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Vegan Milk That Doesn’t Curdle

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

I’ve been on the hunt for vegan milk that doesn’t curdle for years. Years. For me, personally, it’s been the biggest barrier in switching from regular milk to vegan milk.

I don’t drink coffee that much, but I like a cup in the morning to fire me up for the day. And yet with every vegan milk I tried, and I tried them all, every single milk curdled in my morning coffee.  See exhibit A.  A cup of milky coffee is an indulgence of mine, and curdled milk was not cutting it for me.

I tried rice milk, soya milk, oat milk, almond milk, sweetened almond milk, coconut milk in the quest to find vegan milk that doesn’t curdle.  Heating the milk. Waiting for my coffee to cool.  Pouring the milk into my coffee over the back of a spoon.  You name it I tried it, and yet the milk still curdled.

I had given up the vegan milk quest (although I was reducing dairy in other parts of my diet), until the other day when I was in a shop and stumbled across Oatly Barista Milk.  Made from oats, it’s marketed at baristas who want foamable milk for making latte art (how hipster!).  I’m no latte artist, but I figured at £1.95 a carton it would be worth a try to see if it wouldn’t curdle when just poured straight into coffee.

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

I got home and made myself a coffee, and lo and behold, my hunch was right – Oatly Barista Milk is the first vegan milk that doesn’t curdle that I’ve come across!  I’ve also found I much prefer the taste and texture of this milk over the standard Oatly oat milk I tried before, or any vegan milk for that matter.  It has a nice thick, non watery texture unlike all the vegan milks I’ve tried before, and a pleasant taste that doesn’t overpower the tea or coffee.  And it tastes nice in breakfast cereal and porridge too!

It is available in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, and may be available in some organic/natural food shops.

The Oatly Barista Milk has a long date on it (unopened it can store un-refrigerated for a year) so I want to buy it in bulk as it’s not available in my local area.  It’s been hard to track it down as a bulk buy available for postage.  The best price I can find it online in bulk is £11.21 for a pack of six* with free delivery from Healthy Foods Online, a third party seller on Amazon.  If you don’t mind shopping directly with Amazon, I have found it for £7.20 for a pack of six* with free delivery.

If you want to avoid Amazon altogether, it is available for £11.21 for a pack of six with a £2.99 delivery charge from 123 Healthshop.

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

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organic cherry granola recipe

It’s Wake Up to Organic Day on Wednesday 14th June, and this event, ran by the Organic Trade Board, sees independent retailers all over the UK dishing up free organic mini breakfasts to their customers.  Free breakfast!  Have I got your attention now?

The aim of Wake Up to Organic Day is to show you how easy it can be to switch to an organic breakfast, and to showcase the fabulous range of organic food and drink that your local independent stores and cafés offer.  I’m definitely on board with this, and will be seeking out my local store to take part.  You can find which stores near you are taking part using the handy tool on the Wake Up To Organic website.  I’ve found there are 9 stores alone in Edinburgh taking part – from Earthy Foods to Dig In Bruntsfield – so I am sure you’ll be well catered for wherever you are!

If you go along, be sure to share on social media using the hashtag #WakeUpToOrganic

If you can’t make it along, I’ve put together a mainly organic cherry granola breakfast that you can easily make, that’s really delicious and a store cupboard favourite!

Organic Cherry Granola

Ingredients

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(adapted from Cookie and Kate)

4 cups of organic oats

1 cup flaked organic almonds

¼ cup organic walnuts

¼ cup organic sunflower seeds

¼ cup organic cacoa nibs

¼ cup organic desiccated coconut

¾ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup melted organic coconut oil (30-40 seconds in the microwave is sufficient enough to melt the oil)

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup dried cherries (keep to the side until the end)

Method

Preheat your oven to 180°C

To make the organic cherry granola, in a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients (apart from the cherries) and mix well.

Next add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil and stir well.

Spoon the mixture on to a large baking tray and bake for around 30 minutes, stirring half way.

Once golden brown and clumpy, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.

Once completely cool, add the dried cherries, and decant into a airtight storage jar.  The granola will store for up to two weeks, although you I dare you to make it last that long!

Serve with fresh cold milk, sprinkled on top of yoghurt or as a snack straight from the jar.  Either way it’s organic and delicious!

cherry granola recipe