Test Taste: Almond Milk, Local and National Brands

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

 


TextureFlavor
Overall
Almond Milk L.A.
Thin, smoothSlightly sweeter than cow’s milkFine.
Mylk WateryCloyingly sweet; not good with cerealOK to temper black coffee.
Moon Juice
Almost exactly the texture of cow’s milkVanilla bean and wildflower honey don’t overpower the rich almond flavorPerfect for drinking out of a glass, straight, steamed (it froths!) for a latte, or with cookies.
Pressed Juicery
Comfortingly thick, but slightly grittyA bit too sweet, though the chocolate version is well-balancedA quick hit of carbs and protein.
Whole Foods Brand Organic Almond Milk
Separates easilyCould taste more like almondsMade us want to make our own.
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
Fairly smoothVanilla flavor can be too strong; original flavor tastes flatThe most satisfying widely available brand.
Trader Joe’s Almond Milk
Watery and grittyLike almond skins; deep almond flavorGood for granola.