2-Minute Almond Milk Recipe (No Straining!)

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If you love homemade almond milk, but don’t want to go through the hassle of straining it, this recipe is for you. It’s the fastest and easiest method for making almond milk ever!

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When I’m making a large batch of almond milk for the week, I usually use my traditional almond milk recipe, where you blend whole almonds and then strain the “milk” through a nut milk bag. But sometimes, I just need almond milk faster, and don’t want to go through the hassle of using extra equipment.

That’s where this 2-minute almond milk comes in.

almond butter water and dates

How to Make Almond Milk Fast

To make this almond milk, you’ll need just 2 ingredients: almond butter and water. I also like to throw in a couple of dates for a naturally sweet almond milk, but that’s totally optional!

Because prepared almond butter is already smooth and creamy, you don’t have to worry about owning a high-powered blender or using a nut milk bag to strain it. You simply blend the two together and it’s ready to use!

how to make fast almond milk

I tend to use this “rustic” style almond milk for making chia pudding or pouring over grain-free cereal or granola, and it would also be perfect for the base of a smoothie. (In that case, I usually just add the water and almond butter directly to the smoothie recipe I’m going to use, to cut out the extra step of making the almond milk first.)

Almond Milk with Dates

If you do want to add the dates, it’s a good idea to use a high-speed blender just to make sure they are broken down completely. Soft and squishy dates are the best option for a silky-textured milk, but you can also soak them in hot water for 10 minutes ahead of time to help them break down easier.

(If you have a fine-mesh strainer, you can always pour the blended milk through that to remove any remaining chunks without much extra effort. Then you don’t need the fancy blender!)

blender pouring almond milk

I hope you’ll find this easy almond milk recipe helpful the next time you’re in a pinch, or just need a fast fix.

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2-Minute Almond Milk Recipe

Neutral |  Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Soy-free, Vegan
This fast almond milk recipe is made with almond butter, so you don't have to strain it! I like to naturally sweeten it with dates, but it is easy to adapt for your needs.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword almond milk, almonds, fast, recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 108kcal


  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 to 4 dates (pitted; optional)


  • Pour the water into the blender and add the almond butter and dates, if using. Blend until creamy, making sure the dates are broken down.
  • Pour the "milk" into an airtight storage container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Use it over cereal, granola, chia pudding, or in smoothies.


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Per cup (with dates): Calories: 108, Fat: 8g, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 3g

Recipe Notes:

  • I have found this ratio of almond butter produces a nice and “creamy” milk, but you can use less almond butter if you don’t mind a slightly more watery mouthfeel. (Using less will make this recipe even cheaper and lower in calories, so it’s up to you– feel free to experiment and let me know in the comments below what you try!)

Reader Feedback: Have you tried making almond milk with almond butter before? Any other fast recipe hacks you’d like to share? I’m all about quick & easy short cuts!

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Wow, sound good! Definitely try it out!


Oh I think I will try that with cashew butter! Thanks!


I love doing this! I often use cashew butter and yes, I agree – dates take homemade “milk” to the next level.

You might like this crazy easy soup recipe; 1 1/2 cups chopped pumpkin, cooked in 2 cups water. Cooking water and pumpkin blended in vitamin with 1 cup non-dairy milk. I use coconut-rice milk. That’s it. It’s super sweet and creamy. I leave pumpkin skin on for added fibre.

Samantha Alaniz

Have you tested to see if this homemade almond milk will froth up for coffee?

    Megan Gilmore

    I haven’t tested this one– my homemade almond milk that I do strain works for foam, so I imagine this one would, too. I think the fat content from the almonds helps with the froth!

Cynthia Morgan

Did you use the Almond butter with roasted almonds or raw almonds?


Is this healthy if we are using the “butter?”

    Megan Gilmore

    In this case, the “butter” is simply ground almonds. So if you think almonds are healthy, then I would think this is healthy.


This is absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing!


I love this! I never have almond milk on hand and end up resorting to dairy. I just made hot chocolate with this concept. 1 cup of boiling water, 1 T almond butter, 1 T cocoa, 1 T coconut sugar and a pinch of salt and vanilla. It was some of the best vegan hot cocoa I’ve tasted! Thanks for sharing all your amazing recipes! ❤️


    Super delicious Hot Cocoa for fellow Vegans😉


How long does the milk last?


I can’t wait to try this. Do you think it would work with a powdered almond butter or peanut butter?

    Megan Gilmore

    Probably! Might not be quite as creamy without the fat.

      Katherine Torrington

      Peanut butter powder mixed with water to taste makes an excellent milk for cereal when camping or backpacking!

Darlene o'neil

What about I love about using almond butter to make almond milk is it doesn’t separate in a hot drink like the soaking medthod does. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


This looks so good! I haven’t been able to find “good” almonds so I haven’t tried making my own milk yet! Do you think raisins would work in substitute of dates?

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, I think raisins would be fine! They might alter the flavor just slightly, but still good!

Leora Mauck

I usually love your recipes but this turned out terribly. I’ll stick to your real almond milk recipe!


This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this! Hands down the best almond milk I have ever had. I thought I hated almond milk….turns out I just hated all the crap in store bought almond milk! It’s creamy and rich, and tastes amazing. I am eating the best tasting bowl of cereal since having to give up dairy. Thank so, so much!


Have tried increasing the amount of almond butter in the milk but it begin tasting quite powdery. Do you have any suggestions to make it more creamy?

I did this because I found that the almond milk did not have much flavor on its own


i just read your almond butter recioe, but was going to make a smaller batch in case it didn’t all get eaten during the specified time. Now I will definitely make it because I can also use it to make more cost effective almond milk as well. Thank You!


I think it sounds wonderful I’m gonna try it soon. I love to make stuff myself. I was thinking about adding some pumpkin pie spice to make it interesting.


Hello thank you for this recipe. I was just diagnosed with UC and this seems like best option for me since I can’t eat raw nuts. This will also allow me to control the sugars since I am on high dose of prednisone. I need all the calcium I can get.


Super easy and tasty!0


Thanks. I have been struggling with plant milk and camping, especially for coffee. I remembered Dr. Greger had a recipe for making almond milk from almond butter. I just needed the ratios.

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