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The Easy Way to Make Almond Milk Right at Home

Making homemade almond milk is easier and cheaper than you probably realize with this easy recipe!

While almond milk is as easy to buy as regular cow's milk these days, it's surprisingly easy to make right at home.

Now obviously you can't milk almonds like you can milk a cow, or any other animal in fact. This was actually a point of controversy by the United State Food & Drug Administration (FDA) back in 2018. The FDA wanted to change the labeling of almond milk to "almond beverage" because milk is considered something with "lacteal secretion," according to the FDA's definition. Yet nothing came to be of this specific food law. Almond milk is made by draining and blending almonds, making it dairy-free. It's extracting a liquid from the almond and discarding of the actual almond shell later.

So if you have extra almonds in the house and nothing to do with them, try making a batch of almond milk from scratch with this easy recipe! Here's how to do it.

Almond Milk Recipe

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup almonds (soaked in water overnight)
4 cups water

Optional additions:
Vanilla bean (or extract)
Medjool dates
Maple syrup, honey, agave, or stevia to taste

How to Make It

1

Soak the almonds

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You'll want to soak the almonds overnight. Place the cup of almonds in a bowl and fill with water (additional to the recipe), leaving room for them to soak. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 8 to 12 hours.

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2

Blend the ingredients

Mix soaked almonds, water, and optional ingredients in a blender for 1 to 2 minutes, until fully mixed and creamy.

3

Strain the mixture

Strain the mixture into a bowl using a cheesecloth, kitchen towel, or nut milk bag. Squeeze out ALL liquid, and set aside remaining almond pulp.

Eat This Tip

Save the almond pulp and use it to make cookies, crusts, nut butter, or even a body scrub!

Almond Milk Full Recipe

  1. Soak the almonds in a bowl with water (additional to the recipe) overnight in the fridge—up to 8 to 12 hours.
  2. Mix soaked almonds, water, and optional ingredients in a blender for 1 to 2 minutes, until fully mixed and creamy.
  3. Strain and squeeze out the mixture into a bowl using a cheesecloth, kitchen towel, or nut milk bag.

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