Along with the rise in adopting vegan and vegetarian diets has come an increase of milk alternatives. Sometimes referred to as “plant-based milks,” or “mylks,” these non-dairy beverages are free of anything from animals. They have been popping up all over restaurants and grocery stores, and, even if they do not follow dairy-free diets, consumers seem to be taken with the trend, occasionally buying a dairy alternative in place of regular milk.
First, soy milk grew a following, followed by almond, cashew, flavored coconut and now oat milk. We know some money could be saved by making these yourself, so check out the following recipes for milk alternatives, as well as ideas for foods that feature them as a major ingredient. They are great for Veganuary, or any time you want to enjoy tasty food without harming animals. Get inspired today!
Recipe 1: Homemade Soy Milk
Soak soybeans, leave them overnight, drain them, add water and then blend them into a pulp. Add a sweetener if you so choose. Maple syrup and vanilla work well, as does chocolate syrup. It is that simple to make soy milk yourself.
Recipe 2: Almond Milk (Sweetened or Unsweetened)
To make the base, only soaked almonds and water are needed. Want a sweet version? Add dates, cocoa powder, berries or almonds. Pro tip: get a nut milk bag to help make the process even easier. Milk is best for up to 4 to 5 days after making.
Recipe 3: How to Make Oat Milk
Gather some maple syrup, rolled oats, sea salt and vanilla extract to try your hand at making one of the trendiest products as of late: oat milk. Not a fan of the slimy texture? Use cold water, mix just enough, strain and only squeeze the mixture as much as necessary. There you have it: oat milk to be the envy of all your friends.
Creative and colorful, these doughnuts are free of major allergens and are the perfect complement to a freshly-brewed cup of coffee. They look a bit shiny and glittery, so they are a must for any “out-of-this-world” gathering.
Recipe 5: Dairy Free Yogurt
This lactose and dairy free yogurt includes coconut and almond milk, plus water and sweetener. Please note that since the recipe includes gelatin, it is not vegan, but use a substitute to make it that way.
Recipe 6: Homemade Vegan Chocolate Milk
Coconut and rice milk joins forces with cocoa powder, maple syrup and chocolate chips to make one sweet vegan milk. Chocolate lovers who can no longer have dairy will love this! For a healthier take, omit the chocolate chips.
Recipe 7: Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer
Searching for a creamy mix-in for coffee? Try this recipe that uses almonds, dates and salt. No need to get the pricey store-bought varieties ever again!
Recipe 8: Vegan Hamburger Buns
Put all of the milk alternatives you made to good use by making hamburger buns. The addition of a plant-based alternative makes the dough easy to work with and form. Bake to a golden brown and enjoy.
Recipe 9: The Best Homemade Vegan Burger
Those buns need a burger. Enter this one, which is packed with veggies, vegan cheese, and pure ingredients, including brown rice, lentils, mushrooms and spices. Top it with a drizzle of ketchup and mustard. Dig in!
Recipe 10: Crispy Chicken Fingers
Crunch down on these chicken fingers that are free from gluten, egg and dairy for a snack, main dish or whenever. Top with mustard, ketchup, mayo or vegan barbecue sauce. Bet you cannot eat just one!
Dig into these recipes involving milk alternatives and see how a plant-based future may be the way to go. May you get a lot of joy from sipping these and chowing down on the foods mentioned. Here’s to a plant-powered world.