Homemade Almond Milk – Gluten Free, Vegan

Not only is making almond milk super easy, but it also tastes so much better than store bought almond milk! It only requires 2 ingredients and takes 10 minutes to prep! This homemade almond milk is also vegan and gluten free!

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I am SO excited to share this recipe for homemade almond milk with you all today!

I absolutely love learning how to make things from scratch especially when they are crazy easy!

To be honest, I avoided making my own almond milk for a long time because I thought it would require a ton of almonds (which are not cheap) and would be a really difficult process.

I could not have been more wrong!

When I finally decided to do a little research on making homemade almond milk, I was so surprised by how easy it is.

I was certain it was going to take a whole bag of almonds every time I made it, but it actually only requires 1 cup of almonds to make 4 cups of milk!

How awesome is that!?

The almonds need to soak for 6-8 hours, but hands on time is only about 10 minutes. Super easy!!

So let’s talk about the benefits of homemade almond milk and how you make it.

BENEFITS OF HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK:

  • Almond milk is rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • It’s dairy free and vegan making it a great alternative for people with allergies to regular milk.
  • It’s very easy to make and only takes 1 cup of almonds to make 4 cups of almond milk.
  • With homemade almond milk, you can control the ingredients. This means you don’t get the fillers and preservatives typically found in store bought almond milk.
  • Homemade almond milk is also low in sugar. You have complete control over the amount of sugar in the almond milk if you desire any at all.

HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

  • Raw almonds: Just 1 cup of almonds will make 4 cups of almond milk!
  • Water: Make sure you do not re-use the water you soaked the almonds in. Fresh water will need to be used after the almonds have soaked.
  • Maple syrup: This is optional but gives the almond milk a a delicious flavor and adds some sweetness. You could also use honey, agave, or sweeten with pitted dates.
  • Vanilla extract: Optional, but tastes delicious!

HOW TO MAKE EASY HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK:

  1. Soak: Soak almonds in 4 cups of water for 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Add Ingredients to a blender: Drain and rinse the almonds and add them to a high powdered blender. Add 4 cups of water to the blender. Optionally add in maple syrup or other sweetener and vanilla. 
  3. Blend: on high for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Strain: Place your nut milk bag in a large bowl with a pour spout. Pour the almond milk through the nut milk bag and into the bowl.  Twist and squeeze the bag to separate the pulp from the almond milk.
  5. Store: Pour the almond milk into air tight storage containers (I like to use mason jars) and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

TIPS FOR MAKING HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK:

  • After the almonds soak for 6-8 hours, make sure you drain and rinse the almonds. Do not reuse the water from soaking as it contains phytic acid.
  • Using a nut milk bag to separate the liquid from the pulp is such a life saver! This is the nut milk bag I use and you can get 10% off using code “justwhatweeat”.
  • Make sure you use a bowl with a pour spout when you are straining the almonds. The first time I made it I used a regular large bowl and then made a huge mess trying to transfer the milk to a storage container.

HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK:

  • Store homemade almond milk in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • I like to use mason jars to store my homemade almond milk.

WAYS TO USE ALMOND PULP:

Once you have squeezed out all of the almond milk, you are left with a good amount of almond pulp. Don’t throw it away, reuse it!

Here are some ways to use the left over almond pulp:

  • Dry it out: Spread the almond pulp on a sheet tray and bake at 200°F for 2-3 hours until it is dry and crisp.
  • Make almond flour: After the almond pulp is dried out, it can then be blended into a fine almond flour to be used in other recipes.
  • Add to granola: After the almond pulp is dried out, it can be added to granola.
  • Add to Smoothies: You can also add the almond pulp to smoothies for extra protein.
  • Make energy balls: You can add the almond pulp to energy balls instead of using almond flour. You may need to adjust the liquid since the almond pulp is still wet.
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Not only is making almond milk super easy, but it also tastes so much better than store bought almond milk! It only requires 2 ingredients and takes 5 minutes to prep! This homemade almond milk is also vegan and gluten free!

Homemade Almond Milk – Gluten Free, Vegan

  • Author: Morgan | Just What We Eat
  • Prep Time: 6 hrs
  • Total Time: 15 minute
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak almonds in 4 cups of water for 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the almonds and add them to a high powdered blender.
  3. Add 4 cups of water to the blender.
  4. Optionally add in maple syrup or other sweetener and vanilla. 
  5. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Place your nut milk bag in a large bowl with a pour spout.*
  7. Pour the almond milk through the nut milk bag and into the bowl.  Twist and squeeze the bag to separate the pulp from the almond milk.
  8. Pour the almond milk into air tight storage containers (I like to use mason jars) and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Notes

Use code “justwhatweeat” to get 10% off of your nut milk bag!

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  1. Definitely looks like the best almond milk out there, I love how simple it is to make! Yum ?

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