Kitchen Tip: How to Make Almond Milk

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Kitchen Tip: How to Make Almond Milk recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenDo you remember the dairy free sour cream I made last year? Who knew that making a casein free alternative to sour cream was even possible? Inspired by another visit from my gluten free and casein free best friend, I needed an alternative to the milk I use to make Cafe con Leche each morning. I added almond milk to my grocery list and then I remembered that I could make it instead.

I’ve been hearing for years now that making almond milk at home was a simple thing. I found directions here, here, here and here. As it turned out, milking an almond really was almost unbelievably simple.

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Almond Milk recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Rinse the soaked almonds with water and place in the blender. Add 4 cups of water and blend on high until the water is white and frothy. This took just a minute or two with my Vitamix. In a standard blender it might take a minute longer.

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Almond Milk recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Set a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and then line it with a thin tea towel, cloth napkin or cheesecloth. Pour the almond mixture through the cloth into the bowl, about 1/3 at a time, allowing most of it to pass through the cloth before adding more.

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Almond Milk recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Carefully pick up the cloth by the corners and wring the rest of the milk through the strainer into the bowl.

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Almond Milk recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

You can discard the almond meal now or save it to use in different recipes. I spread mine out on a baking sheet and dried it out in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Then I tossed it in the freezer to use at a later date.

I used the almond meal to make some fantastic gluten free and dairy free brownies. When you are ready to use the almond meal, take it straight from the freezer to your food processor and pulse a few times. Then use per the recipe directions.

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Almond Milk recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Taste the milk and see if it is too nutty for your tastes. I added a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of vanilla to my almond milk. I also added about a tablespoon of honey to sweeten it.

If you are adding the honey, it’s easiest to just pour the milk back into the blender and pulse it once or twice to combine.

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Almond Milk recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Pour the almond milk into a glass jar and refrigerate until needed. The milk will separate in the refrigerator; simply give it a light shake before pouring.

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How to Make Almond Milk

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Servings: 4 cups

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla and honey to taste

Instructions

  • Soak the almonds overnight in filtered water. I placed the almonds in a quart mason jar and then filled it with water. Let them soak for at least 8 hours.
  • Rinse the soaked almonds with water and place in the blender. Add 4 cups of water and blend on high until the water is white and frothy. This took just a minute or two with my Vitamix. In a standard blender it might take a minute longer.   
  • Set a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and then line it with a thin tea towel, cloth napkin or cheesecloth. Pour the almond mixture through the cloth into the bowl, about 1/3 at a time, allowing most of it to pass through the cloth before adding more.
  • Carefully pick up the cloth by the corners and wring the rest of the milk through the strainer into the bowl. Taste the milk and see if it is too nutty for your tastes. I added a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of vanilla to my almond milk.
  • I also added about a tablespoon of honey to sweeten it. If you are adding the honey, it's easiest to just pour the milk back into the blender and pulse it once or twice to combine.
  • Pour the almond milk into a glass jar and refrigerate until needed. The milk will separate in the refrigerator; simply give it a light shake before pouring.
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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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    • Mary says

      Hi Angela,
      I have no idea how he could have only wound up with 2 1/2 cups of milk, if he started with 4 cups of water. Did he squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the almond pulp? There should have been a good amount of liquid in the pulp that you squeeze through a cloth. I can't imagine where the liquid would have disappeared to otherwise.
      Mary

  1. Jessica Allen says

    I just made my very first batch! It was super easy and tastes yummy! I learned the hard way when you say use a blender, you mean use a blender. For some reason I thought I'd use my food processor since it's quieter…big mistake! 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Mary says

      We drank ours within a week, but I'm thinking it would probably be fine for at least a couple weeks. I can't think of any reason why it would go bad more quickly than that.

    • Mary says

      Hi Rebeka, I haven't boiled mine, but we did make hot chocolate with it and it tasted great. I don't imagine there would be a problem with bringing it to a boil. Enjoy!

  2. yayis says

    Hi, I put my almonds to soak and then my child got sick, so didn't get round to making the milk till 2 days later. Do you know if the almonds go off while soaking for this long? or is it normal that it smells a bit iffy? Thanks

  3. Maria Calufetti says

    i love raw almond milk, i personally love the ratio of 2 cups soaked almonds to 3-4 cups water. it's a stronger nutty flavor. i, also after draining, add my milk back into the blender and add a date or 2 for sweetner. and i've never soaked longer than 24 hrs….

  4. Rie says

    Hi Mary!…..Found you through foodiewithfamily. I have been having a nice time 'getting to know you' looking around your recipes. Love finding new sites. Question/clarification: you discard the water that the almonds were soaking in and add fresh to the blender, correct?…….Happy to have a new blog to follow….Best wishes.

    • Mary says

      Yes, discard the soaking water and use fresh for the blender. (I'm so glad you found me through Rebecca! I'm glad you're enjoying the recipes.)