Pea milk: recipe and interesting facts about the trend drink
Nowadays, food allergies and food intolerances are becoming more common. Fortunately, people who suffer from it have different options for a healthy replacement. For example, nut milk has proven to be a popular alternative to cow's milk. Carob flour is an excellent chocolate substitute and there are even several natural alternatives to table sugar. Now we would like to introduce you to a new trend drink: pea milk. The vegetable drink is made from yellow peeler peas and is therefore perfectly suitable for people with lactose intolerance. It is important to note that the plant drink is a great alternative for people who cannot tolerate gluten, soy or nuts. The recipe is also super simple! We tell you more about the production method and the health benefits of pea milk.
How is pea milk made?
In early May 2016, an American start-up called Ripple Foods launched the vegan milk substitute made from yellow peas under the name “Ripple Milk”. In Germany, the pea drink is now being offered by Drinkstar GmbH under the name “Princess and the Pea”.
The technology for making pea milk is different from that for making other nut milk alternatives. First the proteins are extracted from the peas and then mixed with water. Vegetable oil, vitamins, minerals, various thickeners and flavors are added to industrially produced pea milk.
The finished milk in the supermarket is not green and does not taste like peas. It is creamy and also available in different flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and coffee. However, the homemade pea drink tastes of pea and is perceived by some people as unpleasant.
Why is pea milk healthy?
Pea milk is particularly rich in vegetable protein and contains valuable omega-3 fatty acids. Pea milk contains 50% more calcium than cow's milk. In addition, a glass of pea milk scores with more than 10 grams of protein. There are about 13 percent iron, 30 percent vitamin D and 10 percent vitamin A in 100 ml of Ripple Foods pea milk. 200 ml of unsweetened pea milk contains about 70 calories.
Make pea milk yourself: the recipe
• 225 g yellow peeler peas
• 1 liter of water + water for soaking and boiling
• 2 tbsp sunflower oil (or another vegetable oil)
• 2 Medjool dates (pitted)
• 1 pinch of salt
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
Why is vegetable oil added? The oil serves as a natural emulsifier and prevents the milk from quickly separating. For this reason, many manufacturers of this milk alternative also use rapeseed oil or algae oil in their products.
1. Soak the peeler in 750 ml of cold water overnight (about 8-12 hours).
2. Drain the next day and rinse with clear water.
3. Put the soaked peas in a saucepan with 750 ml of water and cook for 30-45 minutes until the lentils are soft.
4. Drain the cooked peas through a sieve and let them cool.
5. Put the peas in a blender along with 875 ml of fresh water, sunflower oil, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Add the dates and puree for 30 seconds until a homogeneous mass is obtained.
6. Now filter the pea milk through a nut milk bag.
The finished pea milk stays in the refrigerator for about 4-5 days if stored in an airtight container. If you sterilize the bottle beforehand, you may be able to extend the shelf life a little.
The use of pea milk is varied
Yellow pea milk can be used in many ways. If you like to drink your coffee with milk, you can try this healthy milk alternative. You can also add the pea drink to your smoothies and breakfast cereals, or to make pancakes or waffles. It is also suitable as a milk substitute in hearty dishes such as soups, pasta and pizza sauces or purees.
Pea milk and sustainability
The producers of pea milk attach particular importance to the ecological footprint and want to reduce this through sustainable production. Compared to cow's milk, but also to certain milk alternatives such as almond milk, the new in-drink is advertised as more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Almond milk, for example, has long been criticized for its high water consumption. However, the ecological balance of the many components of the manufacturing process cannot be precisely determined.
Whether you are lactose intolerant or just looking for a herbal alternative to cow's milk, it is worth trying the pea milk. In terms of nutritional values, the pea drink is particularly impressive with its high protein content and is therefore an excellent choice for people who eat a low-carb and high-fat diet.
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