….scored by the attributes most important to me: price, nutrients, taste in tea, taste in porridge. Simple.
Please note: I always opt for unsweetened variants where possible (excluding my weakness for chocolate variants) – always check the label for pesky added sugar!
1. Alpro Soya Chocolate
Price: £1.40 / on offer for £1
– GOOD: Fortified with calcium, vitamins D, B2 & B12, high in protein, low in fat & saturates
– LESS GOOD: Added salt, added sugar (but we’ll let it off as its chocolate)
Taste in Tea: Not recommended…unless you like chocolate tea?
Taste in Porridge: 9.5 / 10 – by far the best in my opinion, (see recipe for overnight oats here) yummmm!
Overall verdict: Best for porridge (Oatly Chocolate is also great tasting)
Price: £1.50 / on offer for £1
– GOOD: Low fat & saturates, low total sugars and no added sugar, simple ingredients
– LESS GOOD: Not fortified, added salt, not a source of protein
Taste in Tea: 7 / 10 – not bad at all!
Taste in Porridge: Undetectable due to oat on oat action.
Overall verdict: Best for tea
3. Almond Breeze
– GOOD: Fortified with calcium, vitamins D, E & B12, source of protein, low in fat & saturates, low in sugar & no added sugar
– LESS GOOD: Added salt
Taste in Tea: 6 / 10
Taste in Porridge: Very slightly nutty, otherwise undetectable
Overall verdict: Second choice for tea, arguably the best nutritionally
– GOOD: Fortified with calcium, vitamins D & B12, low in fat & saturates, low in total sugars & no added sugar
– LESS GOOD: Added salt, not a source of protein
Taste in Tea: 4 / 10 (but 7 / 10 in coffee)
Taste in Porridge: 8 / 10 – pretty darn delicious, especially with a more subtle tasting fruit such as blueberries (my boyfriend’s favourite)
Overall verdict: A close second for porridge
5. Rice Dream
– GOOD: Fortified with calcium, vitamins B & D12, low in fat & saturates, no added sugar
– LESS GOOD: Higher sugar than other varieties (7g / 100g), added salt, contains oil which is kinda gross
Taste in Tea: Not bad, but slightly oily mouthfeel – this might be psychological since reading the ingredients list but all the same…I’m not a fan
Taste in Porridge: Kinda ‘meh’ – not offensive tasting but, like its name, not exciting either
Overall verdict: Pass
Vegan-friendly milks use less land and water and generate less CO2 than dairy milk so a simple switch can do a lot of good.