There are a lot of dairy free milks out there. Here's the one that meets our guidelines, and will make your smoothies the tastiest.
Whether you’re a fan of almond milk because you're going dairy-free or you just like to add something a little different to your coffee, it can be confusing to choose a good one. There are more than a dozen brands, making it tricky to find one that tastes great—and isn’t loaded with sugar.
Some sweetened varieties can pack over 20g of sugar per serving, which is pretty scary! So, we went on a mission to hunt down the most nutritious almond milks we could find, and try them to decide which one was the tastiest.
After reviewing ingredients, we purchased 18 different types of almond milk and divvied them into three categories: Original flavor, unsweetened, and unsweetened vanilla. Then, we conducted a blind taste test. Here’s which almond milk trumped them all.
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Winner: Unsweetened Original Almond Breeze Almond Milk
Original Almond Breeze can be found in almost any grocery store or online. Unsweetened almond milk by itself is definitely an acquired taste, but our testers gave Almond Breeze kudos for its “subtle flavor” and noted that it “lacked the bitter aftertaste” of some competitors. Tasters agreed it would be delicious poured over cereal or used in a smoothie.
Nutrition per cup: 30 calories, 2.5g fat, 0g sat fat, 170 mg sodium, 160mg potassium, 1g carb, <1g fiber, 1g protein, 0g sugar
Original Almond Milk
Winner: Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Original Organic Almond Milk
As you can probably tell by the name, this brand is from Whole Foods. It’s organic, and lightly sweetened with cane sugar (there are only 7g of sugar per cup, so it’s definitely not bad). Our tasters loved the almond-forward flavor and the mild taste and sweetness. One taster said it was the “most milk-like” of any of the almond milks she tried.
Nutrition per cup: 60 calories, 2.5g fat, 0g sat fat, 140mg sodium, 180mg potassium, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugar, 1g protein
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
Winner: ALDI’s Simply Nature Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
Tasters agreed that this unsweetened vanilla almond milk from ALDI had “the most balanced flavor of all the milks in this category.” We loved that there was just enough vanilla to offset the bitterness common in unsweetened almond milk—without being overpowering. This would be great in coffee, cereal, or a smoothie.
Nutrition per cup: 40 calories, 3g fat, 0g sat fat, 160mg sodium, 65mg potassium, 2g carbs, 1g fiber, <1g sugar, 1g protein
Overall Winner: Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Original Organic Almond Milk
This original almond milk had the smoothest and most pleasant taste, and most closely resembled dairy milk. We love it for its versatility—because of its neutral taste profile, it could be used in almost any application where you’d use regular milk.