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All About Almond Milk Benefits

Whether you make your own almond milk or buy it from the store, almond milk benefits are endless across nutrition, health, new product development, and in recipes.

Choose almond milk.

Available unsweetened or sweetened, plain or flavored, there’s an almond milk for everyone. Almond milk benefits many dietary needs and is lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free and vegan, making it a perfect solution for those looking for an alternative to dairy.

Almond milk nutrition facts.

One 8-ounce serving of plain, unsweetened almond milk has the least number of calories when compared to non-fat dairy milk and other alternative dairy products. This same serving also is free of sugar, cholesterol, and saturated fat.

  • 40 calories
  • 2.5g of total fat
  • 0g of saturated fat
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 170mg of sodium
  • 1g of total carbohydrates
  • 0g of dietary fiber
  • 0g of total sugars
  • 1g of protein
  • 2mcg of Vitamin D
  • 480mg of calcium**
  • 1mg of iron
  • 163mg of potassium

**Bioavailability should be taken into consideration with calcium levels.

It is important to note that almond milk nutrition facts will vary from brand to brand, depending on how finely the almond milk is strained. Some brands will add calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients to boost the nutritional profile. We recommend checking the nutrition labels and trying a few brands to find the right almond milk for you.

New product development.

Almond milk is the perfect blank canvas to carry trending flavors and develop premium cross-category drinks thanks to its neutral taste and creamy and silky texture. As a result, almond milk is a key base in alternative dairy options like yogurt, cheese, creamers, and frozen desserts.

Furthermore, new product launches show almond milk meeting established and emerging health and label claims in alternative dairy options for vegan, gluten free and plant-based diets1

With growing consumer interest in plant-based eating, Innova Market Insights research shows exciting opportunities in alternative dairy innovation. Learn what alt-dairy consumers are looking for and how the category landscape is shifting in response in our podcast Almond Essentials: The Future of Alt-Dairy and in our Global Trends and Implications for Almond Milk infographic.

Learn more about the latest almond trends on our Tools for the Food Professional page.

Almond milk recipes.

There are many ways to incorporate almond milk into recipes. We’ve included some of our favorite recipes using almond milk below, including a recipe for how to make almond milk at home.

Homemade Almond Milk

Have you wondered how to make almond milk at home? Find out how by following these five simple steps.

Please note: Homemade almond milk keeps in the fridge for about five to seven days. Shake gently before using it.  

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

Warm up with this twist on a childhood favorite, Almond Milk Hot Chocolate, made with high-quality chocolate and almond milk.

Whipped Coffee with Almond Milk & Almond Butter

Almond milk in coffee is always a good idea. In this recipe, three almond forms – almond butter, almond milk and almond flour – are whipped together with cold brew coffee and boba in this dairy-free mocha beverage.

Raspberry Almond Smoothie

Let this crisp and fruity drink give you a smart morning start, or act as an afternoon snack to keep hunger at bay. With every sip, you'll enjoy the smooth taste of almond butter, almond milk, frozen raspberries, and a touch of honey.

Almond Milk Cold Brew Coffee

Try this cold brew coffee recipe and pair it with your favorite store bought almond milk or make your own.

Alternate uses for almond pulp.

If you make your own almond milk at home you may wonder what to do with the leftover ground almond pulp. Although it doesn’t have as much flavor as almond flour, it still has texture, fiber and other nutritious ingredients. So, don’t throw it away—you can use it in baking (try our delicious Rosemary Parmesan Almond Pulp Cracker recipe), or toast it and use as a topping for your morning oatmeal or as a thickener in a smoothie.