Good Karma Flaxmilk: The Return of a Dairy-Free Favorite

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Version:
Unsweetened, Original, Vanilla, Unsweetened + Protein, Unsweetened Vanilla + Protein
Price:
$4.99 per 64-ounce carton

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Rating:
5
On April 18, 2016
Last modified:April 18, 2016

Summary:

If you're seeking a more neutral-tasting option, without hints of coconut, soy or almond, then this may be your holy grail of dairy-free milk beverages. It received high marks from both dairy-free and dairy-drinking testers, thanks to its perfectly creamy consistency and nice, simple taste (quite plain in the unsweetened, but pleasantly sweet in the original and vanilla). The Protein varieties are supplemented with pea protein, but we haven't sampled these yet.

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”.

Good Karma Flaxmilk (Review): It's back! An old dairy-free, top allergen-free, vegan favorite with a new look.

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.

Good Karma Flaxmilk (Review): It's back! An old dairy-free, top allergen-free, vegan favorite with a new look.

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, and 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.

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 and a taste that’s 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 in amounts lower than many comparative brands (7 grams and 11 grams, respectively).

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.

Good Karma Flaxmilk (Review): It's back! An old dairy-free, top allergen-free, vegan favorite with a new look.

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.

About Author

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.

36 Comments

  1. I purchased unsweetened Flaxmilk because it was on sale at my grocer. I love it. It takes very similar to cow milk. I use it in every way that I would use cow milk.

  2. FYI, I reached out to Good Karma and recently learned that the Good Karma flax milk (at least the fridge version) is apparently no longer being made for the Canadian market, This is consistent with not being able to find it on the shelves of the one store near me that used to carry it for the last few weeks. Very disappointing.

      • Any news about the Canadian market? I’ve tried soy, almonds, coconut, rice,… name it. Digestion is so much easier with flax milk. Just finished the last I had in reserve (used to buy it a dozen at a time).

        As of August 8, it’s not on the shelves of Tau or Rachelle-Béry (RB). And RB returned my call telling me they don’t carry it anymore. Even Amazon won’t sell it across the border. (Will I have to smuggle it through the border?)

    • Yes. The unswwetened version works great. I use it daily for my fresh fruit smoothies. I have used it when making my mocha coffees as well.

    • I just discovered this product after having managed my diabetes for 10 years without meds. It not only brings back the flavor of milk into my very low-carb-high fat diet (therefore no milk – too high in natural sugars) but it has almost nil effect on my glucose (I test six times a day — before and after each meal). I regularly stay between 85 and 110 on the meter. A1c which I take monthly is 5.7 to 6.2. I am NOT “borderline/pre” diabetic. I am full-blown and was in the 300s after meals 10 years ago. So, my reaction to the flax milk can be taken seriously. It is a great product for diabetics.

  3. I eat 1 spoon of flax seed mixed with yogurt every day to loose weight, and today I bought flaxseed milk to drink every night, I hope can help me to stabilize my digestion.

  4. Would you use the unsweetened in mashed potatoes, cream soups, and sauces? Do you know what chains carry it? (Kroger, Aldi, Meijer, etc.?) TIA!

    • Donna, I found it in Meijers and Krogers and tried it in mashed potatoes (virtually impossible to detect a difference from other milk and milk alternatives) and a gluten free pancake mix from Bisquick that has become our family’s favorite. Planning to try it with cereal next. I have the unsweetened vanilla and in addition to its other great qualities, it has 5 grams of protein!

  5. I’ve actually tried the Good Karma Flax Plus (vanilla) and absolutely love it. I felt like my mornings were lacking some protein, and I love that this particular one has 5g of protein, almost as much as eating an egg! It definitely helps add that protein I felt like I was missing. The vanilla isn’t too sweet to me, however, I love how creamy it is. I add it to my oatmeal in the morning (I eat mine cold right now since it’s still so hot out), smoothies, coffee, etc. The taste takes a little getting used to, but now I can’t buy any other milk. It also lacks carrageenan, which was hard to find in a dairy free milk alternative, so WIN for Good Karma!

  6. Hello,
    I just tried the unsweetened yesterday and today. The taste is fine but notice it caused bloating, a light nausea, and diarrhea. Is it because I started with 2glasses a day?

  7. Just purchased my first carton of Good Karma . The vanilla taste really good. It’s a step up from using Almond Milk and Soy Milk for my oatmeal, cereals and a glass in between meals , it’s very good with no after taste. I would highly recommend flax milk. Thank you!

  8. What actual nutrition does FlaxMilk provide? I like using it in breakfast smoothies, but it has no protein so that doesn’t replace what one would get with milk or soy.

    • Cheryl, everyone defines “nutrition” differently. Flaxmilk typically has healthy omega oils and is fortified with vitamins and minerals. If you are seeking protein, I would use nut or seed butter in smoothies (amazing!), dairy-free protein powder, or look for a protein-enriched milk alternative like the almond milk from So Delicious.

    • Rhonda McKnight on

      Good Karma sells a Flaxmilk fortified with 5 grams of protein. I get it at Whole Foods here in Atlanta. My son is 8, allergic to soy and nuts and cows milk and I’ve never been able to get him to drink rice milk. A friend suggested the Good Karma Flaxmilk and he has two cups a day. I’m so happy about this product.

    • I use flax seed in my smoothie every morning with a very amazing vegan protien powder made of peas!! Every morning I put the protien, my flax seed milk, and a handful of blueberries in my blender and BAM, best breakfast ever!! If you need details on the protien brand please let me know.

  9. I am looking at Good Karma’s website & my aseptic carton of their unsweetened original flax milk. Both ingredient lists show carageenen.

    I have been very happy since discovering flax milk – both because of the very low calories and because it is the ONLY non-animal milk that I can stand in my black tea, the latter being the last stand of dairy in my life!

  10. I recently found the Good Karma brand of Flax Milk at Wholefoods (south Florida Pinecrest location) and it was the ONLY Flax Milk that DID NOT contain Carageenan. The Flax USA brand DOES have carageenan. This additive has recently been found to be disruptive to the gastrointestinal system and is unfortunately added to all kinds of things for ‘texture’.

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  13. Jessica Wojahn on

    I first bought Flax USA brand but it says that this product is manufactured on equip. that also processed products containing dairy, soy, peanuts and tree nuts so I could not use it for my daughter since she has allergy’s to those so I bought Good Karma and there’s says that No peanuts or tree nuts are utilized in the production facility. I really hope they are not made in the same facility. As far as I can tell Flax USA in made in North Dakota and Good Karma not sure but I am going to there website to see. Just thought I would let you know. Thank you

    • I know it’s been awhile, but you can make you own flax milk really, really easy, and it is very inexpensive. That’s what I do to avoid cross contamination with dairy.

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