How To Make Almond Milk – DIY Recipe

Almond milk is a delicious, alkalizing drink that is a wonderful alternative if you’re avoiding dairy. It’s also really easy to make!

Almond milk is the most popular plant-based milk in the U.S

It replaced soy milk in popularity in 2013 (thank goodness!).

While we might think of almond milk being a newer invention, it actually has its origins in the Middle Ages. It was a medieval staple because it could keep longer than dairy without spoiling (although, in my experience, it still expires pretty quickly!). It was also used as a replacement milk during Lent.

Almond milk is good for you

Almonds are high in vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, copper, and calcium. They are also high in oxalates, which can cause some issues for a small population of people.

Almonds, like most nuts and seeds, contain anti-nutrients which can be neutralized with a salt water soak, which we will do in this recipe.

Most almonds in the U.S. are pasteurized

This unfortunate reality is based on a 2007 USDA ruling after outbreaks of salmonella bacteria were traced to almonds in 2001 and 2004. Your pasteurized almonds will still make a fine milk, but it will not be truly raw. However, if you look around online, it is possible to find sellers of truly raw almonds.

If raw isn’t as important to you, you can find great deals on almonds on good ol’

How to make almond milk

Since I’m avoiding dairy and getting sick of coconut milk, I decided to make almond milk.

How do you make almond milk? Well, it’s actually pretty easy! Here’s how to do it.

How to make almond milk: ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 8 cups of filtered water, divided
  • 1/2 TB sea salt

How to make almond milk: directions

  • To make almond milk and disable the “anti-nutrients” in raw nuts (these include lectins, phytates, and enzyme inhibitors), you’ll want to soak your almonds for 12 hours prior to making your almond milk. (Bonus: soaking your nuts can enhance flavors and increase the creaminess.) To do this, simply add your nuts into a mason jar or similar vessel, add your salt, cover them fully with water, and let sit overnight.
  • After your nuts have had a good soak, drain the water and give them a good rinse.
  • Add your nuts to your blender or food processor.
  • Add 4 cups filtered water
  • Blend at the highest speed for two minutes
  • Strain your blended liquid into a pitcher or bowl. You may use cheesecloth to strain, but grabbing an inexpensive nut bag will make your life a lot easier.
  • Squeeze all the liquid out of your nut bag and into the bowl
  • Enjoy!

Want to kick up the flavor?

There are so many ways you can add flavor and spice to your almond milk!

For starter, add 8 dates in the blender before you blend. That will give you a naturally sweet and wonderful milk.

Enjoy that? Now get adventurous! Try adding:

  • 1/4 c. cacao powder
  • 1/4 c. honey or maple syrup
  • 1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or pumpkin spice

What to do with your leftover almond pulp?

Don’t throw that almond pulp away! There are so many wonderful baked goods you can make with it. Or you can add it to smoothies, ice cream, and more. Here are 8 ideas of things to make with the leftover almond pulp.

How about you?

Do you make your own almond milk? Is your recipe different than mine? Share with me in the comments below!

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


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  1. Hi Genevieve! Hope baby is doing well 🙂 I was wondering if you always make your almond milk, or if you have a go-to store bought brand? The store bought seems to have so much extra stuff in it, but I just cant find time/energy to make the almond milk every time we need it haha 🙂

  2. Hi Genevieve!
    The almond milk is really an interesting product, because it can really help us to substitute de cow milk and is pretty easy to make, many people doesn’t know about this and I think they should try once In a while, because is tasty and certainly different but nutritious. I got to know the almond milk because of my boyfriend, he’s lactose intolerant and I learned from him the taste of this kind of milk and got to love it. But we never try it to do it homemade, and with this recipe we’ll try it for sure.

  3. Have you seen a difference when blanching the nuts before soaking and grinding?

  4. Are you able to freeze this? Also wondering the same thing for your coconut milk and cashew milk recipes. Thanks!

  5. I love your videos! You are definitely the most charismatic health blogger I know, and the only one that answers all my (would-be) follow-up questions in the original post! Keep up the good work. Bonus question: do you make water kefir? Could you pls post about it? Thanks!

  6. O. My. Goodness!! Just made this by following your recipe and I am in loooooove! It is positively delicious and so easy to make. I’ll be making this several times a week, for sure! Also just found your website about a week ago and have been loving reading through your archives. We’re pregnant with our first, and are passionate about living as wholly and naturally as we can. Your site is a treasure trove of information. So glad I found you! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Hi, how much does this cost per half gallon?

  8. Was wondering if you could turn me onto an online vender whom sales real raw almonds…thank you! (^.^)

    • just saw the link…thanks!

  9. thank you for this 🙂 🙂
    after you spoke about it on a video, i just had to try it….it was so good and i think i was
    just so happy to have made it….drank it one day…all by myself…haha (^.^)

    • Oh good! I think it’s delicious too 🙂

  10. How long is the almond milk good for?

  11. “To do this, simply add your nuts into a mason jar or similar vessel, add your salt, and let sit overnight”
    How much water?

    And thanks for the informative post. I just tried making almond milk for the first time last week and it was so, so much better than store bought. Have you discussed alkalizing before? If so, could you link me to your previous post on it? I don’t know what that means.


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