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Almond Milk

gluten free almond milk
This homemade, gluten free Almond Milk is a natural, dairy free milk alternative.

Almond milk is one of my favorite drinks. Rich and creamy, it’s easy to make and super nourishing. While almond milk is a good alternative beverage for those on a dairy-free kick or raw food plan, I think it’s just plain delicious, whatever your dietary predilection! My children drink it by the glassful, while I drink it in my tea and blend it up in smoothies.

I used my favorite nine-year-old hand model to take the pictures above and while he’s been a bit of a wild stallion of late, I have to say he was a model passenger for the almond milk photo shoot. Got milk? Yes, we do! He gulped this cupful down as soon as we were finished photographing.

Almond Milk

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  1. Soak almonds and vanilla bean overnight
  2. Discard soaking water and rinse almonds in a deep bowl of water, repeat until water is clear
  3. Place soaked almonds, vanilla bean and 4 cups of water in a vitamix
  4. Blend on highest speed for 90 seconds
  5. Strain milk through cheese cloth or a strainer bag, set aside solids for another use
  6. Serve

Serves 6

Making this almond milk is quick and dirty, you will definitely get your hands wet as you squeeze it through the paint bag. After you’re done, you can enjoy this rich homemade almond milk in chai with a splash of agave nectar; perfect for fall.

You can use the leftover pulp to make my Almond Pulp Crackers!


posted on September 30, 2007, 66 comments

  1. Ruth

    Questions:
    Do you throw the vanilla bean in with the almonds when you grind? Or do you re-use the vanilla bean? As vanilla beans seem to run $2.50+ each, do you really use one vanilla bean per 5-6 cups of almond milk?

    Thanks!!

    I’ve been recently diagnosed with severe allergies to soy and dairy. This recipe has been a Godsend. Thank you!!

  2. Hi Ruth,
    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I throw the vanilla bean in with the almonds when I blend (see recipe above on line 3. where it states put almonds and vanilla bean in blender. You can get organic vanilla beans here for around $.20 –yes that’s 20 cents a piece.

    I am so glad that you are enjoying this recipe, being dairy-free myself I have used this one and the cashew milk quite a lot.
    Enjoy! Elana

  3. Halima

    I am addicted to the milk recipes you have here (almond and cashew). Thank you! Where can I find the vanilla bean? I am having trouble with the link.

  4. Halima,

    Thank you for your nice comment! I’m addicted as well…

    I just tried the vanilla bean link and it’s working fine. What happens when you click on it?

    Try it here: http://www.organic-vanilla.com/servlet/Detail?no=78

    Elana

  5. joey

    I am doing a 21 day, gluten, sugar, caffeine free cleanse starting Sept 2, 2008.
    I just want to make sure almond milk is gluten free. please advise best wishes, Joey

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  7. Joey -The almond milk featured above does not contain gluten; all the recipes on my blog are gluten free. Good luck with your cleanse.

  8. Sigrid

    Hi Elana,

    I just discovered and am enjoying your website and all the recipes (especially since I recently started converting my family to SCD).

    I have just made almond milk for the first time using this recipe, and I’m impressed! Being of a frugal nature, I am wondering: have you ever tried to do anything with the almond/vanilla pulp that is left over after you’ve squeezed out the milk? Is it good for, say, baking into almond cookies like you would with almond flour? Or is all the good stuff squeezed out of it?

    Thanks,
    — Sigrid

  9. Sigrid,

    I know someone mentioned to me that they use the almond pulp leftovers from this recipe for something…I just can’t remember what!

    Maybe if you post this question on the forums you will get some feedback. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

    Elana

  10. christin

    I just wanted to let you know your link for vanilla is no longer active. The site (when I finally found it) looks like they went of business. It says everything is out of stock. :( Do you have another source for affordable vanilla? I really want to try this recipe. Thanks, Christin

  11. Dear Christin,

    Thanks for pointing this out. I’ve switched the vanilla bean to an active link.

    Elana

  12. Julianne

    I need to come up with a non-dairy “instant” milk powder that my son’s camping group can take on long hiking/camping trips. Will very finely ground almond flour work as an instant nut milk on camping trips?

  13. Julianne,

    Wow, what a great idea, I hadn’t thought about that before. I don’t know if it will work. Feel free to experiment and let us know how it turns out.

    Thanks,
    Elana

  14. Sara

    Hi Elana and everyone else interested…

    Wanted to share that I too make my own almond milk in a similar fashion but seeing that I hate to see food go to waste, I have learned to turn the strained almond mush into a delicious power bar afterward. I use the mush and mix in whatever I have on hand (this past batch included goji berries, raisins, dried mango, pecans, unsweetened cocoa powder and agave). I do not have real measurements, instead just eye how much of each ingredient I would like to have (taste tasting along the way!). The mixture then gets packed real tightly in a greased 9x5in baking dish and baked at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Let cool and then cut into bars. Sometimes they can be crumbly, which is not a big deal for me, but let me know if you try this and do come up with something. I was thinking mushed banana as a possibility to try on the next batch!

    Enjoy

  15. Sara,

    Great idea and thanks for sharing it with all of us. If I try it, I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out. I usually save my almond pulp for my raw friend –she does all kinds of fun things with it.

    Elana

  16. Bev Kroeker

    I just made this milk and it is so good. I don’t even use the vanilla bean just some vanilla and a drop of natural almond flavouring. I got the idea from another site to blend with dates to sweeten it and I think that was really good as well.

    I am going to try to work the left over pulp into veggie burgers. If I come up with something that works well I will post it. I also wonder if it would be better to start with blanched almonds so you didn’t have as much pulp to begin with.

  17. Bev,

    Thanks for sharing your experiments (so glad they worked out) and keep us posted on those veggie burgers!

    Elana

  18. CRYSTAL

    Do you know how many calories and how much fat is in homemade almond milk? I am wondering if it is the same as the stuff from the store. I assume that all that fat from the nut goes into the milk which is a whooping 40 grams at least. Thanks

  19. CRYSTAL -For the answer to this and other frequently asked questions please see my faq’s. Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Alexandra Nel

    dear Elana, I am a novice- for making almond milk, would I use almonds with skin or peeled almonds [after soaking]? I do not have a blender, but a Braun fruit and vegetable mixer. Must I buy a blender to do this or could I put the Braun mixer in the bowl of almonds, vanilla bean and water?
    It is for my son who has a sensitive stomach and digestion- Apart from gluten-free could almond flour suit a child with sensitive digestion or might it be too rich?
    Sincerely,
    Alexandra

    • Hi Alexandra, as you can see from the recipe above, it uses “almonds,” though to clarify, the skin comes off in the pulp when it is strained through the paint bag. As you can imagine, I cannot try every permutation of every recipe that every reader comes up with, nor can I reasonably guess over the internet whether or not a substituted ingredient or piece of equipment will work. Sounds like you’ll need to experiment to find out. I hope this answer is helpful to you :-)

  21. michelle

    hi elana,

    i went onto the organic vanilla bean website that you posted and i was wondering if you use the tahitian vanilla beans or the bourbon? do you find much of a difference in using them to make almond milk? thanks so much.

    michelle

  22. kelli

    Elana-
    I am excited to use this recipe we have been making almond milk for a long time but never flavored. We really just make it as a novelty. My 3 year old son was just diagnosed with autism so i have a feeling he will be more likely to give up milk happily with this recipe.
    I do use the nut pulp for crusts to make pie and lemon bars. I just toast it slightly in the oven first to dry it out. it turns out very yummy and a good substitute for graham cracker crust.

  23. Jen Larsen @ yogawithjen.com

    Hi Elana,

    I read on another food blog to take the discarded solids, crumble them on a baking sheet, and bake at 200 for a few hours until completely dry. Then, pulverize in vitamix until it’s almond meal. I haven’t tried baking with it, I sprinkle it over baby’s cereal and our yogurt, and give it to the dogs over their food too. What do you think? Could this be used in place of almond flour? With a 14 month old, no time to test, but if you do, I’d love to hear about it!

    Thanks for all the great GF recipes, good luck with your new book!

  24. Just wanted to let you and everyone else know that I just made this recipe, but since I don’t have a VItamix, I used my magic Bullet instead! I first tried it with the regular cups, but also didn’t have any cheese cloths or anything like it. So I decided to use the juicer that comes with the Magic Bullet. The mesh sieve it comes with is perfect and the way the juicer is made (the juicer strainer fits into the blender attachement) so it works really well. That said, once there’s too much pulp, it doesn’t grind the almonds anymore, so being that it’s a small appliance, it needs to be done in smaller batches.

    It also ground the pulp to such a fine texture that with some drying time in the oven it becomes almond meal! Next time I’ll try it in my dehydrator to keep it from actually cooking the almond meal.

    EXCELLENT recipe! THe milk itself is delish! And final note, I didn’t have a vanilla bean (they are 12$ here!) but used organic pure vanilla extract and it tastes perfect :)

    Andrée

  25. Gina @ vedasun.com

    Hi Elana,
    So glad to have found your website. I look forward to getting your recipes via emial.

    Thanks to everyone too who shared what they did with the leftover almond pulp – that’s the google search I did that brought me to this site.

    Gina

  26. Devorah

    Can’t wait to try this! How long does it last in the fridge? THanks!

  27. Phred

    MMM interesting recipe. I do 1 cup almonds to 3 cups water, 1/8 tsp sea salt, 2 tsp agave and 1/2 tsp vanilla.

    I also used blanched almonds. I’m going to let them sit overnight in water see if that makes a difference.

  28. Carrol Dugan

    Elana – I just tried your almond milk recipe and it’s great! I added a smidge each of honey and vanilla extract and it’s so tasty. I am not gluten free but I stumbled upon your website when I was searching for an almond milk recipe and I’m on here all the time now. My husband was buying cartons of almond milk and I just thought it would be easier and cheaper to make our own. It taste so much better, too, there’s no comparison. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  29. colleen

    I am interested in trying this and the cashew milk recipe, however, I do not own a vita-mix. I know they are pretty powerful, but would a regular blender still do the job? Or would a juicer work? Any insight would be awesome! Thanks

  30. Karin Goyette

    Instant coconut milk using coconut flour? Is this possible?

  31. Rob Wyatt

    This is where I order my vanilla beans:

    http://www.amadeusvanillabeans.com/

    They have a nice selection. The Uganda Gold are very nice.

  32. Ariel Gail MacLean

    I wish high profile “educators” like this would be responsible about not promoting ideas which could be dangerous for humans. Paint strainers, recommended by this author for making nut milks, etc., are NOT food grade material. Non-food-grade nylon mesh, which is what most paint strainers are made of, can easily leach harmful chemicals into one’s food. You can purchase food-grade nylon mesh (online or at hobby beer and wine-making retail supply shops) that will not cause this risk.

    I am also concerned that this author (and a lot of others) are still promoting agave as a sweetener. There is much literature available now that would cause any thinking person to drop their use of agave until the questions are worked through and a new production process is developed. It is likely that agave is NOT a healthy food, and if the disclaimers are even partially correct, it should be taken off the market like HFCS.

    • Phred

      Could you share some of your agave links? I’ve read one anti-agave rant but the author focused on dark agave as opposed to less sweeter amber BUT most importantly is that he discussed replacing sugar with agave on a 1:1 ratio which is absurd! You can use 75% less agave and still have enough sweetness!

      There is also discussion about corn syrup being mixed in with some agave products but I’m not sure which brands this occurs in. I have a bad corn syrup allergy and the Madhava agave brand I use gives me no problems whatsoever!

  33. JK

    Hi Elana, would like to check if almonds are highly sprayed? Is it better to get organic or is that not really necessary?
    Tks

    • Katrina Love

      Don’t know about your part of the world, but in Perth, Australia, regular almonds are about $8 to $11 per kg. Organic almonds are around $45 per kg… prohibitive price difference. I don’t believe many nuts are highly sprayed, as the main pests are birds, but the soil in which the trees grow would be a greater concern. I certainly don’t think there is $35 worth of difference.

      • bumpkin

        In many parts of the world, a big concern for nut growers are worms (or larvae) and I am not sure of the larvae’s genus and species, but some nuts are sprayed to prevent infestation. (I have wild hazelnuts here and they are all wormy.) Furthermore, the trees are susceptible to fungi, and are sprayed for the same. Here is a link:

        http://www.thealmonddoctor.com/2010/02/bloom-sprays-what-and-when-to-use-to.html As with anything else that grows, if at all possible opt for organic, if not, contact growers- google it- and ask if they spray or not, as some places will not spray but may not have an “organic” designation, and these “naturally-grown” almonds would be far superior to sprayed tree fruits. Either way, if you are purchasing or ingesting ANY “non-organic” foods, it likely will not make much difference to your health to use either. Indeed, some so-called “organic” growers are simply, NOT! Homework is a boor, but may be a healthy alternative- ask the natural foods store who their supplier is (on their boxes, likely,) and google it.

  34. I used a regular blender and it worked fine! I added one cup of water at a time and blended thoroughly each time, and I think that helped get all the little pieces of almonds. The almond milk is DELICIOUS!! I didn’t have a cheesecloth so I used a towel with little tiny hole in it…it worked perfectly! Yippee!! Thank you Elana!

  35. I have a question though, if I am using blanched almonds, do I have to pre-soak them? What is the purpose of soaking them? And is the almond milk really tastier if made with whole almonds (with the skin?)? Thank you!

  36. Leah

    Does pouring out the soaking water discard any of the nutrients?

    Thank you.

  37. Kris Ashpaugh

    In reading about the Almond Milk: I don’t dicard the almond pulp. I dehydrate and break up and we call it “cereal”.

  38. Desi@thepalatepeacemaker.com @ thepalatepeacemaker.com

    Elana,

    Do you soak the almonds overnight in the fridge?

    Thanks!

    Desi

  39. Melanie Davis

    Hi Elana! You have an incredible website that I love and I have tried many of your recipes and all have been out of this world good!! I was wondering if you could share your favorite place to get almonds from? Thank you!

    Melanie

  40. Kara

    If I wanted to make a large batch of this (or the cashew or coconut milk) how long would it last in the fridge?

  41. Amy Fladeland

    I am looking for a dry milk that is dairy & corn free so that I can bake breads & goodies for my son…any ideas?

  42. Jericho

    Have you ever had trouble with your almond milk smelling like sourdough starter? The first time I tried this recipe I didn’t rinse the almonds before soaking and before too long, there were bubbles on the surface of the soaking water and the whole thing smelled like yeasty sourdough starter. Next time, I rinsed the almonds really well both before and after soaking and kept the bowl in the refrigerator while they were soaking. This seemed to help since I didn’t really notice the smell when I put the almonds in the blender, but when I opened up my jar of milk the next day it smelled just like sourdough again!
    Is it possible that my almonds just happen to be harboring a lot of yeast or something? Would blanching the almonds before soaking help to kill any yeasts that are there?
    Thanks so much for the recipe and for any advice you might have!
    Jericho

    • Tatjana

      @ Jericho..I came here looking for ideas on what to do with yeasty smelling almond “cheese” that has been in my fridge for a week or so. I was thinking that instead of throwing it out, maybe I could make sourdough bread using it as starter. I am hoping for ideas for this. Thanks

  43. Marjorie

    Dear Elana,

    Love your website! I’m new to grain-free cooking and very new to some of your ingredients. But I’m desperate for some good foods. I drastically changed my diet in January in an attempt to heal some digestive issues. I do feel better but nine months with no meats, no grains, no milk is getting to feel very restrictive. I want to try some of your recipes to give me variety.

    Right now I’m stumped by the vanilla bean. I looked on the internet. The u-tube tutorial said you split the bean and take out the seeds. However, since you are asking us to soak it overnight with the almonds I’m assuming you want me to use the whole bean, pod and all?

    Thanks for your help!

  44. I have a speed almond milk recipe,
    3 cups of filtered water,
    2 heaping tablespoons raw almond butter
    dash of vanilla
    dash of agave nectar
    Frappe
    Enjoy!!!

  45. Batya Wittenberg

    Hi Elana! I have just made a batch of this almond milk, and I wanted to ask you: how long does it keep, refrigerated?

    Have a good Passover!

  46. Olivia

    Hi,please don’t mind if I ask,what is the texture of the almond milk? Watery or pastety?

  47. This was delicious — but next time I’ll make a few amendments.

    1. A whole vanilla bean made my batch WAY too vanilla-y. Next time I’ll use half a bean per batch.

    2. I was planning to make the almond pulp crackers after… then realized that pulp with vanilla in it probably wouldn’t make the tastiest savory crackers. :( Next time I’ll add the vanilla bean in somehow after straining out the pulp.

    3. I added a bit of agave. Perfect accompaniment to chocolate chip cookies!

  48. DBurke

    I do not have a Vitamix and wanted to make your Almond Milk (as well as other recipes). Can I use a food processor or blender instead?

  49. Alex

    Hi,
    just made almond milk for the 1st time yesterday – yummy – thanks for the recipe. Wanted to share what we did with the pulp: mix with a little coconut milk, add fruit (mango and lime in my case), and a bit of honey and cinnamon. Makes a delicious breakfast! :)
    Love your website and recipes!

  50. Stacy

    Hi Elana:)
    I am just wondering how long your almond milk lasts in the fridge once made?
    As well as your cashew milk..
    Thanks!

  51. oolichan

    Almond Pulp – What to do with it?

    Elana now has 2 cracker recipes using almond pulp…. I just made the Wheat Thins… wonderful!

    http://www.elanaspantry.com/wheat-thins/
    http://www.elanaspantry.com/vegan-almond-pulp-crackers/

  52. This was really good. I added a little honey because somehow I thought I saw agave in this recipe? My problem was with the almond milk making process itself. It took FOREVERRRRR to strain!? First time making it. I finally got so impatient after hours, that I wrung it out with my hands. Any advice? I think I double or triple-upped the cheese cloth because that’s what I do when I make homemade bone broth.

    Both the almond milk and crackers were REALLY delicious and I didn’t notice the sweetness or vanilla in the crackers at all.

  53. Vee

    Wow! 20 Hrs. @ 135F. I didn’t know I was dehydrating the crackers. My oven’s lowest temp is 170F. I will try that for 12 hrs and see. For those of you that don’t like squeezing the pulp in your hands, try a strainer bag in your cone colander with a wood tamp stick. I haven’t tried it yet, but it my favorite, quickest way to get the pulp dry in apples and tomatoes.

  54. Kim

    I had no idea how easy this was to create in my own kitchen! I made hazelnut milk and used a clean sock to strain it though. The pulp was used to make crackers with some cocao nibs and coconut flakes. Thanks for the recipe!

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