How To Make Almond Milk At Home
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How To Make Almond Milk At Home

Apr 27, 2023

From almond and soy to hemp, oat, pea and even potato, there are a seemingly endless array of plant-based milks out there—in fact, these days, the subcategory practically eclipses dairy milk options at the grocery store. But why wait to buy it at the supermarket? Learning how to make almond milk is surprisingly quick and straightforward, requiring only a reliable blender and some time. What's more, making it yourself allows more control over exactly what ingredients and processes go into the milk, resulting in a fresh, flavorful mixture without any unnecessary sugars or chemical-laden ingredients. Depending on which ingredients you choose, it may come at a higher or lower cost than store-bought milk alternatives. But for discerning plant-based eaters, the extra dollars might be worth it.

Homemade almond milk is easier than you might think.

"Depending on where you buy your nuts, nut milks can be more expensive to make at home," confirms Adeena Sussman, who is the author of the acclaimed Sababa cookbook, and a regular almond milk maker. "But the quality is so much better and the flavor is reliably delicious." Sussman bakes with her homemade almond milk, and she pours it into her morning cold brew, too. "It is always a treat to have in the fridge," she says.

Ahead, find everything you’ll need to make your own almond milk at home, including all of the necessary tools and tips for storing it properly.

Start by soaking 1 cup of almonds overnight in cool water, then rinse and drain them. You’ll also want to pit and roughly chop 2 to 3 Medjool dates. Once you’ve got those ingredients ready to go, you’ll add them both to a blender along with any other desired ingredients, sweetener or flavorings and your preferred amount of water (scroll to find our full recipe). The mixture should be blended for several minutes until it is smooth and frothy, with no larger pieces of almond left behind—then, you’ll pour the almond mixture into a nut milk bag set over a large bowl and gently squeeze the bag to extract all of the liquid from the pulp. Once the liquid is strained, it's ready to store in the fridge or drink right away.

It almost goes without saying that having the right tools at your disposal makes the entire process much easier. "Using a powerful blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec really helps," Sussman said. "A Ninja also works well at a more accessible price." The Blendtec Total Blender Classic is our top choice for this task: It's a stylish (but not over-designed) professional-grade option with the highest wattage on Sussman's list of great blenders. The LCD display with a timer and plenty of preprogrammed settings make it an easy device to use regularly, too.


Vitamix, meanwhile, also has a solid reputation for making powerful blenders. With two horsepower—the equivalent of about 1491 watts—their Explorian Series E310 model is a great option. And the Ninja High-Speed Blender With Auto-IQ is also worth checking out if you’re on a budget.

Ellies Best

You’ll need to use a mesh bag or fine cloth to filter out the pulp. Most nut milk bags are made with fine nylon mesh, which allows the liquid to strain through while leaving the solids behind. To use them, clean your hands thoroughly; then, gently squeeze the bag to extract as much liquid as possible. The pulp can then be discarded or composted, or added to dishes like cookies, smoothies, oatmeal, and muffins. Try Ellie's Best milk bags—they’re designed with a wider opening than most other bags, offering you more squeezable surface area.

Almond Cow

But blenders aren't your only options. There are also plenty of easy-to-use nut milk machines on the market these days, like the Almond Cow. The super powerful blades on this genius, all-in-one device grind even un-soaked nuts to the finest pulp. The machine will also automatically strain the mixture through a mesh filter basket, leaving behind smooth milk with no effort. And busy parents will appreciate its time-saving capabilities: From adding nuts and water to the machine to pouring the finished, strained nut milk into a bottle, the process takes only five minutes. (Note that the Almond Cow does have a set ratio of one part nuts to five parts water, which may result in a thinner milk texture than suits everyone's taste buds.)

Homemade nut milk is, by definition, fresh (as opposed to being shelf-stable). For that reason, it must be consumed within just three to four days of the time it was made. Sussman likes to store hers in glass bottles with air-tight lids. "Make sure to wash your bottle and cap well with soap and water before filling," she advises.


This set of two large glass jugs is an excellent option for keeping your milk tasty—and because it comes as a set of two, you won't have to worry about running out of space. Sussman also suggests keeping the bottles in the back of the refrigerator, where it is typically coldest and will help keep the milk fresh longer. "If you are down to the last quarter of the bottle, you can also transfer your nut milk to a smaller bottle to reduce contact with oxygen," she says.

Basic recipes for one quart of almond milk call for nothing more than raw almonds and water in a ratio of one part nuts to four or five parts water. The less water you add, the creamier your milk will be. The almonds should be raw rather than roasted because nuts lose moisture during the roasting process, resulting in a less creamy product.

"When you make almond milk yourself, you get to decide how thick, creamy, sweet, and salty it is," Sussman says. She adds three or four pitted dried dates to each batch of homemade almond milk for natural sweetness, plus a pinch of sea salt and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor. Other common almond milk sweeteners include maple syrup, honey and agave nectar. You can also add a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder or fresh berries to boost the flavor.

Most recipes suggest soaking the almonds in cool water for four to 12 hours to achieve the silkiest almond milk. "You are essentially squeezing out an extraction of water, nut meat, and oils, and hydrated nuts pulverize much more finely than unsoaked nuts," Sussman says. Some health experts suggest that soaking nuts releases their anti-nutrients and makes the resulting milk easier to digest, though there is little scientific evidence to back it up.

Making homemade almond milk requires just two basic ingredients: almonds and water.

Makes about 1 quart

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