“HELP! My DYI Ripple doesn’t taste, look or feel like the store bought one!” And, it won’t. Ripple is made in a lab where they are able to isolate the pea protein from split peas while our home versions are, well, made in our kitchens. We do not have machines that can do that. Also they add oil and different gums that keep it homogenized and smooth. Last time I checked I could not just walk into the grocery store and buy guar gum. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Ripple. In fact, now that I have tried it, I think it’s pretty good.
So why bother making my own? Certainly going to the store and buying a bottle is far more convenient and less time consuming. I’ll be honest. It’s the cost. In fact that’s why I choose to make my own hemp , coconut and almond milks. When the doctor says Matthew’s calories need to increase by 200 calories a day, the cash register goes off in my head. Let’s do the math. Each 48oz bottle of Ripple costs $4.99. That’s 6 cups. If each cup is 70 calories, I am going to need to add almost 3 cups a day to his current diet. So the bottle will only last about 2 days. Lets’ say I buy 3 bottles a week. That’s $15 a week or $60 a month just on Ripple! Since that is not an option for me (and I’m guessing not for you either) getting as close to taste, consistency and texture is my goal. I have made a new batch that is much closer and it does not separate. That post is coming soon.
In the mean time, if you are interested in seeing how Ripple is made, I found an interview sheds some light on how it’s made. Obviously the cost is somewhat justifiable with all that they have to do to make it taste the way it does. Personally, I’d rather adjust my taste buds a bit and spend the money elsewhere. But, if I’m in a pinch, I will not feel guilty about buying a bottle now and then.
The first time I had ever heard of this was on a Facebook group called blenderize RN. Having a teenage boy on a blenderized/pureed diet can be difficult at times. Because of his complicated GI tract and minimal oral experience, it’s hard finding things he can and will eat without slowing his digestion down. Since Matthew drinks his formula, I wanted to increase his calories and protein without adding more formula but do it in such a way as to not upset his very restricted palate. Enter “Ripple” (aka split pea milk). Since everything I blend for him is homemade, I thought I would try making it myself. I added 1 cup to his normal formula recipe and he didn’t even notice. It was so easy and inexpensive, I just had to share.
1 1/2 cups of cooked yellow split peas
3 1/2 cups of water
2 tsp vanilla (optional)
4 pitted dates
In a medium size sauce pan, bring 1 cup of dry yellow split peas and 4 cups of water to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes on high then reduce temperature to simmer and cook until peas are soft (about hour). Do not drain the peas before adding them to the Vitamix. Because the peas settle, you will want to sir the pot before measuring them out.
In the large Vitamix container, add ingredients in the order listed and secure lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and increase speed to Variable 10, then High.
Blend for 1 minute or until completely smooth.
Remove milk from blender and repeat steps 2-5 with remaining peas.
Food Tip: This recipe makes a total of 10 cups of milk. Ripple is made in a factory with added oils and gums that are not in my homemade recipe. The oils and gums allow the milk to stay in solution. Even when using the Vitamix and a filtration bag, homemade milks will separate and need to be shaken before drinking or using in a recipe. They have also reduced the peas to pea protein and removed the pea flavor. If you are used to drinking the store bought Ripple, this may be a jump for you. It is thick so if you plan on drinking it, you may want to thin it out a bit. You can also run it through a filtration bag to remove more of the solids. With 75 calories per cup and 8 grams of protein, it makes an excellent addition to a blended diet. It can also easily replace cows milk in baking for those who have a dairy free diet. Milk will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 4 days. For oral eaters, please check out my DIY Ripple Milk post. If you are already a Ripple drinker, you may want to read How Is Ripple Milk Made? before you try to make it. It will explain the difference.
Time Tip: Make the full batch and freeze extra milk in ice cube trays then store in labeled and dated freezer bags. Each cube is about 1 once making measuring a breeze.
Money Tip: One pound of dry split peas cost around 70 cents a pound at bulk food stores like Winco. Ripple milk runs about $4.99 for 48oz. Since I only used 1 cup of dried beans, I made 80oz for only 33 cents!