Cooking dairy free with Oatly and getting my sleep back

Frankie has cows milk protein allergy and she is also lactose intolerant so we cook dairy free and Frankie also has to have dairy free milk. Up until the age of two Frankie was prescribed Neocate milk. When Frankie was approaching two we had to make the decision of what milk to move her on to. There are so many alternatives soya , almond , oat milk the list is endless.

We decided to try her on Oatly which is an oat based milk. There are many varieties of the drink but we decided to go with the enriched with calcium and vitamins (D, Riboflavin, B12) one. It is free from lactose, milk protein and soya which is fab.

Frankie was never a good sleeper and still up until 20 months she was waking for milk in the night and she had only slept through a handful of times. She took to the Oatly really quickly it took two nights of fusing and refusing until she realised she did actually like the milk. I have tried it myself and it does taste like milk and has a really pleasant taste to it.

After about a week of having her sippy  cup of Oatly to take to bed Frankie started to sleep through and not wake for milk. After a few months of being on Oatly she now sleeps and I am eternally grateful to Oatly ! We sleep ! I think it may be the fact that it is Oat based and the relaxing nature of oats also maybe it fills her up more than the formula did. It has also given her a better appetite which I am thrilled with. When Frankie was on formula she would pick at her breakfast and lunch but now she is happy to have her breakfast when she wakes up and enjoys it.

There is so much you can do with Oatly , one of our favourite ways of using it in cooking it to make a fish pie. Here is the recipe for you to try.

Ingredients

  • 400ml of Oatly
  • 500g fish pie mix
  • 40g of Vitalite dairy free spread
  • 40g of plain flour
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 200g of grated Vio life cheese

For the topping

  • 800g of medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 40g of vitalite dairy free spread

Method

  • Arrange the fish and prawns in to an oven dish
  • To make the sauce for the pie melt the Vitalite in a pan then add the flour and whisk until it forms a paste , slowly add small amounts of Oatly bit by bit and keep stirring until a thick sauce forms. Add the Vio life to the sauce.

            

  • Pour the sauce over the fish in the oven dish add some salt and pepper.

  • To make the mash for the topping. Half fill a large saucepan with cold water. Add the potatoes and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Drain the potatoes and put them back in to the pan. Mash with the Vitalite until a mash is formed.

  • Cook in a preheated on 200C/400F/Gas 6 for 25 mins until golden brown on top

There will be a competition live soon over at my facebook page with8 a chance to win some Oatly vouchers and start creating some yummy diary free creations.

 

 

Review: Plamil foods – dairy free chocolate products

I was recently sent a lovely package of dairy free chocolate from Plamil foods to review.  Such a fab variety including dairy free chocolate bunnies , strawberry flavour no added sugar chocolate , banana no added sugar chocolate , organic dairy free alternative to white chocolate and milk chocolate alternative 45% cocoa. All products were dairy free , nut free and vegan friendly. Frankie has cows milk protein allergy and is lactose
intolerant so these were perfect for her.
Dairy free chocolate bunnies
These were so cute for Easter. Frankie has never had a chocolate Easter  bunny as I’ve never been able to find one for her. She was so excited when she saw the bunny shaped chocolate , it tasted delicious too.  Plamil foods have a wide variety of Easter products on their website. I will definitely be purchasing some of these for Frankie’s dairy allergy and vegan friends for her birthday party bags which is around Easter time.
The fruit flavoured no added sugar chocolate – Banana and strawberry
These were really yummy and they are Frankie’s favourite fruits so she really enjoyed. You could actually taste the fruit flavour which was great. I liked that they had no added sugar too as some dairy free products can be high in sugar which puts me off giving them to Frankie. These would also be fab for my Dad who is diabetic for Fathers Day. Such a versatile product we are going to order some more from the website to make our Easter nest cakes to give them that extra special touch.
Milk chocolate alternative 45% cocoa
This really did have a lovely rich milk chocolate taste.  You could taste the quality and the fact that is was 45% cocoa. This would be fab for baking too I’m thinking of making a dairy free cheesecake with this.
Dairy free alternative to white chocolate
This was one of Frankie’s other favourites , its hard to find dairy free white chocolate they are usually milk chocolate alternative or dark chocolate.  This had a lovely creamy flavour and really did taste like white chocolate.
Overall the Plamil food products are fantastic and the variety is amazing as some dairy free brands only have a small selection. Plamil foods have so much choice on their website and really do have something to suit all needs. They are definitely our new favourite and we will be a regular visitor to their site.