What is the best milk powder substitute?
Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition
drink wholesome is the best milk powder substitute. It is additive and dairy-free, making it perfect for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs, as well as for people just looking for milk without the added junk.
“It doesn’t have any additives like gums and fillers, so it’s gentle on my sensitive stomach.” -Codie
What is a milk powder substitute?
Milk powder, also known as powdered milk, is made by dehydrating liquid milk. It can be easily reconstituted with water to make liquid milk, making it a great option in situations where liquid milk is not available. Most milk powders are made with cow’s milk, but powdered milk can be made with any type of animal milk.
A milk powder substitute is powdered milk made from plants. Common ingredients include soy, rice, almonds, coconut, and oats. A substitute for milk powder can be used in place of cow’s milk powder in recipes or beverages, as it is intended to mimic the taste and texture of milk powder. It is important to note that different milk powder substitutes have different nutritional profiles and flavors, however, so you may have to shop around to find one that works for you.
Why substitute for milk powder?
Vegan or plant-based milk powder is perfect for those following a vegan diet or who are lactose intolerant. It can be made from a variety of plant-based foods, so chances are high that you can find one that suits your diet and preferences.
Here are 3 reasons why you should use a dry milk powder substitute:
1. Dairy (animal milk), even if it has had the lactose removed, can cause digestive distress. This is especially true for people with gut issues and sensitive stomachs.
2. Dairy can cause acne. Dairy indirectly stimulates insulin production, which regulates sebum production. Sebum, an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands, can clog your pores and cause pimples.
3. Dairy is not environmentally friendly. Dairy cows and their manure produce enormous amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, the poor handling of manure and fertilizers pollute local water resources, and dairy farming and feed production can also lead to the loss of ecologically important areas such as prairies, wetlands, and forests.
Going with plant-based milk is clearly the way to go, but many plant-based milks contain added ingredients that can cause side effects and permanent gut damage (more about this later).
What is the best substitute for milk powder?
You can make a substitution for dry milk powder from any plant milk. We use oats and coconut because the combination is superior to any single plant on its own. Together, oats and coconut create a rich flavor and creamy texture similar to that of cow’s milk. Most plant milks, on the other hand, have a chalky aftertaste and water consistency. Both are due to the fact that plants, unlike dairy, do not contain much fat. Fat is what gives dairy its creaminess and smooth mouthfeel, and without it milk does not taste very good. This is why store-bought liquid plant milks contain oils and gums. Ingredients like these help to mask any chalkiness and replicate the consistency of dairy.
Our secret weapon is coconut. Coconut, which is high in fat, gives our plant milk a creamy texture and smooth mouthfeel. Because of its high fat content, however, coconut tends to clump. This is where the oats come into play. Oats act as a natural anti-caking (clumping) agent, and keep our milk powder from sticking together.
If you read food labels, you will have noticed that other coconut milk powders contain ingredients like maltodextrin and gum acacia. Ingredients like these serve the same purpose as oats, but unlike oats, they are not good for you. Food additives can cause uncomfortable side effects and long-term gut damage, and more and more research shows that disruptions to the composition and function of the gut microbiome (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food) can play a role in the development of chronic diseases.
Basically, our simple recipe has allowed us to create a substitute for milk powder that tastes like milk without the food additives. This is a win for your taste buds and your overall health.
“I didn’t realize how many additives are in almond milk!!! This tastes better too. ” – Amy
drink wholesome is the best substitute for milk powder.