Making almond milk is insanely easy. I almost feel silly calling this a recipe but there is something about homemade nut milk that just can’t be beat. I dabbled in making different types of nut milk before but while doing the 21 Day Clean Program, I almost used a container of almond milk each day. In an effort to save money, save the environment (tossing out a ton of plastic jugs) and drinking a “cleaner” nut milk, I decided to make my own every few days. It’s so delicious and creamy, it just can’t be beat. It can seem so intimidating but its really so easy!
All you need is almonds, filtered water, an awesome blender and a nut milk bag or cheese cloth. My personal favorite is Ellie’s Best. I have found using cheese cloth is much more difficult and takes more time. Also, I do not peel the shells from my almonds after soaking them which a lot of recipes require. It takes more time and I personally can’t tell the difference so I don’t do it but feel free to remove the shells before blending everything.
- 1 cup almonds
- 5 cups filtered water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 2 medjool pitted dates (optional)
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Soak 1 cup almonds in a jar with two cups of water at least 8 hours or overnight (If in a pinch, soak the almonds in hot water for 3 hours)
- After they have soaked, rinse the almonds until the water is clear
- Next, place the almonds in your blender along with 4 cups filtered water and the additional add-ins if desired.
- Blend everything on high until fully blended. This takes about 3 minutes in a Vitamix blender.
- After fully blended, its time to strain the milk. I use Ellie's Nut Milk Bag because it makes life so much easier.
- Strain all of the liquid from the bag, jar and refrigerate.
- Because the milk has no preservatives, it stays fresh for about 4 days (if it lasts that long).
You can alter this recipe for any nuts but the soaking times will vary. I haven’t made every single nut milk but here are some soaking times based on my personal experience and my general understanding of the nuts I haven’t tried.
Cashews – 2 Hours
Walnuts -at least 8 Hours
Brazil Nuts – at least 8 Hours
Hazelnuts – at least 8 Hours
Hope you love!