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Homemade Almond Milk

I love almond milk – it is by far my “milk” of choice. Although store bought it’s not as “clean” as I like. Containing triacalcium phosphate, almond flavor, salt and gellan gum, making my own seems like the best way to have pure almond milk.

  • one cup of raw almonds
  • 4 cups of filtered water – either cool or room temperature

You will also need a blender, cheese cloth or a sieve, and a large pitcher or container to store the milk in.
Start with soaking a cup of raw almonds over night in filtered water.
Drain the almonds and place in a blender. Add 4 cups of filtered water.
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Blend, blend and blend! I like to blend for at least a good minute. It will be frothy – look at all the bubbles.
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Let rest for a few minutes. Then take a large pitcher, place cheese cloth or a nut bag over the top and pour some of the milk in slowly. Take a spoon and gently stir to help the milk drain. You will have almond mush once the milk has drained. I like to do this several times in small batches.
Take the cloth and gently squeeze it dry. Once it’s dry, place pulp in a separate bowl for later use. Do not throw this away as it has great baking potential.
Store in a covered pitcher and keep refrigerated for up to a week. I used a piece of plastic wrap to cover my milk but if you have something that has a lid that works even better.
There are other variations of milk that you can make. If you want a vanilla almond milk add 6 dates or 1/4 cup agave nectar and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
You can also add less water if you want a thicker “cream” type milk or more water if want a thinner consistency; like non-fat milk.
Feel free to also add a variation of spices, such as cinnamon or nutmeg for a special treat. Or add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder to the vanilla milk recipe and you have instant chocolate milk!
I hope this shows you how easy making your own nut milk is. You can also experiment with other nuts; like cashews. Just remember to keep the nut pulp and freeze it; a lot of raw dessert recipes call for this pulp.

18 thoughts on “Homemade Almond Milk”

  1. Glad you posted this. It is so important to show how easy it is to make almond milk – it is delicious and healthy…and so rewarding when you make it yourself! : )

  2. Thank you! I've been thinking about trying to make some almond milk but didn't know how to go about doing it. Now I have a weekend project!Geonerdette@wordpress

  3. Maurie – I do have a recipe for nut milk, although I have not made any. I was planning on doing this next week! =)Hillary – I actually do not know the calories or fat in a serving of almond milk. I know its fairly low since most of the almonds turn into pulp. I will try to figure the stats out and post them soon.Adrien – Yes, almond milk is my favorite milk. The recipe for the mil I made is in my post. Do you have a question about it?Lynds – That's awesome! Tell her it tastes GREAT and so simple!Danielle – I use Blue Diamond and Almond Breeze. While those ingredients are "natural" I just prefer to have as little ingredients as possible. Almonds and water: can't get much simpler than that! =)Beth – funny you should ask because now I am on the hunt for some as I speak! I will be sure to post when I make something!

  4. Oh, this looks yummy! We love to make our own nut milks too — I am hooked on homemade choc-banana-hemp right now :)I use my nut pulp -especially almond pulp- in raw cookies. This satisfies all the wee cookie monsters in my house :)Your nutmilk pitcher just looks so elegant!

  5. I've always wanted to make my own almond milk! All I need is a cheesecloth…and something to do with all the leftover pulp!Which non-dairy milk do you buy? I use Almond breeze which has all natural ingredients (tricalcium phosphate is a fancy name for calcium and gellan gum comes from a plant! 😀 )

  6. I saw this title and thought, "How is that possible"?! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and I shared it w/ my sister who is allergic to dairy as is her daughter.

  7. I need to see the recipe that goes with that nut milk- then I'm sold on making it~ is almond your favorite version or is there something better?!

  8. Your method is the most simple I have seen, yet. Thanks for making this so straight forward. I'll do this after I run out of my current supply of organic packaged stuff – I want it to be purer too. What about rice milk?

  9. Crazy! I was seriously just thinking "hmm, I wonder what it takes to make my own almond milk" as I was folding laundry 10 minutes ago. Then I get online and check my google reader and this is the first post I see. SO funny! 🙂 Thank you very much for sharing this!!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I love how easy this is, and all the different variations possible. It will be a must have in my fridge for now on!

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