Making the best homemade almond milk is easier than you think! All you need is raw almonds, vanilla bean, dates, and a nut milk bag to make this vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly date sweetened almond milk.
Homemade Almond Milk = Easier Than You Think!
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Why in da heck did it take us so long to make our own almond milk recipe at home? SERIOUSLY. Well, it finally happened and we are so excited about it.
We were inspired by a coffee shop in downtown Minneapolis called Penny’s. It is a chic + cozy coffee shop with a great patio. When we worked there for the first time, we ordered almond milk lattes with their homemade date-sweetened almond milk! LIGHTBULB.
Hello!? We use or drink almond milk (or some kind of nut milk in general!) on the daily, and thought that a naturally sweetened almond milk recipe would be a great addition to the Fit Foodie fridge (we’ve also added an oat milk recipe that you NEED to make!).
We’ve also realized that when you work with the same people every day (which we love!), sometimes you need a breath of new inspiration. It’s easy to get stuck in your hamster wheel of flavors and techniques in the kitchen. Hence, the making of our very own homemade almond milk. We are challenging ourselves to expand our knowledge by doing some research, travel, and maybe even taking some cooking classes! YAY.
How to Make Almond Milk
So, how to make almond milk, you ask? It’s actually so incredibly easy, and you only need a few ingredients!
- Raw almonds
- Vanilla bean
- Nut milk bag
- A *pinch* of salt
Once you have everything you need, it only takes a few steps and some patience to make your very own almond milk recipe at home. Let’s get into it:
Step One: Soak Almonds
Yes, it does take a bit of time for the almonds to soak…at least 24 hours at room temperature, that is. Pro Tip: If you’re in a time crunch, you can flash boil raw almonds by bringing a saucepan of water to a boil (with enough water to cover ALL the almonds), and pouring the almonds in once boiling. Remove from heat, and continue to let soak for 1-2 hours, or until the almonds are soft.
Step Two: Blend
Add softened almonds, dates (make sure to remove the pits!), vanilla bean, salt, and water into the blender. BLEND together until smooth. Our favorite high-speed blender for making almond milk is a Vitamix! Works like a charm every time.
Step Three: Strain
Pour your almond mixture into a nut milk bag and SQUEEZE. You may need to do this in a few rounds by pouring 1/2 or 1/3 of the liquid into your nut milk bag at a time to avoid spilling.
Make sure you have a container that is big enough to catch all your almond milk when you’re straining the almond milk from the nut pulp!
Step four: ENJOY
Enjoy your almond milk in your coffee, overnight oats, smoothies, cereal and more — the options are endless! How do you like to enjoy almond milk?
How to Store Homemade Almond Milk
Store your homemade almond milk in an air-tight container in the fridge.
How Long Will Homemade Almond Milk Last?
Homemade almond milk will last up to 5 days when stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. Because homemade almond milk isn’t shelf stable like many store-bought almond milks, it’s best when enjoyed fresh!
Recipes with Almond Milk
- Almond Milk Chai Tea Latte
- 5 Ways to Flavor Almond Milk
- Healthy Carmelita Bars
- 6 Healthy Muffin Recipes
- Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Homemade Almond Milk
- 1 lb. raw almonds 3 cups
- 6 cups of water + more for soaking
- pinch of salt
- 15 medjool dates pitted
- 1/2 vanilla bean paste
- First, place 3 cups of almonds in a large bowl. Then completely submerge them with water and let soak for 24 hours.*
- After 24 hours, your almonds should be soft(er). Strain and rinse. Then, place in a high-speed blender.
- Add 6 cups of water, a pinch of salt, 15 medjool dates, and the paste from 1/2 a vanilla bean.
- Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until everything in the blender has been pulverized.
- Using a nut milk bag, strain the almond milk from the nut pulp, squeezing out as much milk as possible. Then, transfer into jars.
- Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Tips & Notes
- Serving size: 1/2 cup
- *For a quicker softening option, bring a pot of water to boil, and pour in raw almonds. Remove from heat, and let almonds soak for 1-2 hours, or until soft.
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Yay! We’re so glad!
Is a nut milk bag necessary? I can strain it through a coffee filter and fine strainer?
It looks very fresh and healthy. I couldn’t imagine when we blend almond and dates with other ingredients, the color remains white. It should be a little brown, I thought.
Wow! Can’t wait to make my own because I like soy and coconut milk as well and I wondered how it was made. I work at Starbucks. Thanks for this recipe I might have to spruce it up and use a little cinnamon and or nutmeg.
Put the almond pulp in a food dehydrator. Or on low (250°) in the oven. When the pulp is dry, put it in a blender. Voila- almond flour! Also quite pricey to buy. Apologies I don’t remember the times (been awhile since I’ve done) but a dehydrator book will tell you.
What can you do with the almond pulp? It seems like an awful waste because almonds are so expensive.
Yaaaaas this looks amazing! I somehow have never made homemade almond milk, if you can believe it! Every time someone tells me they’ve made homemade nut milk, they always say they’ll never go back to store-bought. I really must get on this asap! Thanks for the beautiful tutorial, m’dear!
This was my first time too!!! If almonds weren’t so damn expensive, I’d consider it 😀
I bet this almond milk tastes amazing in coffee and oatmeal! I had no idea date-sweetened almond milk even existed, but I am so glad it does!
It’s UNREAL in coffee <3
Wow, it seems so yumm and healthy, I’ll definitely gonna try for my morning breakfast.