The Plant Academy guide to plant milks

We’re called Theย PLANTย Academy, so that gives us enough of a reason to know a thing or two about plant milks right?

We don’t do ‘milk’ at The Plant Academy. By this, we are of course referring to cow’s milk. We don’t see the point in supporting a cruel industry when we can make milk from plants. It’s a win win right? Coffee has never tasted better and in the 11 months since we’ve opened we have managed to convert even the most close minded carnivores that oat milk is a suitable and delicious replacement to cow’s milk.

For many though, it can be a bit of a minefield knowing where to start. When I first stopped drinking cow’s milk, I pretty much had one option: Soy milk. Soy milk is fine, and it you have a nut allergy is good milk of choice. But in 2018 there are so many options so I thought I’d talk you through the different plant milks we stock at The Plant Academy vegan cafe.

Oat Milk

This is by far my favourite milk. It’s such a good milk for all purposes, in your tea and coffee, over cereal, in baking or in porridge. There are quite a few different brands of oat milk, and to be honest they’re not all made equally. We usually drink the Oatly organic at home, but at the cafe we use the more expensive Oatly barista. Give an oat milk latte a try and you’ll never go back.

Soy Milk

As I mentioned above, this is a long standing vegan milk that you’ll often find in chain coffee stores. Soy milk is great if you’re on a budget as all supermarkets sell their own brand of it cheap. Be warned, it can curdle in tea and coffee, but it’s great in porridge, on cereal and in smoothies. It’s also quite high in calories for plant milk, so if you’re needing to add in some extra calories, this is a great milk to opt for. Alrpo also do a kids growing up milk that’s fortified with everything your mini vegan needs.

Almond Milk

This is a popular milk, and my mums favourite. It has a slight marzipan-ish taste so if you don’t like marzipan it might not be the one for you. But I really love it in smoothies and it’s pretty good in coffee. It’s low in fat and calories so great if you’re trying to eat a little less calories. If you’re on a budget Aldi have their own brand which is very well priced, otherwise I really love the brand Almond Breeze. There’s a variety of brands of almond milk for you to try though, so give a few a go until you find what you like the most.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a pretty unique tasting milk as it tastes super coconutty (…way to state the obvious, Ellie!) I really love coconut milk in porridge, but I really hate it on cereal. And it’s by far my favourite milk to bake with. At our vegan cafe, I usually use coconut milk in all our sponge cakes as it makes them extra moist. Andy and I also use it frequently in cooking things like dhals and curries.

Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is relatively knew to the UK plant milk market, but is now readily available at all major supermarkets. Alpro are the main providers of cashew milk at the supermarket (if you guys know of any other brands let me know!) so this is the brand we usually get. We have bought others through our wholesaler, Suma, but I don’t know any supermarkets that stock these. So, lets focus on the Alpro cashew milk. It’s my favourite milk for cereal and smoothies, it’s also really good in porridge (although it takes a while to absorb), but…its horrible in coffee. Weirdly, it makes an awesome matcha or turmeric latte. It’s the lowest calorie milk, too. If you have time, make your own, there’s nothing better than homemade cashew milk and the nutrients from the raw cashews are amazing for you!

What plant milk do you think I should try next? Let me know and we might give it a go at The Plant Academy vegan cafe soon!

Ellie x