How To: Make Homemade Almond Milk

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Little known fact about me: I’ve often been told that I say certain words funny, milk being one of them. Apparently, to some people (ahem, my husband!), the way I say milk sounds a whole lot like melk. When I say something like, “Hey sweetie, can you pass me the melk?” He responds with, “Well, I don’t have any melk but I do have some milk. Would you like that?” And to that I say, “Just give me some dang melk! I mean…miiiiillllk!!”

Annnnyyyyyways.  We’ve been trying to cut out processed and preserved foods whenever we can. I am constantly appalled at how many words I cannot pronounce in any given ingredient list. I figure, if I can’t pronounce something it shouldn’t be in my body, right?

The other day I whipped up this almond milk (not melk). It’s such a simple recipe and has zero preservatives in it! Double score.

Homemade Almond Milk
(Printable recipe at bottom of post)

  • 1 c. raw almonds
  • Water to soak almonds in (about 2 cups)
  • 5-6 cups filtered water (for milk)
  • ~1 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar (optional)
  • ~1/2 tsp. vanilla and/or almond extract (optional)

1. Place 1 cup of almonds in a bowl, cover with water, and soak for about 8 hours, or overnight.

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

2. Drain and rinse your almonds.

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

3. Place almonds in a blender with 5-6 cups of filtered water. You can use a regular blender, but a high speed one (such as a Vitamix, Ninja, Blentec, etc.) definitely makes quicker work of it.

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

4. Blend until smooth, about 90 seconds in a high speed blender. Longer in a regular blender (up to a few minutes).

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

5. Lay a linen or cotton towel (just don’t use terry cloth!) in a bowl that is large enough to hold all of your liquid. If you wanna get fancy, you can use a nut milk bag like this one. Otherwise, a plain ol’ towel will work :)

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

6. Carefully pour your milk into your towel lined bowl.

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

6. Gather your towel up and gently squeeze the liquid out of the pulp into the bowl.

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

7. Don’t throw your almond pulp away! You’ve just created what’s known as almond meal- which is great for baking and is sold for a pretty penny in grocery stores!

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

8. If you’d like to try using your almond meal, spread it out on a sheet pan and bake at 350 F for 15 mins. Let it cool and store it in a zip-loc in the freezer.

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

9. At this point, you can add some honey or agave to sweeten your milk and some vanilla and/or almond extract to add some flavor. Some people like it completely plain, but I like mine sweetened with honey and a splash of vanilla and almond to add some extra flavor :) I found it easiest to rinse out my blender, pour the milk back in, add my honey and flavoring and give it a quick whirl to blend it all together.

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Pour your finished product into a airtight container and stash in the fridge. It’ll keep for about a week and is perfect over cereal, in coffee, with cookies, in almost any recipe that calls for milk…the possibilities are endless!

Enjoy your melk!
Mrs. Edwards

Homemade Almond Milk

Author: Terra
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 c. raw almonds
  • Water to soak almonds in (about 2 cups)
  • 5-6 cups filtered water (for milk)
  • ~1 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar (optional)
  • ~1/2 tsp. vanilla and/or almond extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place almonds in a bowl, cover with water, and soak for 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse almonds.
  3. Place almonds in a blender with 5-6 cups of filtered water. You can use a regular blender, but a high speed one (such as a Vitamix, Ninja, Blentec, etc.) definitely makes quicker work of it.
  4. Blend until smooth, about 90 seconds in a high speed blender. Longer in a regular blender (up to a few minutes).
  5. Lay a linen or cotton towel (just don’t use terry cloth!) in a bowl that is large enough to hold all of your liquid.
  6. Carefully pour your milk into your towel lined bowl.
  7. Gather your towel up and gently squeeze the liquid out of the pulp into the bowl.
  8. Don’t throw your almond pulp away! You’ve just created what’s known as almond meal- which is great for baking and is sold for about $10/lb in grocery stores!
  9. If you’d like to try using your almond meal, spread it out on a sheet pan and bake at 350 F for 15 mins. Let it cool and store it in a zip-loc in the freezer.
  10. If you’d like to add sweetness or a fuller flavor, rinse blender and pour milk back in. Add honey, agave or another sweetener of your choice and vanilla and/or almond extract. Blend to combine.
  11. Pour milk into an airtight container and refrigerate up to a week.
  12. Enjoy!

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