What You Need to Know: How to Froth Almond Milk for Perfectly Steamed Beverages


Kurt Olsen

With increasing numbers of people switching to an entirely plant-based diet, it’s no surprise that coffee-loving vegans are searching for the perfect dairy alternatives. One of the most popular milk substitutes for vegans is almond milk, but can you froth almond milk?

No latte or cappuccino is ever complete without the perfect layer of foam, so if you’re dairy-free, then you’ll be happy to know that  yes.  You may use almond milk to create foamy coffee. In reality, foaming almond milk at home for a latte or boiling almond milk cappuccino style is a technique that can be learned fast!

In this article, we asked our expert baristas, ‘Can you froth almond milk?’, here’s what they had to say about it.

What is almond milk?

Almond milk in coffee is a popular alternative to typical dairy milk, but what exactly is almond milk?

Almond milk is vegan friendly and produced from a simple mixture of almonds and water. Manufacturers leave almonds to soak in water before being ground up and strained. The resulting liquid is almond milk (which, in most cases, is up to 98% water).

Almond milk is healthy and cost-efficient, but more importantly, for vegans, no animals are harmed in its making. Almond milk has similar properties to standard milk, so steamed almond milk or boiling almond milk is entirely possible. For this reason, it’s become an excellent ingredient for plant-based milky coffees.

Will almond milk froth?

While warm almond milk might be just fine for an instant coffee, if you’re a real coffee connoisseur, you want to be able to make a frothy almond milk cappuccino or a thick and creamy latte with almond milk.

So does almond milk froth? The good news is,  yes , it does! Traditional dairy products are high in both fat and protein, which is why milk can froth so effortlessly. Almond milk is low in fat and protein, but this doesn’t mean you can’t froth it.

Frothing milk is as easy as heating it up, but we have to get a little more creative with almond milk. It’s all about using fresh almond milk and heating up almond milk to the correct temperatures.

How to froth almond milk? 

But can you heat almond milk to the same temperature as standard milk? Sort of. The best temperature for frothing almond milk is 150°F, while regular milk is typically heated to 140°F before being frothed.

Importantly, never froth your almond milk at temperatures over this. This may cause the milk to break down, resulting in a less-than-frothy and definitely less-than-creamy almond milk topping. What a letdown of a cappuccino!

The ultimate perfectionists will have a thermometer handy, but you don’t necessarily need this; just make sure your almond milk doesn’t boil.

There are various methods for making almond milk at home:

  • In the microwave
  • Using a saucepan and a frother
  • With an espresso machine

It’s super easy to froth your almond milk at home using your own espresso machine. Simply pour your milk into the milk jug, and use the attached steaming wand to heat the almond milk. Move the milk around the wand, stirring from the bottom up to ensure it gradually heats through.

However, not everyone has their own specialized espresso machine in the kitchen. Fortunately, you can replicate the steaming wand’s effects using a hand frother and a saucepan. Pour your almond milk into a small pot and set it over low heat to gradually heat. To avoid overheating, keep the heat low and use the hand frother on the surface to whip up the froth until you have wonderful, frothy almond milk!

You can also microwave almond milk if you’re in a rush. Pour your almond milk into a glass jar that has a secure lid, then give it a hard shake. Keep shaking, and you’ll see that it already starts to become foamy and bubbly before you’ve even heated it up. Next, place the jar into the microwave and heat it for just 30 seconds, enough to warm but not overheat it. The foam gets left behind, and you can then pour your perfect cappuccino or latte with a thick almond milk topping that seriously looks the part.

Can you froth other plant-based milk?

Almond milk isn’t the only plant-based milk alternative that you will find in your local store. In fact, there are plenty of different substitutes, and coffee lovers are in perpetual debate over the merits of  oat vs. almond milk  or soy milk vs. cashew milk!

Everyone has their taste preferences, as each of these kinds of milk does have its own unique flavor. However, in terms of frothing, soy milk is always great plant-based milk to use if you’re low on hot almond milk. You can froth soy milk the same way you’d froth almond milk, and the same goes for oat milk too.

Our final say on frothing almond milk at home

So, can you froth almond milk?  Yes It froths wonderfully with or without an almond milk frother. Using almond milk instead of animal milk to froth up the ideal milk for your coffee is a terrific way to keep to a totally plant-based diet!

Look no farther than our three foaming almond milk alternatives!

Why not save our foaming almond milk tutorial for your next vegan latte or cappuccino?

Related Questions

  • Can you make almond milk frothy?

    To effectively froth almond milk, just heat the almond milk slightly higher than you would dairy milk. Before you start making frothed milk, consider the following factors: freshness, temperature, protein content, and fat content.

  • Why is my almond milk not frothing?

    If your almond milk becomes too heated too quickly, it will not form a smooth foam. If you heat your almond milk on the stove, you risk overheating it, bringing it to a boil, and burning the milk. It is preferable to use a milk steamer.

  • What can I add to my almond milk to make it froth?

    I learnt a terrific trick for foaming nut milk over the years! Simply add some lecithin powder, which includes both hydrophobic (water-hating) and hydrophilic (water-loving) groups and hence aids in the formation of emulsions. The lecithin will also aid in the separation of the almond milk into two different layers.

  • Can you make cold foam with almond milk?

    Ingredients for DIY Cold Foam
    Of course, the other fat percentages work just as well, as does heavy cream or half and half if you want to go all out. Plant-based alternatives include coconut cream, almond milk, oat milk, and coconut milk.

  • Can plant-based milk be frothed?

    Most plant milks froth well, with a few exceptions. Creating a good head of foam with oat milk is just as simple as it is with almond and rice milk. What it will taste like is a bit more subjective.

  • How do you froth almond milk without curdling?

    Pour the plant milk first into the cup, followed by the appropriate quantity of coffee. This will help temper the milk and bring it up to coffee temperature, avoiding curdles in your coffee.

Contact Us

For more information or to make comments and suggestions, please contact:
Kurt Olsen
Dairy Development Coordinator, Missouri Department of Agriculture
Phone: (573) 291-5704
E-mail: [email protected]