Whole30 Almond Milk: Compliant Brands + Recipes

whole30 almond milk

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!

new barn almond milk

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



  1. Place your almonds in a bowl, cover with water, and soak for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Drink and enjoy! Keep milk in a tightly covered container. Almond milk should last for 3-4 days.

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  2. Kelly says:

    Unsweetened Silk Almondmilk is also Whole30 compliant (according to the additives cheat sheet) and easy to get at my Hannaford grocery store… and easy on the pocketbook for a half gallon.

  3. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much @Kelly. I was drinking the Silk Almond milk before starting the whole30 7 days ago and was using it the first few days just to use it up. I’m dying to milk in my tea or coffee and was hoping I could use the Silk unsweetened almond milk as it’s cost effective as almonds are a fortune to buy here on Vancouver Island.

    I’ve been searching online and finally stumbled on this site. What a life saver.

    • Bree says:

      I’m also assuming the unsweetened silk cashew milk is approved as well?

      I also am confused it says no peanut butter in the book….. Does this mean NO natural nut butters at all???? But we are allowed nut milk?

      • LifeHealthHQ says:

        Hey Bree – from what I’ve read online, unsweetened silk cashew milk is OK, but I’d make sure to double check ingredients to be safe.

        Peanuts are out on Whole30, but most others nuts are OK. Almond butter, sunflower butter, coconut butter, and macadamia butter are fine, as are compliant nut milks. Just be careful with milks because many contain additives/preservatives.

      • Kim says:

        Peanuts are not allowed because they are not a nut. Peanuts are a legume and legumes are not allowed.

  4. Rebecca says:

    So do we have an official confirmation that Silk unsweetened almond milk and cashew milk are compliant? Thanks!

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Sure – here’s a confirmation from a Whole30 moderator for the almond milk (although they suggest using in dishes, NOT drinking it) and a confirmation on cashew milk.

      However, ingredients do change so ALWAYS read labels and double check ingredients!

      • lacindy7 says:

        Glad to hear that-thanks! Getting ready to start, and have some in the fridge, didn’t want to have to toss it. Around here, we also get Diamond unsweetened almond milk and coconut miilk blends. Ingredients are all shared by that Silk that you mentioned above,except that there’s one ingredient-potassium citrate (not chloride). That ingredient isn’t on the “accepted” or “Banned” additive lists, so I”m wondering about those.

        The truth is, I bring work home with me, so to the question “Why not make your own (ketchup, mayo, almond mlik, etc)?” I have to say, “Work.” We don’t all get to check out after 5pm.

        As for smoothies, I get the whole idea of not drinking your calories-I’m the world’s most literal person, my dietician teases me about it all the time. But the truth is, when you’re in class from 10-2, there is no time for meat and veggies. Sometimes a smoothie is your only shot at having some kind of lunch, because it’s portable, and you can drink it in the ten minute break. Not ideal, but better than going 10 hours without eating anything. There’s one from The Salt Solution with spinach, avocado, mango and milk of your choice that can’t be beat, if the choice is that or nothing.

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