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