Sunday, March 11, 2012

How To Make Almond Milk

Something very sad happened a couple of years ago. I inexplicably became lactose intolerant! It was a terrible tragedy in my life considering I am one of those people who enjoys the milk part of “cereal and milk” more than the cereal!  Cookies and brownies were never the same after that…because without a tall glass of ice cold milk to go with them…what’s the point??!!

I first tried soy milk as a replacement but I just didn’t like it. But then I discovered ALMOND MILK!  (I think my love of almonds is pretty well documented.) I quickly became a fan. But I have never been a fan of the price! It’s so expensive!  And since I’m the only one who will drink it…I always seem to end up wasting much of it.


A few days ago I had one of those “lightbulb”moments when I came across a blog post on Cafe Zupas website (a GREAT restaurant in Salt Lake City) titled “How To Milk An Almond”.  Let me see if I have this straight. I ALWAYS have raw, whole almonds in the house (they are my go-to snack!) and I could have been making my own almond milk this whole time????  Oh man…I hate when I realize how dumb I’ve been. lol.  Oh well…no point in crying over spilt almond milk. At least today I was able to rectify the situation! And oh what a DELICIOUS experience it was!!

almond milk

1 cup whole raw almonds (not toasted or roasted, etc), enough water to cover
3 – 4 cups water, more if desired
a pinch of salt
honey, to taste

Soak the almonds overnight in a bowl with enough water to cover.
Drain and discard the soaking water.
Put almonds in blender with 3 – 4 cups water and blend on HIGH speed until smooth.
Would you look at that???  BEAUTIFUL!
Lay a linen or cotton towel (not terry cloth) inside a bowl large enough to hold all the liquid.
Pour the milk into the towel, and squeeze out the excess liquid. What’s left in the towel is called ALMOND MEAL and is like GOLD…so don’t throw it away. :-) (More on that later.)
Taste the milk and if it’s a little too nutty for you, add a pinch of salt, and 1-2 teaspoons of honey. I added a little more honey…I like it a teeny, tiny bit on the sweeter side. You could even add some homemade chocolate syrup and make Chocolate Almond Milk! :-)
Store in a glass jar or bottle. The liquid will separate between uses,
just be sure to shake it up before each use.

Now go find something yummy to drink it with, or pour it on!  Or better yet…when it’s nice and chilled…enjoy a nice, cold glass all by itself and savor the natural deliciousness homemade by YOU! :-)

Oh yeah……I almost forgot about the almond meal. I spread mine out on a cookie sheet and baked it in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. I then let it cool completely and put it in a ziploc bag and threw it in the freezer for use at a later date. It will be delicious in some gluten-free cookies! (Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal is $9.00 a bag!!!)

 




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68 thoughts on “How To Make Almond Milk

  1. Alicia

    SQUEEEEEEAAAAL! I am so excited that this is possible. The husband and I have recently made the switch to almond milk and it is soooo expensive! Love love love your blog!

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  2. Kay Johnson

    BOOKMARKED!
    I use almond milk daily, especially in my morning coffee – very tasty. I can't wait to try making your recipe!! I great plans for that "leftover" meal too. lol

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  3. Billie

    I've also read about making rice milk pretty much the same way although I have never tried making it either. I've been so inspired to try so many of your cleaning products that I might just give the almond milk a shot.

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  4. Anonymous

    Amanda, from Missouri: Oh wow! I've never tried Almond milk, since one: it's too expensive to sample, and two: I'm iffy on trying new things. I am lactose intolerant, though not as much as I used to be. I completely eliminated dairy from my diet for two whole weeks, and then slowly added it back in a tad at a time (harder to do than you think) seems to have made the worse of my allergy to away, though not completely. Milk still bothers me from time to time, but not as much as it used too.

    I definately have got to try this! My mom is also allergic to gluten, so the almond meal would come in super handy!! Love your blog! thanks so much!!

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  5. ~Miss Sandra~

    Hi there, I am so glad I found your blog. I love it. So informative and interesting. I was wondering how long this almond milk will last in the refrigerator please?
    Sandra nz

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  6. K. James

    I've never 'followed' a blogger before… until now. I discovered your blog through Pinterest (imagine that) and, like a lot of people, I am hooked. I check in every day and can't wait to see what you have in store. Simple. Practical. Awesome. Thank you!! (Oh- and by the way, I love that you are 'transplanted' to Utah from Cali, looks as though you are "recovering" well). :)

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  7. MrsPetey

    Instead of discarding the soak water, would it be useful in some kind of body product? What if you just splashed the water on your face for natural almond oil moisture? I don't know if it would work but it's and idea! Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. Kristie N

    Just made this and it is SOOO flippin YUMMY! I'll never buy storebought again. It does smell "nutty." which the previous poster may be referring to, but I sweetened it with a bit of honey and it is DIVINE and so "Silky" smooth! DELISH! Thanks for the great play by play.

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  9. Anonymous

    This tastes really good but the texture is watery… I even reduced the amount of water I used… is this normal and how it's supposed be? Am I just used to the thicker/ creamier store bought and need to adjust or am I doing something wrong?

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    1. Mauri

      The storebought stuff is thicker/creamier because of added stabilizers & thickeners. If you can get used to the thinner texture, the homemade version is probably better for you :)

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    2. A

      This recipe is a little watery, I always use a ratio of 1 and 1/3 cups water to every half cup of almonds and it always comes out nice and rich.

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  10. Jill Nystul

    Penni…what kind of almonds did you use? Mine were whole raw almonds that I had roasted (because that's what I always have on hand).

    Kristie…you are welcome! So glad you like!

    Anony…I found the homemade almond milk to be less thick than the store bought kind, but thicker than regular milk. Kind of in between. Did you try adding a little honey?

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  11. Jamie

    where were you able to find almonds that made this cost effective? When I broke down the cost, it was cheaper even to buy almond milk by the quart, and I found bulk almonds for 4.85 a pound. I guess if I was gluten free and used almond meal all the time, it would be worth it.

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    1. Chelsea

      Jamie–a pound of almonds would make about three and a half servings of roughly 4 cups of milk, which would cost you much less than buying a half gallon at about the price you said you found the bulk almonds at. Plus, since almond meal runs at such a high cost, you’d also be saving a lot of money on that!

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    2. talia lewis

      I too was wondering if this is actually cost efficient. I cannot find a good enough price on almonds to make it worth it. We use as many as 8 quarts a week of almond milk

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  12. Shautel

    I keep pinning stuff from you, it’s high time I follow you :-)…My children love almond milk and I am definitely going to make some and great no waste of the almond meal..You Rock..

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  13. Ashley

    OMG!!! I cannot even being to tell you how much I LOVE your Blog! I swear I’m finding something new here everyday that I’m adding to my list of “Good things” Now this?! Oh I love it! Even more so that now I have had to eliminate dairy for most of my family. This is going on my list of need to do right away “good things”! I will be back to look for something to make with my almond meal as well!

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  14. Heather

    I made this yesterday but it has a weird sour taste, is that normal? I let the almonds sit for about 24hours in water and discarded the water and rinsed them. Perhaps that was too long- any ideas?

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  15. Becky

    Love that you can get two uses out of it! We had been buying our almond milk for awhile. I just recently started making my own too! LOVEEEE it! I am going to starting getting my almonds in bulk and freezing them. Pure Maple Syrup is a great sweetener too! @ Heather could the nuts have been rancid?

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  16. Latalie Schooley

    Love Love Love your blog!! I have been writing down all sorts of recipes these past few days. I do have a few questions about this one though. How long is the milk good for? Can it be stored in the pantry until ready to refrigerate? Very excited to try all these new recipes and homemade cleansers/detergents in our home! Thank you for this!!

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  18. Becka

    Hey Jillee! Love, love, love your blog! I’ve been following for a few months now. This sounds delicious, but I am allergic to almonds (and I like to breathe, so I can’t really try this…) any suggestions on what else I might try? Thanks so much, and keep up the good work!!!

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  19. Sophie

    There has to be something that can be done with the water you soak the almonds in. Can’t you reuse it and put it in the milk? As for the “almond meal”, can you put it on cereal and things like that? Or make almond butter? (My blender is 34 years old, so this will be a challenge!)

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  20. kim

    I used to make almond milk, but my method was a bit more complicated. I remember blanching the almonds (which would actually save you the time of soaking overnight) but then I popped the skin off of each and every one of them. That got to be a pain. I also remember the blending stage being more complicated than just “stick em in the blender and push the button.” I’m going to revisit this! I used and cheesecloth for the straining part and remember using the pulp for a facial scrub. LOVE the almond meal idea! I’m definitely going to revisit making almond milk.

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  21. Cassandra

    I found a 10lb bag of raw almonds on ebay with free shipping. I worked it out that it would cost a little over $4 a gallon to make it myself(if my calculations are correct). As it is I spend $5 a gallon on almond milk at Aldi(not bad) but I am definitely going to try this. THANKS

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  22. Laura

    I recently became lactose intolerant as well. This year January, actually. I’ve noticed that taking probiotic supplements every day help SO very much, I almost eliminated the need to use Lactaid pills and have started using dairy again. I HIGHLY recommend starting to take these supplements if you haven’t already :)

    Oh, and I love love love your site <3

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  23. Amy

    I see a few maybe, might be comments
    but has anyone actually checked the cost of almonds and how much this yields vs store prices?
    I need to know if it’s healthier AND a savings before I add it to my list.

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  24. Sheryl

    I was wondering if you could use a coffe filter instead of a towel to filter out the meal from the milk?. I think I would worry about bacteria even in a freshly wased towel or detergent residue. Has anyone tried this yet. And I was also wondering if this is cost effective since almonds are so expensive?

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  26. Denise

    look for milk that is all natural meaning stright from the cow. Lots of people who are lactose intolerant have found that their bodies can handle it better. Its not the dairy that is the problem its the processing of the dairy.

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  27. rose whalon

    heard that the soaking water has toxins and should be thrown out. making your own assures you whats in it, un like the store bought which has ingridents that some are sinsitive too. and yes i would be carefull about using laundred towles to strain it.

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  28. Sarah

    Can’t wait to try!! My son & I are switching to almond milk because of diet.Noticed how expensive it runs at the grocery.So this is going to be a real good money saver.Thanks so much for saving our family money with your homemade recipes.

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  30. esmeralda

    i have some raw almonds i purchased earlier this summer from our farmers market that i need to use up soon and i love this idea but how long will the milk last? how long will the almond meal last in the freezer?

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  32. BillieJo

    I love this ….. And I must tell you ,I was thinking that I needed to get an air freshener to hide the fact that I have a litter box and I found your blog with the air freshener . Amazing…. I will be following you now .

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  33. Judy

    I just found this on Pinterest and I was curious. I just bought my first ever half gallon of All Natural Blue Diamond almond milk at the grocery store this morning. I want to try it in my coffee instead of the 1% milk I normally use. Took a sip of it before I poured it into my coffee and I like the rich, slightly sweet taste (not enough to buy gallons of it for the whole family though!). So anyway, I’m curious how much this recipe yields and what the cost is compared to purchasing it at the grocery store. I got the half gallon on sale for $3.00. I know nuts are very expensive so I’m wondering if it’s really worth the time and effort of making it yourself.

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  34. Jessica

    I too am wondering how long this is good for after you make it? Also I know in the store they make plain almond milk and the Vanilla Almond milk, which I prefer. Any ideas how I would do that?

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  35. Donna

    I need to watch potassium intake. Almond Silk is the only brand that is low in potassium. Thus that is what I’ve been buying. Anyone know how to determine how much potassium is in the milk you make? Supposedly Silk brand has a patent on the recipe that allows it to have lower potassium. Makes me wonder if the home made is capable of having low potassium????

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  36. Tab

    Thank you for the tutorial! My family no longer drinks cow milk, as my 3 year old calls it. We all prefer almond milk, and but a TON of it, so this is just awesome! Thank you! I’ll be repinning this one!

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    1. Tab

      Oh to make vanilla almond milk do you think it would be better to soak the almonds with some vanilla beans OR just add some pure vanilla extract to the milk? I’m thinking the soaking would be better, but wondered what your thoughts on this were.

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