A few years ago, multi-grain milk alternatives made a brief appearance on the dairy-free scene, and the good news is, they have returned! Pacific Foods released their 7 Grain (oat, rice, triticale, wheat, barley, spelt, and millet) Non-Dairy Beverage in Original and Vanilla.
Tasting Notes for Pacific Foods 7 Grain Non-Dairy Milk
Pacific Foods 7 Grain Non-Dairy Milk tastes clean and slightly refreshing. It’s mellow yet a touch sweet, and light but just rich enough. Even though I’m not one to drink a glass of milk alternative straight, I found this one to be very drinkable. It is smooth going down, and has just a very slight chalky aftertaste. This seems to be the norm with all grain-based milks, including rice milk.
If I were to compare the 7-grain varieties to the other types of milk alternatives, I would say that it is a close cousin to a good quality rice milk, but a little more tan in color and full-bodied in flavor.
Both the Original and Vanilla contain no added sugars, but are on the sweet side. The sugars are naturally occurring ones in the grains. Yep, grains, like most plant foods, have naturally occurring sugars. I loved the flavors equally. The original is more versatile, yet vanilla always takes things up a notch.
The 7-grain milk may also have versatility in savory recipes, since it isn’t over-the-top sweet, but thus far I haven’t tested it in that arena. Moms and nutritionistas will like that Pacific’s 7-Grain Non-Dairy Beverage has a modest amount of protein and fat per serving, is certified organic, is completely soy-free (no soy lecithin!), and is generously fortified with calcium, vitamin D, and B vitamins.
The Facts on Pacific Food’s 7-Grain Non-Dairy Beverage
Certifications: Pacific Food’s 7-Grain Non-Dairy Beverage is Certified Kosher Parve, Certified Organic, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: Pacific Food’s 7-Grain Non-Dairy Beverage is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, Free of Added Sugars, and Low Fat. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Information: Visit the Pacific Foods website at www.pacificfoods.com.