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Almond milk recipe from scratch – I have been using a lot of nuts milk (cashew and almond milk) and soy milk in my diet. The morning chai is made with soy milk or cashew milk. In the cakes or bread that I make I add these non-diary milk or water.

almond milk

After having Almond milk a couple of times, I have got hooked on to it. Its so good. especially for a milk hater like me. I could never just have plain milk even with sugar. its easy on the tummy and there is no after milk smell in the palate. Its also good for kids who are allergic to milk or have lactose intolerance.

How to use almond milk

It can be had plain or sweetened with some sugar or jaggery or honey. If you like chocolate, then warm the milk and add some cocoa powder and you have a nice warm chocolate drink. You can even mix cereals or fruits with the milk.

We use almond milk not only as a beverage, but I also make my favorite desserts like vermicelli pudding, carrot halwa, mango kulfi and fruit custard with it. Recently I made strawberry falooda with almond milk and it was truly awesome. So after making a few Indian desserts with it, I have come to the conclusion that it substitutes very well with cow’s milk in making Indian sweets. I also added it in milkshake likes strawberry almond milkshake and mango milkshake recipe.

The consistency of almond milk is similar to dairy milk but it has a refreshing taste & flavor unlike cow’s milk. Again there are added health benefits of having almond milk every day. In the refrigerator it stays best for 3-4 days.

How to make almond milk

1: boil water and switch off the flame when the water becomes hot and starts boiling.

water to make almond milk

2: rinse the almonds and add these to the boiled water. Cover with a lid and let the almonds get blanched for 30-45 minutes. I blanch the almonds as its easier to remove the peel. You can also soak the almonds overnight. But I find peeling soaked almonds cumbersome. The peels just don’t come off easily. You can keep the peels if you want. I remove them as they irritate our throats when they are ground.

rinse almonds to make almond milk

3: drain the water. This water you can cool and give it to your plants. Just press the peel of the almond between your thumb and forefinger and the peel comes off easily. Remove the peels of all the almonds this way.

drain almond water

4: now add 3 cups water in the blender along with the almonds. Blend till smooth.

blend almonds to make almond milk

5: using a juice strainer/fine sieve/muslin/cheese cloth bag strain the milk keeping a large bowl or pan below.

strain the almond milk

6: you will see the milk filtering down and the almond pulp on the strainer. Press the pulp with a wooden spoon or non-reactive metal spoon.

almond pulp - making almond milk

7: now take this pulp back into the blender and add 1 cup of water and blend again. This part is optional. You can just blend the almonds with 4 cups water and then strain the milk once. strain again.

almond milk preparation

8: press with the spoon again so that all the milk is extracted from the pulp.

almond pulp - making almond milk

9: collect the leftover almond paste and freeze or refrigerate it. You can add this to your roti dough, bread dough and even sweets. Or just roast them in a pan till they become dry. Grind in a dry grinder and you have homemade almond flour which you can add to your tarts, cookies, cakes, breads etc making it excellent to make gluten-free goodies.

almond paste - making almond milk

10: Collect the almond milk in a ceramic or glass jar or glass bottle. Keep the jar covered. Keep in the refrigerator.

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11: Use almond milk whenever required to make your favorite drink or just have it plain. Stir the jar or bottle before using the milk as the heavy particles settle down. For a warm drink, just warm the milk, don’t boil.

Boiling or overheating will cause almond milk to separate and lose all its taste and flavor. Or just have the almond milk as it is.

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method to make almond milk at home

Almond Milk

Step-by-step method to make almond milk from scratch at home.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cuisine World
Course Beverages
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 4 cups almond milk
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 4 cups water for blending the almonds
  • 3 to 4 cups water for blanching the almonds

Instructions
 

soaking almonds

  • Boil water. Add rinsed almonds.
  • Cover and blanch almonds for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • When the almonds are soaked well, drain the water.

making almond milk

  • Peel the almonds one by one.
  • Blend the peeled almonds with 3 or 4 cups of water in a blender. Strain once or twice.
  • Collect the almond milk in a bottle or jar. Keep it covered in the refrigerator.
  • It stays good for 3-4 days.
  • The leftover almond paste can be used in cakes, cookies or making breads.

Notes

  1. The almonds can be soaked overnight also.
  2. The Almond Milk can be strained in one go or twice or thrice. For thick milk, first blend the almonds with 1 or 2 cups of water and strain. Collect the pulp in the blender. Add 2 cups water and blend again. Strain and this will be the thin milk.
  3. This Almond Milk stays best for 3-4 days in a refrigerator. So, make as per your need.
  4. Nutritional info is for 1 cup of Almond Milk.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Almond Milk
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 252mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin E 9mg60%
Calcium 108mg11%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 18µg5%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 100mg25%
Phosphorus 173mg17%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe in such an easy way and in detail. My daughter turned vegan. And as a mother I want to support her in all possible way including trying vegan recipes in day today life. This is most useful.5 stars

    1. pleased to know this thankyou so much priti you you and your daughter 🙂

  2. Hi Dassana,
    Just wanted to know, if we can use this milk in summers too? As it is said that almods are garam in taseer.

    1. nidhi, if you soak the almonds overnight then the heat factor is reduced much in them. we use soaked almonds in thandai also.

  3. Hi! I simply loved your recipe. But I have a doubt. I recenyltly came across a cake recipe that requires almond milk in it. Can I use this almond milk to bake cakes?

  4. I prepared the almond milk using the receipe. Came out very well. Add date syrup for sweetness. Also used this to make avacado milkshake. My family loved it.

    thanks

  5. Hi, really the this post made the process seem so simple, I wanted to ask what is the shelf life of this milk?

  6. Hi Dassana,
    I love your blog – the recipe explanations, the pics. It’s great – I’m happy your husband convinced you to make this blog happen 🙂

    I have a question. Where do you buy your organic almonds? I love almond milk and would love to make it all over again but the organic shops sell it in 100 g-packs and totalled up to bigger amounts (which will be required for constant almond milk making) will be expensive.
    I’ve read that almonds get sprayed a lot, so it’s important to get them organic. On the other hand cashews cannot take pesticides well, so again I’ve read that cashews could also be bought non-organic if required. Do you agree?
    I’d love to get a tip from you in this regard! Thanks!
    Minni5 stars

    1. hi minni – firstly thanks a lot. i had actually got these almonds from an organic fair. i had got in bulk. i have seen 500 gms organic almonds and cashews from down to earth organic brand. living in goa, i have seen cashew trees not being sprayed with pesticides. they grow so much in abundance there and wildly too. so cashews can be brought non organic. even i buy non organic cashews. however almonds i prefer to buy them organic.

  7. hi ..you have got a really nice blog..i came upon it accidentally ,and iam really glad that i did.Now any time i want to make a veg dish,i just visit your blog..and iam happy to say that all of them came out really well
    i tried out the almond milk too..wanted to do it since a very long time and it was an instant hit..well i’d like to leave a tip here..if you have a microwave just put the almonds in a microwave safe dish, along with water to soak them and microwave for about 30-45 secs..the skins will come off in a jiffy
    ..
    thanks again for the lovely blog..

    1. thanks sheeba for the motivating comment as well as for your helpful tip. such tips are always welcome and appreciated.

  8. Hi Dassana,

    I tried this at home, and the almond milk was really yummy!! My husband and my little baby loved it, it has become kind of regular at my home now.
    Thanks for sharing such nice recpies!

  9. Thanks for sharing this and for your pictures! I’ve wanted to make almond milk for a while now, will definitely try!!

  10. i tried making chai with almond milk but it gets curdled 🙁
    any idea what went wrong or we cannot make tea with almond milk.

    1. hi sneha. if you heat or boil the almond milk in chai, then it gets curdled. the same thing happens with cashew milk. i personally do not like the taste of tea made with almond milk. with cashew milk, one does not come to know much of a difference. it tastes like regular chai. the one made with soy milk has the soy taste. so i suggest that just add the almond or cashew milk, then stir and switch off the flame. a little extra heat and they start becoming slimy. you can make tea with almond milk. if you like the taste, then your mornings tea with almond milk will be super healthy. if you want to make cashew milk, then here’s the recipe:

      soak 1 cup cashew for 1-2 hours.
      drain and then blend very well with 3 or 4 cups water. it should be smooth.
      pour in a jar and keep covered in the fridge.
      use whenever required.
      stays good for 4-5 days.

  11. Wow u read my mind.I hate regular milk too can’t bear the smell even when I am boiling it. lovely almond milk. First time to your space loving it glad to know you Dassana
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  12. I never thought of almond milk… cool idea ..btw i have never tried soy milk also… jus curious r u allergic to milk products…

    1. i have a slight lactose intolerance to milk but not milk prodcuts. i make nut milks as a part of my vegan living. even before going vegan i would never have plain milk, and just very little milk with tea.

  13. the almond milk looks so delicious and inviting that I am craving some post my tummy full dinner!