If you’re participating in Veganuary then you may be thinking, what do i replace milk with for my quintessentially British must have 5 times a day tea? For us Brits this is a big dilemma, but as a tea lover myself i’ve got you covered along with those coffee and hot chocolate drinkers too.
So, what are the main non-dairy drink brands?
You’ll notice that there’s a plethora of brands competing in the non-dairy drink space but the main brands that you’ll see in the supermarkets are:
If you visit independent health shops you’ll find an even larger range of non-dairy drinks. The market is growing and new brands are appearing all the time.
Top tip: Supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Aldi and M&S also sell their own non-dairy drinks and they tend to be cheaper.
What are non-dairy drinks made from?
This is by no means an exhaustive list but you’ll find non-dairy drinks made from lots of different things such as:
They all have a slightly different taste and you’ll also find that it differs between brands. If you don’t like what you try first then live by the motto – if you don’t at first succeed, try, try and try again. You’ll eventually find one that your tastebuds agree with.
Which non-dairy drinks are best for what?
I like to use different non-dairy drinks for different things. Quite often I have a couple in the fridge on the go. I like choice. What can i say. Here are my current favourites for making porridge, tea, coffee and that all important hot chocolate.
I like to use Soya when making my porridge. The Alpro brand is the most popular for Soya but i personally opt for any supermarket own brand as it’s cheaper. Quite often you’ll find them in the long-life milk section of the supermarket.
Top tip: if you’re new to soya then i would opt for the sweetened version. Unsweetened is an acquired taste that not even my tastebuds have become accustomed to.
Tea & Coffee
One of my pet hates when i first became vegan was non-dairy drinks separating in my tea and coffee. It drove me potty. Not only does it look less than appetising but it tastes funky too. However after trying many different options i came across OOOMega and guess what, it doesn’t separate in your tea. Hallelujah. As Tully from Vegans First says, it’s a creamy and delicious milk substitute and great in Smoothies.
Hot Chocolate & Chai
If you’re a hot chocolate lover like myself then i’d recommend choosing an Almond drink as your base. You’ll find that the consistency in thinner but it absorbs the flavour well and gives it a little bit of a nutty flavour. My favourite Almond milk is Rude Health’s but it is pricey so i tend to opt for a supermarket own brand or Alpro’s if it’s on offer.
If you’re looking for vegan hot chocolate or chai then i’d recommend “Sweet Freedom’s” chocolate shots for your hot chocolate and “Drink Me Chai Free From” for your Chai Latte. Both make a nice treat.
So there you have it, a quick guide to non-dairy drinks. There really are so many milk alternatives out there that you’ll eventually find one that suits your taste.
If you’re looking for other tips for Veganuary then check out my last blog post here.