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The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Homemade Almond Milk

In the pursuit of a dairy-free lifestyle or a lactose-intolerant-friendly alternative, making almond milk at home is not only rewarding but also surprisingly simple. We'll walk you through the step-by-step process of crafting delicious almond milk using ingredients readily available in your kitchen. Whether you have an Almond Cow Milk Maker or not, these instructions are tailored for everyone.

Servings: 5 cups


  • 1 cup unsoaked almonds (if using soaked almonds, you only need to use about ½ cup soaked in water for at least 4 hours or overnight)
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 chopped, pitted dates or 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)


With Almond Cow Maker:

1. Place unsoaked or soaked almonds, chopped dates, and sea salt in the filter basket of your Almond Cow Maker. Attach the filter basket and twist to secure.

2. Fill the Almond Cow Maker base to the MIN line (5 cups) with water. Add optional vanilla extract. Attach the top securely.

3. Plug in the Almond Cow Maker and press the start button. Allow it to go through its 3 automatic stages. When the light stops flashing, your almond milk is ready!

4. For extra flavor, you can add more vanilla extract or adjust sweetness to taste.

5. Got leftover pulp? Discover creative ways to use your almond pulp in various recipes!

Without Almond Cow Maker:

1. In a high-powered blender, combine unsoaked or soaked almonds, chopped dates, and sea salt.

2. Blend until finely ground, creating a smooth almond mixture.

3. Gradually add water to the blender, continuing to blend until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.

4. Strain the almond mixture through a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or a fine sieve into a bowl. Squeeze or press to extract as much liquid as possible.

5. For added flavor, mix in vanilla extract or sweetener to your preference.

6. If you have a Milk Maker alternative, follow its specific instructions for straining and extracting.

7. Store your homemade almond milk in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Shake well before use, as natural separation may occur.

8. Remember, if using soaked almonds, reduce the water content accordingly to maintain the desired consistency.

Health Benefits of Almond Milk:

This dairy alternative isn't just a refreshing sip; it's a nutritional powerhouse designed to elevate your well-being.

Heart Health Champion

Almond milk, rich in unsaturated fats and cholesterol-free, champions heart health. Its regular consumption supports vital heart rhythms and promotes circulation, offering a delightful gulp of goodness for your cardiovascular well-being.

Calorie-Conscious Indulgence

Looking for a delicious beverage that won't tip the calorie scale? Almond milk is your answer. With its low-calorie content of around 30-50 calories per cup, almond milk offers a guilt-free indulgence that satisfies your taste buds without compromising your health goals.

Lactose-Free Delight

Bid farewell to digestive woes with almond milk's lactose-free charm. Whether you're lactose intolerant or simply seeking a gentle alternative, almond milk offers a creamy experience without the tummy troubles.

Antioxidant-Rich Nourishment

Infused with antioxidants, almond milk serves up a delightful dose of nourishment. These antioxidants play a crucial role in combating oxidative stress, contributing to your body's defense against free radicals.

Vitamin-Packed Boost

From vitamin E, known for its skin-loving properties, to vitamin D that supports bone health, almond milk is a wholesome addition to fortify your overall health. Let each sip become a vitamin-packed boost, revitalizing your body from within.

Equipment Recommendations:

While the Almond Cow Milk Maker streamlines the process and is recommended for its unparalleled efficiency and convenience, you can easily replicate this recipe with a blender and straining tools. For those without a Milk Maker, use a high-powered blender, followed by straining through a nut milk bag or fine mesh sieve.

Variations and Flavoring Options

Experiment with natural sweeteners like honey or agave syrup. Spice it up with cinnamon, or infuse a hint of vanilla or almond extract for a unique twist. The beauty of homemade almond milk lies in its versatility, allowing you to customize according to your taste preferences.

Storage and Shelf Life

Store your homemade almond milk in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Shake well before use, as it may naturally separate over time. Avoid freezing, as it can alter the texture.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Here are some common issues you might run into while making your own almond milk at home, and what to do when they arise.


If you notice separation in your almond milk, fear not! It's a natural occurrence. Simply give your almond milk a good shake before use. This helps redistribute any settled particles and ensures a consistent, creamy texture. Remember, separation doesn't compromise the quality of your almond milk.


In case your almond milk leans towards bitterness, it's an easy fix. Adjust the sweetness to your liking by incorporating additional sweetener or opting for a different type. A splash of vanilla extract can also work wonders in harmonizing the flavors, transforming your almond milk into a perfectly balanced delight. Don't hesitate to experiment until you find the ideal sweetness level for your taste buds.

Grainy Texture

If your almond milk turns out grainy, it could be due to insufficient blending. Ensure that you blend the almonds thoroughly until they reach a fine consistency. Strain the mixture carefully, and if needed, consider using a finer sieve or cheesecloth to remove any remaining particles. A smoother blend ensures a silkier almond milk experience.


Unravelling Almond Mysteries:

  • Is almond milk suitable for a vegan diet?
    • Absolutely! Almond milk is a popular and nutritious plant-based alternative.

  • Can I incorporate almond milk into a keto diet?
    • Yes, almond milk is keto-friendly, offering a low-carb and high-fat option.

  • How long does homemade almond milk last?
    • Stored properly, it can last up to four days in the refrigerator. Ensure to check for any signs of spoilage before consumption.

  • Can I use store-bought almond flour instead of whole almonds?
    • While it's possible, using whole almonds provides a fresher flavor and better texture.

  • Are there nut-free alternatives to almond milk?
    • Absolutely! Try oat milk or soy milk for a nut-free option.

Enjoy your almond milk-making journey and savor the wholesome goodness of this versatile dairy alternative!