Carnation Almond Cooking Milk is a Creamy Dairy-Free Sub for Recipes (DISCONTINUED)


Unfortunately, we received official word from Nestle that Carnation Almond Cooking Milk has been discontinued. If you are looking for rich dairy-free cream alternatives for cooking, Silk Heavy Cream Alternative, Silk Half & Half, and Ripple Half & Half are still available.

The baking aisle is beginning to boom with dairy alternatives, but Nestle was one of the first on the scene with Carnation Almond Cooking Milk. They launched it as a “substitute for drinking milk in both sweet and savory recipes,” but it’s quite creamy and more versatile than this tagline suggests. Many readers report that it’s the perfect substitute for evaporated milk or light cream, and some even use it regularly in place of heavy cream. It might even be perfect for making dairy-free eggnog.

Carnation Almond Cooking Milk Review and Information - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, Keto Substitute for Evaporated Milk, Light Cream, and More in Sweet & Savory Recipes

Carnation Almond Cooking Milk is a Creamy Dairy-Free Sub for Recipes

This dairy substitute comes in one neutral, multi-purpose variety. It’s intended to work well in everything from creamy soups and pot pies to cakes and puddings. This dairy-free cooking milk is also resealable, so you can use it as needed over the week. But be sure to refrigerate it once opened.

I have more details for you here, but once you’ve tried it, leave your rating and review below! It helps others make an informed purchasing decision.

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Carnation Almond Cooking Milk Review and Information - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, Keto Substitute for Evaporated Milk, Light Cream, and More in Sweet & Savory RecipesIngredients: organic almond milk (water, organic almonds), salt, gellan gum, organic carob bean gum, sunflower lecithin. Contains: almonds.*

Nutrition (per 2 tablespoon serving): 20 calories, 1.5g fat, <1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, <1g protein.*

More Facts on Carnation Almond Cooking Milk

Price: $2.50 per 11-ounce package

Availability: Carnation Almond Cooking Milk is sold at major supermarkets across the US, and has also launched in the UK. It’s shelf-stable and often sold in the baking aisle. You can also purchase it online via Amazon.

Certifications: Carnation Almond Cooking Milk is Certified Organic and Certified Kosher Pareve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Carnation Almond Cooking Milk is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Some might consider it paleo-friendly and keto-friendly.*

For More Product Information: Visit the Nestle website at

*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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Carnation Almond Milk

Rated 5 out of 5
November 27, 2021

Please bring this AlmondCooking milk back as I’m allergic to milk and this was the answer to getting me back to baking! Now it’s so hard to bake or make my favorite candy or dishes for my family or friends! Or even make some of my dishes I make for my hubby! Please bring it back real soon!

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Gail Russ

Bring Back the non dairy Almond

Rated 5 out of 5
October 17, 2021

Please bring this back its so good

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Andrea Baker

The best cooking milk/heavy cream I’ve ever used!

Rated 5 out of 5
August 5, 2021

This non dairy almond cooking milk is liquid gold!!! It 1000x better that any diary cooking milk or heavy creamer I’ve ever used. Since becoming plant based it can be so frustrating trying to find alternatives! This was one of my greatest finds of all
Times! Unfortunately all of the store in my area have discontinued it doesn’t some reason. Wegmans, Giant and Walmart. I’ve been online foe weeks trying to figure out how to purchase it. Even Amazon does not have it available. I’m wondering if the product is being discontinued indefinitely? That would be a huge blow to the non dairy community!!

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Response from Go Dairy Free

Sadly, it looks like it might be discontinued. We are looking into it.

Carnation Almond Cooking Milk

Rated 5 out of 5
April 16, 2021

So happy with this product. It has allowed me to be able to have many dishes I haven’t been able to have for many years due to a dairy allergy. Please try the pumpkin pie recipe using this product. It is fantastic! I wish more stores carried this product.

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Carnation Almond Cooking Milk

Rated 5 out of 5
May 15, 2020

This has been a joy for cooking. I used it to make pumpkin pie, and no one could tell the difference. I substitute it for anything that calls for cream or evaporated milk. It does separate if used as a coffee creamer. I used to be able to find it at many stores. Now I only seem to find it at Walmart or Does anyone know if I can freeze it? I tend to stock up because I fear it being discontinued.

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Response from Go Dairy Free

I’m not sure how well it would freeze since it does have ingredients that can separate from freezing. You can try one and see how it works out. They should have a decent shelf-life though.

Use this as a subsitute for everything

Rated 5 out of 5
November 22, 2019

Love this product. I also use it as a substitute for anything. I am addicted to this product.

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I use it for everything

Rated 5 out of 5
November 22, 2019

I use it for everything in recipes that calls for cream, heavy cream, half and half, or milk.

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Love the Carnation Almond Milk!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 22, 2019

This is amazing in sauces like alfredo! Want to try it in pumpkin pie!

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This Almond Milk Changes Everything!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 15, 2019

Cooking for my dairy free husband has always been a challenge. There are certain dishes that I just hadn’t been able to adjust to dairy free. I had just about given up on many creamy dishes until I found Carnation Almond Cooking Milk. This has a thick, smooth texture that reminds me of heavy cream, I substitute it for cream and have gotten good results.

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Alisa is the founder of, 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.

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