How to Make Creamy, Homemade Almond Milk

Feb 04, 2016 by


Once you’ve made your own almond milk, you may not be able to drink any other milk ever again! The first time I made it home, I felt like I was tasting almond milk for the very first time. It’s healthy, creamy, bears a low carbon footprint, and you can really taste the almonds. The process is also ridiculously easy, so you’ll want to make it on repeat.

Ingredients


  • 1 c. raw nuts
  • 1 L filtered water
  • 3 pitted dates (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

THE SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKING ALMOND MILK

1. Soak Your Raw Almonds Overnight

It’s important to buy raw (as opposed to roasted). Find them at most natural or gourmet grocery stores like Choices and Whole Foods. Place one cup of nuts in a bowl and cover with water (filtered is best) overnight or for at least several hours.

homemade almond milk

2. Drain and Rinse Your Nuts

Once your nuts have soaked, dump them into a sieve to drain the water. Rinse with fresh water. Now, add them to your high-powered blender (like a Vitamix or a Torrent) along with a litre of filtered water. I hear other less powerful blenders can do the drink – but you may have to blend longer.

homemade almond milk

3. Customize Your Nut Milk

If you like your nut milk a bit sweet, add a few dates (I usually use three). You can also use maple syrup or any other sweetener. I also like to add a bit of vanilla (vanilla bean is best), cinnamon and sea salt. You could try anything though! Lavender, cocoa powder (chocolate milk!) and strawberries would be fun. You can even mix up your nuts; for example, half amonds, half hazelnuts.

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4. Blend Soaked Nuts with Fresh Water and Flavouring

Blend your soaked nuts, water, dates and anything else you’ve added on high for a good two minutes until it’s smooth and frothy. Have a taste and add more sweetener or flavouring, if you like.

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almond milk
homemade almond milk

5. Time To “Milk”!

If you like your milk kind of grainy, you can skip this step and drink your almond milk as is. Would be great like this on oatmeal! But if you’re using it for coffee (like I do) you’ll probably want to sift to achieve a super smooth milk. Grab a big bowl and either a thin t-shirt, cheesecloth or a nut milk bag (I like this one but any will work). Lay your t-shirt (or strainer of choice) over the bowl and pour about a quarter of your nut milk into the middle of the shirt. You could strain it all at once, but I find it easier to do in stages. Gather the edges of the shirt, lift up and begin milking. Keep going until every last drop of milk is in your bowl. Save that leftover meal to make Almond Pulp Crackers.

homemade almond milk
Almond Pulp

Enjoy! Your milk should last in the fridge for up to five days – maybe more.

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Best Almond Milk Ever

Rated 5 out of 5
May 3, 2022

I love this recipe! This is one of the first things I made when I bought my vitamix in college. The Cinnamon is a really pleasant surprise. It’s like Christmas morning in a bottle. I make this with my family exclusively around the holiday. I think it’s very hight maintenance to keep in the fridge though. Despite the recipe, I think it should be consumed within 1-2 days after making. 3 at most. If you let it sit for a week it separates and gets bitter. I like it plain on its own, but it’s great in smoothies too, especially if you need to quickly get rid of the last half

Yummy

Blueberry almond milk recipe

Rated 1 out of 5
October 23, 2021

I came looking for a recipe to make the blueberry almond milk and was told to just add blueberries and sweetener to the milk. this was not a recipe on how to do that. Am I to smash the berries, blend them? Like no info at all.

Kelly