Can you substitute regular milk for almond milk?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you substitute regular milk for almond milk?”, and what things you need to consider when cooking with almond milk?

Can you substitute regular milk for almond milk?

Yes, you can substitute regular milk for almond milk. If you are not lactose intolerant or do not follow a vegan-restricted diet, you are free to use regular milk in baking and cooking. Estimate a 1:1 ratio fr substituting regular milk for almond milk and vice versa.

How to replace almond milk for milk in baking?

Can you replace regular milk with almond milk?

Replacing regular milk with almond milk is a great choice if you are vegan or lactose sensitive. Some people also turn to plant-based milk such as almond milk for the welfare of the environment and rightfully so. Because all plant-based foods have a lower carbon footprint than animal-based food.

Can you cook with almond milk?

Yes, you can cook with almond milk but you will have to make certain adjustments. In most recipes, you can get away with substituting almond milk for regular milk in a 1:1 ratio. In others, you may want to add a bit more sweetener or a thinner agent. 

For example, you need to add a tablespoon or two of a thickening agent along with almond milk in puddings or custards. When swapping regular milk with almond milk, you need to consider the following factors.

Temperature

Almond milk most likely curdles up when It comes in contact with an acidic ingredient or is heated to a very high temperature in a short period. Therefore, you must heat the almond milk over moderate heat with constant stirring to prevent the milk from scorching.

Baking time

Using almond milk in baking may reduce the baking time. Therefore, it is recommended to check your product for doneness 10 minutes earlier than the baking time called for in the recipe.

Thickening 

Almond milk lacks the richness of regular milk due to the absence of saturated fat. For compensation, you should add 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch or flour as a thickening agent in your almond milk puddings or custards.

For buttermilk

Stir in a teaspoon of vinegar into almond milk and let it sit for a few minutes so that it curdles. Use it as a substitute for buttermilk in baking or cooking.

Avoid acidic ingredients

Almond milk curdles when exposed to acidic ingredients such as tomatoes, lemon, etc. Avoid using almond milk in recipes that require a lot of acidic ingredients. 

Use less sweetener

It is better to use unsweetened almond milk when substituting it for regular milk in the recipe. This gives you a lot more control over the sweetness of the dish. If you opted for sweetened almond milk anyway, you need to cut back on the overall amount of sugar in the recipe.

How to make almond milk at home?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (50z/142g) almonds, raw unsalted
  • 4 cups (32floz/900ml) filtered or purified water

Instructions

  1. Soak the almond in water for about 8 hours at room temperature.
  1. Drain the water and rinse the almonds under cold running water in a colander.
  1. Blend the almonds with some water at high speed for about 1-2 minutes or until smooth and milky. A little bit of foam on top is natural.
  1. Filter the almond milk using a tea towel or a but bag and collect the filtrate in a bowl.
  1. Transfer the milk to an air-tight glass jar, bottle, or pitcher and store it in the fridge for about 4-5 days.
  1. Flavor your almond milk with a pinch of cinnamon or a dash of vanilla extract.

Benefits of almond milk

Lactose intolerance is not a rare occurrence. About 65% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant. In such an unusual situation, opting for plant-based milk such as almond milk is a wise choice. 

According to the USDA, a single cup of almond milk provides 36.6 calories while the same volume of skim milk contains 83 calories. Most of the commercial plant milk brands sell fortified almond milk.

Fortified almond milk contains added vitamin D, calcium, and protein to improve its nutritional profile. This is an important point since most plant-based foods are not as good sources of calcium as dairy-based products. 

You can find various versions of almond milk in the market. Each type of brand or variety of almond milk provides a different kind of value to attract the customers into buying more products.

You should opt for the one with no added sweeteners or favors especially if you are looking out for weight gain or if you are concerned with your health.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you substitute regular milk for almond milk?”, and what things you need to consider when cooking with almond milk?

References

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/can-you-sour-almond-milk-with-vinegar/
https://www.livestrong.com/article/553567-substituting-with-almond-milk-for-baking/

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.