So Many Delicious Ways to Enjoy Almond Milk
Almond milk is super versatile – you can buy it unsweetened or sweetened, and either plain or in flavors like vanilla and chocolate. Look for it in your favorite coffee or smoothie shop, and even in bottled coffee drinks and smoothies.
Almond milk is a great choice for people who are looking to avoid lactose, dairy and soy. It’s also great for calorie-watchers, as unsweetened products have as few as 30 or 35 calories per 8-ounce serving with 0 grams of sugar. It contains no cholesterol or saturated fat, and most products are fortified with calcium and vitamin D. Some products are high in protein, too. It really depends what your tastes are and what you are looking for. Choice is a beautiful thiing.
We've partnered with Jackie Newgent, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, to bring you a brand new almond milk recipe to enjoy. Here's Jackie's take on hummus:
Almond Lover's Hummus
Make 8 servings, 1/4 cup each
2/3 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas, drained
1/2 cup unsalted, creamy almond butter
Juice and zest of 1 small lemon (2 tablespoons juice)
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (divided)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons sliced natural almonds, pan-toasted
Add the almond milk to a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by half, about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the almond milk reduction, chickpeas, almond butter, lemon juice and zest, garlic, salt, cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon of the cayenne to a high-power blender or food processor container. Cover and puree on high speed until creamy, at least 2 minutes. (Note: If desire a thinner consistency, drizzle in additional almond milk by the teaspoon.)
Spoon into a serving bowl, cover, and chill until ready to serve. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon cayenne and almonds, and serve.
Per serving: 170 calories, 11g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 13g total carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, 2g sugars includes 0g added sugars, 7g protein
Here's our top 10 favorite tips and out-of-the-carton recipes:
Boost your breakfast beverage
Start your day with a healthy pour of almond milk in your coffee, latte, tea or oatmeal, for creamy, dairy-free deliciousness.
Warm Almond Quinoa Breakfast Sundae
Treat yourself to dessert for breakfast with this delicious, gluten-free Warm Almond Quinoa Breakfast Sundae. Drizzled with warm almond butter, honey and almond milk, it's a great way to start the day.
Golden Milk Latte with almond milk and almond butter
This Golden Milk Latte is a mood-boosting, energy-enhancing wonder drink, perfect as a spicy afternoon pick me up or chilled for a pre- or post-exercise drink.
Almond Butter Spinach Smoothie
Unsweetened almond milk is a great addition to smoothies, adding a silky creaminess while keeping calories in check. Try this Almond Butter Spinach Smoothie made with almond milk, spinach and frozen fruit.
Cream of Carrot Soup with Almond Croutons
This Cream of Carrot Soup with Almond Croutons makes for a dairy-free, but creamy and nourishing lunch or dinner, perfect for a blustery day.
Lightened-up Mac and Cheese
Yes, even your childhood favorite dish of Mac and cheese can be made with almond milk, for a decadent, yet low-calorie dinner.
Gluten-Free Almond Brownies
To satisfy a sweet tooth, from mug cakes to these decadent Gluten-Free Almond Brownies, almond milk adds a creamy texture to any dessert.
Almond Hot Chocolate
Warm up with this twist on another childhood favorite, Almond Hot Chocolate, made with high-quality chocolate and almond milk.
And of course, drink it solo
Many people just love the taste of almond milk. So try different brands and products, and find your favorite based on your own preferences for flavor and texture.
Bonus tip: Storing almond milk
Shelf-stable almond milk, once opened, should be stored in the refrigerator and used within 7-10 days of opening. You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray and use it in place of ice cubes in iced coffee and smoothies.
There are many choices when it comes to health preferences and needs. We love that almonds are so versatile they can fit with so many of those choices. To celebrate this versatility, we wrote a poem to almond milk, a fan favorite:
Ode to Almond Milk
Almond milk, how I love thee!
You’re creamy, delicious and lactose-free.
In coffee, cereal, smoothie and shake
There’s hardly a limit to what you can make.
Vanilla, chocolate and even plain
I’ll drink you in the car or train.
You’re soy-, dairy- and animal-free
And no cholesterol -- perfect for me.
At breakfast in oatmeal, muffins and waffles
In desserts like cookies, pudding and truffles.
For lunch and for dinner in sauces and soup
You, almond milk, my needs sure do suit!
If unsweetened, no sugar and you’re low calorie
And easy on my tummy, so I’m worry free!
For many reasons – not meaning to boast,
But let’s raise a glass to the milk I love most!
Get answers to your almond milk questions in our post here.
Jackie Newgent is a classically-trained chef, registered dietitian nutritionist, media personality, and author of several cookbooks, including the award-winning The All‐Natural Diabetes Cookbook and The With or Without Meat Cookbook. She’s a culinary instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and freelance recipe developer for Rachael Ray Every Day, Livestrong.com, and Fitbit.com. She’s a past national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has made professional guest appearances on dozens of television news shows, including Good Morning America. Jackie resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Follow her on social media: @jackienewgent.