New Barn Almondmilk: Organic & Darn Close to Homemade

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Version:
Original, Unsweetened, Vanilla, Vanilla Unsweetened
Price:
$5.99 per 28-ounce package

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On October 18, 2016
Last modified:October 22, 2016

Summary:

It doesn't get much more pure than this brand. The base flavor contains just spring water, almonds, acacia gum and sea salt, with no carageenan, fortification or other funny business. Consequently, the taste is very natural with a fresh almond scent and lightly nutty flavor. It's very rich, so I don't really think of it as a "straight up" drink. But I loved it in smoothies, baking and it holds promise in hot beverages. However, it should be noted that there is almond residue (it's natural remember!), which is notable in the aftertaste consistency.

There has been a rapidly increasing demand for convenient “clean” foods, and New Barn Almondmilk has stepped up to the challenge.

New Barn Almondmilk (Review) - Organic, Pure, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Vegan Almond Milk Beverage

First, what is New Barn Almondmilk? This dairy-free milk beverage is made with just four to six ingredients. The Unsweetened contains only spring water, organic almonds, organic acacia gum, and sea salt. For the Original, add a touch of organic maple syrup to that list. For the Vanilla, organic maple syrup and organic vanilla extract pump up the flavor. There is no carageenan or fortification of any kind in New Barn Almondmilk.

Since acacia gum (the sap of the acacia tree) is the only stabilizer used in New Barn Almondmilk, the consistency to taste isn’t as seamless as you might expect if you are used to regular store-bought, dairy-free milk beverages, or even on first glance of the almond milk.

New Barn Almondmilk (Review) - Organic, Pure, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Vegan Almond Milk Beverage

It does have a very creamy consistency overall. But like homemade nut milk, there is a bit of chalky residue in the aftertaste, otherwise known as real almond. This may be off-putting if you are used to the very fluid and polished processed milk beverage brands. But it could be a welcome natural bonus if you love the earthiness of homemade.

Though void of fortification, a serving of New Barn Almond Milk naturally contains 6% of the RDA for calcium and 8% for phosphorous. Magnesium is rarely listed on the nutrition facts, but by my estimates, it likely contains about 10% of the RDA. This balance of calcium and magnesium is a bone-building combo (from the research I’ve read), that I don’t see often enough in milk beverages.

New Barn Almondmilk (Review) - Organic, Pure, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Vegan Almond Milk Beverage

As I eluded to, New Barn Almondmilk is very rich in taste. From the almonds, it contains 8 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber. These macronutrient ratios are almost unheard of in the processed milk beverage world.

But what surprised me most was the scent. My senses were greeted with a sweet almond smell that was so intense, I could have mistaken it for almond extract. Fortunately, the taste was more mildly almond and a bit refreshing, despite the thicker pour. The Unsweetened has just 1 gram of sugar, and was consequently a very neutral, almost savory, canvas of flavor. The Original has 7 grams of sugar, and was notably sweeter but not still mild and enjoyable. I wouldn’t have guessed maple was the sweetener either, as the taste was still quite simple and pure. The Vanilla also has 7 grams of sugar, but the extract tames the almond scent and flavor a bit and ups the natural sweetness and indulgence just a bit.

New Barn Almondmilk (Review) - Organic, Pure, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Vegan Almond Milk Beverage

Personally, I really liked New Barn Almondmilk in my smoothies. I prefer them thick and creamy, and this addition really gave them more body and pleasant flavor without adding any unwanted ingredients. It also worked perfectly in recipes. I used it for baking both sweets and savories, and it provided a little more oomph than average milk beverage. It’s pretty good in hot cereal, too. For cold cereal, I wasn’t in love with the almond residue, but it wasn’t bad.

I also tried New Barn Almondmilk in hot tea, and although it doesn’t disperse as seamlessly as some dairy-free creamers, it wasn’t bad, and did tame the flavor while adding a little body. Milk beverage isn’t something I would usually drink straight up (I’m a water and tea girl!). That said, this brand was definitely too rich and rustic for me to sip on. That said, I think it will be amazing in winter hot cocoa.

Note that New Barn Almondmilk is sold chilled, since it’s so fresh, but it is smaller in size than many other brands. It is just under a quart. And it is more expensive than processed dairy-free milk beverage, but much less expensive than several of the “fresh” nut milks, which I think it is more directly competing with. To give you another quick taste, we made a very short video of the pour for Instagram.

The Facts on New Barn Almondmilk

Certifications: New Barn Almondmilk is Certified Organic, Certified Kosher Pareve, and Non-GMO Verified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, New Barn Almondmilk is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, read the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes before consumption 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 New Barn website at www.thenewbarn.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.

20 Comments

  1. I’m partial to my fav So Delicious but recently started also buying Ripple as the girls love it and it’s a great way to get in protein. I’ve seen these, and their ice creams but haven’t tried them yet, I guess now I’ll have to. I just hope this doesn’t mean we will have to have more than 4 milks in the fridge at all times (an unsweetened Ripple, the Vanilla Ripple for lattes, So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk and So Delicious Unsweeteend Almond Milk for cooking, soaking muesli, chia pudding, and smoothies. Right now we have 7 kinds of milk we really need to consolidate! Love that it’s sweetened with maple syrup.

  2. Up to the present I have only used Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk because all the others used careegenan which kills my stomach. How does this compare to the Silk brand? Is there any health difference or benefit? Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Gina, see all of my notes in the post above. I discuss the ingredients, taste, etc in detail so you can see if it is product that might work for you. I can’t really speculate on individual health benefits as everyone’s demands are different. But as noted, it is carrageenan-free and quite different from the traditional milk beverages.

  3. I adore New Barn’s almond milk!! When I’m too lazy to whip up a batch (and let’s face it, it’s a little too messy for an everyday batch) I always opt for New Barn or MALK. Both are great, affordable, and have a great taste and texture!

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