What are the benefits of rice milk and how can you use it more.
Rice milk is made from blending milled rice (usually brown) with water. It's higher in carbohydrates than dairy milk and other plant-based alternatives. During processing, the carbohydrates break down into sugars which results in its sweeter taste.
Appearance wise, it’s slightly foamy and resembles other forms of milk (both dairy and plant-based). It’s lighter in taste than cow’s milk.
Like most animal-free milks, rice milk usually contains additives and is fortified with calcium.
So what makes rice milk a good choice over other more popular options such as almond or coconut? It’s a great option for people who have allergies. It contains no dairy, no soy and no nuts so if you’re concerned about dietary restrictions this is an easy option.
Since rice milk contains the most carbohydrates per cup, it provides about:
- 120 calories
- 22 grams of carbohydrates
- 2 grams of fat
- little protein (less than 1 gram)
Because rice milk isn’t high in protein, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests that you not only use rice milk, especially infants, children and pregnant women.
So, what are the benefits of rice milk when it comes to cooking or baking, rice milk is naturally sweeter?
There are a few things to take into consideration. Due to its lighter consistency, it isn’t great for adding creaminess to dishes. However, it’s higher sugar content is great for adding sweetness.
It goes well as a plant-based alternative in baking cakes or other assorted pastries. Similarly, if you want to add a hint of sweetness to green smoothies or overnight oats you can use rice milk instead of sugar or sweetener. It pairs well with other flavours such as banana or vanilla. Or, when in doubt, you can pour it over cereal or granola.
If you're curious about plant-based milk and when to use them check out our blog for more information!