Homemade Almond Milk

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Homemade Almond Milk

From the department of Eating Real Food By Making Food From Scratch — the same department that started the campaign with homemade sweetened condensed milk a year ago — comes this public service announcement: Making your own almond milk is very easy and cheap.

I find that if I have too much dairy products, it starts to bother me, so I keep it to a minimum and use alternative. I don’t drink much milk, usually use them in baking/pancakes. 

I started making my own almond milk last year, it’s cheaper than buying a carton (usually organic ones) from the store, especially if you can buy your almonds in bulk at baking supply shops or chinese herbal shop.  It only takes two ingredients and a few minutes. It not only saves me money, I don’t have need the extra flavouring and preservatives in my milk.

Homemade Almond Milk

Plump juicy almonds after soaking

Soak some almonds overnight, blend it up in the morning and I’ve got myself some fresh almond milk. Aren’t plump juicy almonds better than hard dried almonds?

Homemade Almond Milk

The bonus by product of almond milk is the almond pulp that remains after you’ve strained the milk. It would be foolish to toss it, dry it in the oven to turn them into almond meal/flour. You can fold it into oatmeal, homemade granola, smoothies, cookie or cake batter and crackers. Janice Mansfield of Real Food Made Easy add sugar to the dried almond pulp, finely grind them and make them into macarons. That’s so brilliant!

Homemade Almond Milk

Now about the money one saves by doing this: I can buy 1kg of almond for RM25 at House of Ingredients. This amount allows me to make 6 liters of almond milk, which ends up costing RM4.15 per liter . By comparison, a carton of almond milk sold costs about RM12 per liter, in other words 3 times more than homemade version.

Homemade almond milk must be used within 3 days, compared to carton ones (with additives) can last more than a week, and you have a pretty strong incentive to make your own.

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Homemade Almond Milk
 
Homemade Creamy Almond Milk
Author:
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 750ml
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (120g) Almonds
  • 3 cups (750ml) Drinking Water
Optional:
  • Honey / Dates to sweeten
  • Vanilla Essense
  • Cinnamon Powder
Instructions
  1. Place almonds in a bowl with water covering over several inches. Soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse almonds. In a high speed blender, blend almonds with water until the mixture become very smooth. Strain through cheese cloth, a fine strainer or a nut milk bag.
  3. Store almondmilk in the refrigerator and use within 3 days. It will separate as it sits; stir very well before using.
Notes
The leftover almond pulp can be dehydrated and used for baking.

 

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24 Comments

  1. Thanks for the recipe, this is going to sound weird but how did you get your milk so white? I love dairy milk and the off-white color of homemade almond milk is unattractive to me. So far, most of the pictures I have of almond milk show an off-white color. I myself have tried making nutmilk using a thick tea towel but my milk came out brownish. How did you strain your milk?

    • You’ve got me really puzzled too. My nut milk (any nuts) is always off-white. I use a nut-milk bag (or is it called cheese cloth) to strain, we use this bag for soy milk here. It’s best to use thin cloth, it’s easier to squeeze them dry.
      Try soaking the almonds first before blending them, the water usually turned hazy. Or try peeling the skin after soaking. Good luck!

  2. thanks for d blog. Im staying in pj..is there any place that u can suggest me to buy gud quality almond nuts for me to do almond milk…..its so xpensive here…where i can get for reasonable price…? plz guide me

  3. Hi Shannon, thanks for the brilliant post! :) I haven’t seen any almond milk at any of markets (maybe it’s not so mainstream yet in my part of town..hoho) so been racking my brain on how to make em myself. Anyway, back to the business of making homemade almond milk, I’m wondering, is it okay to not boil the almond milk drained after blending? I mean, when I make soymilk, I would boil the milk. And since you didn’t mentioned what type of water to use (distilled, cooked, etc etc) I’m wondering whether the milk would be safe to consume straight after the straining process.

    Hoping to hear from you soon :)

    Regards,
    Aisyah

    • Hi Aisyah, thanks for the lovely comment. Sorry for late reply, year end has been crazy for me. Almond milk are sold in organic shops and supermarkets like Jusco, Jaya Grocer, Mercato in KL. Soybean cannot be eaten raw, so you have to boil the milk. Almond can be eaten raw, so you can drink it straight after straining if you use cooked/drinking water. Good luck with making your own almond milk

  4. Hi Shannon.. Thanks for sharing.. Im new in town and thankful that I’ve found this blog.. I’m so interested in healthy lifestyle and for the last 2 month I buy most of my groceries in jusco.. could you advise me where can I found shop in KL or PJ that sells organic veggies and fruit with reasonable price?

    last week I buy 200gr of almonds for RM15.. so I think Im gonna visit House of Ingredients for more stock anytime soon..

    Thanks again

    cheers ^^

    • Hi Analis, thanks for dropping by my blog. jusco has a good selection of fresh food & organic ingredients. depending on where you stay, it’s easier to buy at the organic shop near your place because of the travelling time & cost. Fine Organic Gallery at Jalan Aminuddin Baki, TTDI sells reasonably price products. for nuts, you can get from baking ingredient shops like Bake With Yen.

  5. awesome…i have been buying and its not cheap!

    BTW where do you buy nut milk bag in KL? Was looking for it…

    • yes making own nut milk is awesome. I bought the soy milk bag a while back at a hardware shop (of all places), can’t remember where is that. Shops that sell the pots, pans, kitchen utensils will also sell this. Or you can also use the kopi bag..

  6. Interesting! I figured the cost of homemade would be much higher, but then I don’t think almonds are that cheap here. In fact, they are pretty expensive. However, you have me very curious. We do drink a lot of almond milk, so now I’ll have to do a cost comparison. I’m sure the homemade is A LOT better! Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Nuts are not cheap here. Small quantity almonds are expensive at the supermarket here, price of a packet 100g is about RM5-7, more than double the price of buying almonds in 1kg of RM25 (Rm2.50/100g). hopefully buying in bulk is cheaper where you live. and homemade is definitely better.

  7. I started to make almond milk when we were nursing the little baby squirrel that had fallen from a friends roof. The little pumpkin had trouble eating and that’s when we got the idea of making almond milk. He was crazy for the nut milk and afterwards we started to make some for our own. It’s so yum and I love using it in cake mixes as well.

    • Aww Helene, That’s so sweet of you to be nursing a baby squirrel. Didn’t know squirrels love almonds :) what a wonderful story which you should share on your blog

  8. Great tip for making own almond milk. I wonder if almond is heaty, usually I do try to avoid nuts as they tend to give me sore throat. But this makes me want to try making my own!
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    • Thanks Kelly. Oh dear sore throat is no-no for your voice, especially the weather is super hot now. I’m not sure if almond is heaty, but I think roasted nuts tends to be heaty. I usually use raw nuts to make nut milk.

  9. Hi Shannon, this post is really helpful! I always thought you need lots of steps to get milk out of nuts, but this post showed how easy it is! Can we use roasted almonds or just raw ones?

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