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Homemade Almond Milk (+ Video)

There is nothing better than the taste of fresh-made almond milk; store-bought brands just don’t compare. And with this recipe, it’s so easy to make!!

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The concept of making your own almond milk may sound complex, or bringing out the “inner hippie” in you, but it’s SOOO much easier than you think! =) Give yourself 5 minutes and you’ll have fresh almond milk with very little effort.

Have you ever looked at the ingredients of store bought non-dairy milk? I took a quick look at a popular brand of almond milk in my fridge and it listed “cane sugar, vitamin and mineral blend including calcium carbonate, vitamin E acetate, Vitamin A Palsmitate< Vitamin D2, sea salt, Organic Locust Bean Gum, and Gellan Gum. What the!!

Homemade almond milk has just 2 ingredients- almonds and water. And I usually add date paste (made from raw dates and water) and maybe some vanilla extract. That’s it; all whole ingredients and the taste is truly amazing.

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To make your own homemade almond milk, first soak the 2 cups raw almonds in 6 cups of water overnight or at least 5-6 hours. Drain.

If desired, you can now make the Date Paste and store in your fridge. You can use this paste as a sweetener for all kinds of things; almond milk is just one use.

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When ready, to a high powered blender, add the soaked almonds, and the date paste and vanilla, if desired. Process slow at first, then increase the speed to high. Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the almonds are blended into a thin liquid.

Place a nut milk bag (I use this one) over a large bowl. Pour the almond milk slowly into the bag so the liquid goes into the bowl. Pull the string of the bag to close the top and using your hands, squeeze out any remaining almond milk, This may take a couple minutes, and a bit of strength, to squeeze out the almond milk into the bowl.

What remains will be almond meal, which can be used in other recipes (see tip below*).

Pour the almond milk into an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

See my video below for step-by-step instructions. =)

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Homemade Almond Milk

There is nothing better than the taste of fresh made almond milk; store bought brands just don’t compare.

  • Author: Christin McKamey

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds, soaked in water overnight (or at least 4-6 hours to soften)
  • 1/4 cup Date Paste, optional (adds sweetness)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • water
  • Nut Milk Bag

Instructions

First, soak the raw almonds in 6 cups water, preferably overnight but at least 5-6 hours and then drain.

If desired, make the Date Paste and refrigerate until needed.

In a high powered blender, add the soaked almonds (and date paste and vanilla if desired). Process slow at first, then increase speed to high. Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the almonds are blended into a thin liquid.

Place a nut milk bag over a large bowl. Pour the almond milk slowly into the bag so the liquid goes into the bowl. Pull the string of the bag to close the top and using your hands, squeeze out any remaining almond milk, This may take a couple minutes, and a bit of strength, to squeeze out the almond milk into the bowl. What remains will be almond meal, which can be used in other recipes (see below*).

Pour the almond milk into an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Notes

Depending on how thick you like your almond milk, you may want to add more water. Since I like to make a larger batch of almond milk, I usually add more water to the container with the already-blended milk and stir together.

*What to do with the leftover almond meal: Add the almond meal as-is to a smoothie or oatmeal. It will keep for a few days in the fridge. You can also sprinkle the meal on salads, or add in a hummus or dip.

Or…you have the option of drying it out for longer storage. Use a dehydrator if you have one. Or, place on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven and bake for a few hours, stirring occasionally until completely dry. You can then grind the dried meal in a blender to make almond flour, and use in your baked good recipes- or even make almond crackers.

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