I first read about almond milk on Taste Memory, one of our first blogger friends, a long time ago. Wow, time flies. Made from pressed almonds, it’s very natural and doesn’t contain any dairy. Lon is a lactard (lactose-intolerant) but doesn’t like most soy milk, so almond milk has been his go-to with cereal when he’s not eating it dry. It goes particularly well with Honey Bunches of Oats.

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What I love about it is the natural almond flavor, without tasting like almond extract. I often feel like the extract is too strong and this has a really different flavor. It’s not creamy enough for me to use it in place of cream for coffee, but if you cook oatmeal in it, it ends up feeling ultra creamy. The starches of the oatmeal helps to thicken it and you end up feeling like you’re eating a luxurious dessert, similar to a rice pudding. A smooth, rich coating on the tongue usually comes with a high calorie price tag, but this is a 240 calorie breakfast (not including almonds, a few slices would be about 10 calories).

So pick up some almond milk. We get it at Trader Joe’s and it’s available at most health food stores and Whole Foods. You can also make this recipe with Vanilla Soy Milk and the result is pretty similar in mouth feel though the flavor is different. I like it equally, but again, Lon is not a fan of soy milk so we don’t stock it.

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Vanilla Almond Oatmeal
~for one

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashion oatmeal
  • cinnamon
  • sliced almonds to garnish (optional)

Instructions -

1. Bring vanilla almond milk and salt to a boil in a small non-stick sauce pot.

2. Stir in oatmeal and try to keep it down to a simmer, cooking for 6 minutes, or until it reaches desired consistency. Stir frequently with a rubber spatula. *Note: it will thicken slightly as it cools so remove it from heat just before it’s to your liking.

3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and almonds (if using). Eat immediately.

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