Dairy-free consumers used to have only one or two options when it came to milk. But nowadays, there are plenty of plant-based milks to choose from. Almond milk has been a major player for decades, but hemp milk is slowly starting to make some headway.
We all love having more choices, but you may have questions about the differences between hemp milk vs. almond milk. From taste and texture to cooking and baking uses, we have a thorough comparison for you right here.
When it comes to hemp milk vs. almond milk, two of the key differences are flavor and texture.
Both almond milk and hemp milk have a nutty flavor and are slightly sweet. However, the nutty taste of hemp milk is a little sharper and more distinct than that of almond milk. Unsweetened, both kinds of milk have subtle bitter undertones.
While almond and hemp milk each have their own smooth, creamy consistency, almond milk’s texture tends to be thinner and silkier. Hemp milk, on the other hand, has a creamier texture similar to dairy milk.
The tastes of almond and hemp milk are influenced by their base ingredients: almonds and hemp seeds. Some brands use flavorings, such as vanilla, to create flavored varieties of their plant-based milk. For example, our Organic Unsweetened Almond Vanilla beverage and our Hemp Unsweetened Vanilla beverage both include delicious vanilla.
Sweeteners can also be added to enhance the taste of the milk, such is the case with our Organic Almond Original beverage and our Hemp Original beverage.
Almond milk is quite versatile, and you can use it for both hot and cold drinks. Sweetened or unsweetened, almond milk’s mild taste balances out sharp coffee flavors. It also blends well in hot drinks, so you don’t have to worry about it separating.
Hemp milk’s creamier, richer texture is better for creating foam and froth. It also steams well and mixes seamlessly into hot coffee and tea. Hemp milk’s nutty taste is more notable than that of almond milk, so keep that in mind when you’re considering the flavor you’re trying to achieve. If you enjoy sharper flavors, hemp milk might just be the way to go.
Regarding iced drinks, you might prefer a sweetened variety of almond or hemp milk. Or you can use unsweetened milk and mix in your preferred sweetener.
When choosing plant-based milk for your favorite recipes, think about your ultimate flavor and texture goals. What flavor profile are you aiming for in your recipe? How much of a creamy, rich consistency do you need?
When it comes to flavor, hemp milk’s nutty taste often comes through in cooking and baking. Depending on the recipe, this can enhance the overall flavor of your dish. If you want milder milk to complement rather than intensify the taste of your ingredients, almond milk is the better choice.
Both hemp and almond milk will thicken when they’re heated and produce a creamy texture, making them a reliable choice for sauces, curries and creamy soups.
However, since almond is on the thinner side for texture, it won’t be as creamy as hemp milk. Almond milk might be a better option if you want a lighter consistency.
Dairy milk has sugar in it naturally. If you’re baking with almond or hemp milk instead of dairy milk, you may want to use a sweetened variety to achieve a similar taste.
From fruit pies to chocolate brownies, the taste of almond milk will go well with almost any baking recipe. Hemp milk’s flavor will add a nuttier twist to your baked goods, which may clash with other ingredients. Use it as a complementary ingredient for flavor profiles that include vanilla and chocolate.
It’s common to have questions when considering a plant-based milk alternative. Hopefully, we can answer some of your questions below.
Unless you have specific dietary restrictions or needs, you can drink hemp milk every day. Just make sure to always read the ingredients label carefully before buying and consuming any product.
Almond milk has a slightly thinner consistency. If you want a little more thickness, hemp milk might be best. However, if you prefer the milder taste of almond milk, you can thicken the milk by adding some soaked nuts, vegan butter or plain silken tofu until you reach the right texture.
Finding the right plant-based milk might take a little experimentation. Fortunately, many options are readily available for you to try.
At Pacific Foods, we’re proud to offer plant-based beverages made with simple ingredients. Find your favorite delicious plant-based milks by shopping our products today!