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How to Make Almond Milk at Home

Have you wondered how to make almond milk in the comfort of your own home? Homemade almond milk is one of the easiest things to make. I always thought it would be such a hassle but I was wrong, it’s simple and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer.

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Homemade Almond Milk

I have been making almond milk from scratch for over a year now, off and on. I still buy a carton from time to time but when I have a minute, I go for fresh.

Fresh is always best.

It just tastes better, it’s as simple as that. Give it a taste test yourself and let me know your thoughts in the comments (and don’t forget to try some of the add ins I included).

ingredients for homemade almond milk: water and almonds

PS: I’m aware that it seems odd to call it milk. You don’t “milk” almonds like you do a cow (sorry I’m sitting here laughing while picturing it). Maybe almond beverage?

Nah, that sounds weird too.

Dairy free milk from scratch

Can you believe that this recipe for almond milk only calls for two ingredients?

  1. Water
  2. Almonds

That’s it.

That iss all you need for a basic unsweetened milk that takes minutes to whip up (after soaking of course) and tastes great.

Almond milk add ins

You can fancy up your from scratch milk by mixing in other nuts, like cashews and hazelnuts, and sweetening or flavoring by adding the options below:

Natural sweeteners to try

  • Dates
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey

Flavors for homemade nut milk

  • Orange juice and zest
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger powder
  • Vanilla beans/powder/extract
  • Sea salt

Be your own milk mixologist and see what concoctions you come up with.

What do you need to make almond milk?

using a nut milk bag to separate the almonds from the milk

To make this milk, you don’t need much but I do suggest the following to make your life easier (and to speed up the process):

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Is carrageenan bad for you?

If you read the label of the store bought almond milk that’s sitting in your fridge, you’ll find that one of the ingredients listed is carrageenan.

Carrageenan is a form of seaweed (Irish Moss found on the British Isles). There’s a lot of controversy over it.

It’s commonly used as a thickener in dairy-free milk, puddings, yogurts, etc and although it’s a natural source there has been research that states it’s inflammatory and toxic to our bodies [*].

I personally feel that milk shouldn’t be thickened up anyway, so I’m good with leaving this ingredient out.

How long can almond milk stay in the fridge?

As long as you store the dairy free milk in an airtight jar (like these cute old fashioned milk jars or a mason jar) it should keep for about five days. This is why it’s a good idea to make almond milk in small batches, that way you don’t waste anything.

What do you do with the leftover almond pulp?

Once the milk is ready, don’t discard the almond pulp! That’s almond meal and you can make so many tasty things with it.

healthy homemade nut milk in a mason jar

You can grind it even finer and use it as almond flour in baked goods like gluten free shortbread cookies.

Or you can leave it as is and make something like these almond pulp crackers.

Recipes that use almond milk

Here are a few recipes to make to take your homemade milk for a spin.

How to make almond milk

recipe for almond milk

Okay. Let’s just get to it, shall we?

Do I have to soak almonds overnight?

It’s recommended you soak the almonds overnight. This makes it easier to blend and gives off more liquid. They should soak for at least 12 hours (so overnight is best).

Don’t have time to wait 12 hours?

You can soak the almonds in hot water for an hour. It won’t provide the same results as soaking overnight, but it will still work.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking to establish healthy habits (like adding more vegetables to your diet in fun and tasty ways) be sure to secure a spot in the 30 Days to a Healthy Habits Challenge.

recipe for almond milk
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Homemade Almond Milk

Have you wondered how to make almond milk in the comfort of your own home? Homemade almond milk is one of the easiest things to make. It's simple and tasty.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword almond milk, dairy free
Prep Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 35kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Almonds

Instructions

Soak overnight

  • Soak the almonds in water (just enough to cover them) in a bowl overnight, or 12 hours. Don't have 12 hours? Read the notes at the bottom of the recipe card.

Make the milk

  • Add the cup of almonds and four cups of water to a blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour the contents of the blender into the nut milk bag (over a bowl of course) and strain and squeeze every last drop out. Transfer to an airtight bottle.

Notes

Don’t have time to wait 12 hours?
You can soak the almonds in hot water for an hour. It won’t provide the same results as soaking overnight, but it will still work.

Optional add ins and flavor enhancers

You can fancy up your almond milk by mixing in other nuts, like cashews and hazelnuts, and sweetening or flavoring by adding the options below:
Natural sweeteners to try
  • Dates
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
Flavors for homemade nut milk
  • Orange juice and zest
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger powder
  • Vanilla beans/powder/extract
  • Sea salt

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 325mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 300mg
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Have you wondered how to make almond milk in the comfort of your own home? Homemade almond milk is one of the easiest things to make. It's simple and tasty.

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