Making Your Own – Raw Almond Milk

Raw Almond Milk Recipe | The Fresh Exchange

As you may or may not know, Mike and I are pretty dairy free (well besides the occasional cheese platter…not sure I can fully give that up). Honestly, I have hated Milk since I was a kid…ask my mom about how I turned my nose at it constantly. It was never my thing so when Mike and I went Paleo for about six months a few years ago, I had no issue giving it up in our house. Since then we have been purchasing Almond Milk, but after some research I found tons of info about the preservatives, so I just decided that it couldn’t be that hard to make it myself. I did the math and what I found was that the difference between me purchasing it and me making it was not significant enough for me to feel okay with consuming things I didn’t want in my body.

Since we don’t use a lot of it, I felt it was okay to say we could make it on our own. We place it in our smoothies everyday and sometimes it makes its way in to soups. My research, thanks to the internet, gave me a strong desire to make it a priority to make all of our pre-made foods that we use daily. This is not something I am choosing to take on all at once, but I figure I can get the rhythm down of one thing and then tackle another. I figure over time it will become muscle memory and routine that way, making it less overwhelming. We already make our own almond butter, so I figure why not go one step further with those almonds.

Raw Almond Milk Recipe | The Fresh Exchange

I know many of you are passionate about eating well, keeping it simple, and finding ways to save money while keeping your health a top priority. So I thought I would share my tips and tricks of this simple recipe which I know I am not the first to share. In the 4 weeks of making our own, I have learned a ton of things and thought it was worth sharing.

Ingredients: – yields about 1 liter give or take

3 cups RAW almonds — see notes below — I purchase these and they make about 2-3 weeks worth of almond milk and almond butter
6 cups filtered water and also regular water to cover almonds while soaking
1 tablespoon Local Honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

A High-Speed blender – We use the Ninja Ultima Blender, which is comparable to Blendtec and Vitamix
A Reusable Nut Milk bag
A 1 Liter Resealable Container ( about 2)
A Small Resealable container
A Large Bowl
A funnel

A few notes:

– Make sure your almonds are raw. It is hard to really identify raw almonds, but the key thing I look for on the package is if they are sproutable. Almonds that have been pasteurized are not able to be planted (aka are not fertile so speak anymore). Raw almonds have the highest nutrients and also taste way better!

– One more plus to making your own Almond Milk is the ability to control the sweetness levels and also use your own sweetener. Since Mike and I are new to North Carolina we place local raw honey into ours in order to help build up immunity to the allergens in the area. Pre-made almond milk cannot help you with that.

– Other things you can add in are cinnamon, cacao, coconut meat, and whatever else you can dream up.

– Don’t use cheese cloth…whatever you read…SERIOUS! It is a mess. Invest in a good nut straining bag that is reusable and then thank me later.

Before you get too far ahead of yourself you have to begin the process of soaking the almonds for about 4-6 hours and even up to 12 is not a bad idea. The longer you soak them the softer they will be and the creamier your milk will be. Typically I make our almond milk on Sundays so I will begin soaking the almonds Saturday around dinner or right before heading to bed. When you let them soak make sure they are all covered by at least an inch of water.

Raw Almond Milk Recipe | The Fresh Exchange

Once the almonds have soaked you will then want to strain the water off and place them in the blender with 6 cups of filter water. Every batch I make comes out a little different than the others so if these ratios are too water for you, feel free to play around. Pulse the almonds twice to loosen them up and then allow the blender to run around the highest speed for about 1-2 minutes.

At this point I place the vanilla and honey in to the blender and then blend for about 30 seconds or until it seems well mixed. From there prep the nut bag. I like to have an extra hand at this point as it can get challenging. Make sure to pour the milk straight in to the bag and over a large bowl. I do 1/3 of it at a time as it makes it easiest to get as much liquid out as possible. When you have your first third in the strainer squeeze the bag until no more liquid comes out. Dump the remaining blended almonds (this is almond meal at this point) in to a resealable container to save for other awesome things like almond butter, muffins, or fruit crumble topping. Repeat this process until all the blender is empty. Place the almond meal in the fridge for safe keeping.

Raw Almond Milk Recipe | The Fresh Exchange

Next place the funnel in to the 1 liter container and slowly pour the liquid from the large bowl through the funnel. Cap the bottle and place the milk in the fridge. Super easy and within 15 minutes you can have delicious, preservative free, raw almond milk.

Have any of you made your own nut milks before? What are some tips you have for making it at home? Do you make anything else yourself?

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  1. Yes! So happy you guys are doing this. I use dates to sweeten my almond milk, and when I’m in the mood for an extra treat I throw some cacao in there too 🙂

    I had a vegan roommate for a while and she was all about eating local and making as many of the things you would normally by premade as you can. It definitely piqued my interested and I picked up a few of her tricks — you’re definitely right about it becoming muscle memory. And the more you do it, you find ways to make things faster, and it becomes less overwhelming, which makes it easier to allot time to it. Hummus is a real fun one, especially because you can play around with different beans and flavorings (I’d definitely be happy to share a recipe or two). And my all time favorites are tortillas and pasta (I don’t eat them often, so they’re definitely worth it!)

    phew, that was a long one! 🙂

  2. How long does the fresh milk last? I feel like when I buy the gallon of almond milk from the store, it always goes bad before I can use it all. I’m wondering if making smaller batches would help.

    1. This is for a liter so it will go quicker than the gallon, which is a plus. It never lasts longer than a week in our house because we use it in smoothies, but I would say no longer than a week is a good rule of thumb.

  3. This looks so good and sweet! I have promised myself to try something different every week and i think this is going to be my this weeks recipe!

  4. This is perfect, Megan! A few days ago I was chatting with a friend about how we both need to start making our own almond milk due to the preservatives and other ingredients that are unnecessary. And then just yesterday my mom sent me a fb message with a recipe for it. And now I’m seeing this today. So, I guess it’s a pretty clear sign that I should just begin making it myself. Especially for how much I drink it! Love ya, friend. 🙂

    1. YEAH!!! Yes it is so good this way too…it was like the first time I had fresh orange juice squeezed compared to store bought. It is not hard and it can be fun. Plus when you buy the raw almonds in bulk on amazon it makes it way less expensive as well.

  5. I can’t wait to try this! I’ve known you can make your own for as long as I’ve been drinking almond milk, but you’ve made it look fun to do, even if it’s messy! 🙂

    1. Yes I plan to share that next because you can reuse the almond meal to make a butter. I am still perfecting this whole process because I have only made butter from the milk, but I have read about the ability to do this so I want to give it a try.

  6. Have been wanting to make my own almond milk since I saw how processed most of the store bought options are. Just ordered the nut milk bag, ready to go!!!

  7. PERFECT! I cannot wait to try this and share with my friends. Almond milk is my favorite of all milks. I wonder how it would taste if I added a few dashes of cinnamon? 🙂 Sounds like a horchata dream.

  8. I’m allergic to dairy so I’ve made soy and almond milk myself before, and find it tastes better than store bought – plus you know what’s in it!
    And I second the investment in a proper nut bag, they’re so much easier to clean and get more of the milk out too.

  9. Yes!! And it’s sooo much better than the stuff from the store. Almond butter is super easy and delicious too. (Like so crazy easy I couldn’t believe it — you just process almonds in a food processor for a while and you’re done!)

  10. Hi….need a little info please…….im on a exchande diet plan. What would Almond Milk be? Not a dairy?….can you help. Thanks