Review of Plenish Organic Hazelnut Milk

Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks has not been that successful. So I have been trying to make a real effort lately and try some new varieties of dairy free milk. So I headed onto Ocado and searched for dairy free milk. One milk that seemed to grab my attention was Plenish organic hazelnut milk. Now I’ve never tried hazelnut milk before so I decided to give it a try. I personally liked the simplicity to the design of packaging with 3 hazelnuts to the right bottom of the carton.

The ingredients list is on the back of the carton with water, hazelnuts 5% and sea salt noted. So I was a little disappointed by this. The hazelnut is clearly highlighted in bold as an allergen. There is no may contain warning. The milk is labelled as being dairy free and suitable for vegans. My only concern with this milk alternative is the lack of calcium. As someone who has been on a dairy free diet for a many years it is fair to say that this important factor for me when choosing a milk.

On opening the carton I was surprised that there was only a faint and subtle nuttiness aroma to the milk. In fact it smelt pretty neutral and did not change on my famous close up sniff test. This was a little disappointing if I am honest as I expected this to be much stronger being that it was a nut based milk. It poured easily into a glass it was a cross between a light brown and a dark cream in colour but. It was slightly thin and slightly watery in consistency. On sipping the milk it was slightly smooth but not creamy in texture. There was definitely a nutty element that tasted of hazelnuts to this milk, which was subtle but not to overpowering. I also warmed the milk for 90 seconds in the microwave ready for my famous Weetabix test. It microwaved well and did not separate or form a skin to the top of the milk. Its aroma seemed remained the same I had hoped that the aroma may intensify slightly, but this may be a tad unfair. The milk was absorbed easily by the Weetabix. On tasting the Weetabix it only had a faint hint of hazelnut and didn’t really impact on its flavour. I viewed this as a positive this may sound a little strange but a couple of milks that I have previously tried have made my Weetabix have an artificially slightly sweet flavour. I personally don’t like this and like to my Weetabix to be as plain as possible.

So would I recommend this hazelnut milk? Yes I would. Its subtle nutty flavour was spot on and made a pleasant change to the other milks that I have tried. It wasn’t artificially sweet and wasn’t too creamy. So if you follow a dairy free, or a vegan diet why not give this milk a try. So thank you Plenish for producing a hazelnut milk that I can enjoy.

27 Comments

  1. May 4, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Hmmm – I haven’t been crazy about the nut milks I’ve tried. What do you think of soy milk? It’s the only dairy milk alternative that I actually like.

    • May 5, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Hi, almond milk is my favourite at the moment, but I often have soya milk especially when cooking. Thanks for stopping by Chloe.

  2. Corinne & Kirsty 🌸 (@corinnekirsty)
    May 4, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    I don’t drink milk, like cow milk but obviously, it’s a necessary ingredient to all sweet recipes; I have heard hazelnut milk can be a good substitute in recipes and for breakfast so I’ll think about it more often! xx corinne

    • May 5, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      Hi, I guess it can be. I personally prefer soya or almond milk, it’s just great to have more choices now. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

  3. May 5, 2017 / 8:40 am

    I have never tried any nut-based milks. You post has intrigued me into giving it a go….

    • May 5, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Hi, soya milk is one I often use especially in cooking. Have you tried almond milk I have it most days.

  4. May 6, 2017 / 11:15 am

    I’ve started drinking soya and almond milk recently and I really enjoy them as an alternative to ordinary milk. I find a difference in my skin already after switching to plant based. Thank you for sharing you thoughts😊

    • May 7, 2017 / 8:09 am

      Hi, I tend to mainly have almond and soya milk. It’s nice to try the alternative options. I’m glad that trying plant based milks is helping you.

  5. May 8, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Ah my son has a dairy allergy and one of my daughters is a vegan so this will be worth me checking out for sure! #MarvMondays

    • May 8, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Hi, I hope that you can find it to try and that your son and daughter enjoy it.

  6. May 8, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Sounds great, and you seem to be doing well finding good alternatives. Thanks for linking to #marvmondays

    • May 8, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Hi, I am slowly achieving my mission. It’s great to have so many choices.

  7. Teaisawishyourheartmakes
    May 8, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Sounds tasty! My fave milk alternative is the alpro almond unsweetened 💖

    • May 8, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Hi, It’s mine as well. I tend to use soya though in cooking as I find it works better.

  8. May 8, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    I do love hazelnut flavor, but that lack of calcium does seem like a problem. I’ve recently learned that spinach is full of calcium, though, so that’s another option. This sounds delicious!!

    • May 8, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Hi, the lack of calcium can be a problem in some milk alternatives. I try to get my calcium for other sources.

  9. May 8, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I’ll have to give this ago, my doc thinks I’ve developed a dairy intolerance so I’m on the hunt for dairy alternatives! I have weetabix most mornings so I’m glad to hear this doesn’t effect the taste of it!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • May 8, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      Hi, I hope that you find it to give it a try. Good old Weetabix.

  10. May 8, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I usually reach for the almond milk when wanting an alternative but I might consider this hazelnut milk as you spoke so positively of it! Although it’s sad it doesn’t have much calcium, might have to a treat one!

    sophieannetaylor.com

    • May 8, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Hi, almond milk is my go to milk of choice. It is a shame that not all the milks have added calcium. You just have to get it from other food sources instead.

  11. altspeaking
    May 8, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Interesting – as a pescatarian I do drink milk still, but I try not to rely too heavily on dairy milks as I do have a slight intolerance. I do love my almond milks, but hadn’t tried hazelnut milk before! Thanks for sharing!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

    • May 8, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Hi, almond milk seems to be very popular and its my favourite. I hope that you find this milk to try.

      • altspeaking
        May 8, 2017 / 5:57 pm

        I’ll definitely be looking for it!

  12. May 8, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I can’t stand cow’s milk, but I love almond milk as an alternative! This sounds like a really great option as well.
    Claire xo

    • May 8, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      Hi, everyone seems to love almond milk, I hope that you find this to try and please let me know what you think, Chloe.

  13. July 30, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    I’m lactose and I’m looking into this to try as an alternative hopefully this taste good as it looks

    • July 30, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Hi, i’m glad that you found my review helpful. If you give it a try please let me know what you think.

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