Sucralose/stevia and nut-based plant milk (especially hazelnut)

I hate sucralose or stevia based Huel. It is much too sweet for me. I bought unflavoured unsweetened (UU) Huel with a relatively small amount of Huel chocolate flavour added as UU on its own is too bland. But that is not a perfect option as the chocolate flavouring contains stevia.

As a better alternative, the idea I read of mixing UU Huel with plant milk was a revelation to me. However the nut-based plant milks worked far better for me. They gave me a pleasant earthyness while the likes of oat, soya and pea milk did not work well for me with an odd sort of creaminess. I tried almond, cashew, macademia and hazelnut milks - they all work well but hazelnut stands out as working brilliantly for me - I cant get enough of it. I have read of walnut and peanut milks which I would also probably like but I have not seen them available commercially. I did try tiger nut milk but it did not work for me. I found coconut milk a nice drink on its own but it did not work well with Huel.

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Yes! Nice one. All about finding what works for you. Do you go 100% milk or do you go half milk;half water?

100% milk. Most of the nut-based milks are fairly watery anyway.

Some plant milks have thickeners in which actually can make the Huel really quite thick…alpro almond milk is one example.

You may be right about that. But I generally use Plenish who have a bigger range (unfortified but not really any point in fortifying if mixed with Huel). Plenish available through Amazon. Coconut milk certainly thick and creamy. Cashew and hazelnut fairly watery at least with Plenish. Macademia fairly watery but from a separate company who specialise in that.

I am familiar with Plenish, they sell it locally to me, but I haven’t actually tried it.

I did try Macadamia but thought it was overpriced, can’t remember the bran, but I see there’s a new brand called Milkadamia that even has a barista version - is that the company you allude to?

The ingredients for Plenish are simple but it still has a long shelf life:
Hazelnut milk: Filtered water, hazelnuts 4.5%, sea salt
Almond milk: Filtered water, almonds 6%, sea salt
Cashew milk: Filteed water, cashews 5%, sea salt

Yes it is Milkadamia which I was refering to. The unsweetened version has:
Macadamia Milk (Filtered Water, Macadamias (2.4%)), Calcium Phosphate, Pea Protein, Natural Flours, Locust Bean Gum, Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12,

Their Barista Latte version adds cane sugar and coconut cream. It is not for me as I want to avoid sugar.

The Alpro unsweetened almond version contains:
Water, ALMOND (2.3%), Calcium (Tri-Calcium Phosphate), Sea Salt, Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Vitamins (Riboflavin (B2), B12, E, D2)

Their sweetened version has same ingredients but contains sugar as the second biggest ingredient.

So yes the Plenish almond milk looks to be much less thick and creamy than the Alpro version. The Plenish almond, cashew and hazelnut milks do not need diluting with water when used with Huel. I have not formed an opinion on whether Milkadamia needs diluting.

So Alpro and maybe Milkadamia look to be trying to replicate dairy milk as much as possible while Plenish just doesn’t bother trying to do that.

Same problem here. I’ve given up on non-savory Huel as I don’t like stevia. I tried half U/U half vanilla, but that still wasn’t very appealing.

The savory Huel is great. I just wish the drink powder was comparable to premix Soylent in flavor and texture - smooth, and just slightly sweet.

Might be obvious, but did you mean you don’t like sweeteners? Loads of sweet Huel products don’t contain stevia. v3.0, Bars, RTD v1.0 and Complete Protein all contain either sucralose or no sweeteners.

There’s a helpful chart in this article :blush:

I guess he probably means he doesnt like sucralose either. I don’t like sucralose or stevia. Pls spell out any non-savoury that contain no sweeteners including Erythritol. The only one I think I have found in your list is Complete Protein but I wd not want that product anyway. Mercifully we do have U/U of course.

Sucralose is OK in small quantities. The problem is that the regular Huel vanilla powder is waaaaay too sweet for me. I can tolerate it if I mix it 50/50 with U/U, but I still don’t find the resulting blend anywhere near as tasty as Soylent.

So the obvious answer is stick to Soylent; but Huel seems nutritionally far better. It’s just the taste that holds it back.

The savory Huel is great. I’ve tried all of them except tomato and herb, and like them all. That’s why it is so odd to me that the Huel drink is so unappealing. Oh well!

Thanks for the feedback Matthew. Huel is more nutritious than Soylent certainly. Comparison here, or you can read @Latestfuels comparison

Have you tried the Ready-to-drink? The smoothness comes from different chosen carb sources between Huel and Soylent. However our RTD uses tapioca flour and is obviously blended by high powered machines, so is much smoother. I think you would like it.

Our Bars don’t contain any sweeteners, neither our v3.1 or Complete Protein Bars. However the Complete Protein powder does include sucralose. You can find all this on the nutrition pages of our site!

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Thanks Tim!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday time period (despite the crazy covid cases in the UK) and happy new year!

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