Homemade almond milk

Homemade almond milk

Monique over at The Happy Vegenarian! posted some interesting info on hemp seeds the other day, including how to make hemp milk. She requested my recipe for nut milk, which is really easy to do, and only requires a blender, and something to strain the milk through.

The resulting milk is delicious… creamy and slightly sweet. I’ve also made cashew milk the same way and it’s just as yummy. It’s very nice in coffee, though it won’t foam for lattes.

I’ve made this nut milk before and sweetened it with maple syrup, but this time I used agave syrup. It was my first time using agave syrup, and it’s excellent! As sweet as honey, with a pleasant, mild flavour. Best of all, it can be bought at many major supermarkets, though it’s usually in a strange place. Sainsburys, for example, stock it in the “Free From” (allergy) section. It’s around £2.20 ($3.10) for a 250ml bottle… quite expensive, but cheaper than maple syrup.

This recipe is slightly adapted from one in Vegan Vittles by Joanne Stepaniak.

British       American
50g   raw almonds, blanched   1/3 cup
750ml   almost-boiling water   3 cups
2 tablespoons   maple syrup or agave syrup   2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon   vanilla extract   1/2 teaspoon

1. If you’re starting with unblanched almonds, first blanch them. Place almonds in a small pot, cover with boiling water and bring to a boil. Simmer for one minute, then remove from heat and drain. The skins will slip off easily. The almonds must be dry before going to the next step.

2. In a blender or clean coffee grinder, process almonds until they are a fine powder. If using a blender, loosen the almond powder from the bottom of the blender. If using coffee grinder, add almond powder to the blender.

3. Have the almost-boiling water ready. Add 125ml (1/2 cup) of water to the almonds in the blender, along with the maple or agave syrup and the vanilla extract, and process on medium until smooth. Keep the blender running.

4. Remove the cap on the blender lid, and turn the blender to high. Pour the remaining water, one cup at a time, through the lid opening while the blender is running, until it is all added. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. If you stop the blender, DO NOT restart it with the blender full of hot liquid! If you find the milk needs further processing after you have stopped the blender, first remove most of the milk from the blender before restarting, then add it back whilst the blender is running.

5. When milk is thoroughly blended, strain it into a heat-proof container (I use a large glass Pyrex measuring jug) to remove any solids . When it has cooled, transfer to a storage jug and keep in the refrigerator.

Makes 750ml (3 cups).

Variation: Cashew milk — substitute 50g (1/3 cup) raw cashews for the almonds.


  1. I love almond milk! Your recipe sounds delicious.

  2. Oh now this is definitely something I have to try. Forgive my silly head but the Almonds in your picture are un-blanched aren’t they? So blanched Almonds wouldn’t have that brown covering on them right?

    I feel a bit silly not knowing exactly what blanched Almonds are!!
    Did I do good for guess work?

  3. You did very good guess work, Jeni! 🙂 The almonds in the pic are unblanched; when they’re blanched they won’t have the brown skin.


    ahahaha sorry I am being over excited over this tiny discovery. how cool is that?

    Wow looks yummy and I bet tastes even better.

    Oh you!


  5. yummy! I’ll bet it tastes great w/ cereal.

  6. denny — I got the glass at Ikea… though it’s time to buy a few more as some have disappeared (I blame those dastardly little people).

    Bethany — ya, it is great with cereal!

  7. Thanks for the recipe… although all I can think of is “How is she holding up in all that snow?” Or aren’t you in the part of the country that is snowed in?

  8. hahaha can’t remember where I got mind, I’d be sure to post it along the next time.
    This is so cool. I’m such a geek :B

  9. ewww i made a boo boo…I meant “mine”


  10. Claire — I laugh in the face of snow. Or at least, the kind of snow we have here. 😀

  11. I never thought of making my own milk from home. This sounds interesting. You have been so busy, so many new blog posts! I have to catch up, and I have something you might like on mine. Vegan Apple Tartlets.

  12. Hi there, I came across your recipe because I’m looking for more sustainable alternatives to soya milk, and this looks like it might do the trick!

    thanks x

  13. Hello! Your recipe was the best!! Everyone loved it and I was amazed at how white it was! Thank you!!

  14. Love this recipe. It is a keeper for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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