Almond milk is an easy dairy-free milk substitute, made with almonds and water. It’s perfect for pouring over cereal, using it in smoothies, or even adding to your coffee! (Try this Healthy Coffee Creamer if you want an almond milk that foams.)
If you ask me, homemade almond milk tastes WAY BETTER than store-bought almond milk. I think you’ll agree once you taste it– homemade is the best! In fact, you probably won’t be able to go back to a store brand after you see how good it tastes, and how easy it is to make.
How to Make Almond Milk
To make almond milk, you simply blend together almonds and water, until the almonds are completely broken down. The resulting “milk” is creamy, with a mild almond flavor that blends almost seamlessly into any recipe.
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Once blended, all you have to do is strain out the pulp for a smooth and silky milk. I use a nut milk bag (like this one) to make sure I get every piece of pulp, but you could also use a fine mesh strainer if you don’t need it silky-smooth.
Almond Milk without Carrageenen
One of the biggest perks of making your own homemade almond milk is that you can make it without preservatives or additives, like carrageenan– which is found in many store-bought brands. Carrageenan is derived from seaweed, and helps thicken and stabilize foods, but it may also cause inflammation and gastrointestinal discomfort in the body.
For people with autoimmune conditions, or sensitive digestion, it could be a good idea to avoid these additives by making your own almond milk at home.
Is Almond Milk Better than Normal Milk?
Since my family doesn’t drink cow’s milk, a common question I am asked is if we give my toddler or baby almond milk as a substitute for cow’s milk, and we don’t.
I have actually breastfed both of my children well past the age of 2 (the World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding up to the age of 2 and beyond), so we have never felt the need to supplement with formula, cow’s milk, or almond milk.
If I weren’t able to breastfeed, I don’t think I’d feel the need to give my kids cow’s milk or formula past the age of one. Instead, I’d focus on getting them plenty of nutrition through nutrient-dense foods, including baby & toddler smoothies, with plenty of fat for brain development, greens for calcium and some plant-based protein, and fruit for extra vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
What are the Health Benefits of Almond Milk?
What are the benefits of drinking almond milk vs. skim milk, or another type? Here are a few:
- Almond milk is dairy-free, so it has no lactose or casein, which can cause digestive distress up to 75% of the world’s population.
- Assuming all of the nutrition from the almonds gets distributed into the homemade milk, almond milk can have up to 6 grams of protein per serving. (About the same as 1 ounce of almonds.)
- Thanks to the nutrient-rich almonds, 1 cup of homemade almond milk may also have up to 8% of your daily recommended calcium needs, and 6% of your daily iron needs.
I hope you’ll enjoy this easy almond milk recipe whenever you need a dairy-free alternative.
How to Make Homemade Almond Milk Cheaper than Store-Bought
The advantage of making your own almond milk at home is that YOU get to determine the ingredients. There are no added sweeteners or fillers in this homemade version! That also means that you can decide how many almonds to use in this recipe.
For the creamiest almond milk, I recommend using the ratio noted in the printable recipe card below, but you can save money by using less almonds to water. I’ll often use only 1/2 cup of almonds in 4 cups of water when I’m making almond milk to use in cereal or in smoothies, which makes this homemade version much more affordable. I also think it tastes better than anything I’ve ever bought at the store! I hope you’ll think so, too.
How to Make Almond Milk (Better than Store-Bought!)
- 1 cup almonds , soaked in water for 4-6 hours
- 4 cups filtered water
- Drain the soaked almonds and rinse them well. (Discard the soaking water.) Combine all of the almonds and fresh water in a blender, and blend the almond have broken down and the milk looks creamy.
- Strain the almond milk through a nut-milk bag or cheese cloth, squeezing well to extract the extra liquid. You can save the remaining almond pulp for another recipe, or discard.
- Store the almond milk in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. (You can freeze leftovers, if needed, for up to 3 months, too!)
- If you don’t care for almonds, you can use any other nut or seed with similar results using this method. Try my Homemade Hemp Milk recipe or Oat Milk for a nut-free & dairy-free milk.
- For a sweetened almond milk, try adding up to 4 dates for the batch, then strain as directed.
- For a flavored almond milk, feel free to add a splash of vanilla extract for a vanilla milk, or 1 to 2 tablespoons of cacao powder for a chocolate milk. (Sweeten with dates or maple syrup, to taste.)
If you’d prefer NOT to strain your almond milk, try my Almond Milk recipe using almond butter instead.
What to Do with the Leftover Almond Pulp?
Try making one of these almond pulp recipes:
Reader Feedback: Do you make almond milk at home? Any other dairy-free milks that you love? I’ve been trying to perfect oat milk for coffee, but it keeps coming out slimy… so let me know if you have any tricks.