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Types of Vegan Milk
There are more than a dozen "types" of vegan milks, each with its own nutrition, flavor and texture profile.
If you're looking for protein, you might want soy or pea protein milk. If you're allergic to soy and want to ditch the protein, rice milk might be your answer.
We'll explain the vegan milk types below.
Soy milk is the non-dairy milk that started it all for so many of us. Its mild-to-strong taste can be broadly described as vegetal in nature, though this is generally counteracted in flavored varieties. Soy milks are medium-thick and good sources of protein, potassium and isoflavones. Most, but not all, are fortified with vitamins and minerals.
A popular alternative to soy milk, almond milk boasts sizable amounts of Vitamins D and E as well as calcium. With a hint of sweetness, it's smooth and thin and does well in baked goods and cereal.
Not the canned stuff you use in curry — the regular dairy milk alternative. Coconut milk is naturally thick and luxuriously creamy, and many folks who leave "moo milk" behind swear by it. It's a bit higher in fat (around five grams per serving) but makes for a good source of potassium, calcium and phosphorus.
Rice milk has stood the test of time. Frequently made from brown rice, it's a good choice for those with numerous food allergies. One of the wateriest non-dairy milks, rice milk might not do well in tea and coffee, but it makes a great addition to oatmeal, soups and sauces. It's faintly sweet with a mild but pleasant rice taste.
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Cashews are used often in vegan cooking for their creaminess, and the vegan milks made with them are full-bodied.
With ample Vitamin E, cashew milks leave no lingering tastes and make rich sauces, soups and smoothies.
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Most nut milks are made from almonds or cashews, but macadamia milk — made from macadamia nuts — is the creamiest. It's high in Vitamin A but low in protein. Because it's so satiny and neutral-tasting, macadamia milk is considered a decadence by many vegans, especially if it's homemade.
Made from flaxseed, flax milks are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They're also vitamin-fortified so you can get your A, B12 and plant-based D2. A little on the nutty side, they have a good "middle of the road" consistency.
With sunflower milk, you'll get the benefits of sunflower seeds: healthy doses of Vitamin E, copper, phosphorus and folate. Its texture is smooth and its taste is neutral to nutty/seedy. Goes great with granola.
This is one of the more neutral milks that stands up well as an ingredient or by itself. Like soy milk, it’s on the thicker side without being heavy. If you're gluten-free, a word of caution: oat milk may not be a suitable option. Check the labels for certified gluten-free oat milks.
Similar to macadamia nut milk, hazelnut milk is a creamy, delicious treat that goes well with pretty much everything (and nothing). It's got healthy fats and a wonderful reminiscence of Nutella that will make you want to put it in your coffee.
Vegan Coffee Creamers
They come in several different varieties, but vegan coffee creamers are especially formulated to perform well in coffee and hot liquids.
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