There are many alternatives to cow’s milk – experiment with some of the ideas below.
The Other Milks
Soya, rice, oat and almond milk, to name the main non-dairy milks, are available from the following shops:
- Health food shops – stock a wide selection of vegan milks;
- Supermarkets – stock soya milk and some stock rice and oat milk;
- Corner shops – these often stock soya milk;
- Your kitchen – make your own!
- Soya milk – the following websites have soya milk makers – Energise for Life and UK Juicers.
- Banana soya shake – place one banana and 1/4 carton (125 ml) of soya dessert in a jug and make up to 3/4 pint (430 ml) with soya milk. Whizz with a hand blender and serve.
- Mango soya shake – place six dessertspoons of mango puree in a jug and make up to 3/4 pint (430 ml) with soya milk. Whizz with a hand blender and serve.
The Taste Test
We tasted and marked some non-dairy milks out of ten…
- Hazelnut and Almond Rice Dream: 10
This stuff is gorgeous, lovely in cereals or to drink on its own.
- Vanilla Rice Dream: 10
Again, lovely in cereals or to drink on its own.
- Plamil organic soya milk: 10
Plamil got top marks before we even tried their milk because they are a 100% vegan company. Their organic soya milk is not sweetened so may not – however – be the best one to start off with. When switching over from cow’s milk people tend to find that sweetened soya milk is more palatable than unsweetened.
- Alpro sweetened soya milk: 9
Usually does not curdle in coffee so is good in drinks and the taste is not too overpowering.
- Tesco soya milk: 9
- Similar taste to Alpro.
- Marks and Spencer soya milk: 9
This has a hint of vanilla which is lovely in hot drinks.
- Ecomil almond milk: 7
One that you will love or hate, depending on your liking of the sweet almond flavour.
- Sunrise soya milk: 5
Watery and not many good points about this one.
Coffee sometimes likes to curdle when served with soya milk. All of the following help to stop it from doing so…
- Use more soya milk than you would have done cows’ milk.
- Make the coffee weaker.
- Use a soya milk that contains a higher percentage of soya.
- Heat the soya milk and allow the coffee to cool slightly before adding the milk.
- Pour a lot of milk in quickly, stirring all the time.
- Give up on coffee and drink tea or barleycup instead.
- Use a vegan coffee creamer (see the next section).
Coffee creamer is a great way to get smooth tasting, non-curdled coffee. You can order vegan coffee creamer online at Vegan Store. Soyatoo coffee creamer is also available in some health food stores.
Find plenty of non-dairy sources on the Vegan Society website.