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.

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Review of Alpro light soya milk

Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks has not been that successful. One of my favourite milks is soya only mainly because I personally find it easier to cook with. So when I saw Alpro light fresh milk on offer I just had to give it a try. I personally liked the packaging design with the red colouring to the side with the splattering of milk surrounded by three leaves.
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The ingredients list is on the back of the carton with water, soya beans and flavourings noted. I’m intrigued to know what the flavouring is. The soya is clearly highlighted in bold as an allergen. There is no may contain warning. The milk is labelled as being dairy free, gluten free and suitable for vegans.
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On opening the carton I was surprised that there was no nuttiness aroma to the milk. In fact it smelt pretty neutral, of nothing really. I viewed this as a positive. I’m personally not keen on milks that have a sweet artificial aroma. It poured easily into a glass it was cream in colour but slightly lighter than other soya milks that I have previously tried. It was slightly thick and creamy in consistency. On sipping the milk it was slightly smooth but not creamy in texture. There was only a very faint nutty element to this milk. I viewed this as a positive as it was nice to have a neutral tasting milk that didn’t taste artificially sweet like 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. It’s aroma seemed to change and it reminded me of custard. Strange I know but I thought this added a nice little twist so long as it didn’t impact on its flavour. Luckily, it didn’t. It was absorbed easily by the Weetabix. It did seem to impact on the texture of my Weetabix making it slightly smoother. This made a pleasant change and made it stand out from other soya milks that I have tried. On tasting the Weetabix it tasted just as a Weetabix should the milk did not impact on its flavour. 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 add my own sugar to my Weetabix should I want to.
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So would I recommend this soya milk? Yes I would. Its neutral flavour was spot on and made a pleasant change to the other soya milks that I have tried. It wasn’t artificially sweet and wasn’t too creamy. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this soya milk a try. So thank you Alpro for producing a soya milk that I can enjoy.

Review of Alpro Coconut Cream

With Wimbledon in full swing I am continuing to use it as the perfect excuse to try some new dairy
free creams. Alpro kindly sent me a box of their goodies to try one of which was their new coconut cream. So I decided to save it and try it with some strawberries.
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I liked the simplicity of the packaging with a picture of a coconut oozing it’s milk amongst a simple tropical theme. It is clearly labelled as being both dairy and gluten free diet and suitable for a vegan diet.
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Although it is a UHT cream I placed it the fridge so that I could try it chilled with my strawberries. On opening the carton I wasn’t expecting much of an aroma because the previous creams that I have tried have all had a non descript aroma. I was pleasantly surprised I was hit by an immediate aroma of what I would describe as desiccated coconut. This intensified on my close up sniff taste. I have to admit to being a little concerned as it seemed to be an artificially sweet aroma. On pouring the cream into the bowl it had the consistency like a single cream. It was white in colour and looked like a regular single cream. On placing a little of the cream on my spoon it remained in place. On initially tasting the cream it tasted of sweet dedicated coconut. This was a little too sweet if I’m honest. This didn’t matter because after a couple of small mouthfuls this disappeared and was just a subtle faint flavour. I really liked this as it was completely different to the other creams that I’ve tried which have been pretty neutral taste with a faint nutty undertone to them. I personally liked both the taste and texture of this cream. I liked the initial sweetness that soon disappeared to a subtle flavour. It worked well chilled as part of a dessert. I shall certainly be buying some more to try as part of a warm savoury dish.
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So would I recommend this coconut cream, yes definitely. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet then why not give this coconut cream a try. So thank you Alpro for producing a nice dairy free cream that I can enjoy.

Disclaimer: Alpro sent me a free sample of this product to try. All the opinions in this post are honest and are my own.

Review of Ananda’s Original Madagascan Vanilla Vegan Marshmallows

Every now and then I go through a phase of liking marshmallows. I particularly like them as a topping to a hot chocolate. So when my mother-in-law got me these as part of my dairy free Christmas hamper I couldn’t wait to dive in and give them a try. The marshmallows come in a couple of flavours and I had the Madagascan vanilla. They came in a clear plastic punnet with a clear label with purple writing and pink stars. Slightly girlie but I liked the design. Inside you can clearly see the square marshmallows. To the back of the packaging is the ingredients list and no allergens are highlighted or listed. They are clearly labelled as vegan, which generally good news for dairy free me. Oh and they are also suitable for coeliacs.
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On opening the packet I was greeted by a faint but subtle sweet aroma which was interesting. If I’m honest I thought it smelt slightly of cinnamon rather than vanilla. I love cinnamon so this was not a problem. On picking up a marshmallow what I noticed was that they felt slightly different to the usual marshmallows I have they weren’t so springy. They had a neutral cream / beige colour. This was good because they weren’t full of lots of artificial ingredients. This being proved by the fact that you had to eat them within 5 days of opening the packet.

On biting into the marshmallow the texture was slightly different to other marshmallows that I have tried which surprised me. They were nice and soft but they did not have the chewy texture that I normally associate with marshmallows. As for the flavour I’m not sure I would describe it as vanilla but it was certainly pleasant. By this I mean subtle and not to sweet and overpowering. I really enjoyed trying these. As for the hot chocolate test, well they worked well. I made my usual dairy free hot chocolate with Sweet Freedom choc shot and Alpro unsweetened almond milk. The marshmallows floated on the top nicely and went slightly gooey from the hot chocolate.
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So would I recommend these marshmallows, definitely. I liked their texture and subtle flavour. I also liked the fact that they are not full of rubbish. I can’t wait to try their version of wagon wheels. If you wish to buy them you can get them directly from Ananda’s website http://www.anandafoods.co.uk.

Review of New Alpro Go On Blackcurrant Yogurt

When I heard that Alpro were brining out a new range of yogurts I have to admit to being a tad excited. They are one of my favourite dairy free yogurts. I have them most days during the week with my lunch. So of course I had to buy a pot to try.
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The new Aplro Go On yogurt come in three flavours blackcurrant, mango and passion fruit. I opted for the blackcurrant. The portion size is 150g so it is in between their small multipack and their larger pots. I liked the style of the packaging. It is a simple round pot with the Go On logo on the side and on the lid there is a small simple illustration of cascading blackcurrants.
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The yogurts are clearly labelled as being dairy free and gluten free as well as being suitable for vegans. The only allergen listed is soya. There is a may contain warning for almonds and hazelnuts.
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On opening the yogurt I was pleasantly surprised. I was greeted by a thick creamy yogurt. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma I was expecting to smell blackcurrants. Instead I got a neutral aroma one would expect from a plain yogurt. The yogurt clearly consists of two layers the thick cream layer to the top and a compote style layer underneath of blackcurrants. The top layer has a nice neutral or what may be described as plain flavour. Underneath you get a strong rich hit of slightly tart blackcurrants. The two layers mixed perfectly well together to produce a rich creamy yogurt with a nice subtle hint of blackcurrants. It sounds strange but it reminded me of eating the top two layers of a cheesecake. A pleasant surprise. If you remember their cremoso yogurts it was a bit like this but much nicer.
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In summary it’s nice to have a nice thicker and creamier yogurt that is dairy free. So if you are dairy free like me, gluten free or follow a vegan diet I recommend you give these yogurts a try. I am looking forward to trying their other flavours. So thank you Alpro for producing a new yogurt that I can enjoy.

Review of Matthew Walker Gluten Free Christmas Pudding

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I have personally found it more difficult to find free from Christmas puddings that are dairy free. This year. I stumbled across this pudding so I thought I would give it a try. It is marketed as being gluten free but the only allergen listed are eggs.
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The pudding was quick and easy to reheat. On pricking the plastic sleeve a strong aroma of Christmas noted. I just wanted to dive in but I had to reheat it first.
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I heated it in the microwave and let it rest as instructed. It transferred easily upside down from the pot. It stayed in one piece. It had a nice rich aroma of christmas pudding. I just wanted to dive in. It was the perfect portion size for me. I opted to have it with cold Alpro custard.
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On biting into the pudding it was moist with a slightly gooey texture, which I wasn’t particularly keen on. It seemed to slightly wobble onthe plate as if it was jelly. Now onto the flavour this wasn’t to rich or overpowering. I was surprised by the good quantity of fruit noted which you could easily taste. I was pleasantly surprised by the chunks of cherries. As for the alcohol element there was a subtle but not overpowering hint of brandy.

So would I recommend this Christmas pudding for those who follow a dairy and it gluten free diet? Probably not. I would have this again mainly for the perfect portion size for 1. However, if I am honest I have eaten nicer Christmas puddings. I enjoyed the flavour but it’s texture just let it down. I am sorry Walkers but this Christmas pudding wasn’t really for me.

Review of Alpro Soya Single Cream

Well still continuing with the Wimbledon theme, I thought I should review another cream that is suitable for my dietary needs. So today it’s the turn of Alpro soya single cream. It’s labelled as being free from dairy, gluten and wheat, whilst also being suitable for vegans. The cream is UHT and comes in a 250ml carton. The design of the carton is simple with a picture of cream cascading onto two strawberries, so very apt for Wimbledon. I personally liked the screw cap which was made it easy to open and reseal. A 100g contains 169 calories, 16.8g of fat, 1.6g of sugar and 0.14g of salt.
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On opening the carton I smelt a very feint aroma which was slightly nutty. On pouring the cream it was thin in consistency but not runny. It was pale cream in colour and had a close resemblance to ‘normal’ single cream.
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I tried this cream both with strawberries and as part of cooking a savoury dish. On tasting tasting the cream alone I felt that it had a nutty flavour coming through and it was slightly bland compared to other creams I’ve tried. That said it worked as a part of my version of eton mess. However, there was still the nutty twang there. On a positive note it’s low calories which means that I can have little of the cream with strawberries when on my fasting day on the 5:2 diet. I felt that this cream worked better as an element of a hot savoury dish, with the nuttiness not impacting on its flavour. In fact I personally feel that this cream has been one of the better alternative creams when cooking. So if like me you follow a dairy /lactose free diet, are gluten, wheat free or vegan why not give this cream a go. Who knows like me you may find it works better as part a hot savoury dish. So thank you Alpro for producing a good alternative soya cream.