How to Make Almond Milk

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 in a jug

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!

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.

raw almonds being soaked in water to soften before making almond milk

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.

blended almond milk and nut pulp in a high-speed blender

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!

blended almond milk being strained through nut cloth to create smooth almond milk

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!

homemade almond milk in a jug ready to be served

Recipes with Almond Milk

Recipe

Homemade Almond Milk

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.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 12 servings 1x
Category: Drinks
Method: Blender
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. First, place 3 cups of almonds in a large bowl. Then completely submerge them with water and let soak for 24 hours.*
  2. After 24 hours, your almonds should be soft(er). Strain and rinse. Then, place in a high-speed blender.
  3. Add 6 cups of water, a pinch of salt, 15 medjool dates, and the paste from 1/2 a vanilla bean.
  4. Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until everything in the blender has been pulverized.
  5. Using a nut milk bag, strain the almond milk from the nut pulp, squeezing out as much milk as possible. Then, transfer into jars.
  6. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

*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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 282
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 17
  • Fat: 19
  • Carbohydrates: 26
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 8
  • Cholesterol: 0
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