As the dairy milk alternative beverage market continues to grow, brands need to find ways to set themselves apart. With the Almond Breeze Original Almond and Oat Blend, the new beverage checks off more boxes in the healthy eating category and people are excited to give it prime space in the refrigerator.
Recently, Blue Diamond added the blend plant-based beverage to its lineup. Speaking to this new offering, Maya Erwin, Vice President of Innovation and R&D at Blue Diamond said, “We know that eating healthier is on the forefront of a lot of consumers’ minds, and are excited to offer this product that is both delicious and nutritious. Almond Breeze Original Almond and Oat Blend not only provides a great taste and creamy texture, but it is also a healthier alternative to other oatmilks.”
The idea of an “healthier alternative” is an important category that many people want, especially as the new year begins. Although the idea of swapping plant-based food for traditional food options can be some people’s first step to more balanced eating, no one wants to feel deprived. When the alternative has the same sipping satisfaction, people are more willing to make and keep that swap.
According to Blue Diamond, the new Almond Breeze Original Almond and Oat Blend has “30% less sugar and 50% fewer calories than the national average of the leading original oatmilk brands.” In addition, the brand states that the beverage has “50% more calcium than dairy milk.” A one-cup serving has 4g total sugar and 45 calories.
With this new beverage offering, it is an easy swap for coffee drinkers. The creamy viscosity makes it feel more indulgent. Even just a little splash is all that is needed to make an impact. For anyone looking to cut back on dairy, calories, or sugar, this option could be top of mind.
As for other uses, the Almond Breeze Original Almond and Oat Blend can work in other recipes. For example, why not use the beverage in some protein pancakes. Not only can be a boost, it can make for a slight more rich offering. It is best to experiment a little to determine the best amount to use. Sometimes it is more about visual and textural consistency versus exact measurements.
Lastly, this beverage is great in a smoothie recipe. It ensures creaminess. Whether the fruit includes berries or even some mango, the combinations are many. Similar to the coffee use, just a little splash goes a long way.
The new Almond Breeze Original Almond and Oat Blend will be available in stores starting in January 2024.