Almond Milk (Paleo, Added Sugar Free, Dairy Free)

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I get a lot of joy and a feeling of self accomplishment when I make something homemade. It’s rewarding, it’s fun and it usually leaves you with plenty leftover to share of your masterpiece. Of course as I usually try and exemplify, it’s also much healthier. When you make anything at home you know exactly what is going into it, usually where it came from, and have complete and total control which are all incredibly powerful factors in having perfect taste and nutrition value.

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I usually just went to the store and bought the unsweetened almond milk that was there that had the least amount of additives. Which I thought and hoped would be a fairly intelligent decision.  Although after taking another look at the ingredients some of those scientific names like “potassium citrate” and “tricalcium phosphate” began to daunt me so I felt it was time to at least try making it once myself.

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After trying it I’m fairly shocked how ridiculously easy that it really was. It literally takes a total of maybe fifteen minutes in the kitchen and that’s only if you are being really sluggish. Don’t be the almond slug that takes 15 minutes to do this. I’m kidding of course, you can take as long as you need to make this just try not to over complicate things by being “too scared” to pour the water over the almonds.

Now when you do make this, it’s not complicated and it only takes a little bit of time to prep, but it does take time to let the almonds soak. The almond soaking is very important and is the major factor in how your almond milk will turn out. The longer you let it soak the better. Although I wouldn’t go above about a 48 hour soak.  Usually 18-24 hours yields a very nice taste and consistency.

Homemade Almond Milk

To be honest after any almond milk that I’ve tried this almond milk is the best. Obviously, it is homemade after all. It has a beautiful white milky appearance that leaves wonderful streaks along a chilled bottle and tastes absolutely superb. It just tastes incredibly refreshing that makes you feel really replenished after having a nice cool glass. The taste is a really interesting one and actually quite different to that of a store bought brand, a light and refreshing nutty taste with a creamy finish and a gorgeous slight sweetness that tingles on the tongue after every sip.

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Another wonderful gift that this almond milk seems to keep on giving is that it can be used for just about anything. You can use it in your cooking like as the base of a sauce (I would take out the vanilla if you were going to do that though), in your baking, use it to thin something out, put it in a shake or smoothie, and even make a soup. Or just enjoy it the best way you can possibly enjoy homemade almond milk, freshly poured right out of the cold refrigerator in a nice cool glass. Which you really can’t go wrong with, and you might as well do the beautiful concoction of nut milk some justice by enjoying it’s true taste in raw form.

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You can either use a cheese cloth or a nut milk bag but because I don’t have a nut milk bag I used a cheese cloth which works perfectly fine for this. It does leave a little bit of almond sediment at the bottom but I kind of like that little bit of almond sediment that sets at the bottom. Slightly grainy to the tongue but not too much to be repulsive, just enough to make you want it even more. Some people might not even notice it but I think it gives the whole batch a bit of character and body.

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Almond Milk (Paleo, Added Sugar Free, Dairy Free)
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Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of almonds(Sometimes I like to mix it up and do ½ cup almonds and ½ cup hazelnuts which creates a hazelnut/almond milk that is so incredibly good. I got the idea from an Instagram buddy so thank you wendyluluwang!)
  • filtered water for covering the almonds (the measurement here doesn't matter you only need enough to soak the almonds in and you will be discarding the liquid anyway)
  • 4 cups of filtered water for blending
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla or more depending on taste
  • cheese cloth or nut milk bag
Instructions
  1. Place the almonds or almond hazelnut mixture in a small mason jar or bowl with enough room to cover with water.
  2. Add enough filtered water to the nut filled jar until the almonds are compltely covered with water.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak in the refrigerator for 12-48 hours. (the longer the better. I have had often wonderful results with an 18 hour soak.)
  4. Once they have soaked strain the water from the almonds and lightly rinse the almonds off.
  5. Place the soaked almonds in a blender and top with 4 cups of filtered water and vanilla.
  6. Blend on highest setting for a minute or until the almonds become very finely ground in the blender.
  7. In a large bowl (large enough to hold 4 cups of liquid) place cheese cloth or nut milk bag and hold around the edges so it doesnt slip in and pour the almond milk through the cheese cloth or nut milk bag so to strain out the almond pulp. Once all the liquid and almond pulp has been poured thourgh the cheese cloth or nut milk bag form a tight ball with the almond pulp and tightly squeeze the remainder of the almond milk out of the pulp. (get every last creamy and rich drop in that bowl)
  8. Place the remaining almond pulp to the side or toss in the trash can.(I feel bad about wasting the almond pulp but you could let it dry and use it as almond flour or a facial scrub.)
  9. Pour the almond milk into a container large enough to hold 4 cups of liquid and chill and keep in the fridge. Lasts about 5 days in the fridge.

 

 

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31 Responses to Almond Milk (Paleo, Added Sugar Free, Dairy Free)

  1. Rhonda Arnold 18 March, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m definitely going to try it. ..But don’t throw out the pulp! Almonds are expensive! Make cookies or pulp crackers! Here’s a link but there are more out there….http://www.elanaspantry.com/vegan-almond-pulp-crackers/

    • Slim Palate 18 March, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Thanks for the link to the almond pulp crackers those are a great idea. I usually don’t throw it away though, that’s why I said I didn’t like to.

  2. Wendy 18 March, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Looks great! I wish I was making this right now instead of sitting in psychology lecture… zzz anyway glad I could be inspirational Josh :)

  3. Misty Sheppard 18 March, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Thank you very much for this recipe!! I’ve been looking for a great recipe for my first attempt at almond milk and this one wins:) Great photos and explanation!!! Thank you!!:)

  4. Ash B 18 March, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Do you think this could be made with sliced or slivered almonds instead of whole almonds?

    • Slim Palate 18 March, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

      I am fairly certain that sliced or slivered almonds have a pretty good chance of not working. Try and stick with whole raw almonds those seem to be the most appropriate. If you do try them with slivered or sliced let me know if it works or not but as a fair warning I’ve got a good feeling it may not work as well with them being sliced. Good luck!

  5. Vera 19 March, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Great recipe! How long can almond milk last in the fridge?
    Thanks.

    • Slim Palate 19 March, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      The almond milk usually lasts about 4-5 days.

  6. Stephanie U. 19 March, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Thanks for this recipe as making my own almond milk is on my list of things to try! I just ran across your blog and I’m so impressed by your accomplishments! Keep up the good work!

  7. Erin 19 March, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    You can use the almond pulp to bake with! I have added it to cookies and breads to give extra moisture. You don’t have to waste it!
    It is also a great addition to smoothies

  8. Jody 19 March, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Wait, it’s that easy? My kids drink almond milk all the time and I would love to be able to make it without all the “extras”, so thanks for showing me how.

    • Slim Palate 20 March, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

      It’s that easy, although it can run on the expensive side unless you get your raw almonds in bulk.

  9. Justin 20 March, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    I make almond milk as well. But I use our juicer, the Omega VRT-350HD. It works great to get all of the liquid out.

    For added sweetness, use honey or dates.

    Make sure the almonds are raw. Even though they are not completely raw, they are pasteurized. There are online stores that will sell un-pasteurized almonds.

    Good work.

  10. Janknitz 20 March, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with sliced or blanched almonds (BTW you can peel the skins off if you want after soaking–they pop right off). You might want to soak for a shorter time if the almonds are sliced, but otherwise it should work.

    Those nutsmilk bags are pricey! I found a set of SEVEN fine mesh bags at the health food store meant to replace plastic bags for produce shopping and they are perfect for using as nutsmilk bags. The price for all 7 bags was about equal to one nutsmilk bag. Buy them and share them with friends (or use them for produce after all).

    Homemade almond milk is great and I don’t feel weird drinking all that other stuff. Plus, it’s just the right amount for me.

    • Slim Palate 20 March, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Yes the nut milk bags are a little bit pricey which is why I use a cheese cloth.

  11. Judith 4 April, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    Hi, just wanted to say you are such an inspiration and your blog is a joy to read. I have made the almond milk twice now. First time I soaked it for approx 18 hours, didn’t blend it for long enough, but it was ok. Just made it again soaking the almonds for about 50 hours and blended longer and it is really lovely and creamy.
    Thank you for the recipe this is going to be a staple for me. Oh and of course I have made the crackers from the link in your comments. How great to have two for one.
    What do you do with the leFtover pulp?

  12. Sha 8 June, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    Hello, I adore your website and love following you. I am about to post a recipe in which I use Rice milk, your recipe is the most beautifully presented one I have seen, I hope it is OK if I link your recipe through instead of posting my own version. The recipe is for a Sugar, gluten and Dairy free Italian rice cake on my site. Thanks, Sha

  13. Kristi 8 July, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Thanks for the tips! Where do I find bottles like that?

    • Slim Palate 8 July, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

      You just have to look around. Some of the local farms around here kind of just have them laying around.

  14. Kyra 14 August, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    This was super easy to make. I used the almond milk in an oatmeal fruit smoothie this morning and it was delicious.

    Thank you!

  15. Christine 17 August, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Can u freeze almond milk.

    • Slim Palate 17 August, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      I am pretty sure you can although I haven’t tested it yet. I have heard of people having success with freezing it and others having icy results so it’s a bit of a mixed result.

  16. Michael 2 September, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Thank you for the valuable knowledge you shared with us. You mentioned to put the soaking almond in the frig. I leave it outside and the area where I live is very hot, is it OK?

    • Slim Palate 3 September, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

      To be honest I have no idea, I wouldn’t personally because it sounds like a habitable environment for bacteria growth.

  17. Bernice 13 November, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Thank you for the recipe with hazelnuts. Can’t wait to try it. I make almond coconut milk. Dehydrate the meal to make flour.

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