When we think dairy alternatives we are usually drawn to the expensive boxes of soya milk or almond milk on the top shelves in the grocery stores. Did you know there are over 13 different plant milk options and most of them are quick and easy to make at home?
Plant milks have been around for decades but have gained popularity in recent years. With an increasing number of people with allergies or an interest in plant-based diets, combined with new research emerging around their benefits, it's no surprise.
How Do Plant Milks Compare Nutritionally To Cows Milk?
This is a tricky question since there are so many different types of cows milks: low fat, full cream, 2% fat, fat-free, skimmed etc. All of these will have slightly different nutritional profiles, especially with fat and calorie levels. Store-bought plant milks are often fortified with calcium and contain added sugars, making this comparison more difficult. This study from McGill University compares the nutritional profile of plant-based milks to cows milk. And the results may surprise you.
The only area cows milk consistently comes out highest is fat levels. Not surprising since most plants don't contain much natural fat. Out of all the plant milks soya consistently showed the best nutritional profile. Almost all plant milks are easy to make at home. Here are a few easy DIY plant milk recipes, including soya and almond milk.
6 Easy DIY Plant Milks Recipes
These 6 plant milks are so quick and easy don't be surprised if your current box of plant milk is the last one you buy.
- 3 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Rolled Oats
- OR 1 Cup Hemp Seeds
- OR 1 Cup Raw Almonds
- OR 1 Cup Non-GMO Soya Beans
- OR 1 Cup Raw Cashews
- OR 1 Cup Poppy Seeds
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 Tsp Raw Honey OR Maple Syrup OR 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract