3 Ways Almonds Fuel Alt-Dairy Innovations

December 7th, 2021

Alt-Dairy Series

Learn how almonds can help fuel your innovation in:

  • Non-dairy chocolate
  • Non-dairy cheese
  • Non-dairy frozen desserts

It’s critical to get the taste and texture right when you’re trying to create an appealing alternative dairy product. Eliminating “earthy” or “beany” notes is a top priority, along with achieving a rich, creamy, dairy-like consistency.

Almonds have long been recognized as a plant-based superfood, and formulators around the world are also starting to understand how they can aid non-dairy product innovation. From non-dairy chocolate to cheese, almond protein powder and almond butter can add proven nutritional benefits and outstanding taste and texture.

Here are three ways you can use almond ingredients to elevate your alternative-dairy innovations:

1. Non-dairy chocolate

With a smooth mouthfeel and clean taste, almond protein powder can help you create delicious plant-based and vegan chocolate products. Not only does almond protein powder help dilute earthy and beany notes when used in protein blends, the particle size also allows for smooth incorporation with other fine granulation ingredients.


2. Non-dairy cheese

Getting just the right texture in non-dairy cheese can be a challenge. Almond protein powder acts as a non-dairy base, adding superior hydrating properties that help create a smooth and creamy texture. Due to its clean taste, almond protein also makes it possible to mimic traditional dairy and cheese flavors.


3. Non-dairy frozen desserts

With frozen and refrigerated non-dairy desserts like ice creams and custards, almond protein and almond butter combine seamlessly with other functional ingredients. These ingredients contribute to viscosity and a rich, dairy-like creaminess and appearance.


That's not all - almond ingredients can also help you enhance the nutritional properties of your final product, adding protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They are also perfect for meeting the demand for simpler ingredients and cleaner labels.

Want to learn more? Experts at our Almond Innovation Center can help you create your next non-dairy innovation and identify the right almond forms for your application needs. For more information on almond ingredients and applications, contact us today.

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