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Soy vs. Hemp? Rice vs. Cashew? Here's the Ultimate Guide to Non-Dairy Milks

Whether you're lactose intolerant, vegan/vegetarian, or simply just not into the idea of drinking dairy milk, we are fortunate to have tons of options when it comes to alternatives these days. So much so, that when I'm checking out what milk I want to buy at Whole Foods, I'm a little bit overwhelmed by the variety. Sure, by now, we're all aware of soy and almond milk, but now there's a growing number of other milks being offered - from hemp milk to even flaxseed!
But which of these milks are best for baking? How about as a flavorful cereal milk, in coffee, or as a base for a creamy homemade ice cream? I've decided to do a little bit of homework for all of you in hopes of potentially introducing you to your new favorite combinations!

Soy Milk

- High in essential fatty acids, proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals
- Creamy texture makes it extremely versatile as a dairy substitute
- Promotes weight loss by inhibiting your intestinal absoption of fat with its high amount of monounsaturated fatty acid
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Almond Milk

- Thick texture makes it perfect for cereal, coffee, or straight from the glass
- Nutritious source of calcium, iron, vitamin D, and omega fatty acids
- Doesn't need to be refrigerated so it's also great for travel and packed lunches
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Rice Milk

- Plain and sweet flavor
- Watery texture makes it suitable for cereal, smoothies, and creamier mashed potatoes
- Least likely to cause allergic reactions out of all non-dairy milk alternatives
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Coconut Milk

- Thick and creamy texture is the perfect consistency for sauces and ice cream
- Bakes extremely moist cakes and cookies
- Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous
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Hemp Milk

- Thick and creamy texture perfect for cereal and coffee
- High in omega fatty acids, calcium, and all 10 essential amino acids
- Improves circulation, inflammation, and hair and nail growth
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Oat Milk

- Thick and grainy texture makes it perfect for baking cookies recipes
- Mild, slightly sweet taste
- Used as a nervous system 'tonic' in Western medicine to stabilize anxiety, depression, and mental lethargy
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Hazelnut Milk

- Strong nutty flavor and aroma makes it perfect for coffee
- Thin texture
- Makes for a greater source of protein than most other non-dairy milk substitutes
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Flaxseed Milk

- A rich source of omega-3 fatty acids
- Creamier and with a more mild flavor than a lot of other milk alternatives
- Great in smoothies or fluffy pancakes and waffles
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Cashew Milk

- High in unsaturated fats and protein
- Helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of chronic diseases
- Creamy and mild flavor makes it perfect for coffee, puddings, and oatmeals
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7-Grain Milk

- Consistency makes it the best non-dairy substitute for buttermilk (add 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar)
- One cup has 50% of the recommended daily value of Vitamins B6 and B12
- Perfect for smoothies and cereals
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The only kind of milk I can drink straight is almond milk, don't try it in a cup of tea though, it just doesn't work, that was the worst cup of earl grey I have ever had XD
Chocolate almond milk is always my sweet reward after a workout!
I've tried coconut milk and it taste is too creamy for me.
I love rice milk! Can't drink regular milk. I'm not lactose intolerant but it just grosses me out lmao XD
@MattK95 Yeah, almond milk is my favorite to drink straight too. Although I really did like hemp milk when I was getting a bit more *experimental* with my milk choices. It was really good in cereal, but almond milk is MUCH easier to find!
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OH GOD YES. Looking at these pictures... makes me feel things. In the part of my brain that I'm pretty sure is usually reserved for hot guys with abs. Yeah, I'm pretty sure my attraction to these pancakes is inappropriate. But just look at them, people. Have you ever seen anything more beautiful? A life without these pancakes... might not be worth living. (JOKE ALERT. LIFE WITHOUT PANCAKES IS JUST FINE PLEASE DON'T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY AAHHHHHH) Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes First up is this mind-blowing creation from Spicy Southern Kitchen. Created especially for her daughter's birthday, these peanut butter-infused pancakes have mini peanut butter cups in the batter, and are topped with chocolate sauce and peanut butter whipped cream. There's no way you could feel sad while eating these (unless you have a severe peanut allergy). Scroll to see additional images! Double Stuffed Oreo Pancakes While we're visiting the Spicy Southern Kitchen, it would be remiss not to include the pancakes she created for her daughter's previous birthday. That's right: Double Stuffed Oreo pancakes!! Rich, chocolatey pancakes stuffed with thick Oreo whipped cream. I have just one word for these: uunnnnngggggghhhhh. Cake Batter Pancakes Maybe chocolate isn't your thing. You know, because you're an evil dictator or a mass murderer. That's fine. Try these sweet, mouthwatering Cake Batter pancakes by The Girl Who Ate Everything. Cake batter-flavored pancakes topped with a vanilla glaze and colorful rainbow sprinkles are exactly what you need to bring some joy to your sad, chocolate-less life. S'mores Pancakes Vivian & Me has made all your dreams come true with these amazing s'mores pancakes, packed with chocolate chips and slathered with marshmallow fluff. They look, in a word, amazeballs. I'm also quite partial to the version by We Are Not Martha (see last picture), which are absolutely slathered in chocolate. Included here as an honorable mention. When I make these, I'll probably end up making some kind of hybrid of the two recipes. Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes This is not fair. It is not fair that these pancakes exist, and I'm on a diet. The swirly cinnamon goodness and warm glaze is almost too much to handle. Pixelated Crumb, who brought these beauties into the world, calls them "hands down the most extraordinary pancakes I have ever had." I don't doubt her. Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes It's fruit! It's healthy!! Right?? These look like they jumped out of Martha Stewart's kitchen and onto your breakfast table. With homemade strawberry syrup, delicate lemon flavor, and fragrant poppy seeds, you can't go wrong with this beautiful creation by La Creme de la Crumb. Double Chocolate Pancakes If you really, really want dessert for breakfast, then you'd better go with these decadent Double Chocolate pancakes by Bakerella. The cakes, the sauce, even the GARNISH for Pete's sake is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. YUM. You could also lighten them up by skipping the sauce and garnishing with fresh berries, but where's the fun in that? Lucky Charms Pancakes And now for something completely different. That's right; Lucky Charms pancakes. With marshmallows in the cakes as well as on top! Now THAT'S magically delicious. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day, or just I'm-An-Adult-I-Eat-What-I-Want Day. Get the recipe from Betty Crocker. Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup It wasn't long until somebody brought the apple into this. After bananas, apples and cinnamon might be the next go-to flavor combination for pancakes. You're in luck; these pancakes apparently taste exactly like apple pie. And topped with vanilla maple syrup? Forget it. Fall pancake heaven. Thank you, Averie Cooks. Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes ANOTHER green pancake? I thought those were once in a lifetime. But no – introducing Mint Chocolate Chip pancakes by the... interestingly named Caramel Potatoes (who names these blogs?)! With just the right touch of mint and yummy mini chocolate morsels, you're sure to love these despite their intimidating color. Breakfast Pigs In A Blanket On A Stick Oh god. Now for the motherlode. I can't stop thinking about these. And I WON'T stop thinking about these, I know, until I try making them myself. They're griddled breakfast sausages, dipped in pancake batter and deep fried. Then dunked in maple syrup and CONSUMED RAVENOUSLY. Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen has really outdone itself on this one. Aaaaand that, my friends, concludes the list of pancakes you must try before you die. Although if you eat all of these on a regular basis, you might do just that. If you try any of the recipes, be sure to let me know how it turns out :) and snap a pic and make your own card, so we can all drool in jealousy!! XD
[미국/데블드 에그Deviled Egg] 삶은 계란의 반란
데블드 에그는 미국 가정식의 클래식으로 통합니다. 북미뿐 아니라 유럽에서도 많이 즐기는 간단한 요리로, 계란을 삶을 줄 아는 사람이라면 누구나 쉽게 도전해볼 만한 핑거푸드입니다. 개성껏 토핑과 속재료를 선택할 수 있고, 그래서 만드는 사람의 취향과 문화에 따라 맛과 모양도 달라집니다. 지난 10년간 전세계를 돌면서 셰프로 활동해온 원파인디너의 미국 호스트 찰스 슬로네이커 씨가 말해주기를, 뉴욕의 한 레스토랑에 갔다가 김치가 들어간 데블드 에그를 본 적도 있다고 하네요. 이번에 선택한 재료는 파프리카 가루입니다. 고추가루를 써도 좋아요. RECIPE by 찰스 슬로네이커 주재료 계란 6개 마요네즈 120ml 파프리카 가루(또는 고추가루) 1작은술 소금, 후추 약간 1. 계란 완숙을 만듭니다. 끓는물에 계란을 10분간 삶고 얼음물에 식혀줍니다. 그리고 껍질을 까고 세로로 2등분해요. 2. 노른자를 분리해 볼에 담고, 마요네즈와 소금 후추로 간을 합니다. 3. 노른자가 덩어리지지 않도록 으깨면서 잘 섞어줍니다. 4. 스패출러를 이용해 재료를 짤주머니(pastry bag)에 담습니다. 5. 속이 빈 흰자에 섞은 재료를 채워주고, 파프리카 가루를 살짝 뿌려 마무리합니다. 완성입니다. 맛있게 드세요. :) = 레시피를 소개하는 찰스 슬로네이커 씨는 미국 캘리포니아 출신으로, 아주 어릴 적부터 셰프는 멋진 직업이라고 생각했다고 합니다. 여러 나라를 여행할 수 있고, 어디서든 일할 수 있으며, 어디에서나 맛있는 음식을 먹고 배울 수 있다고 믿었기 때문입니다. 막연했던 꿈은 현실이자 인생이 되었습니다. 찰스 씨는 지난 10여년 간 유럽과 아시아 등 20개국을 돌아다니며 다양한 음식을 만들어 왔습니다.
Pumpkin French Toast, Fall Breakfast Perfection~
Cooking Classy, you have done it again. Seriously guys, this is one of my favorite food blogs ever, because every single one of Jaclyn's recipes are a total win. Like this mouthwatering pumpkin french toast, made with real pumpkin puree, fall spices, and thick, fluffy slices of bread. Can it get better than this, I ask, on a chilly fall morning? I'll take two (helpings, not slices. Teehee) and a steaming café latté. Happy to have you back, Fall :) Cooking Classy's Jaclyn recommends serving warm with butter and maple syrup. I personally love the idea of adding a dollop of whipped cream too ;) Pumpkin French Toast Prep Time: Cook Time: Difficulty: Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy // Photos by Cooking Classy Makes about 9 slices What You'll Need 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 4 eggs 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground ginger 9 slices Texas toast (or other white bread such as Challah or French bread) Butter, for griddle 1. Preheat your cooking surface (if it's an electric griddle, turn it to 350°F; or if you're cooking on the stove, place a nonstick skillet over medium heat). 2. Combine milk, pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until evenly combined. 3. After making sure griddle is well-buttered, dip slice of bread into egg mixture, allowing a few seconds for it to soak all the way through. Flip to coat both sides. 4. Cook until golden brown, then flip and do the same on the opposite side. For extra super yumminess, re-butter griddle between flips. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream and a side of maple syrup! :) Check out some other awesome fall recipes! Kimchi Jjigae by @RaquelArredondo – A delicious, spicy Korean soup to warm you up! Pumpkin Pie in a Pumpkin by @marshalledgar – Such an adorable concept!! Chicken-Flavored Vegetable Soup with Chive Dumplings by @DaniVO – Doesn't it sound just to die for?? Delicious! Have a great week everybody!!
14 Mind-blowing Dessert Lasagnas!
I guess these people never got the memo about lasagna being a dinner food – and oh man, am I glad they didn't. These innovative kitchen wizards have turned a saucy Italian cheesefest into a gourmet dessert. This is a food trend that I have NO doubt we'll be seeing soon on upscale dessert menus around the world. It's hip, it's totally different, and it's just the right amount of weird to tickle the imagination. See what you think – which one of these fantastical desserts would you most like to try? (I've tried to give credit where credit is due. All the recipes are linked below; just click on the word "Recipe." Photos belong to respective owners.) :) Chocolate Lasagna Brownies, chocolate pudding, and Oreos – oh my! Add some whipped cream, and you've got a lasagna. (I never, ever thought I would EVER say that sentence.) Recipe by Rachel Schultz, A Household Almanac Apple Pie Lasagna Let me be clear: this is not your grandmother's apple pie. Oh sure, it's got apples, cinnamon, and sugar – but it's also got caramel cream cheese filling, Heath bar toffee bites, and a touch of maple syrup. I have only one word: WANT. Recipe by Beyond Frosting Pumpkin Pie Dessert Lasagna I don't know if they necessarily needed to specify that this was a "dessert lasagna" – I think that's pretty clear from the whole "pumpkin pie" part. But I digress. We're talking pumpkin, Cool Whip, pumpkin spice chips (which exist, apparently!?) and chopped pecans. It might be 91 degrees out today, but suddenly I'm feeling a little autumnal! Recipe by The Cookie Rookie, inspired by Beyond Frosting (who is apparently our dessert lasagna MVP!) S'mores Lasagna And speaking of Beyond Frosting, she's also responsible for this dare-I-say GORGEOUS creation topped with gooey toasted marshmallows. S'mores Lasagna may be an improvement on the already impossibly wonderful campfire dessert, because it's got two types of graham cracker (original AND chocolate), marshmallow fluff, whipped cream, and – for the mess-haters among us – you can eat it with a fork. Recipe by Julianne Bayer of Beyond Frosting (the dessert lasagna goddess herself. soon we'll all be wearing t-shirts with her face on it.) Brownie Brittle Strawberry Lasagna Before we get too carried away in our decadence, Julianne (yep, we're on a first name basis now) has whipped up a lighter version of dessert lasagna featuring a cheesecake filling, dark chocolate pudding, and plenty of strawberries. See? It's got fruit! It's obviously healthy. Yet again, recipe by my idol, Julianne Bayer of Beyond Frosting Nutella Cheesecake Lasagna Okay, so maybe the photography skills are a little lacking on this one, but the concept is so flawless that I had to include it. Nutella and cheesecake, married into one perfect lasagna that is then dusted with brownie mix and chocolate chips. I can't really explain how much I'm salivating right now. (Sorry for that wonderful image.) Recipe by Modern Christian Homemaker Paleo Chocolate Lasagna Eating clean? Don't worry! We've still found the perfect dessert lasagna for you. Interesting ingredients in this one include coconut palm sugar, almond butter, apple cider vinegar, and shredded zucchini. I won't pretend to understand how it all works, but I will trust the author when she says it's delicious. Maybe. Recipe by Vanessa Barejas of Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind (which is an awesome name for a blog) Fabulous Fruit Lasagna Whoa, a dessert lasagna that actually uses noodles! I bet you were wondering when one of these was gonna show up. This lasagna is a delightful conglomeration of fresh berries, mascarpone and ricotta cheeses, brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, and a pinch of chili powder. Not what I was expecting! It can also be made, the author suggests, with chocolate pasta. Recipe by F.H. Browne, posted on Just a Pinch Chocolate Toast Crunch Lasagna Did you know that Cinnamon Toast Crunch has a chocolaty cousin? Chocolate Toast Crunch adds a special, well, crunchiness to this dessert lasagna. Its creamy filling has a hint of almond flavor. Mmm. Recipe by Cheeky Kitchen, posted on Tablespoon Frozen Snickers Peanut Butter Lasagna It's been pretty hot out, so why not stick your dessert lasagna in the freezer? Dry roasted peanuts, caramel sauce, and little pieces of Snickers? This is exactly what I want to be eating right now. Recipe by Not Your Momma's Cookie Oreo Pumpkin Lasagna Maybe you can't get enough of dessert lasagnas. Maybe you want to try more than one of them. Why not do it at the same time? This recipe is a combination of pumpkin pie and Oreo dessert lasagnas – and I can't think of a single reason it wouldn't be delicious. Recipe by Kitchen Nostalgia Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Lasagna But come on guys, let's be real: this is the dessert lasagna you've been waiting for. Layers of creamy and chocolatey deliciousness topped with mini Reese's cups? Game over. Recipe by Marty's Musings Chocolate Candy Lasagna This take on chocolate lasagna tops it off with yummy and colorful crushed M&Ms! And then you have your choice between caramel and hot fudge drizzle toppings. But I say, Vinglers... why not both? Recipe by Princess Pinky Girl (yes, that is her real name) Chocolate Lasagna 2.0 And finally, we've got one last spin on chocolate lasagna from Center Cut Cook. It features a thick Oreo crust, a sweet whipped cream cheese filling, chocolate pudding, and lots of tiny chocolate chips. I think the width of the crust layer and the crunchiness of the mini-chips set it apart from other versions! Recipe by Center Cut Cook Which one of these crazy creations are you trying first? 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