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Want to learn how to make almond milk? You only need 5 minutes, a couple ingredients, and a high speed blender to make the richest and creamiest almond milk you’ll ever have. Vegan, Whole30, and paleo!

Homemade almond milk in a jar with other containers in background

My family and I, we drink a lot of almond milk.

We usually buy it by the carton, but even the healthiest of brands has an ingredient list longer than my thumb.

But this girl doesn’t have time for complicated processes when it comes to healthier switcheroos. Nope. If it requires thinking ahead, planning, soaking… I’m out. I just totally forget! I can barely keep up with “wacky sock day” at preschool or when my client proposal is due. And if learning how to make almond milk requires planning ahead, it’s just not happening.

This process for how to make almond milk is the answer to my prayers! Not only is it super, super easy and quick, but it produces an almond milk that’s richer and creamier than anything you’d find at the store, and the ingredients are squeaky clean, healthy, and easy to pronounce!

Why This Homemade Version Is So Good

  • It’s made in five minutes, start to finish.
  • Learning how to make almond milk produces the best almond milk you’ll ever have! It’s so much richer and creamier than store-bought.
  • It uses only a handful of simple ingredients. If you want to learn how to make plain almond milk, all you need is almonds and water!
  • You can include dates and vanilla extract for a healthy lightly sweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • This almond milk uses only clean ingredients, and you can pronounce everything on the list.
  • Did I mention it only takes 5 minutes?!
Homemade almond milk pouring into a jaar

Do you need to soak the almonds when you make almond milk?

Nope! So long as you have a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix or Blendtec, you do not need to soak the almonds. You do want to make sure you use raw almonds and blend for long enough. But soaking is not necessary in my experience.

How to Make It

How to make almond milk instructions grphic

It’s a super simple 2-step process. Ready?

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until totally smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Strain the liquid through a nut milk bag.

That’s it!

Ingredients

Want to learn how to make almond milk? Here’s what you need for the simplest recipe:

  1. Raw almonds
  2. Water
Silver measuring cup of almonds

That’s it!

If you’d like to make a vanilla or lightly sweetened version, you’ll add

  • Pitted dates
  • Vanilla extract

It really couldn’t be simpler.

Can I make almond milk with a regular blender?

You can, but you will need to soak your almonds for at least 4 hours if you do not have a high-speed blender. Soaking the almonds overnight is even better.

Do I need a nut milk bag?

I love using a nut milk bag to strain the almond pulp out of the homemade almond milk because it’s so, so easy. However, you can absolutely use a couple layers of cheesecloth to sieve out the solid parts of your almond milk. Simply line a strainer with 2-3 layers of cheesecloth and pour the mixture through, then twist the ends of the cheesecloth and wring out as much liquid as possible. Discard the almond pulp or use it in a recipe.

Storage Instructions

Now you’ve learned how to make almond milk! Store your rich and creamy dairy-free milk in an airtight glass or metal container, preferably a bottle for easy pouring. It will last a few days in the fridge, but it’s best fresh. Make sure to shake it prior to use; it will separate.

Homemade almond milk pouring into a jar

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 7 votes

How to Make Almond Milk (In 5 Minutes)


Cook 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
How to make almond milk that's super rich and creamy in only five minutes with healthy ingredients.
4 cups

Equipment

  • high-speed blender
  • nut milk bag or cheesecloth and strainer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 4-5 cups water

Vanilla Almond Milk

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Start with 4 cups water. Cover and blend on high for 2 minutes until completely smooth. Add the remaining 1 cup water to reach the desired texture.
  • Place a nut milk bag or strainer, lined with 2-3 layers of cheesecloth, over a bowl. Pour the mixture through then wring the bag or cheesecloth to squeeze out the remaining liquid from the pulp.
  • Discard pulp or use in an almond pulp recipe. Keep homemade almond milk in a glass or metal jar or airtight container in the fridge for about 3-5 days.

Video

For plain almond milk, use just 1 cup almonds and 4-5 cups water.
For a lightly sweetened vanilla almond milk, use the almonds, water, dates, and vanilla extract.
For an almond creamer, you can use even less water. Start with 2 1/2 cups and work up to 3 1/2-4 cups water.
If on Whole30, omit dates and vanilla extract.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1cupCalories: 213calProtein: 8gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 264mgTotal Carbs: 9gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gNet Carbs: 4gCalcium: 102mgIron: 1.3mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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20 Comments

  1. Avatar Abby Baghdasarian says:

    I made it in 2 batches and I added dates and I adjusted the water level (to taste) and it is perfect. It is not too sweet, the taste of almonds is so good. One question any suggestions of what I can make w the left over grounded almonds?5 stars

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Thank you so much, Abby, I’m so glad you enjoyed the almond milk! We don’t have any recipes using the leftover almond pulp, unfortunately, but if you Google “almond pulp recipes”, several great options come up!

  2. Avatar Monika Epifani says:

    Hai Cheryl…. I’ m Monika from Indonesia.
    Which one is better, using raw skinless almond or raw almond with skin?

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Hi, Monika! We used almonds with skin in this recipe, but skinless would be delicious as well. Hope this helps!

  3. Avatar Pam Spangler says:

    Very easy to make and it tastes yummy5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Pam! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. It just doesn’t taste the same. I usually buy almond milk 60. I followed the recipe using 2 pitted dates. Should I have used more?

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      It’s hard to say if you needed more dates – it just depends on the flavor you were trying to get at the end! I’m not familiar with almond milk 60, but if it’s a sweeter almond milk, then it’s definitely possible you may have needed more dates.

  5. To get creamy milk for coffee with less pulp I used 1 cup raw unpastureized soaked almonds to 3 cups water. Blended 4 minutes in vitamix. Does blending that long cause any health problem?

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Nope!5 stars

  6. Looks so good! Where are those glasses from? That you poured the milk into

    1. Avatar Savannah | 40 Aprons Team says:

      They are Weck brand.5 stars

  7. Avatar Theresa Hartman says:

    I have a plastic bottle from the last store-bought almond milk I bought. Could I not use that and keep plastic out of the landfill a bit longer?

    1. Avatar Amelia Camurati says:

      Absolutely! We’re all about reusing things to help the environment.

  8. What recipes would you use the nut pulp in?5 stars

    1. We would probably use it in some form of baking, energy bites, ice cream, smoothies, etc.

  9. I don’t know why I never take the time to make my own almond milk because this just sounds AMAZING and I love how easy it is! That’s a genius idea to throw in dates as well 🙂 Sounds delicious! I bet it would be amazing to use for dairy free ice cream as well!5 stars

      1. So easy and fast. No need to soak the almonds for a big win! I put maple syrup in it. Perfect for smoothies and so much healthier and cheaper. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

        1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

          So glad you loved it, Janine! 😊

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