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How to Make Almond Milk

Almond Milk is a perfect dairy-free milk option and is so easy to make right in your own kitchen in only about 10 minutes. This simple recipe is from PlantPure Kitchen Cookbook author, Kim Campbell.

homemade almond milk in glass pitcher half full

This dairy-free milk substitute is terrific served with cereal and fresh fruit or used in any recipe that calls for milk as an ingredient. Recipe creator, Kim Campbell, uses it in her Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes, and I like to make my Applesauce Muffins with it.

Some other great dairy-free milk options include Soy Milk and Cashew Milk, so be sure to give those a try as well.

Health benefits

Almond milk has an impressive nutrient profile and is loaded with plenty of fiber, and antioxidants. That means that almond milk has a lot of health benefits and even contains bone-strengthening calcium and protein.

Since it’s dairy-free, there is no lactose, so almond milk won’t cause the digestive issues that many with lactose intolerance suffer from cow’s milk. Cashew Milk is another great vegan milk alternative.

Another benefit is that since it comes from a plant and not an animal, there is zero cholesterol. I call that a win-win!

Ingredients needed

  • Raw almonds
  • Water
  • Sweetener such as pitted dates or maple syrup (optional)
  • Pinch of salt

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

How to make almond milk

You’ll need a blender to make this recipe. If you are using a standard blender that is not high-powered, you’ll need to soak the nuts in water overnight and then drain them. Personally, my blender is a Vitamix 5200 series, and that thing blends up almonds and anything else I toss into it.

Combine all the ingredients in a high-power blender and process on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until completely smooth and creamy.

Strain the milk through a reusable nut milk bag. This ensures that your milk will be nice and smooth. Recipe creator, Kim Campbell, says there are a variety of bags to choose from, but she strongly recommends a larger size.

almond milk being strained through a nut milk bag over blue bowl

Even though there is a strainer in the photo above, there is no need to use one if you’re using a nut bag as suggested.

Optional add-ins

This almond milk recipe tastes terrific just like it is, especially if you add in the optional dates to sweeten it up a little. If you want to switch it up a little more, consider adding in some of these.

  • Vanilla
  • Cocoa powder
  • Fruit such as strawberries

How to store

Store the almond milk in a covered glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. It might last a little longer if it’s kept in an airtight jar.

If it separates a little after a day or two, gently shake the jar or container until it is mixed back to consistency.

vegan oatmeal cookies on white plate with almond milk
Try it with my Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies.

Ways to use

Use homemade almond milk in any of the ways you might use regular milk such as on cereal, with vegan cookies, and in recipes like these.

almond milk being poured from pitcher over a bowl of granola cereal

What to do with the almond pulp

Don’t throw that pulp away! Believe it or not, the leftover almond pulp has a number of great uses.

almond milk in bottle with almonds on tabletop and light background

Substitutions & tips

  • Cashew milk- Substitute cashews for the almonds to make Cashew Milk.
  • Straining- Though using almonds requires straining, using cashews instead may eliminate the need for straining because there will be a smaller amount of nut pulp.
  • Soaking nuts- This recipe is much quicker if your blender is high-powered because it eliminates the need for soaking the nuts overnight.
  • Sweetness- There is no need to add dates or maple syrup if you don’t desire sweeter milk.
  • Options- For more vegan milk options, check out this list of Homemade Vegan Milks.

For those of you new to the whole food plant-based lifestyle, we’ve created a FREE 7-Day Plant-Based Menu Planner to help you get started!

About the Chef

Kim Campbell is the author of the PlantPure Nation and the PlantPure Kitchen cookbooks. She developed more than 250 delicious whole-food plant-based recipes using no processed oils

Kim is also the Director of Culinary Education and Development at PlantPure, where she works with her husband, Nelson, building an organization that promotes a whole foods plant-based diet.  Nelson directed and produced the groundbreaking movie, PlantPure Nation.

Kim graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Service Studies with a concentration in Nutrition and Child Development.  Her passion has always been nutrition education for children, families, and adults.  Kim has been a plant-based cook for more than 25 years cooking for her family and friends.  Her love of culinary goes back to her early childhood growing up in a large traditional family.  Kim is gifted at creating traditional American cuisine using 100% accessible plant-based ingredients.  She builds flavors and textures that are familiar to most people, helping to make the transition to a plant-based diet easier for people.

She is also the daughter-in-law of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, considered by many as the science ‘father’ of the rapidly growing plant-based nutrition movement.

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homemade almond milk in glass pitcher half full

Homemade Almond Milk

Yield: 4.5 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Almond Milk is a perfect dairy-free milk option and is so easy to make right in your own kitchen in only about 10 minutes. This simple recipe is from PlantPure Kitchen cookbook author, Kim Campbell.

Instructions

  1. You’ll need a blender to make this recipe. If you are using a standard blender that is not high-powered, you’ll need to soak the nuts in water overnight and then drain them. Personally, my blender is a Vitamix 5200 series, and that thing blends up almonds and anything else I toss into it.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a high-power blender and process on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until completely smooth and creamy.
  3. Strain the milk through a reusable nut milk bag. This ensures that your milk will be nice and smooth. Recipe creator, Kim Campbell, says there are a variety of bags to choose from, but she strongly recommends a larger bag.

Notes

This simple recipe is from the PlantPure Kitchen Cookbook author, Kim Campbell.

Substitutions & Tips

  • Cashew milk- Substitute cashews for the almonds to make cashew milk.
  • Straining- Though using almonds requires straining, using cashews instead may eliminate the need for straining because there will be a smaller amount of nut pulp.
  • Soaking nuts- This recipe is much quicker if your blender is high-powered because it eliminates the need for soaking the nuts overnight.
  • Sweetness- There is no need to add dates or maple syrup if you don’t desire sweeter milk.

What to do with the almond pulp

Don’t throw that pulp away! Believe it or not, the leftover almond pulp has a number of great uses.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

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