Make Your Own: Almond Milk

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Almond milk is delicious and easy to make.  Forget the store bought stuff that more likely than not is filled with gums, preservatives, and other artificial ingredients. For maximum nutrition start with raw almonds (if you can find them, almonds can be labeled raw when they have been pasteurized, we use the Truly Raw brand).

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Soak almonds in warm filtered water for 12-24 hours.

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Rinse.

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Unsoaked (left) Soaked (right)

 

 

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Blend.  Strain through a nut milk bag squeezing until dry almond pulp is only left.  Serve chilled.

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Make Your Own: Almond Milk

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

This is a delicious alternative to dairy milk that is lightly sweetened with raw honey and a hint of vanilla.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon real salt
  • warm filtered water
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • dash real salt
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place almonds in a large bowl or jar, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cover generously with warm filtered water. The almonds will absorb the water and expand.
  2. Let soak for 12-24 hours.
  3. Drain almonds and rinse.
  4. Place the rinsed almonds in a blender, add 3 cups of filtered water, dash of salt, honey and vanilla if using.
  5. Cover and blend on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Strain almond milk through a nut milk bag, squeezing until all the liquid is gone and you are just left with the almond pulp.
  7. Serve chilled.
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almond meal

almond pulp getting ready to go into the dehydrator

After you have strained the almond milk through a nut milk bag, towel, or cheese cloth you will be left with a dry almond pulp.  Don’t throw it away!  Dehydrate it and use it as almond flour*.

*While I haven’t baked exclusively with dehydrated almond pulp, I do add it into my canister of almond flour and mix it in and have never had a problem with the quality of my baked goods that use almond flour.

 

Additional Resources: 

Raw Almonds Exposed

 

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Katie is a military wife and mother of 4 with 1 on the way. She is passionate about family, food and serving the LORD. By day you may find her changing diapers, folding laundry, home educating her older children, and cooking three meals a day with a baby on her hip next to a sink of dirty dishes. By night she writes and shares recipes, tips, and tutorials for economical, nourishing and simple gluten-free foods at Simple Foody.

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Comments

  1. Tasha says

    I have tried making almond milk twice before and for whatever reason, it was nasty and undrinkable. I did it the way you said up top, but it tasted…..skunky….is the best word. Have you ever heard of this before? I want to make it for my son, but I don’t want to keep wasting it either.

    • Katie says

      Almond milk does have a certain ‘flavor’. I don’t find it skunky, but a slightly sweetened nut milk. I’m sure that doesn’t make any sense though..LOL. Did you rinse your almonds after soaking? I rinse the almonds really well then add fresh water. I only find it to stay good for about 5 days in the fridge.

  2. says

    I learned the hard way, I think, that almond milk (from the store) can’t be frozen. When I thawed it, it was horribly separated and nasty looking. I just couldn’t attempt to drink it, although it was probably fine. My first attempt at almond milk tasting was a failure!!

    • Katie says

      I’ve never tried freezing it. I do know that when I make my own almond milk it will separate in the fridge so I just shake it well before pouring a glass. It taste just fine. It only lasts about 5 days though.

  3. says

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial! I love all of the pics too. Pinning and sharing on facebook. I hope you’ll link up with us again on Wellness Wednesday next week! 🙂

  4. says

    We love almond milk but I have never made my own. Thanks for the instruction that looks simple enough for me to tackle! I so appreciate you linking this up last week at Walking Redeemed! PS. The cookies beside that glass of milk were the perfect touch! 😉

  5. says

    Let me just say that this is genius! Ok I have to admit that I am a bit frugal so I haven’t tried to buy whole raw almonds because the price has gone up, especially with the incident with the California bees!!! So, I would love to try this oneday! I just bought almond milk for the first time (I was surprised to see it was inexpensive and the brand Silk actually had the verified Non-GMO project label on the box!!) To my surprise, hubby actually loved the milk like I did! Thank for the recipe and the tip about the flour. I made sure to pin this one for sure! Thanks for linking up to the Get Fit Friday hop! I really enjoyed reading this! Following you now on everything! <3

    • Katie says

      Thanks Brittnei! Your comments are too kind. I’m not sure making your own almond milk is ‘furgal’ but I have no doubt that it is more nutrient dense…ya know.

  6. says

    Hi Katie, I just discovered this site. What do you think about making almond milk using homemade almond butter to cut down on soak time? I also wonder if almond milk can be used as a milk substitute in alcoholic drinks?

    • Katie says

      That’s a good question Sam. I’m not sure as I’ve never done it and probably wouldn’t as I prefer the almonds to be soaked for extra nutrition. But if you try it, let me know how it goes. I don’t drink alcohol, so I have no experience using it in those beverages. But I don’t see why you couldn’t.

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