Califia Farms Almondmilk is Flavor-Forward but Quite Low in Sugar

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I still remember stumbling upon Califia Farms for the first time at a trade show many years ago. Back then, they were still struggling an identity crisis. They were an almond milk maker, but some of their almond milks contained dairy. They eventually dropped the dairy from their formulas and joined the vegan ranks with a full line of dairy-free milk beverages and creamers.

But what sets them apart from the pack is their dedication to mainstream products with rich flavor and low or no added sugars. Califia Farms Almondmilk has a notable almond taste, but it comes in three sugar-free varieties and the others are much lower in sugar than competitive brands. Even their Chocolate milk beverage and Nog contain just 10 grams and 8 grams of sugar respectively, which is about half the norm.

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Califia Farms Almondmilk is Flavor-Forward but Quite Low in Sugar

Over the years, we have sampled several Califia Farms Almondmilk varieties, so I’ve included some notes below. But let us know what you think of them – you can leave your own rating and review below!

Unsweetened

Pure, no sugar added, almondy goodness. I love having a good almond milk on hand without any sugar, to compliment when something is already a bit sweet, or to help out in savory dishes. The true almond flavor doesn’t work with all savories, but is great for heartier or earthy recipes.

Califia Farms Almondmilk Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Various flavors ... Pictured: UnsweetenedIngredients: almondmilk (water, almonds), calcium carbonate, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, potassium citrate, natural flavors, locust bean gum, gellan gum.

Nutrition (per 1 cup): 35 calories, 3g fat, 1g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 45% calcium.*

Unsweetened Vanilla

Califia Farms Almondmilk Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Various flavors ... Pictured: Unsweetened VanillaIngredients: almondmilk (water, almonds), sunflower lecithin, sea salt, potassium citrate, natural flavors, locust bean gum, gellan gum.

Nutrition (per 1 cup): 35 calories, 3g fat, 1g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 45% calcium.*

Original

For true almond milk lovers only, this variety has just a hint of sweetness, but is rich with almond flavor. Tony loved it in his coffee. I found it a little rich for me for general sipping as did my niece. Although, it was very good in smoothies, hot chocolate, and when coupled with hearty granola.

Califia Farms Almondmilk Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Various flavors ... Pictured: OriginalIngredients: almondmilk (water, almonds), pure cane sugar, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, potassium citrate, natural flavors, locust bean gum, gellan gum.

Nutrition (per 1 cup): 60 calories, 4g fat, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, 5g sugars, 1g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 45% calcium.*

Vanilla

Considering Califia’s penchant for richness, we were expecting some in-you-face vanilla with this flavor, but it was surprisingly mild. Just an essence of vanilla, and actually a little less sweet than the Original variety. It had the same full-bodied consistency though.

Califia Farms Almondmilk Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Various flavors ... Pictured: VanillaIngredients: almondmilk (water, almonds), pure cane sugar, natural flavors, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, potassium citrate, locust bean gum, gellan gum.

Nutrition (per 1 cup): 50 calories, 3g fat, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 3g sugars, 1g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 45% calcium.*

Toasted Oats ‘n Almond

Califia Farms Almondmilk Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Various flavors ... Pictured: Toasted OatsIngredients: almondmilk (water, almonds), oat bran, calcium carbonate, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, natural flavors, gellan gum.

Nutrition (per 1 cup): 30 calories, 1.5g fat, 2g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 35% calcium.*

Toasted Coconut

I didn’t think coconut would be able to compete much with the almond milk base, but it actually overpowers it! Even richer than the others, and quite coconutty, this could work as a great stand-in for half and half in recipes, as long as the coconut profile suits the dish. I’m thinking it would make a marvelous light pina colada, too! Tony liked it in his coffee, but preferred the Original Almond Milk.

Califia Farms Almondmilk Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Various flavors ... Pictured: Toasted CoconutIngredients: almondmilk (water, almonds), coconut cream, calcium carbonate, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, natural flavors, potassium citrate, locust bean gum, gellan gum, monk fruit extract.

Nutrition (per 1 cup): 45 calories, 4g fat, 1g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 45% calcium.*

Chocolate Coconut

Califia Farms Almondmilk Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Various flavors ... Pictured: Chocolate CoconutIngredients: almondmilk (water, almonds), cane sugar, coconut cream, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), calcium carbonate, natural flavors, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, potassium citrate, locust bean gum, gellan gum.

Nutrition (per 1 cup): 90 calories, 4.5g fat, 11g carbs, 0g fiber, 10g sugars, 2g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 35% calcium.*

Nog (seasonal)

 

Califia Farms Almondmilk Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Various flavors ... Pictured: NogIngredients: almondmilk (water, almonds), pure cane sugar, natural flavors, calcium carbonate, fruit and vegetable juice for color, ginger, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, potassium citrate, locust bean gum, gellan gum, nutmeg.

Nutrition (per 1 cup): 50 calories, 1.5g fat, 9g carbs, 0g fiber, 8g sugars, 1g protein. Fortified with the following RDA percentages: 25% calcium.*

More Allergen Notes

Calfia Farms made our Dedicated Dairy-Free Facility List for select products, including their bottles (not the cartons) of Califia Farms Almondmilk.

Califia Farms Almondmilk Reviews and Information - dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. Various flavors ... Pictured: Original

More Facts on Califia Farms Almondmilk

Price: $3.99 per 48-ounce bottle

Availability: Califia Farms Almondmilk is sold at Target, Walmart, and other grocers in the U.S. You can also order their products online from Amazon.

Certifications: Califia Farms Almondmilk is Non-GMO Verified and Certified Kosher Pareve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Califia Farms Almondmilk is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, oil-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are sugar-free and keto.*

For More Product Information: Visit the Califia Farms website at www.califiafarms.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

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Horrible

1.0 rating
September 4, 2020

The Vanilla and Hazlenut are HORRIBLE. Tastes terrible . Due to Covid, stores won’t let you return and customer service did nothing to help and will not give me a refund. Not a good way to do business. Will never buy from here again ever ever ever never.

Donna

Almond milk original Califia

1.0 rating
June 4, 2020

I had terrible experience with this original almond milk, in spite of the expiration two months away, they go bad . Once had to return it to the store, this was not happening before. I am not going to buy this product again.

Shirin Dehghan

Better than ripple

2.0 rating
February 9, 2020

It has a flavor similar to Ripple, which was quite bad IMO but this wasn’t AS bad. It has an uncanny resemblance to play doh flavor

Courtney

A very rich and creamy consistency

4.0 rating
February 27, 2019

Califia stands out from the almond milk pack with four intensely almond varieties that have a very rich and creamy consistency. Great for coffee, hot chocolate, baking, and when those creamy cravings hit. Overall, if you are a fan of 2% milk and the true flavor of almonds, this brand could be your go-to. Note that their entire products line (including the protein milks) is now dairy-free.

Alisa

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56 Comments

  1. Pauline Lincoln on

    I`ve been purchasing both the original and coconut almondmilk over a year now,…..Love them both…..Works well with my IBS syndrome……

  2. This is the best almond milk ever! What I really like about this product there is no soy, it’s gluten free, there’s no oils no GMO in it! Thank you for caring and taking pride in your product!

  3. I was really angered to find that my “pure almond milk” contains dairy! Of course I didn’t see the fine print until I opened it the day after purchase. I will never again purchase any Califia product. And it doesn’t even taste very good – as if it has too much fake “almond flavoring” in it. I will continue making my own.

  4. I purchase the coconut flavor, and I really like it. I’m going to use it instead of creamer, I did paid 5.99 at Krogers.

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  7. I actually have to disagree with the yummyness of the Vanilla Almond Milk. I thought it was one of the worst tastes from an almond milk. To me it tasted like play-do. I was super disapointed because I am always looking for a new Almond milk. =(

  8. This sounds like the beginnings of a marketing nightmare. It’s a shame because on the surface they seem like a great company. I wonder why they would create a protein milk called Pure almond milk yet put dairy in it? They sound like confused teenagers to me 🙂

  9. The pure chocolate almond milk is not dairy free!!!! I had an allergic reaction. The bottle says 50% more calcium than dairy, yet there is dairy in it. The ingredient list says whey which I did not see before purchasing. Pure almond milk should be pure almond milk! This was so dangerous for me to consume.

    • Hi Madison, it sounds like you purchased Califia Farms new “Protein” Almond Milks (which do contain dairy milk). These are a different class of milk alternatives from their regular almond milk line (which don’t contain dairy milk), but I agree in looking at the packaging on their website and the name “Pure Almondmilk” makes it very confusing! Have you reported your frustration to the company? I would contact them directly. I’m going to put a warning on my review here and share it with the Go Dairy Free audience today on Facebook to hopefully spread the word.

  10. I’m upset with Califia but have myself to blame for missing the 2% of “other” ingredients listed in fine print. A ingredient/s from it caused me GI distress whereas homemade and Trader Joe’s almond milk (refrigerated) did not.

  11. Really bummed that they use carageenan. Nice to see they are working on a replacement, but it will likely be replaced with more gum/yucky thickener. Make your own at home!

  12. I have to confess, it was the beautiful dairy bottle that attracted me. So yes, I paid more cuz I liked the bottle. I just had a bowl of Cereal with the “Vanilla” almond. Then I had another bowl. OMG, this is the BEST Almond Milk I have EVER had and I will forever buy this wonderful “guilty pleasure”. It’s Creamy, delightful and simply wonderful. Nothing compares to this.

    • Most brands of almond milk aren’t organic. Two that you might trial are Pacific Foods brand (aseptic / shelf-stable packaging only) and 365 organic (from Whole Foods, but may be sold elsewhere, too).

  13. I kind of tripped over this at Whole Foods. I’m somewhat new to Almond Milk, and I liked the look of the bottle so took a chance. I purchased the “Original”. THE BEST – and the only Almond Milk that I will ever purchase.

  14. Thanks for the great product review. I have some almond milk that I rely heavily on, but am always looking for new choices. Thanks for sharing another one.