Tuesday, 29 April 2014

a shimmering golden spiced soymilk, and a vitasoy giveaway *closed*

This post is sponsored by Vitasoy.

A shimmering golden spiced soymilk.

I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a sucker for organic food. So when I was asked if I would be interested in writing about Vitasoy's organic range, it was hard to say no. There are quite a few things to like about these products: they are made from organic whole soybeans which have not been genetically modified, and they are locally grown - sourced from a selection of five Australian farmers.

As those of us who occasionally dabble in vegan and vegetarian recipes know, soymilk is a pretty versatile product. You can drink it straight, mix it, blend it, cook it, just as you would with regular dairy milk. It's also nutritious, protein-rich, and contains all the essential amino acids.

Inspired by the properties of soymilk, I decided to create a wholesome, soothing, nutritious beverage. A spiced, golden, hot soymilk beverage.

I've been big on turmeric lately, and I often pair it with black pepper, as they are known to have a synergistic effect - the piperine compound in black pepper boosts the absorption of the curcumin compound in turmeric. So that's pretty awesome. Those two things go into this spiced tea. I also threw a bunch of other spices in, because the more the merrier. You know you want it: the sweetness of cinnamon and nutmeg, the seductiveness of cardamom and ginger. Plus, I added a slick touch of coconut oil, as well. The result was kind of a shimmering golden spiced soymilk.

If you don't have all the spices listed, do feel free to come up with your own combination!

a shimmering golden spiced soymilk
(serves 1)

1 cup Vitasoy soymilk
1/2 teaspoon honey (or maple syrup, coconut nectar etc. for vegan substitutes)
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ginger

Gently warm soymilk in a saucepan over low heat, stirring or swirling it every now and then.
Put the honey, coconut oil and spices in a mug. Stir well so that the spices are combined with the honey and coconut oil.
Pour the warmed soymilk into the mug, stirring as you go, until everything is blended.
Sprinkle with some extra nutmeg or cinnamon.

Hot tip: Mix this spiced soymilk with black tea (ratio/amounts according to personal preference) to create a delicious chai!

Note: Soymilk does form a film when it's heated, but you can just stir it away. You might also want to stir as you drink, as the spices do tend to sink to the bottom. They will still be infused into the milk, but the flavour will be stronger if you get bits of spices suspended in the liquid.

Spiced milk with Vitasoy.

For your chance to win a Vitasoy prize hamper, please leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite soymilk recipe.

The $150 prize pack includes:

3 x 1 litre Vitasoy milk cartons
4 x Vitasoy recipe cards
1 x ‘Healthy Every Day’ cookbook by Pete Evans
1 x T2 coffee mug
1 x KeepCup
1 x 250g Global Cafe Direct organic coffee
1 x $65 Coles gift card

Please observe these terms and conditions. Giveaway will end 5pm AEST Tuesday 13 May 2014.

Brought to you by Vitasoy and Nuffnang.

Results are IN! Congratulations Lily, you are the winner of the giveaway! Thank you, everyone, for participating. x


  1. That sounds like a fantastic drink for warming up in this freezing cold weather we're having! I make an awesome vegan garlic scalloped potatoes using soy milk. Waaay healthier than the usual cream and cheese affair.

    1. That sounds like great comfort food - just right for the cooler weather we're having now in Australia!

  2. i love the combination of those spices! and the addition of black pepper, how bold! what a lovely caffeine-free chai for freezing winters!

  3. love vitasoy soy milk - well I don't drink it unless in the occasional hot chocolate but it works for me in cakes and sauces etc. I am quite happy to use soy milk interchangeably with cows milk so that manes any recipe using milk - which makes it a hard choice - probably one of the recipes I make most often with milk is banana oat pancakes - so I guess you could call it a favourite.

    1. You've got me craving banana oat pancakes for breakfast! Yum.

  4. Oh yum! I love soy milk, and would never have thought to mix it with all those yummy spices!

    I'm very boring with my soymilk - I just usually make matcha soy lattes with it. Soy milk, coconut sugar and matcha powder, all whizzed up using my milk frother. Yum!

    xox Sarah

    1. Don't knock it, your matcha soy lattes sound fabulous! Yum indeed!

  5. oops somethign happened and i think my message got zapped.
    i don't think this will win any prize (compared with garlic scalloped potatoes ... whoa!) but i start every day with a big bowl of rolled oats, nuts, stewed fruit of the season - and soy milk! and now that the mornings are getting chillier, i zap it all in the microwave for instant belly-warming :-)

    1. Sounds like a tasty and wholesome way to start the day! :)

  6. Awesome give away!!!
    My favourite soymilk recipe is to make custard and then use it in triffle! :-) I love that Vitasoy doesn't taste too much like "soy" because then all my family & friends who would regularly drink dairy milk don't mind it either - that's what I call a WIN/WIN! :D
    I also love that they use non GM soy & that it's made from WHOLE soy beans & not soy protein! Yes I'm a Vitasoy junkie ;-) lol

    1. Hehe, I can certainly see that you love your Vitasoy! :D


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