In this post, I am going to be ranking 10 cashew milk brands based on their sugar content. Cashew milk can be a great alternative to dairy milk or other types of plant-based milk. Made from soaked and pressed cashews, it has a unique nutty flavor and is often thicker in texture than almond or oat milk. However, a lot of cashew milks can come in sweetened varieties. So, what exactly are the lowest sugar cashew milk brands available?
Is Cashew Milk Sugar Free?
As a general rule, many cashew milks are unsweetened, such as cashew milks and powders from Pacific Foods, PlantCo, JOI, Elmhurst, Forager, and Z Natural Food’s. Even though unsweetened cashew milk contains 0g of added sugar, it can still contain 1g-7g of total sugar due to naturally occurring sugars.
Is There Sugar In Cashew Milk?
As a general rule, a number of cashew milks do not contain added sugar but do contain a small amount of naturally occurring sugar. Some cashew milks are sweetened with sugar or alternative sweeteners such as inulin or maltodextrin – these cashew milks tend to contain 2g-8g of total sugar per serving.
10 Cashew Milk Ranked By Sugar Content – Item By Item
In this section, I will go through each of the 10 cashew milks listed above item by item.
1. Pacific Foods Unsweetened Original Cashew Milk – 0g of Total Sugar
First up, the only cashew milk on this list to contain 0g of total sugar per serving – Pacific Foods Unsweetened Cashew Milk. There are plenty of other cashew milks on this list that are unsweetened and contain 0g of added sugar, but they contain a small amount of total sugar (basically naturally occurring sugar) – unlike Pacific Foods, which contains 0g of total sugar. Pacific Foods Unsweetened Cashew Milk is made with organic and fairtrade certified cashews.
You can buy it on Amazon here.
I have mentioned Pacific Foods before in the posts I wrote ranking the sugar content in hemp and soy kinds of milk – 10 Hemp Milks Ranked By Sugar Content and 12 Soy Milks Ranked For Sugar Content.
2. PlantCo Organic Cashew Nut Milk – 1g of Total Sugar
First up, I love the super cute packaging on this organic unsweetened cashew milk from PlantCo (you can peek at it on Amazon here). I also love the fact it is sugar free as well as free of gums, emulsifiers, and carrageenan.
3. PlantCo Organic Cashew Nut & Brazil Nut Milk – 1g of Total Sugar
If you love the idea of unsweetened plant-based milk made from cashews as well as Brazil nuts, then look no further than this cashew and Brazil nut milk from PlantCo. It is organic and contains 1g of total sugar per serving. You can find it on Amazon here.
4. JOI Unsweetened Cashew Milk Concentrate – 1g of Total Sugar
If you are looking for an unsweetened cashew concentrate, then look no further than this JOI unsweetened cashew milk. This concentrate can be used as a coffee creamer or can be added to smoothies or teas and of course, can be used to make cashew milk.
This cashew concentrate is literally just made from one ingredient – you guessed it – cashews! How awesome is that! It contains 1g of total sugar per serving and can be found on Amazon here.
5. Elmhurst 1925 Unsweetened Cashew Milk – 1g of Total Sugar
Elmhurst 1925 unsweetened cashew milk also has a super simple ingredient list. This cashew milk is made from a whopping 2 ingredients – cashews and milk. You can find this super simple unsweetened cashew milk on Amazon here.
6. Forager Project Dairy-Free Cashew Milk – 2g of Total Sugar
This Forager cashew milk is yet another unsweetened cashew milk. This cashew milk from Forager is simply made from 4 ingredients and has only 2g of total sugar per serving. You can find this cashew milk on Amazon here.
7. Elmhurst 1925 Milked Cashews Sweetened Cashew Milk – 2g of Total Sugar
Next up is the first sweetened cashew milk on this list. Elmhurst’s 1925 sweetened cashew milk is made from just 5 ingredients. The sweetener used in this cashew milk is cane sugar. Considering this is sweetened milk it is cool that it still only contains 2g of total sugar per serving (and only 1g of added sugar per serving).
You will see below that several unsweetened cashew milks and powders have a higher total sugar content than Elmhurst’s sweetened cashew milk.
You can find Elmhurst 1925 cashew milk on Amazon here.
8. PlantCo Oat+Cashew Barista Blend Milk – 3g of Total Sugar
I talked about PlantCo’s cashew and Brazil nut milk above, but how about if the combination of oat and cashew is more your thing? Enter PlantCo’s oat and cashew nut milk. There is no added sugar in this milk – but there are 3g of total sugar per serving (most of this will come naturally from the oats). You can find this awesome combo milk on Amazon here.
9. Z Natural Foods Cashew Milk Powder – 7g of Sugar
The next entry on this list I another cashew powder – perfect for in coffee, smoothies, cereals, drinks or to use in baking. This cashew powder from Z Natural Foods is made from 2 ingredients – cashews and inulin. There are 7g of total sugar per serving – all of this is naturally occurring – there is no added sugar.
10. Z Natural Foods Organic Cashew Milk Powder – 8g of Sugar
Finally – Z Natural Food’s Organic cashew milk powder. The organic version has a slightly different ingredient list from the non-organic powder – consisting of organic cashews, organic tapioca, and maltodextrin. This cashew product has the highest sugar content on this list at 8g of sugar per serving (3g of which are added sugars).
Summary Table – 10 Cashew Milk Brands Ranked For Sugar Content
Below is a summary table of 10 cashew milk brands that have been ranked based on their sugar content. I have included for each entry the type of sweetener used for each brand and the total sugar content per serving.
|Cashew Milk Brand||Sweetener Used||Total Sugar Content Per Serving|
|1. Pacific Foods Unsweetened Original Cashew Milk||Unsweetened||0g|
|2. PlantCo Organic Cashew Nut Milk||Unsweetened||1g|
|3. PlantCo Organic Cashew Nut & Brazil Nut Milk||Unsweetened||1g|
|4. JOI Unsweetened Cashew Milk Concentrate||Unsweetened||1g|
|5. Elmhurst 1925 Unsweetened Cashew Milk||Unsweetened||1g|
|6. Forager Project Dairy-Free Cashew Milk||Unsweetened||2g|
|7. Elmhurst 1925 Milked Cashews Sweetened Cashew Milk||Cane sugar||2g|
|8. PlantCo Oat+Cashew Barista Blend Milk||Unsweetened||3g|
|9. Z Natural Food’s Cashew Milk Powder||Inulin||7g|
|10. Z Natural Foods Organic Cashew Milk Powder||Maltodextrin||8g|
10 Cashew Milks Ranked For Sugar Content – The Final Bite
Cashew milks ranked for sugar content. What have we learned from the above? Well, when it comes to cashew milk, if you are looking for a low sugar option you really must be careful what you are picking. The sugar content of a lot of cashew milks vary a lot between different brands. The above list of 10 cashew milks vary in sugar content from 0g to 8g of sugar per serving. If you are looking for a zero sugar option, then your best choice is the Pacific Foods Unsweetened Cashew Milk (entry no.1) which is the only brand on the list to contain 0g of sugar.
Ingredients and/or manufacturing processes may change. Always double-check ingredient lists and nutritional information before purchasing any food items.
WANT TO FIND MORE LOW SUGAR OPTIONS?
Do you want to learn about some other low-sugar options at your favorite coffee chains, fast food, or restaurant joints, or just while you are shopping for groceries? If you do, then check out some of my other articles below: