How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Posted On: November 6, 2017
Last updated: May 14th, 2024

Before I really started to experimenting more with cooking and playing with my blender I somehow didn’t even think about how easy it was to make homemade almond milk.  Honestly before my favorite blender came along I didn’t even attempt making something like this.  I’ve always had the cheapest $20 blender up until a couple years ago; the kind that screamed at me, literally if I tried to blend up even a handful of ice cubes.

Homemade Almond Milk with cookies and almonds


4 Steps to Homemade Almond Milk

How to Make Homemade Almond Milk step by step Soak, Drain and Strain Collage

1.  Soak

Soak the almonds in water overnight or 12-24 hours for maximum water absorption.

2. Drain

Drain and rinse the almonds in a colander after soaking

3. Blend

Blend up your plumped up almonds along with your water in a high speed blender.  I honestly do not know how well a standard blender would blend up the almonds so I would just say use caution so you don’t burn out your blender.  It is a hard job on a less powerful blender.

4. Strain

Strain the blended liquid almond mixture through cheesecloth along with a fine mesh strainer or a nut milk bag.  I like to use a large measuring cup underneath the cloth/bag so I can see exactly how much milk I have. It’s also just an easy way to hold the strainer.

How to Make Homemade Almond Milk Step by Step straining

Uses for Homemade Almond Milk

There’s the obvious purpose for people with lactose intolerance to try almond milk.  For people like me though I like to use almond milk just as a milk alternative for everything from smoothies to french toast.  Weather you’re on a dairy free diet or just trying to lose some weight almond milk is a great alternative to try out.  The downside of almond milk though is the store bought versions.  They are full of added sweeteners, preservatives and lots of other unrecognizable ingredients.  In a recipe like this almond milk you know exactly what you’re drinking.

Homemade Almond Milk in glasses with cookies plated

If you want to make a treat for kids try making chocolate milk or hot cocoa with some real chocolate with almond milk.


Try making your own homemade almond milk and let me know what you think in the comments below.


How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

This recipe makes about 3 cups of homemade almond milk. Refrigerate unused portion and use within a few days. It's great for smoothies or just a substitute milk.
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Prep Time 1 day 15 minutes
Total Time 1 day 15 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American, beverage
Servings 3 cups
Calories 432 kcal


  • 1.5 cups raw almonds
  • 5 cups water divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or raw local honey my favorite natural sweeteners, but use what works for you


  • Add almonds to a bowl and add 2 cups of water.
  • Let almonds soak at least 24 hours, covered. You can leave it on the counter or refrigerate (my preference).
  • Once the almonds are done soaking drain and rinse the almonds.
  • Add the almonds along with 3 cups of water to your blender.
  • Blend for 1 to 2 minutes or until you no longer see chunks of almond, pulse toward the end. You should only see little specks of almond.
  • Add about 1/2 cup at a time of the liquid to your cheesecloth lined strainer or nut milk bag and let the liquid strain through. You may need to use a spatula or spoon to help it through. Once the milk is no longer starining through grab and squeeze the cheesecloth, making a small sac and strain the remaining liquid through.
  • Transfer the remaining almond meal to a container. You can save the almond meal for smoothies or to add to baking.
  • Repeat the straining process till all the liquid in the blender is gone.
  • You should have about 3 cups of almond milk.
  • Adjust your sweetness level to your liking at this point.
  • Enjoy!
  • Keep refrigerated.

Nutrition Disclaimer:

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate based on a third party nutritional plugin. Different online calculators may give different results depending on their own sources. The estimates may also change based on the ingredients you use. If you have dietary restrictions and need to accurately calculate the nutrition of this recipe, Whole Made Living recommends consulting a professional nutritionist.


Serving: 6gCalories: 432kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 15gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 118mgPotassium: 529mgFiber: 9gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 205mgIron: 3mg
Keyword almonds, dairy free, milk
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