Fancy making your own plant-based milks, butters, yogurt, cream and cheese? Just by perfecting a few recipes, often means you are not slave to sometimes (terrible) products in supermarkets if you don’t live near good health stores or can’t afford artisan vegan cheeses.
Plant milks are not replacements for baby formula (talk to your midwife about suitable alternatives). Keep these recipes away from pets due to unsafe ingredients (nuts esp. macadamia nuts, garlic, onion etc). Read more on food safety for people & pets.
The Vegan Dairy Cookbook is for anyone who is dairy-free but likes their bowl of yoghurt or cappuccino in the morning. Learn to make 50 recipes including milks, spreads, cheeses and desserts. Recipes include:
- Chive cream cheeze
- Béchamel sauce
- Aquafaba mayonnaise
- Cashew vanilla chocolate ice cream
Marleen Visser is a food photographer and stylist, who creates recipes for everyone to enjoy. She lives in The Netherlands. Also read Plant milks, another good book of recipes.
make your own vegan cheese, milk & yoghurt
Homemade Vegan Cheese, Yoghurt & Milk is a lovely book by a Belgian chef. Beautifully illustrated with colour photos, learn how to make the classics (cheese, yoghurt, tofu, milk, cream and butter) then make recipes that use them including:
- Tomato rosemary almond cheese
- Herbal cream cheese with coconut
- Almond creme fraiche
- Chickpea tofu!
- Cheese dip for nachos
- Homemade ricotta & mascarpone
- Mac & cheese & pizza cheese!
a book to learn about ‘the new milks’
The New Milks has charts to compare texture, nutritional content, taste and best use (oat, amaranth, cashew, hazelnut, sunflower and hemp). Which ones bake the best biscuits, work best in coffee or make creamy mashed potatoes? This book has the answers. Also find 100 non-dairy recipes like ‘buttermilk’ almond waffles and Mexican chocolate pudding.
- Tea and coffee tend to curdle less if you buy a good brand and add the milk first. Choose oat, soy or almond for best results (and a coffee low in acidity). Oat milk also makes the best cappuccinos and hot chocolates. Soy milk is best for iced coffees.
- Soy milk is best for baking as it has the right protein and consistency, and good for baking too. Use oat or almond milk for baking.
- Coconut milk is good for most things, but it does have a distinct flavour which usually still carries through. Choose brands like Biona that are free from monkey-slave harvesting.
- Rice milk is quite thin, and people who like thick dairy milk likely won’t use it on cereal, but it can be good for other purposes. For thick creamy sauces, go for oat, coconut or soy.