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How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Friday, January 27th, 2012

DIY Nut Milk

Staying true to this week’s theme of 5 minuet meals, did you know that you can make your own Nut Milk at home in about 5 minutes? It is so easy and cost effective! You can use any nut or seed that you like: almond, walnut, sunflower, hemp, hazelnut, sesame, pumpkin, or even pecan which is what I used for this recipe.

I make almond milk ALL the time. It’s so versatile and makes a wonderful replacement for cow’s milk in anything from mashed potatoes (use unsweetened) to chocolate smoothies!! This time I decided to mix it up and use some local Texas pecans I got from a lovely friend.

Homemade nut milks also make a healthy and unique gift! It’s a nice change from the usual bottle of wine. I gave this bottle to a friend who was recently hosting Sunday Brunch. You can have some fun and season your milks anyway you like by adding honey, agave, vanilla stevia or maple syrup and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg , or pure cocoa extract! Yumm!!

Homemade Pecan Milk

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup raw Pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 pitted dates OR 2 Tbs honey, agave, or maple syrup OR a dropper of liquid stevia (optional)
  • tiny pinch of sea salt (the salt actually brings out the sweetness!)
  • 1-2 Tbs Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional but SO GOOD for fall!) use code WAG472 to get $5 off!
  • 5 cups water

In a blender, simply blend all ingredients together until smooth.

I make all my smoothies and nut milks using a VitaMix which is a super awesome, state of the art, amazing, must have high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will get you the creamy consistency that you desire.  I love, love, LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, Hamilton Beach makes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmart or Target.

Then pour the mixture through a nut milk bag or a paint straining bag. You can get 1 gallon paint straining bags for $1 at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. Squeeze the remaining liquid through the bag and voilà, you are left with a lovely nut milk!!  Save the pulp for later to use in desserts, smoothies, or veggie patties. Your nut milk will last about 5 days in the fridge.


  • Soaking your nuts in water for 4-8 hours before hand will release their enzymes. This is recommended for more nutrition but not mandatory.
  • For a simple unflavored version, simply blend water + nuts only.
  • You can use ANY nut or seed that you like: almond, cashew, walnut, sunflower, hemp, hazelnut, sesame, pumpkin, pecan, macadamia, etc.
  • If you prefer the taste of skim milk, add more water. For a whole milk or cream consistency, use less water.
  • Have fun experimenting with spices and flavors. You could add cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, vanilla, mint, anise, chai spices, coconut…the possibilities are endless!!
  • If you don’t have a nut milk or paint straining bag, have no fear! Simply let the mixture stand for 10-15 mins. The pulp will naturally separate and sink to the bottom 🙂


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37 Responses to “How to Make Homemade Almond Milk”

  1. jojoebi January 27, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    Are the nuts cooked or raw? I’m not able to buy nut milk here but then I read that you need to use raw nuts which is also a problem but if the nuts are cooked I will be able to make it.

    • Linda January 27, 2012 at 9:55 am #

      Hi Jojoebi,
      I always use raw nuts. They are more nutritious.

      I also always say, do the best you can with what you’ve got. If you don’t have raw nuts you can either order them online through iherb or you can use roasted. Roasted is not as good, but it’s better then a lot of other things you will find!!

      • jojoebi January 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

        thanks, I will try and find some roasted nuts, apparently Japan doesn’t allow raw nut imports, heaven knows why but that would explain why I haven’t been able to find any!

  2. Kibby January 27, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Love the article, Linda! I make my own nut milks and it couldn’t be any easier. I love to make walnut with cinnamon, vanilla almond, chocolate hazelnut, almond and brazil nut milk blend, the list can go on and on. so many options. So much healthier and better for you than the processed store bought kind (yes, even Almond Breeze). Soak nuts, strain, rinse, add flavors and blend. How creamy, dreamy and blissful! Once you’ve gone this route of making your own, you won’t go back. 🙂

    • Linda January 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Agreed, even the cleanest store brands still have preservatives. Making it at home is so much better and WAY more fun!! 🙂

  3. cathleen January 27, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Just finished making a batch of cashew oatmeal milk. amazing. I would love to know
    how much better nut milk is for you than dairy milk.

    • Linda January 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

      Cathleen, Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll do a post on the benefits in the near future!! xo

  4. Anonymous January 27, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I just made the switch from skim milk to almond milk, so THANK YOU!

  5. Julia January 27, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I am so excited about this I can’t even tell you! We have been drinking Almond milk and this will make it so much easier. We have had a Vitamix for 10 years and have been doing daily smoothies for all of those 10 years. Your smoothie recipe has really helped us get out of our rut. We have recently revamped our diet and a large part is due to your blog. Thank you for all of the helpful hints and recipes. I have had so much energy and that is all because of your green smoothie recipe! Thank you thank you!

    • Linda January 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      AWESOME!!!! Yay for green smoothies and yay for lots of ENERGYYYYY!!!

  6. Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic January 27, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    This is SO simple. Thank you so much for sharing I can’t wait to try this!

    • Linda January 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      Kelly, you’ll love it!! xo

  7. Evelyn Eidsath January 28, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Wow, I had no idea making nut milk was that simple! I’ve always wanted to try nut milk, so I might try now :3
    I looove your blog and all the recipes look so good I can’t believe they’re all so healthy, too! Right now I’m in the hospital because of an eating disorder. My body wasn’t getting the proper nutrition so it went into kind of a survival mode and my heart got really weak. Now I’m on bed rest and getting what they say is the necessary amount of food to repair, but it feels like so much and it’s a challenge.
    When I read your posts and recipes I learn more about proper nutrition and the benefits of eating enough healthy food, and recovering doesn’t seem as hard as I thought it would be 🙂 When I get out, I plan to make many delicious meals and I thank you for them!

    • Linda January 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      Get Well Evelyn! Sending lots of love and light your way! xo

  8. brigitte January 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    you really have it figured out!
    found you about 2 weeks ago-
    my new go to!
    thank you.

    • Linda January 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      thank YOU brigitte!!!

  9. Kristen January 29, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    I am so excited to find your blog. I have Crohn’s disease and decided after months of failed medical treatments to pursue holistic methods. I am on a program based on the GAPS diet, so your juice recipes are a LIFESAVER, as well as this Nut Milk recipe. You make it so simple! I also just used your code on iHerb to order some almond flour! Thanks;)

    • Linda January 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Awesome Kristen, so glad you are here!!

  10. anastasia January 30, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    wow so cool!!! im going to give this a try with almonds…do you think i can splash almond milk in my tea? or will it curdle?…

    • Linda January 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      It should be fine in tea 🙂

  11. mo February 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Do you have any examples of recipes to use the pulp?

  12. Amy Picco February 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Linda, have you ever used pistachio in any of your nut milks, I was thinking of adding some to my almond milk. I have a huge bag of pistachio to use and need a good recipe.

    • Linda February 10, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      I haven’t but you should try it and let me know how it turns out!

  13. Allison W. February 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi Linda!

    First I want to say how much I love your site and how you’ve turned me to green smoothies! I have one everyday and I feel better than ever!
    With the nut milk, I see you’ve said you can use any nut but I just want to make sure. Could I make this with macadamia nuts?

    Thank You!


  14. Char Jagoe February 22, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    I love your blog and have been trying some of your juices and smoothies. We do not drink cows milk and usually purchase almond or coconut milk. I would like to start making my own, using your recipe. I have been searching for bottles to hold it in and wondered where you purchased yours. They are so cute! My husband and I are in our 70’s and have some health issues that can be avoided by juicing and eating vegitarian dishes. I’m so glad we found you!

  15. Joanna March 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    I’ve recently begun enjoying your Green Smoothie and Superfood Smoothie. I am interested in the idea of nut milks but am concerned that my Cuisinart blender may not handle the job. Are nut milks REALLY better than cow’s milk? Or do they take some getting used to? One other question, in your superfood smoothie recipe you say to use 1/2 a bag of frozen blueberries. Since there are different sized bags, what is the measurement in cups?
    I am so glad to have found your site and iherb! I’m considering your one-on-one services.


    • Linda March 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Joanna, you can just play around with the amounts. There really is no exact measurement!! That’s part of the fun!! I’d say start out with 1/2 – 1 cup of fruit.
      Regarding nut milks, my belief is a strong and resounding YES!!! You can make nut milks in any blender 🙂

  16. Jennifer August 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I was just wondering if you have a recommendation for buying almonds to make almond milk. I can find low-cost, bulk options but they are not necessarily the best *quality* of nuts, or at least there’s no indication of where they come from, how they were grown, age etc. I’m just wondering if you (or anyone else that makes a lot of milks) has any idea where to obtain lower cost but still high quality nuts. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated and I really like your idea of giving milk away as a unique gift!

  17. Jennie January 19, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I buy my almond milk. But my dad makes his by soaking them then running them through his Omega juicer a few times with some water. It really breaks it down, the pulp then doesnt even end up in the Vita Mix. Its really very good,.


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