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.
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How to make Almond milk + Step-by-Step Photos and 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:
- Dates, for sweetness
- Vanilla extract, for flavouring
- Cinnamon, for flavouring
- Salt, to enhance the taste
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:
- a thin t-shirt
- a thin tea towel
- a pair of tights
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.
Why soaking your almonds is important
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.
What to do with the leftover almond pulp
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.
The Step-by-Step: How to make almond milk
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,
- Soak the nuts overnight and strain
- Place ingredients in blender (soaked almonds, dates, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt)
- Pour in water
Then we will milk:
- Place nut milk bag over bowl
- Pour blended nuts into nut milk bag
- Squeeze nut milk bag with hands, getting out as much liquid as possible
- Keep milk in fridge for up to 5 days
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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.
How to make Almond Milk
- 1 cup almonds , soaked overnight
- 2 medjool dates , pits removed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 3 cups water
- Strain soaked almonds and add to blender with dates, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Add 3 cups fresh water and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until well combined.
- Place nut milk bag* over a big bowl, and pour half your almond milk blend into the bag. Squeeze the bag to strain the milk. Continue to squeeze, moving your hands around the bag to allow new areas to be milked, until you can no longer milk anymore liquid.
- Remove "almond pulp" from nut milk bag, and pour second half of blended almond milk into the bag. Continue the process of squeezing nut milk as described in Step 2.
- Pour the freshly squeezed milk from your bowl back into your blender (this allows for easy transfer into a bottle). Taste the almond milk blend - I like it creamy, but optional to add splashes more water to thin if desired. Transfer the milk into an air tight bottle and store in the fridge.
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