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How to make Almond Milk, for your homemade pantry, updated for rich or standard versions!

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This post has been updated to include additional options for making homemade Almond Milk.

I have never been a milk drinker. For the most part, I have been lactose intolerant for dang near my whole life. I have had times when milk was consumed in small amounts and I did OK with digestion, but I was also eating yogurt at the time and I believe yogurt helped with digestion of fresh milk. Now oh so many years later, yogurt and I have parted company and fresh milk is all but off the table. 

I have found that sometimes I need a little something to pour over a bowl of cereal, hot or cold. I began purchasing Almond milk at the market. And I must say it was watery and personally I did not like the long list of ingredients beyond water and almonds. So I decided to make my own...

This is a richer almond milk than you can purchase in the market and you will enjoy it over cereal or in a smoothie. I have not served it warm, yet. Maybe a cup of cocoa is not out the question...

For those times when you would like to use almond milk in a recipe and standard almond milk (commercially prepared almond milk) is what you are looking for, we have a version for that as well. 

How to make Almond Milk, for your homemade pantry. Much better than store bought!
Homemade Almond Milk.

Homemade Rich Almond Milk
by the seat of my pants
makes 1 pint

1 rounded cup of almonds - Tip, toasted almonds make a delicious flavored milk.
water

2 1/4 c water - divided
1 t vanilla
1 t sugar

Place almonds in a container and cover with water, allow almonds to sit 24 hours to soften.

Drain well.

Rich and delicious, learn how to make a rich Almond Milk, better than store bought.
Making Almond Milk.

Place drained almonds in a blender jar along with 1 1/2 cups of the water, vanilla, and sugar. Blend until smooth. Add remaining water and blend until creamy and the almond bits are very tiny. This may take a minute or more.

Line a fine mesh sieve with dampened cheesecloth, and set over a catch bowl. Pour the blended almonds into the sieve. Let drain completely. To extract all the milk, take the four corners of the cheesecloth and bring them together to gather up the drained almond meal. 

Homemade Almond Milk. Better than store bought.
Straining the almond puree to make Almond Milk.

Holding firmly to the cheesecloth, gently squeeze the remaining almond milk through the cheesecloth, without dropping blended almonds into the milk.  

Place in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate. Note: Almond milk will separate during storage, shake before using. 

Homemade Standard Almond Milk
by the seat of my pants
makes 1 1/2 pints

1 rounded cup of almonds 
3 1/4 c water divided
1 t vanilla
1 t sugar


Place almonds in a container and cover with water, allow almonds to sit 24 hours to soften.

Drain well.


Place drained almonds in a blender jar along with 1 1/2 cups of the water, vanilla, and sugar. Blend until smooth. Add remaining water and blend until creamy and the almond bits are very tiny. This may take a minute or more.

Homemade Almond Milk. Better than store bought. No chemicals or artificial ingredients.
Making Almond Milk using a "nut bag". 

Line a fine mesh sieve with dampened cheesecloth or you may use a nut bag, set over a catch bowl. Pour the blended almonds into the sieve. Let drain completely. To extract all the milk, take the four corners of the cheesecloth or the two corners of the nut bag and bring them together to gather up the drained almond meal. 


Holding firmly to the cheesecloth and/or nut bag, gently squeeze the remaining almond milk through the cheesecloth, without dropping blended almonds into the milk.  A nut bag helps prevent nut pieces from dropping into your strained milk. 

Place in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate. Note: Almond milk will separate during storage, shake before using. 


Enjoy!
How to make Almond milk, rich and delicious. Much better than store bought.
"Spent" almonds from making Almond Milk, these will be made into almond flour.

The almond paste left from making almond milk is easily turned into almond flour for baking, stay tuned for directions for this process. 

UPDATE: How to make Almond Flour, a simple frugal process. 


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18 comments

  1. TQVM, looking forward to part two of this adventure!

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    1. Thank you, I will keep everyone posted. This has been fun.

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  2. Since we gave up on regular milk I've so been wanting to try making our own almond milk! This looks wonderful! We would love to have you at our To Grandma's house we go link party that opened this Wednesday morning and lasts all week! Its at grandmashousediy.com :)

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    1. I will see you there, thanks for the invitation.

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  3. It looks so easy! Now to just get off my duff and make it. Hubby and I aren't big milk drinkers, we usually just use powder milk if we need it for cooking. This might be a good alternative. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

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    1. I have not cooked with it as of yet, I will use it in some drinks to start. I think a nice cocoa on the next rainy day.

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  4. This sounds pretty easy. We buy plain, unsweetened almond milk. I guess I could do this leaving out the vanilla and sugar in your recipe. I'll have to try it.

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    1. I did not care for the commercial product, plus it would go bad before being used up. I like this rich version, it is wonderful over cereal or cut fruit.

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  5. You make it look so simple, I need to try your recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  6. Forwarding this post to my daughter!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday, I really appreciate you sharing with us!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. Wow I didn't realize it was that easy. I've been drinking it since going vegan. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is, but fair warning, with not preservatives it does not keep as long. I only make what I will use in a couple of days.

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  9. This looks great, I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing with us at the To grandma's house we go link party - you will be featured in the next party that starts wednesday morning!

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