How to Make Almond Milk (Recipe + Variations)

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Simple Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
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Almond milk is a healthy and inexpensive alternative to conventional dairy that you can easily make at home! Statistics show that many people are choosing dairy-free milks and other products due to allergies, concerns about sourcing, or just taste preference.

Why Make Almond Milk?

Like virtually every other food or drink, almond milk is both less expensive and healthier when you make it yourself. While there are decent store bought brands available now, many brands contain additives like carrageenan to remain shelf stable and a keep a consistent texture.

Almond milk is a low glycemic alternative to rice milk, and doesn’t cause problems with hormone levels like soy milk does. It can be used in place of regular milk in recipes and baking. It is easy to make and has a light taste.

We used almond milk when we were working on reversing our son’s dairy intolerance and I still often use it (or homemade coconut milk) in recipes, coffee, or to drink simply because it is so inexpensive and easy to make.

If you are dairy free, making your own almond milk is a great way to save money and avoid additives. As a bonus, you can use the leftover almond pulp to make almond flour for use in recipes! If you are nut free as well, coconut milk is another good alternative.

If you go through a lot of almond milk in your home, I have found that it is much faster to use the Nutr Machine. While it can be pricey (use code WELLNESSMAMA10 for a discount), it can pay for itself very quickly if you use it often enough!

How to Store Homemade Almond Milk

This recipe lasts approximately 4 days in the refrigerator. Our family easily consumes this much almond milk in a few days, but if you won’t use this, it is best to reduce the recipe and make less to use as you need it.

Simple Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

This almond milk recipe is super simple to make at home in just minutes! It is customizable so you can adjust the sweetness and even add flavor, plus it is naturally dairy free, paleo, vegan and all around delicious! 
Calories 34kcal
Author Katie Wells


4 cups



  • If desired, soak almonds for at least 12 hours in pure water with 1/2 tsp sea salt. This is an important step as it breaks down the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors and cultures beneficial enzymes in the almonds. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the finished milk will be. (Side note: soaking nuts should be done before eating them as well. Soak nuts in salt water for 12 hours, rinse them, and dry in oven on lowest heat. See tutorial here.)
  • Drain the soaking water and rinse the almonds well. Do not keep this water to re-use as it contains phytic acid and is best to discard it. 
  • In blender or Vitamix combine almonds and pure water along with vanilla, sweeteners, or any other optional ingredients. See the notes below for some flavor suggestions. 
  • Blend 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Mixture will expand some, so make sure your blender is not full before starting it.
  • Strain mixture into a large bowl through a sprout bag, cheesecloth, or thin kitchen towel.
  • Pour into glass jar or pitcher and store in refrigerator for up to four days.


Nutrition Facts
Homemade Almond Milk Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 34 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Sodium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 1.9g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 1.9g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Reuse the Pulp: Save the pulp of the almonds, put on cookie sheet and dehydrate in oven on lowest heat until completely dry. Run through blender or food processor to make almond flour, which can be used in recipes in place of flour. Alternately, just store in the refrigerator for use in baking or smoothies.
Flavor Variations: Add ½ cup strawberries for strawberry almond milk, 1-2 TBSP cocoa powder for chocolate almond milk, or any other flavor you can imagine!
Imitation Store Bought Almond Milk: This recipe will produce a creamy almond milk that is much better than store bought almond milk (in my opinion). Most store bought milks only use 2% almonds so they are low calorie but you’re essentially buying water in a box. If you prefer this type of almond milk, you can reduce the amount of almonds to ¼ or ½ cup and use the recipe above. 

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


275 responses to “How to Make Almond Milk (Recipe + Variations)”

  1. Idan Avatar

    Hello there,

    I made a lovely almond milk following your instructions and it lasted 3-4 days but the second time I Made it after one day it tasted sour and smelled bad. I added Cinamon the second time. Is that connected? Any ideas why and how to store it better?

    Will be happy to hear from your experience.

  2. Jo Ann Avatar

    I noticed that you stated that almond doesn’t affect your hormones. I recently read that almonds cause an increase of estrogen and cause an inflammatory response to the body. Have you heard this?

  3. Christi Avatar

    Hi, Katie.

    A few years ago I had been told by a healthcare provider that almonds cause inflammation in the body so I should avoid them…so I did, for over two years. ;( I recently began enjoying them again, and have been making my own almond milk for the last month or so (pretty much made using your recipe/ratios with soaked organic raw Spanish almonds, organic Medjool dates, and adding in some raw cacao powder before consuming as a beverage). It’s so delicious, I’ve been typically drinking 1-2 cups of this per day. A few weeks ago I noticed that some of my joints have begun to ache a little. Do you know if there’s any truth to the almonds-inflammation link? Or could the join pain be possibly caused by the cacao?

    Many thanks!

  4. Sedric Avatar

    Hey, how much almond milk will 1 cup of almonds make? I’m asking b/c, as you have mentioned, it lasts four days in the fridge and I have recently went lactose free.

  5. Karen Avatar

    5 stars
    Great Morning Wellness Mama! !
    Sounds like an awesome recipe, and I’m going to try it, but I have a couple of questions that need to be answered please. First, after we have discarded the 4 cups of soaking water, how much pure water are we supposed to add for the actual milk? Second, can we use raw Honey as a sweetener?

    Thank you kindly in advance for your time and, help.


  6. Barb Avatar

    I just made a batch of almond milk using only 2 cups of water. I am attempting to make yogurt and I am incubating a culture as I speak. It would seem that 4 cups would result in a runny mess. I was wondering if anyone else has tried making almond milk yogurt, and how you did it?

  7. Teresa Avatar

    Do you have to still soak the almonds if using the radiant life almonds that you recommend? They are pre-soaked.

  8. Haley Avatar

    How much almond milk does the recipe you shared make? My family is huge milk drinkers and we drink about 32-40 oz a day. Would it be cost effective making the almond milk instead of buying? I’d love to avoid additives and careegenan.

  9. Chaz Beans Avatar
    Chaz Beans

    Thanks for the recipe. Makes for some yummy milk.
    If you’re going to say that your milk “…doesn’t cause problems with hormone levels like soy milk does.”
    You either have to back up such a claim with a study showing it to be the case, or have people think that you just believe what anyone tells you…
    You make it sound like drinking soy milk is guaranteed to cause hormone problems for anyone who drinks it. Is this what you mean?

  10. Crystal Avatar

    Do you have to refrigerate the almonds whilst soaking them overnight? Mine looked kind of scuzzy the next morning.

  11. Dianna Avatar

    Can you please help me to understand how you calculated the nutrition as i have to account for nutrition due to kidney disease, i would so appreciate it. And thank you for doing this wonderful post.

  12. Catherine Avatar

    Love your website and information! Keep up the excellent work.

    Can you freeze almond milk? I am going to make your recipe and I never use of stuff quick enough.

  13. Hilary Avatar

    5 stars
    Great recipe that is easy to follow. Thank you very much. I hate store bought nut milks and need to get back into making them because it’s all I drink. Thank you for the alternative flavors too. Strawberry almond milk sounds really yummy. I might even be able to trick my kids into drinking it too. ??

  14. Minesh Avatar

    If I use sprouted raw almonds, does it required to soak with salt for 12 hours as you mentioned in your recipe?
    Please shade some light on raw almonds and sprouted raw almonds an which one is better for making almond milk at home.

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