This homemade almond milk recipe is the creamiest almond milk thanks to a little coconut oil. It can be used wherever you use regular milk and makes a great coffee creamer.
Have you ever tried adding the boxed almond milk to your morning coffee? It leaves the strangest taste in your mouth and ruins the best part of the wake-up routine. This easy almond milk recipe is completely different. It has a creamy light taste without a bitter after taste.
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How to make homemade almond milk
First, you need to soak one cup of almonds. Add almonds to a bowl, add a pinch of sea salt, cover with filtered water and let soak at room temperature for at least 6 hours.
Drain the soaking water and rinse the almonds well with cold water.
Add soaked almonds to a high-speed blender with fresh water and coconut oil.
Blend for 45-60 seconds until smooth, then pour into a large bowl using a nut bag as a filter.
Squeeze the bag until you can’t get anymore liquid out.
Lastly, add your almond milk to a sealed container. You can save your pulp to make your favorite almond pulp recipe or discard it.
Why make your own almond milk?
Homemade almond milk has such a creamy delicious taste and taste infinitely better than store bought. It’s also environmentally friendly as you save on packaging.
Aside from the taste, store bought almond milk often contains additives like carrageenan, natural flavors, gums or other additives. While these additives seem harmless and possibly even “natural”, they have been known to cause indigestion and inflammation. If you have ever had any gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming almond milk, additives may be the cause.
This homemade almond milk recipe doesn’t require any additives and is made with just 3 ingredients.
How to thicken almond milk and make it extra creamy
Store bought almond milks generally add things like gums and carrageenan. This almond milk recipe uses coconut oil. Just three tablespoons of coconut oil can transform the milk from light to creamy.
What to do with leftover almond pulp?
There are many recipes for almond pulp that will come up with a simple Google Search. You can make hummus, cookies, breads and brownies.
A Wellness Trickle favorite is Vanilla Almond Pulp Granola that is super delicious and can be made right after making your almond milk, without cleaning your blender in between.
You can also make the pulp into an almond meal. Once you have squeezed all the liquid from the nut milk bag, spread the pulp on a parchment lined baking sheet or an unlined Caraway baking sheet and bake on 200 degree F for about 1.5- 2 hours. Check in on it every 20-30 mins and stir. Let cool, then add to a dry blender and pulse until a fine meal forms. Store in an airtight container.
What does this almond milk taste like?
This is an unsweetened almond milk recipe as written below. It’s creamy and designed to be used as a cow’s milk substitute.
This almond milk can be made sweet by adding 2-3 dates (or 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup) and about ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. This will give you a sweetened vanilla almond milk.
How long does almond milk last?
Homemade almond milk will stay fresh for about 4-5 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze almond milk?
You can freeze almond milk, but it’s not recommended unless you are using the frozen cubes for smoothies. The texture separates and gets a little strange, but it isn’t noticeable if you are adding to a blender for a smoothie.
Can this almond milk recipe be made without a high-speed blender?
You can make almond milk without a high-speed blender!
Overnight soaking – If you don’t have a high-speed blender, the best thing to do is soak your almonds overnight in the refrigerator for about 9 or 10 hours. This will insure they have had enough time to soak and get extra soft before blending.
Food processor – If you have a food processor, you can use one to make almond milk, though it may get messy. Food processors aren’t really designed for that much liquid.
Almond flour or almond meal – You can substitute the raw almonds in the recipe for the same amount of almond flour or almond meal. You won’t have as much pulp as most of it gets blended in the milk. Your almond milk won’t be as creamy or taste quite as good, but will be good enough in a pinch.
Hand blender / immersion blender – If you use almond flour instead of almonds and work in small batches with a 1:4 ratio of flour to water, you may be able to use a hand blender.
Additional recipe frequently asked questions
How long can almond milk sit out?
For a home with normal room temperatures below 90 degrees F, the USDA recommends not leaving your almond milk out for more than two hours. This is true for homemade almond milk and store bought (even if you bought shelf stable almond milk).
What is the best almond milk for protein shake?
We may be biased, but we think this one is the best for all almond milk things. Though not our favorite for drinking plain or in coffee, our favorite store-bought carton of almond milk is the Elmhurst Unsweetened Almond Milk.
Elmhurst uses only two ingredients for most of their dairy-free milks – the nuts and water. They don’t include any additives, so it’s a great alternative if you are going to add things like cocoa powder or your favorite fruits for flavoring your protein shake.
Is almond milk good in tea?
This almond milk recipe is great in tea! Try it with a matcha tea latte or even black tea. It’s delicious.
Is almond milk keto?
Most almond milk is keto friendly, but you will want to watch out for the sweetened almond milks. This homemade almond milk recipe (as written) has less than one carbohydrate per half cup serving, which makes it a great alternative to oat milk (about 8 carbs per half cup serving) if you’re following a keto diet or watching carbohydrate intake.
Can you substitute almond milk for milk?
You can absolutely substitute this almond milk recipe for regular cow’s milk in recipes. It’s a great option if you are dairy free.
Can I soak almonds in hot water for faster soaking?
Soaking your almonds in hot water is a great way to cut down on soaking time. Heating filtered water is recommended over tap water. Heat water to just before boiling and soak for 30-40 mins instead of 6+ hours. Then follow remaining directions.Print
Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
- Total Time: 8 hours
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
This creamy homemade almond milk doubles as a coffee creamer and is perfect as over cereal for busy mornings.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 6-8 cups filtered water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- Nut milk bag for straining
- Place the almonds and salt in a bowl and fill with filtered water, about an inch above the almonds.
- Soak the almonds for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
- Drain and rinse the almonds and add to a high speed blender with 4 cups of filtered water and the coconut oil.
- Blend on high for 45-60 seconds.
- Strain the milk into a bowl with the nut milk bag and squeeze out all liquid.
- Store almond milk in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
- Discard the almond pulp or save it to make your favorite almond pulp recipe*
This is not a sweet almond milk recipe. If you like your almond milk sweet, add a date or two and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract to the blender with the almonds, coconut oil and water.
*Almond pulp will go rancid if stored too long. Use within 5-7 days if using in a recipe.
- Prep Time: 8 hours
- Category: Basics
- Method: blender
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 65
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 93mg
- Fat: 6.5g
- Saturated Fat: 4.2g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 0.8g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 0.8g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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