Have you ever wondered how almond milk is made?

In this post, I’ll tell you how to make it easily, with just your blender and a milk bag. It’s so simple and delicious that you may never go back to buying milk once you learn how to make it.

All you’ll need is raw almonds and water, but you can easily spruce it up with dates, vanilla, banana, cacao, or other variations based on what you’re using it for.

Many people have difficulty processing dairy and have turned to non-dairy milk to support their health and help them feel better. Almond milk is a great alternative as it’s full of healthy fats and important vitamins. Almonds support heart health, cholesterol, and strong teeth and bones.

First, let’s talk about why to make your own almond milk.

  • To Avoid Toxins

    • One reason people make their own almond milk is to avoid toxins and chemicals from storebought milk.
    • It typically comes in either plastic containers or tetra paks that are foil-lined. Both of these have the potential to leach toxic chemicals.
    • When you make your milk at home, you can store it in glass mason jars, which is the safer way to store food.
  • To Avoid Additives

    • Store-bought almond milk is often filled with preservatives, sugars, and other additives.
    • When you make your milk at home you can avoid all of these extra ingredients. You’ll know exactly what every ingredient in your milk is and how much is in it.
    • By sticking to the basics and using quality ingredients, you’ll get the most nourishment from your food.
  • For Optimal Freshness

    • Your food loses nutrients as it’s shipped across the country or even the world. And further declines in nutrient value as is sits on the store shelf. At home, you can turn raw almonds into almond milk and enjoy a glass right away.

Plain almond milk

Here’s How To Make It

  • All you need for the basic recipe is raw almonds, water, a blender, and something to strain the solids from the liquids after you blend the milk.
  • Simply soak a cup of almonds in water, overnight.
  • In the morning, strain and rinse the almonds and add them to your blender with 5-7 cups of water depending on how thick and creamy you want it. The less water, the creamier your milk will be.
  • Next, strain the liquids from the solids using a nut milk bag. You can either dispose of the solids or save them to use for baking or making crackers.
  • Pour your fresh almond milk into quart jars and drink it immediately or refrigerate. It should last about 4 days in the fridge

There are many easy and delicious variations to this basic recipe.

Here are a few to consider:

  • If you want vanilla almond milk, add a teaspoon of vanilla.
  • For sweetened milk, add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup or 3-5 dates to the blender.
  • If you want chocolate milk, add a banana or maple syrup, and 2-3 teaspoons of raw cacao powder.
  • Add cinnamon to spice up any of these variations.

Get creative and find a variation that you love!

Chocolate Milk

Here’s How to Use It

You can use your almond milk in almost any way that you’d use dairy milk. It can be a refreshing beverage or used in smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, or for cooking or baking.

Here’s a chia pudding recipe and a healthy smoothie recipe, both made with almond milk.

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Homemade Almond Milk

Try this homemade almond milk recipe with variations for healthy and delicious vanilla or chocolate almond milk as well. This milk is a simple addition that can be used in smoothies, on oatmeal or cereal, or in baking or cooking.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Nondairy milk
Servings: 6
Cost: $1 -$1.50

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Nut milk bag

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds soaked for 4 hours or overnight
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional for vanilla almond milk, see variations below

Instructions

  • Strain soaked almonds and rinse
  • Blend almonds and water in blender until well blended
  • Pour almond milk into milk bag and strain solids from liquids, squeezing bag to get most of the liquids out.
  • Pour into glass jars

Notes

There are many delicious variations for this almond milk. Here are a few to try: 
  • If you want vanilla almond milk, add a teaspoon of vanilla.
  • For sweetened milk, add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup or 3-5 dates to the blender.
  • If you want chocolate milk, add a banana or maple syrup, and 2-3 teaspoons of raw cacao powder.
  • Add cinnamon to any of these variations to spice it up.
Will store in the refrigerator for approximately 4 days.
 

 

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