How To Make Almond Milk at Home
What You Need
1 cup raw almonds, preferably organic
2 cups water, plus more for soaking
For sweetening I prefer to use dates, 2-3 per 1 cup of almonds. You can also use things like honey, or maple syrup, to taste, sweetening is always optional. Vanilla is also a great addition. You can add when you add your sweetener.
1 quart Jar
Blender or food processor
Fine-mesh nut bag or cheese cloth will work too
- Soak the almonds overnight. Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with water. They will plump as they absorb water. Let stand on the counter, covered with a cloth, overnight, or refrigerate for up to 2 days. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk.
- Drain and rinse the almonds. Drain the almonds from their soaking water and rinse them thoroughly under cool running water. At this point, the almonds should feel a little squishy if you pinch them. (It’s best to discard the soaking water because it contains phytic acid, which inhibits the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.)
- Combine the almonds and water in a blender. Place the almonds in the blender and cover with 2 cups of fresh water.
- Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes. Pulse the blender a few times to break up the almonds, then blend continuously for two minutes. The almonds should be broken down into a very fine meal and the water should be white and opaque. (If using a food processor, process for 4 minutes total, pausing to scrape down the sides halfway through.)
- Strain the almonds. Line the strainer with the opened nut bag, and place over a measuring cup. Pour the almond mixture into the strainer.
- Press all the almond milk from the almond meal. Gather the nut bag around the almond meal and twist close. Squeeze and press with clean hands to extract as much almond milk as possible. You should get about 2 cups. (See Recipe Note for what to do with the leftover almond meal.)
- Sweeten to taste. Taste the almond milk, and if a sweeter drink is desired, add sweetener to taste. I usually put the pressed milk back into the blender and add 2-3 dates, make sure you pit them first, then blend again for about 2 minutes.
- Refrigerate almond milk. Store the almond milk in sealed containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Using the leftover almond meal: The leftover almond meal can be added to oatmeal, smoothies, and muffins as it is. You can also spread it out on a baking sheet and bake it in a low oven until completely dry (2 to 3 hours). Dry almond meal can be kept frozen for several months and used in baked goods.