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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What Others Are Saying ...

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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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

56 Comments

  1. Hi Alisa
    Is carrageenan really harmful?
    The unsweetened flavour mentions Vit B12 as one of the ingredients. What might be the source ?
    Thanks

    • I couldn’t tell you Gopal, I don’t have a strong position on carrageenan, but many consumers are demanding products without it. As for the B12, I would contact them directly to inquire – http://www.califiafarms.com/ – I am sure it is a vegan source, but wouldn’t know beyond this.

  2. Dolores Crawn on

    I love, love your products. I just tried your Cold Brew Coffee with Almond Milk. For someone like myself who cannot have dairy products, this is the best product I have found in a long time. I look forward to seeing this in many varieties other than the Salted Caramel (which is outstanding). Please continue to make more creamers in different flavors for coffee.

  3. My husband has been trying to go dairy free. He always loved a nice glass of cows milk. What brand/ variety would you say mimics cows milk best? Thank you!

    • Hi Tracey, honestly, none of them! I would say flaxmilk is maybe the closest, but it’s hard to find. They all have their own flavor influences, but most find one that they like well. Rice milk is sweeter, almond and cashew milks have nutty vibes and coconut milk beverage is best for those who like hints of coconut (it’s hard to miss!).

  4. I have been enjoying your almond milk products (mostly the “unsweetened” product) for a few years now. Good stuff! Encouraged to hear that a healthier replacement for carrageenan is in the works. Any ideas about ETA? Also have been reading some damning evidence about calcium carbonate – can you provide any insight into whether or not Califia is addressing this? Thanks in advance – clearly you are working towards a pristine
    nutritional product.

    • Hi Doug, I’m not sure about ETA, that’s a new one to me. Calcium carbonate is not well tolerated by all as a straight supplement, but I’m assuming you are discussing another angle. Of course, homemade almond milk – though not quite as convenient – is super easy, too, and the ingredients are up to you.

  5. Alisa, Thanks for the review. I switched from regular milk to almond milk in the last 6 months. Califia farms Almond milk is the best in the market. However I do have concern on the ingredients, even though it is sugar-free, I’m not sure how it tastes so good. As i have tried other almond milks this being far best.

  6. Actually I loved the cap and I loved the whole packaging which is what drew me to buy it in first place . I’m glad I did . I like it better than other competors

  7. Hi Alisa,

    I really love the Califia Farms original almond milk: I find it to be a versatile and very tasty alternative to cow’s milk; however, I really have a problem, from an environmental standpoint, with the bottle cap. It is a complete waste of plastic. I wrote the company about it over a year ago, and received a canned response back. I wish they would make a cap with less plastic…

    Lisa Martin

      • Please please don’t change a thing! Hate the other brands as for they are cartons and love the cap and I hope they continue with the whole package and I think I will write them and let them know to keep the cap. The taste is smooth , the other brands are thick and I went back to cows milk last week because I couldn’t stand the thickness in my cereal from the other almond milks. Now I’m glad I found this brand and it’s a great taste and perfect packaging