Review of Alpro Unroasted & Unsweetened Almond Milk

Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks has not been that successful. So I am trying really hard to find some new dairy free milks to try. One of my favourite milks is almond as I like it’s fairly neutral flavour and that it’s low in calories. So when I saw my regular almond milk was out of stock I decided to try Alpro’s unroasted and unsweetened almond milk instead.

I liked both the colour and design of the packaging. It’s cream background with almonds with the milk cascading outside. Onto the ingredients list with 2.1% almonds noted. The almond is clearly highlighted in bold as an allergen. There is a may contain warning for nuts. The milk is labelled as being milk free, gluten free and suitable for vegans.

On opening the carton there was a subtle marzipan like aroma to the milk. I’m personally not keen on milks that have a sweet artificial aroma but I was intrigued by this aroma. It poured easily into a glass it was cream/faint green in colour. It was slightly runny and wasn’t really creamy in consistency. On sipping the milk it was slightly smooth but not creamy in texture. There was a pleasant faint but subtle marzipan flavour to this milk. That said it didn’t taste artificially sweet compared to other brands that I have previously tried. 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 marzipan like aroma intensified slightly. It was absorbed easily by the Weetabix. On tasting the Weetabix the milk impacted on its flavour. This may sound a little strange but the Weetabix tasted a little like an almond based cake. The subtleness of the flavour was spot on and it added a great flavour to my Weetabix. It made for an enjoyable breakfast.

So would I recommend this almond milk? Yes I would. I liked everything about this milk from its aroma through to its flavour. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this almond milk a try. So thank you Alpro for producing an almond milk that I can enjoy.

Review of Tesco’s Free From Almond Milk

Well, I am slowly working my way through a through a variety of dairy free milks. I was in Tesco’s the other day and decided to take advantage of their free from offers. As part of this I decided to buy their own branded almond milk. The milk is free from milk, wheat, gluten and soya, whilst also being suitable for both vegetarian and vegan diets. It comes in a simple carton with a picture of almonds and a picture of a dark cream milk. A 250ml serving contains 65 calories, 2.5g of fat, 10.0g of sugar and 0.3g of salt.
On opening the carton and pouring the milk into the glass I was immediately struck by the dark colour of the milk compared to others I’ve tried and it’s artificially sweet aroma. To me it smelt as if it had a hint of chocolate. I even got a work colleague to check and they agreed with me about the aroma. I was curious as I was wondering if I was going to have a chocolate style milk. I checked on line and Tesco’s didn’t have this so I definitely did have the right milk inside the carton. The milk itself was slightly thick in consistency compared to other almond milks I’ve tried. I personally thought that this was a good thing. On sipping the milk, I definitely thought that there was a artificial taste which was much sweeter than I anticipated with a hint of chocolatish taste. I personally found this a little strange as it was a plain almond milk. I tried this milk cold with cornflakes and didn’t need any sugar as the milk added sweetness to them. I also tried it warm, microwaving it for the same time as all the other milks I have tried. It heated well and kept it’s colour and consistency. I added my usual weetabix to it. The weetabix took on the sweet taste from the milk, which I personally didn’t like. I am afraid that I really didn’t enjoy this milk, I found the dark colour artificial slightly off putting. This with the sweet aroma and artificial sweetness to taste meant that it didn’t tick many boxes for me. I know that it is all down to personal taste, but this was definitely not for me, sorry Tesco’s. That said if you follow a dairy, and or lactose free diet and you have a slightly sweeter tooth this could be the milk for you.

Review of Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk

I thought it was about time that I started to try some new dairy free milks. In years gone by it was hard get an alternative to cows milk and it was always from a health food store. The rapidly expansion of the free from market means that you can easily pop into your local supermarkets and find a suitable milk if you are are following a dairy and or lactose free diet. My favourite milk of choice at the moment is almond milk, especially the unsweetened variety. It is often lower in calories than it’s alternatives and is great to have on a fasting day on the 5:2 diet. I opted to choose Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk, I am not sure why, if I am honest it was a random choice. The only criteria was it had to be of the unsweetened variety. The packaging looks inviting showing a white milk being poured over almonds. A 100mls serving contains 29 calories, 2.3g of fat, 0.2g of sugar and 0.3g of salt.
I personally found it quiet difficult to open the seal to the carton. On opening the packet I found it hard to smell the almonds. On pouring the milk into the bowl it was a pale cream colour. It appeared to be slightly thinner in appearance making it look compared to other varieties of almond milk that I have tried.
I tasted it prior to heating up to have with my breakfast cereal. It lacked any real flavour and I felt was quite bland I personally found it hard to taste it’s nutty flavour. On heating the milk the colour and constancy remained the same. The flavour also remained bland. If you are following a dairy or lactose free diet or just wish to try some almond milk I wouldn’t recommend it. Sorry, Blue Diamond but I personally feel that I have had nicer unsweetened almond milks.

Review of Nestle Gluten Free Cornflakes

As I have been away on my holidays with my family that means gluten food is on the menu for my mum, both when eating in or out. This often means that I can get to try free from food that I may not normally have because it is both gluten and dairy free. We always have a big breakfast to start our day. This normally consists of fresh fruit, cereal and a version of a traditional English breakfast. For the cereal my mum choose Nestle gluten free cornflakes, as I like cornflakes I thought I would give them a try as they were suitable for a dairy and lactose free diet. I decided to have try them with almond milk, as it’s my milk of choice at the moment.
A 100g serving contains 384 calories, 1.1g of fat, 8.3g of sugar and 1g of salt.I always put my milk in the bowl first and then add the cereal. On first appearances they looked like any other cornflakes, in both colour shape and size. On biting into the cornflakes they a good crunch was noted. However, I found them to be dry in texture and bland in flavour.
I was a little disappointed if I am honest and won’t rush out to buy anymore. It is good that there are more gluten free cereals available, but sadly, these particular ones were not for me.

Review of Hale & Hearty Choco Jungle Cereal

I fancied a change with my breakfast cereal, at which point I was experiencing a bit of a chocolate craving. Knowing that most chocolate cereal is not an option because they contain milk or its derivatives I have to be honest I wasn’t expecting to be able to find a chocolate cereal that I will be able to help. I checked the free from section just in case. I stumbled across these. These are marketed as being in gluten, wheat and milk free, whilst being suitable for vegans. It is made from a combination of quinoa, corn and rice. They come in a bright orange box, with monkeys on the front. It was clearly aimed at children but I didn’t care this grown up was going to give them a try. A 100g serving contains 379 calories, 3g of fat and 0.2g of sodium.
On opening the packaging as see through plastic packaging is revealed showing round chocolate boulder shapes. They looked very tempting and immediately said eat me. I have to confess to trying a few before they even made it to the cereal bowl. They were nice and crunchy to bite into and I had an immediate hit of the chocolate taste. They were divine, the best cereal I have had in a very long time. I could happily continues to enjoy them without any milk. However, I added the cereal to the almond milk I had got in the bowl. The combination of the cold milk and crunchy chocolate cereal worked perfectly together. The cereal remained crunchy and kept its wonderful chocolate flavour. The milk only changed colour slightly, going a light brown. To me this was a good thing as it meant the cereal kept it’s flavour and didn’t loose it to the milk. This only because I still really struggle to consume any milk due to the psychological aspect of cows milk making me sick.
I will definitely be buying these again, but as an occasional breakfast treat, as I do not want have too much of a good thing. I would highly recommend that if you follow a dairy free, lactose free, gluten free and wheat free, or a vegan you give these cereals a try. You won’t regret it. Thank you Hale & Hearty for producing and wonderful chocolate cereal that both adults and children can enjoy.

Hot drinks

I thought I would add an extra section to my blog about hot drinks. I’m well known amongst both my friends and family for being a bit if a tea guzzler. I drink all of my teas without milk it’s mainly because of a psychological reason. The thought of drinking milk in tea makes me feel queasy as cows milk makes me sick. I find it hard enough to have either a little soya, almond or coconut milk with my cereals in the morning. I have just about mastered the art of consuming hot chocolate although this has taken a lot of persuasion on my behalf. Firstly, trying it with soya and then almond milk. This is silly really as it can be a real treat on a cold winters day. So I thought this would be a prime opportunity to share my experiences and views on the black, green, herbal and fruit teas that I have tasted. I know that I am not the only person who drinks their tea without any milk. Both my mum and mother in law are do not follow a dairy free and lactose free diet and enjoy their tea without milk. So I hope you find this part of my blog informative.

Review of Harrods hazelnut flavour hot chocolate

On a recent trip to London recently found ourselves Harrods food hall. Whilst the rest of my family were frantically trying to decide which cake to choose I automatically ended up in tea. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to any cakes so decided to treat myself to a nice tea. On the way I stumbled across a display of hot chocolate. My other half loves chocolate so I went to see if there is anything nice I could treat him to.To my amazement on checking the ingredients which is an automatic thing for me several varieties appeared to be suitable for a dairy free and lactose free diet. that was it I didn’t move I couldn’t quite believe my luck. There was the fact that I could actually have the chocolate and then that I have a couple of varieties choose from I just couldn’t believe it.I spent so long trying to decide the rest of my family had chosen their cakes and come back trying to find me. My mother-in-law helped me choose a tin eventually. We opted for the hazelnut flavour. Being Harrods obviously it wasn’t cheap. It was £9.99, however it was in a nice tin and my excuse was that even if I didn’t like it I had a nice tin to store other things.
Inside the tin is a sealed foil bag containing the hot chocolate. On opening the foil packaging you are hit by a nice aroma of sweet hot chocolate. Be honest I smell the hazelnut, although this didn’t matter as the aroma was so inviting. I make my hot chocolate with unsweetened almond milk. The instructions on the tin said to use four teaspoons of hot to add to milk. I only had three as I do not have a sweet tooth. The hot chocolate itself was dark and inviting in appearance. There was a nice chocolatey aroma in addition to this coming from cup.
On taking a sip of the hot chocolate I was immediately hit by a sweet chocolatey fix. To be honest I couldn’t really taste the hazelnut but this didn’t matter. I really enjoyed this hot chocolate. This is a very rich and designed for grown-ups, perfect on a winters day. I can’t wait to try the other hot chocolate flavours and have dropped several hints that maybe they might make a good stocking filler at Christmas. So fingers crossed I will be able to try the other flavours soon.