What Plant Milk Should I Put in My Tea?

2020 is all about plant milks as more and more people choose to ditch the dairy. It’s an exciting time to be vegan, but it can be a little confusing when all you want is a nice cup of coffee or tea. But don’t panic! Here’s a handy guide so all you need to worry about is what sort of pastry to serve alongside it.

Soy Milk

Coffee Score: 7/10

This readily-available option is a strong contender for the ultimate plant milk, and many non-vegans often can’t tell the difference in look or flavor. However, the acid in coffee (and tea) can cause it to split if you’re not careful though, so try warming the milk slightly.

Great for: With a higher protein content than nut milks, soy is great for everything from baking to a pre-gym smoothie.

Almond Milk

Coffee Score: 5/10

A lower-calorie alternative to soya milk. It doesn’t give tea or coffee quite the same color, and can sometimes split. (Be sure to look for barista blends and creamers though, which always score high on coffee/tea taste tests!)

Great for: The taste and texture is perfect for cereal. It’s a popular choice with bakers and is packed with nutrients.

Oat Milk

oatly-milk-in-teaCoffee Score: 8/10

This has a subtle flavour and you get a lovely cup of coffee without worrying about splitting if you choose one designed for hot drinks: make sure you try Oatly Barista.

Great for: An oat milk cappuccino is the best start to a busy day. Also, make sure you check out the Oatly cream for a lower-fat addition to your strawberries this summer!

Coconut Milk

Coffee Score: 5/10

Coconut milk has a distinctive taste which some purists don’t’ enjoy. I love it with Earl Grey tea when I crave something a bit different.

Great for: Coconut milk is very popular in coffee and makes a fantastic rice pudding. If you like creamy cocktails, look no further.

Hazelnut Milk

Coffee Score: 8/10

This can overpower a normal breakfast tea but it compliments coffee beautifully.

Great for: With a more distinctively nutty flavor than other plant milks, this is an ideal milkshake base.

Cashew Milk

Coffee Score: 6/10

A creamy, nutty milk. Cashew milk can be expensive, so it’s worth waiting until it’s on sale.

Great for: Cashew milk is lower in carbohydrates than many other nut milks, so it’s the best choice for a low-carb diet. Just make sure you choose the unsweetened version, but pick the sweetened option for a scrumptious hot chocolate!

Hemp Milk

Coffee Score: 7/10

While hemp milk has quite an unusual taste by itself, it makes a creamy cup of coffee or tea that won’t split on you, and it’s handy if you’re avoiding nuts and soy.

Great for: A fantastic smoothie base if you’re looking to pack in some serious nutrients.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas on how to make your perfect cup of coffee or tea and maybe even inspired you to try something new. There are plenty of other great plant milks to try, from rice to peanut and even tiger nut, plus an amazing variety of flavored milks.

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