Test Taste: Almond Milk, Local and National Brands

The quest for almond milk that’s nutty, creamy, and flavorful.


Whether you’re lactose intolerant, vegan, or just don’t like the taste of cow’s milk, almond milk is an option for drinking, creaming your coffee, and baking. It’s rich in protein and minerals, high in omega-3 fatty acids, and easy on the digestive system (assuming you aren’t allergic to nuts). With a wide variety now available across L.A. (some companies even deliver!), we set out to taste several local and nationally available brands. Tasting notes, below. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments section, below.


Texture Flavor
Almond Milk L.A.
Thin, smooth Slightly sweeter than cow’s milk Fine.
Mylk Watery Cloyingly sweet; not good with cereal OK to temper black coffee.
Moon Juice
Almost exactly the texture of cow’s milk Vanilla bean and wildflower honey don’t overpower the rich almond flavor Perfect for drinking out of a glass, straight, steamed (it froths!) for a latte, or with cookies.
Pressed Juicery
Comfortingly thick, but slightly gritty A bit too sweet, though the chocolate version is well-balanced A quick hit of carbs and protein.
Whole Foods Brand Organic Almond Milk
Separates easily Could taste more like almonds Made us want to make our own.
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
Fairly smooth Vanilla flavor can be too strong; original flavor tastes flat The most satisfying widely available brand.
Trader Joe’s Almond Milk
Watery and gritty Like almond skins; deep almond flavor Good for granola.

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  • Ricki

    Try Vanilla Califia. It’s awesome and does not have the sugar those other brands do!!!