Vegan milk – the plant-based alternative to cow’s milk
For those who have to or want to do without cow’s milk, delicious alternatives are available. These are also tasty for non-vegans and are good for refining the coffee in a delicious way. Discover the taste of vegan milk, the secrets of the special barista versions and learn how you can make vegan milk yourself.
The diverse alternatives for vegans and lactose-intolerant people
Not everyone is allowed or wants to use normal milk in the morning to refine their muesli or coffee. Intolerance to lactose and milk protein or a vegan lifestyle mean that more and more people do without cow’s milk. In the meantime, there is a wide range of plant-based milk alternatives even in American supermarkets. The vegan milk is made from different raw materials such as nuts or grain. We want to give you an overview of the most popular and delicious plant drinks.
An overview of the taste and ingredients of common vegan milk drinks
- Taste: pleasantly mild sweetness, tastes slightly of grain and smells earthy
- Ingredients: rich in fiber and unsaturated fatty acids, consists of about a third of protein, about 2 g of carbohydrates and 2.2 g of fat per 100 ml
- Taste: neutral taste reminiscent of rice pudding and watery consistency
- Ingredients: rather poor in nutrients, vitamins and proteins, contains neither gluten nor lactose and also no cholesterol
- Taste: pleasantly sweet, strong oat taste and watery consistency
- Ingredients: contains gluten as a type of grain milk
- Taste: sweetish, strong taste of the millet and more yellowish compared to oat milk
- Ingredients: rich in carbohydrates and low in fat (1%)
- Taste: quite sweet, light grain taste, looks similar to cow’s milk
- Ingredients: relatively little protein, lots of carbohydrates and gluten as a type of cereal milk
- Taste: pleasant nutty taste
- Ingredients: rich in unsaturated fatty acids and fiber
- Taste: strong nutty, sweetish taste, slightly darker in color
- Ingredients: contains many B vitamins, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids and few carbohydrates
- Taste: strong dominant taste, creamy consistency
- Ingredients: high in fat and low in carbohydrates
- Taste: fruity-nutty taste
- Ingredients: 15-25% fat content, rich in magnesium and potassium
- Taste: slightly nutty taste
- Ingredients: rich in essential unsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3 fatty acids
- Taste: neutral taste
- Ingredients: 40 percent protein, minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron, free from allergens such as gluten, lactose, milk protein or soy proteins
- Taste: watery with a creamy aftertaste, slightly nuttier than soy milk, consistency rather thick
- Ingredients: 13 percent protein, contains many omega-3 fatty acids and calcium, low in sugar, free of allergens such as gluten, lactose, milk protein or soy proteins
The production of vegan milk
To produce vegan milk substitutes, raw materials such as cereal flakes or nuts are soaked or boiled in water and pressed after a swelling or fermentation process. As a result of this process, many of the ingredients are transferred into the water, creating a milky consistency that varies greatly depending on the product. Depending on the fat content of the raw materials, the milk drink either remains watery or becomes creamier.
The drinks also differ greatly in terms of taste, as you can read above. At the same time, not all plant drinks are equally suitable for use in refining coffee. We will, therefore, show you which ones are best to use in coffee .
Vegan milk for coffee: what should you watch out for?
If you want to use vegan milk to refine your coffee specialty, there may be surprises. Some varieties simply do not convince in terms of taste – but this is known to be a matter of taste. It is more annoying when the milk flocculates in the coffee. Cappuccino lovers also have to struggle with the frothing of the plant-based drinks, as the low-fat variants are particularly unsuitable for this.
The most delicious plant-based drinks for your coffee
Almond and hazelnut milk provide a pleasant nutty taste for the coffee, while coconut milk gives a fresh aroma. Grain milk varieties such as oat and spelt milk, on the other hand, have a rather sweet taste with a strong intrinsic note that not everyone likes. An increasingly popular vegan milk alternative for coffee is also almond rice milk, which combines the natural sweetness of rice milk with the fine taste of almond milk.
Why does vegan milk flocculate?
Strange flakes in coffee can quickly cloud the anticipation of a delicious coffee. But why do some plant-based drinks flocculate in coffee?
Very simple: Especially in older milk, the proteins lose their solubility and form lumps when they are put into hot coffee.
It is not only due to the heat of the drink, which serves as a catalyst, but also to the acidity in the coffee. The acidity of the coffee in turn depends on the degree and type of roast . Slowly and gently roasted coffee contains significantly fewer acids than industrially roasted coffee. However, the acidity in coffee also increases the longer it is kept warm. In “old” coffee, vegan milk is more likely to flake than in freshly brewed coffee.
Firm milk foam with vegan milk?
Not all vegan milk is equally suitable for good milk foam. In general, one can say: the higher the protein content, the better the milk foam. Soy milk, almond milk and soy rice milk are particularly suitable. Ordinary oat milk, on the other hand, is less good.
Tip : Heat the milk beforehand, as this will froth it up much better.
Special barista versions of vegan milk
Since oat milk, for example, is less suitable for frothing, there are now professional barista versions of vegan milk drinks. The easily foamable oat milk from Oatly was enriched with a small amount of rapeseed oil, for example, in order to achieve a better foam consistency. With Soya for professionals, Alpro, on the other hand, offers a gastronomy version of its soy milk.
This is how the latte macchiato with vegan milk works. However, some plant-based drinks such as almond milk provide a nice, fine firmness of the head of foam even without additives and can even be made by yourself.
Make vegan milk yourself – it’s that easy
Since plant drinks are not exactly cheap, you can create your favorite variety easily and cheaply at home. The delicious almond milk, for example, is particularly popular and easy to make. You can also make hazelnut or cashew milk yourself using the same principle. It is also very easy to make milk from oat flakes.
The recipe – this is how it works:
- 0.5 – 1 l of water
- 200 g almonds
..and depending on your taste: sweeteners (such as agave syrup) or spices (cinnamon, cardamom, anise, etc.)
For homemade almond milk, it is best to soak the almonds in plenty of cold water overnight. The water is then poured off and the almonds finely pureed in a food processor. The puree is poured with the desired amount of water (depending on the desired almond content 0.5 to 1 l) and everything is mixed well in the mixer. Depending on your taste, you can now add sweeteners or spices or just leave the almond milk pure. Finally, the pulp is pressed through a fine sieve or a thin cheesecloth. The delicious almond milk is ready!
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The diverse range of vegan milk is delicious and offers something for everyone. With a few simple steps and a little patience, you can easily make your own alternative to cow’s milk and refine the taste of the coffee . Great side effect: You can avoid a lot of Tetrapaks, i.e. garbage.