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what's the best milk alternative for cooking?

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MadMonkeys Mon 22-Apr-13 19:15:17

Dd2 is milk intolerant, we're on a voyage of discovery... Don't know yet if she can have cheese, yoghurt etc and we think she may be gluten intolerant too. I'm new to all this lark, having had childhood allergies myself but way before I was doing the cooking smile

What milk alternatives are good for cooking - making sauces, baking, puddings etc? Dd2 is only 7mo. Are nut based alternatives ok for little tiddlers? I've tried formula in rice pudding, which worked fine and she loved it but its a bit sweet for my taste and it would be nice to cook sauces etc that the whole family will eat.

okiecokie Mon 22-Apr-13 19:20:44

Rice Milk, Oatly (although may be an issue if gluten intolerant), coconut milk, Soya milk? All worth a try. I cooked with Neocate in the beginning!

Happygirl77 Mon 22-Apr-13 19:34:31

I'd suggest Oatly if oats can be tolerated - rice milk is very sweet and not for the under-5s due to the risk of arsenic poisoning (though it may be ok when cooked).

trixymalixy Mon 22-Apr-13 20:33:56

I like Oatly or Koko (coconut milk, but not the tinned stuff) for cooking with. Soya is vile and rice milk is too sweet.

MadMonkeys Mon 22-Apr-13 21:42:59

Thanks for replies, that's very useful. She's been ok with porridge so I guess Oatly will be ok, I'll give it a go.

Runningblue Mon 22-Apr-13 22:05:06

I made porridge, rice pudding, custard etc with oatly. The oatly cream is lovely as a base for pasta sauce, or as a topping for puddings etc.
We used pure sunflower spread for cooking.

Runningblue Mon 22-Apr-13 22:11:45

Use the oatly enriched with vitamins and calcium rather than organic, which bizarrely, at least it didnt used to, have anything like that added.

Its also nice to drink, so you could try giving in a sippy cup?

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