Friday Favourites – Non Dairy Milk
Despite the association the word milk is not unique to the dairy industry although the dictionary would have us think otherwise:
- an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young.
- draw milk from (a cow or other animal), either by hand or mechanically
- exploit or defraud by taking small amounts of money over a period of time
Like many I grew up being told in order to have healthy bones and teeth I needed to drink cow’s milk because it was high in calcium, essential for bone health. Little did I know this was a clever marketing ploy from the major milk companies who would come into our schools and make us believe no different.
Today in our supermarkets there are over 80 different kinds of milk available; cow’s milk or goat’s milk, full fat, skim milk, lite or no-fat, calcium added or cholesterol reduced, I wonder when did milk become so complicated? In simpler times milk was milk, plain and simple.
There are many reasons why people don’t drink milk; from allergies to personal choice but thankfully there are some alternatives available that froth, taste and blend even better than the so-called ‘real thing’.
Five Favourites ; non-dairy milk
Oat milk has a light taste that is rich in complex carbohydrates with a good source of soluble fibre. This milk is organic, no added can sugar, vegan , no artificial colours or flavours and is GMO free. The ingredients are; filtered water, whole oats, organic sunflower oil and sea salt.
When purchasing oat milk by other brands watch out for the added sugar, an unnecessary ingredient to add to such a smooth and delicious dairy free milk.
Long used in café’s because it ‘stretches’ like cows milk giving you a frothy top on your coffee, Bonsoy is made from certified organic soybeans and is the healthy alternative to dairy. High in protein, consume this milk as the base to your protein drink and you are well on your way to recovery after a work out!
The ingredients are; filtered water, organic whole soybeans, tapioca syrup, job’s tears, sea salt and calcium carbonate.
Not all almond milks are created equal. Forget the mass produced tetra packs you find in the supermarket, fresh is best when it comes to purchasing almond milk especially if you don’t have time to make it yourself. The Almond Milk Co. milk is creamy, nutty and plays with your mind as it looks just like cow’s milk. It has a silky texture and makes the ideal almond latté.
Raw, gluten, dairy and preservative free try and hunt down this goodness when out and about, especially in Melbourne and surrounding areas.
Cold-Pressed Almond Milk
Cold-pressed almond milk that is unsweetened and full of flavour. Available in three flavours; original, date and espresso these almonds milks are made with nothing but raw Australian almonds and filtered water.
Gluten free, vegan, soy free and unpasteurized Luz Almond milk is a quality product without compromise.
Yep coconut milk is vegan and makes the perfect base for a smoothie. This coconut milk is 100% natural and made from premium coconut flesh. Available in two varieties: Original and Unsweetened. These products are great in taste, 100% Australian, uses clean ingredients, never heated, cold pressure stored and sustainable.
The kinder alternative; the ‘udder’ milk
From this list there are additional non-dairy alternatives such as quinoa, macadamia nut, Brazil and cashew nut oh and sunflower and pepita too! Just because it doesn’t’ have teats doesn’t mean you can’t milk it!
Have you tried making your own? Visit our recipe page to find our favourite recipe for Brazil Nut Milk.