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Milk Substitutes : How To Make Your Own Almond Milk

Of all the milk substitutes available (soy, almond, hemp, cashew, hazelnut, coconut, rice and more) my favorites are coconut, almond and cashew-in that order.

Unfortunately coconut milk is a bit more of a pain in the ass to make so my go-to milk substitutes to make at home are almond and cashew. Below you will find the simple recipe and steps I use to make them.

*NOTE* I use a Vitamix which is the greatest blender of all time. I’m not saying you need a Vitamix to use this recipe, but I am saying I’ve never used anything but a Vitamix for it so I can’t guarantee the results! If you attempt it with a different kind of blender, I’d love to know in the comments how it goes so I can let people know when they ask me in the future though.

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STEP 1: Soak 1 cup of almonds or cashews for at least 8 hours up to 24.

If you’re feeling really crazy, you can even go halfsies and mix the two!

All you need is enough water to cover them completely in the bowl. Then put them in the fridge.

STEP 2: Drain and rinse your soaked nuts (bonus points if you can read that without giggling a little)

STEP 3: Add nuts to blender with 5-6 cups of water and blend on high for at least 1 minute

Blending time will vary depending on what kind of blender you use. Amount of water depends on how thick or creamy your like your milk. I mainly use it for smoothies and lattes and nuts are kind of expensive these days so I use 6 cups pretty consistently.

OPTIONAL: I love the flavor of this as-is, but if you need a sweetener you can add raw honey, agave, or
stevia to taste. I’ve also tried adding a little cinnamon and it was lovely.

STEP 4: Strain the milk to remove all the grainy stuff.

The BEST option for straining is to get an actual nut milk bag. You can order them on Amazon or get one at a health food store. In this picture, you can see I don’t have one so what I did was put a cheese cloth over a strainer…the combination of the two worked just fine. One or the other would not have worked alone as neither were fine enough to catch the grainy stuff.

STEP 5: Store in mason jars, refrigerate, and enjoy!

That’s it. An easy way to make milk substitutes like almond or cashew milk at home. 

Click here to find out one of my favorite ways to use it –> Healthy Chai Latte.

Milk Substitutes : How To Make Your Own Almond Milk