Almond-coconut milk in tea?
A few years ago a vegan friend, John Plummer, worked with me on a couple of taste tests in which we added nut milks to English breakfast tea to see how they worked. The results were interesting, so when I discovered Blue Diamond’s Almond Coconut milk at the store, I had to try it in some tea!
(First things first, though.)
The coconut-almond milk is fantastic. I’ve tried three varieties so far: Unsweetened, Unsweetened Vanilla and Sweetened Vanilla. The unsweetened, unflavored milk tastes of coconut (slightly sour, though not unpleasant) and is very rich and creamy. The vanilla unsweetened tastes more like dairy milk and I suspect that the vanilla masks the slight sourness of the coconut. The sweetened vanilla is likewise very good and not too sweet. Even better, the unsweetened coconut-almond milk (vanilla or regular) only has 45 calories per cup, which is half the calories in a cup of skim milk. The sweetened unflavored milk has only 60 calories and the sweetened vanilla version has 70 calories per eight ounce serving. I highly recommend this product to those who rely on non-dairy “milks” because they are vegan, counting calories, have allergies/intolerances or who are supplementing with coconut oil and want another easy-to-use coconut product to consume on a regular basis.
I chose Adagio’s Irish Breakfast Tea as my base tea and added a splash of unsweetened coconut-almond milk. The result was a coco-nutty delight. While I don’t normally need, or want, additions to my tea, it added a lovely creaminess and coconut flavor to the hot tea. I then added the milk to a pitcher of iced tea and greatly enjoyed the resulting beverage as well: I’d imagine that adding some unrefined stevia, which still retains its anise-like taste, would result in a low-calorie, sugar free Thai iced tea substitute.
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