It’s been four years since I last trialed Good Karma Flaxmilk – mainly because the brand seemed to disappear from the shelves. But it’s back with a new look and reportedly the “same great taste”.
I first wrote about Good Karma Flaxmilk after a mainstream publication shared a big taste-test comparing several types of dairy-free milk beverages. The trial group consisted of dairy-consuming writers who sampled coconut, almond, soy, rice and flax milk beverages. The hands down winner was flaxmilk! They stated that it was closest to cow’s milk in taste and consistency and had the most pleasing neutral taste. I was intrigued and had to to get some cartons for myself.
Tasting Notes for Good Karma Flaxmilk
Though flaxseeds can’t rival the natural cream of coconut or richness of cashews, it turns out that a dairy-free milk beverage made with cold pressed flax oil does have the smooth consistency of dairy milk. Plus it tastes pretty darn impressive. Plus, each serving of Good Karma Flaxmilk contains 1200 mg of Omega 3, is low in calories (just 25 per cup in the Unsweetened), and is fortified with vitamin A (10%), vitamin D (25%), vitamin B12 (25%), and calcium (30%). The Original and Vanilla do contain some sugar (cane sugar) but less than many comparative brands (7 and 11 grams, respectively).
The Vanilla Good Karma Flaxmilk flavor was much sweeter than I expected, almost hinting at dessert. The flavor is VERY vanilla, which I absolutely loved. It also has a semi-rich, 2% like texture that was incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I found it to be less thick than coconut milk beverage but smoother and more fulfilling than almond milk beverage. I think this one could be a big hit in almost any sweet recipe! As well as in everyday drinks like hot cocoa, coffee, and tea.
Wow, the Original Good Karma Flaxmilk was, well … perfect. I could easily taste why this was a unanimous winner among dairy drinkers. It was fluid, smooth, lightly creamy, and yet refreshing. This classic variety has a hint of sweetness, but is relatively neutral in taste, with a seamless overall flavor. It seemed quite versatile, though I still wouldn’t use it in a purely savory recipe, like mashed potatoes.
For my own personal use (beyond reviews), I typically purchase Unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage, so this was the flavor of Good Karma Flaxmilk I was most curious about. Truthfully, it wasn’t as scrumptious as the other two for the obvious reason: no sweetener. However, my interest in milk alternatives isn’t for sipping, it’s for everyday smoothies and recipes. The Unsweetened Good Karma Flaxmilk added just the right amount of body to my breakfast smoothies, and the fairly neutral yet somewhat savory flavor seemed like a fluid fit for most dishes. I would definitely consider purchasing this one again for further testing.
In addition to these traditional flavors, Good Karma Flaxmilk also comes in varieties with added Protein (5 grams per cup from pea protein). We haven’t sampled these yet, but both are Unsweetened.
Availability: Though their store locator hasn’t caught up, I’ve already seen Good Karma Flaxmilk in the refrigerated section of some mainstream grocers as well as natural food stores. The product line is available in the U.S. and Canada.
Certifications: Good Karma Flaxmilk is Non-GMO Verified and Certified Kosher OU-D (they are dairy-free by ingredients, but dairy may be present on the lines or in the facility – see our Understanding Kosher guide).
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Good Karma Flaxmilk is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. 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 Good Karma website at www.goodkarmafoods.com.