Food & Drink

Almond Milk Recipes To Fall In Love With

What's with all the hate?
07/30/2014 07:00am ET | Updated August 1, 2014

There's been a lot of discussion about almond milk lately. Food writer Tom Philpott of Mother Jones pissed off a lot of people when he told "ignorant hipsters" to "lay off the almond milk" in an article published on July 16. Philpott took issue with the environmental impact -- specifically the water used -- in its production. He also criticized the price of the stuff, the inferior nutritional value compared to raw almonds, the potential additives and the watery taste.

On Slate, Maria Dolan came to almond milk's defense, saying that the product doesn't use as many almonds as one might think because people probably consume less than one serving of almonds when they use almond milk. Thus the environmental detriments are not nearly as dire. On Gawker, Hamilton Nolan shot down Philpott but simultaneously took himself down too when he wrote, "If I puked up almond milk it probably wouldn't even taste that bad relative to other kinds of puke." Philpott's article unintentionally caused such a stir that he wrote a follow-up piece a week later, in which he stated that his original story might have been his most-read piece on Mother Jones.

As Philpott pointed out in what he called his "opus," sales for almond milk are surging. FoodNavigator reported that WhiteWave Foods CEO Gregg Engles said it makes up two-thirds of plant-based milk sales in the U.S. As Kara Cutruzzula put it in Newsweek, "a perfect storm is brewing" between soy milk's decreasing popularity surrounding health concerns, and the decline of milk consumption. Philpott cited the USDA and reported that daily intake of .9 cups per person in 1970 declined to .6 cups per person in 2010.

Whether you're friend or foe of the product, it's clearly here to stay -- at least until the next non-dairy milk supersedes it. As fans of almond milk at HuffPost Taste, we've rounded up some great recipes using this hotly-disputed alternative. Not only can you pour it over your cereal and granola, but you can also sneak it in to baked goods, oatmeal and smoothies.

Here are 14 recipes to please the fans out there and persuade the haters to give it a chance.

1
Whole Oat Groats with Cherries, Plums, Pistachios & Homemade Almond Milk
Food52
2
Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge
Food52
Get the Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge recipe by Gena Hamshaw from Food52
3
Mango Milkshake
Veg Recipes Of India
Get the Mango Milkshake recipe from Veg Recipes Of India
4
Healthy No-Bake Maple Cookies
Cookin' Canuck
Healthy No-Bake Maple Cookies recipe from Cookin' Canuck
5
Lemon Almond Bread
Two Peas And Their Pod
Get the Lemon Almond Bread recipe from Two Peas And Their Pod
6
No Cook Overnight Oatmeal
The Chic Table
Get the No Cook Overnight Oatmeal recipe from The Chic Table
7
Cocoa Peanut Truffles
Adventures In Cooking
Get the Cocoa Peanut Truffles recipe from Adventures In Cooking
8
White Peach Raspberry Smoothie
The Clever Carrot
Get the White Peach Raspberry Smoothie recipe from The Clever Carrot
9
Peanut Butter Banana Pops
Pass The Sushi
Get the Peanut Butter Banana Pops recipe from Pass The Sushi
10
Non-Dairy Chocolate Pudding
A Beautiful Mess
Get the Non-Dairy Chocolate Pudding recipe from A Beautiful Mess
11
No Bake Cookies With Almond Milk
Casual Craftlete
Get the No Bake Cookies With Almond Milk recipe from Casual Craftlete
12
Almond Breeze Vegan Rice Pudding
Baked Bree
Get the Almond Breeze Vegan Rice Pudding recipe from Baked Bree
13
Blueberry Oat Cake
The Earthen Table
Get the Blueberry Oat Cake recipe from The Earthen Table
14
Thick And Creamy Chocolate Pistachio Chia Shake
Get the Thick And Creamy Chocolate Pistachio Chia Shake recipe from Half Baked Harvest

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