Homemade almond milk is delicious, nutritious, and so easy to make. You only need a few tools and two ingredients to make classic almond milk. The recipe shared in this post is from a wellness focused friend of mine, who showed me how to use it as a base for smoothies, to add moisture to baked goods, and on oatmeal. (And there are many other uses, including simply enjoying the almond milk’s simple goodness in a tall frosty glass.) The taste is mild, with a different creamier mouth feel and richer flavor than store bought varieties. Once you try homemade almond milk, you’ll see what a delight it is!
Almond milk can also be helpful for those who are lactose, soy, or gluten intolerant, as it doesn’t contain any lactose or casein, a milk protein that’s similar to gluten.
Almond Milk Recipe – Makes about 3 cups, using the 1 cup almond to 3 cups water ratio described below. If you prefer a thicker milk, you can also try 1 cup almond to 2 cups water ratio.
- 1 cup raw almonds, preferably organic
- 2 cups water for soaking almonds
- 3 cups water for making the nut milk
- Optional extras: 2 tsp. cinnamon, and sweetener (1 tbsp. agave syrup, maple syrup, or honey are delicious)
- Mesh Strainer (we’re a bit partial to our new HIC Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer, with a support handle that enables you to drop it onto the top of a bowl, and pour through hands-free. ) or a Nut Milk Bag (which is perfect for squeezing every drop of liquid out of the almond pulp.)
- 1 cup measuring cup
- Jar or pitcher to hold finished almond milk
Step by Step Almond Milk Instructions
Soak almonds a minimum of 8 hours or overnight, so they are totally submerged. You’ll notice they plump as they absorb water. Note, the longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk. They should feel soft when you pinch them, after soaking.
Drain and rinse the almonds thoroughly under cool water using a mesh strainer, after removing them from their soak.
Put the soaked almonds and 3 cups fresh water in a blender. First pulse the blender, to get the almonds equally broken and prevent clumping. Then blend on high about 1-2 minutes, until the liquid inside is white and the almonds are broken into fine meal. In the picture here, the almonds were not fully blended yet, as you can see by the still large visible brown almond pieces.
Pour the almond mixture through a double mesh strainer or nut milk bag, set into a bowl placed below. Use your hand to press all the almond milk from the almond pulp that’s left in the strainer, or if using a nut milk bag, lift the bag up out of the bowl and squeeze the liquid out of the remaining pulp.
Now is the time to sweeten if desired. Taste the almond milk first, as you might enjoy it just as-is, without sweetener. To add sweetener, rinse the blender and place the strained almond milk back into the blender, and add a tablespoon of honey, agave, or sweeter of choice, blend to mix through about 20 seconds, and taste. I’ve added 2 tsp. cinnamon and it adds a delicious flavor.
Fresh raw almond milk keeps in the refrigerator for about 3 days unless cooked to pasteurize.
Using the leftover almond meal collected in the basket of your strainer or nut milk bag: The leftover almond meal can be added to hot cereal, or baked goods as is. You can also spread it out on a Silpat baking mat, on top of a baking sheet and bake it in a low oven until completely dry, and then use in baked goods the same as you would with store bought almond flour.
Other ideas to put that leftover almond meal to use?
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Article Contributed by Nicole Herman, of HIC