Vanilla Almond Milk

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This Vanilla Almond Milk is naturally sweetened, and can be used to make chia pudding, or added to cereal or steel cut oats, for a healthier breakfast. All you need is 3 ingredients and a few minutes to make it!

vanilla almond milk in glass with dates in background

What is Vanilla Almond Milk?

Similar to Chocolate Almond Milk, vanilla almond milk is lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla. This flavor is commonly sold at grocery stores, but it’s super-easy to make at home, without any extra preservatives or thickeners.

This recipe is based on my original almond milk recipe, but embellished with extra flavor!

How to Make it

All you need is 3 ingredients to make this flavored almond milk:

  • Almonds
  • Dates (or maple syrup)
  • Vanilla extract

You’ll blend the almonds with water, then strain out the almond pulp, leaving behind a silky-smooth almond milk.

almonds and water blended together in vitamix

Straining out the almonds first keeps the almond pulp neutral in flavor, and easy to work with, so you can save it to make my favorite Almond Pulp Hummus as a healthy snack later.

almond milk poured into nut milk bag and squeezed into bowl

Then you’ll just pour the strained almond milk back into the blender, add in the dates and vanilla, and blend again until smooth.

You don’t have to strain the milk again if you have a blender that is powerful enough to break down the dates. I prefer not to strain it a second time, so that the milk retains the fiber from the dates, and helps thicken it slightly.

almond milk added back into blender with dates and vanilla

How to Adjust the Flavor

When you make your own vanilla almond milk, you get to control the flavor. Free free to start with less dates if you don’t want a sweet milk. You can always add more, to your taste, if needed. If you don’t want a strong vanilla flavor, you can use less of that, too. I always like to taste as I go, to make sure it turns out perfectly every time.

If you end up with a milk that tastes too sweet, you can always add more water to dilute it, or a pinch of salt to help balance the flavor.

vanilla almond milk poured into glass with dates in background

Is Almond Milk Good for You?

Almond milk doesn’t have the same protein content as cow’s milk, but it’s a great dairy-free free alternative for adding to smoothie recipes and serving over cereal. Almonds are also loaded with nutrients!

Benefits of Almonds:

Considering that cow’s milk may increase the risk of certain cancers and may also increase the risk for hip fractures, almond milk seems like a pretty satisfying alternative to me.

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as my family does!

vanilla almond milk poured into glass with dates in background
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Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk is naturally sweet and is the perfect beverage for pouring over cereal or oatmeal.
Course Drinks
Cuisine vegan
Keyword vanilla almond milk
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 278kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds , soaked for 6-8 hours
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 4 Medjool dates , pitted (or 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the soaked almonds, then pour them into a high-powered blender with 4 cups of fresh water. Blend until creamy.
  • Pour the blended milk into a nut milk bag, or fine mesh strainer. Squeeze well to make sure you extract all the liquid from the pulp. Save the almond pulp for another use, like making my Almond Pulp Hummus.
  • Return the strained milk to the blender, then add the dates, vanilla, and sea salt. Blend until the dates are completely broken down. Taste and adjust any flavoring as needed, then transfer the milk to a storage container. You can serve the milk right away or chill in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Homemade almond milk lasts roughly 4 days in the fridge before it can start to smell or taste "off" so only make what you will use in that time. You can freeze any leftover milk in ice cube trays to use in smoothies. Frozen milk should last for up to 3 months if you transfer the cubes into an airtight container.

Notes

You can omit the dates and sweeten with maple syrup or honey, to taste. In this case, you can blend everything together all at once, then strain it, since the liquid sweeteners don't add any additional fiber.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition information is for 1 cup of milk, but doesn’t take into account that much of the almonds are strained out in this recipe– so use your best guess regarding that!

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it. If you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too! We can all benefit from your experience.

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite non-dairy milk? I have tutorials for making oat milk and hemp milk, too!

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Shannon

I’m so glad you possted this recipe. I just read your “what I ate” from yestrrday on my email and was hoping you would post this because it sounded so good. I cannot wait to make this!

    Megan

    It’s delicious! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Sara Maples

Thank you! I will make this soon!

Michele Sparrow

Homemade nut milks are the best! I used to make my own almond milk all the time and when I got a little tired of the flavor, I tried hazelnuts. Wow. It was amazing. You should try that one sometime, too! 🙂

    Megan

    Hazelnuts sound like a great idea! Of course, then I’d be tempted to add some cocoa, too, to make it Nutella flavored… 😉

jessica @ keep on sparkling

OH MY this sounds so good! I love the idea of adding dates to it, that is totally new to me.
Thanks so much for another amazing post, you are AWESOME!

jeanne

This looks so delicious…I usually drink the TJ’s vanilla unsweetened so this will be so much better! Yay!

I have major food waste neurosis though…I can’t throw away the pulp, I’ll feel guilty about it all day, same reason I can’t make juice…it’s leftover from when I was poor. Any ideas for what to do with it? Or do I just need to suck it up and compost it?

Cristina

Thank you, thank you for adding Pinterest to your site! I read you every day and so enjoy your recipes. I look forward to “pinning” your posts to my boards and sharing them with friends so they can find your site and enjoy these healthy and delicious recipes too.

Have a wonderful day!

jen

Oh my gosh that looks so good. I guess I’ll need to buy a nutmilk bag. And yeah, any ideas on what to do with the pulp?

    Megan

    Check out my comment above– I think there are a few good ideas in there. 😀

imogen

Thank you so, so, much for your wonderful and healthy recipes! I always look forwards to reading your blog posts!

Lisa

I love making vanilla almond milk! I never add dates to mine though, I guess that’s what makes it a better actual milk drink alternative. For some reason I can’t drink any milk, not even almond milk, reminds me to much of the real stuff I guess hah

Red Deception

I am so excited to try making my own Almond milk! I just have to get through what I have packaged already, then I’m going to try this recipe!

Jen

Hey this sounds delish! Does it combine as nuts/seeds category? Not sure since regular almond milk is neutral. Thanks!

    Megan

    Yes, technically it does combine in the nut/seed category, since the dates aren’t strained out. However, since the pulp is so diluted in this recipe, it probably won’t impact digestion too much, as long as you don’t drink copious amounts at one time. 😉

Patty

Megan, super yummy, just the perfect amount of sweet. Thank you!

Grace

I just made my own homemade pecan/ almond butter! it tastes great, and its raw!

Grace

I know thats not related to almond milk, but I just thought I’d let you people know … its exiting to make organic, raw goodness from scratch! Plus almond milk and almond butter aren’t that far from eachother..one is just more watery! 😉

Elia

That recipe sounds delicious! But I was wondering what was the difference between mixing all the ingredients together and adding the dates and vanilla only after the milk is strained. Does it changes the flavor? Make it sweeter maybe?

    Megan

    I mixed the dates and vanilla afterward because I was trying to mimic the flavor and texture of the version available at Pressed Juicery. I think you could probably blend them all together before straining, and it would work just fine! Maybe the result would be slightly less sweet, from the straining of the dates, but I think it’s worth a shot!

      Elizabeth

      Hi Megan

      Can you please post the new copycat pressed Juicery matcha almond freeze? That is my most favorite but it doesn’t have one here’s in Phoenix! I daydream about that matcha almond freeze daily lol

Abbie

I actually blended the dates before straining; the sweetness level was perfect for me, about halfway between unsweetened and sweetened storebought.

Lin

I like to drink my homemade almond milk warm. For a rich and creamier taste, you could bring the almond milk slowly to a boil on the stove or in microwave afterwards. It’s sort of like pasteurizing it (who knows what particles gets in there after all that straining and squeezing through the nut bag…)
Anyway, it almost tastes like hot chocolate. Delicious

    Megan

    I love warm almond milk, too! Yum. 🙂

Tina

I LOVE your website!! I was wondering how long this can last in refrigerator once made…if I make a large batch. Thank you!!

    Megan

    Mine usually lasts 4-5 days in the fridge– after that, you can tell that the taste changes!

Holly

I put my almond pulp in my dehydrator and it dries out the clumps and then I put it in my Blendtec and use it as almond flour!!! Works great and I love that I’m not wasting any! (I usually put my almond pulp in little Pampered Chef glass prep bowls and then into the freezer until I have about 1 or 2 cups of the pulp before I dehydrate it).

vinita

I really like this idea! I have a Vitamix at home so I think this will be easy. Thanks!

TeaJae

I blanch my almonds for a less than a minute in a tiny bit of water pop them out of their skins no need to strain. Homemade almond milk trumps that store bought stuff (which is good at times) any day.

Leslie

I use a similar recipe (1.5 c nuts to 4 cups of water) with a variety of other nuts…. Brazil and walnut are delicious and nutritious.
Hazelnut is also good. I tried it with Sunflower Seeds not so good

Lacy Phillips

Just made it. Delicious. Also added a dash of cinnamon. Fantastic.

Amy

Hi Megan –

I made your almond milk this morning after letting my almonds soak overnight and it is fantastic! I cannot believe how easy it is to make and it tastes great. I have a question for you. Does almond milk freeze well?

Dan

Great website and info… I can see you and I think alke on natural foods. I have moveed away from Almond Breeze Milk because of the controversy of the carageenan in it. I use almonds and my reverse osmosis water in my Nutri-Bullet. Quick and easy, no straining. I add cherry concentrate, organic shredded coconut, or almost any fruit to the mix, and delicious. I avoid any Dairy once I saw how the dairy milk is made and what happens to the cows and their baby calves.

Keep up the great job, Happy Holidays to you and all your family.

Michelle

Hey Megan! I’m planning on trying this recipe this weekend but I’m wondering how long it’ll keep in the fridge?

Anna

Hi Megan!

I made this for the first time last week. I also made the coffee creamer. Let me tell you, I was going nuts trying to find a substitute for my morning cappuccino, since soy and dairy are a no go. It tastes so refreshing and delicious!!! Unfortunately, after the first day, I started having very bad stomach ache. I think it’s because of the dates. It is the only new food I introduced in my diet and I have never ate them before. Do you have a substitute to suggest? I don’t really like the maple syrup flavor. Help!

Anna

Hannah

I’d like to make this! Any idea of the nutritional value of 1 cup of this vanilla almond milk? Thanks!

Elizabeth

It is amazing!! How Can I be able to freeze it that is similar to Pressed Juicery vanilla almond freeze? How Can I transform from this vanilla almond juice to vegan ice cream? Thanks!

Jesse

That’s some yummy almond milk! What do you do with remaining almond meal?
Thanks, Jess

lin

hi did you leave the skin on when blending the water and almond? thank you ^^

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