How to make almond milk

Almond milk

In honor of the new Got Milk? campaign that’s attempting to smear the alternative milk industry, I thought I’d share a quick and simple nut milk recipe. Which I’m sure you’ve seen, because it’s nearly everyone’s nut milk recipe. But remember, guys, this isn’t real milk. Becuase real milk comes from cows. That are injected with hormones and antibiotics and milked until their udders fall off.* HA. Sounds to me like the “real” milk industry is in danger if they’ve stooped to picking on almond milk for its ‘funky color’.

*Pfft, obviously I know the cow’s udders don’t really fall off.


1/2 cup raw almonds
2 cups filtered water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder, optional

In a small bowl, soak the almonds in fresh, filtered water; cover with a towel and store in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Line a large jar with a nut milk bag; set aside. Drain the almonds, rinse thoroughly then place them in the container of a high speed blender (I use a VitaMix). Add the 2 cups of water and blend, on high speed, for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the prepared jar and squeeze all of the milk out of the bag. You can freeze the nut pulp for later use, if desired. As for the milk, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Shake well before using, separation is natural.

Yield: About 2 cups


  • Reply Allysia 27 February 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Yarg! That campaign makes me kind of mad. But I guess when you don’t have a lot going for your product (saturated fat? pus?) then maybe you have to resort to measures like that. I personally never really liked milk, and when I tried soy milk for the first time I was all, “holy crap, this actually tastes good!” and never drank milk again. :) Almond milk is also excellent!

  • Reply cookingwithlysa 27 February 2012 at 5:13 PM

    It looks so hard to do but really, it’s so easy. I look stupid but…I had no idea it was that easy!! I will stop buying my almond milk for sure. Your picture is so cute. Thank you for sharing!:)

  • Reply Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl 27 February 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Oh.My.Goodness. This looks SO simple! I am stoked to try this out! My husband recently found out that he is lactose intolerant and he can house a carton of almond milk in 1 day. This will definitely be happening ASAP!

  • Reply Richa 27 February 2012 at 6:59 PM

    thats a gorgeous picture.. who wouldnt want to drink that milk!
    i know that stupid ad they released sometime back about shaking the non airy milk, making you crazy.. that was just hilarious in a very ridiculous and grasping at straws way

  • Reply Carrie 27 February 2012 at 8:38 PM

    yum! I love homemade almond milk!

  • Reply Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan 27 February 2012 at 9:48 PM

    That campaign is so infuriating! Your milk is beautiful, healthy and humane :)

  • Reply Cara 27 February 2012 at 10:01 PM

    I think you forgot to mention the puss inside the so-called real milk. eeeeewwwwwww.
    Do you remember yet where you got those labels? Still unable to figure out this thing you call the interweb.
    xo, Jesus :)

  • Reply nancy 27 February 2012 at 11:12 PM

    YUM! this recipe makes me want to make my own almond “milk” ASAP. what sort of things would you use that almond pulp for?

    • Reply Ashlae 27 February 2012 at 11:24 PM

      Hi Nancy! You can dry the nut pulp and sprinkle it on salads, pasta, etc. Or you can use it in making raw desserts. I suppose I need to make a raw cookie recipe that uses this pulp.

  • Reply blessedmama 28 February 2012 at 4:46 AM

    You make it sound so easy squeezy! Take that – cow milk commercials! Bah. I live in California. We see firsthand those “happy” cows.

  • Reply KC@home 29 February 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Love the label on the bottle. Where do you get them?

  • Reply Nina 5 March 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Ok, the universe (and a whole bunch of bloggers) keep telling me to make my own plant milks. So I’ve ordered 4 nut milk bags! :)
    Thanks for your crazily straightforward ‘recipe’.
    Now when are those bags going to arrive…?

  • Reply Veganna 10 November 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I am wondering where you get your raw organic almonds? I only find them in small quantities at high prices in health food stores. Any ideas on where to buy in bulk?

    • Reply Ashlae 10 November 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Hi Veganna!

      I get mine at Natural Grocers. Whole Foods would likely have them in bulk. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Donna 4 February 2014 at 12:42 PM

    I want to do this asap…You make the process look wonderfully simple…and the almond milks here in France are virtually always sweetened and the calories are double the amount one finds for a 250ml (1 cup) serving when using Almond Breeze or Califia Almond milks…

    Do you know if this homemade version “checks in” at 40 kcal’s/cup…or even under? Thank you so much for this brilliant recipe!

    • Reply Ashlae 4 February 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Hi Donna –

      I’m not sure, but you could plug the ingredients into a calculator to find out.

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  • Reply Teti 13 August 2017 at 3:26 AM

    Hi. There’s a stupid question I’ve got to ask: Do you skin the almonds first?

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