Homemade Almond Milk

August 29, 2006 at 10:23 pm 39 comments

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk
Cookbook: Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods
Renee Loux Underkoffler
Makes 4 cups.

“A sweet and delicious fresh milk with the elegant essence of vanilla”

1 cup soaked raw almonds (soaked 4-8 hours)
4 cups filtered water
Pinch of sun-dried sea salt
1 T non-alcohol vanilla extract
1/2 vanilla bean (optional)
3 T raw honey or maple syrup (or 3 soft dates, pitted)In a blender, at medium, then high speed, blend soaked almonds, water, and sea salt until smooth. Pour through a strainer (or use a nut bag) to separate pulp. Pour liquid back in the the blender and blend in vanilla extract and bean (if using) and sweetener until smooth.

Human beings should not drink milk from a cow. It’s that simple. So many illnesses and afflictions in children (and adults for that matter) could be cured if they would just cut out milk and milk products. There are tons of doctors, organizations, websites, etc…that will tell you the same thing, so you can do your own research. Here is one to get you started. Almond milk is a delicious alternative to cow’s milk. Once you make your own…you’ll never go back! It’s so creamy and delicious. Perfect for dipping cookies, baking with, or drink it plain. Yum!


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  • 1. Anna  |  August 30, 2006 at 12:29 am

    That sounds yummy! I love almond milk. I buy it by the case through my buying club, but I would love to try making my own. I need to buy a new blender first. Any recommendations?

  • 2. KleoPatra  |  August 30, 2006 at 3:35 am

    Great to see you post again, Sara. I’ve been lookin’ for you!!

    Homemade almond milk. Bliss! Thank you for posting this. I haven’t had cow’s milk in years. It’s for calves not humans!!

    Great post, Sara. Thank you. Bless you, sweetie.

  • 3. km  |  August 30, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Hmmm…maybe you could make some fresh cookies and I’ll come right up? 🙂

  • 4. Rachel  |  August 31, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    I LOVE homemade almond milk! I haven’t made it in a very long time – you’ve inspired me to make some. Yum!

    The honey in the recipe would add so much. The recipe I’ve used in the past was very basic and although good I think using honey (or agave nectar? we have some of that, too) would make it taste even better.

  • 5. Laura O  |  September 17, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    I never knew you made your own! You’re amazing : ) Did you know that I stopped drinking milk?? I think i told you that, but you converted me…and i’ve seen a big improvement in how I feel and my complexion..so, you’re the one to blame if I get osteoporosis…hehe, only kidding…that would be my fault..or nana’s..

  • 6. ThatBobbieGirl  |  October 26, 2006 at 3:30 am

    Hi there!

    I found your blog while searching for a recipe for homemade almond milk. I just soaked some nuts (to reduce the phytic acid) and as I was putting them in the dehydrator, I thought that it would be a good time to try some almond milk. I’ve never had any and have wanted to try it. So thanks for the recipe!

    BTW — the article you linked on Mercola.com doesn’t really say that humans shouldn’t drink cows milk. It says humans shouldn’t drink pasteurized, homogenized cows milk. Dr. Mercola is an advocate of raw milk (I get his email newsletters) and so am I!

  • 7. Jess  |  April 20, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Oh, this sounds yummy. I have never tried any alternatives to milk. At this point I’m not quite ready to give up dairy, however the kids and I want to start making smoothies with soy or possibly nut milks. My question with the almond milk is whether is very fattening. Also, I searched this blog and didn’t see anything about your smoothies. I am wondering if there is a site you would recommend, or if there are things that you would recommend that we add. Anyway, thanks for giving me this link. I was looking at the SoyQuick (I think that’s what it was called) soy milk maker on Amazon last night. I was very interested in trying the nut milk though without having to purchase “fancy” equipment. Thanks again!

  • 8. Sara  |  April 21, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    I usually add some flax oil to it, but I really don’t worry too much about fats. Bella takes DHA supplements and also eats tons of olive oil and avocados.

  • 9. sarah  |  February 18, 2008 at 7:16 am

    perfect! i just said to my girls we should make our own….now we will! thanks for doing this blog!

    [two inspirations in one night. you rock.]

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  • 11. Julie  |  March 27, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Just made up a batch this morning for the first time (after soaking the almonds overnight). Obviously it would taste even better cold, and I probably shouldn’t have skimped on the maple syrup (3 tablespoons seemed a lot), and I need to invest in a nut-milk bag cause my strainer does an “ehh” job….but all in all I’m super pleased!! I already had all ingredients on hand except the sweetener, and in retrospect probably could have sweetened with agave nectar, but now I’ve got maple syrup on hand for next time.
    Who knew making a healthy milk substitute (one I won’t have a lactose reaction to and won’t clog me up with mucous) could be SOOO easy!!
    Now what do I use all the pulp for…that is the question!!

  • 12. Christy  |  April 4, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    This sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it. What kind of almonds do you use? I’ve been looking for raw, organic almonds and WHEW! They’re expensive! I’m wondering if it’s important to have organic, or if non-organic, raw almonds are okay to use.

  • 13. livelightly  |  April 5, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Julie…the pulp can be used to make raw mock tuna or crackers…and I’m sure there are other uses. If you Google “almond meal” you’ll come up with something.

    Christy…use raw almonds, organic if you can swing it. You don’t need much. Sometimes I cut back the amount to 3/4 cup almonds to save, but it’s just not as rich tasting (still good though!). So yes, either organic or non-organic RAW almonds are fine.

  • 14. Laurel Sauls  |  May 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Sara, where do you get your raw almonds? I have been reading on goneraw.com that it is very difficult to buy truly raw almonds, since the legislation that was passed last year, requiring all almonds grown in california to be pasteurized. Do you have any sources for raw almonds that aren’t over the moon expensive? 🙂

  • 15. Gail  |  March 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Dumb question, but…do you soak the almonds first and then discard the soaking water, or do you soak them in the 4 cups of filtered water that’s part of the recipe and then proceeed with the rest after the soaking time? Thanks! 🙂

  • 16. livelightly  |  April 1, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Gail…I discard the water and use fresh 🙂

  • 17. Liliana  |  July 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Sara,

    It’s me Liliana…I love all of your blogs.

    Thanks for the recipe.


  • 18. Danielle  |  July 27, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Just made this milk and it is delicious!

  • 19. Katie  |  September 4, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Hi Sara,
    I am starting to make my own almond milk today, and am very excited! Any advice on what to give babies (12 months +) after they wean from breastmilk? I don’t suppose nut milk is safe for babies??

  • 20. Jennifer  |  September 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I hope that nut milks are safe for babies – all mine in Bolivia live off it. =)

  • 21. ashley  |  May 25, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I give this to my toddler and she loves it:)
    I wondered, what do you do with the almond pulp? currently I am saving it and putting it in raw soaked steel cut porridge for my fam for breakfast, however, i’m just doing that until something better comes along. just thought I’d ask you what you do with yours. thanks:)

    P.S. have you heard of Hallelujah Acres? they have some great vegan, raw recipes I’ve been following for years:)

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