I'm looking for something that shares Ovaltine's texture and taste, but that's vegan -- milk is the only bit that makes it not vegan, it looks like.

Given the texture and the taste are two really important bits, I'm not looking for something like just mixing "cocoa, hot water and soy milk."

Does anyone know of any alternative that's appropriate?


I did a bit more research, and found a few "homemade Ovaltine" recipes, such as this one — none of which are vegan. That being said, they all appear to have the same basic ingredients:

  • Barley malt powder
  • Milk powder
  • Cocoa powder (if we're going for a chocolate-y version, which is what I'm looking for)

So if I replace the milk powder with a powdered milk substitute — like soy milk powder — I should be good to go! :fingers_crossed:

Note that I haven't actually tried this yet, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to match Ovaltine's flavor and texture... but I'll update this answer once I give it a try :)

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    I won't accept this answer because I haven't tried it yet, and because I don't want to discourage others who may have store-bought (or other) alternatives they know of from answering :) – Bonnibel Jul 1 '20 at 10:44
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    Did you ever remember to try this? How did it turn out? – A. B. Mar 21 at 8:55

Apparently Horlicks has launched a vegan version in Asda.

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