Homemade Almond Milk

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

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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)

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Homemade Almond Milk

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Homemade Almond Milk

Ingredients

  • 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.)

Instructions

  • Soak almonds overnight.
  • Rinse the almonds until the water comes out clean.
  • Blend the almonds, water and vanilla in a blender for about 2 minutes. 
  • Then have your cheesecloth, strainer and bowl ready for the “milking”.
  • 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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108 thoughts on “Homemade Almond Milk

  1. I have made almond milk numerous times, one tip I have is strain it in batches. It makes it so much easier. You can also make cashew milk. Only soak cashews for 2 hours (no more) and you will have a creamy dreamy treat!

    1. I am going to try cashew milk! My husband loves them. I do strain in batched because I have a teeny strainer and it get’s messy otherwise. I have learned that the hard way. I made a HUGE mess the first attempt I had. Plus, when I wrote this post, I did not have the vitamix and used a magic bullet. Took much longer.

  2. After you rinse the almonds and are suppose to blend what water are you suppose to use to blend it with. Is it the water that the almonds were soaked in or just water from faucet?

    1. After you soak the almonds, drain them with a strainer and rinse. Then, use fresh water to blend them with. I use the water I get out of my fridge.

      1. I was just coming to ask that. If you rinse the almonds well before soaking, then why not use the water that it’s been soaking in? Wouldn’t have have flavor as well? Just curious. I liked your first video too–good job!

        1. Thank you! I have never tried that, but if you do, let me know how it works out. The water is pretty slimy looking.

    1. I have a recipe publishing in the next few days that uses “meal.” In the recipe, I used leftover hazelnut meal, but you can easily sub almond. It’s a recipe for energy balls.

  3. Great video Melissa! I have to admit that after reading about cheese cloth I was slightly scared away (just being honest here), but after watching the video (you make it look SO easy), and hearing you say you can use it over and over, I am re-excited about trying to make nut milks! You are right — it’s just about impossible to find any without carageen (sp?) and of course many have lots of sugar. I’m sure I’ll let you know when I actually do it!

    1. Glad you liked the video. It really is easy as long as you get organized from the beginning. I want to film some more, but it’s hard to get the kids out of the house sometimes. I think the next one I film will be for making broth. That is so super easy too.

  4. Great video! Almond milk is a new favorite at our house. One question for you: How long do you bake the almond meal to dry it out? I’ll check your site for recipes to use the almond flour…very excited about it!!! Thanks a million for posting your video. Soooo easy and delish…who knew??

  5. I tried something out of curiosity to see what happened. I normally use the vanilla bean and dates when I make the almond milk, but this time I left them out until the end. After I put the almonds and water in the vitamix and strained them through the nut bag, I poured the almond milk back in the vitamix along with the dates and vanilla bean (I cut it from 2 tsp to 1 tsp) and ran it again for a minute or so and the flavor was so much stronger with less. I have been thinking that at least a portion of the dates and vanilla bean were caught in the nut bag.

  6. Melissa, I just made almond milk for the first time and it’s awesome. I made three separate batches, one batch with 1 1/3 cup almonds to 3 cups of water but I found that it is a little too watery tasting. So batch #2 I made with 2 cups of almonds and 3 cups of water and I like this ratio much better. The almond taste really comes through. Batch #3 was 2 cups almonds with 3 cups water and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and wow, does that taste good. When my husband and my children come home today from work and school, respectively, I will let them taste all 3 batches and let them decide which is better. I am off to bake the almond meal now. Thank you for the video, and the recipe.

    1. Awesome! I love almond milk too! If you can, try it with the ground vanilla beans sometime. They make it taste so good and sweet without any sugar. :)

  7. Are you using a vita mixer? Could I just use my food processor? Who sells your recommended cheese cloth? I would not know a bad cloth to a good one. Who sells the powdered vanilla extract? Where do you buy almonds in bulk inexpensively? 20 quest I know!!! Thanks for the video :)

    1. I did use a vitamix, but I used to use a magic bullet. I linked up the cheese cloth I use in the post. I bought it off Amazon. If you don’t want to do that, I would look at Bed Bath and Beyond and make sure it is an ultra fine and strong cheesecloth. I have tried using a cheap one and it was awful. If you use your food processor, you might have to do a smaller batch. Not sure if it will work though.

    2. I also linked up the extract in the post. I get it on Amazon, because I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else.

  8. Are you using a vita mixer? Could I just use my food processor? ? Where do you buy almonds in bulk inexpensively?! Thanks for the video :)

  9. Because almonds are naturally very nutritious, almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. You can make almond milk yourself at home, and it will have the same nutritional value as the almond milk available commercially.

  10. On a tangent.

    Roasted almonds are a carcinogen. Something about the oils that are released when roasted.

    When I ate them I knew they tasted too good to be true. Now I eat them only in small amounts.

    Back to raw almonds for me which unfortunately do not have near the taste.

  11. Have you tried using a nut milk bag? I purchased one from Amazon and love it…so much easier for me than cheesecloth.

    1. I have not, but I got some mesh reusable produce bags recently and I hear they can be used as nut bags as well.

  12. Hey! I was just reading your post. I also make my own almond milk, except I use a Jelly Bag instead of the strainer and cheese cloth. I got mine from Canadian Tire in the canning section! Works so well!! :)

    1. That’s good to know. I am going to try a nut milk bag in the future and see if it’s easier. My cheesecloth is finally starting to fall apart after a year of use. lol.

  13. Is it possible to over soak the almonds? I started soaking them at night and was planning on making the milk while my son napped the next day. It turned into a no nap day, so the milk will wait until tomorrow morning. Is 2 nights too long to soak??

  14. Great video!!!

    How much yield do you get for that amount of almonds? And is there a way to make it into Chocolate Almond Milk?

    Also, have you ever tried or made Oat milk? I saw someone use this in a smoothie the other day, and I have never heard of it before.

    One last question, I have some coconut flour and have no idea how to use it or what to make with it, any tips?

    Thanks!!!

    1. Thanks Dawn! I get about 3-4 cups of milk. Yes, you can easily make it chocolate milk by adding cocoa powder after straining. You will need to shake it well before drink though.

  15. Do you have any other ideas as to what to do with the leftover pulp?

    Also, does soaking it overnight means I’ve sprouted the almonds already?

    Thanks! :)

  16. Hi Melissa,

    My daughter and I just made almond milk for the first time and it was a success! She loves it. We used some of it to make our batches of overnight oats for the week. The almond meal is now baking at 200 degrees. When you said to get it to a more “flour-like” consistency before using for almond flour, what did you mean? Just wondering what I need to do with the meal once it’s done baking to get it to that desired consistency. Thank you!

    1. I have no idea how this comment escaped me. Sorry for not answering sooner. :( Once it’s dried out, you can blend it in the food processor again so that it’s finer.

  17. Is there a baking difference between almond meal and almond flour, or can I just substitute the meal for flour when it’s in a recipe?

  18. We drink a lot of almond milk in my house, approximately 2 gallons in 8-9 days. Do you think this would be cost effective seeing as nuts are so expensive? I love the idea of getting rid of all the extra garbage that’s in the store bought stuff, but I’m afraid I’m going to become a slave to the almonds.

    1. I have tried the figure that out before. Honestly, I think the price would still be the same. You would just be getting the almond milk without the additives.

  19. I would like to try this! In the meantime (since I don’t have all the ingredients and utensils needed) are there certain brands of almond milk that are better than others? I live in the middle of nowhere (no health or whole food stores are available) so my only choices are Silk and Blue Diamond.

  20. 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.

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