I know – the title sounds like a frankenstein invention, but bear with me.
In my search for the an almost zero carb milky (well, at least it’s white, cold, and feels milky) drink, I have found that the Alpro Unsweetened Almond milk the clear winner – well sort of.
It is fortified with antioxidant vitamins E, plus vitamins D, B2, B12, and contains as much calcium as semi skimmed cow milk. It proudly wears the Vegan badge, and this perhaps explains the cheerful wording on the side of the carton
Add the pure taste of almond to your day, in your breakfast or on its own as a tasty snack. Smooth, creamy, and totally nutty!
Let’s be clear – anyone who finds this stuff a tasty snack but be a few taste buds short of a picnic, because this stuff is like liquified dust.
However, all is not lost because it does have a great texture, and there is certainly flavour in there, it’s just beyond my personal spectrum of comfort. Vegans probably love it.
I found this stuff is about drinkable with a couple of things added to it.
Just Like Sugar® Guilt Free Strawberry Milk Mix
This stuff comes from the US – and I get it from carblife.co.uk, but I think more of their products are going to come to the UK market soon. It’s a new type of sweetener based on just four natural ingredients:
- Orange zest
- Chicory root dietary fibre
- Natural calcium
- Vitamin C
Don’t ask me how they do it – but it works! I find that this stuff doesn’t dissolve particularly easily in the Alpro drink, and needs a damned good thrashing, or a few moments in a blender to get the job done, but the results are very enjoyable.
An unlikely outcome – Alchohol free Irish Whiskey
So, I’m not a great fan of artificial sweeteners, but if you want something other than water, with practically zero carbs, that doesn’t taste like it’s been strained through a a particularly old jockstrap, then you don’t have much choice.
Anyway, I had a bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free White Chocolate flavour in the cupboard, and so it was almost inevitable it was going to get thrown into the Alpro to see if it became drinkable. In a 300ml glass of Alpro I added about 4 or 5 cap fulls of the DaVinci syrup and hey presto! I’m loath to recommend you use any more of the DaVinci product, or drink this micture too often due to growing concern over the safety of Sucralose.
The result was quite astonishing. The Splenda based DaVinci syrup works very well and this bizzare combination produces a drink I can only describe as a sort of alcohol free Baileys!
I even tried adding a bit of single malt to it last night, and although it would probably never fool my Baileys loving daughter, it might suffice if you are serious about low carbing.
DaVinci do actually make an Irish Cream syrup, but not a sugar free version, sadly.