A few years ago, I decided to give it a try and I made my own Homemade Almond Milk. I was a bit scared at first, but as it turns out, it’s ridiculously easy! I’m not sure why we always think that making our own food is so complicated, because it’s not! 🙂
Although I have made it before by using a food processor, I’ll admit that it’s A LOT easier with a high speed blender. It’s less messy and it’s less waste too because it grinds everything so fine. It’s better to keep the food processor to make Powerballs and hummus.
Soaked or Sprouted Almonds
You want to soak your almonds in clean water to soak overnight (8-10 hours). Filtered or spring water is best so that your almonds don’t soak up chlorine and other chemicals commonly found in tap water. Soaking almonds (and other nuts) also make it more nutritious and easier to digest. Soaking is also referred to as sprouting, because the soaking in water stimulates the nut as if it was outside in the dirt and ready to grow into an awesome almond tree. This is why sprouting is healthy for us, because the seed/nut is at its peak when it comes to energy. So much energy is needed to grow. Soaking almonds is always a good idea, even just to eat by themselves.
If you don’t have a high speed blender, and you’re interested in using your food processor, here’s how I did it. First, I put my soaked almonds in my mini food processor with a little bit of water, and I pulsed until it was fairly smooth, then I transferred to a large/deep bowl and added the rest of the water and I finished grinding everything with my hand-held immersion blender. Then I used a sieve covered with a clean cheese cloth to catch the milk in a large bowl underneath. I kept the pulp, dried it out and used it in pancakes, no waste! It is possible in a food processor, but a lot easier in a blender.
Making your own plant-based milk is healthier than buying it at the store because most contain a lot of additives that we don’t need to consume. They also often contain a lot of sugar. This homemade version is very easy and much healthier!
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Homemade Almond Milk | No Additives, Vegan
A quick and easy homemade almond milk, without any weird additives or tons of sugar.
- 1 cup raw unsalted organic almonds soaked in spring or filtered water for 8-10 hrs
- 5 cups spring or filtered water if you want your milk thicker, use less water
- 3 Medjool dates (optional)
In a blender, simply put the soaked almonds, water, and dates (if using to sweeten), and blend on very high speed until very smooth, about 1 minute.
Strain through a cheese cloth (or a nut milk bag).
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge, up to 5 days.
You can use Medjool dates or maple syrup for a natural sweetness, you can even add some vanilla extract. If you want unsweetened milk, no need to add anything.
Don't throw the almond pulp out! You can dry it and use it as a flour replacement in recipes, like in muffins or pancakes. Keep in the fridge up to 3 days.
Note: I do not believe anyone should worry about counting calories, but here is the nutritional information for one serving
Calories: 204kcal | Fat: 14g | Saturated fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 301mg | Carbohydrates: 16g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Protein: 6g | Vitamin A: 20% | Calcium: 92% | Iron: 1.2%
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I keep meaning to try this but I have a suspicion that it’ll actually end up being more expensive than just buying almond milk from the store? What do you think? I’m sure it’s much healthier for you though!
Definitely healthier since most vegan milks, like rice, almond, soy, etc. always contain additives and sugar. The brand I’ve been buying for many years is luckily one of the cleanest on the market (they use agave syrup instead of sugar, and only a few ingredients, no synthetic vitamins added), but nothing is healthier than fresh whole organic foods.
Also, I used soaked almonds which are more nutritious than dry. I haven’t calculated how much this might cost me, but considering I bought a big bag of raw organic almonds for about $21, and this only used 1 cup, I’d say it’s also cheaper. Most almond milk at the store is around $4-5 I think.
Nature's Pulchritude says
Great recipe, I wouldn’t have thought to do this.
Celina @ Sprinkles and Sparkles says
I have been dying to make my own Almond Milk! I’m going to give it a try this week thanks to you!! 🙂
Awesome!!! Let me know what you think 🙂
I finally made my almond milk. Very, very delicious! And very easy too. When you say you dried out the pulp, did you spread it on a cookie sheet and just wait, or did you dry slowly in the oven? Thanks.
I spread it on top of the cheesecloth I had used, over a cooling rack, and let it dry for a couple of days. Then I used it in a pancake recipe! 🙂
I make this recipe all the time, I really like it. I use 1 cup almonds and 3 cups water and I also put in 1-2 dates and a little bit of cinnamon or vanilla. After it’s done I make energy bites from the pulp. 🙂
Yummy! Great idea too for the pulp! Thanks for sharing
Je n’ai jamais essayé de faire mon propre lait mais ça semble si facile que je vais essayer! Où te procures tu le sac pour couler le lait? J’imagine qu’utiliser ce genre de sac au lieu du cheesecloth doit empêcher d’avoir des petits morceaux d’amande dans le lait et d’avoir un lait plus « lisse »?
Absolument! les sacs sont disponibles dans les magasins d’alimentation naturels. Tu pourras aussi essayer le lait de noix de cajou qui est encore plus facile car tu n’as même pas besoin de le filtrer (si ton blender est assez puissant)! J’achète rarement de lait végétal depuis que je le fais moi-même.
Leanne | Crumb Top Baking says
I have always wanted to try to make my own almond milk but was a bit intimidated by the process. Your recipe seems like something I can tackle!! I may give it a try some time!
Once you try it, you’ll wonder why you waited so long! 🙂 Happy blending!