Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk has been my go-to-milk-product for several years. I used to drink soy milk (I am lactose intolerant), but then it hurt my stomach as much as cow’s milk.  So when almond milk came out on the market, I converted. Almond milk is a great alternative, as it is rich and creamy, low in calories, and has incredible health benefits. I have a tendency to hoard almond milk in the fridge as I am always scared I will run out of it. So when a friend told me that she makes her almond milk on a regular basis, I was thrilled! I always would rather make food at home than buy it in a store — you see what goes into what you eat/drink, and you have complete control. Here is the recipe:

Raw almonds

You can buy raw almonds at Whole Foods or any healthy grocery store. A great snack to eat raw on its own, too!

Ingredients:

* 1/4 cup of raw almonds

* 5 cups of water

* special flavors (cinnamon, sea salt, vanilla, agave) — just to give it some extra oomph

Directions:

* soak the almonds in water for 12 hours

Measuring cup

The only real step in this recipe is measuring out the nuts and soaking them!

* when done soaking, rinse the almonds and place them in the blender (I highly suggest a vitamix blender – one of my best kitchen appliance investments ever!)

* add 5 cups water

* optional: add pinch of salt, vanilla and/or cinnamon for flavor

Water, almond, cinnamon

Looks a little odd....I added (a lot) of cinnamon to this batch.

* turn on blender and increase speed every couple seconds; blast on high for several minutes or until almonds look blended.

milk!

MILK??? From water??? I KNOW! AMAZING! IT'S MAGIC!

And there you go! Almond milk! If you are used to sweetened almond milk, it will take some adjusting, because homemade almond milk is not as sweet and can be more watery. With time, you will learn to appreciate the natural almond flavor and treasure this homemade milk!

Finished product

The milk.

Have a great weekend!

(Almond) Milk. It does a body good.

— AYN, a.k.a, The Josie Girl

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4 Comments

  1. Almond milk is one of my FAVES…will have to try the homemade version. Have you seen the new unsweetened, vanilla, coconut almond milk? Delish!

    • Definitely try the homemade version. But I think you should put LESS water in it than I originally stated. Probably more like 3-4 cups. And maybe a little agave syrup? I mean, not adding any sweet stuff to it is healthier, but I wanted a little more sweetness. 🙂 WILL definitely try the new milk — sounds delish!!! I WANT YOUR RECIPE OF THE VEGAN PB AND JELLY BARS TO POST. k????

  2. Because almonds are naturally very nutritious, almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. You can make almond milk yourself at home, and it will have the same nutritional value as the almond milk available commercially.

  3. Making almond milk is actually an incredibly old process. We learned about it in culinary school as part of our training in Classic French cuisine, but it was made and used long before the French transformed it into delicate blancmanges.”.-:

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