Milk Substitutes

There are any number of reasons why someone would want or need to substitute any ingredient. Here are a few replacements for “milk.” These can be used in cooking and some are worth trying as a drink. To make a drink “milk”, mix with your choice of sweeteners or flavorings. An example of flavors would be vanilla or almond extracts, these are my favorites but there is a great selection at the store. I have also added things like Strawberry syrup, a dab of gelatin or even a smidgen of powdered drink mix (i.e. Kool-aid) they can really liven up that “milk.” As sweeteners go, it could be honey, sugar, turbinado or what your preference is. Be adventurous! Just be cautious when adding the flavorings or sweeteners, too much will ruin the drink; if there is not enough, you can always add more.

Oat Milk

1/4 c. rolled oats                              1 c. water

Whirl together in a blender until smooth. You can also use cooked oats but reduce

the amount of water you add to the mixture.

Sesame or Almond Milk

1 tbsp. of ground almonds or sesame seeds            1 c. water

Whirl together in a blender until smooth.

Grain Milk

1/3 c. cooked rice or barley               1 c. water

Whirl together in a blender until smooth.

Potato Water

Water left over from boiling potatoes, or water with a small amount of potato flakes added can be used in cooking also. This is especially good to add as a base for cream soups. I always keep my potato water to add to other dishes or bread. There are a lot of vitamins in that water.

Tofu Milk

1/4 c. tofu                                 1 c. water

Whirl together in a blender until smooth.

Milk Powders

There are a variety of milk powders on the market. Instant powdered milk and non-instant powdered milk and soy milk powder are reasonable alternatives. I think there is a tofu based powdered milk too. Just follow the directions on the packaging.

Buttermilk

Add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to any of the above milks and allow the mixture to sit a couple of minutes. Use this in recipes as a substitute for buttermilk. The acid in the lemon juice “curdles” the milk. I used to use vinegar in the same way but I found I prefer the taste of the lemon juice.

Soy Milk

(from flour)      1/3 c. soy flour                    1 c. water

Whirl together in a blender until smooth.

2 thoughts on “Milk Substitutes

  1. Well, having consumed various examples of these “milk” substitutes, I can honestly say they are very drinkable and often a nice treat! Nice article……

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