How to Make Almond Milk (Recipe)

I love my homemade almond milk and it is healthier than what you can buy.  You can easily learn how to make almond milk at home and use all natural healthy ingredients, no sugar and only Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

Almond milk is a popular vegetarian and vegan beverage consumed around the world and if you’re reading this recipe, you likely already know that.

You’re familiar with the benefits and you enjoy the taste. Maybe you are using it as a replacement for dairy.

Either way, the almond milk recipe below is easy, affordable and way better for the environment.

Why Would You Want to Make Almond Milk Yourself?

Find your nearest container and have a look at the label. Stop reading as soon as you cannot pronounce something and then just count the rest of the ingredients.

This almond milk recipe contains 4 items and one of them is optional.

Do You Know Why Packaged Almond Milk is Not Good?

When you make almond milk at home, you know exactly what you’re putting in your mouth

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).

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Organic Almond Milk

How to Make Almond Milk

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 the recipe.
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.

Almond Milk Sweeteners

There are a number of ways to sweeten this or any kind of nut milk.

Each sweetener adding a different health benefit or even setting the mood so to speak.

Learn why the almonds need to be Raw Almonds 

Best to use these clean almonds that have been grown organically and are not pasteurized.

To discover the benefits of almonds9 Health Benefits of Almonds

Almond is the ONLY nut that is alkaline-forming. All the rest are acid forming.

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.


This recipe is like riding a bike. Once you know how to make almond milk and have gone through the process, you’ll never forget the process. And it’s literally the same for any nut milk.

More Vegan Milk Recipes for You

Try making some Delicious Creamy Brazil Nut Milk. – Brazil nuts make a very healthy Brazil nut milk; they are high in selenium, thiamin (Vitamin B1, phosphorus, and magnesium. This is very easy and simple nut milk to make.

Hemp Heart Milk  – This hemp heart milk is made with hemp hearts which are the hemp seeds hulled. I was very surprised at how quickly it was made and how creamy it was!

Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.