Whether it’s due to an allergy, intolerance or part of a vegetarian or vegan diet, finding suitable dairy-free alternatives to use when cooking can be tricky. This week I’ve put two different dairy free cream alternatives made from soya and oats to the test to see how they compare.
Two dairy-free cream alternative options that are readily available in the UK are Alpro Soya Cream and Oatly Oat Cream.
Even if you aren’t a vegetarian or follow a dairy-free diet for medical reasons, anyone craving creamy dishes but looking for a healthier option would benefit from using either of these options. Both cream alternatives have massively reduced saturated fat contents compared to single cream – up to 84% less!
Alpro Soya Cream
I hadn’t been aware that soya cream was even available until recently when I received this carton of Alpro Soya cream alongside some other samples from Alpro. Using the Alpro Soya Cream was my first experience in using a cream alternative so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The first ‘recipe’ that came to mind was a creamy mushroom, bacon and spinach pasta sauce which I would usually make with cream and topped with some parmesan. Using the Alpro soya cream instead worked just as well as normal cream with perhaps a slightly nuttier taste. It was very tasty and I didn’t find myself wanting to add cheese either so I thought it was quite a successful alternative. Shelf-stable and conveniently packaged with a resealable cap meant that I didn’t have to use the whole carton at once or risk it being spoilt.
Oatly Oat Cream
Working in metabolic disorders I am always on the lookout for suitable new low protein products, so when I learnt that Oatly oat cream was suitable for those with PKU, I bought a carton to try. It’s only just taken me a few months to get around to trying it! Keeping to the pasta theme, this time I used the Oat Cream to make a creamy tomato, chicken, bacon, spinach and basil pasta sauce. Perhaps slightly sweeter in taste than normal cream, I didn’t particularly notice a difference using the oat cream and this meal passed the partner test as well which is always a good sign!
I was very impressed with both cream alternatives, it wasn’t as bad as I was anticipated! They were both quite mild in flavour, with subtle differences to standard single cream which you would expect. In pasta dishes this definitely passed the taste test for me and are products that I would definitely suggest for those following a vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, lactose free diet or simply wanting to cut back on the saturated fat.
Have you tried dairy free cream alternatives before? What did you think?
Some of these products were received as free samples. See my disclosure policy.