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How to Make Almond Milk

This DIY Almond Milk Recipe Is So Easy, You'll Never Get Store-Bought Again

If you are lactose intolerant, vegan, or just looking for a delicious alternative to milk, try making almond milk. You'll discover almonds create a rich, creamy, and sweet milk that you can use countless ways. Pour it over your cereals or granola, substitute it for milk when baking, or make it the cream base for savory or sweet sauces. Store your almond milk in a glass milk jug for a vintage look.

As for the leftover almond meal, don't throw it out; instead, try adding the leftover meal to muffin, pancake, or cookie recipes. It will give your baked goods a crumbly, crunchy texture and a delicious almond flavor. If you plan to make nut milks regularly, try using a reusable Nut Milk Bag rather than disposable cheesecloth.

Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade Almond Milk

Almond Milk

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups blanched almonds
3 cups filtered water
2 tablespoons agave nectar or brown rice syrup

Equipment

Blender
Cheesecloth
Fine mesh sieve

Directions

  1. Pour almonds into a large bowl. Bring 3 cups water to a boil, and pour over blanched almonds. Let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Pour almonds and water into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  3. Cut 2 large pieces of cheesecloth, dampen them under a faucet, and wring them out. Lay cheesecloth pieces one over the other in a crisscross position over a fine mesh sieve. Place fine mesh sieve over a clean bowl.
  4. Pour 1/3 blended almond mixture over cheesecloth. Gather 4 sides of cheesecloth with left hand, and with right hand, squeeze out excess liquid. Once all liquid is extracted, place almond meal in a separate bowl, rinse and wring out cheesecloth, and repeat procedure in 2 more increments.
  5. Whisk agave nectar into almond milk. Pour into an airtight container, and refrigerate. Almond milk will last 2 to 3 days, or until it tastes sour.

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LacenGlitter LacenGlitter 4 years
Yay! I will have to try this. My kids and I drink almond milk, but I'd love to just make it myself.
Susi-May Susi-May 4 years
I always thought almond milk would be really difficult to make. But this sounds easy — I am definitely going to try this.
raquelerecipe raquelerecipe 4 years
Almond milk is not only good for health but you can also use it to have a beautiful skin because it is high on antioxidant.
Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 4 years
I was lucky enough to taste the almond milk that is pictured, and have to say that it tastes so good! I can't wait to make a batch at home. Compared to store-bought almond milk, it was richer, creamier, and you can really taste the the quality of the almonds.
Anna-Monette-Roberts Anna-Monette-Roberts 4 years
Hi gumdrops334, making homemade almond milk really doesn't require that much effort, and I maybe spent $4 on the almonds. It might not be something you do every week, but it's nice to make for a special occation. Intensebandgeek, I haven't tried using blanched almond meal/flour, so I can't say yes for sure. I think there is a dehydration process that goes into nut flours. I would just stick to the nuts themselves.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 4 years
Sounds delicious! Would I be able to use blanched almond meal/flour and still get the same end result?
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 4 years
I love almond milk, I made the switch from regular milk and love that it's half the calories and still tastes awesome. But this sounds like more work than it's worth, not to mention that almonds aren't that cheap to begin with.
lauren lauren 4 years
Oh I love almond milk and will have to try to make my own
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