How to Make Almond Milk + Almond Milk Recipes

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Homemade almond milk is so easy – just soak, blend and strain! In this post I’m breaking down how to make your own almond milk and sharing recipes for how to use it!

There are so many non-dairy milk alternatives out now! I’ve tried (and enjoyed) a ton of them, but almond milk is still my go-to for cooking and baking!

Why? In my opinion, it has the most mild, diverse flavor and it works in practically every recipe!

Glass jar of almond milk. Almonds and a cloth dishtowel are next to the jar.

I love using almond milk in everything from sweet breakfasts to savory main dishes to desserts. Before we jump into some recipes using almond milk, I thought I’d be fun to share some facts.

Health Benefits of Almond Milk

Is almond milk good for you? The short answer is yes!

Almond milk is great for anyone who has a dairy intolerance, wants to cut out dairy or wants a lower calorie milk option. Almond milk is rich in Vitamin E and healthy fats, and some brands fortify their almond milk with vitamin D and calcium as well (be sure to read your labels because many commercial brands add thickeners, gums and sweeteners too). I personally reach for the unsweetened almond milk to stay away from added sugars or make my own using the recipe below.

Almond milk is a great dairy-free alternative for a variety of recipes. It’s low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals. While it’s easy to grab a carton from your local grocery store, I prefer homemade almond milk! The taste is exponentially better and it’s so simple to make.

Water, almonds, vanilla and medjool dates measured out to make almond milk.

Here’s What You Need:

  • raw almonds – grab organic almonds if possible! 
  • filtered water – you’ll soak and blend the almonds in water. I like to use filtered water to make sure you don’t get any weird flavors!
  • vanilla extract – optional but I love a hint of vanilla in my almond milk. 
  • pitted medjool dates – again, optional but the medjool dates add a slight sweetness to the homemade almond milk!
  • sea salt – just a pinch to bring all of the flavors together. 
tip!
Add a little vanilla extract and pitted dates for a slightly sweetened vanilla almond milk… my favorite way to enjoy homemade almond milk!

Step-By-Step Process

  1. Soak almonds: Add almonds to a jar and cover with water. Let soak for 6-8 hours (or overnight). Drain, rinse and discard soaking water. 
    Jar of almonds soaking in water.
  2. Blend: Add soaked almonds, 4 cups of fresh water, sea salt, vanilla and dates, if using into a high powered blender and process on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until finely puréed. The nuts should be broken down into a very fine meal and the liquid will be white/milky. Blender with blended almonds, dates and water.
  3. Strain: Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag into a bowl, squeezing hard until only solids remain. 
    Straining blended almonds in a cheese cloth. Almond milk is strained out from the cloth into a glass measuring cup.
  4. Store: Milk will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about five days. Shake before using.
  5. Use or discard the almond pulp: What’s left in your nut milk bag is called almond pulp and there are so many fun things you can do with it. You can use the almond pulp to make almond meal and then make my almond flour crackers or make some almond pulp chocolate chip bars.

How to Use Almond Milk

Pretty much the same way as you would cow’s milk! I like to almond milk in smoothies, overnight oats, baked oatmeal, main dishes, desserts and as milk for cereal! It’s a great ingredient to experiment with. You can drink it alone or try it in a new recipe… get creative!

I’m sharing my favorite recipes that use almond milk below but the options are truly endless!

Hand holding a glass jar full of almond milk.

Using Almond Milk For Cooking

Almond milk is a great substitute for cow’s milk while cooking. I often swap out cow’s milk for almond milk and I don’t notice a flavor difference. My general rule of thumb with cooking is that most milks can be used interchangeably! Of course coconut milk has a more pronounced flavor and can be thicker than other milks but in general, swap away!

Can I Use Almond Milk Instead of Milk in Baking?

Yes, but your product might turn out slightly different than if you use cow’s milk. You may already know this, but baking requires crazy precision! If a recipe has been created and tested using almond milk, you’re in the clear!

If a recipe has been created and tested using cow’s milk, you can still use almond milk but you might notice some changes in appearance and texture. In my opinion, it’s not a huge deal if a muffin doesn’t rise as much or has a denser texture, but you can decide for yourself. Here is a helpful article that breaks down the difference of using different types of milks for baking muffins. Do some experimenting with your baked goods to see what works!

Hand holding a glass of almond milk with a metal straw.

How to Store

You can store almond milk in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Shake milk before serving as the contents may separate a bit during storage.

On to the recipes! I have sooooo many recipes that use almond milk on my site, so I’m excited to share some of my favorites here for you!

Breakfast Recipes with Almond Milk

Main Meals Made with Almond Milk

Desserts Made with Almond Milk

How to Make Almond Milk

4 from 11 votes
Homemade almond milk is so easy – just soak, blend and strain! In this post I’m breaking down how to make your own almond milk and sharing recipes for how to use it!
Glass jar of almond milk. Almonds and a cloth dishtowel are next to the jar.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soak Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds, ideally organic
  • 4 cups filtered water + more for soaking
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
  • 2 pitted medjool dates, optional
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Soak almonds: Add almonds to a jar and cover with water. Let soak for 6-8 hours (or overnight). Drain, rinse and discard soaking water. 
    Jar of almonds soaking in water.
  • Blend: Add soaked almonds, 4 cups of fresh water, sea salt, vanilla and dates, if using into a high powered blender and process on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until finely puréed. The nuts should be broken down into a very fine meal and the liquid will be white/milky.
    Blender with blended almonds, dates and water.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag into a bowl, squeezing hard until only solids remain. 
    Straining blended almonds in a cheese cloth. Almond milk is strained out from the cloth into a glass measuring cup.
  • Store: Milk will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about five days. Shake before using.
  • Almond pulp: Save almond pulp for another use or discard.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup Calories: 206kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 6g Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Sodium: 37mg Potassium: 85mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 9g
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond milk

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    12 comments
    1. sharon cole
      June 13, 2021 AT 8:37 am

      5 stars
      I used a similar receipe 45 years ago. Left out the salt, and added a little honey after I stained the almond milk.

    2. Clay Pendleton
      June 13, 2021 AT 1:14 am

      5 stars
      I also like to make some simple sugar syrup with vanilla and almond extract in it. Almond extract and vanilla helps to bring out the flavor.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 11:54 am

        Love that, Clay!

    3. Aileen Carrera
      June 11, 2021 AT 12:28 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious <3

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 11, 2021 AT 5:18 pm

        Thanks, Aileen!!

    4. Nicole Foxwell Paul
      June 7, 2021 AT 3:30 pm

      5 stars
      I am already using this exact recipe to make almond milk and cashew milk. I would love some ideas of what to do with the leftover pulp. 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2021 AT 1:20 pm

        I include some ideas in the blog post! 🙂

    5. Umesh Chaudhary
      June 7, 2021 AT 11:58 am

      Hey Brittany,

      Thanks for the useful article.

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