I’ve never been much of a milk drinker.  When my family and I switched to a plant based diet giving up dairy wasn’t really that hard for me.  For my son it was a little tougher.  He normally starts his morning with a glass of hot milk.  I knew there were a ton of non dairy milk substitutes on the market so I figured we would be ok.  Then I took a look at some of the ingredient lists.  Quickly the options of non dairy milk substitutes dwindled down to 2 0r 3 choices.  WestSoy has an unsweetened soy milk that I like and Pacific Natural Foods has an oat milk that I really like.  Both are great to use in a pinch but I really like making my own ‘milk’.  Not only do a I get fresh milk with no added preservatives or chemicals but I also end up with homemade almond meal!  It’s like BOGO but without the shoes.  I like shoes.  They are pretty.  After you make your almond milk you should go buy shoes.



  • 2 cups raw unsalted almonds
  • water

Preparation for Almond Milk:

  1. Add your almonds to a large bowl and cover them completely with water.  Soak them for at least six hours (I usually just leave them overnight) until they are nice and plump.

    Add your almonds to a large bowl and cover completely with water

  2. After soaking add 1 cup of almonds and 1 1/2 cups of water to your food processor or blender (you need to work in batches, don’t try to add all the almonds and water to the processor at once) and blend for about 30 seconds. You’ll end up with a frothy, milky looking mixture.

    Process almonds and water in a food processor for 30 seconds until you have a frothy, milky mixture

  3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl or other container.

    Press out the extra liquid from the almond pulp with a spoon or spatula

  4. Press any extra liquid out with the back of a spoon or spatula.  You want to try to get as much  liquid as possible out of the almond pulp.
  5. Remove the almond pulp from the stainer and place in a separate bowl and set aside.
  6. Repeat steps 2 - 5 until all your almonds have been processed.

Preparation for Almond Meal:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Spread the almond pulp on a baking sheet as evenly as possible.

    Spread the almond pulp on a baking sheet as evenly as possible

  3. Place in the oven for about an hour or until the almonds are toasted and brown.  The almonds should be very dry.  You could also use a dehydrator if you’d like.
  4. Transfer the toasted almonds to a blender or food processor and process until you have a fine grain consistency.
  5. If there are any almond skins that didn’t get processed simply pour the almond meal through a stainer and discard the leftover skin.
  6. You should be left with about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of almond meal.

    Homemade Almond Meal

Nutritional Info:

Makes approximately 2 cups of Almond Milk and 2 cups of Almond Meal.

I have no idea how to calculate the nutritional info of almond milk - sorry!


You can use this Almond Milk to replace milk in most recipes or anywhere you’d use a store bought almond milk.

For a sweetened Almond Milk add a date to step 2 and process as directed.  For a Vanilla Almond Milk add a couple of drops of vanilla to your milk and shake well.

Almond Milk will keep in the fridge for about 5 days.

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  1. sue says:

    Hi, I love almond milk and can’t wait to make my own. Thanks for the recipe. Question: After the almonds are soaked is fresh water used in the food processor or the water used in the overnight soaking?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Sue,

      You can use the water that the almonds were soaked in or some new fresh water. I used the water they were soaked in but only had enough for the first batch. It was really amazing to see how plain water and crushed almonds make this fantastic ‘milk’.


  2. Teddi says:

    Can you freeze this freshly made almond milk? I can’t believe how wonderful this is and so easy. I take the almond meal that is left over from blending before I roast in oven and squeeze through cheese cloth. I got about another cup of milk doing that. Just want to know if I can freeze this.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Teddi,

      I personally have not tried freezing it but I have heard from others that have freezer it and it turned out just fine. Please let us know if it works for you!


  3. Beth says:

    I just used this recipe and came up with a full quart of almond milk. Did I do something wrong?? I used 2 cups of almonds, but when they expanded, it was about 3.5-4 cups… so should I have measured the total water amount to be 3 cups (to go with the original measurement of 2 cups almonds), or do you measure it cup for cup after expansion? I hope that made sense…

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Beth,

      I think I know what you’re saying. After you add the water to the almond to let them soak, you can use that same water when making the almond milk. You will need more water than what is left from the soaking almonds though. If you ended up with quart you did it right though. That’s about how much I end up with.



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