The Almond Milk Cookbook Review + Giveaway + Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Photo by An Unrefined Vegan

When I first saw the cover of Chef Alan Roettinger’s latest, The Almond Milk Cookbook, posted on Instagram, I knew that it was one I wanted to have in my collection. Because, well, almond milk! I love both it and its byproduct, almond meal, but I don’t often make my own because for certain things I’m just darn lazy. Alan’s book makes it more than worth one’s while because of the myriad of delicious recipes rendered from the rich, nutty elixir (and meal) – and really – making it is dead simple and tastes a million times better than the stuff in cartons.

So, for the past several months I’ve been cooking on and off from Alan’s book; yummy smoothies, breakfasts, soups, main dishes, crackers, and desserts. They’re all in there and they all bear Alan’s signature style of ease of preparation, minimal ingredients and maximum flavor. When I make one of his recipes, I always feel as if I’ve created a restaurant meal in my home. 

To give you just a little taste test, I’m sharing Alan’s recipe for rich, creamy, and very decadent-tasting Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie. Simple, full of fruit and fruit, and of course…almond milk. 

FYI this slim volume is light on photos, but for me it doesn’t detract from the book. This is serious almond milk business right here. There are nearly 100 recipes inside and chapters include The Almond Dairy, Drink Up!, Morning Glory, Soups for Every Season, Grazing the Salad Bowl, Mains & Sides, and Sweet Tooth Central (where, I’m happy to report, the preponderance of recipes are to be found….)

The Almond Milk Cookbook

Lucky for you and thanks to Alan and Book Publishing Company, I’ve got a copy of The Almond Milk Cookbook to give away to a winner (in the U.S. or Canada). It’s as simple as scrolling to the bottom of the post. In the meantime – –

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Other books by Alan:

  • Speed Vegan
  • Extraordinary Vegan
  • Paleo Vegan (with Ellen Jaffe Jones)

Come back in a few days to enter another giveaway: The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook by Del Sroufe!


Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Photo by An Unrefined Vegan


Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
Serves 2
For something effortless to whip together, this smoothie evokes the elegance of a time-consuming classic dessert. - Alan
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
520 calories
116 g
0 g
11 g
6 g
7 g
469 g
5 g
90 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 520
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 5mg
Total Carbohydrates 116g
Dietary Fiber 17g
Sugars 90g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 1/2 cups plain almond milk
  2. 1 frozen medium banana, broken into chunks, optional
  3. 1 cup frozen raspberries
  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 7 pitted Medjool dates
  6. 1 Tbsp. coconut oil*
  7. 1/2 vanilla bean, chopped, or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and process on high speed until smooth. Serve at once.
  1. *I made this without the coconut oil and used about a 1/2 teaspoon of sunflower lecithin as a binder.
  2. Recipe shared with permission from Alan Roettinger and Book Publishing Company.
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61 thoughts on “The Almond Milk Cookbook Review + Giveaway + Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

  1. Heather B.

    Quite honestly, almond milk really is my favorite nondairy milk at the moment! I’ve been meaning to try cashew milk, but I keep coming back to almond! 🙂

    1. Alan Roettinger

      Easy! Just whirl a few strawberries (in the winter you can use frozen!) and maybe a date or two in the blender with your unsweetened almond milk. Best strawberry milk ever. You can strain it through a fine sieve if you like it super smooth, but I think the seeds give you the full strawberry effect.

  2. tearoomdelights

    I’m truly amazed by what can be done with nuts. Gorgeous photos, Annie. Raspberries and chocolate…mmm.

  3. Heather@ASpoonfulofHealth

    Wow! What a great cookbook this looks like, I love almond milk! Almond milk is definitely my plant-based milk of choice (unsweetened) with cashew being a close second of the late. I love that you can use them anywhere and it’s now hard for me to understand how anyone can prefer the taste of cow’s milk over these delicious options. Thanks for the giveaway, I just love your recipes:)

  4. Strength and Sunshine

    Almond milk will always be my #1! The taste is just too perfect! But I also love Flax, Cashew, and Macadamia!

  5. aimeed28

    Almond is most definitely my favorite, for its taste, its consistency, and the fact that it’s so easy to make (now that I finally have a nut milk bag).

  6. Sharon

    I love almond milk and cashew milk. I would like to try macadamia and flax as well. This cookbook looks great. Would love to get a copy.

  7. Nicollette D

    I always use almond milk– I’ve never really ventured to anything else. I love the concept of this book, because I always have an abundance of almond milk to be used. Can’t wait to check it out.

  8. sue hegle

    Almond is my go to! I try others, coconut, soy, rice, but I always come back to almond. Mostly because I always have almonds and I hate going to the store. That and I like it!!!

  9. Jessica Eagle

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway Annie . My favorite non dairy milk is unsweetened soy milk and unsweetened almond milk.

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  11. Deb

    Almond milk, unsweetened for sure! (Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods for the most part, as the others are too watery–indeed very watered down as recent news has pointed out!) I also love soy milk but soy affects my hormones and general health in startling ways, as I noticed when I became a vegan and started drinking it in large quantities. So almond milk it is! Wish I had the drive to make it myself!

  12. Beverly

    This book looks wonderful! Not being able to have dairy, I greatly appreciate all of the wonderful recipes that are becoming available to the general population. I’m grateful for people who write recipe books like this to help us all along this journey towards health. Thanks.

  13. thejuicingRD

    I love almond milk! I use it in smoothies all the time! I will definitely try this smoothie recipe! Thanks!

  14. Trisha

    Dark Chocolate Almond Milk is my favorite non-dairy milk at the moment. I have phases where I just want the sweetened vanilla, and I always use unsweetened for cereals and things like that where it would be too sweet otherwise, but I can’t get used to the unsweetened stuff for drinking.

  15. Running for Berries

    cashew milk is my favorite! but almond milk is my second favorite, I just don’t like it in my coffee

  16. The Vegan 8

    The almond milk cookbook sounds like a dream come true and that chocolate smoothie looks amazing and so thick!

    1. Alan Roettinger

      Wait ’til you try the Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream (page137). Seriously. One of the ten best things I’ve ever made.

  17. jasmincookbook

    I’m in Europe, nevertheless, I will vote for the walnut/hazelnut milk combination.
    Lovely smoothie recipes, btw 🙂

  18. GrammyKathy

    Almond and cashew milk are my go-to’s, depending on what I’m making. Just put a banana in the freezer to make the chocolate raspberry smoothie later! Sounds delish!

  19. Sophie33

    This almond milk book sounds ideal for me & this lovely easy smoothy rocks! i found it to be a bit sweet for me so the next time, I used less dates, only 2! I used frozen yellow raspberries from my own garden! Very yummy too!

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