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Spiced Almond Milk

I looooove to sit at a cute little cafe and enjoy something warm and comforting. It brings back memories of when Ryan and I went backpacking through Europe before we started our family.

As much as lattes and cappuccinos from adorable cafes taste so darn good, my wallet and caffeine addiction sure take the brunt. Why can’t I just have a yummy drink that warms my soul without breaking the bank or fueling my caffeine addiction?

Ding! We created our own version that totally does the trick and I can’t wait for you to try it too. This heart-happy treat that won’t make you feel guilty if you become addicted! It’s called Spiced Almond Milk— it’s full of goodness AND it’s from the beloved Fresh Start: A 21-day Cleanse

While cleansing, we encourage our cleansers to drink it nightly during the 21-day whole food program. The combination of spices and nutty-sweetness is a perfect way to end the day, and it’s so easy to make at home which means you’re saving tons of hard-earned cash.


Spiced Almond Milk

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks


This is the perfect little treat at the end of a long day. The combination of almond milk + warming digestive spices balances your blood sugar and stabilizes your metabolism, while the extra protein boost from the almond butter helps curb hunger pains.



  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A pinch of ground ginger
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pan.
  2. Heat on the stove over medium heat until warm.*
  3. Pour into a mug.


*Pro tip: After heating the ingredients on the stove, pour the mixture into the blender and run it for about 30 seconds (leave a little hole in the lid for the steam to escape). This makes sure everything is mixed super well, and adds a bit of froth to make you feel like you just got served at your favorite coffee shop!

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  1. Kelly

    January 20th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Would a hand held blender work well to froth this drink up? I only have a magic bullet so there is no way to allow for steam to escape during blending (have lost the lid to the little blender attachment in a house move).

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 21st, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Yes, I think a hand held blender would word great! Cheers. 🙂

  3. Tiffany

    January 20th, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Do you recommend a certain brand of almond and coconut milk?

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 21st, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Hey Tiffany.

    We like almond milk and coconut milk in the cartons that are free of additives, stabilizers, and gums. Here is a our DIY coconut milk: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/make-coconut-milk

  5. Ronny Clarke

    January 26th, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Thank you, I became successful of making spiced almond milk.

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 3rd, 2015 at 6:53 am


  7. Valerie

    January 28th, 2015 at 6:30 am

    I love this, I just blended all the ingredients first then put it on stove. It has been cold and I have been drinking it since I don’t do coffee.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 28th, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Awesome! Glad you are enjoying this recipe. 🙂

  9. Monica Sharma

    February 2nd, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Great Article. Thanks for the almond milk

  10. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 3rd, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Hey Monica! So happy to hear!

  11. Monica

    February 2nd, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for this great article and new recipe.

  12. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 3rd, 2015 at 6:53 am


  13. Vikki

    February 21st, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Do you just throw out the stuff in strainer or can it be used ? Hate throwing stuff out

  14. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Feel free to make almond meal or almond flour of of it. https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/diy-almond-milk

  15. Kelly

    February 23rd, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Hi! I didn’t have any maple syrup to use for this so when I was in the store I saw Pure Maple Syrup and then the good old Pancake Syrup … Pure was about $8 and had SO MUCH SUGAR in it. And the Pancake syrup was super cheap still with so much sugar in it. Now don’t get me wrong I have a sweet tooth but I’d like this drink to be a bit more healthy. Which one do you recommend for this recipe or is there something else with less sugar that I could use in it’s place for this recipe? Thanks in advance!

  16. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Kelly.

    Thanks for reaching out. The Pure Maple Syrup is natural accruing sugar in the syrup, but the cheap pancake syrup is most likely fake, processed sugar.

  17. Kelly

    February 24th, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Ok thank you for the info I appreciate it! If I decide to skip the pure maple syrup do you think honey would taste right in it’s place for this recipe or no?

  18. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 24th, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Yes, Honey would be another great option. 🙂

  19. Niki Chennell

    March 5th, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Delicious!!!! I may have put too much cayenne cuz it’s a little hot. I’m trying to wean myself off of coffee. I will be trying this in the mornings.

  20. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 6th, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Great idea! 🙂

  21. Vaishali

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. Almond milk is a new thing for me.

  22. SGS Rawkstar

    March 23rd, 2015 at 8:39 am


    We hope you enjoyed the recipe!

  23. Kim

    March 19th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I love this idea, but my daughter is allergic to almond milk can I use coconut milk instead?

  24. SGS Rawkstar

    March 23rd, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Hi Kim,

    Yes, feel free to substitute the almond milk for any other type of milk, we especially love coconut milk!

    Here’s how we make coconut milk at home…


    Cheers 🙂

  25. Alexandra

    March 20th, 2015 at 9:18 am

    we dont have almond butter here where i live, could i use any other nut butter ? 🙂

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    March 23rd, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Hi Alexandra,

    Feel free to replace the almond butter with any other nut butter 🙂

  27. Jess

    March 26th, 2015 at 4:14 am


    This sounds fabulous! I don’t have any cayenne pepper though; what would you recommend I use instead? Thanks!

  28. SGS Rawkstar

    March 26th, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Hi Jess,

    Try substituting the cayenne pepper for paprika or red pepper flakes.

  29. Natalie Jayet

    April 9th, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Yummy this sounds so good. I’m going to incude it in my change of diet next week. I’m going to be having a smoothie everyday too so this site will be very helpful! Xx

  30. SGS Rawkstar

    April 10th, 2015 at 3:13 pm


    Have you joined our 30-day challenge? We’re just getting started on Week-3!


    Cheers 🙂

  31. Catherine

    April 24th, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Lovely relaxing bedtime drink, my young kids say they like it better than hot chocolate. Just a tiny pinch of Cayenne Pepper for them and an extra pinch for me.

  32. SGS Rawkstar

    April 24th, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Hi Catherine,

    So excited to hear you and your kids are enjoying our Spiced Almond Milk recipe! It does make the perfect drink before bed!

    Cheers 🙂

  33. Charlotte

    May 1st, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Hi there, thanks for this delicious and warm recipe! I’m using a variation of it this morning. Didn’t have nut butters on hand, so I used psyllium fibre cereal (ground) to up my fibre intake. I blended all ingredients cold then heated on the stovetop. With the cereal in there absorbing liquid, the texture changed. It’s quite nice – something between a thick smoothie and a loose porridge. My 21 month old and I just finished, and we loved the taste of this spiced almond milk!

  34. SGS Rawkstar

    May 1st, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Hi Charlotte,

    That sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  35. Rachel

    May 4th, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Not going to lie I was a little hesitant going into this, but I keep seeing it on my instagram feed and was craving something along the lines of a coffee dessert and decided to finally give it a try, and I’m in love! I did substitute cayenne pepper with paprika but delicious nonetheless 🙂

  36. SGS Rawkstar

    May 5th, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Rachel, that’s awesome to hear!! 🙂

  37. karen

    May 28th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Hi. this recipe sounds great but I’m allergic to nuts so would use coconut milk instead of almond milk but what could I use instead of nut butter??

  38. SGS Rawkstar

    May 28th, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Karen,

    Mmm…creamy coconut milk makes a great replacement for almond milk. You can always leave the almond butter out due to your allergies, or one of my favorite homemade non-nut butters is pumpkin seed butter! Its best benefits include a ton of protein (more than peanut butter), fiber, potassium, and beta-carotene, a nutrient associated with boosting the immune system.

  39. Jennifer

    June 13th, 2015 at 6:37 am

    a pinch of nutmeg also makes a nice addition.

  40. SGS Rawkstar

    June 15th, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Yes it does! Great suggestion, Jennifer! 🙂

  41. Randi

    June 17th, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    My daughter and I just made this. We used honey instead of syrup, yummmmm!!

  42. SGS Rawkstar

    June 17th, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Mmm that sounds delicious Randi! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  43. Lori

    August 17th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not sure what I was expecting. I WANTED this drink to be good, but I wasn’t sure how it’d turn out. Oh man! It is so good! I dumped it in my Bledtec for a bit and the resulting frothiness was so delicious. I added a little cardamom in mine just cause 🙂 This will probably be a nightly thing…

  44. SGS Rawkstar

    August 18th, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Lori,

    Yay! We’re so happy to hear you loved our Spiced Almond Milk recipe. It’s the perfect ending to any day. I love curling up on the couch with a mug of Spiced Almond Milk each night, especially once it gets chilly.

    Cheers 🙂

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