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The other day I was ordering an organic smoothie at a local shop and as I watched her put the kale into the blender and grab a carton of almond milk, I stopped her just in time…

Right before she poured the milk into the blender I asked, “Would you mind if I read the ingredients on that?”

She handed me the carton, and, wouldn’t ya know it… The almond milk was filled with all kinds of crazy ingredients that I’d never use in my smoothies at home…

So I simply asked, “Can you use water instead?”

I personally eat very little dairy and usually opt for nut milks to make smoothies and recipes. Almond, coconut, and cashew milks are great alternatives to dairy – but I don’t buy the majority of popular brands at the store, like Silk, So Delicious, or Almond Breeze. Here’s why…

Common ingredients to avoid in dairy-free milk:

Added sugars: Eating too much sugar (which is easy to do, because it’s in almost every processed food) leads to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer (1) – but its detrimental effects can take years to surface. There is no reason to add sugar to milk and we all could use a little less sugar in our life! Some brands have sweetened and unsweetened versions – so always choose the latter. Guilty brands: Silk Original, Almond Breeze, Califia Farms (non-organic), Ripple Original, Milkadamia Original, Pearl Organic Soymilk.

Natural flavors: Natural Flavor is practically the exact same thing as Artificial Flavor, but it’s derived from substances found in nature (plants, animals, etc). Chemists create these complex formulations in a lab, isolating and blending specific flavors extracted from upwards of hundreds of compounds, some of which may be GMOs. These compounds can come from substances that are nowhere close to the actual thing. For example, they might take some castoreum from a beaver (2) to make a flavoring that resembles vanilla – without ever using any vanilla beans. But, hey, it’s “natural” because it’s from a beaver! Common additives in flavors include: sodium benzoate, glycerin, potassium sorbate, and propylene glycol (none are required to be labeled by the FDA). Natural flavors are a complete mystery ingredient and completely unnecessary (3). Guilty brands: Silk, Almond Breeze Vanilla, Califia Farms (non-organic), Ripple, So Delicious, Milkadamia, Pacific Foods Almond, Simple Truth Coconut Milk, Westsoy Vanilla Soymilk, Pearl Organic Soymilk.

Carrageenan & Gums: Carrageenan is linked to intestinal inflammation and cancer (4). Since so much awareness has been raised about the risks of consuming carrageenan, a lot of brands have removed it (yay!) but – they often end up replacing it with gums to thicken the milk, like gellan gum and guar gum. In my opinion, these are safer than carrageenan, but not really something I want to consume often – as they’re linked to bloating and gas (and again, simply unnecessary) (5). Guilty brands: Pacific Rice Milk Original, Simple Truth Coconut Milk, Pearl Organic Soymilk.

Soy milk… rice milk… almond milk… coconut milk… which one is healthiest?

I get this question a lot. I personally don’t drink soy and rice milks. Here’s why –

Soy can cause hormonal disruptions because it has estrogen-mimicking properties. Soy also has an abundance of phytic acid that leaches calcium and other vital minerals from your body (6). And, if soy milk is not organic it is almost surely made from GMO soybeans. GMO soybeans have been shown to be contaminated with Roundup herbicide, which might end up in your glass of soy milk (7).

As for rice, it is notoriously contaminated with arsenic (a carcinogen) – even organic rice – (8) and tests by Consumer Reports have found arsenic residues in rice milk (9). Unless a brand says that they test their rice milks for arsenic, I don’t feel confident that it is safe. Rice milk is also higher in sugar than most non-dairy milks.

I typically stick with organic coconut and almond milks. Organic store-bought hemp milk or oat milk is hard to find, but is a good choice too.

Oat milk and weedkiller contamination – What you need to know…

Oat milk is gaining in popularity right now and you’ll probably start seeing a lot more of it popping up in coffee shops and stores. Recently the Environmental Working Group (EWG) did some testing (10) and found many popular oat-based cereals, oatmeals, granolas and snack bars contaminated with glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller). Oat milk wasn’t specifically included in their testing, but it’s good to be aware that conventional oats (non-organic) oats are commonly sprayed with Roundup as a drying agent before harvest, which makes them more likely to be contaminated. Organic oats are not sprayed directly, but are sometimes cross-contaminated. Thankfully, what the EWG found was that organic products were less likely to be contaminated and had far fewer residues than conventional products. The cancer arm of the World Health Organization considers glyphosate to be a probable carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) – so you don’t want that in your food! That’s why it is safest to look for oat products that are certified organic, and ideally, that have been certified by a third-party to be free of glyphosate.

Oatly is one brand that isn’t organic, but carries the Glyphosate Residue Free certification by The Detox Project. If you buy the Oatly brand, just make sure to pick up what they call the “low fat” version, because Oatly’s regular oat milk contains added rapeseed (canola) oil and other unnecessary additives. I normally wouldn’t recommend a product labeled as “low fat”, but in this case it simply means they didn’t add unhealthy oil to it. And, check out my recipe for homemade organic oat milk below – it’s soooo simple to make.

What about pea protein milks, like Ripple Milk?

Ripple Milk and some other brands like Silk’s Protein Nut Milk and Milkadamia are made with pea protein. I’m now very cautious about consuming pea protein as I learned something very shocking about this ingredient while developing protein powder for my company Truvani…

Our protein powder is made primarily with organic pea protein. We have strict ingredient standards that not all brands have – all ingredients need to be organic, non-GMO, and pass heavy metal testing. We reached out to dozens of ingredient suppliers and every single sample of pea protein failed the heavy metals test and was coming back contaminated with LEAD. I couldn’t believe it. We had such a hard time finding a clean source of pea protein that I thought we would need to scratch the recipe altogether and completely reformulate it without pea protein. We eventually found a pea protein source that passed testing, but it was an exhaustive process that I know most food brands don’t bother doing.

I’m not saying Ripple Milk, Milkadamia, or Silk’s Protein Nut Milk is contaminated with lead. I can’t say that because I haven’t tested them for lead – and I don’t know anyone who has. That being said, given how common lead is in our pea protein supplies, it is a risk and it’s not one that I’m personally willing to take – especially after my personal experience with pea protein! My team has reached out to these companies and we haven’t heard back yet – but we’ll update this blog post when we do.

UPDATE 2/1/19: Following this investigation, Ripple made the following statement on their Instagram page: “We confidently stand by the integrity of our products and we want to give our fans complete peace of mind, so we tested several bottles of each flavor of Ripple Milk for lead. We tested bottles from different production runs, produced over a few months, using a strict EPA-standard testing method (EPA 6020) at an independent laboratory. As expected, all test results came back negative. This means that the amount of lead in the product is either zero, or so small that highly sensitive analytical equipment could not detect it. Thank you for reaching out to us with your concerns! We know how important it is to feel confident about the products you and your family rely on.”

Ripple Milk is not certified organic, contains added flavors, and contains added refined (white) sugar (unless you buy their unsweetened version). Especially watch out for Vanilla Ripple Milk with 15 grams of sugar per serving. I try to avoid added sugar in foods that I’m eating regularly (that are supposed to be healthy!) Think about it: We get bombarded with added sugar all over the place… do we really want it in our daily drinks? I sure don’t.

How to find the healthiest dairy-free milk brands…

Of course, making homemade dairy-free milk is the best option… but I realize we all don’t have time to soak, blend, strain, and bottle it up every few days! When shopping for almond, coconut, oat and other dairy-free milks follow these two tips:

  1. Look for a certified organic version to avoid crops treated with synthetic pesticides.
  2. Don’t assume that all organic milks are healthy. Many dairy-free milks and nut milks are filled with the unnecessary ingredients discussed in this post. So make sure you still check the ingredient list! Choose brands without added sugar, natural flavors, or carrageenan. Also try to find brands that don’t include thickeners like gellan gum, if possible.

Some better brands are MALK Organic Almond and Cashew Milks, Oatly (low fat version), Three Trees Organic Almondmilk, New Barn Organic Almondmilk, Whole Foods 365 Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk, Thrive Market Organic Almond Milk and Organic Oat Milk, Simple Truth Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk, Califia Organic Almond Homestyle Nutmilk, and Native Forest or Natural Value Coconut Milk (canned). Be careful, because these brands may have some other versions with added sugar and flavors.

If you’ve got a few minutes… here are the quickest dairy-free milks you can make at home:

Food Babe’s Homemade Organic Cashew Milk (no straining necessary!) Prep time 6 hours Total time 6 hours Author: Food Babe Serves: 6-10 Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw organic cashews
  • 6 cups water
  • Optional: 2 dates, pitted (for added sweetness)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or seeds of one vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Soak the cashews overnight (at least 6 hours) in 2 cups of water.
  2. Rinse and drain the soaked cashews.
  3. Place the cashews, 4 cups of water, and optional ingredients, if using, in a blender and blend on high for about 1 minute.
  4. Pour the milk into an airtight container and store refrigerated for up to 4 days.

3.4.3177 Food Babe’s Homemade Organic Oat Milk Prep time 1 hour Total time 1 hour Author: Food Babe Serves: 4 cups Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Optional: 1 date, pitted (for added sweetness)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or seeds of one vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Soak rolled oats in a bowl of filtered water for about one hour.
  2. Drain the water from the oats and discard this water. Rinse the oats well.
  3. Place soaked oats in a blender along with 4 cups filtered water. You can use only 3 cups of water if you’d like a thicker milk. Add the vanilla and date, if using. Blend for one minute.
  4. Using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, strain the blended milk into a glass bowl or container.
  5. Store in an airtight glass container refrigerated for up to 4 days.

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This is how I make homemade coconut milk from a can in less than 5 minutes. And if you’ve got a little bit more time…here is a recipe for fresh pistachio milk that is out of this world.

If you know anyone who likes to use dairy-free milk, but might be buying the wrong brands, please share this post with them!

Xo,

Vani

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Whole30 Approved Almond Milk Brands

Finding Whole30 approved Almond Milk Brands can be super tough for a few reasons. You have to find one with NO sweeteners. It also can’t have any carrageenan… those two ingredients are in the bulk of most almond milk brands.

What is the official rule when it comes to Whole30 Approved Almond Milk?

Tip: Nuts and seeds aren’t your best fat choice, in general, and drinking your food is always less healthy than eating it. So when it comes to almond milk, even if you make your own… we’d rather you just eat the almonds once in awhile!

Update to the Whole30 program rules:

In December of 2019, there was a change to the Whole30 program rules! Now all extracts are approved for your Whole30! Naturally, some vanilla almond milks contain vanilla extract, and until this point, weren’t approved for your Whole30. Now they are! So this “Whole30 Approved Almond Milk Brands” has been updated accordingly!

Let’s also knock out some of the commonly asked questions I get about Whole30 Almond Milk before we dive in!

Can you use almond milk on Whole30?

Yes, you can! Dairy is ruled out for your Whole30, but you absolutely CAN use nut-based milks if the ingredients are compliant. See the list below for which brands are Whole30 approved. Also, check here for a list of Whole30 Approved Coconut milk brands as well!

Then, I also gets tons of questions regarding carrageenan in almond milk, which is understandable because it’s a pretty questionable ingredient!

What is carrageenan?

Carrageenan is a substance extracted from red and purple seaweeds, Chondrus crispus, which is more widely known as Irish moss. It consists of a mixture of polysaccharides. It is used as a thickening or emulsifying agent in food products.

Is Carrageenan bad for you/ toxic?

The short answer, yes. It is at the very least a known inflammatory, and we know that inflammation is the building block of disease. It has been linked to ulcerations, and GI cancers, and other stomach problems. So it’s likely a carcinogen as well. Carrageenan is concerning because it’s still FDA approved and is even allowed in certified Organic foods!!

From Dr. Weil:

“Some animal studies have linked degraded forms of carrageenan (the type not used in food) to ulcerations and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. More worrisome, undegraded carrageenan – the type that is widely used in foods – has been associated with malignancies and other stomach problems.”

Is Carrageenan in all almond milk?

Good news: NO. Companies are catching on that this is an ingredient that consumers DON’T want in their products. Even in the last couple of years, companies are removing carrageenan from their almond milks. The list of Whole30 Compliant Almond Milk Brands below are all carrageenan-free!

Is Almond Milk Cancerous?

This thought came around because of the carrageenan in a lot of almond milks… There are SO many clean, non-toxic and carrageenan-free almond milks that are NOT cancerous, and even beneficial for your health! Check out my complete list below.

Does Almond Milk contain hormones?

Nope! Not at all. Hormones are messengers in our bodies that spur our bodies into action. Hormones are found in cow’s milk (and human breast milk) and act as a way to communicate with newborn calves and babies to grow up and get fat! These hormones in milk are part of the reason it’s not ideal for our health. Almond milk is a great choice for many reasons, one being it does not contain potentially-harmful hormones.

Which brand of almond milk is best?

It’s hard to choose ONE brand to call the very best. But you can look at the list below for a start! I’d recommend finding almond milks like the ones below with as few extra ingredients as possible! Try to find an almond milk without carrageenan, sugars or sweeteners, Corn Starch, Rice Starch, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Soy Lecithin (Sunflower Lecithin is ok!) or Sulfites (sulfur dioxide, sodium bisulfite, potassium metabisulfite).

Where can I find Whole30 Approved Almond Milk?

One of my favorite ways to grocery shop is using Amazon Fresh! There are SO many great grocery products from brands I LOVE that you can get delivered straight to your door! (They even have some Whole30 Approved Almond Milk brands!) Click for $25 off your first order!

So here we have it- a list of Whole30 Approved Almond Milk Brands:

New Barn Unsweetened Almond Milk is the very first officially “Whole30 Approved” Almond Milk!

Its only ingredients are:

Organic Almondmilk (Spring Water, Organic Almonds), Organic Acacia Gum, Sea Salt

Where to find New Barn Almond Milk:

You can find New Barn almond milks at Whole Foods, and they are also expanding to independent retailers and natural grocers around the country, so keep your eyes out!

Califia farms unsweetened Almond milk

This used to be unapproved because it had carrageenan in it, but they have since removed it! I love a company that is willing to listen to its consumers!

Now its only ingredients are:

Where to find Califa Farms Almond Milks:

I live in the Southeast, and I can find them at Whole Foods, Target, Kroger, Publix, The Fresh Market, Earth Fare, and Walmart (although we choose not to shop at Walmart).

Use their Store Locator to find where Califa Farms products are closest to you!

Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk

Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Contains 2% or less of: Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2), Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum.

Silk Unsweetened Coconut Almond Blend

Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Coconutmilk (Filtered Water, Coconut Cream), Contains 2% or less of: Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2), Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum.

Where to find Silk Almond Milk:

I live in the Southeast, and I can find Silk at Kroger, Publix, and Walmart (although we choose not to shop at Walmart).

Use their Store Locator to find where Silk products are closest to you!

MALK Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk

Organic Almonds, Himalayan Salt, Filtered Water.

Where to find Malk Almond Milk:

I live in the Southeast, and I can only find Malk at Kroger.

Use their Store Locator to find where MALK products are closest to you!

SO Delicious Unsweetened Almond Milk

(both the half gallon container AND this shelf-stable quart containers are approved)

Ingredients for the 1.5 quarts container:
Ingredients for the shelf-stable 1-quart container:

Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Contains 2% or less of: Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2), Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum, Ascorbic Acid.

Where to find SO Delicious Almond Milks:

I live in the Southeast, and I can find them at Whole Foods, Target, Kroger, The Fresh Market, and Earth Fare.

Use their Store Locator to find where SO Delicious products are closest to you!

365 Unsweetened Almond Milk from Whole Foods

Organic almondmilk (filtered water, organic almonds), tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, xanthan gum, potassium citrate, sunflower lecithin, vitamin a palmitate, ergocalciferol (vitamin d2), dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (vitamin e).

Where to find 365 Unsweetened Almond Milk:

Use this handy store locator to find a Whole Foods near you!

I think because Almond Breeze is so widely available, I get these questions a TON:

Is Almond Breeze Whole30 Approved?

Good news! All of the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk sizes are now approved! They removed carrageenan from the shelf-stable size! #progress The Unsweetened Vanilla varieties are also Whole30 Compliant.

Does Almond Breeze Almond Milk Contain Carrageenan?

There was a time that some sizes did contain carrageenan, and those varieties were NOT Whole30 compliant at the time… But good news! Almond Breeze removed ALL carrageenan and replaced it with Gellan Gum, which IS Whole30 Compliant!

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Other almond milk products that are also Whole30 compliant are their Almond Coconut Blend, and Almond Cashew Blend.

Where to find Almond Breeze Almond Milk:

Use their Store Locator to find where Blue Diamond Almond Breeze products are closest to you!

Nut Pods

Purified water, coconut cream, almonds, natural flavors. Contains less than 2% of acacia gum, sunflower lecithin, dipotassium phosphate, gellan gum, sea salt.

Use their Store Locator to find where Nut Pods products are closest to you!

Target Good & Gather Unsweetened Vanilla Almond

Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Calcium Carbonate, Natural Vanilla Flavor With Other Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Potassium Citrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, D-Alpha-Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E). Available at Target. Use their Store Locator to find the location closest to you!

Safeway O Organics Vanilla Unsweetened Organic Almondmilk

Ingredients:

Organic Almond Blend (filtered Water, Organic Almonds), Sea Salt, Organic Locust Bean Gum, Natural Flavor, Gellan Gum.

Available at Safeway. Use their Store Locator to find the location closest to you!

Lucerne Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk

Ingredients:

Almond Blend (filtered Water, Almonds), Calcium Carbonate, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2.

Sprouts Farmers Market Vanilla Organic Almondmilk

Ingredients:

organic almond milk (filtered water, Organic almonds), tricalcium phosphate, organic locust bean gum, organic vanilla flavor, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum, potassium citrate, organic vanilla extract, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin d2, dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate (vitamin e), vitamin b12.

Simple Truth Unsweetened Almond Milk from Kroger

Almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, gellan gum, dipotassium phosphate, xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin, vitamin a palmitate, vitamin d2, d-alpha tocopherol

Available at Kroger. Use their Store Locator to find the location closest to you!

Kirkland Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Non-Dairy Beverage from Costco

Available at Costco. Use their Store Locator to find the location closest to you!

I LOVE ALDI! I even made this super handy PDF of Whole30 Compliant finds at ALDI! A question I get a lot is:

Is ALDI Almond Milk Whole30 Approved?

Some are! The Friendly Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk and Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milks ARE Whole30 compliant! See the ingredients below. Sometimes you can also find SimplyNature Organic Unsweetened Almond or Unsweetened Vanilla Non-Dairy Beverages, which are both Whole30 compliant as well!

Friendly Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk from Aldi

Almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), Tricalcium Phosphate, sea salt, gellan gum, Dipotassium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, D-Alpha Tocopherol (natural Vitamin E).

Friendly Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk from Aldi

Almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), tricalcium phosphate, natural flavors, sea salt, gellan gum, dipotassium phosphate, xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin, vitamin a palmitate, vitamin d2, d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin e).

SimplyNature Organic Unsweetened Almond or Unsweetened Vanilla Non-Dairy Beverages from Aldi

Available at Aldi. Use their Store Locator to find the location closest to you!

Wholesome Pantry Unsweetened Original Almondmilk from Shoprite

Ingredients:

Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Tricalcium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Gellan Gum, Dipotassium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, D-Alpha Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).

Available at Shoprite. Use their Store Locator to find the location closest to you!

In summary, here is a quick list of Whole30 Compliant Almond Milk Brands:

  • New Barn Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Califia farms unsweetened Almond milk
  • Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk and Unsweetened Coconut Almond Blend
  • MALK Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • SO Delicious Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk and Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Nut Pods
  • Simple Truth Unsweetened Almond Milk from Kroger
  • Friendly Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk and Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk from Aldi
  • SimplyNature Organic Unsweetened Almond or Unsweetened Vanilla Non-Dairy Beverages from Aldi
  • Wholesome Pantry Unsweetened Original Almondmilk from Shoprite

Products I know that are NOT Whole30 Approved:

  • Any almond milk with sweeteners or the below additives
  • Pacific Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk (contains rice starch and carrageenan)
  • Target Simply Balanced unsweetened vanilla almond milk (contains carrageenan)
  • Walmart Great Value unsweetened vanilla almond milk (contains carrageenan)
  • Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Almond Milk – monk fruit extract is used here as a sweetener

Is your almond milk not listed? No problem!

  • Carrageenan
  • Corn Starch
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Soy Lecithin (Sunflower Lecithin is ok!)
  • Sulfites (sulfur dioxide, sodium bisulfite, potassium metabisulfite)

And there’s this super handy PDF that the Whole30 program has that tells you all of the approved additives!

We Tried 18 Different Almond Milks—And This Was Our Favorite

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Whether you’re a fan of almond milk because you’re going dairy-free or you just like to add something a little different to your coffee, it can be confusing to choose a good one. There are more than a dozen brands, making it tricky to find one that tastes great—and isn’t loaded with sugar.

Some sweetened varieties can pack over 20g of sugar per serving, which is pretty scary! So, we went on a mission to hunt down the most nutritious almond milks we could find, and try them to decide which one was the tastiest.

After reviewing ingredients, we purchased 18 different types of almond milk and divvied them into three categories: Original flavor, unsweetened, and unsweetened vanilla. Then, we conducted a blind taste test. Here’s which almond milk trumped them all.

Unsweetened Almond Milk

Winner: Unsweetened Original Almond Breeze Almond Milk

Original Almond Breeze can be found in almost any grocery store or online. Unsweetened almond milk by itself is definitely an acquired taste, but our testers gave Almond Breeze kudos for its “subtle flavor” and noted that it “lacked the bitter aftertaste” of some competitors. Tasters agreed it would be delicious poured over cereal or used in a smoothie.

Nutrition per cup: 30 calories, 2.5g fat, 0g sat fat, 170 mg sodium, 160mg potassium, 1g carb, 1g>

Original Almond Milk

Winner: Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Original Organic Almond Milk

As you can probably tell by the name, this brand is from Whole Foods. It’s organic, and lightly sweetened with cane sugar (there are only 7g of sugar per cup, so it’s definitely not bad). Our tasters loved the almond-forward flavor and the mild taste and sweetness. One taster said it was the “most milk-like” of any of the almond milks she tried.

Nutrition per cup: 60 calories, 2.5g fat, 0g sat fat, 140mg sodium, 180mg potassium, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugar, 1g protein

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Winner: ALDI’s Simply Nature Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Tasters agreed that this unsweetened vanilla almond milk from ALDI had “the most balanced flavor of all the milks in this category.” We loved that there was just enough vanilla to offset the bitterness common in unsweetened almond milk—without being overpowering. This would be great in coffee, cereal, or a smoothie.

Nutrition per cup: 40 calories, 3g fat, 0g sat fat, 160mg sodium, 65mg potassium, 2g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g>

Overall Winner: Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Original Organic Almond Milk

This original almond milk had the smoothest and most pleasant taste, and most closely resembled dairy milk. We love it for its versatility—because of its neutral taste profile, it could be used in almost any application where you’d use regular milk.

Visual Learner? Watch this Banana Nut Smoothie recipe from start to finish!

Has your June been crazy like mine? Between planning for Ethan’s birthday party, traveling to graduations, non-stop cookbook cooking, building a studio kitchen (again), kid activities …..woooooosaaaaaah!

I wish I was one of those people that can totally flourish with a lot going on. You know, the movers and shakers that have no problem with hopping from coast to coast in a day while juggling phone calls, meetings, etc.

That is not me. At all. I’m a Taurus. I like balance. Peacefulness. Calm. One thing at a time kinda girl.

Life is rarely like that though so I’ve learned many tips and tricks to maintain my sanity. Sometimes it’s as easy as making a quick smoothie for breakfast and prepping dinners for the week on Sunday.

I always meal prep when I know my week is going to be insane. It frees up so much mental space and time when meals are ready to go.

Lately, I’ve been all about smoothies for breakfast.

Like seriously, are smoothies not the BEST hot weather breakfast ever invented? I don’t have to turn on the oven, they come together in minutes, the kids love them, they’re filling, they cool you down, and you can enjoy them on the go. Major summer breakfast win!


Today I’ve teamed up with Fisher Nuts again to bring you one of my favorite, Banana Nut Breakfast Smoothies!

This is the fifth recipe I’ve done with Fisher Nuts! You can check out the other delicious recipes I’ve done with Fisher Nuts below.

Easy Fried Ice Cream
Frosted Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars
Vegan Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Butter Pecan Bread

This Banana Nut Breakfast Smoothie is the perfect way to use up ripe bananas. I’ve made it several times this month!

Feel free to sweeten it with honey, sugar or dates but honestly, I don’t think it needs it if the bananas are ripe.

The secret to this creamy smoothie is the homemade almond butter. Turning the almonds into a butter/paste keeps the smoothie from having that powdery aftertaste and really bumps up that nutty flavor!

I love using Fisher Nuts for my almond butter. Fisher Nuts are fresh out of their shells with no preservatives and are non-GMO project verified.

Simply scoop 1/4 cup of Fisher Nuts Whole Natural Almonds out of the handy, resealable stand-up bag and place them into the blender first. After pulsating them for a few seconds you’ll have almond flour. Continue pulsating and the flour quickly turns into a thick almond butter, perfect for smoothies.

Then just add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and done! Now you see why this has been my go-to, quick and easy breakfast this month!

This banana nut smoothie is so delicious and you don’t even have to turn on the oven to enjoy that homemade banana nut muffin flavor!

Enjoy!

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Healthy Banana Nut Breakfast Smoothie

Taste like banana nut muffins! This banana nut smoothie is full of fresh banana and homemade almond butter! No sugar! Frosty, creamy smoothie! Easy recipe. Course Breakfast Cuisine American Keyword almond milk, banana nut, banana smoothie, nuts, raw, smoothie Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 0 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Servings 1 serving Author Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Fisher Nuts Whole Natural Almonds
  • 1 cup ripe bananas 1 large banana
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • Sweetener: honey sugar, agave, etc. (optional)
  • garnish: granola sliced almonds (optional)

Instructions

  • Add almonds into a high-powered blender and blend until it resembles almond paste.
  • Add in bananas, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Taste and sweeten if desired (I never do)
  • Add in ice and blend until creamy.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Garnish with sliced almonds and granola if desired.

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Smoothies stand out from other blended beverages in their emphasis on natural sources of saccharinity. Unlike milkshakes and malts, these drinks are of a thinner consistency that derive their rich flavor and nutritious nature from fruits and veggies. The defining characteristic of their origins allows them to proffer the perfect substitute for meals or snacks and actually makes them an invaluable component of healthy diets.

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This creamy and comforting honey nut breakfast smoothie combines the simple flavours of honey and nuts in a wholesome and balanced smoothie that’s guaranteed to start your day off on the right foot. Naturally gluten-free and refined sugar-free, this smoothie makes a healthy breakfast or snack!

Let’s talk breakfast!

Whether or not you think it’s the most important meal of the day (research keeps going back and forth… as always), you have to admit that breakfast foods are the best kinds of foods. There’s oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, crepes, cereal, smoothies, muffins, toast, bagels, eggs… Even people who don’t like breakfast (!?!?) usually like breakfast foods… albeit later in the day.

Personally, I can (and often do) eat breakfast for every meal and feel perfectly satisfied. Oatmeal for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch, and maybe pancakes for dinner is my idea of perfection — my only requirement is that all those meals be sweet. I’ve tried going the savoury breakfast route on a few occasions, and it just doesn’t work for me like everyone says it should. Apparently it’s supposed to keep your sugar cravings in check, but I’m pretty sure it only makes mine worse — I end up digging through my chocolate stash about 30 minutes after I’m done to satisfy the craving.

Savoury lunches and dinners I can do. Savoury breakfasts, not so much.

Another thing I can’t do is smoothies for dinner.

I love them earlier in the day, but I’m usually looking for something with a little more substance when dinnertime rolls around… which is probably why I don’t really eat many soups either. But I digress. It’s summer and we’re not talking about hot soup because even the thought makes us sweat.

We are, however, drinking and dreaming about lots and lots of creamy and refreshing smoothies.

One of the things I love most about smoothies (besides basically everything), is that the possibilities are endless when it comes to what you throw in them and what kind of flavour you end up with.

Whether it be something like Black Forest, Almond Joy, or apple pie, it’s so easy to take your favourite dessert flavours and stick them in a drinkable form. Not because it’s bad to eat dessert, but because it’s probably not the best idea to eat it for breakfast. Unless, of course, it’s leftover birthday cake, in which case — all bets are off.

And then there are the times where you’re just craving something simple. Oatmeal with brown sugar. Pancakes with maple syrup. Eggs and ketchup. Something that lets each flavour really stand out. It’s fun to go crazy on toppings and add-ins, but if you’re anything like me, then you occasionally find yourself craving something really simple… something with only a couple of flavours that compliment each other perfectly.

Enter this honey nut breakfast smoothie with its simple combination of honey and in a creamy and comforting smoothie that also happens to pack a great balance of healthy carbs, proteins, and fat. It’s naturally gluten-free (as long as you use certified GF oats), free of refined sugars, and guaranteed to satisfy and start your day off on the right foot. You can even whip it up the night before and leave it in the fridge to thicken overnight so that you have no excuses to miss breakfast. Because even if it’s not the most important, it’s definitely the best.

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  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. of your favourite nut butter*
  • 1 Tbsp. honey**
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt***
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 – 4 frozen almond milk cubes (or ice cubes)
  1. Place all ingredients into any standard blender and blend until smooth. This smoothie can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for extra thickness and creaminess!

Notes

* I used a creamy natural almond butter in mine, but feel free to use whichever nut butter you love. Or use a sunflower or soy nut butter to make this nut free. ** You can also use maple syrup or agave nectar to make this vegan. *** Use a non-dairy yogurt to make this vegan.

Keywords: breakfast, breakfast smoothie, gluten-free, healthy, honey nut, honey nut smoothie, quick & easy, recipe, smoothies

Looking for more breakfast oatmeal smoothie recipes? Try one of these!

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothie
Apple Pie Protein Smoothie
Almond Joy Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie
Banana Latte Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie
Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie

4.6 from 25 votes Jump to Recipe Published June 24, 2013 – Last Updated October 23, 2019

Creamy Homemade Almond Milk – Learn to make creamy non-dairy almond milk at home. Use in place of dairy milk in coffee, over cereal or on its own!

In response to your requests, I will be covering how to make several different non-dairy milks over the next few months. This week I’m sharing how to make almond milk, which is probably the most popular nut milk out there. Sure, you can buy almond milk at the store, but making it yourself at home ensures that the milk is raw and full of its optimal nutritional power. When you make it at home, you also have total control over the ingredients. I don’t know about you, but I prefer knowing exactly what is going into my food… and subsequently into my family’s bellies!

Almond milk, in its most basic form, is made from filtered water and almonds. It’s a non-dairy milk, which means it contains no lactose. Almond milk is easily digested by most folks who are lactose intolerant (except for those who have a nut allergy… I’ll have an option for you coming up in a future post!). Because you’re making it at home, you have total control over the flavor– the sweetness level, the texture, the fat content and the overall taste. For those who keep kosher, it’s a terrific substitute for dairy milk in recipes that you would like to keep pareve. I prefer homemade nut milks to non-dairy creamers, which often contain chemicals and preservatives. No strange additives here!

Unlike dairy milk, almond milk is cholesterol free… in fact, consuming almond products on a regular basis can actually lower your LDL-cholesterol. Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, the same type of “good fats” that can be found in olive oil. These types of fats have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Almonds are also a rich source of Vitamin E, magnesium and potassium.

In its pure unsweetened form, almond milk makes a fine substitute for plain milk. When using it on cereal or in my tea, I like to give it a touch of sweetness (throwing a whole date into the blender works great, or use honey, stevia or agave nectar). Adding a little vanilla and salt rounds out the flavor. Depending on what you plan to use your almond milk for, you can experiment and adjust the ingredients to taste. A nut bag will help you strain the milk to achieve a thin, grit-free texture; if you don’t have one and don’t want to order one, a fine mesh strainer, clean tea towel or multiple layers of cheesecloth will work just dandy.

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How to Make Almond Milk

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4 servings Prep Time
5 minutes Cook Time
12 hours Kosher Key
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12 hours 5 minutes Calories 192 kcal Print Recipe

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Learn to make creamy non-dairy almond milk at home. Use in place of dairy milk in coffee, over cereal or on its own!

  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds, skin-on
  • 4 cups filtered water, plus more water for soaking almonds
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey or agave nectar, or one whole pitted date (optional)
  • Dash salt (optional)

Recipe Notes

You will also need: Blender or food processor, fine mesh strainer or nut bag or clean tea towel or cheesecloth, 1 quart glass jar or storage container

  1. Place raw almonds in a bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak overnight up to 48 hours, then drain and rinse. If soaking longer than overnight, change the cold soaking water every 12 hours.

  2. After soaking, drain and rinse the almonds. Do not peel the almonds; according to my recipe testing, keeping the skins on actually helps to reduce the grittiness of the almond milk (counter intuitive, I know!). Combine soaked almonds and 4 cups of filtered water in a blender.

  3. For a whole milk texture, I use 4 cups of water to 1 cup almonds. For a thinner texture, feel free to add more water– you can adjust the texture to taste. The more water you add, the lower in fat the milk will be per serving; however, you don’t want to add too much liquid or it will turn watery. Best to add water in small batches till the texture seems right to you.

  4. Blend on low, then slowly raise the speed to high for 1-2 minutes till the milk is completely smooth and no chunks of nuts remain. If desired, add sweetener, vanilla and/or salt to taste, then blend again to combine (if using a date, make sure you blend till it’s completely pulverized). Feel free to adjust the sweetness to taste.

  5. Strain milk through a fine mesh strainer, tea towel, cheesecloth or nut bag into a storage container. A nut bag will work best for keeping your milk smooth and chunk-free. I usually strain the milk into a quart mason jar, which works perfectly with the 4 cup to 1 cup ratio of water to almonds.

  6. If using a mesh strainer, you will need to agitate the solids a bit to help all the milk drip through. I don’t scrape them (this can push the solids through the strainer), but I do gently stir and move the solids around to make room for the liquid to come through. Similarly, if using a nut bag, you will need to gently squeeze the bag till all of the milk seeps through.

  7. Transfer milk to the refrigerator and chill thoroughly. It should keep for 3-4 days if refrigerated. I usually shake mine a bit before pouring to make sure it’s well blended.

  8. Once you’re finished straining the milk, you will have a small amount of almond solids left. These can be discarded or dehydrated into almond meal and used as a gluten free breading for fish or chicken or mixed into baked goods. To do this, first adjust your oven to the lowest heat setting. Place the leftover almond solids in a mesh strainer for about 30 minutes to allow any remaining liquid to drain off.

  9. With a rubber spatula, spread the solids as thinly as possible onto a baking pan lined with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Place in the oven at 200 degrees.

  10. Allow the paste to dehydrate for a few hours up to overnight. Check every couple of hours; when the meal hardens into a dry sheet, it’s finished.

  11. Break up the dehydrated paste and pulverize using a food processor for 1-2 minutes. You can also use a fork, but a food processor will give you a much finer grind.

  12. You will be left with about ½ cup of almond meal.

  13. Use almond milk anywhere you would use regular milk– in coffee or tea, on cereal, or as a milk substitute in recipes.

Nutrition Facts How to Make Almond Milk Amount Per Serving Calories 192 Calories from Fat 144 % Daily Value* Fat 16g25% Saturated Fat 1g6% Sodium 18mg1% Potassium 205mg6% Carbohydrates 7g2% Fiber 3g13% Sugar 3g3% Protein 6g12% Calcium 81mg8% Iron 1mg6% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Not a fan of cow’s milk? Avoiding soy? Or are you simply looking to try something a little bit different without losing out on the nutrition and taste? Homemade Nut Milk is a fantastic dairy-free milk alternative. It can be used in the same way as all other milk for your cooking, baking and drinking needs. It’s also low in calories and gluten free! Perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike.

Have you ever picked up a jug of Almond Milk in the supermarket and looked at the ingredients? Chances are you will find a whole lot of ‘extras’ jammed in there. They really don’t need to be , and making your own Homemade Nut Milk will mean you keep your drink preservative and additive-free. Just be sure to give the jug a good ol’ shake before drinking up, as homemade milk tends to separate. It’s all fixed with a good shake though, promise!

The process for nut milk is simple: soak some nuts, wait, blend, and strain. It’s easy and cheaper than store-bought (if you buy nuts in bulk). What nut’s can you milk? Any! I have milked almonds, pistachios, pecans, macadamias (expensive, but oh so yummy), cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts and walnuts. The sky is your limit. If you want to check out a super delicious recipe using pistachio milk pop over to Cream of Broccoli and Pistachio Soup.

What is the Soaking Time for Homemade Nut Milk?

The soaking time for the different nuts varies, but as a rule of thumb I go with overnight. If you are looking for the quickest option then these times will work for you:

  • 8-12 hours for almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, peanuts and pine nuts;
  • 4-6 hours for walnuts and pecans;
  • 2 hours for cashews;
  • No soaking required for pistachios and brazil nuts.

To soak, just pop the nuts in a glass jar and cover completely with filtered water. Cover the jar and pop in the fridge for the required soaking time. Drain, rinse and proceed with your nut milk making.

What if I Want to Sweeten My Homemade Nut Milk?

There are a number of options for sweetening your new milky creation. After the initial blend and draining through the nut milk bag, you can add in 1 medjool date (pit removed), 1 tbsp maple syrup OR 1 tbsp raw honey. Pop everything back into the blender for 2 minutes and then store the milk in the fridge.

Various flavorings can be added to enhance the flavor of the milk as well. On occasion I like to add:

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract;
  • cinnamon;
  • turmeric;
  • some unsweetened cocoa.

Just use your imagination and make that milk work for you and your family and whatever flavor combination that entails. Have you tried making your own Homemade Nut Milk? I would love to hear from you so be sure to leave a comment and let us know how you went. Happy drinking.

Now what are you going to do with that wonderful nut milk now that you have made it? Check out some of these delicious recipes:

  • A FAV in our house: Maple Spice Chia Overnight Oats;
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats;
  • Green Tea Chai Spiced Latte;
  • Berry Baked Oatmeal from The Healthy Home Cook; or
  • London Fog Drink from Savory Tooth.

4.58 from 7 votes Thick and Creamy Homemade Nut Milk Prep Time 15 mins Total Time 15 mins

Not a fan of cow’s milk? Avoiding soy? Or are you simply looking to try something a little bit different without losing out on the nutrition and taste? Homemade Nut Milk is a fantastic dairy-free milk alternative. It can be used in the same way as all other milk for your cooking, baking and drinking needs. It’s also low in calories and gluten free! Perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike.

Course: Drink Cuisine: Drink Servings: 12 serves Calories: 46 kcal Author: Whole Food Bellies Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw, unsalted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, pecans, macadamia, walnuts) see post
  • 3 cups filtered water, for soaking
  • 4 cups filtered water, for blending
  • Optional extras: see notes

Instructions

  1. Soak the nuts in 2-3 cups water overnight (see notes for variations)

  2. Drain and rinse the soaked nuts. Pop into a high powered blender with 4 cups of fresh water (not the soaking water) and blend for 2 minutes until smooth.

  3. Pop a nut milk bag over a large bowl or measuring jug (I prefer to use a measuring jug as it is easier to pour out the milk into another container without spillage)
  4. Pour the contents of the blender into the nut milk bag. Leave to strain for 10 minutes. Gather the nut milk bag and squeeze the contents – keep squeezing until liquid stops coming out
  5. Pour the nut milk into a glass storage jar and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days (can also be frozen for about 2 months)

Recipe Notes

Soaking Time: This varies for different nut varietals, but as a rule of thumb I go with overnight. If you are looking for the quickest option then these times will work for you:

  • 8-12 hours for almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, peanuts and pine nuts;
  • 4-6 hours for walnuts and pecans;
  • 2 hours for cashews;
  • No soaking required for pistachios and brazil nuts.

Sweeteners: I don’t use sweeteners in my nut milks but if you like it a bit sweeter then, after the initial blend and draining through the nut milk bag, add in 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 medjool date (pit removed), 1 tbsp maple syrup OR 1 tbsp raw honey and pop back into the blender for 2 minutes before storing in the fridge.

I add 1 tbsp of hemp seeds to all my nut milks for an extra nutritional boost. Just add to the blender with the nuts.

Nutrition Facts Thick and Creamy Homemade Nut Milk Amount Per Serving Calories 46 Calories from Fat 36 % Daily Value* Fat 4g6% Saturated Fat 0.3g2% Carbohydrates 1.7g1% Fiber 1g4% Sugar 0.3g0% Protein 1.7g3% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. 104shares

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If you love homemade almond milk, but don’t want to go through the hassle of straining it, this recipe is for you. It’s the fastest and easiest method for making almond milk ever!

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When I’m making a large batch of almond milk for the week, I usually use my traditional almond milk recipe, where you blend whole almonds and then strain the “milk” through a nut milk bag. But sometimes, I just need almond milk faster, and don’t want to go through the hassle of using extra equipment.

That’s where this 2-minute almond milk comes in.

How to Make Almond Milk Fast

To make this almond milk, you’ll need just 2 ingredients: almond butter and water. I also like to throw in a couple of dates for a naturally sweet almond milk, but that’s totally optional!

Because prepared almond butter is already smooth and creamy, you don’t have to worry about owning a high-powered blender or using a nut milk bag to strain it. You simply blend the two together and it’s ready to use!

I tend to use this “rustic” style almond milk for making chia pudding or pouring over grain-free cereal or granola, and it would also be perfect for the base of a smoothie. (In that case, I usually just add the water and almond butter directly to the smoothie recipe I’m going to use, to cut out the extra step of making the almond milk first.)

Almond Milk with Dates

If you do want to add the dates, it’s a good idea to use a high-speed blender just to make sure they are broken down completely. Soft and squishy dates are the best option for a silky-textured milk, but you can also soak them in hot water for 10 minutes ahead of time to help them break down easier.

(If you have a fine-mesh strainer, you can always pour the blended milk through that to remove any remaining chunks without much extra effort. Then you don’t need the fancy blender!)

I hope you’ll find this easy almond milk recipe helpful the next time you’re in a pinch, or just need a fast fix.

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2-Minute Almond Milk Recipe

Neutral | Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Soy-free, Vegan This fast almond milk recipe is made with almond butter, so you don’t have to strain it! I like to naturally sweeten it with dates, but it is easy to adapt for your needs.
Course Drinks Cuisine American Keyword almond milk, almonds, fast, recipe Prep Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Servings 4 Calories 108kcal Author Megan Gilmore

  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 to 4 dates (pitted; optional)
  • Pour the water into the blender and add the almond butter and dates, if using. Blend until creamy, making sure the dates are broken down.
  • Pour the “milk” into an airtight storage container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Use it over cereal, granola, chia pudding, or in smoothies.

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Per cup (with dates): Calories: 108, Fat: 8g, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 3g

Recipe Notes:

  • I have found this ratio of almond butter produces a nice and “creamy” milk, but you can use less almond butter if you don’t mind a slightly more watery mouthfeel. (Using less will make this recipe even cheaper and lower in calories, so it’s up to you– feel free to experiment and let me know in the comments below what you try!)

Reader Feedback: Have you tried making almond milk with almond butter before? Any other fast recipe hacks you’d like to share? I’m all about quick & easy short cuts!

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