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So There Are No Almonds in Almond Milk? Here’s How to Make the Real Deal

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that most of you have never milked an almond. It’s pretty out there, even for me (but I grew up in a teepee so I don’t know why I just said that).

I’ve heard of people doing it but I always thought these people to be way cooler than me (and for some reason skinny, tanned, and wearing a perpetual sarong, even in winter).

The good people making their own nut milk for sure have a copy of “Wild Fermentation” sitting on their kitchen table, at least two dream catchers in their house, a bottle of homemade hooch under their kitchen sink (you guys, I don’t know why it’s under their sink), and definitely only drink from Mason Jars.

My nut milk makers are most probably named Stella, Lux, and Vita, and for some reason, the Velvet Underground is playing in the background and they are all holding hands.

Well playas, I’m here to tell you that normal people can make Almond Milk. And frankly, it is absolutely delicious.

Here is my basic recipe. Try it. It’s not scary, I promise.

How to Milk an Almond

This Recipe is :

Raw VeganSoy FreeVegan


  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water for 4 hours up to overnight
  • 4 cups of water
  • 3-6 dates, soaked in water for an hour (use 6 if you like it on the sweet side)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Pinch of Sea Salt



  1. You soak the almonds for at least 4 hours and then drain them.
  2. You put the almonds in your blender (it doesn’t have to be a fancy pants blender. Mine is from the 70’s and I’m pretty sure it’s going to out-live me) along with the water, dates, vanilla and salt.
  3. Blend, blend, blend until all of the almonds are blended (this will take only about 1 minute)
  4. Put a bowl under either a strainer, a nut milk bag (you can for sure find this at Whole Foods) or regular old cheese cloth (but make sure the cloth isn’t actually old and gross)
  5. Pour the mixture into the sieve-like accessory that you chose and drain the milk into the bowl.
  6. You may have to press a spoon into the mixture or use your hands and squeeze out the milk (yes, like milking a cow’s tit but way less gross. Why are people still drinking milk from an actual cow? You guys, it’s gross) so that all of the liquid is extracted.
  7. Drink within 3-4 days


AlmondNut-based Milk




Molly Patrick is the co-founder of cleanfooddirtygirl.com Molly is a food coach, specializing in healing people's relationships with food by focusing on how, what and why they eat. She has a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University in conjunction with the T. Collin Campbell Foundation. Her popular Saturday emails have turned into a Saturday morning ritual for her readers around the globe.



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28 comments on “So There Are No Almonds in Almond Milk? Here’s How to Make the Real Deal”

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2 Years Ago

Can i use condoms as an alternative to the nut milk bag?

21 Mar 2014

If you try it and it works, you might want to reconsider the brand you are using.

11 May 2014

D . U . M . B

2 Years Ago

Raw almonds are ALL iradiated if they are from the USA!!! ALL of them. If you want true, raw, almonds that can actually be sprouted(which means they are truely raw) then you must buy almonds from out of the country. They are available from healthfood stores. I get mine from Spain

11 May 2014

Irradiated? Really? Can you send me a link about that? I know they are "pasteurized," with bad chemicals if they\'re conventional almonds, and with steam if they\'re organic. That\'s bad enough. I have not heard that any of them are irradiated.

Angie Guzzetti
2 Years Ago

We only drink almond milk. I would love to make my own. Any recommendations where would be the best buy for raw almonds? Should they be organic? Who sells those? I guess buying in bulk would be the right options if trying to make it every few days....

Kathryn Bulver
2 Years Ago

I also like making cashew milk (very sweet), and combo milks, like almond/brazil nut/sesame seed milk.

Kathryn Bulver
2 Years Ago

Tastes even better if you take the peels off before blending (if they are soaked overnight, you can pinch them between your fingers and pop them out of their skins).

Born True
2 Years Ago

Chris Landry GOTCHA

William Tyler Spicer
2 Years Ago

So many great benefits to almonds as well as other nuts. Butters,milks and nutritional just by themselves.

Daniela Nicastro
2 Years Ago

Can you activate the almonds before making the milk?

Kathryn Bulver
31 Jan 2014

Do you mean germinate? Yes.

Chris V Landry
2 Years Ago

Born True

Abu Ali
2 Years Ago

Is this tapioca?


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