As most of you are aware, I generally avoid high lactose foods as it’s a FODMAP trigger for me. However, I was interested to try a2 Milk™ (cows’ milk with a difference) after discovering many people with IBS don’t suffer any of their usual symptoms after drinking it.
I was a bit nervous at first but I tried a little and found I didn’t have any symptoms so tried some more and I seemed to tolerate it well.
So to celebrate WORLD MILK DAY, I’ve created this muffin recipe in collaboration with a2 Milk™!
Who doesn’t love a fresh muffin straight from the oven?
These muffins are full of juicy raspberries, naturally sweetened with ripe bananas and added sweetness from pure maple syrup – and is completely free from the A1 protein found in regular cows’ milk, which many people struggle to digest.
What is a2 Milk™?
a2 Milk™ is a healthy cows’ milk with a difference. It’s gentle on tummies, easy to digest and less likely to trigger symptoms often associated with lactose intolerance and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It’s free from the A1 protein, which can often cause digestive problems that can sometimes be misdiagnosed as lactose intolerance.*
Cows’ milk and dairy are often the first thing blamed for digestive disorders and with 1 in 5 Brits suffering from issues digesting dairy and 15% of UK adults experiencing the uncomfortable and often embarrassing symptoms of IBS, this could be welcome news.
Most recently following new guidelines from the British Dietetic Association (BDA) which recognised the difference in milk proteins and their effects on IBS, London-based The Functional Gut Clinic assessed a number of their patients in a cows’ milk challenge.
While many had given up dairy thinking it was an intolerance to lactose (the sugar in milk) which triggered their IBS symptoms, it transpired in this challenge that for some patients the issues lay with the A1 protein. A switch to drinking a2 Milk™ instead caused no digestive difficulties in most patients (source: The Functional Gut Clinic, 2016).
Some more exciting news is that Sainsbury’s is now adding semi-skimmed a2 Milk™ into even more of its stores and will now stock whole a2 Milk™ - so the whole family can enjoy real cows’ milk again.
Check out https://a2milk.co.uk/ to find your nearest stockist or more information about a2 Milk™.
*Before changing your diet or re-introducing foods please consult your health care professional.
What you need
1 ½ cups self-raising gluten free flour
1/3 cup rolled oats, plus extra for topping (optional)
4 tbsps ground almonds (use ground flaxseed instead of almonds to make it nut free)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
3 ripe bananas
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup a2 Milk™
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 eggs, lightly whisked
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup raspberries, frozen
What to do
Preheat oven to 160C
In a bowl mix together dry ingredients
Mix together wet ingredients in a separate bowl
Combine dry and wet mixture together and stir until well combined
Gently fold in raspberries
Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins and sprinkle with rolled oats
Place in oven 20-25 minutes or until cooked
Remove from muffin tin and let cool on a baking rack
Best served warm, enjoy! Sarah x