Sep 15, 2019 (Last updated Aug 3, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani
Learn how to make almond milk at home in just 5 minutes with 5 simple ingredients! In this tutorial I share detailed step-by-steps to make creamy, smooth and luscious plant milk.
Homemade almond milk is creamier, thicker, and richer in flavour than store-bough almond milk brands. It’s quick and easy to make; and it can be used for foamy lattes, overnight oats, or as a versatile ingredient in your favourite recipes, or however you enjoy your almond milk!
For those who don’t know, I’m a big plant-based milk connoisseur! From teaching how to make almond milk from soaked almonds, to quick DIY almond milk from almond butter, oat-based dairy-free milk, and even sharing everything you need to know about the Almond Cow Milk Maker and the best store-bought almond milks– I’m your gal for all things plant milk related.
Now sip and savour this simple tutorial with step-by-step instructions for making perfect creamy almond milk every time.
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.
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
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.
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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.
This is the blender I use. However, you don’t need a high performance blender to make this recipe.
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.