Fresh Almond Milk

I got this recipe from a friend last year and made it a few times. I loved it so much, I decided it was worth getting a nut-milk bag to make it easier, and hopefully a little less messy, to make. I haven’t done that yet though because I tend to be slower than a slow loris at such things. Anyway, cheesecloth works just fine, but you will need to not mind getting your hands a little messy.

My friend told me to double this recipe, but I typically stuck to the original measurements she gave me because I would be the only one using this milk.

First, you’ll need to soak 1.5 cups raw almonds in water for about 12 hours in the refrigerator. Then rinse them.

Put them in your blender with 3.5 cups water, 1 tsp cinnamon (optional, but DO IT), 3 pitted dates (as a sweetener, you can omit, but I don’t), and 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract. I used almond. I mean, I’m making almond milk!

Blend it well, and then strain it through cheesecloth or a nut-milk bag into a clean glass jar. I did this in my sink. Squeeze as much “milk” as you can through the cloth, and voila!

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Save the pulp because you can make cookies with that. Also, this milk is thick and creamy. I liked it just as it is. However, you can thin it out by adding more water after squeezing the milk out of the pulp. It will separate in the fridge–just shake or stir before using! I loved it in black and earl grey tea and it worked well in my milk frother for tea lattes and cappuccinos.

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24 thoughts on “Fresh Almond Milk

  1. I love almond milk but have always just bought it. I’m trying this! It is medieval? I thought it was something new– newer than soy milk.

    • oh no…not new! hahaha! also, Jayme told me how to make it because i told her i didn’t like almond milk. the stuff in the store is sooo thin. i’m curious to know how people will like this if they like commercial almond milk. btw, i used this method to make walnut milk and i did not like it.

  2. In the middle ages it was used on fast days in replacement of cow’s milk, as it was not an animal product. (That’s all of Lent, and many other days as well.)

  3. 1. Soak almonds 12+ hours.

    2.Drain and put 1.5 cups almonds into close to 3.5 cups water (planning to add more water later) since that is all that fits into the Nutribullet. I think we accidentally threw away the O-ring on the normal blender so can’t use it.

    3. Turn on Nutribullet and watch almond mile splatter on the counter, walls and me.

    4. Unplug Nutibullet.

    5. Clean up the mess.

    6. Repeat steps 3-5, 3 times, each time ensuring that the seal is very tight. I think I can still get my clothes into the right colors of the laundry.

    7. Put what’s left of the semi-blended almonds in the refrigerator and vow to go to the hardware store to buy an O-ring. Put part of the blender in my purse.

    8. Decide to make chai.

    9. Wouldn’t chai be good with almond milk?

    10. I have store bought almond milk, but wouldn’t the thicker, fresher home-made almond milk be SO much better?

    11. Drag out what’s left of the semi blended almond milk and really tighten on the the nutribullet (again).

    12. Blend at 4-5 second intervals, each time unplugging and re-tightening the base.

    13. Repeat step 12 about 50 times.

    14. Why am I feeling so exhausted? SOme chai would be REALLY good.

    15. Put cheese cloth into a mason jar and pour in the blended almond milk to strain. Squeeze a bit to hurry it along, causing the milk to drip on the outside and onto the counter. Hmm the neck of this mason jar is not as wide as the one in the photo.

    16. Repeat step 15 , 10+ times.

    17. Clean up the mess, again. Remember to buy more paper towels.

    18. Ahhhhh….chai. SO good with homemade almond milk! Is it time for bed yet?

  4. Haha! Thanks for the laugh Aylin. šŸ™‚ My first experience would probably be comical too. But chai is a good reason to make homemade almond milk…..

  5. oh no, Aylin! i feel like that should have happened to me my first time making it. so…i’m a little confused, did you get your chai finally after that incredible comedy of errors? and did you spike it with something? šŸ˜‰

  6. The almond milk is so good! It was perfect in the chai! Mmmmm. I’ll be making this again AFTER I get the O-Ring for the blender. I carried part of the blender around in my purse and got side tracked. I did go to Lowes for the O-ring, but got sidetracked by all the warmth and sun and all the beautiful flowers and plants in the Lowes garden center. I looked at every plnat multiple times and thought of plant combos. I bought plants, went home, planted them and pulled weeds. Then I remembered I didn’t buy the O-ring while I was at Lowes. I need a guide.

    I have some malbec around here and WILL be having some after dinner.

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