How to Make Almond Milk

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In response to your requests, I will be covering how to make several different non-dairy milks over the next few months. This week I’m sharing how to make almond milk,  which is probably the most popular nut milk out there. Sure, you can buy almond milk at the store, but making it yourself at home ensures that the milk is raw and full of its optimal nutritional power. When you make it at home, you also have total control over the ingredients. I don’t know about you, but I prefer knowing exactly what is going into my food… and subsequently into my family’s bellies!

Almond milk, in its most basic form, is made from filtered water and almonds. It’s a non-dairy milk, which means it contains no lactose. Almond milk is easily digested by most folks who are lactose intolerant (except for those who have a nut allergy… I’ll have an option for you coming up in a future post!). Because you’re making it at home, you have total control over the flavor– the sweetness level, the texture, the fat content and the overall taste. For those who keep kosher, it’s a terrific substitute for dairy milk in recipes that you would like to keep pareve. I prefer homemade nut milks to non-dairy creamers, which often contain chemicals and preservatives. No strange additives here!

Unlike dairy milk, almond milk is cholesterol free… in fact, consuming almond products on a regular basis can actually lower your LDL-cholesterol. Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, the same type of “good fats” that can be found in olive oil. These types of fats have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Almonds are also a rich source of Vitamin E, magnesium and potassium.

In its pure unsweetened form, almond milk makes a fine substitute for plain milk. When using it on cereal or in my tea, I like to give it a touch of sweetness (throwing a whole date into the blender works great, or use honey, stevia or agave nectar). Adding a little vanilla and salt rounds out the flavor. Depending on what you plan to use your almond milk for, you can experiment and adjust the ingredients to taste. A nut bag will help you strain the milk to achieve a thin, grit-free texture; if you don’t have one and don’t want to order one, a fine mesh strainer, clean tea towel or multiple layers of cheesecloth will work just dandy.

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How to Make Almond Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds, skin-on
  • 4 cups filtered water, plus more water for soaking almonds
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey or agave nectar, or one whole pitted date (optional)
  • Dash of salt (optional)

You will also need

  • Blender or food processor, fine mesh strainer or nut bag or clean tea towel or cheesecloth, 1 quart glass jar or storage container
Prep Time: 12 Hours
Total Time: 12 Hours 5 Minutes
Servings: About 1 quart almond milk
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • Place raw almonds in a bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak overnight up to 48 hours, then drain and rinse. If soaking longer than overnight, change the cold soaking water every 12 hours.
  • After soaking, drain and rinse the almonds. Do not peel the almonds; according to my recipe testing, keeping the skins on actually helps to reduce the grittiness of the almond milk (counter intuitive, I know!). Combine soaked almonds and 4 cups of filtered water in a blender.
  • For a whole milk texture, I use 4 cups of water to 1 cup almonds. For a thinner texture, feel free to add more water-- you can adjust the texture to taste. The more water you add, the lower in fat the milk will be per serving; however, you don't want to add too much liquid or it will turn watery. Best to add water in small batches till the texture seems right to you.
  • Blend on low, then slowly raise the speed to high for 1-2 minutes till the milk is completely smooth and no chunks of nuts remain. If desired, add sweetener, vanilla and/or salt to taste, then blend again to combine (if using a date, make sure you blend till it's completely pulverized). Feel free to adjust the sweetness to taste.
  • Strain milk through a fine mesh strainer, tea towel, cheesecloth or nut bag into a storage container. A nut bag will work best for keeping your milk smooth and chunk-free. I usually strain the milk into a quart mason jar, which works perfectly with the 4 cup to 1 cup ratio of water to almonds.
  • If using a mesh strainer, you will need to agitate the solids a bit to help all the milk drip through. I don't scrape them (this can push the solids through the strainer), but I do gently stir and move the solids around to make room for the liquid to come through. Similarly, if using a nut bag, you will need to gently squeeze the bag till all of the milk seeps through.
  • Transfer milk to the refrigerator and chill thoroughly. It should keep for 3-4 days if refrigerated. I usually shake mine a bit before pouring to make sure it's well blended.
  • Once you're finished straining the milk, you will have a small amount of almond solids left. These can be discarded or dehydrated into almond meal and used as a gluten free breading for fish or chicken or mixed into baked goods. To do this, first adjust your oven to the lowest heat setting. Place the leftover almond solids in a mesh strainer for about 30 minutes to allow any remaining liquid to drain off.
  • With a rubber spatula, spread the solids as thinly as possible onto a baking pan lined with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Place in the oven at 200 degrees.
  • Allow the paste to dehydrate for a few hours up to overnight. Check every couple of hours; when the meal hardens into a dry sheet, it's finished.
  • Break up the dehydrated paste and pulverize using a food processor for 1-2 minutes. You can also use a fork, but a food processor will give you a much finer grind.
  • You will be left with about ½ cup of almond meal.
  • Use almond milk anywhere you would use regular milk-- in coffee or tea, on cereal, or as a milk substitute in recipes.
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  1. Can almond milk be used for mashed potatoes? Looking for a dairy free mashed potatoes. To use with meats

    1. I don’t see why not. I have used soy milk and it worked fine. I would not use it if you put in a sweetener or vanilla, unless you like vanilla flavored potatoes. :)

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      Yes yes yes!! :-) yummyyy I have been using almond milk in mashed Potatos forever, and honestly you can’t notice the difference

    1. Depends on where you buy. I use the bulk bins at our local kosher market and 1 pound is far less than $10, but perhaps it’s because I live in California, where a lot of almonds are grown.

    2. Cheaper than quality cows milk. I can get raw organic unpasteurized almonds for ~$7-8/lb, and that easily makes me more than a gallon. Another money saving trick is to reuse the pulp for another batch (immediately) of almond milk.

  2. I use 2 ounces raw almonds to 3 cups water. Not willing to use more because the shelf life is not very long for almond milk and don’t want to have to waste too many almonds. I use it in coffee, oatmeal, yogurt fruit shakes, and popsicles. My current batch of popsicles I made with almond milk and the mash and it’s fantastic. (also peanut butter, banana, sugar, vanilla & almond & coffee extracts).

    A 16-ounce bag of raw almonds at Trader Joe is $5. I get 24 cups of DIY almond milk from this. Each carton of Almond Breeze, $4, has 8 cups. So 24 cups is $4 x 3 = $12 compared to the $5 for the raw nuts. And there’s no carrageenan! And it takes no more than 10 minutes to make a 3-cup batch.

  3. Excellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 stars
    I purchase the 40 calorie almond milk and am hooked.
    One day I will venture to make it myself.
    I am afraid once I smell the delicious aroma from making it myself, I will be hooked 0-)

  4. Mashugana: you will be hooked. It’s cheaper, just as good with no crap, and extremely easy & quick to do. I always bought the 40-calorie almond milk, too. Also, no packaging to clog up the landfills.

    1. Marge
      Thanks! You are correct, just read the label on the container and to much extra ingredients.
      I am on a certain plan that asks we use the 40 calorie, I have a holistic doctor and will call his office staff,
      Do you water it down or just do not care because it is good?

      After making the almond milk, I will use the remains to make cookies or a yummy crust. I will not use it but the family will enjoy the cookies 0)

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    Mashugana,

    [[ Do you water it down or just do not care because it is good? ]]

    My recipe is 2 ounces almonds (which are soaked at least 24 hours with soaking water tossed) + 3 cups water. Compared with Tori’s recipe, yes, mine is watered down because hers is “1 cup raw unsalted almonds, skin-on + 4 cups filtered water,” a 1 to 4 ratio of nuts to water.
    2 ounces nuts (probably 1/4 cup of nuts) + 3 cups water, is more like 1 to 12 ratio of nuts to water. But comes out nice & white and has a bit of the almond aroma and is DELICIOUS in coffee.

  6. I have been looking for this information, I love the almond milk. We have used it for a long time because it is low in carbs, I have lost 62 pounds and am not pre-diabetic anymore. My husband is on insulin and glimepride. His last A1C hemoglobin test is lower,also.

  7. I went to my local Health Store but was concerned about where the almonds came from and they were extremely expensive.
    I went to Costco and they have the Almonds with the skin on three pounds for 13 or 14 dollars. Purchased two bags, and one woman who was shopping, heard my conversation with DH, and she will contact me.
    I will make two batches Marge and Tory’s versions.

    1. My Costco does not at this point have organic almonds, but have been adding plenty of new organics daily!
      Since, it is Costco, I will use their almonds because they have EXCELLENT quality control.
      I purchase powdered skim milk for a family member. The store chain I prefer not to mention, and the only one that has that consistency is organic. When mentioning to friends, they were so surprised.

  8. 2 ounces of raw almonds is more than 1/3 cup and less than 1/2 cup, so figure about 40% of a cup. So Tori’s I’m sure fabulous almond milk is a ratio of 1 part nuts to 4 parts water, mine is 1 part nuts to 10 (or so) parts water. As with anything that costs money, it’s a good exercise to see how low can we go and still enjoy. This works for me. Others I’m sure would find it watery.

  9. Ugh, I have a run-on sentence. Wish I could edit. I’d like to state for the record that I know that 2 complete sentences need a period or semicolon separating them!

    1. Marge: You mean between “water” and “mine”? It’s so good to find someone who knows how and when to use a semicolon… Seems a forgotten art; most people these days do not know what to do with a semicolon. In fact, you don’t see one often enough. All the best. (I’ll –lemme rephrase: “my wife will”) try both recipes…)

    2. Yes, Claudio, that is exactly where I missed the end-of-sentence punctuation. Yes, a semicolon is a lost art but a more important lost art is knowing where a sentence ends. Run-on sentences are rampant.

      I’m now off of almond milk and have hopped onto the unhulled organic sesame seed bandwagon. I throw them into everything. When I make milk, it’s sesame milk. Tons of calcium in the unhulled is the reason. Hoping it helps!

  10. I buy the California brand of almond milk and am happy to see your recipes for this as I don’t use it daily and hate to have a half gallon container go to waste.Sometimes I buy the unrefirgerated smaller box off the shelf, but it doesn’t last either. My question: If I use Tori’s recipe for almond milk that lasts 3-4 days, can it be frozen for future use? What happens to it after 4 days?Does it sour like milk? Is it harmful if swallowed after expiration? Is the nutritional value based on the amount of nuts used?

    1. I’ve never frozen the milk Iris, I’m not sure! We go through it pretty quickly here so it doesn’t usually go bad unless we’re leaving on vacation or something. You will be able to tell when it goes bad; it sours quickly and thickens to a lumpy texture. I wouldn’t try it after expiration, since I’m not sure how safe it will be (or how your tummy will react!).

  11. My leftover almond meal paste is still sitting on the baking sheet and is still gooey. It’s been 24 hours. What should I do to dehydrate it?? Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Aliece! Try placing it in a 250 degree oven for 30-60 minutes. Keep a close eye to make sure it doesn’t get overly brown or burned.

  12. Very good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 stars
    Thank you! I will go try that now. The milk turned out great. I did need the nut milk bag strainer though as the milk was a bit gritty (or scratchy) as it was going down my throat. I have one ordered from amazon. I used a regular metal strainer/sifter. We use the milk for low calorie smoothies so a gritty milk is fine for now because you can’t tell but my stepson likes to drink it by itself so ill get the nut milk bag strainer so it is more like the kind you buy. Thanks for this post and idea!!

  13. Absolutely love this. I’ve had issues finding kosher almond milk in my area and have lactose intolerant kids. Have you played around with additional calcium and vitamin D supplements with this recipe? Although almonds do contain some calcium, I’d like to sneak some more in.

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    Arella
    I would speak to your doctor about adding extra calcium or vitamin D. Vitamin D comes in drop form and one drop can be added to a glass of this almond milk. Calcium comes in liquid form and has a citrus taste and powder would change the texture of the almond milk.
    There are blood tests for adults and children that your doctor can order. Our veggies and other foods have plenty of calcium.

    1. Thanks Mashugana! Arella I’ve never fortified the milk before but I know a lot of vegans do that, Google “fortify almond milk with calcium” and you should get several results. :)

  15. I found an easier way to make the milk. I prepared as directed but this time used a large opened strainer. I placed it above a large opened pitcher where it leaned. Then I placed a brown paper coffee filter and poured the blend over it.
    Bonus, let gravity work! This time just had the fine dry almond waste which I threw out because it was such a small amount. LOVE EASY!
    BTW, I the draining in the sink and came back in a half an hour. Lazy is good 0-)
    Tori, I drink it plain with out vanilla or sugar, it is perfect for me, and thank you for your recipe!

  16. Thank you for the recipe.I have tried it but my milk does separate when it sits in the cooler, i get like whey on the top and cream in the buttom,and also when I tried to warm it,it curdeled and become chunky.would you please give any hints about what went wrong .I suspect the water may be I should have used a filtered one.

    1. Hi Sally– I’m not exactly sure, but it sounds like you might be keeping the milk too long. It will only last a few days because it is raw almond milk. It is not pasteurized and does not have preservatives, unlike many almond milks sold at the supermarket. While it may settle a bit in the fridge (as all nut milks do), shaking it a bit should do the trick… that’s why all store-bought milks say to shake before pouring. That said, if it is gathering thick whey on top, it is likely spoiled… and it shouldn’t curdle when heated. If you think it might be spoiled after reading this, try making smaller batches and finish the milk within 3-4 days before spoilage occurs. I’m not sure the distilled water makes a big difference, but it might.

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