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How to Thicken Almond Milk for Coffee

Have you been looking for a milk substitute to replace cow milk in your coffee? Almond milk is one of the plant-based milk alternatives you can use.

It is easy to make and stores well in the fridge. You can use it to make lattes, cappuccinos, and other milky coffee beverages.

almond milk for coffee

Almond milk is milk made from ground almonds. This nut milk has a delicious roasted almond flavor that enhances the taste of coffee.

Despite its amazing flavor, almond milk has a light consistency that may discourage some people from adding it to coffee.

If this has been keeping you from enjoying almond milk, here are five ways you can thicken it.


  • Thickening almond milk with Rice Flour


3 cups of almond milk

1/2 a cup of rice flour

1 Tbsp of brown sugar/ honey


  1. Heat the almond milk in a saucepan on low heat while stirring some rice flour into it
  2. Sweeten the almond milk with a tablespoon of brown sugar once it thickens, and set it aside to cool.
  3. Pour the almond milk into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 4 -5 days.


  • Thickening Almond Milk With Xanthan Gum

Using xanthan gum to thicken almond milk will make it thick enough to use as a creamer in coffee. Here’s how to do it.


2 cups of almond milk

1/4 tsp of xanthan gum

A few drops of vanilla/chocolate extract

Honey/dates/brown sugar


  1. Pour the almond milk into a large mug and add the xanthan gum.
  2. Stir the milk until you get it to the desired thickness.
  3. Sweeten it with some honey, dates, or brown sugar.
  4. Store it in the fridge for up to a week.


  • Thickening Almond Milk by Heating


2 Cups of almond milk

Vanilla /caramel extract

1 Tbsp brown sugar


  1. Heat the almond milk gently over medium heat until it bubbles.
  2. Remove the almond milk from the heat, and stir in the sugar and vanilla /caramel extract.
  3. Give the thickened almond milk a few minutes to cool.
  4. Pour it into an airtight bottle and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • Thickening Almond Milk Using Oil

You can thicken almond milk with oil and flour when making heavy cream for a coffee recipe. Here’s how to do it.


3 cups of almond milk

1 cup oil

1/2 cup white flour

1 Tbsp of brown sugar


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over low heat and stir in the flour.
  2. Keep stirring the flour mixture until it puffs up and turns golden.
  3. Gradually add the almond milk to the flour mixture until you achieve the consistency you desire.
  4. Stir some sugar into the almond milk and store it in an airtight container.


  • Thickening Almond Milk With Arrowroot Flour

You can also use arrowroot flour to thicken almond milk. It’s a plant-based powder that is used to thicken liquids. Here’s how.


2 Tbsps of Arrowroot powder

1/2 a cup of water

3 cups of almond milk

1 Tbsp of granulated sugar/honey


  1. Mix the arrowroot powder in water to make a smooth paste.
  2. Heat the almond milk over low heat, add the arrowroot paste, and stir the milk until it thickens to your satisfaction.
  3. Sweeten the almond milk with a tablespoon of brown sugar or honey.
  4. Let the milk cool, pour it into a glass bottle, and store it in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 days.



Now you have five ways of thickening almond milk. A serving of almond milk contains 40 calories, so it’s a perfect nut milk to have if you are trying to cut down the calories in your coffee.

It is also the perfect milk substitute for people suffering from dairy allergies or lactose -intolerance.

Note that almond milk curdles when exposed to heat and acidity. So, always use it in coffee made with low-acid coffee beans.

You should also give the coffee a few minutes to cool down slightly before pouring a serving of almond milk into it.

Remember to sweeten your almond milk when thickening it because it has a slight bitter taste. Adding flavor extracts such as caramel, almond, or vanilla extract will also enhance its flavor.

You can use thickened almond milk in keto coffee when dieting, eggnog coffee on special occasions, and cold brew coffee on a hot day.



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