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New Plant-Based Milk from Surprising Sources

Banana Milk

banana milks

Woke up in the morning, walked up to your refrigerator and guess what no milk?

Well, you are in luck because you have those bananas. Yes, a lot of people are now shifting from traditional milk. Banana milk is one of the most common alternatives to traditional milk. All you need is banana, water, and a blender.

Here are the steps to make it:

  1. Slice your bananas and freeze them before blending. The frozen bananas will keep your milk cool.
  2. If you forgot to freeze your bananas, add 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of ice.
  3. Banana milk is not shelf-stable milk, meaning it will separate and discolor quite quickly. So only make it right before you plan to drink it.
  4. Remember that the banana shake will not be thick enough if you like you can add some crushed almonds in it.
  5. Use ripe bananas for natural sweetness. You can always add something from your side.

Enjoy your freshly made banana Milk!



Pea Protein Milk

pea protien milk

Never heard of it before? Well, you need to get a grip on the new food technologies that are being used nowadays.

Nowadays Pea protein is being used as an alternative of Cow milk. The catch here is that it is not as easy as the banana milk mentioned above. Pea based milk is made from the yellows peas, also, known as yellow vetchling. In order to make pea-based milk, yellow peas are processed into a yellowish powder called pea isolate. Then the laboratory uses a combination of “heat, pressure, temperature, and other factors to purify the pea protein” for consumption. During this process, the ‘plant’ flavor is stripped leaving just the plant protein. Then it is blended with water and there you have your Pea Milk.

Tigernut Horchata a.k.a  Tiger Nut Milk or Horchata De Chufa

Tigernut Horchata

You are reading about the various plant-based milk & you thought I won’t mention this?

Horchata de chufa is a  traditional Spanish drink made from tiger nuts, similar to rice milk or almond milk.

Ingredients required are-

  1. 200 grams of tiger nut
  2. 800 ml of filtered water
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Although tiger nut is already high in sugar if you still want to then you can add a splash of maple syrup, agave nectar or any sweetener of your choice.

Soak the tiger nut in water 4-6 hours or overnight. Clean the nuts and rinse them in clean water. Now put it in the blender with 800 ml of water. After this is done take a cloth pour milk in another container, squeeze the cloth in the same container until no liquid is left. Add a large pinch of cinnamon.

That is it! You now have your Traditional Spanish Plant-based milk ready for you!

Soy milk

soy milk

The most common alternative of cow’s milk is Soy milk. Why? Firstly it is easy to make secondly if you are not that person who takes pleasure in making their own food then it is the cheapest alternative that you can buy out there in the market. Let’s not waste another minute and go to the recipe.

Things that you will need:

Soybeans

Blender

Butter Muslin or Nut Milk Bag

Heavy Bottom Pan

Instructions:

  1. Soak soybeans in 2-3 cups of water
  2. Discard water and rinse
  3. Remove skins as best you can.
  4. Add soybeans and 4 cups water to blender.
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Strain the blended mixture using butter muslin or nut milk bag. A tight-weave cloth is preferable, as twisting the top tightly enables you to continue squeezing out more milk.
  7. Heat the strained milk in a heavy-bottom pan to 212ºF (100ºC). Hold this temperature for 20 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Cool the milk and store.
  8. Refrigerate up to 4 days.

And you have your soy milk!

 

After reading about all these alternatives some of you might wanna switch on to them. But remember one thing “there is nothing that can replace the natural milk”. All these alternatives are good for your health but somewhere or the other they might lack certain nutrients. If I had a choice I would definitely go for the traditional milk but yes! I would enjoy the taste of these kinds of milk too. Feel free to write what you think about them in the comments section.

 

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