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Vegan condensed milk is here

I’d never even heard of condensed milk before, and yet so many of my friends have grown up spreading it on their toast!

And, of course, if you’re a vegan or have a dairy allergy it’s a no go area.

dairy free condensed milk

Dairy free condensed milk is here

But no longer! Now anyone who’s dairy free can happily use it in their fudge sauce or millionaire’s shortbread or cheesecakes (or just spread it on toast).

There’s a soya milk version called La Guli Condensed Soya Milk (it’s gluten free too for those who want to know).

Prepare yourself for some incredible home made creamy milk free puddings

Vegen Key Lime Pie? Lactose free Pana Cotta? It’s easy now!

The best vegan things come in large packages

Inspiral crisps

Inspiral Kale Crisps now come in recyclable packets

If you don’t know you’re missing out.

There are these fantastic superfood vegan crisps made by the food lovers, Inspiral.

They’re all air-dried kale flavoured with a cashew sauce and they are sooo moreish.

If you’ve tried them before you’ll know that the only drawback was the plastic tubs they used to be served in – not exactly convenient. But now they come in conventional (and compostable) crisp packets so I’m letting you know just in case you don’t recognise them.

And if you never knew, now’s the time to get your hands on them!

Chia is becoming increasingly available

white chia

Chia: full of Omega 3

I’m very glad that chia seeds are becoming more readily available.

They are very high in Omega 3, in perfect balance with Omega 6, and are brim-full with nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibre.

We’ll increasingly see it become available in foods such as Biofair’s organic Palitos, a gluten free, nut free and vegan South American snack made from chia and quinoa.

Chia is seen as useful to athletes, diabetics and dieters because of this way it affects the digestion of nutrients. So much so that the grain company, Linusit, recommended that you consume a maximum of 15g of chia a day and only with 150ml of water.

The seed can be used with yoghurt and cereals or sprinkled over soups, vegetables, salads or desserts. Chia can even be used in home baking for breads, cakes and biscuits.

While chia seed can be used as a wholegrain, Linusit offers both whole and milled white chia seed. They also guarantee their seed is gluten and lactose free.

Does your non-dairy milk taste environmentally friendly?

In my experience it’s best to use different milk-alternatives for different purposes.

Almond milk for my cereal, soya milk for tea, coconut milk for homemade ice-cream, rice milk in baking and, for drinking straight, my personal favourite is oat milk.

oat milk

Tastes like a milk alternative should

But there’s something else oat milk is good for: less food miles.

Most plant based milks are produced in Europe, but oat milk is easily made here in the UK.

UK based Provitamil, as their name suggests, also make sure their dairy-free milk is full of the vitamins and nutrients you need, with lots of calcium, vitamin D, B2 and 12 and iron and fibre too.

Neither does it come sweetened, but that’s why I like it neat, after so many years of eating porridge, oat milk already has a natural flavour and subtle sweetness I’m familiar with, and I love it.

 

Provamel’s pouring yoghurt is overflowing with yumminess

vegan pouring yoghurt

Beautiful on breakfast cereal

The ideas are flowing at Provamel.

The latest is a pouring yoghurt made from organic soya, which is brilliant for cereals and making sauces.

It comes in two flavours: plain and vanilla.

The yoghurt cultures used in Provamel foods are derived from vegetable sources, generally carrot and hibiscus, so these new pouring yoghurts should be fine for vegans. They specifically state they are Gluten Free and Lactose Free.

Milk alternatives

The company have also come up with a new hazelnut milk sweetened with agave syrup, an almond milk (probably sweet enough already) and a coconut-rice milk (unsweetened again) to select according to your preference.

It adds to their massive range of organic dairy free drinks for anyone looking for a dairy alternative to enjoy

On the subject of almond milk, I was recently asked if almond milk has the same health properties as almonds themselves and, generally, the answer is no. Almonds are great for vegans because they offer protein, calcium and B vitamins, but once they are processed to become a milk drink they no longer hold all the nutrients they did as a wholefood.

Have you tried wood smoked houmous – it’s sooo much nicer

There are so many ways to use houmous. 

Whether you dunk it as a dip, spread on some bread, or add to a sauce, it can always be relied upon to pack a punchy flavour to an otherwise drab snack.

But, with so much choice on the market it can be difficult to find one which stands out from the crowd…

Well, don’t tell anyone, but I think I may have found one that offers a different experience but still has that underlying savoury kick of a good traditional humous.

houmous
More than delicious…

Try Moorish (by name, and moreish by nature) and you will not be disappointed. One taste is an explosion of flavours.

They offer 3 tantalisingly tasty smoked versions of houmous: Original, Lemon & Dill and a fiery Chilli Harissa.

Each is one is generously flavoured but not too bulked out with oil which means they’re also a lower fat alternative to traditional humous.

Could Horcheta be the ultimate free from drink?

I was surprised to see Plamil selling a drink at all,  until I realised what it was…

tigernut horcheta

This milk alternative is rich in vitamins and minerals

Plamil are a free-from company who specialise in vegan chocolate.

And the drink, organic Horchata, fits the bill (almost) entirely. It’s a dairy-free milk alternative which has been popular for centuries in Spain, plus it’s lauded for its health benefits as it is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Made from tigernuts (a vegetable, no nuts included) the drink has a sweet creamy taste and looks like a glass of golden Jersey milk.

The bottle seems expensive for its size until you realise you can dilute it to make five times as much. But the main thing is it’s delicious and those looking for a gluten free, possibly soya-free and rice free, alternative to milk may well find they hit the jackpot with this.

Horchata already has a bit of a following, so they know what they’re doing these Plamil guys. All that remains is for you to try it out yourself.