Homemade Almond Milk

Making your own nut milk is very easy and its even kid approved!

milk watermark

I have learned a few tricks along the way that I will pass on to you.  First, I by the raw almonds in bulk from our farmers market.  They can be pricey, so I tend to buy a large amount when they are on sale.  Second, make sure you have a good quality Ultra Fine Cheesecloth. If you treat it well, you can reuse it over and over.  Simply, rinse and hang dry.  Third, get all your supplies out.  I made a huge mess the first time I did it.

You can also watch a video of me doing this below.

Things you will need:

A fine mesh strainer
A bowl or pitcher
Ultra Fine Cheesecloth
A big plate or baking sheet for the leftover meal
A blender ( I actually did mine in smaller batches with a magic bullet)







Homemade Almond Milk

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 4 cups water (you can play around with the water depending on if you want a thicker or thinner result)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (I use crushed vanilla bean .)


  1. Soak almonds overnight.
  2. Rinse the almonds until the water comes out clean.
  3. Blend the almonds, water and vanilla in a blender for about 2 minutes. 
  4. Then have your cheesecloth, strainer and bowl ready for the “milking”.
  5. Squeeze the meal inside the cheesecloth until no more liquid comes out.  This takes a bit of muscle. Once complete the left over liquid is the milk.


Once all the water is out, dump the meal onto a plate or baking sheet. You are left with almond meal afterwards. Don’t throw this meal out. It can be dried out in the oven and used in place of flour. It is also gluten free. I set my oven to 200 and bake it for about an hour. It will make your house smell like yummy almond cookies. Before using as flour, I would suggest that you process it into a finer, flour like consistency.

To store the milk, choose a bottle that you can shake because the milk will separate. It can probably keep well for about a week in the fridge although mine never lasts that long.


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121 thoughts on “Homemade Almond Milk

  1. I cannot wait to try this – what a wonderful way to save money & avoid the chemicals of store-bought almond milk! I use it every single day in my smoothies so this will be a real treat.

        1. I finally got around to making the almond milk – totally delicious!! My almost 3 year old and I used some immediately in a spinach and banana smoothie! Now to dry out the meal and find something to make with that =)

  2. I have bought organic almonds before and they were so bitter that I had to throw them away. 🙁 Are they supposed to be like that?

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