Easiest Almond Milk Recipe Ever

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This Almond Milk Recipe is the easiest one around. Time to ditch the expensive "boxed alternative milk" habit! Great for baking or drinking.

 

Making processed food substitutes can help you save a ton of money on your whole foods budget. I make my own Easiest Coconut Milk, Powdered Egg Replacer, Nut and Seed Butters, Coconut Butter, and Vegetable Broth Mix. In that same vein, today I’m sharing How to Make Almond Milk.

It really is the Easiest Almond Milk Recipe Ever. Seriously.

My “cooking philosophy” has evolved over the years. Health-wise, but also “simplicity-wise.”

Maybe you can relate.

I used to, but not to excess, mind you :-), pour over cookbooks (especially the dessert section – cough-cough), dreaming about everything I could make. Then I’d try a fancy recipe like Stuffed Chicken Breasts or Candy Cane Shaped Cookies Dipped in Chocolate.

Well, it’s not that this busy momma doesn’t still like to play in the kitchen (I think I told you all about my 2 days of attempting to make a dairy-free, sugar-free caramel so I could make mock Samoa Girl Scout Cookies), but times have changed.

These days I am forever looking for recipes and tips that will get good yummy food on my table with as little effort and time as possible. (Cause I already am stressed out to the max way too busy :-).)

So….today’s recipe is an example of one way I’ve managed to save a ton of time in the kitchen, while still making something good.

First of all, why is almond milk popular?

  • Dairy allergies are on the increase.
  • Lactose intolerance is on the increase.
  • People living a vegan lifestyle want alternatives to dairy for cooking, baking and drinking.

Why make your own almond milk?

  • The obvious – save money.
  • Save time and money by not running out the store because you’ve run out of milk (or a dairy-free alternative). (See the price of gas going up – oh, my heart be still. Every trip you can save is money in the bank!)
  • Life a more sustainable lifestyle – less packaging and less waste. Even if they ever figure out a way to recycle those aseptic cartons, you can bet that it will be a super labor intensive.

We love almond milk – and ever since my oldest was diagnosed with a life threatening allergy to dairy (at 3 months of age), I’ve had to find ways to make allergy-free substitutes for drinking and for baking. But this method makes it super easy.

Now, to be fair, this method won’t match the super-creamy store-bought, aseptic packed almond milk you are used to. But it gets the job done lickety split. And it’s pretty good.

Just yesterday both of my sons asked for some. They said it’s not quite as good as my Easiest Coconut Milk, but good nonetheless. And in the future, I’ll try my hand at making smoother “more perfect” almond milk and I’ll share that with you as well.

Notes: 

1.  If you don’t strain the milk, you can either stir the solids into the mix as you wish, or use the solids for another purpose.

2.  I know…it sounds counter-intuitive to dry the almond before making the milk.  But I soak and dry about 38 cups of almonds whenever I soak and dry them.  Then I store them and keep them on hand for snacking, making almond butter, or making almond milk, or almond meal…you get the picture.  This way I don’t have to time my almond milk making around soaking.  The nuts are always ready.to.go :)!

3.  If you are doing a food plan like Trim Healthy Mama, a more acceptable proportion is 1/2 cup almonds per 4 cups of water. You can thicken the resultant milk with glucomannan if desired.

4.  These tiny stainless measuring spoons make measuring stevia super easy.  The second smallest spoon is 1/32 of a tsp which is “one scoop”‘s worth.

Norpro Mini Measuring Spoons

You can use this method for making other nut-based milks as well – I personally haven’t made these (mainly since my son is allergic to all nuts except almond and macadamia – and those macadamias are super pricey!) but why not try your hand at:

  • walnut milk
  • pecan milk
  • hazelnut milk
  • cashew milk

How Much Can You Save?

And just so you can feel super good about yourself and your new frugal tip to help with your budget, here are the real numbers: Of course, this all depends upon where you buy it and your cost for almonds.

Almond Milk bought in bulk, buying 4 32 oz containers at Amazon, costs $2.43 for 4 cups.

Homemade Almond Milk (using a price of $4 per pound for almonds) costs $1.27 for 4 cups (plus your water cost, of course.) Savings: 48% That’s not as amazing of a savings amount compared to my Homemade Coconut Milk, or Homemade Rice Milk, but saving almost 50% is nothing to sneeze at.

(Note: Although I would like to encourage you to make your own almond milk, I will say that to be fair, the Green Polka Dot Box has almond milk super cheap. Just $1.78 for 32 oz. And you don’t need to buy a boatload case at a time :-)! I’ve been shopping with them since December 2011 and have been thrilled with their prices and service.)

So there you have it – motivated to save time and money (and be environmentally conscious at the same time)? I hope so!

And just so you know, all this doesn’t mean that I’ve given up on that caramel recipe yet either :-).

More “Quick and Easy” Pantry Staples:

Easiest Coconut Milk
Powdered Sugar Substitute
Powdered Egg Replacer
Homemade Vegetable Broth
Homemade Coconut Butter 

What’s your favorite way to use almond milk?

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  1. Hi!
    This sounds so simple and great!
    I only have one question: where do you buy almonds $4/lbs????

  2. You are vague on the “flavoring”. What do you use for chocolate flavoring? Actual cocoa powder? Something else?

  3. I love homemade almond milk! I haven’t decided on the perfect sweetener, bc maple and agave are just so delicious and easy and I hate the stevia taste… But I want to try dates at some point, but do they change the consistency?
    Unfortunately bc of the cost of organic almonds its much more cost effective to get whole foods organic almond milk, but I still love doing a batch of my own now and again.
    I soak mine overnight, drain out the water (using it to water our plants), blend them with 3 cups of water (in my ninja bullet which works fantastically for this and was way cheaper than the vitamix which was well outside my budget!), strain, mix the pulp with another cup or two of water, strain again, sweeten, and then try not to drink it all at once! I’ve also tried pistachios and oh my gosh was that delicious too! I froze the pulp and when I have enough ill turn it into almond flour which is WAY expensive to buy in the store!

    Can’t wait to make it again now, and try out some of your other recipes too!

    • I think you would use so few dates that the consistency change would be minimal.

      I don’t use organic almonds b/c I think they are low down on the totem pole of contamination, but I hear your concern.

      Pistachio milk–yum!!!!!

      I have an almond flour idea coming up soon as well – stay tuned :).

  4. An even easier almond milk – just the almonds and water! I like to use almond milk in smoothies anyway, so I don’t need to add flavoring. Another cool thing I have done when not pressed for time – I pour the almond milk through a fine mesh bag (sometimes sold as nut milk bags or as re-usable produce shopping bags) and let the solids just hang for a day or so over a drip bowl (I wrap the string around an upper cabinet knob to keep it in place. Others wrap a chunk of the bag around a wooden spoon that is long enough to rest on two sides of the drip bowl). The resulting, lightly fermented product is a lot like cream cheese!

  5. Where do you get almonds at $4/pound?

    • I just got a discounted price but they have skyrocketed this month due to the drought.

      • Kathleen says:

        Ah, was so excited to place an order and use my coupon code, but then the SHIPPING PRICES were out of this world. Oh well. So much for saving.

        • I am sorry you feel that way. I bought a larger amount to make it even out – maybe try that? Price are apparently going to skyrocket soon so it’s a good time to stock up.

  6. Kimberly says:

    Hi…love your blog. Thank you so much for all the info you give us. Have you ever bought the broken & whole almonds from “Just Almonds?” They are considerably cheaper…doesn’t say what type they are. If I’m adding a sweetener to my milk, almond butter, etc. the sweeter almonds might not be needed. What do you think? I haven’t checked with GPDB yet. We are moving towards dairy free, & buy Silk milk now, but I don’t like the extra thickeners in it. I want to try the almond butter way of making the milk.Thanks for your help.

  7. I may have missed this in glancing over the comments, but how long does this keep in the refrigerator?

  8. Linda filler says:

    where do you get almonds for $4 a pound? The cheapest I can find is $10

    • Prices have increased since that post but you can shop at the place I recommend in this post and get 10% off – they’re less than $10 / lb. http://wholenewmom.com/reaching-out/almonds-health-salmonella-food-pasteurizatio/

      • You say: “I don’t use organic almonds b/c I think they are low down on the totem pole of contamination, but I hear your concern.” Is that a fact or your opinion? If it’s a fact, where did you get your information? I’ve been researching for months and I can’t find out if I should buy organic nuts and seeds and if not then where can I find ones that have the least amount of pesticides? I’m really only trying to find out about almonds, pecans, sunflower kernels and black walnuts. I can’t find any sunflower kernels grown in the United States and the others I don’t know what the best growing conditions should be.
        I’m also interested in finding an organic fair trade coffee and I can’t even find a place to start my research. The one site that I’ve found has a list of about 50 different brands of organic fair trade coffee, but I don’t know how to start narrowing that list down because I’ve never bought fair trade coffee.

        • Hi there. It’s my opinion. I buy the “dirty dozen” in organic form as much as possible and I don’t bother w/ organic nuts typically.

          Check out EWG’s site and that’s where I get some of my information. I don’t know how to research what would have the least or the most pesticides.

          Maybe I should look more :).

          As for organic fair trade coffee, I don’t drink coffee anymore due to adrenal issues (though I do drink decaf occasionally). What are you hoping to figure out? I have seen it available all over the place so I would think that you should be able to find a good option fairly easily.

          Does that help?

          If organic is about 1.5 times conventional I might buy it.

          • I’ve been to the EWG site, the only thing they cover is fruits and vegetables.
            With the coffee, the site I found with the big list (it’s at least 50 different ones, probably closer to 100), the price range is sooo far apart and it doesn’t say (of course) in the name of the coffee if they carry “middle of the road” coffee, which is what I want. I’m relying on coffee for my antioxidants and I just want a medium roast, no bells and whistles. I thought, (after I searched and searched) that I would just go to amazon and get some ideas there with the reviews but amazon has a slim slim selection of fair trade organic coffees.

            • I’m sorry – I forgot about that. I don’t know how to evaluate coffee–maybe ask your friends or call a few companies and go w/ the one you feel the best about?

            • Deans Beans!!! Best Organic Coffee and best for the people and planet. Reasonable prices for the best quality on the planet.

  9. Even easier: No need to soak the almonds! For a richer consistency, 1 cup raw nuts to 3 cups water. Nutribullet works just as well as VitaMix for this. Even a regular blender will work. For a sweet “whipped cream” style:: 20 dates, 1 cup raw nuts (cashew and macadamia give smoother result than almonds) and 1 1/2 – 2 C water depending on size and dryness of dates. Vanilla Extract optional. Fresh nutmeg creates a “nog” flavor. I would leave out the salt.