Almond Milk: Healthy Dairy Free Alternative

///Almond Milk: Healthy Dairy Free Alternative

Almond Milk: Healthy Dairy Free Alternative

mmm I love my home made almond milk and it is healthier than what you can buy.  I only use all natural healthy ingredients, no sugar and Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

DidUKnow: Almond milk is an ingredient common in Medieval European recipes, particularly in Lent dishes (milk, eggs, and meat broth all being forbidden in Lent).

The recipe below is my basic quick one.


1 Cup Raw Almonds
3 cups Water
Few drops of Stevia
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla extract (optional)


1.    Soak overnight (12 hours), pour off water & follow recipe below.
2.    Put almonds in a food processor, run it briefly.
3.    Add a little water, run it longer.
4.    Continue adding water and running the processor until you have a milky liquid.
5.    Add stevia to taste.
6.    Also you can add vanilla if desired

You can make thicker almond milk with more almonds relative to the amount of water.

I don’t mind the bits of almond skin, but you can strain if desired especially if you are planning on drinking it.

Learn why the almonds need to be Raw Almonds 

Best to use Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

To discover the benefits of almonds9 Health Benefits of Almonds

Almond is the ONLY nut that is alkaline.

That is why we teach how to use it properly in the Alkalize Your Body BootCamp and our 2-5-30  Healthy Diet and Detox.

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:00+00:00 July 28th, 2011|Beverages, Recipes|26 Comments

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I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.


  1. Elizabeth Godfrey August 10, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I had no idea it was so easy to make. I will definately try this! Can I do the same with other nuts?

  2. Pierre Trudel August 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Pierrette & I have no other milk than nut milks.
    Thanks for the post Diana.
    We start with a fruit smoothie every-morning 7/7. We add at least bananas and two other fruit. A tablespoon per person of ground flax seeds for fresh omega’s and voila.
    Pierre Trudel
    Ontario Canada

  3. Diana Herrington August 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Elizabeth, yes you can and I have to admit that I will be doing it soon for the first time so thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

  4. Diana Herrington August 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    mmmm sounds similar to what I do Pierre.

  5. Bernadette Washington August 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Wow!!! Thanks for the almond milk recipe, I’m so excited to try for myself. I did’nt know it was that easy to make either. I am also more excited about the Real Food information and website after looking at some of the recipes and seeing that there are some sunrider recipes I can use with my sunrider foods that I order several times a month! This is so exciting! Thank you all.

  6. Diana Herrington September 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Yes almond mild is so easy to make.
    Thank you Bernadette for the appreciation and yes I love the Sunrider foods too.

  7. Shelley January 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Great recipe. The first time I added quite a lot of water….and found it a bit difficult to digest..On the second try, I found the taste a bit bland. Your feedback on twitter really helped, and by the 3rd try the texture was like marshmallow, and it tasted sublime..better than cereal by a long shot. was just almonds, and a little bit of water (I generally don’t use sweetener) but am keen to find out how to make an almond smoothie.. @shelleyelk

  8. Diana Herrington January 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Happy it worked out for you Shelley. There are so many ways to follow a recipe but always we should make it the way that pleases us the most.
    What I do is just put the soaked almonds in with my green smoothie; see my video on it:

  9. Maija January 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I started making almond milk a couple of years ago. The method I learned uses a few dates instead of the stevia. It works wonderfully. I too add a splash of vanilla. Then I did learn for myself that there is no hard and fast rule about how much water to use. You simply experiment til you find the flavour and consistency you like. For me, approximately a cup of almonds will give me approximately a quart/litre of milk.
    Thank you Diana. I’m truly enjoying and learning from your website.

  10. carolyn sheets February 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks so much Diana! I need to try this at last!!! Please tell me .. why do we pour the soaking liquid away?

  11. Diana Herrington February 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Sorry Carolyn I missed your question.

    When you soak the almonds you will see that the water is brown. What happens is the tannins from the skins are released into the water and dust and other residues are released. This also makes them tastier, they are sweeter. Always dsicard the water the nuts and seeds are soaked in; do not use the water in a recipe.

  12. Suzie Hughes May 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Hii. I’m wondering if date sugar could be used in place of stevia. I don’t care for the taste of Stevia nd have heard some negative things about its usage. I’ve been using date sugar in place of other sweetners as I’ve heard it is the healthiest, and wonder if it would taste good in home made almont milk. The almond milk bought at stores seems like it has alot of unhealthy things added to it. And is always too sweet.

  13. Diana Herrington May 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Suzie, is the stevia you have tasted a powder? The liquid one that is not so highly processed does not have that bitter after taste; see the link I put in above.
    Yes you can use date sugar or even honey. Just add the amount to taste. Let me know how it goes and how much you put in.

  14. J. Leite June 2, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Almond milk with carrageenan as an added ingredient is a concern. It is hard to find commercial brands without it.

  15. Diana Herrington June 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Yes that is true and also the commercial brands have starch in them! This is why it is good to make your own which is so easy.

  16. anniegoose June 26, 2014 at 3:15 am

    thank you soooo much for this recipe — i love almond milk but there is just NO WAY that i can drink all of that califia bottle before it goes bad – -so i end up throwing half a bottle away. now i’ll be able to make just what I need. you’re the best diana.

  17. joy markman June 26, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Hi Diane, thank you for a really informative letter as regards almonds – I must make inquiries here in South Africa, to find out what is done with our almonds. I will let you know when I find out!
    One thing please, once I have made almond milk, can I freeze it for future usage in a recipe?
    Thanks Joy

  18. Lois June 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Silk brand does not use carrigan in its original no sugar.

  19. Carly June 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

    As mentioned by Meija, a few dates is a great alternative to Stevia. I also add a small piece of a vanilla pod, but be careful not to overdo it. I also bought a nut milk bag which can be used over and over again to filter the crushed almond solids. And the remaining solids can be used in baking recipes, cereal and the like.

  20. Diana Herrington July 4, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you Lois for that info. I will check it out.

  21. Brian O'Keefe February 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I used to make my own almond milk and use the pulp for baking. However, the water crises in California and the amount of water that almonds demand (1 gallon per almond!) I have since switched to flax milk. I love Almond milk but even a cursory review of its manufacturing form a sustainability perspective pretty much blows it all to h__ll.

  22. Deb February 4, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I make fresh almond milk every few days. So very easy. I sometimes freeze the leftover almond meal for baking.

  23. Linda February 4, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I use about 6 cups water er 1 cup almonds to stretch the almonds out as they can be expensive, i buy organic or insectiside free which i think is really important, you never mentioned this.
    I take off all the skins this makes it less bitter, by pouring hot water after the soak and rubbing them off, bit of time but i find it meditative. I flavour with Nirvana vanilla liquid stevia. Making it more watery and without the skins makes it easier for me to digest too.
    I also make cookies out of the left over pulp there are many recipes on the internet.

  24. Laura February 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I am allergic to Stevia and would like to substitute a few drops of honey instead. Will that work? Stevia makes me VERY sick.

  25. Deb Furlin January 19, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I make fresh almond milk for my hubby for his shakes. Super easy. I buy real raw almonds online, rinse them, soak overnight, and blend with water in my ninja blender. He does his own sweetening with stevia. I use a nut bag to strain out the meal, but I do save some of that and freeze it. I want to experiment using the almond meal in banana bread recipes.

  26. Patricia August 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    You can use a good brand of almond flour that is made with only almonds.

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