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. There were not-so-subtle hints of both almond and coconut. Instead of “blending” into one, rather the nutty flavors coexist.
Tasting Notes for Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk
We primarily use unsweetened milk alternatives in our home, due to the versatility. So we opted for the two Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk 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. It has a 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. They’re also worth a trial for almond milk fans who want a richer beverage.
Price: $2.99 per 32-ounce aseptic / $3.99 per 64-ounce refrigerated
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.
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Versatile in both cooking and baking
Richer in consistency than their simpler almond milk cousins, the almond-coconut blends pour more like 2% dairy milk and add a creamier, more full-bodied liquid to recipes. The neutral, savory flavor of the unsweetened makes it quite versatile in both cooking and baking, but for everyday smoothies, cereals, and sipping, we still prefer the naturally sweeter, nuttier taste of almond milk.