The sweet, nutty alternative to regular milk has surged in popularity and we can see why.
Whether you're lactose intolerant, live a vegan lifestyle or simply prefer the taste, almond milk has skyrocketed to one of the most popular drinks available. With everyone getting their almond milk fix, it's important to make sure you've got the best quality. We’ve put together a handy guide to answer all your almond milk questions – and help pick the right one for you!
Top rated and most almond milks 2018
1. Pure Harvest Organic Unsweetened Activated Almond Milk
With activated almonds and no added sugar, this almond milk is definitely one to consider. It's certified organic, GMO-free and gluten-free, as well as being suitable for vegans. With no artificial colours or flavours, and no cane sugar, you can use this almond milk on your daily coffee without guilt.
2. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk
The Blue Diamond almond milk is a particularly creamy milk alternative, with a four-star health rating. It has no cholesterol or lactose so you can enjoy it even if you're lactose intolerant. With 63 calories (or 263 kilojoules) per serving, you can enjoy a tasty drink without being too worried about intake. Available sweetened and unsweetened.
3. Sanitarium So Good Almond Milk
Sanitarium almond milk has a four-star health rating and it's also lactose-, gluten-, cholesterol- and dairy-free. With no artificial colours or flavours, it's a smart choice for the health-conscious especially if you're on a restrictive diet. So Good almond milk is also high in calcium and is a good source for vitamin B2, E and B12.
4. Vitasoy Almond Milk Unsweetened
Vitasoy almond milks are all made from Australian-grown almonds, with no gluten, dairy, lactose, soy, cholesterol, added sugar, artificial colours or preservatives – so you can trust that you're getting the most out of your glass. The unsweetened almond milk has a four-star health rating and has 215 kilojoules of energy per 250mL serving.
5. Australia's Own Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk
If you're after an organic almond milk, you can rest assured that Australia's Own almond milk is certified with the Australian Certified Organic bud logo. With no added cane sugar, lactose, soy, gluten or cholesterol, it consists of organic almonds, water, organic agave syrup, organic sunflower oil and salt.
6. Almond Breeze Flavoured Chocolate Milk
We all crave chocolate now and then – maybe more now than then, if we're honest – and this chocolate-flavoured almond milk is a delicious treat that's also good for you. It's suitable for vegans and has only 100 calories in each glass, plus it's lactose-free and is a good source of calcium. And did we mention it's chocolate-flavoured?
7. Pure Harvest Organic Almond Coco Quench Milk
If you like both almond milk and coconut milk, why settle for one or the other? The Pure Harvest Organic Almond Coco Quench Milk is the best of both worlds, combining almond and coconut milk in order to get the benefits of both. It's organic, GMO-free, gluten-free, vegan and contains no added cane sugar or artificial colours and flavours.
8. So Good Almond Milk Dark Chocolate Flavoured
We all know that dark chocolate is actually meant to be quite good for us – and we don't need to be told twice. The dark chocolate-flavoured So Good Almond Milk is great because it combines the health benefits of almond milk and the delicious taste of dark chocolate. With a four-star health rating, you can't go wrong!
Why is almond milk so popular?
Beyond the fact that it's actually a pretty tasty drink, almond milk has become popular for a number of reasons. Nowadays you can just about walk into any cafe or restaurant and purchase an almond milk coffee, whereas not too long ago your choice was skim, full cream or nothing at all. You can get your hands on coconut, rice and soy milk, but almond is the undisputed champion of the hour. Almond milk's rise can likely be attributed to the fact that vegan, paleo and lactose-free diets are starting to become more common. There's also something to be said for the nutritional benefits of almonds, and the sweet nutty taste that blends particularly well with the spice of a chai latte. Plus, it helps that the café culture has embraced it so heavily.
Where can you buy almond milk?
If you're on the hunt for almond milk, you'll want to check out your local Woolworths, Coles, IGA or even ALDI. Most grocery stores will carry at least one brand for you to choose from. You've also got to narrow down whether you want to buy a long-life or chilled product – this will play into how long your almond milk lasts, so consider your circumstances before buying. You can also order your almond milk online either direct from the producer or from an independent grocer, or even make your own if you're feeling inclined.
What are the nutritional benefits of almond milk?
Almonds are a rich source of protein and if you're on a plant-based diet that can really help boost your intake. In addition, you'll also get the benefit of fibre, calcium, iron and other minerals as well as antioxidants that will help your overall health. When buying almond milk for nutritional reasons, try to choose a brand with a high almond content, as some brands will have significantly less than others. If you're determined to get more out of your almonds, your best bet is to make the switch for your morning (and afternoon!) coffee and then snack on them throughout the day as well.
How do you make almond milk?
Contrary to popular belief, trust us when we say that you don't milk almonds the same way you would an animal. Most people are confused by the process until it's explained, but really it couldn't be more simple. You only need three ingredients and five steps!
- Soak your almonds the night before with some sea salt and lukewarm water
- Take the skin of the almond off by pouring boiling water over them and peeling (this isn't required but can make it less bitter)
- Use a blender or food processor to blend the almonds with two cups of water
- Strain the milk in a sieve to remove the almond pieces
- Drink up! It's all done, just pop it in the fridge
Is almond milk vegan?
Finding a tasty, healthy and easy to get alternative to milk products can be tricky for vegans, but you can rest assured that most almond milks are vegan. It's important to check the ingredients label in-store before purchasing just in case there are any additives that aren't plant-based, but usually you can indulge safely. If you're particularly concerned, using the above recipe to create your own almond milk guarantees it to be vegan. You can also use almond milk in ice cream and baking to make other vegan recipes as well.
Does almond milk go off?
Sadly, in a similar fashion to dairy products, almond milk does eventually expire. Having said that, its shelf life is considerably longer than dairy alternatives, especially if you purchase a shelf-stored item. These can be put away in your cupboard for months, and then once you open them must be consumed within seven to ten days. Refrigerated almond milk should be stored in the fridge and consumed within a week. You can tell if your almond milk has gone off by the consistency, smell and colour. If it's begun to resemble yellow cream cheese then it has gone off and you should throw it out. Another handy hint is that the carton will bloat slightly when it's expired.