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Almond Breeze Almond Milk

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Alternatives - Milk with 2 Comments
Review of: Almond Breeze
Product by:
Blue Diamond Growers
Version:
Original, Original Unsweetened, Vanilla Unsweetened, Chocolate
Price:
$1.99/32-ounce shelf-stable; $3.99/64-ounce refrigerated; waiting on single-serve pricing

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On June 10, 2007
Last modified:July 17, 2013

Summary:

This is my long-time, go-to milk alternative; loved not only by me, but also by my husband and my niece (who isn’t dairy-free). This almond milk is a staple in our household, but read the full post for tasting notes on the flavors.

After years of mixing dairy-free Almond Breeze into smoothies and splashing it atop my cereal, I realized that I had taken the actual flavor for granted.  While I knew this was somehow my favorite milk alternative, I had no idea how to describe the actual taste.  In fact, I had never simply sampled the milk all by its lonesome.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk Half Gallons - Dairy-Free

Following this epiphany, I opened a freshly chilled package and poured myself a glass. Almond breeze has a very pleasant natural almond flavor on a relatively neutral background.  While it was creamy in consistency, it didn’t have the thickness of cow’s milk.  While I don’t really see myself sitting down to a glass of almond milk on a regular occasion (I’ve never been the type to drink a glass of any type of milk), it was really quite good, and I did finish the glass!

With my taste buds now on board (and Kylie to weigh in with her opinion), I decided to do a more elaborate taste-test of the new dairy-free, soy-free, 11-ounce single-serves from Almond Breeze. The single-serves are perfect for lunch boxes or small use needs as they open and reseal with ease. They currently come in four of the Almond Breeze flavors:

Almond Breeze Milk Alternative Singles

Unsweetened Original: Even though this is the flavor that I use most for our cooking, baking, cereal and smoothies, we weren’t expecting this to be our favorite when sipped straight up. Nonetheless, it had a pretty neutral, clean taste, with nary a trace of sweetness and a mellow almond flair.

Unsweetened Vanilla: I take that back, I use this variety almost as much as the Unsweetened Original in baking, cereal, and smoothies. It has a very neutral, only slightly almond flavor that just hints at vanilla. Again, this is a more savory selection – good, but not as exciting for general drinking.

Original: “Mmmm” was all we had to say upon first taste. Sweet and delightful, neither of us found it to be almond-y, but rather just a tasty milk alternative in general. Delicious for a beverage treat without an over-the-top amount of sugars or calories (9g sugar / 80 calories in the whole thing).

Chocolate: Super sweet and yummy; this is definitely chocolate milk at its finest. Even before this taste-test, Tony has loved heating up chocolate Almond Breeze in winter for the world’s fastest hot chocolate.

Almond Breeze Milk Alternative Singles Glass

As mentioned, the unsweetened varieties are still our staples for versatility. I prefer no sugar added smoothies in the morning, and Almond Breeze makes a delicious base. Cereal is usually just sweet enough, so a splash of the Vanilla Unsweetened is perfection. It also works magic in baking, and lately we are even enjoying this brand in cooking. I think they may have tweaked the formula in recent years, as the almond flavor used to be a bit overpowering for savory dishes, but it now melds seamlessly in many dishes. In general, Almond Breeze can be used 1:1 as a substitute for skim, 1% or 2% milk in recipes.

From a dietary perspective, almond milk does lack in the protein department. However, it offers some healthy fats (about 3 to 4 grams per serving), lower sugars than dairy milk, a modest calorie profile (just 40 in 8 ounces of the Unsweetened), and fortification. Almond Breeze in particular, packs in the calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin E.

Almond Breeze Milk Alternative Singles All Flavors

Availability: Seriously, this stuff is available everywhere. From big-block grocers to Trader Joe’s and natural food markets, just about everyone carries some version of Almond Breeze. We usually keep a few of the 32-ounce shelf-stable packages in the cupboard as back-up (they can usually be found for $1.50 to $1.99), but for value, I typically purchase the 64-ounce packages which are sold in the refrigerated aisle and have a great easy-open and pour spout. These can be found on sale for around $2.50 on a good day.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Almond Breeze Almond Milk is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free and are 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.

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About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Follow me on Google+.

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2 Comments

  1. lindaSeptember 6, 2013 at 7:51 amReply

    Iwoild be on bboard if it didn’t contain carageenan.

  2. jeanneAugust 20, 2014 at 7:37 pmReply

    Linda me too.
    A lot of these milks have synthetic vitamins too. You really have to read those labels.

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