Sep 15, 2019 (Last updated Dec 30, 2022) by Hannah Sunderani
Wondering how to make almond milk at home? Here’s the step-by-step, and what you’ll need to make this creamy dreamy drink. Homemade almond milk is 1000x more delicious than the store bought brands. It’s creamier, thicker, and richer in flavour. Pretty much, the juice is worth the squeeze. And it takes only 5 minutes to make, with 5 ingredients.
Now sip back and savour this tutorial, and say goodbye to your watery store brought brands. Because once you try the homemade stuff, you’ll never go back.
watch the how-to-video:
The two main ingredients for making homemade almond milk are:
Pretty straight forward, right? But, a few additions to your ingredient list will turn your almond milk into a gourmet glass.
I like to add the following:
I love adding dates to my almond milk for light and natural sweetness. And I encourage you to do so too. Certainly most of the almond milks we buy at the store are unsweetened. But, a little sweetness goes a long way into making a beautifully flavoured almond milk. And, if added to coffee, oatmeal, or chia pudding, you can skip any additional sweeteners in the recipe.
As you can see, the ingredient list is minimal. So you know exactly whats gone into making this almond milk. No stabilizers, no preservatives, just the good stuff.
The equipment you’ll need is:
You’ll be happy to know that it’s not necessary to have a high performance blender to make homemade almond milk. Certainly, you can use a basic kitchen blender. Most importantly is to make sure the ingredients are well blended and combined.
A nut milk bag is a fine mesh bag that you can use to squeeze the milk out of your almonds. You can buy one for cheap off amazon. If you don’t have a nut milk bag you can also use:
The goal is to find a fabric that’s ultra thin. So the milk can pass through as you squeeze the nuts. If using a pair of tights, cut near the ankle to make a “bag” shape. Alternatively, if using a thin shirt or tea towel, bunch up into a bag shape, and pour the milk in the middle. However, I do find that using a nut milk bag is easiest.
It’s important to soak the almonds overnight, so that they are soft for blending. This will allow them to break down easier in the blender, and for us to reap all the milk we can when squeezing. The outcome is a richer and creamier milk. Although it might sound inconvenient to soak nuts, I assure you it’s an easy step.
Fortunately, if you forget to soak the nuts overnight there is a quick solution. Simply pour boiling water over your nuts and soak for one hour.
You’ll notice after milking the nuts, that there is plenty of “almond pulp” left inside of the bag. But don’t worry, you can use this in other recipes. In fact, almond pulp can be used in many recipes like bliss balls, granola, baked goods and even pizza crust. See below for some examples of how to use that leftover almond pulp.
So, now that you know a little more about how to make almond milk – let’s go through the steps. Or, jump to the bottom for the full recipe instructions.
First we will blend the ingredients,
Then we will milk:
And, if you want more details on how to make this homemade almond milk, follow along with the how-to video
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I’m often asked what items I like to use in the kitchen. So, I’ve included my favourites for making this homemade almond milk. You can find more of my favourite kitchen items on the shop page.
Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Smart Blender, Professional-Grade
This is the blender I use. However, you don’t need a high performance blender to make this recipe.
Premium Fine Mesh Food Grade Nut Milk Bag
This is the nut milk bag I have. Alternatively, you can use a thin t-shirt, towel or a pair of tights.
And there you have it, my simple step-by-step instructions for how to make almond milk at home. This recipe, my friends, is a game changer! Enjoy every sip and swallow of this certified delicious drink.
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Why discard the soaking water?
Hi Rita, adding fresh water gives it a nicer taste.
Delicious! I made using nut milk bag, which I prefer to using my Almond Cow. I recently purchased your cookbook that came out last week! Can this almond milk, or the Creamy Dreamy almond milk in your cookbook, or almond milk using Almond Cow be used in the Classic Flaky Croissants recipe in your book?
Hi JP! Thanks for the very kind words! I am thrilled that you’re enjoying the cookbook! Yes you can use this almond milk or the almond milk in the cookbook to make the croissants!
Hi there, thank you for this recipe. I just used almonds and water and a pinch of salt and it turned out great.
Is there anything we can add so it can be longer in the fridge? Or it only last 5days. Thanks
Hi Marie! This recipe is best enjoyed before 5 days – as it’s so fresh it doesn’t have a long shelf life, like store bought almond milk. However, you could always freeze half the batch if you don’t think you can finish it in 5 days. Freeze in an air-tight container and let thaw in the fridge. Give it a good shake and enjoy!
You seem to read my mind, just when I have a question about vegan cooking you publish it !
This recipe is without a doubt worth the effort, soo delicious. Tastiest Almond Milk ever !
Thank you Hannah. Can’t wait for the Cookbook, hoping I can get it in Australia.
Hi Tracie! I am thrilled that you like this almond milk recipe so much! I feel the exact same way and make it weekly. I always say that once you have the homemade kind you can never go back. haha. Thanks for the sweet note about my cookbook. It’s so kind! It will be available on Amazon internationally and I’m so happy that you are looking forward to getting a copy!
I make this almond milk once every 1-3 weeks! This recipe is perfect. It’s obviously a little more work than just buying it from the store, but I love making this recipe because I know how pure and rich it is when it’s homemade. And I’m getting pretty good at incorporating the almond pulp into my baking so that I don’t let it go to waste! This is my favourite vegan milk!
Krystal I’m thrilled you’re enjoying this almond milk so much! It definitely is a little more work, but what a difference in taste, eh? I also love knowing exactly what’s in my almond milk – no fillers and no nasties! Enjoy!
Thank you for this recipe.I tried to give it 5 stars, but nothing happened.. .. I use almond milk, but I found out that commercial process isn’t so great for the bees… Is there a reason not to use the water you have soaked the almonds in?
Hi Brigitte! I’m so glad that you liked the recipe! Yes, I too have been trying to limit buying store-bought almond milk. And once you taste the homemade – it’s hard to go back!
I don’t use the soaked water for any reason in particular. Other than it’s a bit murky and I prefer blending with clean filtered water. However, if you wanted to use the soaked water I see no problem with that! I’ll give it a try as well. Enjoy!