Homemade Almond Milk

Because we really don’t drink much cow milk, we tend to go through a good bit of almond milk every week. I use it every day in my homemade matcha latte, and the kids love peanut butter and banana shakes made with almond milk as the base. I always buy unsweetened, but the extra ingredients and preservatives in the store-bought versions have always bummed me out. Time to start making my own!

Homemade almond milk is nothing new and recipes for it abound on the internet. My approach is quite simple: just almonds and water. No sweeteners or flavors. What I love about it is the pure and clean almond flavor. It has a special creaminess and gentle texture that is so completely different from what the grocery store offers.

The best part? It is a simple project for an eager 2 year old. Little Vivian was thrilled to count almonds and measure water and mix it all together. Cute!

Homemade Almond Milk

1 cup raw almonds

4 cups + 4 cups water

Drop the almonds into a blender jar and pour in four cups of water. Put the lid on and let it soak over night.

In the morning, drain the water from the jar and pour in 4 cups of fresh cold water. Run the blender and puree until smooth. Rest a cheesecloth and/or sieve on top of a jar.  Pour the almond milk through, and squeeze to remove all the liquid.  Store in the refrigerator for a couple days.

It is easy to infuse homemade almond milk with aromatics like vanilla and sweeteners like sugar or honey. Have fun with it!

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  1. Jessie Jay says:

    Hi, Would you be able to comment on why you choose almond milk over cow milk for you and your family? Thanks!

    • Maureen says:

      Hi Jessie! We do offer cow milk to our kids, but for the most part they just don’t really like it or ask for it. I do not think the milk sold in the grocery store is healthy or good for our bodies. It is pasturized, which kills any potential bad bugs, but I also think heating it to such high temperatures ruins any of the inherent nutrition in milk. I do not think pasturized milk is the best or only way to get calcium, so I don’t push it on my kids. Instead, we focus on healthy eating throughout the day.

      We use almond milk mostly as a base for things like smoothies, tea drinks, and in some baking. The kids do like cow milk with an occasional bowl of cereal. We do eat dairy like yogurt, cheese and ice cream 🙂

      Many people say that cow milk is for baby cows…and to a certain extent I agree with that.

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