly in tea coffee based drinks). Brands such as Oatly with a minimal ingredients list and no added sugars are our go-to.
In comparison to the above alternatives, rice milk tends to have the thinnest consistency and is also the most naturally sweet. This is a good option if you tend to enjoy your drinks on the sweeter side but want to skip out on the added sugars. Try using rice milk to create a lighter version of your favourite hot chocolate or turmeric latte recipe.
Which is your preferred dairy-free milk? Are you also an oat milk advocate? Let us know!