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For the past year, I’ve stopped drinking cow’s milk in my diet and I am slowly making the change over to dairy free alternatives. I’ve realised how disgusting the dairy industry is as a whole and dairy doesn’t sit well with my IBS, so it seemed like the right thing to do. Since there are so many different types of alternative milk out there, it’s safe to say I’ve had my fair share of them. Here, I’m going to be discussing which ones I’ve tried and what my opinions are on them. Some I live off of, some I couldn’t stomach. I hope that this is interesting enough for you and will give insight into the ever expanding range of dairy free alternatives out on the market.
This was the very first dairy free alternative I tried and is probably the most popular ever. Made with soy beans, I initially turned up my nose at this when I tried it three years ago. I really didn’t like the taste of it on it’s own and I still don’t – it tasted like a liquid biscuit. But put it in a hot drink and it’s another story. I tried a hot chocolate once with soya milk in and I have never looked back since. It was like drinking a chocolate biscuit, but it was absolutely delicious. The soya milk I usually go for is unsweetened since anything that’s got the tiniest bit of sugar in it can also set me off. There’s also lots of different flavoured varieties, including vanilla soya milk which I’ve discussed before. If you have not had vanilla flavoured soya milk in a cup of tea, stop reading this post and make one right now. You can thank me later!
I didn’t think you could get milk from rice, but here we are. I wanted to initially have rice milk as something to pour over my cereal with since the soya milk was just too much for me. And this one I wasn’t that keen on. It tasted really, really strange. I really tried to make an effort with giving this milk type a go, but I just couldn’t get on with it. Sorry rice milk, but you didn’t tick the box for me.
Now oat milk is another story. I love oat flavoured things and this milk is absolutely perfect with cereals. I’ve tried this with box cereal, porridge, museli, pretty much every cereal possible and it tastes delicious. It compliments a lot of my breakfast choices really nicely.
I’m not that fussed on nutty things, and this one I didn’t like. I should have known I wasn’t going to like them, but I thought it would be good to give it a chance. Obviously, it didn’t go down too well and I nearly threw most of it back up when I first tried it (too tmi…?)
Coconut milk is something I don’t tend to drink on it’s own. Like Soya milk, I use this in other things to help with flavour. I think if I put this in a cup of tea it might taste good, since I used to put some coconut oil in with my tea before and I loved that. For the most part, I’ve used coconut milk to make coconut rice and I’ve used it to make coconut ice cream, which was scrumptious.
What dairy alternatives have you tried?