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Plant-based milk alternatives are amazing substitutions that anyone can enjoy, whether you’re unable to consume dairy or just like having more options! Not only are there tons of companies that make and sell milk alternatives, but they come in so many different varieties. There’s coconut milk, flax milk, oat milk – the options are endless!
Unfortunately, it’s tough to find a milk alternative that tastes good and doesn’t contain any weird additives. While it’s incredibly convenient to grab a store-bought milk alternative off the shelves in a grocery store, a lot of brands add gums and preservatives to their milk. More often than not, the ingredients list includes added gums, like guar gum and carrageenan, which act as thickeners. However, they can cause digestive issues and discomfort, especially in people with sensitive stomachs.
Only a tiny percentage of the store-bought milk alternative consists of nuts, seeds, or grains; the rest are filtered water, gums, and additives. Almond milk, for example, is low in calories and fat because it’s mainly made out of water. So, the next time you go to pick up your favorite store-bought nut milk, read the nutrition label and the ingredients. It will probably disappoint you!
There are only a handful of companies that make milk substitutes that don’t contain additives, but those tend to be super expensive and hard to find. Luckily, making a gum-free milk alternative in the comfort of your home is so easy and so worth it! You will actually taste the clean ingredients that go into a real homemade plant-based milk. It’s so delicious and creamy, and you’ll never want to buy the store-bought version again.
Here are six simple recipes to help get you started!
With minimal ingredients and little prep work, you can make tasty plant-based milk to enjoy in your favorite smoothies, soups, sauces, and more!
Shadae ZamyadShadae Zamyad is the Recipe and Nutrition Specialist at Capital Brands. She has an Associates of Science in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s of Science in Culinary Nutrition. With her unique food and nutrition background, she has been able to create thousands of diet and disease-specific recipes for various NutriBullet products. She has helped many people achieve healthier eating by setting realistic and approachable goals. Her fool-proof approach to healthier eating is eating real, nutrient-dense foods and incorporating healthy fats and fiber into every meal.