I first tried making homemade almond milk a couple years ago, after many of you told me so many amazing things about it. It’s so creamy! It’s better than store bought! It’s a cinch to make! Homemade almond milk is the best!
And you know what? My first couple tries didn’t exactly knock it out of the park. Two words come to mind: hot mess! I used a cheesecloth and things didn’t go very smoothly, if you catch my drift. I’m sure some of you have a lot more finesse with a cheesecloth, but I did not seem to be one of those people.
This time, I finally took the plunge and purchased a nut milk bag (feel free to giggle). Also called sprouting bags, these mesh straining bags make homemade nut and seed milks (among other things) a total breeze. I cannot wait to explore its many uses.
This time around, my almond milk making process was indeed a breeze.
Here are some step by step photos to show you my process. You should also know that every time I type “step by step” NKOTB starts playing in my head. I don’t even mind it.
We are going to soak a cup of raw almonds overnight or for 8 hours or longer. Sometimes if I’m in a time crunch I just soak them for 1 hour or so and it still turns out fine. Rinse and drain the almonds and pop them into your blender along with 3-4 cups of filtered water (I like 3.5 cups water in this recipe).
Which nuts do you think your body would rather digest – the dry, hard as a rock nuts or the plump, juicy nuts?
Sorry, that sounded all weird and awkward.
My favourite flavour combo is a whole vanilla bean, a couple Medjool dates, cinnamon, and a pinch of sea salt. Oh my lanta. It’s intensely vanilla flavoured with notes of caramel and cinnamon. The secret to an intense vanilla flavour is blending an entire vanilla bean. Just chop it up and toss the whole bean into the blender. You’ll be left with some amazing vanilla almond milk. Of course you can always use vanilla extract or liquid sweeteners too. If using the dates and/or vanilla bean, add them along with the almonds and water. If you simply want to add a liquid sweetener or vanilla extract, you can add them now or at the end. Your call.
Blend for 1 minute on the highest speed. Let’s go TURBO mode!!!!
Turbo mode scares me.
Place your bag over a large bowl and slowly pour in the milk. Thank you Eric for moonlighting as a hand model once again.
A lot of the milk will filter right through the bag without any effort.
But to get all of the milk out, you’ll need to do some gentle squeezing to encourage the milk through. This process took me a few minutes. As you can see in the photo on the right, I was left with about 1 cup of almond pulp.
I rinsed the blender out quickly and poured the milk back into the blender. I do this because I find it easier to pour the milk from the blender into the jar rather than from a large bowl into the jar. If you have a wide mouth funnel feel free to use that.
Check out those tiny specks of vanilla! I blended in a bit of cinnamon and a pinch of fine grain sea salt for even more flavour enhancing. Tell me, what’s better than Vanilla Cinnamon Caramel flavour?
You can use the almond pulp for all kinds of things like oatmeal, hummus, homemade granola, smoothies, cookie or muffin batter, crackers, or you can even dehydrate it and then blend it up to make almond meal. Oh, and you can freeze it too.
Man oh man, it tasted so lovely straight from the blender. I can assure you, it gets even better as it chills in the fridge.
I’ve never been a big milk drinker, but this almond milk had me going back to the fridge again and again and again for little sips. I can’t promise I’m organized enough to make this on a regular basis, but it’s a fun option to have up my sleeve when I’m feeling motivated or just want a special treat.
Vanilla-Cinnamon Almond Milk
3 1/2 cups (875 mL)
Creamy, lightly sweet, and so satisfying—homemade almond milk is a true luxury! My favourite flavour combo is a whole vanilla bean, a couple Medjool dates, cinnamon, and a pinch of sea salt. The secret to an intense vanilla flavour is blending the entire vanilla bean; just chop it up and toss the whole bean into the blender. Not to worry if you don't have one on hand though: a half a teaspoon of vanilla extract will work just fine in a pinch. This milk is delicious served with cookies, cereal, in a smoothie, or simply on its own.
- 1 cup raw almonds, soaked
- 3 1/2 cups (875 mL) filtered water
- 2 to 4 pitted Medjool dates, to taste*
- 1 whole vanilla bean, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract*
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Small pinch fine sea salt
- Place almonds in a bowl and cover with a couple inches of water. Soak the almonds in water overnight (about 8 to 10 hours). For a quick-soak method, soak the almonds in boiled water for 1 hour. Rinse and drain well.
- Place drained almonds into a blender along with the filtered water, pitted dates, and chopped vanilla bean.
- Blend on the highest speed for 1 minute.
- Place a nut milk bag over a large bowl and slowly pour the almond milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk. This process can take a few minutes so be patient!
- Rinse out blender and pour the milk back in. Whisk in the cinnamon and sea salt.
- Using a funnel, pour into a large glass jar and secure lid. Store in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. I recommend storing in the coldest spot in the fridge (typically the back) rather than on a door. Shake the jar very well before drinking as the mixture separates when sitting.
- * If your dates or vanilla bean are dry/stiff, soak in very hot water for 30 minutes before using. Drain well. You can use another sweetener of your choice like maple syrup instead of the pitted dates.
Nutrition Information(click to expand)
You might be wondering – If I don’t have a nut milk bag can I use a fine mesh sieve? Yes you can. I did a trial using my sieve. I didn’t find the milk got as smooth compared to using a nut milk bag, but if you strain it several times, it comes out decent. Also, feel free to try a cheesecloth, but I’m definitely not the person to give you advice using that method.
What about the cost?
Homemade almond milk can be cheaper than store bought or it can be more expensive; it really depends on your ingredients. When I see bulk almonds on sale, I like to stock up and buy a big bag. Pop a bag in the freezer to ensure they stay fresh.
To avoid almonds sprayed with the chemical propylene oxide, please see this article and this handy guide to common brands that do and do not use the chemical. If you are concerned about propylene oxide on your almonds be sure to check with your almond retailer to see what sterilization method is used.
Have you ever made homemade almond milk before?
Where do you buy almonds? Any good deals out there in store or online?
can i use rice instead of almonds with the same recipe??
Looks fantastic! Can you use a regular blender?
Yes you certainly can! just might need to blend it a bit longer…
Thanks for the recipe ! That’s so interesting to see it’s so easy to do, when almond milk is sold so expansive at bio shops.
I have to admit that I found your website through the CNN website. Don’t ask, thats just the way it is :-)
I have an advice for all which like the almond powder that you have at the end in your nut bag (once dried, etc.), but don’t like to have the skin in the almond powder, as I do. I love that, but I always buy “white” almond powder, since I find that the “original” with skin does not taste the same at all. BUT it happens that normal almonds are cheap when the bleached version is expansive.
So, how to un-skin almonds ?
Thats simple, but takes a bit of time. The simplest recipe is putting dried almond in boiling water for one minute or two, cold them in fresh water, and them peel the skin with the hands or a knife – or put the boiled almonds in a clean napkin and rub them until the skin peels off (that’s the crash course).
I wonder however if after a night soaked in water, the skin cannot be remove as easily as with boiled water though…
After following your blog, and making your recipes for about a year, now……I am finally gonna take the plunge and make my own almond milk, and hope that it’s as easy as you say ;). The only thing is, I think with myself, hubby, and 3 children under 6, I quite possibly might be making almond milk round the clock!
Side note: I made your ‘favorite veggie burgers’ last night, and your ‘immunity boosting tomato sauce with mushrooms’ and quinoa pasta the night before, AND tonight will be the ‘sweet potato & black bean enchiladas with avo-cilantro cream sauce’! Can you tell, I just bought the cookbook ;)? It’s one big ‘Oh She Glows’ party ’round here! :)
Thanks Angela for your continued amazing vegan recipes!
Now,……on to try and find a nut bag……….
Ever try making your own coconut milk?
Or a coconut-almond combo?!
Almond Breeze (I think) has a coconut-almond milk and its delicious. Not a significant taste difference to regular unswt almond milk, but a touch creamier .. feels rather decadent!
I’ve been making the transition from store bought almond milk to homemade, and it feels great!
However, I’ve found that my milk goes sour as soon as two days after I make it…suggestions?
This is wonderful! Thank you so much for the recipe & instructions. QUESTION: how long do you think this almond milk can safely keep in the fridge? Thx!
Such a wonderful post! Thank you, on my second batch!!
Oh my gosh! I made my first batch of almond milk using this recipe this weekend, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it. It is SO good! I used it to make a delicious latte with Dandy Blend. Thanks for sharing!
The glass bottle you use to store the almond milk – where did you get it from? I’ve been looking for one just like it and can’t find them anywhere!
I just ordered a one liter (~33 oz) Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug with Hermetic Lid on amazon for less than $15. It looks like a great shape and I like the idea of a lid that seals for milk.
I need to try this!! My son is 9 months old and he’s starting to eat whatever we are eating. While he won’t be ready for a cup of milk for a few more months, I’d love to use homemade almond milk in cooking. Right now, we’re getting 365 unsweetened plain organic Almond milk, but this looks pretty easy. I’d also love to try making hemp milk for him to try. I’d like to expose him to as much as possible.
Do you have any specific recipes for using up the leftover pulp? I’m going to get organic almonds, so I don’t want to waste anything! Do you have any idea what a stock up price on organic almonds is?
How much protein is in almond milk or is all in the pulp?
Can you recommend a good company to purchase true organic and raw almonds in bulk?
Hi Angela! I am trying to email you but it says my server is not allowed to:( I just have a quick question about one of the recipes..What is the food item on the cover of your recipe book? It looks like fruit and granola but I don’t know what the tiny little balls are that fill the cup!! Could you possibly tell me where I could find that recipe? Is it on the website? It looks so good! I love the website by the way, the recipes are all SO good! Thank you so much
Finally got around to making this. Excellent!!! And so easy! Thanks :)
This looks soooo amazing! I’m saving up to purchase a Vitamix after many years of frustration with cheaper blenders, and am drooling over all the recipes I want to try.
Does anyone know if Bulk Barn raw almonds are safe?
I am hooked on this stuff! I use a large square of muslin to strain mine. Just buy a 1/2 yard, and cut a few squares, run it through some hot/soapy water to get any starch out, and rinse. I run my Breville blender for 8 minutes with the almonds, put it in my sieve, pour the blended contents in, let it sit for a while and then finish it off by squeezing.
I get my almonds from Bremner Farms organicalmondsraw.com/
I second Bremner Farms! – Raw, organic CCOF, unpasteurized (because you’re buy straight from the farm). Note: I haven’t bought the farm, except for the $$ I send them for good almonds :).
This almond milk recipe looks so much better than the batches of almond milk I’ve been making! Maybe that’s because I’ve never heard of the nut milk bag! Definitely gonna have to find that item seeing as it’s a must have to make some smooth yummy milk! I can’t wait to try this recipe out! Thanks!! :)
Also, I love the way you write! I find myself giggling and smiling a lot, so thanks for that too! It’s so awesome to have a go-to website for some amazing vegan recipes from a pro like you! Super grateful that you provide all of your tips, tricks, recipes, photos and advice! Just so you know, you motivate me and my boyfriend to be more creative in our vegan kitchen!!
Rock on, girl!! :)
Yes, a fine mesh strainer works wonderfully. And it’s a nut MILK bag, not a nut bag. . . for those comments wayyyyyyy back up at the top.
Also, if you blend, pause, blend, pause, as in even walking away from your blender to do something else, it won’t heat up at all. And then you’d have raw almond milk if you used raw almonds as well.
This is so amazingly simple, I’ll never buy another carton of any kind of nut milk. Thanks Angela!
anyone tried pantyhose instead of a nut bag?
Confession: I am in love with Almond Milk.
Great recipe guys! I just bought one of these Nut Milk Bags to make Almond milk with and I’m super(!) happy:
I also use Cheesecloth sometimes, but I find the bag easy to use when I’m doing a small batch.
I just make it for the first time in a Ninja I bought on sale yesterday- cant afford a Vitamix :( – Anyway, I soaked my almonds for about 14 hours and whe I blended them in the plastic container I was afraid they were going to crack it. Does anyone else get a little afraid because its so loud?
I got a 3 pound bag of Kirkland almonds at Costco and I believe they cost about $12. Compared to the much smaller $8 bag at Walmart, that’s a pretty good deal. I just recently bought paint strainer bags, and I’m hoping they work better than cheesecloth did. All I ended up with using cheesecloth was gritty “milk” that gave me a backache.
I sooo want to make this! It sounds fantastic! A quick question for you, we don’t have whole dates, we only can get the boxed chopped dates, how much do you think I should use?. Thanks!
This recipe sounds amazing. I have converted to almond milk and found that the store bought versions in the cartons do not have a good taste. I just purchased a nut milk bag and will be making a batch very soon. How long will this last in the refrigerator?
I am not vegan but almost vegetarian and I enjoy almond milk so much more than regular milk. I never buy it ins tires tough, always make it fresh, I like you twist on playing with flavours. Will try that our next!
You inspire me a lot
I just made my first almond milk, super easily! Thanks! I bought a nut milk bag made by Rawsome Creations, a Fair Trade item, with a portion of sales going to support two charities. We all win…
Thanks so much for this recipe. We bought a Vitamix about a month ago and it came with the nut milk bag, and I’ve been wanting to make my own almond milk. I finally got around to it and came across your recipe. It turned out better than the store bought I usually buy. Love the cinnamon and vanilla!
There is a MUCH easier way to make nut milks. I make almond milk every 3-4 days. Here is how. I soak 1 1/2 cups of raw almonds overnight in water. The next day I pour off the water, wash the almonds, put them into a clean bowl with 1 quart of water.
I own a Hurom slow juicer. I put the almonds and water through the juicer. The milk comes out of one spout, the fiber and skin covering the almonds comes out of the other spout. Literally, in a few minutes (that’s all it takes) I get a quart of milk which I store in a glass container to which I add a bit of pink Himalayan salt. It’s delicious and I use it in my morning protein drink.
I bought this juicer a few years ago after researching juicing machines online. In addition to the nut milk, it makes good juice.
Note – I do not work for the company and have no connection to them other than as a customer.
I forgot to add a note about the almonds. I usually buy food mostly organic, but because I use so many almonds, it’s just too expensive. So, I purchase pound bags of raw almonds in Trader Joes and store them in the freezer.
You might want to note that for the last few years all “raw” almonds are no longer “raw”. Read your labels and you will see they are pasteurized. Unpasteurized can be bought on the Internet. Google and you’ll find them.
I’m trying this! How long does it stay fresh in the refrigerator? I’d like to double or triple the recipe to have it on hand…
Please advise and thanks so much for posting.
Hi Cindy, It stays fresh for 2-3 days. I love it so much I don’t have a problem with drinking it all by then (I drink it straight from the jar!)
Great description, will definately try very soon! Did you ever try to use an electrical juicer? I think, technically, this should work, too?!
WHAT BRAND OF ALMONDS DO YOU USE? I LOOKING FOR ORGANIC UNPASTURIZED RAW ALMONDS, ANY SUGGESTIONS
Costco has great almonds. I emailed them about their method of pasteurization and Costco Canada uses steam. Costco in the US uses PPO or steam.
Thanks for letting us know!
This is perfect. Since we’ve gone vegan, our children are going through the almond milk at an alarming rate! Nice to have a more frugal option than store-bought, and to have control over the ingredients.
Thanks for this great recipe! I make this for my one year old son who can’t tolerate dairy and was wondering if a nutritional analysis has ever been done.
Can you freeze the almond milk to make it last longer?
Can you freeze homemade almond milk? I would like to make it for my 12 month old twins, but my time is limited. If I can make a large batch and freeze some for later it would be ideal. I know it won’t taste AS amazing, but better than store-bought with all the added weird ingredients. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.
Sophy I’ve read that it not advised to freeze nut milk because of what you mentioned, the taste changes and the ingredients separate…nothing about any risks though. I would try it with a small batch and see if it still tastes good, otherwise you’d be throwing away a large batch and a lot of work.
Angela, I’m researching nut milk bags hence I checked out the bag you are referring to but it had some feedback about not being fine enough for nut milk. I purchased one which seemed similar to the one in your link, but this one has finer mesh (and i liked the free ebook because it had some baking recipes too) Did you have any issues with clogging or pulp coming through? It was zenaturals on amazon. Trying it out this weekend. BTW thanks for the great recipe.
If you’re able to sew or know someone who is, good quality cheese cloth can be sewn into a nut milk bag. That is what I use and it works wonderfully. I tried two types of nut milk bags before the cheese cloth bag and I wasn’t a fan of either; one was hemp and although it didn’t let any pulp through, it soaked up a lot of my milk that I wasn’t able to get back out of the bag. The other kind I tried was the Rawsome Creations nut milk bag which I found to be too porous as it let a lot of the pulp through.
Update: I made it yesterday using the nylon bag I mentioned (that Zenaturals Strainer Bag) and it worked like a charm. I’m not one to sew, but no worries because the price is nominal. The taste of the milk without anything added was quite bland, but I started with honey and then tried the vanilla and cinnamon. Today I’m baking with the pulp.
Cannot wait to make my own! Thank you!
Thank you for this recipie:) It came out wonderfull first time but the second time I made it turned out to be a dissapointment :(. The only thing I did differently was that I used 2 cups of almonds and soaked them for more than 12h. The taste of milk was superb but unfortunately it became sour just after one day of keeping it in the fridge. Why could it happen? Should I maybe boli the water and then add it to almonds?
waw, looks more delicious than cow milk :D
I love the whole ingredients…dates and vanilla beans! I’ve only used honey, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
I use a cotton t-shirt to strain the milk because my local grocery doesn’t carry milk bags, and I’ve found it to work very well….does anyone know if I’m missing out on any benefits by using it rather than a nut-milk bag?
You can check out my method here: I love it! I haven’t used a milk-bag because my grocery doesn’t carry them, and I’ve found a t-shirt to work very well…do you think I may be missing any benefits by using a cotton t-shirt rather than a milk-bag?
You can check out my method here: divine-substance.com/almond-milk-diy/
And you can let me know if there’s anything I’m doing that you have any tips on!
I used a cheesecloth when I made this today, and it worked fine! I folded it in half twice and strained it twice with the helping hands of my husband, and will definitely be purchasing a nut bag in the near future. However, a cheesecloth worked fine for the meantime :)
Ps- adore your blog and book! I’ve been vegetarian for years but recently had to cut dairy out while breastfeeding as my little one seems to be sensitive to it; I’m pretty sure at least one meal a day for the last month has been thanks to you!
I love this recipe! As you are a reliable source of information, and your pictures and tutorial were so thorough, I used your guide as opposed to many others I’ve found online. I actually did your proportions, but omitted the dates, vanilla, and cinnamon, as I typically don’t like the vanilla milk at the store. Your proportions are perfect. If people are desiring more creamy milk, they can cut the water. I’ve also read that the longer you soak the almonds, the creamier the texture.
I actually measured out all of my ingredients and did a bit of scientific study (I’m a chemist by trade, so, I nerded out a bit), and I found that my 150 grams of almonds, raw, after a 24 hour soak became 250 grams — 100 grams of water absorbed!! That’s CRAZY! I’d definitely recommend people try the shorter soak vs. the longer. I will warn that the longer you soak the nuts, the more they will start to ferment as they head towards sprouting stage. The batches I do with the 24-48 hour soak definitely have an “off” taste that you can tell the almonds have started to ferment. What’s great, however, is that a pinch of salt almost completely eliminates the off flavor, and really rounds out the milk. Definitely don’t skip that part!
I’ve found that the four cup amount is the perfect amount for my husband and I to try to consume, and ours lasted a little over a week before we had to say, “nope, that’s done”. Remember to shake before use as this will separate unlike store-bought milk that contains emulsifiers to keep it all uniform.
Thanks, Angela, for a tried-and-true recipe! I did a little video of my “making of”, you can check it out on my Instagram (megan_jenkins_) and will be doing a post on my recipe (totally giving you credit) this week on my blog (amacaday.com). Keep up the great work, and grow that baby!
Made almond milk for the first time last week. What a super, simpel, delicious recipe. I used cheesecloth, went perfect. And the tast is indeed far better than the ones I buy in the supermarket. And oh, it is well worth to freeze a little leftover in icecubes.
Thank you for your recipe and the pictures! I make almond milk on a regular basis but lately I’ve noticed that it goes bad very quickly in the fridge and separates. Do you think it’s because the almonds might be old?
Best almond milk recipe ever!
Joe, you are funny and your recipe was entertaining. Thank you and I will be making this soon, looks easy and good!
Easy and very yummy! I used a square of sheer cotton muslin for my nut milk ‘bag’. I think I cut 6 good sized squares from a metre of fabric for a total cost of $6. I didn’t find I needed to sew into a bag shape or attach a drawstring. I just line my stainless mesh strainer with the sheer muslin and pour the mixture in. When most of the milk has drained, I gather it up and twist until I get the last of the milk out. The square of muslin can be easily rinsed and hung up to dry. Don’t pay big $ for nut milk bags. They cost about $18 on average here in Oz.