Homemade Almond Milk

by Heather

We’re not a milk-drinking household. So what do we drink? Put in our coffee? Drown our cereal with?

All kinds of plant milk! Almond and coconut milk top the list, with cashew, hemp, sunflower seed and oat milk not far behind.

A little bit about different types of plant milk:

A Guide to Dairy Free Milk

4 Alternatives to Milk


At any given time there are at least 3 different kinds of milk in our fridge. This is a pretty typical week: almond, coconut, and hemp.

milk alternatives

It seems a little absurd, but I like them all and I use them all throughout the week. Recently I’ve started making my own milks in order to keep unnecessary additives out of the toddler’s diet. Homemade almond milk might be my favorite. It sounds like a lot of work, but it really really isn’t, I promise.


I by no means am the first person to make homemade nut milk, but here are 2 pretty typical combos I do each week:

plant milk almondmilk


Homemade Almond Milk

almond milk recipe

by with a Side of Sneakers


  • 1/2 cup almonds + water for soaking
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medjool date {optional}
  • cinnamon + vanilla {optional}


Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak overnight. {I like to toss the date in to soak as well.}

After soaking, drain and rinse almonds.

Combine almonds, date, & water in blender and mix on high until completely blended. I use a high powered blender on the “whole juice” setting.

Pour mixture into a nut milk bag or cheese cloth-lined strainer. Squeeze liquid into glass jar or container.

Here is a great step-by-step visual tutorial for making homemade almond milk, plus a great recipe.

Homemade Hemp Milk

by with a Side of Sneakers


  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medjool date {optional}


Add hemp seeds and water to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Straining is optional- I usually skip it, but for an extra creamy version, strain through cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

recipe for homemade almond milk

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Even though I promise making these alternative milks is a piece of cake, some of my favorite brands of plant-based milk are Whole Foods 365, So Delicious, Diamond Breeze, and Silk.

alternative milks


Have you tried making your own plant-based milk before? Do you have a favorite recipe?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca P. February 27, 2013 at 8:16 am
How long does It stay good for?
Heather March 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm
About 3-5 days. I make small batches to make sure none goes to waste, but I usually finish it in plenty of time. ;)
Miz February 27, 2013 at 8:31 am
OOH this is so on my mind too after the BLUE DIAMOND CHAT last night! Miz Just blogged...Be your own self-care SUPERHERO.
Linz @ Itz Linz February 27, 2013 at 9:17 am
love the addition of a date - that sounds awesome!! unfortunately i broke my stupid food processor trying to make almond butter the other day. boo. Linz @ Itz Linz Just blogged...Cottage Pulp
Heather March 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm
Oh bummer!
Kierston February 27, 2013 at 10:13 am
Awesome and simple recipe! Kierston Just blogged...WIAW: Mr. FUntastic Takes Over!
Carolina John February 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm
That sounds fantastic. I've really been wanting to try making my own nut milks recently. Thanks so much! Carolina John Just blogged...Finally getting long
Elle February 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm
Hmmm... may have to try this! Wonder if there is any use for the pulp!
Heather March 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm
I've used it in smoothies and let it dry into almond flour for baked goods. I know a lot of people use it to make crackers but I haven't tried that yet!

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