How to Make Almond Milk

Almond milk is a staple in my kitchen. I use it in my morning lattes, my smoothie bowls, and oatmeal. If you’ve followed my blog for a bit, you know that I LOVE smoothie bowls. However, store bought almond milk tends to be highly processed. Because of this, I wanted to try making my own almond milk. It’s something that I have wanted to do for a while and it was actually really easy to make. The craziest part? It actually tastes like almonds.

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The most basic almond milk is made with only 2 ingredients- almonds and water. You can also add additional ingredients such as dates and cinnamon to sweeten and flavor the almond milk (see my recipe for Date Sweetened Almond Milk), but in this post I will share the most basic almond milk recipe. Fresh almond milk lasts about 4-5 days in the refrigerator. For someone like me who uses almond milk everyday, this was no problem at all.

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Benefits of Making Your Own Almond Milk:

Below I have listed what I believe are some benefits of making your own almond milk.

First, homemade almond milk is made with whole food ingredients. Eating a diet rich in whole foods versus highly processed foods is key for the optimal nutrition benefits. Homemade almond milk is made with just two simple, whole food ingredients and contains no other additives. Plus, it’s easy to make, so why not?

Second, homemade almond milk can be made in a reusable, glass container. Store bought almond milk tends to come in a disposable container that may be lined with plastic. However, when I make homemade almond milk, I place it in a large mason jar. This avoids potentially putting the almond milk in contact with plastic and also generates no waste.

Last, when you make your own almond milk, you can reduce food waste by re-purposing the almond pulp to make other recipes. You can checkout my nut pulp recipes linked here.

Drawbacks of Making Your Own Almond Milk:

At the same time, there are certainly drawbacks to making homemade almond milk. Homemade almond milk, of course, requires more effort to make than simply buying almond milk from the grocery store. It also can be more expensive. However, an important difference between homemade and store bought almond milk is its micronutrient content. Many store bought almond milks are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Homemade almond milk will not contains these added vitamins and minerals. If you rely on almond milk for its fortified micronutrients, homemade almond milk may not be the best option for you.

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What You’ll Need:

Raw Almonds: You, of course, can’t make almond milk without almonds! I use raw, unsalted almonds.

Filtered Water: You will need filtered water to blend the almonds and make almond milk.

Nut Milk Bag: You will need a nut milk bag to filter out the almond pulp from the almond milk. I used Ellie’s Best Bigger Better Nut Milk Bag that I was gifted by Ellie’s Best. If you’d like to try Ellie’s Best nut milk bags, check my Discount Codes for 10% off Ellie’s Best. This is the only bag that I have ever used to make almond milk and it worked great!

How To Make Almond Milk:

  1. Soak almonds in 1 cup of water in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove the soaked almonds from the fridge and strain. Rinse the almonds.
  3. In a high speed/powered blender, add almonds and 4 cups of filtered water. 4 cups is the starting point, you can add more or less water depending on how watery or creamy you want the almond milk, but 4 cups in my general starting point.
  4. Blend the almonds and water for a few minutes until the water turns white (the color of almond milk) and the almonds are fully grinded.
  5. Place nut milk bag over a large bowl. Pour the contents of the blender into the nut milk bag. The almond milk will filter through into the bowl and the almond pulp will remain the nut milk bag. Squeeze and twist the nut milk bag repeatedly to remove all of the almond milk.
  6. Using a funnel, pour the almond milk into storage container of your choice- I used a large mason jar. Store in the fridge and use within 4-5 days.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you give it a try, please leave a comment below or tag me on instagram and let me know what you think!

Homemade Almond Milk

How to make your own almond milk. All you need is raw almonds, filtered water, and a nut milk bag.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 large mason jar

Equipment

  • Nut Milk Bag

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Raw Almonds
  • 5 cups Filtered Water

Instructions
 

  • Soak almonds in 1 cup of water in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove the soaked almonds from the fridge and strain. Rinse the almonds.
  • In a high speed/powered blender, add almonds and 4 cups of filtered water. 4 cups is the starting point, you can add more or less water depending on how watery or creamy you want the almond milk, but 4 cups in my general starting point.
  • Blend the almonds and water for a few minutes until the water turns white (the color of almond milk) and the almonds are fully grinded.
  • Place nut milk bag over a large bowl. Pour the contents of the blender into the nut milk bag. The almond milk will filter through into the bowl and the almond pulp will remain the nut milk bag. Squeeze and twist the nut milk bag repeatedly to remove all of the almond milk.
  • Using a funnel, pour the almond milk into storage container of your choice- I used a large mason jar. Store in the fridge and use within 4-5 days.
Keyword Almond Milk, Dairy Free

17 thoughts on “How to Make Almond Milk

      1. You put the almonds in and added water. That was it. It heated the water, boiled the almonds, you’d hear the motor come on grinding the almonds up, then you’d pour out almond milk. Then you’d have to clean the machine and wished you had never bought it! Ever had a juicer and had to clean the screen? This was worse! Not worth the trouble.

  1. […] I’m really passionate about eating real food. I believe (and feel my best) when I eat fresh, real foods in the purest forms and minimize the amount of processed foods that I’m consuming. In my opinion, we don’t need all of those additives found in many processed foods today and its not doing our digestion any favors. For the past several months, I’ve started to make my own almond milk. Making your own almond milk is super easy and only requires two ingredients- almonds and milk. It is super simple and devoid of any thickeners and preservatives found in many store bought almond milks. I wrote an entire blog post on making your own almond milk and the benefits linked here. […]

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