5 ideas for a delicious non-dairy summer brunch
Posted by Hain Celestial on Aug 22, 2014 | A Healthier Way of Life
Delicious as is or added to your favourite recipes, most non-dairy beverages are lactose-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free AND vegan—yet provide the creamy goodness of milk. Whether you choose to go dairy-free for health reasons or animal welfare concerns, here's a quick guide and five summer brunch ideas to start you cooking the non-dairy way!
The ABC of non-dairy beverages
What beverage is best suited to sweet or savoury recipes? Follow our guide!
Oat: Great in both sweet and savoury recipes, it can replace milk in smoothies, curries, creamy soups, some sauces and mashed vegetables. Its earthy taste may overpower lighter-tasting recipes like béchamel, but it is excellent for baking.
Rice: Great in baked goods that call for less fat like cakes and muffins, its sweet taste may throw off salty dishes like sauces and mashed potatoes. We love it in rice pudding, low-fat delicate desserts and anything cereal-based!
Almond: One of the best milk substitutes in sweet dishes because of its natural fat profile, it's peachy for baking anything from breads to muffins, cookies, puddings, etc.
Coconut: Coconut's nutty taste and natural fats pair well with both savoury and sweet dishes. Think breads, cakes, puddings and creamy desserts on the sweet side; cook up curries, Asian dishes (Thaï!) and creamy salad dressings on the savoury side.
Soy: Considered the optimal milk substitute for baking, soy works 1-for-1 in most recipes. It does wonders in sauces, both tomato and cream-based, mashed vegetables, salad dressings and dips. For baking - anything goes!
Blends: When cooking or baking, you might also want to consider the new Dream Blends offered in Coconut & Almond, Rice & Quinoa, and Almond, Cashew & Hazelnut. They offer exciting new flavours to explore and improvise with!
Scrumptious yet easy to prepare, most smoothies provide the protein, calcium and fruit/vegetable servings we seek for a weekend brunch or breakfast-on-the-go. Made with cholesterol-free coconut milk, this Coconut Raspberry Smoothie will impress both your guests and your tastebuds.
With its creamy texture and healthy fats, almond milk makes a killer summer latte, like this month's featured recipe: Heavenly Iced Spiced Latte. It also complements any Chai Latte, a major brunch trend right now.
Thin-textured "rice milk" produces more liquid doughs, while its natural sweetness means you can get away with adding less sugar. It positively shines in this Basic Pancake recipe, which you can also personalize: make a crumble of brown sugar, melted vegan margarine and cinnamon, then swirl on a bubbling pancake; or add a little cocoa powder and natural red food colouring for a Red Velvet version.
Any non-dairy beverage will complement egg-based dishes like brunch-friendly frittatas and quiches. For quick mini-frittatas, just whip up some eggs and soy milk, add your choice of fine-chopped vegetables, season and pour into spraycoated muffin tins. Bake 12 minutes and voilà!
Finally, for a non-dairy "buttermilk" salad dressings, just add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to 1 cup of soymilk, then let it rest 5 minutes to sour naturally. Use 1-for-1 in your favourite creamy salads for a healthier brunch. Yummy!
Do you have a non-dairy beverage of choice when it comes to cooking? Any favourite recipes you'd like to share with us on our Facebook page? As always, we'd love to hear your ideas!