Ahh, the sweet sip of that first cup of coffee in the morning. Can anything truly compare?
For those that want to level up their morning cup of joe, adding frothed milk can completely transform your coffee.
As more and more people switch to plant-based alternatives, especially in the dairy world, almond milk’s popularity has surged. Almond milk has no limits in its versatility.
It can be used as a dairy-free substitute for cow’s milk in cooking, baking, and also frothing!
Because of its creamy, nutty, and slightly sweet flavor, almond milk is a great substitute for cow’s milk in drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos.
An added benefit of almond milk when compared to cow’s milk is that it is lower in calories and naturally rich in several vitamins and minerals.
But the big question is… does almond milk froth like regular milk? Today we are going to find out!
What's The Best Almond Milk For Frothing?
To froth any milk (dairy or non-dairy), it requires fat and protein.
The higher the fat content of the milk, the easier it will be to froth. Likewise, the higher the protein content, the longer the foam will last.
Almond milk is lower in both fat and protein in comparison to cow’s milk.
However, almond milk is one of the better options in the plant-based milk category when it comes to higher fat and protein content.
Oat milk, coconut milk, and even hemp milk are very low in fat, making them not the best candidates for frothing.
If you want even more tips and tricks for how to froth almond milk, check out our comprehensive guide here!
Today, we are doing the ultimate frothing showdown!
We are putting five almond milk brands to the test to see which ones froth the best so you don’t have to waste time figuring it out yourself!
Here is the line-up of almond milks we are testing today to see which will froth the best:
- Almond Malk
- Better Than Milk Organic Almond Milk
- Elmhurst Milked Almonds
- Good Mylk Co Almond Milk Activated Creamer
- Three Trees Organics Original Almond Milk
To ensure that we are keeping the playing field level for all of the almond milk brands we are testing today, we are keeping as many aspects as possible the same for each milk:
Each almond milk has been heated to be between 140°F (60°C) to 150°F (65°C) (the ideal temperature for frothing almond milk)
⅓ cup of milk will be poured into the glass
An electric hand frother is the chosen tool for frothing each milk
Each milk will be frothed for 45-60 seconds
5. Elmhurst Milked Almonds
Elmhurst has quite the story.
Originally established in 1925 and based in Queens, Elmhurst used to sell cow’s milk.
They eventually closed Elmhurst Dairy in 2016 and decided to rebrand and relaunch as Elmhurst 1925 in 2017 with a focus on all things plant-based milk!
The owner, Henry Schwartz, saw a future in plant milk. He partnered with plant food scientist, Dr. Cheryl Mitchell, to use the process of HydroRelease™ in creating their milk.
HydroRelease™ “separates the natural components of a grain, nut, or seed before reassembling them as a smooth, creamy beverage.”
Elmhurst has a well-rounded product line.
They offer several different plant milks from almond to oat, and even hazelnut and walnut! They also have a barista line and creamers.
For today’s test, we will be using their Unsweetened Almond Milk.
Their ingredient list is super simple - only water and almonds! One serving (8 fl oz) is 130 calories and contains 11g of fat and 5g of protein.
How well does Elmhurst Milked Almonds Froth?
This test was shocking!
Because Elmhurst has the highest amount of protein and fat compared to the other four almond milk brands, I had high hopes for this brand.
Unfortunately, it barely frothed up. It produced a little bit of foam but overall was a thin, watery consistency.
Froth Rating: 2/5
4. Almond Malk
Almond Malk has been around for about eight years and prides itself on being clean, simple, and organic.
When you take a look at their ingredients, they really do live up to the simplicity. They offer unsweetened, vanilla, and chocolate varieties for both almond and oat milk.
Their Unsweetened Almond Malk, which is what we’ll be using today, only contains water, organic almonds, and pink Himalayan salt. THAT’S IT!
One serving (8 fl oz) is 70 calories and contains 6g of fat and 2g of protein.
How well does Almond Malk Froth?
To kick off the almond milk frothing test, we are starting with Almond Malk.
Sadly, this brand wasn’t the best to start off with. It thickened slightly and produced a tiny amount of foam.
I wouldn’t suggest Almond Malk if you are wanting that classic thick and foamy froth.
Froth Rating: 2/5
3. Goodmylk Co Almond Milk Activated Creamer
Brooke Rewa founded Goodmylk Co because she wanted to provide a plant-based alternative milk that was free of binders, thickeners, chemicals, and preservatives.
Goodmylk’s product line is extremely unique. They offer frozen and powder plant-based milks and creamers in the almond, oat, and hemp varieties.
Today, we will be testing Goodmylk’s Almond Activated Creamer which contains sprouted almonds, maple sugar, and Himalayan salt.
In addition to the base ingredients, Goodmylk’s activated creamers also contain superfoods, adaptogens, and medicinal mushrooms so you can feel even better about what you’re adding to your drink!
One serving (2 tbsp) is 60 calories and contains 4g of fat and 5g of protein.
How well does Goodmylk Co Almond Milk Activated Creamer Froth?
Because this plant-based milk was in powder form, I didn’t think it would froth that well initially.
To my surprise, this activated creamer did produce a similar amount of foam as the Elmhurst and Almond Malk.
It receives a slightly higher rating than the other two options because it did seem to be a bit thicker.
Froth Rating: 3/5
2. Better Than Milk Organic Almond Milk
Better Than Milk Organics starts by sourcing the water for their almond milk in the Lessini Mountains in Northern Italy.
Because water is a huge component of making plant-based milk, they believe that it is essential to start with the best water possible!
Their product line includes almond milk, oat milk, and rice milk.
For our froth test, we will be using their Unsweetened Almond Milk.
Similarly to Almond Malk, Better Than Milk Organic also only has three ingredients - spring water, organic ground almonds, and locust bean gum.
Locust bean gum comes from the seeds of carob trees and is a completely plant-based product used as a thickening agent in many products.
One serving (8 fl oz) is 50 calories and contains 4g of fat and 2g of protein.
How well does Better Than Milk Organic Almond Milk Froth?
The Better Than Milk Organics is a solid option if you’re looking for almond milk that froths. It created a couple of inches of foam and got thicker during the process of frothing.
Froth Rating: 4/5
1. Three Trees Organics Original Almond Milk
Three Trees Organics is guided by the philosophy that the best things come from nature.
Their founder, Jenny Eu, as a child used to go foraging in the forest with her grandmother to gather plants to make their meals with.
She brought this idea into Three Trees Organics and all of their milks use ingredients found right in nature.
They have a small but mighty product line of five milks - Original Almond, Vanilla Almond, Pistachio, Oat, and Black Sesame Almond.
For today’s froth test, we will be using their Original Almond Milk that contains only water and almonds. One serving (241g) is 100 calories and contains 9g of fat and 4g of protein.
How well does Three Tree Organics Original Almond Milk Froth?
This milk was the biggest surprise of the day. It immediately started thickening and was super fluffy and creamy.
What started as ⅓ cup of milk, almost filled the entire coffee cup after frothing!
Froth Rating: 5/5
The Best Almond Milk for Frothing
Drumroll please… The best almond milk for frothing is Three Trees Organics Original Almond Milk!
It frothed quickly and beautifully with ease and produced a super thick and creamy texture.
It is exactly what you want in the milk you’re frothing.
If you are looking for the best almond milk to add to your cup of coffee, we recommend going with Three Trees Organics!