Milk out of plants? How is it possible?

I’m lactose intolerant to a certain extent. While I can consume dairy products like cheese and yoghurt with no significant issues, when it comes to cow’s milk, my face tends to break out when I drink it too much.

Thus whenever I can, I prefer to drink plant derived milk like soy, almond and rice milk. How they are made is typically having it crushed, mixed with water and then filtered.

One of my favourite plant milk would be hazelnut. I love the sweet nutty flavour and for me, it tastes good with almost everything – in tea, for eating with cereal, dipping cookies in.

This is one of my favourite brand : latte vegetale

The thing is, it’s quite pricey – at about 2 euro for 750ml which is enough for just a few bowls of cereal.

Coincidentally, I found a name-card for a vegan food store and looking around at their website, there were a number of interesting items that made me intrigued enough to pay a visit. I got for myself their 4 pack plant milk which was on offer.

In total it costs 10.90 euro which might sound pricey, but keep in mind that the four boxes was enough to make 8 litres of milk. latte vegetale

These are the different flavours I got. From left to right : Oat and Walnut, Rice and pine-nuts, Wheat and Almond, and Soy and Pistachio.

The ingredients looks basic and you don’t see any strange and unpronounceable additives. latte vegetale

When compared to whole cow milk, the amount of calories is slightly higher but it’s good to see that it’s also packed in additional nutrients. latte vegetale

The reason why this pack of milk is cheaper is because it’s in dried version and when you open your box, you will find a pack with a mix with a consistency of crushed nuts. latte vegetale

But it’s really easy to make. Just pour the contents of the package in a blender, add in a litre of warm water and blend for about a minute.

And here is the remaining bit that I made recently. It looks just like regular milk and it even froths like regular milk. You’d need to shake it in the morning though as bits tend to form sediments at the bottom. latte vegetale

Nevertheless, as soon as it’s made, you’ll get to drink it immediately. What I like about the pack as compared to trying to make them from scratch yourself, is that there isn’t any wastage here – there is no leftover pulp to throw away.

Taste-wise, it might take a bit of getting used to. I’ve yet to try the rest of the milk, but drinking the oat and walnut milk, while I like the rich and creamy flavour of the oat and walnut, it tastes a little too clean for me as there is no sugar added. I’d normally add a little bit of honey to make it a little more palatable. latte vegetale

Here is Cart’s milk next to my mine. At this point of time, I’m quite happy to stick with my milk. No zits yet! 🙂

6 Replies to “Milk out of plants? How is it possible?”

  1. I wonder if I can find something like that around here. I’ve never seen flavors like that for non-dairy milk, just bland stuff like vanilla or chocolate. These sound a lot healthier.

    1. Maybe you could find them in one of those bigger chain supermarkets? There are some in the regular supermarkets here in Rome, but there isn’t much variety though. You could find more in those organic or vegan shops. If you do go to one, would you let me know how much they cost? I’m curious to know how much they are in the US.

      1. Sure. I’ll look around and if I find a vegan shop I’ll let you know. The mainstream soy milks and almond milks here, like by the brand Silk, are 5.49 for a gallon. That’s I think 4 euros for 3.79 liters.

          1. It could be but I’d pay a bit more for some variety. Healthy foods and low processed foods are becoming more popular here so maybe I’ll start seeing them on the shelves at regular grocery stores.

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