How to Make Almond Milk…the Easy Way

Make almond milk at home! It's cheaper and healthier than store bought versions. All you need is almonds, water and salt. (Optional: sweetener and vanilla.)

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Why buy almond milk when it’s so easy to make at home?  Homemade almond milk is better for you, too.  Did you know that most store bought nut milks contain unhealthy ingredients (like synthetic vitamins, oils and sugar)?

When you make almond milk yourself, the only ingredients are almonds, water and salt.  Optionally, you can add vanilla and your sweetener of choice. It’s that simple!

I’ll admit that making my own almond milk intimidated me at first.  The blender part is easy.  It was the straining-with-a-nut-bag part that had me concerned.

It’s really not that hard, though, especially if you use my easy straining method (see below).  If you want really smooth almond milk for drinking from a glass, you’ll want to pick up a nut milk bag.  I don’t recommend the cheese cloth method.  Trust me on this one!  Otherwise, a regular ol’ fine mesh strainer will work just fine.   

Once you’ve perfected your method, it really is a snap to whip up a batch of almond milk.  I love to have it on hand for smoothies.  It’s also perfect as a milk substitute in recipes like Dairy Free Hot Chocolate, over homemade granola, and more.

Make almond milk at home! It's cheaper and healthier than store bought versions. All you need is almonds, water and salt. (Optional: sweetener and vanilla.)
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Almond Milk

  • Author: Yankee Homestead
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups / 1 qt 1x

Description

If you’d like to make more than 1 quart of almond milk, do it in batches. This will avoid over-filling your blender, which could lead to disaster!


Ingredients

Scale

Instructions

  1. *When starting with raw almonds, you’ll want to soak them for about 12 hours (overnight) in water with a bit of unrefined sea salt (about 1/8 tsp). Next, drain and rinse them a few times.
  2. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender. (I use a Vitamix.)
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Strain. (See notes below.)
  5. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for about a week.
  6. Don’t throw away the pulp! Toss it in smoothies, dry it to make almond flour, or use it in other yummy recipes like these cookies.

Notes

For smooth, perfect almond milk, you’ll want to use a nut milk bag. Guess what: I don’t even own one! I do own some cheesecloth, and have tried that method before. It’s messy and frustrating and makes me not want to make almond milk.

My easy method is simply to use a fine mesh strainer and a large spoon or spatula to press the pulp down and squeeze out all the milk. This method doesn’t catch all the particles and my almond milk isn’t as smooth as store bought varieties. For use in smoothies and other recipes, a little almond pulp in the milk doesn’t really matter.

If you plan to drink your almond milk straight up, you may want to invest in a nut milk bag or a super-fine mesh strainer. Otherwise, there’s no need to bother with an extra, messy step.

Do you make almond milk?  How do you strain it?  Do you drink it plain or add it to recipes?

Make almond milk at home! It's cheaper and healthier than store bought versions. All you need is almonds, water and salt. (Optional: sweetener and vanilla.)
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Kathleen Henderson

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5 Comments

  1. DME on 06/16/2016 at 11:52 pm

    Hi, Kathleen.

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I just made my very first batch of almond milk and it’s sooooo good. My hubby likes it too.

    Take care.

    All the best,
    DME

    • Kathleen on 06/17/2016 at 11:38 pm

      I’m so glad you both liked it! 🙂

  2. Diane O on 02/01/2018 at 1:15 am

    I’ve been making almond milk for years and use it in recipes, baking, smoothies, with granola, drink it straight up….
    I couldn’t live without the nut bag, it works perfectly!
    I use an empty16 oz glass jar, after overnight soak and Vitamix, I put a funnel in the jar, drape the nut bag over the funnel, pour the almond milk in and walk away.
    I continue to pour more milk in until it’s gone. Last step is to squeeze pulp.
    So easy.
    I dehydrate or freeze the pulp till needed for whatever…
    Thanks

    • Kathleen on 02/01/2018 at 1:30 am

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing your process, Diane. 🙂

  3. Tater on 04/16/2020 at 12:05 am

    Nut bags are the only way to go!!
    Easy to buy on amazon…..

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