There Are Various Plant Based Substitutes For Powdered Milk
What is Powdered Milk?
You may know powdered milk as dry milk, dried milk or milk powder. Essentially, all powdered milk is liquid milk that has been evaporated until it reaches powder form. I know what you may be thinking. What is the purpose of powdered milk? I was wondering the same thing. After a little bit of research I discovered that powdered milk does indeed serve a purpose. The shelf life being the main benefit. Powdered milk can live a lot longer on the shelves than liquid milk. Unopened packages of powdered milk are capable of lasting years. This is helpful if you are never able to finish a carton of milk before its expiry date. So this is why powdered milk exists, let’s find out what it can be used for.
What is Powdered Milk Used for?
Well, anything regular milk can be used for, powdered milk can be used for as well. Powdered milk is essentially a substitute for regular milk as well as a great addition to regular milk. By simply mixing the powder with water, you have milk. It is almost comparable to that of instant coffee. Add water and receive your drink. That being said, powdered milk is often used in baking, cooking and as a seasoning for certain foods. When used for baking, the use of powdered milk provides a more sweet and rich flavor to the final product. When cooking, you are intended to add ¼ cup of your powdered milk of choice to every cup of liquid milk that is required. Powdered milk has the ability to become caramelized due to its sugar contents, therefore the addition of powdered milk will cause your dish to become more brown more quickly. Powdered milk also has the ability to make your final product become more firm. What else is powdered milk used for? From experience, while reading the ingredients on many packaged foods, the ingredient that makes things non-vegan friendly is milk powder. This can commonly be found in chips and crackers to name a few. So what are our vegan dry milk substitute options? Keep reading to find out.
Non Dairy Powdered Milk Substitute Options
If you were a fan of powdered milk before going vegan, it is time you discover all of the non dairy milk powder options that exist. Going plant based doesn’t mean giving up your beloved powdered milk, rather it opens up a new and exciting door into the world of vegan powdered milk. Let’s see what we’re working with!
- Coconut Milk Powder
Coconut milk powder is a common vegan milk powder option that many plant based people turn to. Nuts.com has a great coconut milk powder that I love to use. This powder is made by dehydrating the meat of the coconut. Coconut milk powder is a great powdered non-dairy milk option as it contains healthy fats that are good for the body. Naturally, coconut milk powder is vegan and gluten-free, making it a great option for anyone with any dietary needs.
- Soy Milk Powder
Another great option for those leading a plant based lifestyle is a soy milk powder substitute. This non dairy substitute for dry milk powder is not loved by all as it is a soy product that some choose to steer clear of. However, I have used this product in the past and have quite enjoyed the results it brought to the plate. Pure Formulas has a great soy milk powder which I highly recommend you try out.
- Rice Milk Powder
A less common non dairy dry milk option is rice milk powder. I have tried the rice milk powder by Dinavedic and was very content with my experience. Rice milk powder is an awesome vegan dry milk choice as it is said to be the most hypoallergenic option of all the plant milks on the market. If you have any food sensitivities or are prone to bloating, perhaps rice milk powder is the best option for you.
- Cashew Milk Powder
One of my favorite plant-based milks to use is cashew milk. Luckily for us, there is a cashew powdered vegan milk that exists. Organic Traditions is a company that I love to turn to as all the products I have tried from them thus far have been amazing. Organic Traditions makes a cashew milk powder that unlike the others, I have yet to try. I have no doubts that this powder milk substitute will be just as delicious as the other options we touched upon.
Non Dairy Powdered Milk Recipes
Now that I have introduced to you some of the best substitutes for powdered milk I know, let’s talk about some ways in which we can implement them into our lives. We have already touched on some ways in which regular milk powder is used, but can we use plant based powdered milk alternatives in the same manner? The answer is yes. As any other plant based substitutes, they are designed to take the place of dairy based products. Therefore, these vegan milk powder substitutes are perfect to use for baking, cooking and seasoning just as stated before. Here are three different ways in which we can use plant based milk powders while leading a vegan lifestyle.
Baking: Vegan White Chocolate Recipe
The vegan baking net has provided us with a delicious recipe that creates some of the best vegan white chocolate I have ever laid my plant based hands on. Good quality vegan white chocolate can be extremely difficult to find in stores, though the ingredients to make it quite simple. This recipe uses a soy milk powder though I believe any plant based milk powder would work just as well. If you’re interested in making this recipe, click here to learn more.
Cooking: Creamy Oatmeal
When cooking your oatmeal for breakfast, there is nothing better than taking that first bite in the morning. If you want to amp up your oatmeal game, try adding a plant-based milk powder into your oats while they are cooking. This will make them extra creamy and delicious.
Seasoning: Vegan Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix
If you head over to This Savory Vegan, you will find the best vegan dry ranch seasoning mix recipe. I have followed this recipe in the past and have used this mix as a baked potato chip topping as well as doused my popcorn in it. This recipe calls for soy milk powder which I would stay true to for this particular recipe.
I hope you learned something new today and feel comfortable to implement plant-based powdered milk into your life!
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