As a mom of two little girls, I’m always on the lookout for fun and healthy activities we can do together. Baking is one of our favourites; lately, we’ve been experimenting with plant-based milk. Not only does it have health benefits, but it’s also an excellent way for the girls to learn about little changes that can help the environment.
In this blog post, I’ll share our journey of baking with plant-based milk and how it has become a great option in our household.
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Why Plant-Based Milk?
There are numerous reasons to either make the switch or try an alternative to your normal, traditional cow milk. Firstly, many plant-based milk options are lactose-free, making them suitable for dairy allergies or lactose intolerances.
Secondly, plant-based milk is often lower in saturated fat, making it a healthier option whilst also reducing our carbon footprint. Teaching our children about the importance of sustainable choices is a lesson that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Choosing the Right Plant-Based Milk
One of the first steps in our baking adventures with plant-based milk was choosing the right milk for our recipes. There’s a wide variety of plant-based milks available, including almond, soy, oat, coconut, and more. Each type has its unique flavour and characteristics, which can impact the taste and texture of your baked goods.
We decided to try different plant-based milks to see which one worked best for our favourite recipes. Almond & oat milk turned out to be the most versatile options for most of our baking endeavours. It has a mild, slightly nutty flavour that doesn’t overpower the other ingredients in our recipes. For more delicate flavours like vanilla or chocolate, we found that soy milk worked wonderfully. This experimentation allowed us to tailor our baking to our preferences.
Plant-Based Milk and Your Favourite Recipes
Now, let’s dive into some of the delicious recipes we’ve enjoyed baking with plant-based milk. These recipes are scrumptious and perfect for involving your little ones in the baking process.
1. Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Classic chocolate chip cookies are a favourite in our household. We substituted dairy milk with almond milk, and the result was incredible. The cookies turned out just as chewy and delicious as ever. Our girls loved adding the chocolate chips, helping with the mixing, and obviously licking the bowl at the end.
2. Vegan Pancakes:
Weekends are for treats, and pancakes seem to be the girl’s choice of breakfast. We found that oat milk is an excellent choice for these fluffy treats. The girls have fun making various shapes and sizes, and we serve them with fresh fruit and a few spoons full of Nutella.
3. Banana Bread:
Banana bread is a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas, and we’ve found that coconut milk adds a delightful tropical twist to this classic banana bread recipe. The girls love mashing the bananas and watching the batter come together.
Muffins are a mainstay, and one our girls love to add their own twist and toppings – fruits are a popular choice. Almond milk works well in most muffin recipes, adding to the moisture and tenderness of the finished article.
5. Homemade Hot Chocolate:
On cold winter evenings, there’s nothing better than a cup of homemade hot chocolate. We use soy milk and dairy-free chocolate chips to create a creamy and comforting drink. The girls love adding marshmallows and a swirl of dairy-free whipped cream.
Incorporating Education and Fun
With the variety of plant milk options to create your delicious treats, it’s also an opportunity to educate our children about healthier and more sustainable options. We’ve even discussed ways of helping the environment. One thing we had in mind was a small herb garden on our kitchen windowsill to show the girls how we can grow our ingredients at home. They’re learning to appreciate yet get very impatient with the journey from seed to plate, but it’s a very rewarding experience to see their little plants thrive and use them for tea.
Moreover, baking together encourages creativity and cooperation. We encourage our girls to experiment with different flavours and ingredients while ensuring they understand the basics of measuring, mixing, and following a recipe. Baking has become a joyful bonding experience for us all.
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Baking with plant-based milk has become a delightful family tradition in our home and one that’s made easier by Modern Milkman. Baking is a fun way to spend quality time with your children, create delicious treats, and educate them about making sustainable and healthy choices. If you haven’t already, get your very own milk delivery and try your baking adventures; you might be pleasantly surprised by the results. It’s a small change that can lead to big rewards in terms of health, sustainability, and family bonding.
So, grab your aprons, choose your favourite recipes, and start baking with your little ones. It’s a journey filled with love, learning, and tasty rewards!