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How To Make Almond Milk

Almond Milk

Almond Milk – Clean & Delicious®

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Almond milk is a light, fresh, plant based alternative to cows milk and works great just about anywhere you would use traditional milk.

Sometimes I buy it pre-made at the grocery store (I like Whole Foods 365 Unsweetened Almond Milk) but most of the time I make it from scratch when I am doing my weekend meal prep.  The flavor of fresh almond milk vs. store bought is not comparable.  The homemade almond milk has so much more flavor and is much richer and creamier than the store bought versions.

Plus, if you make it fresh at home you also have the option to make homemade almond flour with the leftover almond pulp, which will definitely save you some money if you normally buy your almond milk and almond flour.

But honestly, whether or not you want to make homemade almond milk a part of your weekly routine, I urge you to try the homemade version at least once.  Simply because it is so delicious and I love knowing that you are eating/drinking delicious foods while on your quest to meet your health and/or weight loss goals.

Some of my favorite ways to use almond milk are in my smoothies and protein shakes, drizzled over fresh cooked oats, or as the base of some banana ice-cream.

If you want to see a step-by-step demonstration on how I make almond milk, be sure to watch THIS VIDEO.

Have you ever tried making homemade almond milk?  If so, I would love to hear any tips and techniques you use down in the comments below!

 


 

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MORE ALMOND RECIPES:
How-To Make Almond Flour
Almond Milk Eggnog
Gluten-Free Almond Pancakes
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Home Made Almond Milk

Yield: Makes 4 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes + 6-24 hours to soak almonds

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 date
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Place almonds in a large bowl or pyrex cup and cover with enough water to come an inch or two above the almonds.  Allow to soak for 6-48 hours (I usually do them over night).

Rinse and drain almonds under cold water.

Place almonds into a high speed blender with 4 cups of filtered water, date, and vanilla.  Blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until you have a nice, light, frothy, almond milk.

Line a fine mesh strainer with a double layer of cheese clothe and slowly pour almond milk through.  Once all the milk has drained through the bottom, squeeze out the remaining solids* to get every last bit of milk.

Store in the fridge, in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

*Save the leftover almond 'meal'.  You can lightly toast it the oven and then use it as a toasty, high fat and protein crunch on top of oatmeal, yogurt, or as a light snack.  You can also experiment with baking with the meal, jut as your would almond flour.

Makes 4 cups.

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54 Responses to “How To Make Almond Milk”

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    lise blanchaard — March 27, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    excuse my english because i’m from quebec canada.
    i would like to know were do you get those milk bottle ishould go to plattsburg this summer shopping.
    tell me if there any store or market that i could find this
    thanking yiu in advance and i love so much, tour video
    thank you , thank you, again and long life to your programme ciao xxxx

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    Shannon — March 27, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    Hi Dani!

    Love your YouTube channel!! I’m always on pins and needles for your next vid!! Where exactly do you set the almonds to soak? In the fridge? Covered on a counter? Just wondering if the “where” matters.

    ~ Shannon

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      Dani — March 31, 2013 @ 11:38 am

      I just leave my right on the counter:)

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    Ann — April 3, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    I dry the almond meal in the oven at around 275 to 300 then I use it many ways after it is dried. Yogurt, granola, baking, even salads.

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    Mani — April 7, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    Dani, this is such a great recipe! I made this in my college dorm, and it was delicious. I also added a little splenda to my glass-what a knockout! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Jen — April 10, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    I tried this recipe and really like it straight out of the blender. After a couple hours in the fridge it developed an after taste though… I’m wondering if it might have something to do with the almonds I used? Any thoughts?

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    Trudy — April 18, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    I made almond milk for the first time today and I learned the value of filtered water. I used tap water and the taste is terrible! I added lots of chocolate to hide the taste and it’s ok now.

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    Derek — April 24, 2013 @ 4:18 am

    Can you possibly provide the nutritional information that you usually have with each recipe?! That would be greatly appreciated. Can’t wait to try! Keep up the great work.

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    April — May 9, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

    hi Dani, love your recipes, i dont have a blender, i use the nutribullet, and if i mix all that in the nutri bullet it will blend/extract everything together, is that ok, or would that be bad? i buy organic almond milk and it is kinda expensive.

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      Dani — May 10, 2013 @ 9:56 am

      I’m not familiar with the nutribullet but it sounds to me as though it works similar to a blender, in which case what you are describing sounds like it would work just fine.

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    Kim — May 31, 2013 @ 12:27 am

    What kind of date do you use?

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    Jen — July 9, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    What kind of blender do I need to make this? How powerful? What kind of blade? Do you make almond butter and what machine do you use for this? Thanks

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    Lindsay — July 30, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    I would also like to know what type of blender your use/recommend. Thanks for the great video, I’m excited to try making my own almond milk!

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      Dani — July 31, 2013 @ 11:38 am

      I use a Breville blender. It’s pretty powerful and I really like it, although I have been daydreaming of a vitamix lately:)

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    David Lewis — August 21, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    Love your site and def this almond milk demo. curious to how you go about cleaning your cheese cloth? Thank you so much…Cheers!

    David Lewis

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    Lizzie — September 4, 2013 @ 12:32 am

    Hi Dani,
    I am Japanese and living in Japan. I have never found almond milk here, so I am so glad to know how make almond milk. I was really interested in it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!! I have a quastion. Can I use loasted almond which is unsalted to make almond milk?? It is hard for me to get raw almonds here:(

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      Dani — September 4, 2013 @ 4:54 am

      HI Lizzie – yes! you can use roasted almonds. Just be sure they are unsalted.

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    Roxana — September 22, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    Hi Dani,
    I made the almond milk today, really like it and my son loved it. I was wondering what the best way to dry out the almond meal?

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      Dani — October 1, 2013 @ 4:26 am

      You can toast it in the oven at 250 for an hour or so.

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    Linnea — October 6, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    Hi :) What is the nutrient in this recipe and how many calories? I’m also wondering if it is ok to use a handblender instead of an ordinary mixer? Thank you so much for the recipe :)

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      Dani — October 7, 2013 @ 5:47 am

      It was tricky for me figure out nutrients for this recipe due to all the fat and protein in the almond that does not get used. I am not sure how to calculate for that (sorry). As for the hand blender, I don’t think it would work. You definitely need a blender.

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    Mila — October 8, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    Hi Dani, love your almond milk recipe and demonstration!
    If I have already sliced raw almonds from Sam’s Club, would they still need to be soaked as long? If I grind them first in a coffee grinder and then soak in water, would it be the same result and less time to soak? Also, would the ratio remain the same (1:4)? Just trying to play with supply that I already have. Thanks!

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      Dani — October 10, 2013 @ 9:52 am

      Hi Mila! I’ve never tried doing this before so this is just my best guess… I would say leave them sliced (as opposed to ground). And soak them until they have plumped up a bit. That should do the job.

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    Marylou Eisele — November 4, 2013 @ 4:03 am

    Hi Dani,

    I love your recipe for almond milk and have been making it since day one. I put all the almond pulp into an ice cube tray, freeze, then pop the cubes out and keep in the freezer until needed. They come in great when I make my smoothies. I also have a Breville Blender that I just bought this week and LOVE it! Thanks for all your great videos.

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    Ashley — January 9, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    Hi Dani! I’m curious- why is it necessary to drain & rinse the almonds after they soak?

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      Dani — January 10, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

      I don’t know if it is necessary. I just do i b/c they look yucky. Anyone know more about this??

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    Farah — January 23, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

    Recently started using The Almond Milk after I saw an add on tv, thanks to you won’t need to buy now as I can make my own Almond Milk :)

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    /latvian — January 24, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

    You are fantastic woman! thank you for all your recipes:))

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    REN_ZZ — February 4, 2014 @ 12:44 am

    Hey Dani, I’m curious… what is a ‘date’? Greetings

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    Alexandra — February 15, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    Hi Dani, yet another amazing video. I have only just started eating healthily about a year ago and i am so happy i accidentally stumbled on your page. Brilliant recipes i can just sit here for hours, reading and listening to your recipes. I would like to ask something though, unfortunately i do not have the mesh strainer neither do i have a cheese clothe, what else can i use as an alternative? Thank you so much

    Love from the little island called Cyprus :)

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    Eleanor — May 3, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    Hi,

    Thanks for the recipe! Tastes yummy. I am currently in the process of making crackers with the leftover almond bits. I love NutThins by Blue Diamond and I am now trying to make my own version. I have cooked my first batch and they are ok, but I plan on tweeking it more and looking for other rice flour/nut cracker recipes that might help me come up with the perfect batch.

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      Dani — May 5, 2014 @ 9:11 am

      I love those crackers – would love to see your recipe once it’s developed. Sounds delish!

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    Anastacia — May 4, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    Question: Do you think I could used the leftover almond meal to make almond butter? If so, would the meal need to be dry and/or toasted? Thoughts/suggestions on how do go about this? (I have learned so much from your website and videos! Thank you.)

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      Dani — May 5, 2014 @ 9:10 am

      Anastacia – I’m pretty sure it would not work. You will end up with more of an almond flour than butter because you need the ‘milk’ from the almonds to create the butter. I will actually be sharing a video soon on how to make the almond flour. In order to make almond butter, really you just need to grind up whole almonds.

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    ces — May 29, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    What brand of organic raw almonds can you recommend?
    Thanks so much for sharing your recipes and videos…;-)

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      Dani — May 29, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

      I can’t say I use a specific brand – often times I buy them front he bulk bins.

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    CTW — June 5, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    Wanna ask how long can the almond milk last for? 3 days?

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      Dani — June 9, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

      I usually keep my between 3-5 days.

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    Damian — June 17, 2014 @ 11:27 pm

    Is there a significant amount of protein and fat going into the milk? By “significant” I mean anything over 1 gram. I am watching my calories, and when I drink lots of almond milk every day, it’s something I’d like to know.

    Thank you for doing such a wonderful job. Your recipes are very well explained, and simple to follow.

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    Kathy Reyes — August 7, 2014 @ 8:27 am

    I just made this milk yesterday and I absolutely love it I will probably not go back to buying almond milk.

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    suhani — August 7, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    Can you use another flavor like a few dashes of cinnamon?

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      Dani — August 15, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

      absolutely!

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    Stuart — August 14, 2014 @ 5:10 am

    Hi Dani, I have started making my own almond milk and stopped buying shop bought. I have found my almond milk sometimes separates a little in tea and other occasions it has been fine? Is it possible to over or under do the blending process?

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      Dani — August 15, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

      hmmmm, that’s a great question and honestly, I’m not sure! Anyone else out there have any tips for us?!

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    Denise — August 16, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

    I have a pulsating Ninja blender. Will it still make almond milk? I love your videos!

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    Maureen — September 21, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    This really is easy! I was surprised that it had such a nice consistency. Truthfully I am still getting used to the flavor of almond milk, but this is way better than store bought!

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      Dani — September 22, 2014 @ 10:54 am

      100% homemade blows store bought out of the water!

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    fizz — October 12, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    hi this is for anyone that lives in toronto. i bought one of the milk bottles at a canadian tyre store. for less than $4.00 i dont know whether you can find them in all the stores, this was at the albion and finch mall store

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    Kristina+Smith — December 16, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    I finally tried this today. I’ve never had almond or any type of milk aside from cow’s milk, so I don’t know if I like it or not. It seems watered down. I think I’m just not used to it yet. Thanks for all your recipes, Dani!

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    Christina — December 21, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

    Finally made this for the first time and the difference is absolutely amazing. I will never use store-bought almond milk again. Thanks so much for showing us how easy it is!

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    Jenn — January 15, 2015 @ 9:42 am

    Best Almond Milk recipe – love the extra tips.
    Just made my almond milk 1000% better
    Thank you!

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    Kimberley — March 3, 2015 @ 3:10 pm

    My daughter is 7 and completely dairy and wheat free due to food allergies she likes it a bit sweeter so i use 4 dates and about 1 1/2 tbsp of honey i do the same process only with rice and i toast the rice before i soak it overnight she loves both rice and almond milk she loves homemade way more than store bought i usually do 2 cups of almonds at a time rather than 1 cup and i use a nut milk bag instead of cheese cloth.

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    Juliette — June 9, 2015 @ 3:02 pm

    Just came across this recipe from your video, which I saw a friend share on facebook. I haven’t tried it yet, but I know it will be good. Just wanted to comment because I make granola and thought putting the almond meal would work great in it. Anyway, thanks for your video!

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