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Best Almond Milk Brands of 2022

best almond milk brands of 2022

Almond milk is one of the most popular non-dairy alternatives on the market. It’s affordable, has a mild taste and is widely available in most grocery stores. Yet choosing which brand to buy can be confusing. With the help of the Rawkstar Team, we shopped and blind taste-tested so we could bring you the best almond milk brands for 2022.

The results from this review may (or may not) shock you. My goal is to help you find a brand that matches your priorities regarding taste, ingredients and eco-conscious packaging. I suggest checking out our Oat Milk Brands of 2022 and Coconut Milk Brands of 2022 if you’re looking for almond milk alternatives. The main concerns associated with almond milk production are water use and pesticide use.

Almond Milk Rawkstar Report

In our very own rawkstar report, you can see how +20 almond milk brands stack up. We focused on unsweetened as well as unflavored varieties, which I recommend using. We then rated them based on the quality of ingredients, taste (and texture) and sustainable packaging.

Almond Milk Brands: Elmhurst Milked Almonds

So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Thrive Market Organic Almond Beverage

Almond Milk Brands: Thrive Market Organic Almond Beverage

Silk Almond Organic Milk brand

Silk Almond Unsweetened

Owner Organic Almond Brand

365 Organic Original Almondmilk

365 Organic Original Almondmilk

Three Trees Organic Original Almondmilk

Three Trees Organic Original Almondmilk

Almond Milk Brands: Simply Almond Original

Good & Gather Original Almond (refrigerated)

Almond Milk Brands: Good & Gather Original Almond (refrigerated)

Sprouts Organic Almondmilk Original

Almond Milk Brands: Sprouts Organic Almondmilk Original

Great Value Almondmilk Original

Great Value Almondmilk Original

Pacific Foods Organic Almond

Pacific Foods Organic Almond

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original

Califia Farms Almondmilk

Friendly Farms Almond Original Almondmilk

Friendly Farms Almond Original Almondmilk

Publix Original Almond Milk

Publix Original Almond Milk

Trader Joe’s Simple Almond Beverage

Trader Joe's Simple Almond Beverage

Trader Joe’s Almond Beverage Original

Trader Joe's Almond Beverage Original

Kirkland's Almond

Good & Gather Original Almond (shelf-stable)

Good & Gather Original Almond (shelf-stable)
Finding the best almond milk brands in stores

Factors to Determine the Best Brands

As you’ll see from the ratings above, almond milk is not the same. Many brands add fillers, gum, fortify with vitamins, and alter taste with “natural flavors” to modify the true flavor.

Always read labels when shopping; you never know what you’ll get if you don’t. The best quality you will ever find is homemade almond milk. Yet if that’s not a possibility for you, then let this list be your guide to getting the very best brand.

High-Quality Ingredients

Just because the branding looks clean, attractive and healthy, it doesn’t mean the ingredients tell the same story. While we know taste and texture are huge buying factors, we also compared to ingredient lists to give our best recommendations:

  1. Elmhurst Milked Almonds
  2. Unsweetened Trader Joe’s Simple Almond Beverage
  3. Organic Almond Owner
  4. Unsweetened Three Trees Organic Almond Milk

Taste + Texture

Blind taste-testing was a game-changer when it came to comparing the taste of a variety of milk. Some were gritty, others were smooth. Some had a bitter taste. Others had a smooth sweetness. We took all this into account when rating each brand.

  1. Silk Almond Unsweetened
  2. So Delicious Organic Almond with Cashew
  3. Friendly Farms Original Unsweetened Almond
  4. Good & Gather Original Almond, refrigerated

Silk Unsweetened Almond was the top-tasting winner hands down (and the only was to get a “green pass” for its taste score). Overall, we realized that every brand of store bought almond beverage isn’t that tasty, especially when you compare it to oat milk or coconut milk.

Eco-Conscious Packaging

Eco-friendly packaging also gave certain brands a boost. If a brand used recyclable materials or had B-Corp status then they got bonus points.

  1. Elmhurst Milked Almonds
  2. Silk Almond Organic + Silk Almond Unsweetened
  3. So Delicious Organic Almond with Cashew
  4. Thrive Market Organic Almond Beverage

Where to Buy The Top Brands

Erin spent a day driving around Tampa Bay, so that she could buy every brand available. She every almond beverage brand available at Costco, Whole Foods purchased, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Target, Aldi, Publix, The Fresh Market, and NutritionSmart. We also online from Thrive Market and Amazon to get everything we could purchased. You can pretty much find it in every grocery store in 2022.

If you’re looking to buy the top winners from the Rawkstar Report, read on:

Elmhurst Milked Almonds: Publix, Amazon, Elmhurst.com, Wegman’s, Thrive Market, Whole Foods, etc.

So Delicious Almond with Cashews: Walmart (yet occasionally discontinued), Amazon

Thrive Market Almond: ThriveMarket.com is the online grocery story loved by many, including myself. They make their products at an affordable price too.

diy almond milk recipe

Is Almond Milk Good for You?

Almond’ milk’ has exploded on the market in recent years. Consumers are buying more plant-based products and grocery stores are listening. Dairy also happens to be one of the most common food sensitivities, which makes this milk, oat milk and coconut milk great options. Whether you choose to buy one of the best brands above or make homemade almond milk, you can enjoy some wonderful health benefits.

Here’s how one cup of almond milk stacks up to one cup of dairy:

Unsweetened Almond Milk (on average)

  • 50 calories
  • 2 grams of carbs
  • 35% daily Vitamin E
  • 35% daily Calcium (manufacturers enrich most almond milks to compete with dairy milk)

Low Fat Dairy Milk (on average)

  • 103 calories
  • 12 grams of carbs (mostly sugar)
  • 28% daily Calcium
Recipes using almond milk

5 Tasty Recipes Using Almond Milk

We love using almond beverages as a recipe base to create a creamy, protein-enriched meal, so here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
  2. Maple Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl
  3. Spiced Almond Drink
  4. Cherry Almond Cinnamon Green Smoothie
  5. Chocolate Fiber Smoothie Cubes

Leave a comment letting us know if this report was helpful and if there are any refrigerated almond milk brands we can test next! We’re here to do the work for you, and then give you the inside scoop. If your favorite isn’t listed, then we’d love to know which brand you think has the best-tasting milk because we want to try it, too!

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Epic Almond Smoothie – An Easy, Plant Based Beverage

almond smoothie

Almonds are my go-to snack since they provide a quick boost of healthy fats, protein and fiber. I often take them on long runs, into the Grand Canyon, and you can probably find some floating around my purse in the case of an emergency. This almond smoothie recipe was a no-brainer. Almonds and almond milk combined with bananas and strawberries quickly become a filling and delicious breakfast.

How to Make an Almond Smoothie

Get ready for the world’s healthiest fast food- a smoothie. In one easy step, you’ve got a meal that is filling, full of great nutrients and delicious tastes.

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Make sure at least one of your fruits is frozen to produce a refreshingly cool smoothie. And if you just can’t handle a smoothie without leafy greens then toss ’em in!

ingredients for a plant based snack

Almond Smoothie FAQs

Are almonds in smoothies good?

Yes! Adding in raw almond, almond milk, or almond meal to your next smoothie will give you fiber and a healthy fat boost.

Is almond milk bad in smoothies?

Only if you don’t like almond milk. It’s a delicious, plant-based option that easily blends with a variety of fruits and veggies. Almond milk adds in good nutrients as well as works as a natural thickener.

Are raw almonds good in smoothies?

They can be! If you’ve got a high-powered blender, then you can add pretty much any raw nut to a smoothie and enjoy its benefits. If your blender isn’t Vitamix-grade, then soak the nuts for four hours before blending to soften.

energizing almond smoothie recipe

Easy Recipe Swaps

Swap in one serving of your favorite plant protein powder for chia seeds. The cinnamon honestly makes this smoothie next level. Omit it if cinnamon isn’t your thing. While this is called an almond smoothie, there is no judgment if you use a different plant milk. Cashew or oat would work great!

If the natural sugar is a bit too much for you then swap out ½ of the banana for ¼ cup frozen cauliflower. Swap the 2 tbsps of almonds for the nut or seed of your choice.

superfood almonds in a snack

Benefits of Almonds

Almonds are a pretty impressive nut. One ounce holds 3.5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein and 14 grams of fat as well as large amounts of the recommended daily value of vitamin E, manganese and magnesium.

They also contain large amounts of antioxidants, which our bodies use to fight inflammation and cancer.

Because almonds are high in fat, protein and fiber, they can help lower blood sugar. Grab a handful for your next snack and soak in the benefits.

I use both almond and almond milk in my almond smoothie recipe to increase all the goodness going into my body.

Choosing the Right Milk

You can either buy or make almond milk, and both are great options!

Store-bought almond milk: There are so many brands to choose from when buying almond milk. I love the variety and accessibility of plant-based milk today! Yet ALWAYS read the labels (even of your favorite brand!) to make sure companies aren’t trying to slip weird ingredients into your milk.

Every year Simple Green Smoothies searches all the grocery stores in the Tampa Bay area for new and improved brands of almond milk, then we test them and rate. We do all the research for you!

Homemade almond milk: I love making my own plant milk. It’s easy and I know exactly what goes into it. If you’ve never tried to make your own before, then try it! You might never go back to the store-bought stuff again.

easy, simple smoothie recipe

Using Almonds in Smoothies

Check out these great smoothie recipes that use almond or almond milk:

Give this epic smoothie a try and let me know how it turns out! I love a new smoothie recipe, don’t you?

Epic Almond Smoothie

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Start your morning with a protein fueled breakfast all wrapped up in a perfectly sweet smoothie. This almond smoothie is delicious and an easy on-the-go beverage for a busy day.

Total Time5 minutes

Servings1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbs almonds
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup strawberries (frozen)
  • ½ test ground cinnamon
  • 1 test maple syrup (or honey)

Notes

  • Make sure to use a frozen fruit for a refreshingly cold smoothie
  • Add even more protein with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or 1 serving of Protein Smoothie Boost
  • For less natural sugar, swap ½ banana with ¼ cup frozen cauliflower

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 339kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 44g (15%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Monnounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 329mg (14%) Potassium: 727mg (21%) Fiber: 12g (50%) Sugar: 19g (21%) Vitamin A: 94IU (2%) Vitamin C: 53mg (64%) Calcium: 456mg (46%) Iron: 2mg (11%)