Back in the day, soymilk was the only dairy-free milk option. I didn’t have a problem with it, but when Almond Breeze emerged (perhaps a decade ago?), I was immediately smitten. The brand hasn’t changed all that much over the years, but to keep up with the rising trend of unique dairy-free milk alternatives, Almond Breeze has recently added Almond Coconut Milk “blends” to their line-up.
Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milks are richer in consistency than their regular almond milks, pouring much like a 2% dairy milk. Though described as “almondmilk coconutmilk blends”, I thought they had a full-bodied flavor with not-so-subtle hints of both almond and coconut – coexisting rather than “blending” into one.
We primarily use unsweetened milk alternatives in our home, due to the versatility, and Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk offers two selections without sugar: Original and Vanilla.
Due to its lightly creamy, milky flow, the Unsweetened Original Almond Coconut Milk has amazing potential for using in recipes, both cooking and baking. Many reviews that I read described the flavor as “mild”, but I actually found it to have a somewhat bold yet neutral savory taste that is difficult to describe.
In fact, that underlying savoriness completely overpowered the one additional ingredient in the Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Coconut Milk: vanilla. Though the overall flavor vibe was perhaps just a touch warmer, I never would have guessed that this was a vanilla-flavored milk. In fact, I double-checked the packaging twice just to make sure I was taste-testing the right one.
The Original and Vanilla Almond Coconut Milk varieties (which we haven’t sampled) have a modest amount of evaporated cane juice added for sweetness (with 6 grams and 9 grams of total sugars per 1 cup, respectively), so I would definitely recommend those over the unsweetened for sipping and cookie dunking.
I’m still a bigger fan of plain ole almond milk for smoothies and cereals. But the almond coconut milk varieties are great options for recipes, and are worth a trial for almond milk fans who want a richer beverage.
Certifications: I didn’t note any certifications on Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk Blends.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk Blends are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free and soy-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Almond Breeze website at www.almondbreeze.com.