As someone who isn’t lactose intolerant and loves milk – the cow kind – oh-so-very-much, the thought of trying out or completely converting to a different kind of milk – almond or otherwise – has never really crossed my mind. Well, except for that one week when I was 14-years-old and I decided to be a vegetarian, so I tried soy milk which, well, swiftly reversed my decision. It just wasn’t for me.
However, I am open-minded and always keen to try new things (if they don’t look weird. Yes, I eat/drink with my eyeballs first). This being said, when Almond Creamery asked if they could drop off a little press pack containing a few bottles of their almond milk, I thought I would give it a go.
I had heard about Almond Creamery long before they contacted me, and I had heard so many good things about their dairy alternative and the health benefits of kicking dairy – or at least cutting back – that I was stoked that they wanted to drop some off for me to try.
What stuck with me the most when it came to their product is that they are dedicated to producing a healthy, eco-friendly and delish milk alternatives that support those trying to transform their lifestyle into a healthier one by giving them a better choice.
I am not sure what I was expecting, but when the press pack landed on my desk I was even more excited to try out the brand that I thought. That is probably because I had spoken to a number of my friends who had already converted fully to Almond Creamery’s diary alternative and have never been happier!
My first impressions were that their packaging and logo were so cute, and I loved that the bottles were glass and not plastic – meaning I could reuse them at home and, when done with them, could recycle them. Good going, guys!
In addition to the three flavours of almond milk they sent – chai spice, chocolate and original – they sent me a cute mug featuring their logo, a dairy-free recipe book with lots of amazing recipes you can make with their almond milk, and a handy cooler bag that I now use to take my lunch to work.
So far I have only tried the milk by itself and as a milk substitute in my tea or coffee, as I have not had the time to make any of the dairy-free recipes featured in their recipe book as of yet. However, there are a few I have my eye on, including the rice pudding (something both my mum and gran makes a lot and that I absolutely love to eat, although their’s is the baked version) and dairy-free crepes (cos’ I mean, crepes!).
Once I do try these recipes, I will share both the recipes and my experience making them – with pictures so you can see how scrumptious they (hopefully) turn out.
Before we talk about Almond Creamery’s nut milk, for those who are interested, these are the health benefits of cutting back on dairy:
- Beat the bloat
- Clearer skin
- More energy
- Better respiratory health
- Happier digestion
But, why almond milk?
- Low in saturated fatty acids
- Rich in unsaturated fatty acids
- Contains protective phytosterol antioxidants
- Contains fibre
- Contains plant protein
- Contains probiotic components (which help with digestion, detoxification and bacterial growth within the gut – which is ‘key to utilising nutrients from food and preventing nutrient deficiencies’)
What I think about Almond Creamery Milk Alternative
I have tried all of Almond Creamery’s milk alternatives (that were sent to me) by themselves and in a number of other ways, including using the original milk in my tea and in my cereal one morning. I also tried both the Chai Spice and Chocolate alternatives cold and warmed up (as an alternative to hot chocolate, for example).
With a little somethin’-somethin’
The original flavour worked well in my tea and tasted fairly good, and I didn’t mind it in my cereal either. I think, as a person who enjoys cows milk and drinks it every day, it just tastes different but is something I could easily get used to.
I did not really enjoy the original flavour by itself. I am not saying that it would not be something could appreciate and enjoy more over time and it was not unpleasant to drink, it’s just very different from what I am used to.
What I did really enjoy, however, was warming up the flavoured milk alternative. The Chocolate flavour works perfectly as a hot chocolate substitute and is a great winter-warmer during the cooler months. I feel the same about the Chai Spice flavour and really enjoyed it warm while lazing around and reading my book.
But, what really surprised me the most, is that when I tried it cold (straight out of the fridge) I could also see myself enjoying it cold (with an ice cube or two) in summer, instead of something like Nesquik (that you have to mix with milk), for example.
I’m pretty impressed with and surprised at how much I enjoyed Almond Creamery’s milk substitute. All-in-all it is a product I see myself buying and enjoying in the future – especially the chocolate flavoured one – and I am excited to dive into their recipe book and translate it into something I can eat, too.
If you are interested in trying out Almond Creamery’s nut milk, you can find their stockist, here. And, if you’re interested in using it to cook or bake something delicious, you can find their recipes on their website.