Pea milk?

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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

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