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How To Make Almond Milk


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Making almond milk at home is incredibly satisfying. It gives you that feeling of accomplishment similar to making homemade jam or bread, and it also tastes infinitely better than anything you can buy at the store. Homemade almond milk is creamy, wholesome and 100% natural – no artificial flavors or stabilizers. It does take a bit of time – but that’s mostly inactive time that includes soaking. Once you get the method down, it will be done in a flash. I make almond milk once or twice a week at home.

How To Make Almond Milk


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Step 1: Have the supplies ready.

Here’s what you need to make some amazing almond milk:

1 cup of raw almonds, organic if possible
filtered water
fresh squeezed lemon juice
pinch sea salt
1-2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Equipment needed:  fine mesh strainer, cheese cloth (or nut milk bag), blender

Step 2: Soak the almonds:

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Place the 1 cup of almonds in a medium bowl. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and fill it up with filtered water. Allow to soak for at least 8 hours or overnight. The almonds will really absorb a lot of water, so be sure to use enough water! Add more if needed.

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The water will become a little cloudy – totally normal. You’ll notice that the almonds have swelled and absorbed a lot of water.

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Step 3: Drain and blend.

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Drain off the soaking water and rinse the almonds well. Place in a blender along with 3 cups filtered water.

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Blend on high speed for several minutes until thick and smooth. There will be quite a bit of almond pulp mixed in with the milk.

Step 4: Strain.

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Straining the almond milk isn’t 100% necessary, but it does remove the pulp which can make the milk taste gritty. Some people prefer to use the milk unstrained, so it’s totally up to you! If you do strain it, you can use just a sieve, which will leave some sediment, or a cloth, either a nut milk bag, tea towel, or several layers of cheesecloth. For almond milk, I tend to go with cheesecloth.

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To remove the almond pulp from the milk, simply line a fine mesh sieve with several layers of cheesecloth and set it over a large bowl. Pour the almond milk into the lined strainer and let the milk drain through.

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Gather up the cheese cloth and twist it at the top so none of the pulp can escape, and gently squeeze to extract as much milk as possible. If using a nut milk bag, simply pour the pureed almonds into the bag and strain, squeezing to extract the milk. (Nut milk bags have a finer mesh than cheesecloth and will remove almost all of the pulp or sediment.)

Step 5: Storage.

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After the straining is complete, add the sea salt, maple syrup (if using), and the vanilla. Then it’s time to store the fresh almond milk.

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Transfer the milk to a quart size jar or bottle with a lid. For a thinner milk, add a little more filtered water to make it an even quart. Refrigerate immediately. The milk is best consumed the first 2-3 days and must be kept refrigerated. It will separate as it sits. It is fine to drink and use, simply shake the bottle and the milk will be creamy again.

Notes:
-Be sure to sanitize all of your bowls, utensils, blender, jar and lids before making the milk to prevent any contamination.
-If the milk smells “off” best not to drink it in case it has spoiled. Drink or use within 3-4 days, but sometimes it will keep for a week.
-Add other flavors or spices, as desired. Example – cinnamon and a little almond extract.
-Honey can be used in place of the maple syrup.
-Do not freeze the almond milk, the texture will be affected.

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Almond Milk

  • Prep Time: 480 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 495 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Drinks

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of raw almonds (organic if possible)
  • filtered water
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • 12 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean or 1 vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place the 1 cup of almonds in a medium bowl. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and fill it up with filtered water. Allow to soak for at least 8 hours or overnight. The almonds will really absorb a lot of water, so be sure to use enough water! Add more if needed.
  2. The water will become a little cloudy – totally normal. You’ll notice that the almonds have swelled and absorbed a lot of water.
  3. Drain off the soaking water and rinse the almonds well. Place in a blender along with 3 cups filtered water.
  4. Blend on high speed for several minutes until thick and smooth. There will be quite a bit of almond pulp mixed in with the milk.
  5. Straining the almond milk isn’t 100% necessary, but it does remove the pulp which can make the milk taste gritty. Some people prefer to use the milk unstrained, so it’s totally up to you! If you do strain it, you can use just a sieve, which will leave some sediment, or a cloth, either a nut milk bag, tea towel, or several layers of cheesecloth. For almond milk, I tend to go with cheesecloth.
  6. To remove the almond pulp from the milk, simply line a fine mesh sieve with several layers of cheesecloth and set it over a large bowl. Pour the almond milk into the lined strainer and let the milk drain through.
  7. Gather up the cheese cloth and twist it at the top so none of the pulp can escape, and gently squeeze to extract as much milk as possible. If using a nut milk bag, simply pour the pureed almonds into the bag and strain, squeezing to extract the milk. (Nut milk bags have a finer mesh than cheesecloth and will remove almost all of the pulp or sediment.)
  8. After the straining is complete, add the sea salt, maple syrup (if using), and the vanilla. Then it’s time to store the fresh almond milk.
  9. Transfer the milk to a quart size jar or bottle with a lid. For a thinner milk, add a little more filtered water to make it an even quart. Refrigerate immediately. The milk is best consumed the first 2-3 days and must be kept refrigerated. It will separate as it sits. It is fine to drink and use, simply shake the bottle and the milk will be creamy again.

Notes

-Be sure to sanitize all of your bowls, utensils, blender, jar and lids before making the milk to prevent any contamination.

-If the milk smells “off” best not to drink it in case it has spoiled. Drink or use within 3-4 days, but sometimes it will keep for a week.

-Add other flavors or spices, as desired. Example – cinnamon and a little almond extract.

-Honey can be used in place of the maple syrup. -Do not freeze the almond milk, the texture will be affected.

 

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  1. Jenn

    May 22nd, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Hi I just made mine. I have. $600 something blender Vitamix. Haven’t tasted it yet but it looks beautiful Nd I’m really excited about it. I’ll let ya”all know tomorrow how it tastes 🙂 I posted the whole process for my friends linked to your page. Off topic I tried another one of your recipes today!! And it was soooooooo GREAT!!! The one on your site: coconut water, mango, watermelon and spinach! Thanks

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    May 25th, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Hi Jenn,

    We hope you love making your own homemade almond milk as much as we do! Definitely keep us updated once you’ve tried it!

    Great recipe! We love blendin’ with melon, it’s so refreshing, especially as the weather is starting to warm up here! 🙂

  3. Shona

    May 23rd, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Hi,

    Do I use half a lemon or whole? I see a half lemon in the picture it the recipe just says “a lemon.”

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    May 25th, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Hi Shona,

    It’s your preference! Using half or a whole lemon will provide you with enough lemon juice to give you the nutritional benefits!

  5. Mariela

    June 5th, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Hi, just wondering how you add the vanilla bean?

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    June 5th, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Hi Mariela,

    After you’ve strained the almonds, add the vanilla bean. The best way to add the vanilla bean is to cut the bean in half length-wise + scrap out the glorious vanilla beans inside! I like to call it vanilla caviar! 🙂

  7. FRAN

    June 6th, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I just made the Meal on the Go Green Smoothie for my husband. Yesterday I took him to the ER with something he swallowed and didn’t go down. He is 82 and really tired all the time and think I am crazy wanting all these green smoothie things. He hates buying all the greens and says I spend too much money on food now. I have tried for about 6 months to get him to drink at least a pint each day as he eats tv dinners and ice cream and sweet rolls. That’s his diet. And he wonders why he is wiped put all the time. — Anyway back to the reason I am writing. The recipe calls for 2 C of almond milk. I had about that much in the fridge but it was store bought. When I looked at it , it didn’t look right and went out of date tomorrow. I was afraid to use it so I had some almonds in the freezer and took about half cup and 2 cups of water and threw them in the Vita Mix. Not sure what would happen as never did that before and being frozen were pretty hard.—-Presto I had almond milk for the smoothie. I didn’t strain it and the berries and banana were frozen.(I buy the mixed frozen berries at Sams Club) Whoops, I just realized I forgot the 1/4 C oats. Oh well. He ate that for breakfast. lol He only wanted a smoothie if it tastes good so he approved of the taste and we are drinking it as we speak. I hope it will give him a little pick up. Thanks .

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    June 7th, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Hi Fran,

    We are happy to hear your husband is doing well following his hospital visit! Storing almonds in the freezer is a great way to make fresh almond milk when you’re in a pinch!

  9. Enah

    July 4th, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Green Smoothie My own recipe

    I tried

    1 cups of Spinach
    1 whole Avocados
    1 Bananas
    I pear
    2 cups cucumber juice (I juiced the cucumber in the juicer and presto I got my cucumber juice)

    It tastes good for me. There was a tiny hint of spinach but the avocado is much stronger since I use one whole plus the cucumber juice is so good tasting.

    Try it.

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    July 5th, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Hi Enah,

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! Cheers 🙂

  11. Brenda

    July 4th, 2015 at 6:07 am

    It never occurred to me to leave the pulp in. That sure makes it easier! I know it will increase caloroes, but I’m leaving it in today!

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    July 5th, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Hi Brenda,

    Let us know how you like blendin’ with the pulp included.

    Cheers!

  13. CC

    July 10th, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    To prep for future use can you presoak the almonds and then freeze them for later? How long can you freeze them?

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    July 10th, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Hi CC,

    Great question! I personally haven’t tried freezing pre-soaked almonds, but I did some research + nutritionist suggest allowing your nuts to throughly dry prior to freezing. Please let us know how this works for you, as it will hopefully allow you additional flexibility when blendin’ with almonds!

    Keep in touch!
    Amanda, SGS Rawkstar

  15. gloria

    July 12th, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Id like to try this homemade almond milk recipe. Do we use raw almond in this recipe? Or we have to boil the almond before we mix the almond with lemon juice for a night? Thanks.

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    July 13th, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Gloria,

    Great question! We use raw almonds in this recipe. Check back and let us know how you like making your own almond milk!

    Cheers 🙂

  17. HonestTexan

    July 24th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    This may seem in line with all natural…that said, if I wanted to make a gallon of almond milk at a time, is there a natural preservative I could add to make the milk last 7 days?

    Also, I’ve researched a second method of making almond milk. Using 2 tlbs of raw almond butter with 4 cups of water. Easier and less messy. What are your thoughts on that method?

    Ps – this site is the cat’s meow!

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    July 24th, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Hi HonestTexan,

    Thank you so much for reaching out! We love our recipe because it is free of additives or preservatives! We suggest enjoying your homemade almond milk within 3-4 days, but sometimes it will keep for a week. If the milk smells “off” best not to drink it in case it has spoiled.

    I personally haven’t tried using raw almond butter, but it’s worth a try!

    Cheers 🙂

  19. Jessica

    August 12th, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Is the lemon juice a necessity? I didn’t have it on hand.

  20. SGS Rawkstar

    August 13th, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    Great question! Adding lemon to homemade almond milk, helps your body absorb all of the almond’s nutrients. So while not necessary, it’s a great addition for your body.

    Cheers 🙂

  21. Nick

    August 21st, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Gloria, Cam you make with all different nuts,etc. Cashew milk, peanut butter milk? Might sound silly, But what do you think.?

    Thank you Nick……. 🙂

  22. SGS Rawkstar

    August 24th, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Hi Nick,

    Of course! We love homemade cashew milk, it’s packed with protein, iron + magnesium!

    Cheers 🙂

  23. Alex

    September 7th, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    What do we do with the pulp? Can we make almond butter with it?

  24. SGS Rawkstar

    September 8th, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Alex,

    Not sure what to do with the leftover almond pulp? There are a ton of fantastic uses for almond pulp such as dehydrated cookies, crusts, + granola…but my favorite use for almond pulp is this insanely easy body scrub from The Blender Girl which is fantastic for removing dead skin cells and gently adding moisture to your skin…

    http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/raw_organic_homemade_almond_scrub

  25. Alma

    October 8th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Can you make other smothies using this? Instead of store bought almond milk?

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    October 9th, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Hi Alma,

    Yes! We love making our own almond milk to blend in our green smoothies! It’s a great + easy way to ensure your almond milk is free of additives + preservatives!

    Cheers 🙂

  27. Marilyn

    October 18th, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Yes you can use home made almond milk for smoothies.

  28. Anisha

    December 3rd, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Hi, I wanted to know where can I find nut milk bags and cheese cloths?

  29. SGS Rawkstar

    December 3rd, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Anisha,

    You can find cheese cloth or nut milk bags at a variety of places. Try your local grocery, hardware, kitchen supply, or craft store!

    Hope this helps!

  30. Nazish

    November 20th, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I make almond milk regularly and I’ve never come across he addition of lemon juice! Amazing! Is that for flavor or does it help with creaminess or better soaking?

  31. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    November 21st, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Nazish,

    Adding lemon to homemade almond milk, helps your body absorb all of the almond’s nutrients.
    Cheers

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