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WHAT IS IT?
As the name suggests, it’s a ‘milk’ made from peas – yellow peas specifically. These are milled into a flour which is processed to separate the protein from the fibre and starch. The pea protein is then purified and blended with water and other ingredients to create a milk-like liquid.
SO IT’S YET ANOTHER DAIRY-FREE MILK ALTERNATIVE?
Yep, we’ve seen an enormous rise in the number of alternative milks recently, from almond to cashew, hemp to oat, but pea milk appears to have more benefits than other alternative milks on the market.
OH, REALLY? AND WHAT ARE THOSE?
Thanks to those all-important peas, it’s high in protein and fibre, and low in fat. It’s also great for people with allergies and intolerances or those on a plant-based diet as it’s vegan, lactose-free, nut-free, soy-free, and gluten free!
OKAY, IT’S TICKING A LOT OF BOXES, BUT HOW DOES IT TASTE?
The most well-known pea milk brand is American-owned Ripple, which has three varieties – the original, with a creamy, slightly earthy flavour, and the vanilla and chocolate varieties (left), which are more child-friendly.
GREAT, WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
You can find Ripple chocolate pea milk on amazon.co.uk (£6.87 for a four-pack) but we reckon pea milks will start to appear in more shops very soon. Watch this space. Anna Lawson