How to Make Almond Milk

Learn how to make almond milk at home! All you need are almonds, water, and a blender. That’s it! Homemade almond milk has a simple ingredient list and doesn’t contain gums, thickeners, and emulsifiers, like many store-bought options.

Almond milk in glass jars

We’re getting back to basics today with homemade almond milk. Almond milk is a popular dairy-free, vegan-friendly nut milk, and I’m thrilled to show you just how easy it is to make almond milk at home.

When it comes to nut milk, I’m personally a fan of my homemade cashew milk recipe. But I also understand that some may have a sensitivity to cashews and depending on where you live in the world, cashews can be more expensive and harder to find.

Almonds on the other hand are readily available, cost-effective and this almond milk recipe is just as easy to make. There’s only one slight difference – you need to strain it.

Almond Milk Ingredients

There’s just two ingredients in homemade almond milk – raw almonds and water! But you can tweak the recipe to your liking with a splash of vanilla extract or sweetener, like maple syrup, honey, or pitted dates.

Blending almond milk ingredients in a blender

Which Almonds are Best to Use?

The best almonds for homemade almond milk are organic, raw almonds. You don’t want almonds that are roasted or salted, as that oil and salt will end up in your milk, altering the flavor. But you can always add a pinch of sea salt to your milk, if that’s your preference.

Making almond milk in kitchen in a blender

How to Make Almond Milk

You’re going to love how easy this recipe is! And there’s really just three steps to making almond milk at home – soaking, blending and straining. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Soaking: Place the raw almonds in a glass bowl and cover fully with water. Remember that the almonds will absorb some water as they soak. Let them soak overnight, then drain and rinse them.
  2. Blending: Add the almonds to a high-powered blender, like my favorite Vitamix, along with 4 cups of fresh, cold water. If you’d like, you can add a splash of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and a sweetener of your choice, like maple syrup, honey or 1-2 soaked dates. Or you can keep it unsweetened. Turn the blender on high for 2 minutes and blend until it’s creamy and smooth.
  3. Straining: Use a nut-milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the almonds into a bowl. Then pour the almond milk into an airtight container and store it in the fridge.
Squeezing almond milk through a nut milk bag

Do you really need to soak the almonds overnight? I think overnight is best for the creamiest almond milk. But you could get away with soaking the almonds for a minimum of 4 hours. Alternatively, you could soak the almonds in boiling hot water for 1 to 2 hours.

Pouring homemade almond milk into a container

How to Store Almond Milk

Homemade almond milk will last for up to 3 days in the fridge, though it’s best fresh. So I don’t recommend making a large batch or more than you’ll think you’ll use in a couple of days. And it’s so easy to make when needed, there’s really no need to make extra!

Almond Milk Recipe Video

While it’s easy to make this almond milk, it always helps to watch a quick tutorial video. Just click play below!

Can You Do Anything With the Leftover Almond Pulp?

Yes! Place the leftover almond pulp (also known as almond meal) on a baking tray and bake at 200°F (100°C) for 2 to 3 hours until it’s dry. Then it can be used as a topping on yogurt, chia pudding and used in homemade granola and other baking recipes.

Pouring almond milk into a glass

More Dairy-Free Milk Recipes To Try

I can’t wait to hear what you think of this easy homemade almond milk recipe. Make sure to let me know in a comment below!

How to Make Almond Milk

Almond milk is easily made from almonds and water. You can then add a sweetener, pinch of salt and vanilla extract if you’d like. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together!

  • These are my favorite glass jars for storing homemade nut milks and this is my favorite nut-milk bag. I also recommend this brand of raw, organic almonds.
  • When I’m straining the almond milk, I prefer to strain it into a large measuring bowl as it’s easier to pour into a storage container without spilling.

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 107.1kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 3.9g, Fat: 9.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.7g, Sodium: 31mg, Fiber: 2.3g, Sugar: 0.8g

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Recipe originally posted September 2018, but updated to include new information.

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