Guys, have you ever wondered how to make almond milk yourself? Like how can an almond even be… milked? Awkward.
Let’s be real, fresh almond milk is expensive.
We’re talkin’ nine bucks at your local juice bar expensive. But when you try the cheap kind from the grocery store, it just doesn’t taste as good. Not to mention, store-bought almond milk can contain ingredients that you definitely don’t want to put into your body.
So, if you’re down to learn how to make almond milk, you could save a lot of money and enjoy this homemade and refreshing beverage with just a few minutes and two simple ingredients! Did I mention how much tastier homemade almond milk is than store bought?!
Keep reading to learn how to make almond milk in the comfort of your own home…
What is Almond Milk and How is it Made?
Almond milk is a low carb milk made from ground almonds.
It has a light and nutty taste and can be used to replace milk in low carb, paleo, dairy free or vegan recipes.
To make classic almond milk, almonds must be washed and ground up in a high speed blender or food processor with filtered water. The almond paste is then placed in a cloth strainer for milking.
Once the milk is separated from the almond meal, you can use it in all sorts of recipes, my favorite being low carb hot chocolate of course 🙂
How do you Get Milk from an Almond?
It’s simple- you squeeze it out! After you soak and blend the almonds with filtered water, you can use your hands or a juice press, to squeeze the milk out of the almond meal and into a bowl.
You’re then left with a pure, creamy drink ready to be chilled. It’s that easy!
Time to finally stop paying for overpriced glasses of milk from that hip new place down the street…
How do you Know When Almond Milk is Bad?
The value of homemade almond milk nutrition is so high because it’s so fresh, and doesn’t have all those added ingredients (like store bought brands do) to increase its shelf like.
So how long does homemade almond milk last? Because of how almond milk is made and how raw and natural it is, almond milk doesn’t last much longer than 3-4 days.
You can always tell by the smell and taste of the milk. If something seems different, don’t risk it.
Keep that in mind so you don’t make too much, and remember, almond milk is the perfect snack for any time of day! Grab a piece of tape to label your glass so you know exactly how long you have to drink it.
How to Make Almond Milk- Recipe Notes
Soak the Almonds
It’s important to soak your almonds in filtered water 24-48 hours before beginning the milking process. This helps them break down easier and makes your milk more creamy!
It also helps to remove some pesticides and dirt left on the almonds.
High Speed Blenders
High speed blenders are the best for making smooth almond milk and getting the most out of your almonds, as you’ll see by searching almondmilk recipe vitamix.
If you aren’t using a high speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec, make sure you run your blender long enough to blend your almonds thoroughly. Stirring regularly will also help your blender get the stubborn pieces.
I use a Blendtec. Yes, it was a splurge (although cheaper than a Vitamix) but I use it everyday in some form or fashion. Total game changer. Totally worth it.
Good-bye Cheese Cloth, Hello Nut Milk Strainer Bag
On the how to make almond milk youtube page, you’ll find most people use cheese cloth, but I think using a nut milk strainer bag is WAY more efficient.
Nut milk strainer bags help to keep the almond meal from oozing out the sides as you’re milking.
They’re also reusable and will save you lots of money in the long run. Not to mention, the startup cost is cheap—a bag will cost you under $10, with countless uses. Cheese cloths is around $4/package—adds up quickly if making almond milk becomes part of your routine.
Make sure you clean your bag thoroughly after using to prevent mildew.
Be sure to chill your almond milk before consumption for the best drinking experience!
What to do With Almond Pulp?
SO much can be done with your pulp so please don’t throw it away! You can find many almond pulp recipes online to keep from wasting your leftovers. To get you inspired, here are a few ideas:
- You can place on a baking sheet and make almond meal (which can typically substitute almond flour in baking recipes, as long as you don’t mind the color of the almond meal)
- Throw the pulp into a low carb smoothie for a little extra sustenance
- Top your low carb yogurt with almond pulp
- You can use the pulp as is in many recipes! Think low carb crackers, low carb pancakes, you name it.
Homemade VS Store Bought Almond Milk
Ok, you’re sold. Homemade almond milk tastes better, is more nutritious, and is crazy easy to make…
…but how does it pencil out? Are you going to save money by making homemade almond milk?
I was curious myself, here’s what I found:
- One cup of raw almond = 4 cups, or 32 oz of almond milk.
…for each 32 oz serving, your batch of almond milk costs $2.77.
- On the flip side, let’s check out store bought almond milk.
Buying in bulk will get you 6 boxes of 32 oz almond milk from Silk for $2.39 a carton.
Which doesn’t factor in the ratio of almonds:water used in the homemade almond milk making process. I’m sold!
Flavoring Your Almond Milk
There are ways to add flavor to your almond milk if you want to mix things up!
I prefer my milk plain, but here are a few ideas:
- Cacao nibs
You can also look up almond milk indian style to find more ways to spice up your drink, or experiment with ingredients of your own!
Obviously, almond milk is a fantastic and delicious low carb milk. If you don’t believe me, here’s the nutritional breakdown:
One cup of Whole Milk:149 Calories
7.93 grams of Fat | 7.69 grams of Protein | 11.71 grams of Carbs
One cup of Almond Milk: 39 Calories
2.88 grams of Fat | 1.55 grams of Protein | 1.52 grams of Carbs
There are many other low carb milks if you aren’t feeling as nutty as I am! In most recipes, these low carb milks can be used as dairy milk substitutes.
If you’ve already mastered the art of almond milk, challenge your milking skills by testing out my homemade coconut milk recipe!
Coconuts are well known for a variety of health benefits, so this recipe is definitely worth a try. We will walk you through the steps and teach you how to make coconut milk of your own.
And don’t forget all the tropical mix-in possibilities! One sip and you’ll feel like you’re already at the beach. Aloha!
Carbs in Nuts
Nuts have massive amounts of nutrients! They’ve been recognized for their health benefits since the dawn of time. Different nuts have different characteristics, but the award for one of the most nutritionally well rounded nuts goes to almonds.
Almonds have a decent amount of protein, 30.24 grams per 1 cup, with almost the same amount of carbs.
They’re easy to throw in a plastic bag as an on-the-go snack. Who knew something could be low carb AND filling! Go almonds!
Low Carb Drinks
If you’re looking for some variety or you’re not a huge fan of plain milk, check out my recipes for other low carb drinks to make with your fresh almond milk.
My golden milk recipe is divine, and don’t forget to check out this green tea latte, the perfect pick-me-up. You can also throw in some almond milk with your morning coffee as a great low carb creamer.
There is a drink for every time of day and almond milk is the perfect healthy mix-in.
Get ready to dump your low carb Starbucks drinks and say hello to do-it-yourself bliss!
Low Carb Smoothies
In my house, there’s no such thing as a low carb smoothie without almond milk…
Fresh smoothies are delicious, so why not make your own at home? Need a quick and healthy breakfast? Try throwing your homemade almond milk into a low carb strawberry smoothie. Feeling blue? Try our blueberry smoothie. Feeling bloated? Head on over to our anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe.
The beauty of almond milk is that it can be easily swapped with dairy milk to make any one of your favorite shakes and smoothies. Just a splash of almond milk can take your breakfast from wow to WHOAH.
Congratulations, you are now an almond milk expert!
Are you excited to try out this fresh, healthy treat? Mastering how to make almond milk will be a great asset for your low carb food list. Almond milk is easy to make, so versatile, and just plain delicious.
It’s a necessity for anyone allergic to dairy and a perfect snack to curb your cravings until your next meal. Did I mention it was super easy to make?
Now go nuts!
How to Make Almond Milk
This how to make almond milk recipe is absolutely delicious and WAY easier to make than you'd think—with just 2 ingredients, you'll be sipping on a glass of this amazing low carb milk in no time!
- 1 Cup Almonds, raw
- 4 Cups Filtered Water, plus more for soaking
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt,
- *check out optional additions above,
Place almonds in a mason jar or container and cover with 1 inch of water. Cover the jar, and place in the fridge for 24-48 hours.
After they've soaked, drain and rinse almonds thoroughly.
In a large bowl, place a nut milk strainer bag, or a triple layer of cheese cloth.
Pour blended ingredients into cloth/bag. Gathered the edges of the cloth/bag around the almond pulp and squeeze the ingredients to let out as much liquid as possible.
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