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How to Make Almond Milk

Learn how to make almond milk at home! Homemade almond milk is healthier than many store-bought options (no gums, chemicals or nasty ingredients) and all you need are almonds, water and a blender. That’s it!

Almond milk is a great dairy-free nut milk and it's incredibly easy to make at home. It's healthier than many store-bought options and all you need are almonds, water and a blender.

We’re getting back to basics today with a new dairy-free, vegan-friendly nut milk – almond milk. Many of you have been requesting this recipe for months, so I’m thrilled to show you just how easy it is to make almond milk at home.

When it comes to nut milks, I’m personally a fan of my homemade cashew milk recipe. But I also understand that some may have a sensitivity to cashews and depending on where you live in the world, cashews can be more expensive and harder to find.

Almonds on the other hand are readily available, cost effective and this almond milk recipe is just as easy to make. There’s only one slight difference – you need to strain it.

Watch this quick video and learn how to make almond milk:

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Which almonds are the best for homemade almond milk?

The best almonds for homemade almond milk are organic, raw almonds. Almonds are nutrient-dense and have many health benefits, but keep in mind that roasted and salted almonds have been roasted in oil and I’d recommend against unnecessary oil or an exorbitant amount of salt in your milk. You can always add a pinch of sea salt to your milk, if that’s your preference.

Almond milk is a great dairy-free nut milk and it's incredibly easy to make at home. It's healthier than many store-bought options and all you need are almonds, water and a blender.

How long do you need to soak almonds for almond milk?

I recommend soaking almonds overnight in cold water, but you could get away with a minimum of 4 hours. Alternatively, you could soak almonds for 1-2 hours in very hot water.

How to make Almond Milk

To make almond milk place the almonds in a glass bowl and cover fully with water. Remember that the almonds will absorb some water as they soak. Let them soak overnight, then drain and rinse them.

Add the almonds to a high-powered blender, like my favorite Vitamix, along with 4 cups of fresh, cold water. If you’d like, you can add a splash of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and a sweetener of your choice, like maple syrup, honey or 1-2 soaked dates. Or you can keep it unsweetened.

Turn the blender on high for 2 minutes and blend until it’s creamy and smooth. Use a nut-milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the almonds into a bowl. Then pour the almond milk into an air-tight container and store it in the fridge.

Almond milk is a great dairy-free nut milk and it's incredibly easy to make at home. It's healthier than many store-bought options and all you need are almonds, water and a blender.

How long will homemade almond milk last?

Homemade almond milk will last for up to 3 days in the fridge, though it’s best fresh. So I don’t recommend making a large batch or more than you’ll think you’ll use in a couple of days. And it’s so easy to make when needed, there’s really no need to make extra!

Can you do anything with the leftover almond pulp?

Yes! Place the leftover almond pulp (also known as almond meal) on a baking tray and bake at 200F for 2-3 hours until it’s dry. Then it can be used as a topping on yogurt, chia pudding and used in homemade granola recipes and baking recipes.

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Almond milk is a great dairy-free nut milk and it's incredibly easy to make at home. It's healthier than many store-bought options and all you need are almonds, water and a blender.

Almond milk is a great dairy-free nut milk and it's incredibly easy to make at home. It's healthier than many store-bought options and all you need are almonds, water and a blender.

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How to Make Almond Milk

Almond milk is easily made from almonds and water. You can then add a sweetener, pinch of salt and vanilla extract if you’d like. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together!

Ingredients

  • 1 cups raw almonds, soaked overnight
  • 4 cups cold filtered water, plus more for soaking

Optional

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, honey or 1-2 soaked dates
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. After the almonds have soaked overnight, drain and rinse them.
  2. Place the almonds in your Vitamix along with four cups of fresh, cold water and any optional add-ins.
  3. Blend on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Strain the almond milk through a nut-milk bag or a few layers of cheesecloth into a bowl or large measuring cup. Pour the almond milk into an air-tight storage container and place in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Lisa's Tips

  • These are my favorite glass jars for storing homemade nut milks and this is my favorite nut-milk bag. I also recommend this brand of raw, organic almonds.
  • When I’m straining the almond milk, I prefer to strain it into a large measuring bowl as it’s easier to pour into a storage container without spilling.

Nutrition Information

Yield: Approx 4 cups, Serving Size: 1 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 107.1
  • Total Fat: 9.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7g
  • Sodium: 31mg
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Sugar: 0.8g
  • Protein: 3.9g
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This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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14 comments on “How to Make Almond Milk”

  1. Just did it ! I am so happy that is so freaking easy to make and so delicious 😃I use almond milk every morning in my green smoothie and it never tasted better!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼

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  2. Can you make this in a ninja blender?

  3. I really like almond milk, it’s one of the dairy-free milk substitutes that I think has a particularly lovely flavour. Good tip to use good quality organic almonds, for a recipe like this, it really makes a difference.

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  4. What a fantastic idea! What could be better? It looks incredible! Thank you!

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  5. Great lesson and the video helps too. Thanks!

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  6. This is such a great easy to follow recipe! Homemade is always better too!!

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  7. The leftovers would be Almond Flour! I use mine usually for when I want some extra protein in my usual non-weekend breakfast of oatmeal, greek yogurt, and honey. Weekend breakfast is Fruity Pebbles. No almond flour.

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