Whole30 Almond Milk: Compliant Brands + Recipes
Whole30 almond milk is a pretty big deal – it’s one of the few compliant items you can eat on Whole30 with the word “milk” in it (it really comes down to just almond milk, coconut milk, and other nut milks).
While compliant Whole30 coconut milk can easily be found canned in most grocery stores, almond milk is another beast altogether.
Unfortunately, store-bought almond milk almost always contains a collection of weird, unpronounceable ingredients that are definitely NOT Whole30 friendly.
One of those ingredients is carrageenan, a texturizing additive that can cause gastro issues in some individuals.
On top of that, most popular almond milk is packed with sugar, which is of course a huge Whole30 no-no.
Compliant almond milk can essentially only have two ingredients – almonds, and milk. Sadly, such whole and simple ingredients aren’t too common.
Whole30 Compliant Almond Milk Is Rare – But It Does Exist!
While Whole30 almond milk isn’t super easy to find in your standard grocery store, there are a few spots where you can score some.
Whole Foods offers a couple of compliant brands of almond milk. They include:
- MALK (contains organic almonds, himalayan salt, and filtered water).
- New Barn (contains organic almonds, organic acacia gum – which is OK for Whole30, and sea salt), so keep an eye out for those!
If you don’t feel like trekking out to Whole Foods, you can grab New Barn almond milk and other Whole Foods groceries via Instacart.
Almond Milk Ingredients: What to Watch For
When shopping for almond milk and checking ingredients, you should know that calcium carbonate is OK – go ahead and grab that almond milk! Any carrageenan is a no-no though.
For more information about which additives are allowable and which to avoid, check out the Whole30 additives cheat sheet.
DIY Whole30 Almond Milk
As discussed, Whole30 almond milk isn’t the easiest thing to find. However, it is quite easy to make, so why not do it yourself?
In addition to creating a healthy, Whole30 compliant almond milk you can trust with no additives or secret ingredients, you’ll also save tons of money (store bought clean almond milk ain’t cheap). If you’re getting fed up with Whole30 coffee that’s black as night, whipping up your own DIY almond milk is a fun, exciting alternative to try!
Whole30 Almond Milk Recipe
- Place your almonds in a bowl, cover with water, and soak for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
- Drain almonds and place in blender (preferably a very strong blender like Vitamix). Add the filtered water and blend for a few minutes until the almonds are broken down.
- Use cheesecloth or a nut milk bag to strain the almond milk and filter out any almond particles. Squeeze to push out any excess moisture.
- Drink and enjoy! Keep milk in a tightly covered container. Almond milk should last for 3-4 days.