Fresh Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Almond Milk in your Blendtec or Vitamix blender by @BlenderBabes

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Fresh, homemade almond milk is a delicious milk substitute and is super easy to make from scratch. This homemade almond milk recipe is a complete treat and probably the milk substitute we make the most often.

Almond milk is a wonderful substitute to animal milk, and it’s benefits are excellent for both health and beauty.  Homemade almond milk has many nutritious benefits such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  It’s light and crisp flavor make it ideal for cereals, coffee creamer, smoothies, and ice creams.  Plus there are so many ways to tweak the recipe, and try something new!

Blender Babes recommends that if you really want to enjoy almond milk, to definitely want to invest in a Nut Milk Bag to remove the nut pulp after blending in your Blendtec or Vitamix or other high powered blender or food processor.  It’s actually kind of fun to milk the bag!  Just pretend it’s a cow’s teet and you grew up on a farm.  Only you can do it on your own schedule, not at sunrise :p  Some people reserve the nut pulp to use for later recipes, otherwise throw it away and clean your nut milk bag immediately after using. Also, using raw almonds is much healthier than dry roasted almonds, so stick with those but make sure to soak them overnight. Subscribe to know when we add other delicious milk substitute recipes too!

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Recipe type: Milk Substitute
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup of almonds (dry roasted or raw - if raw soak for 12 hours overnight)
  • 3 cups purified water
  • 1 cup ice

  • 3 tablespoons honey OR molasses OR a 2 to 3 soaked/pitted dates
  • 2 to 5 drops or 1 teaspoon Stevia or other sugar substitute of choice

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Add above ingredients to jar and secure the lid.
  2. For Blendtec: Press the WHOLE JUICE Button
  3. For Vitamix: Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Run for 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth.
  4. Strain through a 4 layer cheesecloth or use a nut milk bag
  5. All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! :) Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes

The tear-shaped almond has been a culinary favorite since ancient times.  The Romans believed they were also fertility charms and so threw them at newlyweds (ouch! way bigger than rice!)

Almonds are a rich source of several nutrients that can play a significant role in the prevention and treatment of various health concerns.  For example, when it comes to heart disease, five large studies (Nurses Health Study, Iowa Healthy Study, and others) found that nut consumption is associated with a lower risk for heart disease – the #1 killer in America. Almonds appear to reduce post-meal increases in blood sugar levels, which is helpful for diabetics.

Results of a study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Matabolic Disorders found that including almonds in a low calorie diet (high in monounsaturated fats) can help overweight individuals lose weight more effectively than a low-calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates.

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  1. Stephanie says

    While I agree that almond milk is healthier than almost all other milks, you have to reevaluate this statement: “It’s lower calorie than even fat-free or skim milk ..” If you enter these ingredients into almost any recipe/nutrition calculator you’ll see that one cup of homemade almond milk is 180 calories, which is more than even whole cow milk. Still good for you, but certainly not low-calorie!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Yes Stephanie, Thank you so much for pointing out our error! We have updated our post and appreciate your feedback. Welcome to our site, we hope you join our communities. To Your Health! xo ~Blender Babes

    • Deborah says

      Not so fast! You didn’t need to concede on the calorie front. Stephanie seems to be forgetting that you strain the pulp from the almonds which means that the amount of “almond” that actually makes it into the final result is far less than what she has calculated. Though I’ve seen as diverse figures as 5 (Whole Foods Market) and 70 (LiveStrong) calories per cup, nothing I’ve seen brings the calorie count up to the level of cow’s milk.

      Also, I strain my almonds through a kitchen towel which works pretty well for me and has kept me from having to add one more thing to my overcrowded cupboards.

      Thanks for the variations on the theme that you’ve offered here… I’ll have to give them a try.

    • Bilma says

      I purchase commercial unsweetened almond milk that has 30 calories per cup. I bought a vitamix and had plans to make a healthier version. I am really upset to learn that the calorie count can be 180. What makes it so much higher than the store brands? Is there any way to reduce the calories?

      • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

        This is a great question Bilma. Homemade almond milk typically has a lower almond to water ratio than store bought. Here is a great explanation. Although higher in calories, homemade almond milk is full of more heart healthy mono saturated (anti-inflammatory) fats. If you wanted to, you could add more water to lower the caloric content.

    • says

      Homemade milk substitutes are fun to make and sooooo tasty! We add a little vanilla and/or raw cacao for something different, and use a base for smoothies, ice cream, and as a coffee creamer :)

  2. KB says

    Hi! I am going to try this recipe but, I have a question. Do you soak the 1 C almonds in the 3/4 C water and add that to the blender or the water that you soak the almonds in you have to dump out and add 3/4 C new water? Just dont wanna mess it up. Thanks

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey KB! Definitely use fresh water (2 to 3 cups depending on how you like it). I prefer 3 cups of water and use a nut milk bag to make it extra smooth. If I make a small portion quickly for a smoothie or ice cream however, I’ll use 1/4 cup of almonds and about 1.5 cups of water and don’t use a nut milk bag. :) Let us know how it goes! :)

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  4. says

    So I have never made almond milk before. I really want to make this but have one question, do you need to remove the outer brown skin of the raw almonds before blending them or do they get taken care of when you use the nut milk bag?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Darci! No you do not need to remove the brown outer skin, although make sure to choose raw almonds and to soak them overnight first. :) The nut milk bad will definitely take out all the pulp/skin for you. HAPPY BLENDING!

  5. says

    The Recipe is so delicious and tasty. I have tried many such similar recipes but none have worked so great for me. Thanks a lot for those detailed and step by step instructions that made it easier to get the job done in no time. I love almond milk and I am greatly fascinated by its health benefits around us. Check out my website, I also have some info regarding almond milk that will be a great value to all its readers.