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Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Ever wondered how to make almond milk?

I made the switch to almond milk a few years ago and haven’t looked back since. I love the nutty flavor and the protein without worrying about some of the things associated with too much soy and some of the general ickiness of too much dairy. It’s smooth, creamy and dairy free and works in everything from coffee to a morning bowl of cereal – from Lucky Charms to fiber cereal to homemade granola. Almond milk is a true workhorse… Which is why I am very excited to bring you this homemade almond milk recipe!

Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Homemade Almond Milk Recipe – have fresh, creamy and smooth almond milk every morning!

But if you’ve been to the almond milk aisle recently – you’ll know there are many varieties – plain, unsweetened, vanilla, chocolate, with different nuts mixed in and even a specific blend for coffee! It’s crazy – it’s getting harder to choose the right milk than it is to buy a car. So after talking to a dear friend (Hi Allison *waves*) about how she makes her own almond milk – I decided to take the plunge. I only wish I hadn’t waited to long – it’s so easy, satisfying and dang delicious that I’ve been making fresh almond milk nearly every morning since then! I make a small batch at a time since it doesn’t last much more than 2 days – but it’s so easy that making it every other day is really nbd.

Soaking the almonds is key to this recipe – yes it requires some forethought but it’s about 5 seconds of work to stick the almonds in a bowl and cover them with water. The almonds plump up and get softer through soaking. You should soak them at least overnight but if you can, soak them for two days – the almond milk will be significantly creamier and smoother! Then fast forward to when you’re ready to have your milk – stick the almonds in a blender with water, sweetener (I like honey but you can use dates or whatever else you like) as well as any flavoring – I like vanilla – and blend away! You’ll need industrial cheese cloth or better yet, a nut milk bag, to strain the almond pulp from the milk but end to end it takes about 3 minutes. And voila, fresh delicious almond milk is ready to enjoy!

Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Homemade Almond Milk Recipe – have fresh, creamy and smooth almond milk every morning!

The beauty of this recipe is that once you learn the basic formula of 2/3 cup almonds to 2 cups of water, you can tweak it however you like. I started out with just almonds and water but I find a tiny bit of sweetener and homemade vanilla extract rounds out and softens the flavor. It’s perfect with cereal, coffee or over some nice homemade granola! So get some almonds out and start soaking today – they’ll be ready for a super fresh batch of almond milk for the weekend!


Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
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Homemade Almond Milk Recipe - have fresh, creamy and smooth almond milk every morning. Dairy free and vegan, this almond milk is delicious and versatile!
  • ⅔ cup almonds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon honey or other sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  1. Let the almonds soak, covered with water, at least overnight or up to two days - the longer they soak the creamier the milk will be!
  2. After soaking, drain the almonds and rinse them a few times until the water runs clear.
  3. Add almonds, 2 cups water, sweetener and vanilla to the blender
  4. Blend on highest setting for about 1 minute, until liquefied
  5. Pour the blended mixture through a fine strainer, like cheesecloth or a nut milk bag into a container - squeeze to get all the milk out. The resulting liquid is your almond milk, and the remaining pulp (the almond meal) can be re-purposed or discarded.
  6. Refrigerate and enjoy within 2 days!
Special equipment:
Nut Milk Bag - used to strain the pulp
Powerful blender - I use this Breville

Storage: store the almond milk in a container in the fridge - it is perishable. The contents may separate but just give it a shake and it will become smooth again.

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  • Pinky JJ March 3, 2016, 7:36 am

    Ahu joon!!!!!!

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hohohohohoho!! That cool video makes me want to jump head first into that delicious almond milk, and run the risk of turning plump!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pinky Joonam

  • Michele @ Alwayzbakin March 5, 2016, 6:46 am

    That’s awesome! I never thought about making it myself. Love the video!

    • Ahu Shahrabani March 6, 2016, 2:32 pm

      Thanks Michelle! Me neither until recently. I’m so glad I did! 🙂

  • David March 5, 2016, 9:04 am

    I haven’t made homemade almond milk for years! Thanks for the reminder and tips! xx

  • Michelle @ thelastfoodblog March 7, 2016, 8:42 am

    Hey Ahu, this is perfect timing! I have been thinking of making the switch to almond milk but have been worried about the sugar content in store bought almond milk! Dilemma solved! Thanks for sharing this x

    • Ahu Shahrabani April 1, 2016, 6:23 pm

      Michelle – wonderful, I am so glad to hear that! Let me know how it turns out.

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 7, 2016, 11:07 am

    My husband lives on almond milk, he loves it. In fact, weirdly enough we’re at work now and I just saw him pull out a full carton from his book bag. What else is he smuggling in that? 😉

    I’m going to make this almond milk for him in hopes he wants to start making it himself instead of buying it from the store. Thanks in advance!

    • Ahu Shahrabani April 1, 2016, 6:25 pm

      That is so funny! I’ve never heard of anybody carrying their own in their bag but whatever works! 🙂 I hope you like the recipe!

  • Valentina | The Baking Fairy March 7, 2016, 1:18 pm

    This looks incredible! I’m a daily almond milk drinker myself {though lately I’ve been drinking cashew-almond blend}, but I’ve never even thought of making my own! Pinning for later.

  • Alison March 7, 2016, 2:10 pm

    Oh I’m definitely giving this a try! I bought some name brand almond milk to add to my morning smoothies and was extremely disappointed to read the nutrition facts only to see that it has just 1 gram of protein per cup. Almonds are super high in protein, so what on earth is this stuff made of it if has almost no protein whatsoever? lol Thanks for sharing your how to!

  • Amira March 7, 2016, 2:48 pm

    I was just planning on substituting cow’s milk in my coffee for health issues and I remember that I’ve tried Almond milk before and seriously I did not like it a bit!!!. I should try your recipe as your milk looks so creamy and it is for sure better than the store bought one with all these additives in it.

  • Elsa | the whinery March 7, 2016, 7:39 pm

    I’m always amazed at how easy it is to make nutmilk at home, with just a little bit of planning ahead. You milk looks so luscious and yummy! I think I’m going to try your tip of soaking the almonds for 2 days. Yum!

    • Ahu Shahrabani March 8, 2016, 11:29 am

      It’s really a revelation! I’m curious to see if you notice a difference with the extra day of soaking 🙂

  • DarkSideRunner March 8, 2016, 8:51 am

    Can the honey and vanilla be left out to make this Whole 30 compliant?

    • Ahu Shahrabani March 8, 2016, 11:28 am

      Of course – it just won’t have the sweetness. You might try to add in some sort of sweetener that is whole 30 compliant!

  • Linda @ 2 Cookin' Mamas March 9, 2016, 2:56 pm

    I’ve been drinking almond milk for about 4 years and love it. I don’t get that bad reaction to dairy and, I agree with you, it tastes so good. I haven’t gotten up the nerve or time to make my own but you make it seem so easy I am going to give it a try. Thanks!

  • Andrea Wyckoff March 13, 2016, 12:03 am

    I love homemade almond milk! Yet its been way too long since I have made some! Thank you for the inspiration to blend some up again tomorrow!

    I love your photos too! So vibrant!

  • Jenny April 1, 2016, 5:23 pm

    This looks great! I’m going to link to it in our April issue!

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