Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Product Review: La Mandorle Organic Almond and Coconut Milk Powders

As you know, I've been using and making my own almond milk for a few years now (see recipe here).  It's quick and easy to make, delicious and nutritious - love it!  The problem comes, however, when traveling for work or holidays: Ready-made almond milk is not yet readily available in South African stores, and dragging along a blender and a bunch of ingredients when traveling simply isn't always practical.  Enter La Mandorle's Organic Almond and Coconut Powders: The answer to my prayers!

La Mandorle's Organic Almond and Coconut Powders are produced in France and imported to South Africa by Universal Vision.  I tried out the Organic Almond Milk Powder (natural flavour), Organic Almond Milk Powder (chocolate flavour) and the Organic Coconut Milk Powder*: All three of these products are available in a variety of sizes and can be purchased through a number of retailers and online stores in South Africa (see list here).  Pricing starts at approximately R89.99 for 200 g.   

La Mandorle's nut milk powders are prepared by adding approximately 25 g (a heaped tablespoon) of powder to 1 cup of water (or 100 g to 1 liter of water) (use more or less depending on personal taste) and whisking, shaking or blending until smooth.  Simply stirring the mixture leaves it a bit lumpy, so blending, whisking or using a shaker is definitely the way to go.     

La Mandorle's Organic Coconut Milk Powder must be my favourite of the three for drinking straight up: It tastes and smells coconutty and delicious!  Even Baby Girl can't get enough of this one - she keeps on saying "more, more!" when I give her some to drink.  I found it sweet enough to drink on its own, but also especially good for using over cereal in the mornings.

I was very excited to try the chocolate flavoured La Mandorle Organic Almond Milk as a post-run recovery drink (in light of all the praises that regular chocolate milk has been receiving in this department lately), but unfortunately found it not quite sweet enough to drink on its own.  For my personal taste (and I don't really have a sweet tooth), adding a bit of honey or other natural sweetener is a must in this regard.  But don't write off this beauty just yet - I found it to be the most incredible smoothie base that I've come across, well, ever.  I'm so excited about sharing this smoothie recipe with you: It's creamy, chocolaty and sooooo satisfying - perfection in a glass, if I may say so myself!      

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

250 ml of purified water
1 heaped tablespoon of La Mandorle Chocolate Flavour Organic Almond Milk Powder
2 pitted dates
1 medium ripe frozen banana (use frozen, not fresh, for a rich and creamy texture)
1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter
{*Edited to add: 4 - 5 fresh mint leaves}

Blend everything together in a blender until smooth and enjoy!  [And trust me, you will :) ].  Makes one serving.

[Top tip: Add a second frozen banana to the ingredients for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie listed above to make a delicious, guilt-free ice-cream-like dessert.  Chill in the freezer for an hour or two before using if you prefer a firmer consistency.  You're welcome.]  

Last, but not least, the La Mandorle Organic Almond Milk Powder (natural flavour) has a very distinct almond essence taste and smell and works very well over cereals for breakfast.  It's also an excellent smoothie base - perhaps a bit more neutral and therefore also more versatile when compared to the chocolate flavour when used in smoothies (the chocolate is still my favourite, though!).  I did, however, feel that, for my taste, the natural flavour is also not quite sweet enough to drink on its own without a natural sweetener.

All in all I'm a big fan of La Mandorle's Organic Nut Milk Powders (did I mention that they're organic and that the almond milk powders are non-GMO?  Love!).  Although the taste is definitely slightly different than that of fresh, homemade nut milk, plus the milk powders do work out a bit more expensive than making fresh nut milk when using regular  (non-organic) almonds (which I'm doing at the moment), I will definitely  always keep some handy in the kitchen cupboard for the following reasons: 

  • The practicality of using nut milk powders vs. fresh nut milk when traveling; 
  • The long storage life of the nut milk powders vs. fresh nut milks;
  • For days when I run out of fresh nut milk; and
  • That chocolate smoothie...  Do yourself a favour and make one!

*I was provided free samples of La Mandorle's Organic Almond and Coconut Milk Powders by Universal Vision for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.  

1 comment:

  1. Hi I just purchased this stuff but the nutrition label doesnt say much , do you know the calorie content per 100ml mixed on? Or 250ml ? :) thanks


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