Sometimes you just want that creamy and sweet dairy experience. Two ways I that I do this are fruit smoothies and a quick chocolate milk. The basic ingredients are unsweetened almond milk and the only sugar substitute I will use - stevia. Together, these are my Béchamel for a variety of non-dairy dairy drinks. With this as your medium, you can make any quick and satisfying cold "dairy" drink that you want.
Part of every day is fresh fruit. Between breakfast and lunch I like to make a fruit smoothie with almond milk and stevia. The effect can be very much like a creamy milkshake.
Dairy-Free Strawberry-Banana Fruit Smoothie (Serves 1-2 people)
1 small banana
4-5 ripe strawberries (more if they are small)
3-4 drops liquid stevia
Unsweetend Almond Milk (Plain or Vanilla)
1/2 tps. vanilla extract (if you use plain almond milk)
Put fruit in food processor or blender. Cover with almond milk (use some extra in blender past covering fruit to make it like a milkshake). Add stevia and vanilla. Blend and serve.
The banana helps give thickness to the shake. You can substitute any fruit that you want. Add some nutritional yeast for extra nutritional value. Add a little ice for a more ice creamy expereince.
One of the things that I really miss having more often is chocolate. It usually has two of the things I must avoid - dairy and sugar. Chocolate almond milk has sugar. Adding chocolate powder directly to liquid can be difficult because it likes to clump if you are just stirring with a spoon. So as my solution, I will whip up one of these every once in a while.
Quick and Easy Whipped Chocolate "Milk"
2-2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
4 drops liquid stevia
up to a tablespoon of cocoa powder
Fill your glass about 3/4 of the way up. The whipping will increase the volume. Then add stevia and chocolate. Whip the ingredients well with a frothing whip or hand blender. For a hand blender, you may want to work in a larger, less-full glass. There is no need for a standing blender unless you are preparing for a crowd.
The end result is a creamy and frothy, evenly homogeneous suspension of chocolate in almond milk. It is very a very light chocolate, but more would be too much stimulant anyway. Play around with the proportions to come up with your perfect blend.
And yes; it is delicious too.