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Recipe: Homemade Almond Milk

Though I don’t have anything against cow’s milk, I don’t really enjoy drinking it.  The only time I’ll have milk is on cereal (and that happens about twice a year).  I’m not opposed to it; I eat cheese and yogurt, I just don’t like drinking milk.  And I know I’m not alone.

However, I do enjoy other beverages – particularly almond milk.  Almond milk is one of those things that never occurred to me that I could make on my own.  When someone first suggested it to me, I felt like a fool for not thinking of it sooner.  It requires no cooking and has very little clean up.  Plus, you can experiment with other nuts or seeds.

    Homemade Almond Milk

    Makes 6 cups

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 dates, pitted (or make berry-almond milk, banana-almond milk, or mango-almond milk by adding ½ cup of fresh fruit)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Soak the almonds, salt, and water overnight.  Drain and combine almonds, 4 cups of new water into a blender.  Puree for 1-2 minutes, or until the almonds are a pulp.  Use a cheesecloth to strain the milk and set the solids aside.  Pour the milk back in the blender and puree with the fruit; strain again to remove the pulp.  Remember reserve the solids  from the almonds to make cookies, pancakes, or flour!

    *If you don’t want to reserve the solids, you can puree everything together and only strain it once.

NUTRITION INFORMATION (per cup):
148 calories ∣ 99 calories from fat ∣ 12 g fat ∣ 1 g saturated fat ∣ 8 g carbs ∣ 0 g fiber ∣ 5 g protein ∣ Good source of vitamin E ∣Manganese
*If you want it thicker, use less water but remember that the calorie content per cup will increase!

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3 Comments to "Recipe: Homemade Almond Milk"

  1. Kim says:

    If i where to use Almond pulp for my cooking, do think it would have the same nutritional value as “normal” Almond meal?

    • Kate Gardner says:

      Good question! The almond pulp can be used for baking or cooking, but some of the nutritional value will be diminished, because some of the nutrients would be in the milk. I can’t speculate as to how much, because that depends on a lot of factors, but almond meal would definitely be higher in some vitamins, protein, and fat.

  2. Kasi Mccarthey says:

    Because almonds are naturally very nutritious, almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. You can make almond milk yourself at home, and it will have the same nutritional value as the almond milk available commercially.

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